Sour Cherry Einhorn

Brewery: Austin Beerworks
Style:   Fruit Beer (29A)
Package: 12oz Can
Purchased: HEB Tech Ridge, June, 2019
Canned Date:  May 22, 2019
Consumed Date: August 11, 2019

Details From the Brewer

ABV: 3.5%

Boom! Look up.  Look out.  A cherry bomb of flavor exploded in a pink bubbly cloud.  The mist parts and there she stands, My Little Einhorn


Aroma – 7/12

Lemon lactic tartness hits the nose first at a medium high level.  There’s a moderate doughy wheat character as well.  The cherry note is low, is almost mixed with a red apple character.

Appearance – 3/3

A stark white head made up of small and medium bubbles stands on the beer a few centimeters tall.  It last with average retention before eventually fading away.  The liquid is a deep straw with a pale orange/reddish hue.  Clarity is great with only a few floaters from the bottom of the can.

Flavor – 14/20

Lactic yogurty, citric flavors hit the tongue first at a medium level.  There’s a noticeable twang from the acidity, before a softer doughy malt note takes over.  Towards the midtaste, the cherry comes out at a low level.  The cherry note persists at a low level through the finish.  Very low bitterness and sweetness.  

Mouthfeel – 4/5

Medium high carbonation.  Medium bodied, but thins a bit on towards the finish.  No alcohol warmth.  The finish is soft with a bit of acidity prickling the roof of the mouth after the liquid leaves.

Overall Impression – 7/10

This is a refreshing, easy drinking fruit beer.  The base is a well made Berliner Weisse.  While fruit beers should be in balance between the base beer and the fruit notes, the fruit was a bit subdued here.  It was very drinkable, but increasing the usage would but it more in balance with the Berliner.

Rating – 36/50

As this warmed it came off to me like a sour cherry hard candy or sucker in a way. It’s very close to a traditional Berliner Mit Schuss or with a fruited syrup. This is something I’d pound by a pool or at a beach right now. I’d could see myself pairing this with a nice summer salad.