Is there a good fruit beer out there?

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  1. BobConner

    BobConner Initiate (0) Jun 12, 2013 New York

    Ive seen Sam Cherry Wheat hacked on a bit here in the last couple days and Im wondering, is there a good fruit beer out there? Im not talking well crafted Sours, Lambics, etc...Im talking about those sessionable offerings, that even though we see some of all year round, they mostly pop up during the warmer months. Abita Strawberry? Blue Point Blueberry? 21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon?

    I mean, you can drink these, but is there a "Wow" fruit beer out there?
  2. MEGAawesomeLAUREN

    MEGAawesomeLAUREN Initiate (0) Mar 30, 2013 Minnesota

    Serendipity or Raspberry tart by New Glarus. Both great fruit beers!
  3. Jeffreysan

    Jeffreysan Initiate (0) Apr 12, 2013 Maryland

    I just recentlly had a bottle of Old Dominon's Cherry Blossom Lager that i found quite delicious. You can see my full review here,, but the short version is that it's a nicley balanced beer between the fruit of the cherries and plum and the traditional lager flavors. I lilked it quite a bit.
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  4. FrankHammer

    FrankHammer Initiate (0) Jan 31, 2013 Michigan

    Founders Rubaeus is fantastic. I also liked Cerise, but I know a lot of people didn't. Then there's Blushing Monk...
  5. SpeedwayJim

    SpeedwayJim Poo-Bah (3,091) Jun 19, 2009 New York

  6. TheGoof

    TheGoof Initiate (0) Apr 10, 2013 Michigan

    I like Cerise a lot more than BM or Rubaeus, but they are both good too.

    OP, do Dark Horse's Tres Blueberry Stout and Short's Freedom of '78 count? Freedom is in my top 5 brews of all-time.
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  7. Clvlndhops

    Clvlndhops Initiate (0) Jun 8, 2013 Ohio

    Fat heads has a bumbleberry and jackieO's has a razz wheat both are nice beers. Not my thing but always recommend them to the bmc friends.
  8. stupac2

    stupac2 Initiate (0) Feb 22, 2011 California

    I'd call Serendipity a sour.

    To the OP, I don't think so. I think that fruit additions to non-sour styles serve to detract rather than add. It's possible I've had a good fruited non-sour, but I can't recall one.
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  9. xnicknj

    xnicknj Initiate (0) May 25, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Add Wisconsin Belgian Red and Apple Ale to this.

    New Glarus probably makes some of the best non-lambic fruited ales out there, imo.
  10. ShanePB

    ShanePB Initiate (0) Sep 6, 2010 Pennsylvania

    New Glarus Apple Ale. I also actually really enjoy DFH Black & Blue for a big ass fruit beer.
  11. MEGAawesomeLAUREN

    MEGAawesomeLAUREN Initiate (0) Mar 30, 2013 Minnesota

    Serendipity is considered to be a Fruit beer according to BA...I honestly don't think it's a sour personally. I'm not a huge fan of sours and I love this beer. To each their own I guess.
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  12. stooge

    stooge Initiate (0) Feb 22, 2012 Michigan

    Short's Freedom of '78 is my favorite. Guava!
  13. infuturity83

    infuturity83 Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2009 Massachusetts

    Berkshire Brewing Raspberry Barleywine is pretty solid
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  14. Mikecap

    Mikecap Champion (802) May 18, 2012 Rhode Island

    When I'm in the mood for a fruit beer, I enjoy both Newport Storm Blueberry and Seadog Blueberry. Although not exactly a fruit beer, I thought DFH Black and Blue was a solid offering
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  15. mjshearer1

    mjshearer1 Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2011 Michigan

    Blushing Monk.
    Samuel Smith Organic (insert any fruit here, they're all fantastic).
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  16. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

  17. HomeBrewed

    HomeBrewed Initiate (0) Dec 10, 2006 Minnesota

    Serendipity a sour? It tastes like fruit juice. Raspberry Tart is more "sour," but still not a sour in my book. Both are elite Fruit Beers. Exactly what the OP is looking for IMO.
  18. papat444

    papat444 Initiate (0) Dec 28, 2006 Canada (QC)

  19. ShanePB

    ShanePB Initiate (0) Sep 6, 2010 Pennsylvania

    New Glarus calls it a "Fruited Sour Ale" on their website. So, it's a draw?

    Haven't had it yet, excited to open my bottle though!
  20. strangebrew321

    strangebrew321 Initiate (0) Feb 18, 2009 Indiana

    You can always get some Berliner Weiss and add your own fruit. I like to use strawberry or watermelon.
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  21. mnstorm99

    mnstorm99 Initiate (0) May 11, 2007 Minnesota

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  22. mnstorm99

    mnstorm99 Initiate (0) May 11, 2007 Minnesota

    Not sour, I was disappointed after reading the label. I found it too sweet.
  23. MEGAawesomeLAUREN

    MEGAawesomeLAUREN Initiate (0) Mar 30, 2013 Minnesota

    I'll agree to a draw lol and I just bought a case of Serendipity and a case of Raspberry Tart. I have to stock up seeing as I can only get it if I drive an hour to WI. :/
  24. stupac2

    stupac2 Initiate (0) Feb 22, 2011 California

    I don't know what to tell you, but to me it was sour enough that I don't think it's what OP was looking for. I've had it a couple times too. Maybe it's just that it's not as insanely sweet as their other fruit beers, so the mild sourness seems more prominent? I don't know.

    Also, if you look at the reviews on here, a very large number reference "tart" or "sour". So I think I'm in the majority here.
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  25. olekern

    olekern Initiate (0) Sep 25, 2010 California

    What about Ephemere from Unibroue? I've only had the apple, but I thought it was pretty good. Right way to do a Beglian Wit w/ apple: Unibroue; wrong way: Shock Top apple (disgusting).
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  26. Holmes698

    Holmes698 Initiate (0) Mar 7, 2009 Pennsylvania

    New Glarus Apple Ale was awesome.
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  27. atoulouk

    atoulouk Aspirant (273) Apr 25, 2011 Indiana

    Blushing Monk and Belgian Red would be my personal favorites
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  28. TheSixthRing

    TheSixthRing Poo-Bah (4,306) Sep 24, 2008 California

    I find the Samuel Adams Blackberry Wit to be fairly enjoyable.
  29. sherm1016

    sherm1016 Initiate (197) Aug 10, 2009 Wisconsin

    For what it's worth, I believe the base beer in Belgian Red, Raspberry Tart, and Serendipity (and presumably the forthcoming Strawberry Rhubarb) are all the same. My understanding is that the base beer does contain Brett/Lacto/Pedio.

    That said, I personally don't consider them sour or Lambic-style, and would lump them in Fruit Beers, along the lines of what the OP is looking for. IMO, the tartness that people perceive when tasting these beers comes primarily from the fruit. Montmorency Cherries, Raspberries, Cranberries, and certain varieties of Apples all have a tartness about them that is very different from "sour."
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  30. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

    And don't forget New Glarus Wisconsin Red.
    Though technically a brown ale, Kasteel Rouge has incredible cherry flavor.
  31. HopFace

    HopFace Initiate (0) Feb 29, 2012 Colorado

    The whole Timmerman's lineup more or less.
  32. bpfrush

    bpfrush Champion (865) Jan 24, 2009 Wisconsin

    Gotta add NG Cran-Bic as well
  33. kkrez

    kkrez Initiate (0) Dec 7, 2008 Colorado

    Dry Dock Apricot Blonde, best fruit beer out there. Wow factor
  34. tjensen3618

    tjensen3618 Initiate (0) Mar 23, 2008 California

    DFH Aprihop
    New Belgium's Old Cherry (hope it makes a comeback)
  35. LambicPentameter

    LambicPentameter Initiate (0) Aug 29, 2012 Nebraska

    The best I've had is probably Ephemere (Apple). The best way I can describe it is using good old SAT-style analogous...


    Others that I'd say are worth a try:
    • Kasteel Rouge (a blend of Kasteel Donker quad and cherry liqueur)
    • Steigl Grapefruit (technically a Radler, but refreshing and tasty)
    • Frambozen Raspberry Brown from New Belgium
    • ApriHop (if we're cheating, since it's technically an IPA with apricots)
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  36. MEGAawesomeLAUREN

    MEGAawesomeLAUREN Initiate (0) Mar 30, 2013 Minnesota

    I've never had it. Worth trying?
  37. Cvescalante

    Cvescalante Initiate (0) Dec 24, 2012 Texas

    Live Oak Hefewiezen tastes like a banana smoothie.. But not a fruit beer or easy to get.. Raspberry Tart is fantastic though!
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  38. SpongeRuiner

    SpongeRuiner Initiate (0) Nov 27, 2012 Michigan

    Shorts Freedom of '78 - top 3 beer for me for sure.
  39. Chaz

    Chaz Poo-Bah (2,152) Feb 3, 2002 Minnesota
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    I recall liking the Green apple and Cassis Ephemere batches (and would add "Quelque Chose"* into the suggestion blender as well).

    Great Divide had one which was much better than I had anticipated, and the New Glarus fruit beers are seriously worth seeking out.

    (*Mulled or iced.)
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  40. Rob315

    Rob315 Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2010 Kentucky

    DFH Festina Peche
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