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Why all the dislike for fruit beers?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by djsmith1174, Jun 1, 2013.

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  1. djsmith1174

    djsmith1174 Disciple (318) Aug 21, 2005 Minnesota

    Is it because they kind of break from more traditional ingredients? Too sweet in many cases? Dare I say it, "Not manly enough". I know that some get some love and even hype, but those are few and far between. Most get passed off as "sucks" before many even try them. I'm just curious to hear BAs reasons why, because you are certainly entitled to dislike them.

    For me, I don't mind them when I'm in the mood for something of that sort. I really like variety and those type of beers just add more to that variety. I have always enjoyed fruit flavors and find that a well done fruit beer can be highly enjoyable.
     
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  2. Lorianneb

    Lorianneb Aspirant (270) Apr 27, 2012 New Jersey

    I think it's because they are viewed as "girlie beers". I like to think of them more like gateway beers, as they were for me. I rarely drink them now.
     
  3. semibaked

    semibaked Zealot (589) Mar 27, 2007 Illinois

    No hate from me, I like them if they are done well such as New Glarus and Sam Smith.
     
  4. Geuzedad

    Geuzedad Initiate (0) Nov 14, 2010 Arizona

    Some of us "hard core" BA's consider fruit beers "girly beers". With that being said, anyone who thinks fruit beers are just for chicks have never had New Glarus' Wisconsin Belgian Red. If you are into tart Belgian beer then...oh my...you are missing the boat. I think most folks, once being open minded, would see that all fruit beers are not the same. I have also found some to be exceptional on a hot summer afternoon sitting by the pool, to be quite refreshing and very quaffable. You just need to open your mind and be willing to expand your horizons.
     
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  5. ThisWangsChung

    ThisWangsChung Poo-Bah (2,764) Oct 15, 2011 Maryland

    Honestly, there are some fruit beers which I'm kind of a sucker for. The late Founders Cerise, for one.

    Oh, and ISO: Raspberry Tart/Wisconsin Belgian Red :wink:
     
  6. Stugotzo

    Stugotzo Initiate (0) Jun 13, 2012 Florida

  7. Ri0

    Ri0 Poo-Bah (2,732) Jul 1, 2012 Wisconsin

    Why? Because so many people do not have access to New Glarus, that's why.
     
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  8. djsmith1174

    djsmith1174 Disciple (318) Aug 21, 2005 Minnesota


    Agreed. I'm only referring to the fruit beers put out by craft brewers. I would just be referring to any craft beer with fruit as an ingredient. Outside the Belgian styles, most get dismissed and I'm just interested in BA's personal reasons if that is the case.
     
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  9. bobbyr5

    bobbyr5 Initiate (0) May 17, 2013 Michigan

    I think fruit beers are decent if the fruit aspect is very minimal. If I want to gin and juice then I will drink gin and juice. Just had a Short's The Soft Parade and I didn't think it differed from any other run of the mill fruit beer but some how it has a BA rating of 82 with almost 500 reviews. eh..
     
  10. BigJim5021

    BigJim5021 Zealot (568) Sep 2, 2007 Indiana

    I have no problem hating on a fruit beer that has clearly been sweetened with syrup, where nothing resembling actual fruit has even come near it (looking at you, Leinenkugel). However, when it's well done? Hello, Raspberry Tart.
     
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  11. cw577enfield

    cw577enfield Aspirant (249) Mar 3, 2013 Virginia

  12. Greenia

    Greenia Initiate (0) Oct 7, 2011 Illinois

    I'll take a Soft Parade any day. Thats fruit beer done right.
     
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  13. beerme411

    beerme411 Initiate (0) Sep 28, 2010 California

    There are too many shitty fruit beers. Also Lindemans doesn't help with their added sugar (although I do like some of them).

    They have great potential and some are very good, it's just the more mainstream stuff is poorly done. Need more brewers making better stuff. Don't hate the style just the lack of quality with most attempts, but progress is being made.

    Edit: Stolen from GoT thread "Reek Reek it Rhymes with Kriek" mmmm I would buy that.
     
  14. Circleo12

    Circleo12 Disciple (399) Nov 12, 2012 South Carolina
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    I love most things fruit beers, regardless of what others think of them. Some of the best stuff I've had lately (Serendipity for one) are 'fruit' beers. Maybe some folks just have different tastes. If I went to a bar that had a 100 BA rated fruit beer, and a 100 BA rated IPA, I wouldn't touch the IPA. Just how it is for some folks.
     
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  15. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

    New Glarus & Kasteel do it right.
    Most don't.
     
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  16. strangebrew321

    strangebrew321 Aspirant (223) Feb 18, 2009 Indiana
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    Fruit beers from breweries such as Leinenkugel or Lindemans come across as artificial tasting. Fruit beers from great breweries are usually a nice treat, especially in the summer heat.
     
  17. 77black_ships

    77black_ships Disciple (393) Dec 4, 2012 Belgium

    Because mainstream fruit beers are overly sweet, artificial soda-like concoctions which are what most people associated with them. I have had excellent fruit beers & would love to have more.
     
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  18. djsmith1174

    djsmith1174 Disciple (318) Aug 21, 2005 Minnesota


    Me too. I can still recall the flavor of Blushing Monk and would love to see more examples like that from other breweries.
     
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  19. djsmith1174

    djsmith1174 Disciple (318) Aug 21, 2005 Minnesota

    Another one I enjoy every year, Frambozen. The raspberries are a nice complement to a brown ale. Pretty subtle and nothing mindblowing, just a nicely done fruit beer in my opinion.
     
  20. Seanibus

    Seanibus Initiate (0) Dec 6, 2004 California

    Agreed. Many fruit beers are horrifying (Lancaster Strawberry Wheat, anyone? I thought not). When done well, they are wonderful, but is SOOOO easy to do it wrong.
     
  21. Brad007

    Brad007 Poo-Bah (3,789) Mar 28, 2007 Vermont
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    Spot on!

    Wild Blue is...well, I don't know how to describe it. A fruity alcohol bomb that is closer to Four Loko than anything?
     
  22. GuzzLah

    GuzzLah Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2013 Illinois

    I've tried more than 100 non-soured fruit beers and can only think of less than 10 that I thought were really good. Several have already been mentioned. Fruit sours are a different story. Many of them are very good.

    It takes a lot of fruit to make a really good fruit beer and most breweries don't want to deal with 2000lbs of apricots, so they use artificial extract and the results aren't typically good.
     
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  23. protton

    protton Initiate (0) Jan 18, 2013 Florida

    Working at a World of Beer there is quite a bit of hate for fruit beers, with most of the reasons being that they are too girly, followed closely by them being too sweet.
     
  24. jRocco2021

    jRocco2021 Aspirant (295) Mar 13, 2010 Wisconsin

    Theres nothing girly about DFH Fort.
     
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  25. Brad007

    Brad007 Poo-Bah (3,789) Mar 28, 2007 Vermont
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    I just interpret it as proof that there are plenty of sexist beer drinkers out there, even among those who drink craft.

    It's. Just. Beer.
     
  26. djsmith1174

    djsmith1174 Disciple (318) Aug 21, 2005 Minnesota


    And many of those same people will drink wine, which is made with...fruit :confused:
     
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  27. InVinoVeritas

    InVinoVeritas Devotee (415) Apr 16, 2012 Wisconsin

    The more beers I try, the more I appreciate uniqueness and the more I understand how great it is for us to have all the variety in taste . . . there is a beer for every occasion. I may not lean towards fruit all the time, but there are certainly moments where it is "just right." In fact, I'm making a fruit beer now. It's a Belgium Blonde with blueberry puree. Isn't it great just how many options we have these days!
     
  28. Danny1217

    Danny1217 Champion (812) Jul 15, 2011 Florida
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    I agree with most of the people posting in this thread. I like good fruits beers, and dislike bad ones (subjective, I know.) I don't like a lot of the fruit beers that get wide distribution. Not a big fan of SA Cherry Wheat, or any SA wheat beers for the most part. I don't like sweet pseudo-lambics (although I like using Lindemans Framboise for mixing, occasionally.) I love a good fruited berliner weisse, or a real fruit lambic. Funky Buddha's Passionfruit Berliner and Cantillon Fruit Lambics are some of my favorite beers I have ever had. I also like Samuel Smith's fruit beers. Whether or not I like a fruit beer has only to do with the quality of the beer.

    To end my post, I would like to say that Wild Blue is a fucking abomination.
     
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  29. djsmith1174

    djsmith1174 Disciple (318) Aug 21, 2005 Minnesota


    I noticed a few months ago that they've added additional flavors to their wild cough syrup lineup. Yuck. :grimacing:
     
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  30. VTMoondog

    VTMoondog Initiate (0) Apr 14, 2013 Vermont

    Lindemanns Cherry Lambic is IMHO...nectar of the gods...SO good.
     
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  31. maxwelldeux

    maxwelldeux Initiate (0) Apr 25, 2012 Washington

    I'm in the "I don't like sweet" camp. Fruit elements bordering on the sour I like. Too many of them, though, either a) are so overly sweet that I can't stand it, b) add fruit to mask what is a pretty crappy beer, or c) have cherry (a flavor I DETEST). Some fruit beers, though, can by dynamite.
     
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  32. slangtruth

    slangtruth Initiate (120) Jan 8, 2012 Kentucky

    I prefer beer-flavored beer.
     
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  33. Kerrie

    Kerrie Initiate (0) Aug 24, 2012 Michigan

    I know a lot of people aren't into sweet beers (or anything sweet) so that I get, but if anyone is simply refusing to try a fruit beer due to the "girly" reputation, you're missing out. There are a lot of good ones out there, and my boyfriend actually likes/drinks fruit beers more than I do, heh. He's currently drinking Soft Parade out of a tulip and he gives zero fucks :grinning:
     
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  34. randylangford

    randylangford Zealot (542) Jun 11, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    I miss Fort ... I down to 1 bottle.
     
  35. VTMoondog

    VTMoondog Initiate (0) Apr 14, 2013 Vermont

    I think I'd like to try this Soft Parade that you speak of
     
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  36. Kerrie

    Kerrie Initiate (0) Aug 24, 2012 Michigan

    According to Seekabrew, Founders does distribute in VT. Hopefully you can find it; it's not the best Founders brew imo (in fact, I'm drinking their Porter right now, and that's always a sure bet) but it's very good.
     
  37. loafinaround

    loafinaround Initiate (0) Jul 16, 2011 New York

    Girly beers... right.

    Well, I'm a girl, so let's see what my fav beers (by definition must be girly right?) are....

    On a hot day like today: resin, Columbus ipa (sucks if I could get it now!)
    Normally, it's a high abv stout like big john, bitches brew, bcbs, cherry rye.

    gee, sounds a lot like many of the guys same fav beers.
    guess a lot of you must be girly men :wink:
     
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  38. Handyandy58

    Handyandy58 Initiate (0) Aug 3, 2011 California

    Drinking NG Serendipity right now. Wisconsin might not have the coolest IPAs or Stouts, but I'd put NG's fruit beers up against anybody's.
     
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