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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 lacqueredmouse
2.57/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

11.5oz (?) bottle purchased from the brewery by my Mum and brought back to Australia. Shared with @LaitueGonflable.

Pours a very pale golden colour, very clear and very bright in the body. Carbonation is extremely coarse and rather effervescent. Crazy head of off-white forms very solidly despite a gentle pour. Specked in the body with bits of chunks when the sediment is aroused. Body is very light. Overall, it looks okay, but not really better than that.

Nose smells intensely of raspberries, but with a thick sugary sweetness. Slight vegetative undertone, but not really much contribution from anything else. It's intense, but a little bit one-dimensional.

Taste is very disappointing by comparison. Here, there's a huge clinging yeasty earthiness, which lambasts the more subtle raspberry character, making it feel small and meek. Bready tones come through as well. There is a touch of raspberry on the front, but stacks of that nasty woody, yeasty, nasty nastiness on the back. It's a big shame.

Feel is very light, leaving nothing to the imagination.

Overall, this isn't very good. It's weird, which at least makes it interesting, but the characters don't mesh well together. In the end, it didn't do much for me.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.63/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

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Photo of Converge
2.73/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

341ml bottle poured into a 14.5oz pilsner glass.

A - About a full finger of head, that dies down into a nice lace around the top, with an off-white color. The beer itself is semi-transnparent orange hue with a lot of floaties (Maybe I stored it too cold?) that just hang in it

S - Much more subdued smell than expected. Rasberry sourness is there with wheat and light malt. Slight hoppy-ness as well.

T - Distinctly rasberry, very sweet with a touch of sour. The wheat taste isn't quite as obvious, but is still present. Very little hops, but light malt and citrus flavor make it fairly complex. Don't know if I really love it. Starts to warm up with a bit of a soapy taste, not crazy about that.

M - Shockingly thick and dry. Carbonation is about average. Just surprisingly heavy for a wheat beer.

D - Starts out pretty strong, but the flavor simply doesn't hold up. Not terrible, but I probably wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.78/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.06/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Raspberry Wheat is coloured more like wheat than raspberries; it has a coppery golden, sun-kissed tone that looks perfect for a light, summery fruit beer. Its clarity is disturbed only by an unremitting bounty of bubbles that spurts up in perpetual (and seemingly endless) numbers. A creamy overlap of head lay atop the beer like a still pond.

The aroma smells like raspberries - that's good. But the aroma also contains a lot of plain, stale, damp paper-like must of unfurnished pale malt - that's bad. I understand a fruit beer is intended to smell like fruit but who says you can't include a little extra aromatic malt? Besides, the hint of raspberry comes across as painstakingly artificial anyhow.

Speaking of malt, why do so many breweries release fruit beers with 'wheat' in the name? I don't dispute that some wheat was used in this recipe, but this (like all the others) drinks just like pale ale or lager. Wheat beers are meant to be effervescent, with a creamy fullness, a light body and refreshing finish and - take note - the grainy flavour of wheat!

This beer may be minimally crisp and I suppose somewhat refreshing, but the brewery's other advertisement, the claim that this is a "one-of-a-kind taste", is most definitely not true. Raspberry Wheat tastes decent, but it tastes like every other raspberry flavoured beer (and most other artificially flavoured raspberry-themed beverages as well).

Which is why if I'm really looking for fruity refreshment I'd just as well look to fresh-squeezed juice or mineral water (with which this is not all that dissimilar) or even plop down a few extra bucks and treat myself to a fruit Lambic. If I'm looking to beer for my refreshment I would opt for a better beer, this brewery's Imperial Pale Ale perhaps.

I don't fault Garrison for Raspberry Wheat, it is no better no worse than most North American fruit beers and I'm sure that is exactly what the brewer intended it to be. My personal opinion, however, is that these kinds of dumb-down, lackluster, uninspired fruit beers don't really afford you the satisfaction of either real fruit or real beer.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.16/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of nighthawk
3.17/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of Mandrake
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Raspberry Wheat Ale from Garrison Brewing Company
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