Cayuga Cruiser (Ithaca Brewing Company)

Style: Berliner Weisse

4.2% ABV

Brewery’s Note: “Cayuga Cruiser is our slightly tart and exceptionally refreshing Berliner-Weisse style ale. Slightly hazy in appearance and light in body, this beer delivers the perfect combination of elements resulting in supreme and satisfying drinkability. Whether you’re on a boat or in your back yard, this beer is the quintessential summer refresher.”


The beer’s label is clean and simple, which I love. The font for the beer title is s clean and crisp example of ‘hippy bubble letters,” the color scheme is eye-catching and simple, while the graphic of the boats is so seamless and intriguing on the eyes. The beer could use a second label on the back, just to throw all the clutter there, but looking straight on at the label, it’s quite elegant and simple. This label is a keeper.


The beer pours a pale yellow, like mildly dehydrated piss, forming an eggshell white head of soda-like bubbles that quickly fizzle to a scrim. In body, the beer is supremely clean and clear with a mellow trickle of carbonation bubbles moving through the beer. The clarity is honestly a little odd for the style… Where is all the wheat? On the nose, the beer smells tart lemon, yogurt and granola, and a smooth, wheat bread smell on the back of the sniff. This is a very clean and crisp smell. On the tongue, the beer tastes refreshingly tart with a balancing, bready sweetness that moves in with the middle of the sip, yet the finish is elegantly dry and refined. There might be a touch of salinity if I really dig into the flavors, but really this beer is a simple tart and sweet, which is exactly what it should be. In flavor, it begins as tart lemon juice, which moves into greek yogurt flavors that become rich with just a touch of salinity, and then some sweet, fruity green apple. The finish is a lovely blend of wheat dough with hints of wheat flakes and just a touch of lemon juice. In the mouth, the beer feels light in body, with a crisp, effervescent carbonation, a clean and crisp mouthfeel, and a tremendous drinkability. When the beer leaves, the mouth is left slightly wet from acidty, yet clean and refreshed, making this beer awesome for summer thirst quenching. Overall, I like this beer. It is an excellent six-pack Berliner Weisse. Simple flavors mesh together for just enough to interest the sip, while mouthfeel makes the beer very crushable. This is a great day drinker, and would probably pair very well with a syrup (if you go that way). This is a great Berliner Weisse. People need to make more six-pack Berliners.


2 thoughts on “Cayuga Cruiser (Ithaca Brewing Company)

  1. Hello, stumbled on your blog because I was wondering about the ABV of the Ithaca Cruiser. Was impressed with your detailed description of the beer! You definitely augmented my enjoyment of the Cruiser, and prompted my boyfriend to open another one after I read him the description so he could get a more careful taste. Thanks! Not much of a blog person but I will check out yours again

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