Specials: Fruit Beer

Notes: Fruit aromas, ranging from subtle to intense, should be present and should not be overpowered by hop aromas. Fruit or fruit extracts, used as an adjunct in either the mash, kettle, primary or secondary fermentation, provide harmonious fruit character ranging from subtle to intense. Within the framework of these guidelines, fruit beers fermented with Belgian yeast (Wit, Abbey, Farmhouse, Saison and/or Brettanomyces ) should be categorized as Belgian-Style Fruit Beers, or possibly as fruited Brett Beers. Some beers may fit into this category if they contain fruity adjuncts but no actual fruit. As an example, a juniper berry-flavored beer with notable juniper berry fruity flavor and/or aroma could be categorized as a Fruit Beer, whereas a beer in which the juniper berry character is more herbal or spicy should be categorized as an Herb and Spice Beer. Fruit Beers brewed with wheat should be categorized as Fruit Wheat Beers. Fruit Beers brewed with unusual fermentable(s), but no wheat, should be categorized as Fruit Beers. All of the various India Pale Ale or Imperial India Pale Ale styles brewed as Fruit Beers are categorized as Experimental India Pale Ales. All fruited Sour Beers are categorized elsewhere. All fruited Wood- and Barrel-Aged beers whether sour or not are categorized elsewhere. Within the framework of these guidelines, coconut is defined as a vegetable, and beers containing coconut should be categorized as Field Beers. When using these guidelines as the basis for evaluating entries at competitions, brewers may be asked to provide supplemental information about entries in this category to allow for accurate evaluation of diverse entries. Such information might include the underlying beer style upon which the entry is based, or other information unique to the entry such as fruit(s) used or processing which influence perceived sensory outcomes.

  • ABV: 2.5%-12.0%
  • ABW: 2.0%-9.5%
  • IBU: 5-70
  • Color (SRM): 5-50
  • Color (EBC): 10-100
  • Original Gravity: 1.030-1.110
  • Original Gravity °P: 7.6-25.9
  • Final Gravity: 1.006-1.030
  • Final Gravity °P: 1.5-7.6

Style info provided entirely or in part by the Brewers Association 2021 beer style guidelines.

16 Fruit Beer Reviewed

Beer Brewery Rate Avg.
#9 Magic Hat Brewing Company 7.50
Blueberry Ale Bar Harbor Brewing Company 6.45
Blushing Monk Founders Brewing Company 9.77
Cerise Founders Brewing Company 6.41
Cherry Stout Bell's Brewery, Inc. 8.00
Door County Cherry Wheat Hinterland Brewery Restaurant 7.22
Jam'd - Lime & Raspberry Brickstone Brewery 7.05
Last Days of Summer Tampa Bay Brewing Company 8.62
Pickin' Raspberries Oswego Beer Company 9.23
Plum Rye Bock Short's Brewing Company 7.64
Raspberry Ale Dark Horse Brewing Co. 7.76
Raspberry Tart New Glarus Brewing Company 9.53