I poured a 12oz bottle into a wheat beer glass. There was no freshness date. It cost $2.50 ($0.21 per ounce).
Appearance: Hazy but translucent shade of pinkish-orange. Some sediment
and vigorous carbonation visible. Forms a huge, pinkish-white, soapy
head which mostly dissipates but does lace the glass a bit.
Smell: A general berry-like scent, not unlike a fruit juice concentrate. Sweet and flowery.
Taste: Fruity wheat beers are the legitimate flavored malt beverages or
"alcopops" of the beer world. They usually taste pretty good, though
they don’t often taste like real beer. Adirondack Rock The Boat Ale is a
perfect example of what I mean since it tastes exactly as advertised:
raspberry and watermelon, but not much else. It’s a fine palette even if
it’s a bit repetitive.
I get the fruity flavors right away, especially tart red raspberry. A
generic, familiar wheaty taste throughout the middle with slightly
sharp/tart watermelon tanginess on the finish. Not quite as candy-like
and delectable as a lambic or a genuine fruit beer (I believe this is a
pale wheat ale with fruit and not a fruit ale per se). Its taste is on
the lighter, more deliberately refreshing end of the spectrum rather
than going for authentic fruit flavor. It tastes fine, reminiscent of
juice, but isn’t especially delectable though I can find no real "flaws"
to the beer. It’s exactly what it’s supposed to be and you can’t fault
it for that.
Drinkability: I was amazed by how quickly I downed my serving of
Adirondack Rock The Boat Ale. The mouthfeel is thin, slightly water, but
the effervescence remains consistently high throughout. It’s easy to
drink and leaves a clean aftertaste making it quite refreshing for
warmer weather. I couldn’t find an ABV for this beer anywhere (why don’t
they just put it on the label!?), but I’d estimate it’s probably less than 5%. Probably sessionable for the non-beer drinker, but one should be good enough for pretty much anyone.