Raspberry Wheat Ale - Garrison Brewing Company

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Raspberry Wheat AleRaspberry Wheat Ale

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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 15.43%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 59 | Reviews: 34
Photo of Seanstoppable
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of nighthawk
3.17/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of bobsy
3.62/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of MMansfield
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of Mandrake
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of pootz
3.32/5  rDev -1.5%
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

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of fattyre
4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

Photo of Bunnyhop
4/5  rDev +18.7%
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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Raspberry Wheat Ale from Garrison Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.