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WRaspberry Ale - Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom

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Reviews: 31
Hads: 61
Avg: 3.32
pDev: 23.49%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
Alberta, Canada | website

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer | 4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: IronDjinn on 08-04-2003

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
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Reviews: 31 | Hads: 61
Photo of ChrisCage
3.95/5  rDev +19%
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!

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Photo of Cwrw
3.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is the first beer I ever tried from Wild Rose, but it is the one I buy the least, yet after drinking it again tonight I cannot think why. This beer seems to suffer from some stigma because it might be considered their easiest drinking and most approachable--but those are hardly bad things. The fact remains that this is an exceptional fruit beer, absolutely thirst-quenching in summer months. The beer is a light pink, rose-wine coloured, but when held to a white background the light brown malt colour does appear. The head is not exceptionally long-lasting or thick, but then, for the style, it is what I was expecting. The bright white head, pleasant whilst it lasts, quickly becomes a thin layer, sometimes patchy, but leaving pockets of nice lacing nonetheless. The whole appearance reminds me of some Belgian fruit beers. The aroma gives an authentic, strong smell of raspberries, rightfully so, along with a decent hint of malt. The aroma is not complex, but again, for the style, this is not disappointing, because there is no artificial extract smell, only fresh ripe berries. Sweet sugary candy and a subtle but mouthwatering tartness make this quite a beer to crave on a hot day. Tart berries immediately on the front of the tongue, maybe a little too close to kool-aid or juice, but that fixes itself in the finish when the malt comes in. A delightful balance between the sugar and the bready malt comes into play in the aftertaste. Instead of much sourness, I am left with gristy light malt. The mouthfeel is light-bodied and fizzy, like pop or juice. I could drink this all day and not get tired of it though. A great summer quaffer. This is a beer I should visit more often.

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Photo of Hornet2003
3.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: peach colored. Pours with little head, just a pop-like fizz. Really looks like peach spritzer. Kind of fitting, considering it's a refreshment brew.

Smell: Light and floral. Almost a rose and raspberry aroma. Not too over the top with the raspberries as there is definitely still a little malt in there to keep it smelling like beer.

Taste: Very light for an ale. Crisp and refreshing biscuity flavors dominated by the fruitiness of roses and raspberries. I appreciate the subdued nature of this raspberry ale as a lot of times, breweries put the flavors a bit over the top.

Mouthfeel: Good overall. A little prickly carbonation which lends itself well to the refreshment value of this beer. Again, not over the top so you're not burping every ten seconds while enjoying it.

Overall: I really like Wild Rose's interpretation of the WRaspberry Ale! Great refreshment value, and you aren't blown away by raspberry nectar. Top quality raspberry ale.

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Photo of Beersignal
3.78/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has quickly become my favourite summer quencher. I'll explain why in the following review. I am surprised that more people do not enjoy this as much as I, but that's ok.

Beautiful orange-gold coloured pour which brings forth a generous cap of frothy white foam of decent staying power. A champagne like bead rises from the glass and adds to the visual score.

Aromas are pleasant if not overly complex. One immediately detects wheat and raspberries in balanced amounts along with light notes of vanilla in the back. All of the aromas are however are in perfect harmony.

The first sip gives way to a dry and tart liquid. This is the quality that, in my opinion, makes this the ideal summer drink. The dryness is followed by flavours of wheat and freshly picked raspberries. A hint of vanilla (just like in the aroma profile) manifests itself in the end and lingers for some time,mingling with the raspberry flavours. Again, as with the aromas, not overly complex but very pleasing.

This is the proof that a beer does not have to be ''pimped'' in order to get high marks. I think the brewer did a fantastic job with this beer. A subtle, quenching and elegant brew which makes the drinker do a little digging. Very pleasing.

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Photo of ThomasT
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Appearance: Strawberry blonde, slightly cloudy with a slight head and a bit of lacing. Some sediment/pulp in the bottle.
Smell: Raspberry, bread.
Taste: Slightly sweet up front. Mild, but tasty raspberry in the middle. Yeast in the back. Moderate tartness and very mild hop bitterness. Fairly drinkable.
Overall: The best raspberry ale I have had. Very drinkable, but not all that interesting.

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Photo of BigBry
3.73/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.67/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a pale golden straw colour, finger of light fluffy head with mild retention and no real lacing.

S - Raspberries dominate the nose and comes off a bit sour. Some wheaty and bready malts also come through.

T - The raspberries take more of a back seat on this one coming through more on the finish. Some bitter lemon hops and sweet corn bread malts are also noticeable. Quite delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is nice, medium bodied and finishes nice and wet, leaving you wanting more.

D - I've had this several times, both on tap and in the bottle and it is definitely one of my favourites by Wild Rose. The raspberries are more subtle on the tongue, but its very refreshing and worthy to anyone looking for a sweet twist on their beer. Also, mixing half a Wraspberry Ale with a Brown Ave (aka Brown Berry), is quite tasty too!

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Photo of Proteus93
3.63/5  rDev +9.3%
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

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Photo of biboergosum
3.59/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.52/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of Converge
3.51/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Pours with a fizzy white head and clean copper hue with a pinkish tinge. No head retention, and no lacing.

S - Barley malt and mild tart raspberries. I'll give this one credit, this smells like actual fruit to me, and not an artificial flavor. Sort of like raspberry jam with 2-row and flaked wheat. The fruity character here is surprisingly pleasant and inviting.

T - Light malt upfront with just a moment of raspberry flavor in the finish before it disappears into an aftertaste of light bready malt, wheat, and barley. While the raspberries taste like actual raspberries, they feel a bit too sweet and not tart enough. Overall this is incredibly light with a refreshing feel and subtle fruitiness.

M - Light body with carbonation on the high end. Borders on fizzy, but nothing too inappropriate for the style I suppose.

D - Miles ahead of GIB's False Creek Raspberry mess, but an unspectacular beer nonetheless. I also appreciate the use of actual raspberries and having this beer actually reflect the profile of an ale to some extent. I basically just expected an artificially sweetened lager that would be consumed exclusively on the patios of Southern Alberta, but I can actually see myself trying this one again.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of robertwmartin
3.49/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is a decent fruit beer. It pours quite cloudy, reminiscent of a lambic. There is a quite a bit of raspberry aroma as well, and again this beer makes me think of a lambic. The raspberry adds tartness to the taste and there is a enough carbonation to really make you notice it as it goes down. There isn't a lot of mouthfeel to it, but I have been drinking a number of malty brews lately, so maybe I am biased right now as a result.

Overall, this is pretty light for an ale, and I don't like it as much as their Velvet Fog, however this is a good fruit beer worthy of a spot in your rotation.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.49/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a standard pub glass at a Calgary restaurant. A huge fixture here but holds relatively little interest for me. Consider this a review for the sake of being comprehensive.

Light golden color with slight reddist tint, a finger or so of peaked frothy white head. Aroma is lightly fruity, more cherry than raspberry I'd say but there is a tartness nonetheless. Slight astringent grainy note as well, a little buttered bread. This jam on toast likeness carries over onto the palate. Crisp, slightly grassy, just a tinge of buttery malts, the fruitiness subtle and vibrant, not overpowering. Thin and fizzy (as expected) with some green hop flavors in the finish.

Not much more to say. Decent fruit beer, standard wheat beer base and a delicate hand with the raspberries.

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Photo of CrazyMike
3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The worst sin in a fruit beer is letting the sweetness take over. Thankfully this is not a problem with this beer. In fact the light flavours of both the beer part and the fruit part make this boringly drinkable. The beer is a cool very light pink orange colour with little head. The nose is all fruit with almost no hops. This is a very easy drinking beer with the raspberry notes not really causing any issue. What I got after a glass was that there isn't too much going on with this beer; it is balanced and very drinkable but suffers from turning down all the flavours.

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Photo of pootz
3.47/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark peach color (tinge of pink in straw)....medium carbonation... Had a chunky 2 finger cap that laced out quickly and clings to the glass through the drink. Aromas of berries, and grassy hop...sweet malt as well. Started fairly tart, light (almost watery) sweetish body that finishes with a decent bready aftertaste punctuated with a twang of berry tartness....a nice light summer drink but for my preferences I’d rather see Wild Rose shelve this one as a seasonal and put the cherry porter into year round production.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into pint glass nov14 2009

A golden yellow with a very fast falling fingers worth of head that left no lace

S I smell raspberry and not much else

T see above but with a little malt

M a little thin but well carbonated

D may be a little better on a hot sunny day but not too bad overall

no doubt this is a raspberry ale it's pretty hard too miss with this one

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.36/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
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

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Photo of Bunman3
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

For me, fruit beer is summer beer. When this appeared in my Wild Rose taster pack, I was glad it was a warm December day so I could sample it in front of my barbecue. There is a strong raspberry nose, a bit of sweet lager with a bitter finish. As far as fruit beers go, this is pretty good. The fruit seems important, rather than an afterthought. Wild Rose is a very dependable brewery and has outpaced Big Rock in my books.

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Photo of jwc215
3.15/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of vanrassel
3/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.9/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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WRaspberry Ale from Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
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