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WRaspberry Ale - Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom

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54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 17.72%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Alberta, Canada

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
You will not find any preservatives in this thirst quenching ale. But additives? That's a different story, as each brew of Wild Rose WRaspberry Ale is infused with thousands of natural, juicy-red additives called raspberries.

12 IBU

(Beer added by: IronDjinn on 08-04-2003)
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Reviews by CrazyMike:
Photo of CrazyMike
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Red copper appearance that's slightly cloudy with a small amount of head leaving some lacing. Smell consists of raspberries, wheat, malt with a hint bread and peaches.

Taste consists mainly of raspberries along with a hint of malt, wheat, floral hops and bread. Very light tasting overall and bitter. Light bodied with low carbonation. Aftertaste is a longer dry berry taste.

Not a bad fruit beer, although the taste could use more of a kick to it (thought I would be blasted with berries), it's refreshing, drinkable and not to fruity. Worth a try.

CrazyMike, Jan 31, 2012
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LDuke, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of robertjbell
2.68/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A summer patio staple in the 3 hot months we get here in Alberta. Head and lacing are minimal, poured out of the bottle fading into next to nothing after a moment of agitation. Nose is, as its namesake would intend, smells mostly of fresh raspberry with perhaps a touch of citrus and banana, quite nice and non-artificial, yet not exciting. Taste and mouthfeel reflect the summer fruit ale style, taste is bold up front with raspberries, raspberries and more raspberries with a hint of biscuit-like malt bringing a beer flavor into the mix. Finish is grassy hops characteristic, makes you want another sip though nothing really fascinating. Overall an average fruit beer, well produced for the style, easy to pick up a six pack to introduce people to craft brewing or just kicking back on a hot summer day.

robertjbell, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a pint dimple mug)

A- Warm orange color with a reddish hue. Light thin smooth head that lasted quite a long time

S- Sweet fresh raspberry aroma with a hint of floral hop spiciness

T- Very light honey malt taste with a bold raspberry taste coming through the taste. A pleasant floral hop taste and a subtle buttery finish.

M- Light body with high carbonation

D- Very nice fruity beer that had good fruit taste. It didn't come off as perfumy or artificial fruit. It has a good support of malt and hops to compliment the fruit.

rhoadsrage, Mar 09, 2005
Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a pint of this at a work 'function' at a pub last night, but, intermingled amongst a number of other drinks, all I can relate of it was that it tasted pleasant enough. Now, I've procured a bottle for a more formal imbibing.

This 341ml bottle pours a pale, mostly clear pink-tinged golden hue, with two fingers of rather thinly foamy off-white head, which wisps away a bit too quickly, leaving really no lacing to speak of.

It smells of soft raspberry pie - a decent whiff of ripe raspberries, and semi-sweet bready, grainy malt. Simple, but effective. The taste is much less sweet, and more vegetal in its rendering of the titular (misspelled, for this purpose) fruit, with more soft, grainy pale malt. Again, simple, but now less effective. Perhaps Razzykat has spoiled me for this particular fruit beer flavour - ah well.

Anyways, this beer is also high on the carbonated side, but it's mostly all smooth froth, which seems to kick up an interesting side-flavour: raw peas. I thought I was over thinking it, until a few other people pointed out the same thing. It's there, at least in the bottle; a slight garden vegetal essence, which I definitely didn't get on tap.

A decent enough fruit beer, with a varied fruity sweetness index. Would probably be more palatable colder, and on a more summery patio.

biboergosum, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of Sammy
2.53/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On-tap at the brewery. Light head on reddish pink colour. Some lace.Fruitish aroma and decent raspberry taste, but a definite fruit beer not very rich. No lambic here. Only faint hop and overall sweet. I cannot drink too much of this, and will consume real raspberry juice as an upgrade.

Sammy, Mar 30, 2007
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - bubbly, clear, and a mix of golden, pink, and white colours, short white head didn't retain much
S - strong grainy wheat malt smell, raspberry is very subtle
T - raspberry more pronounced than the smell, grainy wheat malts, and light floral hops
M - carbonation fills the mouth, but generally a thin watery feel
D - its thin quality makes it go down easy, the flavours are a little simple, not an outstanding drink but its easy drinkability makes it a good option to add to a session after you've had a few

joemcgrath27, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of jbonapar
1.8/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Purchased and brought as a gift.

Opened a fresh cold bottle.

Poured as expected, slighty hazey, slighty red.

Smell.>>Hmmm...no raspberry here, just a sourness, not a nice lambic sourness...

Taste: Ouch...I dont think this finished fermenting. Taste of corn and unfermented grains. Odd... The rapberry sourness does not work at all in this...

Mouthfeel is very odd as well, almost like there are starches hanging around...

Not impressed at all. I try to be positive, but i just can't drink this..down the drain....

jbonapar, May 21, 2011
Photo of vanrassel
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Maybe because raspberry is one of my favourite fruits, I'm a tough man to please when it comes to judging beers flavoured with the little red wonders.

This one pours golden with a slightly pinkish hue and a thin head that dwindles to a soapy ring rather quickly. The smell is dominated by grassy hops with a whiff of raspberries.

Going down, it's more of the same — despite the fact this beer uses whole berries and no extracts or syrups, there's not a lot of raspberry going on. The mouthfeel is thin and on the watery side. Inoffensive, yes, but also uttery forgettable.

vanrassel, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of ChrisCage
3.93/5  rDev +18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A- I like the coloring of this beer, with the amber-ish look with a slightly pink aftertone to it. I like my fellow Hatter Shadmans' as well as Iron Dijons' take with the sparkling zin similarities, but it definately doesn't have that pronounced rose look to it. The thing that lost marks in this category for me was the complete lack of lacing and head, even with a hard pour. All I got was a fizzy head that lasted for less than 30 seconds and eventually turned into a very thin ring around the top of the liquid. I also like the slightly hazy appearance to this beer.

S- I really like the aroma of this brew...completely and instantly reminds me of freshly picked raspberries and you don't even have to think about this one.

T- Again, I really like the flavor of this, but it's not a lasting one, and quickly dissapears so I can't give full marks on this. I do however really enjoy the fruitiness of the product and like the freshly picked raspberry flavor, although again, it could be a little stronger on the palate, but this is a minor flaw for me. I also found that there is a slight bitterness on the front of the palate then it sweetens up at the end.

M- I agree with others' take on this that it is watery, however it is pleasantly smooth, after it has settled down from the initial pour. The mild tartness definately makes this a refreshing drink.

D- If you like raspberries, I think this is a good example of this type of beer. I also think that this is a great summertime beer, and would recommend this for sure. I could definately spend a hot afternoon drinking these back, or if offered in a pub, would have no problem enjoying a few of these during an evening but would eventually have to switch to something else!

ChrisCage, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of SickGnar
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden with a slight hue of ambery copper, bit white cap of foam that start to settle right away. Bright & clear with lots of bubbles. Some splotches of lace.

S: Basic wheat beer base. Raspberries for sure. I think they used the real thing – rounded with a fair bit of berry tartness. Good strength & pleasant fruit beer.

T: Grainy, pale, & slightly wheaty base. Raspberry seems very real – rounded, a tad bit of tartness and bite – and not all syrupy & cloying. Perhaps the barest hint of diacetyl. No hops.

M: A tad under medium body. Carbonation is a little bit over being balanced. Minimal sweetness or other textures but there is a little bit. Finish actually goes a tad drying & refreshing.

D: Not remarkable, but a very reasonable & drinkable raspberry fruit beer. Basic but tasty & very solid fruit beer.

SickGnar, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of WillAndSarah
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

WillAndSarah, May 30, 2013
Photo of Garin
2.2/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

My second Wild Rose beer poured a slightly hazy very pale amber with
pink highlights. Perfectly white head, thin, light, bubbly, and
short-lived but with some nice lace.

Slightly dusty aromas mix with a lagery hoppy smell. Can a beer smell
lagery? This one does. A definite raspberry aroma goes without saying.

In the flavour, tart raspberries right up front. Very bready/toasty
flavours in the middle, and a clean almost lightly vinegary finish.
Maybe some wild critters came into the brew along with the
raspberries. Once again, I'm a bit disappointed with the ridiculously
light flavours in this Wild Rose beer. It's quite watery. It's a
real shame, since that vinegary fruity bready thing works extremely
well. But those were highlights, and there was no backbone to support
the whole thing. Alas.

The body is very watery as well. Some light carbonation keeps it from
being completely featureless. It's drinkable, but so is cold water.

Garin, Aug 22, 2003
Photo of Proteus93
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Crisp golden. A somewhat fizzy white head... very short retention, leaving almost nothing behind.

S: Very light aroma. The raspberry scent is there, but quite modest, and about the only thing noticable.

T: Like the aroma, the raspberry is very light. A pale malt flavour, but not a whole lot more going on.

M + D: Light, refreshing and a clean finish. Not the most complex thing, but a great summer beer, and an excellent candidate for an introduction to craft beer / macro-crossover

Proteus93, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of IronDjinn
2.85/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This came in an elegant looking brown 1 litre wine bottle-shaped fliptop bottle. It pours out with an okay fluffy white head, and appears to be the colour of a zinfandel. Nose is of tart raspberries, and the smallest hint of malt. Flavour is of watery raspberry, no malt or hop presence at all. It's very apparent that they used real raspberries rather than extract, I made a raspberry wheat a couple summers ago with whole raspberries that tasted exactly like this--a light fruity beer spritzer. Originally brewed as a seasonal on tap, it's become popular enough for them to brew year round now. The women around these parts seem to love this stuff, yet the only time I can see myself buying another one of these would be for one of them.

IronDjinn, Aug 04, 2003
Photo of MrTinnedPEach
4/5  rDev +20.1%

MrTinnedPEach, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of ptarmigan98
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

ptarmigan98, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of Alberta_Beer_Guy
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Alberta_Beer_Guy, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of mdevonshire
4/5  rDev +20.1%

mdevonshire, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of jwc215
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Voonder for including this in a trade:

Pours clouded light golden with a thin head that fizzes away to a thin, isolated, swirling patch.

The smell is of light raspberry (perhaps a touch of banana?) Very light/soft. Inoffensive.

The taste is mild - some wheat dough with mild raspberry - at least raspberry is not syrupy or artificial, but it is not tart or forward, either. A very clean example of the style, with just a hint of raspberry (or even flavor, for that matter). It has a sweet finish, though balanced by a subtle bitterness.

Light-bodied. Pretty crisp.

A bit raspberry to a mild beer. Easy enough to drink - not too fizzy, sweet, or "artificial". Would be a decent "thirst-quencher" on a hot day.

jwc215, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of BigBry
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After trying this on a brewery tour, gf got hooked on it. Now we always seem to have a 1 litre bottle in the house. Pours golden peach color with a pinkish tinge, nice thick and bright white head, love its appearance. Aroma has tartness of raspberries, but also some 'off' smell that I can't quite place. Its just not as clean and fresh smelling out of a bottle compared to coming on tap. One of the finest fruit beers as far as being well balanced between the beer and the fruit. One side does not overpower the other, not artificial tasting or sugary sweet, but but a nice blend of wheat beer and raspberries.

BigBry, Mar 05, 2005
Photo of thehyperduck
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Number three of six in a sampler pack... fruit beers aren't really my thing, but Wild Rose has impressed me so far. I'm eager to try this one on the first warm night of the year in Alberta, perfect timing.

Pours a cloudy, rosé-copper colour with a fizzy head that is in a hurry to leave, but leaves behind some lacing and a collar around the rim. Smell is of raspberries, i.e. a little sweet and a little sour. Not much else.

Now for the important part... very fizzy on the tongue, but beyond the carbonation there are some nice things going on in my mouth. Mostly raspberries and the slight tartness you'd associate with the fruit; also some malt sweetness in the front with a slight bitterness in the aftertaste. Thin mouthfeel and light-body; very crisp and refreshing on a hot night.

I like this, even though the style is not one of my favorites. The raspberry flavour isn't obnoxious, but it's still the dominant one, and there isn't a lot else to taste past that. Probably won't get this again, but it's still worthy of a try if fruitbier is your thing.

thehyperduck, May 18, 2011
Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - pale, very soft copper colour with a slightly cloudy appearance. No real head on the beer. Plenty of active carbonation.

Smell - light malts with a faint berry aroma.

Taste - fairly crisp, refreshing fruity malt flavour with the WR signature roast flavour, much more subtle than other offerings.

Mouthfeel - very poppy, with lots of carbonation. Very thirst-quenching.

Drinkability - this is the wrong time of year. A hot early summer day would be a great day for one of these on a picnic or something fun.

DoctorStrangiato, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of hockeybarbie
4/5  rDev +20.1%

hockeybarbie, Jan 15, 2012
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WRaspberry Ale from Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
78 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.