Style: Berliner Weisse
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.