Raspberry Wheat Ale - Garrison Brewing Company
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3.95/5 rDev +17.9%
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.
11-15-2011 02:45:44 | More by Long813
3.93/5 rDev +17.3%
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.
10-13-2011 02:03:10 | More by mikereaser
4.03/5 rDev +20.3%
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
07-22-2011 01:51:12 | More by Shadman
3.93/5 rDev +17.3%
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.
06-11-2011 22:20:48 | More by kjyost
British Columbia (Canada)
3.3/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
04-17-2011 02:46:34 | More by Rutager
2.75/5 rDev -17.9%
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.
04-03-2011 03:44:33 | More by Converge
3.43/5 rDev +2.4%
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
03-20-2011 02:20:05 | More by joemcgrath27
3.7/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
03-19-2011 16:30:59 | More by andrenaline
2.75/5 rDev -17.9%
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.
03-15-2011 00:36:47 | More by IronDjinn
3.75/5 rDev +11.9%
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.
02-22-2011 23:57:37 | More by biboergosum
3.3/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
09-11-2010 21:06:35 | More by socon67
3.4/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
09-04-2010 19:28:49 | More by JohnnyBarman
3.28/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
08-07-2010 01:48:12 | More by TheHammer
3.55/5 rDev +6%
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.
06-22-2010 21:14:22 | More by Yoonisaykul
2.63/5 rDev -21.5%
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.
06-15-2010 16:50:15 | More by Phyl21ca
New Brunswick (Canada)
3.45/5 rDev +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...
12-30-2009 14:41:32 | More by berley31
3.63/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
12-01-2009 05:22:33 | More by wordemupg
3.25/5 rDev -3%
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.
08-22-2009 00:26:38 | More by MeisterBurger
3.05/5 rDev -9%
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.
08-12-2009 16:13:48 | More by biegaman
3.75/5 rDev +11.9%
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.
07-31-2009 02:00:08 | More by ThatWineGuy
Nova Scotia (Canada)
3.55/5 rDev +6%
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.
04-18-2009 23:19:40 | More by Seanstoppable
Nova Scotia (Canada)
3.2/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
09-11-2008 18:50:01 | More by nighthawk
3.63/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
06-30-2008 17:55:37 | More by bobsy
Raspberry Wheat Ale from Garrison Brewing Company
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