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Raspberry Wheat Ale - Garrison Brewing Company

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Raspberry Wheat AleRaspberry Wheat Ale

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78
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56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 15.82%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Garrison Brewing Company visit their website
Nova Scotia, Canada

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This golden wheat ale comes alive with it’s unique, natural raspberry flavour. A crisp, refreshing, one-of-a-kind taste that’s a perfect summer thirst quencher!

13 IBU

(Beer added by: Bunnyhop on 02-18-2003)
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Reviews by djcreepshow:
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

djcreepshow, Apr 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

cam477, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
3.15/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my dad for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is full of syrupy raspberry with some wheat notes thrown in for good measure. The flavor follows suit. I get a lot of raspberry, as well as some grain and wheat notes. Thin mouthfeel and high carbonation.

Mora2000, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle brought back from Halifax by a friend of mine.

Poured into a nonic glass. Light copper/amber, with a fairly decent frothy head. Some lacing for a while, but this dies off.

Nose is raspberry, lemon, cream. Not bad, doesn't smell artificial.

Doesn't taste bad, just nothing special here. Raspberries are muted, not the tart juicy variety I was hoping for. Soon, they give way to a lemon, yeasty finish.

Medium-bodied, slick, decent carbonation.

Not bad, but gets tiresome after a while. Not the best introduction to Garrison for me, but it's about par for the course in terms of raspberry wheat ales.

JohnnyBarman, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle, 4.6% ABV, part of the MIXED "6" pack shipped west of late...

This beer pours a slightly hazy pale golden colour, with one finger of foamy white head, which settles soon enough, leaving a decent berm of lace around the glass. It smells of reduced raspberries and biscuit malt - a very enticing homemade raspberry pie aroma, for certain. The taste exhibits a sharp drop-off in the titular fruit character - it's more of an echo amongst the grainy, pale malt base, very tame wheat spiciness, and a bit of earthy drying hops. The carbonation is moderate, and unobtrusive, the body light, a bit pithy, but clean. It finishes just a tad off-dry, some honey notes standing atop the mild graininess.

Not a bad fruit wheat ale, which seem to be the rage lately, and would probably work better on a bright summer patio. As it is, if only the flavour kept up to the promise of the nose, we'd have a stellar example of the style here. Oh well.

biboergosum, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of socon67
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours very light with more of a gold to tan color.

S- Smells of citrus. Yes, there is raspberry, but also either orange or tangerine.

T- Tastes sweet, but not all that strong for a fruit beer. You do get a feel of wheat as well. Not a bad taste at all; just wish it was more noticeable.

M- This beer has a dry finish. It almost reminded me of a chapagne. Not really liking that part.

D- This is a good beer for the season. Definitely works well in the summer.

Overall I found that Garrison has a couple varieties that are better than this one.

socon67, Sep 11, 2010
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3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First taste of the famous Garrison Brewing. Father-in-law brought it down from Nova Scotia and told me it was their biggest summer seller.

A- Nice color but is this gold or copper? I'm thinking copper but it really seems to change depending on the light I bring it up to. Thick off-white died down in a couple of minutes.

S- Very sweet raspberry licorice is pretty much all I smell. Some creaminess. Just got what it reminds me of: Those white cream filled licorice sticks. Raspberry yogurt also.

T- A lot less sweet than I thought it would be. Really tastes like a Molson without the dirty chemical taste infused with lots of Swedish Berries flavor. Bitterness and raspberry flavoring meld creating a chewable aspirin after-taste.

M- High carbonation numbs the tongue and contributes to the full mouthfeel. Finish is a little dry. Kind of feel like the beer leaves some sort of chemical film in my mouth. Not a very natural mouthfeel but it's still good.

D- Quite good. Refreshing. I bet it'd be easy to drink a sixer but not exactly yummy so you're basically drinking it to quench your thirst.

Kind of weird how I'm not sure if I like it or not. I don't really like the after-taste but there's just something addicting about the beer as a whole.

Yoonisaykul, Jun 22, 2010
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3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - slightly hazy golden copper, short white head dissipated to a thin covering, not much lacing to speak of
S - raspberry and bubble gum with a grainy note
T - the dominant flavour is more sweet grape and bubble gum than raspberry, phenolic with some bready malt and grassy hops
M - medium carbonation, light and thin, leaving a fuzzy medicinal feel
D - the flavour is fruity and sweet but not exactly what I was hoping for, the phenolic aspect tends to make the flavour come across as more artificial, but still tasty and easy drinking

joemcgrath27, Mar 20, 2011
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3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a brilliantly clear light copper with a very large bone-coloured head that is quite thick and lasts well, leaving a little lacing. Smell is rather nondescript. Malty, with a hint of fruitiness and yeast. The raspberries are actually rather subdued, and it is a woody sort of funk that takes the lead aromatically. Taste is not bad. Again the raspberries are less assertive than usual in extract brews, with a tart yeastiness coming through at first. The berries are there in the middle, along with a hint of grain, and the finish is dry and sharp as the wheat makes its presence known. Mouthfeel is quite full and highly carbonated, and drinkability is decent. Not bad really. I usually end up pouring out offerings like this, but I rather enjoyed this one, even if I'm not planning to go back for more.

Mandrake, Nov 08, 2006
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4.1/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy medium yellowish orange with a big bubbly rocky off white head. The mouthfeel is moderate that is tingly on the tongue. The smell is of sweet grain and raspberries. The taste is slight sour crisp, and dry tart tangy raspberries. This is a very crisp dry and refreshing fruit beer that has almost a lambic flavor to it.

fattyre, Apr 08, 2003
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3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours a lightly hazy, gold-amber with a finger of bubbly white head.

Smell. Light grains and raspberries. Imagine that!!!

Taste. Sour raspberries, bubblegum and some light grain. A little hop bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with medium-strong carbonation.

Overall. Very drinkable, but not as pleasant as other fruity wheat beers I've tried.

Rutager, Apr 17, 2011
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2.63/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a light pinkish color ale with a medium size foamy head with average retention and light lacing. Aroma of light raspberry with some enhance syrup is not the most exciting; wheat malt do no play a big role in this beer. Taste is also dominated by light raspberry notes with a subtle tart profile with a light background of raspberry syrup and a bland malt profile. Body is a bout average for style with medium carbonation. Mediocre offering from a brewer that is known to brew better beer.

Phyl21ca, Jun 15, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

TimeLincoln, Mar 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

TheSevenDuffs, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of IronDjinn
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Yet another from the variety 6-pack from Garrison, a 341 ml brown bottle. Pours out a slightly hazed golden hue with a tinge of amber from the berries. A finger's width of creamy white head that settles to a thin cap.

The aroma is all sweet raspberry, with a very faint background of bready malt.

Things switch places in the flavour with some sharp grainy malt that smooths out in the middle, faint sweet raspberry on the finish along with leafy, grassy hops that get more spicy and herbal into the aftertaste.

Medium-full mouthfeel, creamy smooth texture with low carbonation.

A bit of a misfit when it comes to a fruit beer, especially a raspberry wheat. The flavour doesn't tend to really offer what's on the label, and the hops tend to stick out like a sore thumb in relation to the style. Not sure what they were aiming for with this one, I admit I don't get it.

IronDjinn, Mar 15, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

CurtisD, Sep 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

dcerdman, Sep 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

Idrankthat, Oct 13, 2012
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3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Colour is amber with golden hues. Almost orange at the edges. White, bubbly head dissipates in the blink of an eye, leaving no lacing, but a thin haze on the surface of the beer.
Smells of tart raspberry, with some bread and grains.
Taste is similar, much tart raspberry with some fruit sweetness. Biscuity in the background.
Mouthfeel is somewhat smooth, little bit of carbonation. Medium-thin body.
Very drinkable in the summer, refreshes quite nicely. Not one I'd drink regularly, though.

nighthawk, Sep 11, 2008
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3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours with a small head that quickly dissolves into a thin ring. Body is a light-copper, orangish color, with a little hazing.

S: Oddly enough, I'd swear that I can smell a bit of alcohol in this beer. The raspberry is there too, of course, but there's a small acridness to it.

T: With my first few sips, I thought that the raspberry presence was too sweet... bordering on cough medicine. However, it did mellow out a bit as I continued to drink it, so it was fairly decent.

M: Light bodied, with some creaminess to it. Average carbonation.

D: It's not really a bad beer, and seems to improve a little upon warming. But the raspberry sweetness wouldn't really keep me coming back...

berley31, Dec 30, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +34.3%

krome, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of Long813
3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden-orange body with three fingers of white fluffy head. Retention is great and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Aroma consists of sweet raspberry and some moderate grains. Very pleasing fruity notes.

T: Great notes of sweet raspberries and some nice hops. Quite simple in flavours.

M: Light bodied and medium-high carbonation. Texture is water light and leaves a sweet berry finish.

O: Pleasing beer, but with it's lack of dimensional character I can only drink one or two in a sitting. Good nonetheless.

Long813, Nov 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +34.3%

Very nice hint of raspberry!

jillo, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of Bunnyhop
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy, medium yellowish-orange Golden (Raspberry) Wheat Ale with a big, large, bubbly, rocky, off-white head. The smell is raspberry, with the sweetness of the wheat coming through. I can taste the raspberry along with a tartness, slight sourness, and a slight nuttiness. The body is moderate and effervescent in my mouth. Overall, very refreshing, crisp and dry, with almost a lambic type flavor and style.

(source: gift; Toronto, Ont. Canada)

Bunnyhop, Feb 18, 2003
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

lgmol, Apr 15, 2014
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Raspberry Wheat Ale from Garrison Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.