Atwater Brewery Traverse City Cherry Wheat

Hailing from Motor City, this is the first beer beat any of the Cammo beers in sheer volume of head. Look at that thing; it's like memory foam, it's so thick. I'm not sure where the "Traverse City" comes into this mix. It's not the name of the brewery, and it's located in Detroit, so... I'm at a loss. It's possible it's named after the place where the recipe was created, but that's a stab in the dark.

It's cloudy and self-evidently bottle conditioned. The aroma is almost non-existent when compared to the volume of foam. What smell there is can best be described as grainy malt with some sweetness of cherry - yup, exactly what you might expect. The eventual color is a reddish copper.

First sip is entirely expected - Juicy Juice cherry. Okay, it has a bit more of the grain and malt that were hinted at in the aroma, but the fact is this is a very sweet beer. And it's not the nice sweet of a milk stout, either. It's the sweet of an (say it with me now) ingredient that has no business being in a beer. Another sip confirms that this isn't a terrible beverage, it's just not a good one.

A bigger draught improves matters quite a bit. The start tastes lightly of the cherries, but the middle has the taste of a wheat beer with little of the bitterness. If anything, it's a bit bland in the meat of the beer. Then the finish is where the cherry hits with its fruity sweetness. As the cherry winds itself out, there is a hint of the bitterness mixed with the cherry.

It's still not the greatest, but it's not the worst.



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