Twisted Pine Raspberry Wheat Ale - Twisted Pine Brewing Company

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Twisted Pine Raspberry Wheat AleTwisted Pine Raspberry Wheat Ale

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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 17.35%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Twisted Pine Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: mentor on 08-28-2006

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Ratings: 80 | Reviews: 32
Photo of BeerWithMike
3.54/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Sampled back on May 30th. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a vintage 10-ounce 'COOR'S" glass.

Brew pours a golden-yellow in color with a small white foamy head. Some light spotty lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is of wheat with raspberries as would be expected. Pretty much the same is said for the taste. One the light side but was decent. No harsh or bitter finish. Not as sweet as you might think, slightly tart. Lighter-bodied with good carbonation. Overall a decent brew.

Photo of Norvelljeff
4.48/5  rDev +41.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Was very light was an almost diet taste. Even for raspberry it wasn't enough. Couldn't really taste the herbs or the berries. Will try more stuff from the brewery though.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.1/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a murky light orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Small particles of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of wheat, grain, raspberry, and raspberry juice aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and raspberry flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but the raspberry aspects seem a bit artificial in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.74/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Looks good not bright red juice color like Founders version just a regular yellow orange color beer with little to no head. Some haziness.
S - Actually quite good not medicinal or artificial in any way. Not super tart though it had a sort of candy like sweetness to the smell. Little wheat.
T - Not too tart or sweet has a distinct wheat character and some fruit berries which may have been raspberries.
M - Light bodied and easy to quaff back.

Overall it was decent enough to maybe get more but I would much rather have better fruit beers.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.26/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a hazy golden color with a white fizzy head that recedes rapidly leaving a fine film. Light watery lacing remains on the glass. The aroma is sweet cereal grains and tart raspberry. The beer tastes very watery but a good amount of raspberry flavor comes through. The mouthfeel is watery but bright.

Overall, this beer tastes exactly like a raspberry wheat beer would, but it's so one-dimensional that it is somewhat boring.

Photo of Slatetank
3.13/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I purchased this in a the mixed case at Westy's in Camp Hill, poured chilled in a pint.

The color is hazed golden with some suspended floating matter, very thick white sudsy cap which is appropriate of the style. The bead is fine and lace clings in a sheet. The smell is both sweet and floral with a mild berry aroma with slight toasted wheat apparent in the nose. The feel is good with moderately high carbonation and light bitterness with a mild fruity tang not overly sweet or sticky like you would expect of a fruit extract wheat and if finishes dry with a slight creamy texture mid palate.

The flavor is not bad, I am not saying it screams 'Raspberry' or anything but it has a genuine flavor of tart red berries mixed with an american style wheat quality which is mostly clean yeast with a toasted taste but almost creamy with wheat cereal qualities, it is pretty much what you see is what you get, ordinary and inoffensive - not bad but pretty forgettable unless you love wheat raspberry combination in beer.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.18/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Bright orange with rapid bursts of macro-bubbles. Good clarity, spongey textured surface, light beige head is quick to dissipate. Rather ordinary visual.

S: Soft raspberry tartness, ever so slight, very reserved in character.

T: Flavor is crisp malt sweetness at the start with a soft wheat palate ending with a soft raspberry tartness

M: Sharp crispness here, slightly sticky malt presence, with an easy smooth and slickness off the tongue with a passing raspberry tartness:

O: Overall fairly clean and crisp, one does not expect much per style here, this is a cleanly brewed example, much props to that, but the flavor, visual and excitement factor falls short here of worthy status. Balance was nice, do not expect much here, expect a lightly flavored tart fruit beer that is mildly entertaining that wont tempt high expectations for seconds, but is certainly drinkable enough for that hot spell when keeping things light and crisp.

Photo of scratch69
2.52/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Slightly hazy, pale yellow color with a 1/4 inch of head. Light amount of lacing.

Smell- Bread crust with a light fruity aroma.

Taste- Artificial raspberry flavor with a hint of malt.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and watery. Low amount of carbonation.

Overall- Not very good. This is one of the poorest examples of a raspberry wheat that I've had.

Photo of LXIXME
2.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice big white to slightly off white head settles into a thinning lacing above a clearish straw golden colored beer with quite a few small particles floating around within.

Sour grains, light hops and a light raspberry aroma.

Sour grains with a big artificial raspberry taste, the raspberry taste isn't as big as the sense that it's a faked taste on this beer.

A dryish aftertaste with some of the sour grains hanging around on this light bodied wheat.

There are a lot better fruit beers out there, the only real positive thing is that at least it isn't overkill on the fruit taste. Overkill on the fruit taste is about the worst thing you can do to a beer, in my opinion.

Photo of JamesHenjum
2.1/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: This beer looks pretty nice. It is cloudy gold with lots of bubbles and a nice creamy head that stays.

S: The smell is also great. You can really get a decent raspberry smell from the nose.

T: The taste is where this beer fails. It is similar to cough medicine. Very artificial tasting. The berry flavor is just plain fake and bad.

M: Too much carbonation made this seem like a crappy berry soda from the dollar store.

O: It was not terrible, but the taste is not something you want more of.

Photo of kojevergas
2.03/5  rDev -36%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a scotch ale glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Acquired in Littleton, Colorado as part of a Twisted Pine variety box. Expectations are average given the brewery. Reviewed live.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger beige colour head of okay thickness, no real cream, and merely average retention. Colour is a nontransparent translucent yellow. Quite bubbly. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Pretty meh.

Sm: Artificial raspberry extract syrup, bright fruit, sugar, and clean malts. Very juicy sweet and artificial. Really makes me averse to trying it. A fairly strong aroma.

T: Sweet orange-lime fruit - or thereabouts. It's too sweet and artificial to discern the distinct fruit. No wheat comes through - and no raspberry (at least not REAL raspberry), for that matter. Heavy on the sugar. I can almost feel my teeth dissolving. Wretchedly built. Far too simple. Imbalanced; it's just a big fat sugar bomb.

Mf: Too smooth, too wet, too thin, too sugary, and not carbonated enough. Syrupy.

Dr: This is one ye'd all do well to skip. I wouldn't get this again. Reminds me of Great Divide's train wreck of a fruit beer. Difficult to drink due to its sugary sweetness.

D

Photo of blakelive784
2.34/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz bottle served in a weizen glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a hazy straw golden with a thin, slightly off-white head. The head lacks any cream and has poor retention. Lackluster.

S - Clean barley, tart fruit (a bit artificial smelling), yeast, sweet candy, and some floral notes. Modest.

T - Clean barley and a sweet malt tone. Yeasty esters bleed into the finish where the "raspberry" notes finally come through, though they're too subdued to make an impression. Decent, but nothing special.

M - Way too smooth and wet. Could stand to be lighter, carbonated more, and drier on the finish.

D - Below average in both the wheat and fruit beer categories. Nothing to have again here.

Photo of Tone
3.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of slight raspberry, slight sweet malt, hint of pale malt, and slight hops. Fits the style of a Fruit / Vegetable beer. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of raspberry (but not real raspberry flavor), slight pale malt, slight sweet malt, and a hint of hop. Overall, average at best, the raspberry is slightly metallic in nature, and dominates all other aspects of the body.

Photo of twitchr
4.45/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I felt compelled to write a quick review after seeing so many low ratings. I came across this beer when making a pick 6.

I find it has a very light and refreshing taste. I don't find it that sweet compared to other fruit beers. I prefer it over Abita's Purple Haze.

I can't really comment too much on the appearance of the beer as I never poured it out of the bottle but I think others have addressed that sufficiently.

When I want a break from the malty, darker beers that I usually enjoy, this is one I go for.

Photo of StLThrash
3.84/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from stubby bottle into pint glass.

A - Hazy, yellowish hues. Slight head that dissipates quickly. No lace. Standard wheat beer.

S - Lots of raspberries up front and some wheat. No real hop character.

T & M - Not as sweet as what some of the other reviewers have said. I found this very smooth with a nice balance of wheat and fruit. The raspberry did not overpower the beer and added just enough to be refreshing and offer a nice fruity taste. Nicely carbonated and light-bodied.

Overall - I like this style. One of my favorite styles of beer when I first started my craft beer adventures and I still remember my first Twisted Pine from the Old Chicago tap in Grand Junction, CO. If you like fruit or raspberry wheat beers, this one will not disappoint.

Photo of shand
4.01/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz stubby bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This one pours a hazy golden color with a tiny head that recendes quickly. Plenty of floaties in this brew. Aroma smells very strongly of raspberries. I wasn't expecting anything else from a brew simply labeled "Raspberry Wheat". The taste is also quite good. It's not nearly as strong on the raspberry as the nose suggests, the wheat is actually what comes through first. Then the raspberries start to come in, with them only coming in strongly on the finish.

The mouthfeel is good, it's crispy and well-carbonated. The drinkability is also quite good. Not sure how a serving larger than 12oz would go through, but it doesn't quite get grating through the first serving. To the poor reviews - I almost question what they were expecting from a "raspberry wheat"? Now, I know first-hand Twisted Pine has some quality control issues that could contribute to a bad review, but I had a good bottle that met my expectations from the label. A solid fruit beer.

Photo of Portertime
2.35/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Our newest beer line I a wary about fruit beers that aren't lambics but I decided to go for it. When I pour a fruit beer I half expect a purplish hue but this was a bright honey color with a white foamy head. Smell was raspberry forward with a little cereal grain. The taste was fake and unyeilding. It tasted exactly like Emergency-C with a little fizz. It was all sweet raspberries like a Smirnoff ice and no pleasant wheat flavors. If you like a sweet raspberry bomb then this is the beer for you but it was too artificial for me.

Photo of zeff80
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a clear, golden hue with a small, white head of foam. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of raspberry and caramel. That's about it.

T - It tasted of raspberry some wheat flavor and some caramel.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied ale.

D - This is a raspberry beer. If you like raspberry maybe you'll love this beer.

Photo of bmwats
3.13/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, into a standard pint.

A: Dark, a little cloudy, golden hue. Heavy carbonation. Pours about a 2 finger, bubbly, white head. Settles quickly, leaving a little bubbly blanket on the surface. Carbonation continues to rise throughout. No real lacing, but the head maintains.

S: Strong raspberry nose pretty much overwhelms. Just a little yeast and grain.

T: Pale wheat base with a little yeast, and just the slightest hint of that raspberry. Much less than the nose let on.

M: Light body with a refreshing quality. The wheaty palette comes and goes pretty quickly. Not much of an aftertaste to speak of.

D: This one doesn't put up much resistance and nothing really off-putting here.

Atmosphere is pretty solid. Dark golden tone with some nice carbonation, and a big bubbly head. Nose is a little too raspberry-ish maybe, but maybe not. It's not off-putting or anything, just overwhelming. Flavor is not much to speak of. Again, nothing terribly off, just not much there. Overall, this is a decent quaff.

Photo of emsroth
2.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle

App: true gold with slight haze. Huge airy, frothy head.

Smell: sweet raspberry that is enticing but also a bit too much like candy. Bready malt underneath with a touch of sweet alcohol.

Taste: sweet raspberry upfront followed by crisp carbonation found in wheat beers. Ends dry with a yeasty wheat flavor that is off-putting. Some of that cheap, homebrew taste is present

Light body with Sharp carbonation.

Photo of wca005
2.14/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I'm not big on fruit beers but I figured I would give it a try and see were it went from there.

A- It had a nice golden color slightly cloudy with two fingers of a nice head.

S- Faint notes of raspberry, honey and hopps

T- Too much raspberry flavor almost tasted like cool-aid with carbonation. Not enough BEER flavor to it.

M- little carbonation and fairly light on the palate.

D- I wouldn't buy this beer again or recommend it to anyone

-07/09/10

Photo of mytireisfat
2.53/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

P: Short 12oz brown bottle. No best by date.

A: One finger head that retains well. Golden color, no lacing.

S: Raspberry! Jumps at you with all it has. and i cant get anything else on it. just to much.

T: Raspberry! Same thing. Maybe some hops. sweet.

M: Light body, low carbonation.

D: Way to much raspberry. I wouldnt buy it again.

Photo of SPThirtyThree
2.45/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Pours into a goblet, the exact color of apple juice. The beer itself is crystal clear, but there are chunks of a bizarre fleshy bits in the beer. I suppose that means this bottle is either the first or last of the tank, since a quick scan of other reviews indicates that this isn't the norm. I've also seen this in Dogfish Head's Red and White. Kinda makes me question the brewery's QC, but moving on... White head that quickly vanishes.

S: Sweet, apricot, with honey and clove from the malts, and a pinelike spice. Apple. Surprisingly, raspberry is low on the list of fruit scents in this beer.

T: Reminiscent of champagne - crisp and tart. More piney and bitter than I would have expected. Some sourness from the raspberries, but they come through with an acidic tartness more than a fruitiness.

M: Light, with a biting carbonation.

D: Low. What the hell is this beer? It doesn't look or taste like a wheat, but more like a raspberry champagne. Not good.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.2/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 24 Apr 2010.

Served in a Lakefront shaker pint. Large fizzy white head, sounds like pop rocks. Well carbonated. Slightly cloudy bright golden color. Smells like tart raspberries and mineral water. Maybe some lemon and pastry in the aroma. Some raspberry, tart and wheaty. SOda pop kind of feel. Fizzy. Finishes with a club soda bitter dryness. Aftertaste is a lingering touch of berries.

Effervesecent is the word.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.55/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle without a freshness date. Pours a sufficiently hazy, light golden hue with a thick froth of creamy white foam. Pretty nice retention and leaves zero lace on the glass.

The nose has some nice raspberry notes with some sweet graininess. Not a whole lot of wheat tang here and smells just a little bit like a homebrew.

Taste has a decent balance of tart fruit notes and sweet malt with a pretty nice zip from the wheat. It is a well balanced fruit beer that hits some raspberry notes up front and finishes crisp and dry. The main problem with the beer is that it's over-carbonated. The bubbles even foam in the mouth upon drinking. A few swirls of the glass fixes that for the most part though. Pretty decent fruit wheat beer here, an easy drinking summertime thirst-quencher.

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Twisted Pine Raspberry Wheat Ale from Twisted Pine Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.