Well dear reader! Expecting a wine today? - guess again! My first venture into beer tasting (although this is by far NOT my first beer I've ever'd have to go back over ten years for that important milestone) on is Amsterdam Pomegranate Wheat Beer.

Ah, pomegranate: that powerhouse fruit of eras gone by, has made a come back (did it ever go away?) due to its antioxidant properties. So, some genius thought if it's so great, why not mix it with BEER! Why not, right? After all, if there are chocolate beers, coffee beers, HEMP beers, then why not pomegranate?

So I picked up a single bottle (thankfully...I'll tell you the gory details shortly) and thought, "Gee, this should be lovely as a fruity, delicious Summer beverage!" Then again...maybe not; let's just say looks can be deceiving.

First, the twist top cap is not: you need a bottle opener for this baby or else risk bleeding and blisters (perhaps that's a bit overdramatic, but it's fun). This beer has a deep, golden-bronze colour and definite fruity nose, that much I'll give it, and does not produce a lot of foam when poured properly. Remember beer-a-philes, pour into a glass at an angle!

Upon first taste - brace yourself - a very striking hoppy, grainy taste slams the taste buds, although with distinct background tastes of fruit (must be the pomegranate). Although somewhat smooth, it has a definite full grainy body and taste, and is VERY dry, leaving your mouth not unlike the Sahara.

The bitterness of the hops simply overwhelms this beer, giving the fruit nearly no chance to come forth. What I thought would be a refreshing, fruity tasting beer turned out to be a bitter hop fest, leaving me not awfully "hoppy" (sorry folks) with the results.

If you're a fan of hoppy, heavily grainy, bitter beers, this one might please you.

For me though? This one left me going "Amster-DAMN."

*1/2 out of 4

Purchased at a Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) store for C$2.75 (US$2.52).


LCBO #96669
4.5% Alcohol/Vol.
Sugar Content: 3
Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Amsterdam Brewing Company

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