Tasting Notes plays the nostalgia card this week as we get into a few cans of Cherry Limeade! Berliner Weisse from Cherry Street Brewing (Cumming, Georgia).
Canned earlier this summer to serve as a Limited Release offering, Cherry Limeade! Berliner Weisse is Cherry Street Brewing’s take on “a classic German style with a Sonic twist: cherries and limes are added to the tart brew, which is cherry-red in color and very refreshing.” Coming in at a low 4% ABV, Cherry Limeade! has all the thirst-quenching abilities needed to tackle a hot and humid summer in the South.
The latest limited-run of Cherry Limeade! has sadly come to an end, but it is possible that a couple 4-packs of 16 oz. cans could still be tucked away on the shelves of a few select craft beer-friendly retailers in the Atlanta area. Possible . . . but unlikely. If you missed out on Cherry Limeade! this time around, odds are that you will just have to wait for the next time Cherry Street Brewing decides to release another batch.
Alrighty . . . now that we’ve covered the necessary background information, let’s crack open these cans and get into some Tasting Notes!
Tasting Notes for Cherry Limeade! Berliner Weisse from Cherry Street Brewing
Appearance: This brew pours a deep cherry, Kool-Aid-like red in color that has just a tinge of amber at the edges. The beer is clear – thanks to a careful pour that left any sediment behind in the can – and displays a moderate but steady carbonation presence. A half finger of loose and airy pink-hued foam built off the pour, but it disappeared just as quickly as it materialized. Of course, this means that there is no lacing to report.
Aroma: In a concentrated effort to live up to its name, the aroma is dominated by notes of candied cherry and bright lime. The Berliner’s Lacto qualities support with added citrus while the malts offer some solid wheat character and a really unexpected but intriguing layer of brown sugar.
Taste: Cherry is quick to engage the palate, deploying itself in several, very different forms: fresh tart cherries, sweeter pie cherries, and candied cherry gummies. The Key lime character then steps up at just the right time to cut those sweeter cherry notes and bring that lovely Berliner tartness forward. Although it is muted, the wheat supplies just enough grain presence to round and smooth out the flavor profile.
Mouthfeel: Light in body with a medium to high carbonation level, Cherry Limeade! has a crisp feel that is strikingly similar to . . . you guessed it . . . a cherry limeade. It does have a slightly sharp level of tartness, but a rush of fruity, candied sweetness does come through to balance the beer out enough to keep the experience approachable and refreshing. As expected, the 4% ABV is nowhere to be found. The beer cleans up nice and quick, but a touch of candied cherry is left to linger at times in the aftertaste.
Final Thoughts: As we alluded to in the opening paragraph, Cherry Limeade! Berliner Weisse is quite literally nostalgia in a glass. Each sip of this soda fountain-like limeade experience has the power to transport you back to those hot summer nights that convinced you and your high school buddies to head over to the local hamburger drive-in for a refreshing beverage. This beer’s spot-on representation of cherry and lime in both flavor and aroma is more than enough to bring back those memories, but its impressive mouthfeel is what ultimately sells the experience to the drinker. It truly mimics the satisfying nature of a cherry limeade by being bright, sweet, tart, crushable and – most importantly – ridiculously refreshing.
A lot is going to be asked of a beer that dares to wear the name “Cherry Limeade!“, but this one certainly checks all the boxes necessary to live up to its name. Be sure to put Cherry Limeade! on your list of must-try beers and check it out when you get the chance. Prost!