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Beer Styles 201: What is a Fruit / Vegetable Beer?

Fruit Beers & Vegetable Beers: where they come from, their appearance, flavour & aroma, palate & mouthfeel, food pairings and serving suggestions are all explained in this Beer Styles 201 article.

Beer Styles 201: What is a Fruit / Vegetable Beer?

What are Fruit Beers & Vegetable Beers?

Fruit and vegetable beers are beers that are made with added fruit or vegetable used for adjunct or flavouring purposes.

Fruits and vegetables can be added into the mash or with flavouring added into the fermentation during the brewing process. Many beer styles, such as Belgian Lambics (fruit) or Pumpkin Ales (vegetable) can be considered a fruit or vegetable beer.


Fruit Beers & Vegetable Beers Essential Information:


Style Region of Fruit Beers and Vegetable Beers:

Brussels, Belgium

Appearance of a Fruit beer or Vegetable Beer:

The appearance of a fruit or vegetable ranges widely and is all based on the fruit or vegetable being added in the brewing or fermentation process. The colours of fruit and vegetable brews can range from clear yellow to a dark brown.

fruit & Vegetable beer Flavour & Aroma:

The aroma of these beers should have strong notes of the fruit or vegetable the beer is highlighting. Hop notes are usually minimal to nonexistent in fruit beers.

Palate & Mouthfeel:

There usually will be no hop bitterness present in your fruit and vegetable beers. In most fruit beers, acidic notes are common. This beer style can range from crisp and light to medium bodied.

What foods pair well with fruit beers and vegetable beers?

Pair sweet and tart fruit beers with mascarpone cheese, light white meats, salads with fruity dressings, pickled vegetables, and refreshing desserts, like sorbet.

Pair vegetable brews with foods that are driven by herbs and spices. Think duck and pork dishes, and salads with cranberries.

How to serve a fruit / vegetable beer:

Most fruit beers are served in a flute glass or a snifter. Vegetable beers are often served in a pilsner glass or a pint glass. Try drinking these beers somewhere between 45-50° F (7-10° C) to get the perfect balance of flavours intended by the brewer.

Beer styles that can be considered fruit & vegetable beers:

Lambic, Saison, Sour, Radler, Kriek, Pumpkin Ale, Chili Beer, Spice / Herb Beer, Chocolate Beer, Coffee Beer, and any beer style that uses fruit or vegetables during the brewing process.

Want to try some great fruit & vegetable beers?

Here are some of our favourites:

Tangerine Dream Ale4 Mile Brewing Company
Peach LagerAbita Brewing Company
Mango TangoYellowhead Brewing Company
Imperial CoolcumberWicked Weed Brewing


Now that you’re a Fruit Beer / Vegetable Beer wiz, learn more about other beer styles below:

Amber Ale / Dark Ale
Amber Lager / Dark Lager
Belgian IPA / White India Pale Ale
Berliner Weisse
Double IPA / Imperial IPA
Golden Ale / Blonde Ale
Golden Lager / Pale Lager
Gruit Beer
India Pale Ale (IPA)
Sour Ale / Wild Ale
Strong Ale
Wheat Beer

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