Pouring this beer into the glass is like unveiling a vibrant purplish pink masterpiece with a fluffy, persistent light pink head. The haze, attributed to the wheat content, adds a touch of anticipated mystery. It certainly looks the part, setting the stage for what one hopes will be a flavorful experience.


The olfactory journey starts promisingly with a burst of bright raspberry limeade and hints of strawberry daiquiri. However, as the beer warms, the aroma takes an unexpected turn toward melted popsicle, tinged with a slightly buttery note. While the fragrance is captivating, the divergence from the initial fruity notes raises an eyebrow.


The excitement built up by the appealing color and inviting aroma is quickly dampened when it comes to the actual taste. Disappointingly, the beer falls short, offering a bland and watery experience. The American wheat ale base adds an unwanted creaminess, turning the anticipated raspberry limeade into a lackluster concoction. A desperate cry for a touch of sugar, bright acidity, and assertive raspberry and lime flavors goes unanswered.


The mouthfeel of this Tartastic creation leaves much to be desired. The creamy texture from the American wheat ale base clashes with the expected refreshing qualities of a raspberry lime ale. It’s akin to sipping on raspberry limeade with an inadvertent dash of milk, an odd combination that fails to elevate the drinking experience.


For a beer boldly named “Tartastic,” the absence of tartness or acidity is a glaring letdown, earning it a solid 0 out of 10 in the acidity department. It feels like the beer is only halfway there, with the eye-catching color and enticing aroma overshadowed by uninspired flavors and an underwhelming mouthfeel. Casual drinkers might respond with a nonchalant “meh,” while enthusiasts are left scratching their heads at the misleading branding. Expectations of a fruited Berliner Weisse are shattered, leaving behind a beverage closer to raspberry lime La Croix with a hint of cream.

Setting aside the tartness critique, even the raspberry and lime flavors fail to carry through into the body of the beer, reminiscent of New Belgium’s previous struggle with Juicy Watermelon. While technically sound, this offering feels too safe and uninspiring, making it clear it caters more to the casual consumer. Perhaps I’m not the target audience for this New Belgium creation, as there’s nothing inherently wrong with the beer—just a missed opportunity for a more adventurous and memorable experience. Its addition to the year-round portfolio suggests it might find its place among those seeking a safe, predictable sip rather than a truly “Tartastic” adventure.