"An unfiltered, light, crisp ale with a cider or fruit profile and a dry vinous aftertaste..."
"Vinous" means "related to wine" or "wine-like," but if it meant vine-like or grass-y, then they would have described what I tasted. In every mouthful I had three distinct flavors; at first ale, then apple juice-y sweetness, and lastly the lingering taste of dry grass. The grass-y aftertaste was not pleasant, but much preferred over the overly sweet apple juice flavor. The only part of the flavor that I liked - the ale stage, was the one that lasted the briefest.
It is a West African style of beer - a region of the world where wheat and barley don't readily grow. It was first brewed for Milwaukee's African World Fest, but being glutten-free meant people on certain restictive diets could drink beer again. That audience buys enough of this beer to keep Sprecher brewing it year round.
I am glad that they make beers for people with celiac disease, or other gluten issues, but since I do not have these afflictions, I do not think I will ever have another of these. I give it a 2. But God help me, Sprecher makes another gluten-free beer made with bananas, sorghum and millet. It is called Mbege, and I am thinking that I should try it sometime. Maybe I am a gluten for punishment. (Sorry about that.)
-Jim from Milwaukee