Strawberry beers have been a bit of an enigma for me. I love strawberries and can easily eat a basket with much effort and obviously I love beer so one would think strawberry beers would be a no brainer.
Over the years I have had a few that were good but I have yet to have one that really captures the flavors of the strawberry. More times than not you get little hints of strawberry (if any) and rarely would I be able to blindly be able to pick out strawberry. Other fruited beers such as apricots, peaches, cherries and raspberries tend to deliver a much more pronounced and enjoyable fruit character but I am still holding out hope that someone out there will create the strawberry beer I have been waiting for.
The next beer to step up to the plate in my search for a great strawberry is No Label Strawberry Blonde. Generally I lean towards sour fruited beers but I will give this one a shot.
I pop the beer and fill my glass with the marmalade color elixir. The beer has an off white soupy head that dissipates quickly and seems to have a good amount of carbonation. The aroma doesn’t jump out of the glass but after a few seconds I get the yeast esters you would expect form a blonde ale. Sourdough bread, grain and touch of generic sweetness but not a lot of strawberry.
My first taste of the beer didn’t bring much as far as flavor goes but as the glass warmed up a bit the flavors start to become more pronounced. Again, I get the typical blonde ale flavors but the sweetness stands out a lot more in the taste. Knowing it is a strawberry beer I do pull out the flavor of the delicious fruit but if I was given this beer blind I might guess a number of other berries before I land on strawberry. The fruit character is enjoyable and adds a great layer of sweetness to the beer making it a refreshing summertime brew. The fruit lingers into the finish leaving you want another sip and by the end of the beer I found myself wishing I had another.