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Oaken Barrel Brewing Co.
Greenwood, IN

Style: Fruit Beer
ABV: 5.0%

Jill’s Rating:
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Recently, I was in Indianapolis on a little getaway, and I went to Kahn’s Fine Wine and Spirits to get some of the local beers. Kahn’s was great—a nice selection of breweries from Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio that you don’t find in Jill Jaracz country, so I appreciated the opportunity to try some new beers to share with my fellow beer dorks.

Since it was January with below zero wind chills, I also needed a little bit of summer to warm me up, and I thought Oaken Barrel’s Razz-Wheat would fit the bill. On the pour, it was pure summer. That, or pure girly beer: This stuff was PINK. I could smell the raspberries, but on first whiff, I was worried that the scent was a little artificial. I took another smell and realized no, it wasn’t fake, it was just going to be a really fruity beer.

And it was. The taste was light and tart, with a slight bitterness to it. It was sweet without being cloyingly so. The raspberry flavor was refreshing and really tasted summery. That made this fruit beer lover happy.

The problem, however, is that without the fruit, this isn’t much of a beer. It’s pretty watery, and the beer behind it has almost no body and not much flavor. So although I found it fairly refreshing, I believe it’s an average fruit beer. Pretty tasty and there’s nothing totally wrong with it, but the beer itself is nothing super special.

Reviewed by Jill Jaracz on January 24, 2008.
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