Style: American Fruit Wheat Ale
Malts: 2-Row and Wheat
Brewer’s Note: “This brew combines 2-Row Pilsen malt, a hint of Crystal malt, and of course, plenty of malted wheat. A hint of blackberry at the finish makes this beer a real thirst quencher! For the health conscious, Blackbeary Wheat has less than 6 grams of carbs and only 110 calories per bottle! ”
The label is a little goofy to me. Sure, the cartoon papa bear being caught by momma bear is cute, but is it really right for a beer bottle? The comfy cartoon-style that Longtrail employs, while homely and inviting, is a little too childish for what I want on a beer bottle. The bears on this label make me think I’m buying beer from Charmin… The text font is okay, though boring, and actually carries a classier feel, but the main label of the beer completely throws this away. The clutter of text is kept relatively in check on the bottle, and the dark blue coloring is nice, but overall I want more from a beer label than the simple childish cartoons that Longtrail offers. I would not keep the label for scrapbooking or shelving.
The beer pours kristelweiss clear and yellow, like some very clean dehydrated pee. The head on top is huge and snow white, with finely packed bubbles, but a lumpy exterior. The beer’s body is as clean as a hospital, with a light torrent of carbonation bubbles working their way to the top of the glass. The lacing on the edges of the glass is medium to thick, sticky, and quite patchy. On the nose, the beer smells of damp wheat with a light spice note, and plenty of tart and syrupy sweet blackberry smells. On the tongue, the beer tastes cleanly of wheat bread and sweet black berries. The beer begins with damp and bitter bland wheat before opening into a more welcoming biscuity flavor with a very light spice from the yeast, and then crescendoing with the syrupy blackberry taste that is sweet and pleasing. The close of the beer is far more pleasant than the opening, with light lingering wheat flavors, and a very light sweet tang of blackberries. In the mouth, the beer feels very clean, and of a lighter body, with some very nice velvety carbonation bubbles, and a refreshing kick in the back of the throat. The mouth is left a little dry and sticky, strangely, but the throat is left feeling quite refreshed. Overall, this is a light fruit beer that I really don’t mind drinking a lot of. Longtrails website says this beer originated from the concept of Belgiums lambic beers, but I see it as far more akin to a crisp kellerweiss, and I think they should start marketing it that way. The beer is great for a summer day when you want something a little sweet to refresh the tongue.