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Raspberry Wheat Ale - Garrison Brewing Company

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Raspberry Wheat AleRaspberry Wheat Ale

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33 Reviews
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Reviews: 33
Hads: 61
Avg: 3.41
pDev: 15.25%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | 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:
Beer added by: Bunnyhop on 02-18-2003

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
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Reviews: 33 | Hads: 61
Photo of fattyre
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

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Photo of Shadman
4.03/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased the mixed 6 @ Trackside Liquor in Medicine Hat..

Looks great. Nice. slightly hazy golden colour, great head and lacing..

Sweet honey and floral, ripe raspberry...hmmmm nice!

Really good..lot's of stuff going on here. Clover honey with a hint of raspberry, toasted malts, decent dose of hop bitterness, Finishes with a mix of raspberry tartness and hop bitterness. Makes me want to have another sip.

Feel is medium-light and the carbonation works well for my palate.

Very good, refreshing fruit beer. I liked it muchly

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Photo of Long813
4.02/5  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.

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Photo of Bunnyhop
4/5  rDev +17.3%
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)

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Photo of mikereaser
3.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light clear orangish copper with an inch of white foam that faded fairly quickly to just a layer of tiny bubbles
S - The aroma is a nice raspberry smell with just a bit of malty sweetness, really nice aroma
T - Flavor is a nice light wheat grain with hints of lemon and a nice amount of raspberry, its not overdone and blends nicely with the light beer
M - light bodied, crisp carbonation
D - very easy to drink and enjoy. My parents met the brewer on a recent trip and this was their favorite.

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Photo of kjyost
3.91/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received from BBrianBoogie, thanks! Poured into a wheat beer glass at around 6C from an undated 341mL bottle

A: An orangeish gold body with nice white head that descends quickly and leaves to lacing. The beer is almost crystal clear... Disappointing.
S: Raspberries dominate with a light sweet malt presence beneath it.
T/M: Clearly a wheat beer with malt flavours and a nice viscous body. The dominant flavour is raspberry, though not so much and so obtrusive as to taste solely of raspberries, but it is the #1 flavour here, as advertised. Enjoyable with slightly lower carbonation than I expected.
O: A well balanced fruit beer. Just enough beer to keep me happy, just enough fruit to make my wife happy.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color with a minimal head and decent lacing. The carbonation is hyperactive. The aroma is of tart raspberries, wheat malt and that funky garrison yeast. The taste is very malty with a crisp wheat edge. The raspberry flavor is strong with a syrupy character. Theres a great tartness/acidity in the finish (perhaps from the raspberries?). The mouthfeel is viscous and quite full for a summer beer. The carbonation feels reminiscent of champagne. This is a nice and refreshing wheat ale thats definitely worth a try.

Note - Most of the bottles of Garrison RW Ived tried had flocculated chunks of yeast in them. Im pretty sure this beer is bottle conditioned. That would also explain the frenetic carbonation.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev +11.1%
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 out west of late.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, yet bright pale golden amber colour, with one chubby finger of puffy, foamy, and mildly bubbly off-white head, which settles soon enough, leaving a decent jagged berm of lace around the glass.

It smells of reduced raspberry sauce and biscuity pale and caramel malt - a very enticing homemade raspberry pie aroma simulacrum, 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 semi-sweet wheat spiciness, and a bit of earthy, leafy, and drying hops.

The carbonation is moderate, and unobtrusive in its playfully frothy nature, the body medium-light in weight, a tad pithy, perhaps, but clean in its smoothness. It finishes just a bit off-dry, some honey and ethereal berry fruit notes standing atop the mild lingering graininess.

Not a bad fruity wheat ale, which seems to be all 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. Ah well.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brewery purchase, enjoyed at home. Brillant gold, one to two fingers beige head, foamy and generous. Small bubbles always a good sign in my book. Smells like a wheat beer with yeasty raspberry aroma, berries. Taste offers up sour cherry, a bit tart, raspberry refreshment value is quite good. Texture and body a bit thin but not syrupy, good sheet lace persisted. Overall, I'd recommend this and have another myself if it was available closer to home, an excellent summer beer for the patio and for mixed company.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.66/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden colour with an amber hue, thin layer of head with no retention and no real lacing.

S - Raspberries dominate with a bit of a wheat and grassy hops coming through.

T - Nice bold raspberry flavour off the top, the wheat backing it up alongside a bitter grassy hop that comes through on the finish. Uniquely balanced and quite tasty.

M - Medium bodied that goes down with a slight prickle and finishes a tad too dry for my liking.

O - Overall, contrary to many of the reviews, I quite enjoyed the hop flavours that came through and found the bitterness was nicely balanced with the sweeter flavours.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into pint glass nov30 2009

A slightly cloudy peachy yellow with nice carbonation but a very short lived head that left no lace

S raspberry comes through more then anything else but I do pick up on a little honey and some tropical fruit

T I pick up on a little bread on top of what I smell

M light and smooth with decent carbonation makes it feel even lighter

D not bad in between stouts and IPA's and even on this snowy day it went down pretty quick

thanks again to Long813 for this one another decent beer I just can't get this far west.

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Photo of bobsy
3.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cross between gold and amber with very little head. Aroma is clan, crisp and simple - wheat and fresh raspberry puree. The taste is in a similar vein... there's nothing overly-complex going on, but it has a wonderfully refreshing balance between the fruit and the wheat/bread flavours. Lightly bitter finish. Fairly full mouthfeel for a fruit beer - probably due to quite aggressive carbonation. Good drinkability, and a very solid effort, especially as a thirst quencher.

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Photo of leaddog
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a peachy blush colour with a 1/2 finger width of bubbly head.

Smell- Raspberries, wheat malts, strawberries, lemon/orange zest.

Taste- Natural raspberry flavour. Well balanced with the wheat taste. A little sweet but has the perfect amount of sweetness. A little bit of bitterness in the aftertaste which is a little surprising.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Maybe a tad thin.

Overall- A tasty raspberry wheat ale by Garrison. Good raspberry flavour but not overly sweet. The aftertaste could use a little tweaking but otherwise, perfect for a summer day.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pouring this into a mug, we get a pale red-orangish color. Minimal head, which quickly evaporates. Smell is distinctly of raspberries. Taste is sweet and obviously of raspberries, no real tartness, though there is only what I can describe as a 'hard' edge to the aftertaste. Not quite bitter or tart, there is just something that interrupts the smoothness just a bit. Overall, it is still pretty refreshing. Family members of mine enjoy it a lot and I always try to take at least a case there when I visit.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of MMansfield
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up as sixer at the NSLC. First time for this one...

Appearance: Pours a pale golden amberish colour with a nice tigh white head. Settles to a thin layer, leaves good lacing.

Aroma: Raspberries. Hidden behind the raspberries is some floral hops, and some bread and grains.

Taste: Sweet. A bite of wheat in there too. Bready, citrus, some bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Feels good, nice level of carbonation. Decent drinkability.

Final Statement: This is one of the better Garrison offerings, probably because it's not reall a beer.

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Photo of berley31
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
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...

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
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

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of pootz
3.32/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fresh, sampled at the brewery.

Color is a darker gold-amber with no hint of red from real fruit so I assume extracts were used. Small wheat protien heading and light lacing on the glass.

Aroma was interesting bread and berry fruits with a light mustiness

Medium light body delivers a decent malt backbone under a refreshing biscuit and fruit character and silky mouthfeel

Malty and bicuity up front mingles with a subdued rasperry taste to give a biscuit and fruit decernment. Clean finish with light biscuit aftertaste.

I usually unfriendly to fruit extract beers but this one has kept the fruit in the background and allows some excellent wheat and barley malts to come forward...very biscuity and fruity...nice effort

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a gold colour, quite pale with furious carbonation. White, large bubbly head sinks quite quickly. Bit disappointing lace-wise too. Looks lagery. Not terrible though.

Smells fruity with rather meaty raspberry notes, quite tart and tangy. Yeah pleasant but one-note.

Taste is similar, quite creamy but then rather lagery in the sense of yeasty, somewhat bready. Touch of fruit, some pie spice and a bit bitter. Not quite sure how to slot it into style but pleasant enough.

A bit fizzy, thinnish but OK.

Intriguing but not amazing.

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Photo of socon67
3.27/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.26/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - The body is a very plain looking amber ale with blonde notes with a fairly noticeable amount of particles floating in it and a degree of cloudiness. The carbonation is fairly disappointing as the body seems barely alive, and the thumb of head the pour offered vanished after the second sip, so lacing also isn't happening.

Smell - Has a nice light raspberry scent that doesn't come across as artificial. There is a light wheat and toffee malt in the background and it didn't take much warming to come out.

Taste - A bit odd as the raspberry is saved for last. It starts with a balanced wheat and toffee malt with the dry wheat reigning in the sweeter barley. From there a bitter kick of what I assume are hops make a presence but while the bitterness is present, the taste is completely reigned in by just the right amount of raspberry flavor that slowly wisps away.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation seems to only accent the rather boring malt flavor of the beer. The lack of head also hurts it here, as the fact that it leaves no raspberry aftertaste, which I sorta expected. Good transitioning and the fact there is little cloying going just make up for the issues.

Drinkability - It's not quite there sadly. I mean it's easy to get down and leaves no gas or stomach issues, but the bitter/sweet duality while interesting doesn't let this beer become an easy summer drinker or a fruitier desert beer. That and the dryer wheat malt may actually be working against it a bit.

Final Thoughts - I'm disappointed by this beer, but I can't really blame the brewer here. I guess I'm searching for a raspberry Wit that has a degree of citrus complimented by the raspberry. This one sadly doesn't do it, and it comes across almost like a fruit pilsner. It's decent, but I think for my wheat beers, I'll stick to wits and heavy banana weizens for the time being.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.26/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer looks all right, a nice clear golden color with a slight brown hue, topped by a nice white, bumpy head. For something with wheat in the name I'd hoped for more head retention and lacing, but there's barely any.

It smells like a distant whiff of fresh picked raspberries being smashed by a small sheaf of wheat.

The taste is toasted bread topped by a light layer of double fruit raspberry jam. Only liquid.

Really, the balance between beer and fruit here is well done. My main complaint with fruit in beer is it's either sickly sweet or it makes the beer too tart or sour, and in some cases when they use extracts it tastes artificial. But this one manages to have the raspberry work as a nice accompaniment to an average English mild, or something along those lines.

The lack of bitterness could only serve to make this beer approachable to the masses, which I assume is the point of this kind of beer.

The mouthfeel is medium and a little juicy. More carbonation and bitterness would be most welcome here, as a nice, crisp refreshing aspect is somewhat lacking.

Overall this is an uncomplicated beer and there's not much to say about it. It hasn't really changed my mind that beer is seldom (if ever) improved by the addition of fruit, but if that's your thing you could do a lot worse.

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Raspberry Wheat Ale from Garrison Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.