WRaspberry Ale - Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
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3.93/5 rDev +18%
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!
04-03-2008 19:52:49 | More by ChrisCage
3.88/5 rDev +16.5%
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.
05-09-2005 08:32:19 | More by Cwrw
British Columbia (Canada)
3.88/5 rDev +16.5%
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.
07-01-2011 03:53:33 | More by Hornet2003
3.78/5 rDev +13.5%
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.
08-02-2004 01:57:58 | More by Beersignal
3.75/5 rDev +12.6%
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.
03-05-2005 17:45:44 | More by BigBry
3.7/5 rDev +11.1%
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!
09-19-2010 01:13:48 | More by andrenaline
3.65/5 rDev +9.6%
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
07-23-2008 23:25:19 | More by Proteus93
3.58/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
09-27-2008 01:06:54 | More by biboergosum
3.53/5 rDev +6%
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.
12-11-2010 04:40:35 | More by DoctorStrangiato
3.5/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
08-26-2012 14:21:01 | More by SickGnar
3.5/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
05-21-2012 21:52:57 | More by Converge
3.48/5 rDev +4.5%
(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.
03-09-2005 02:31:58 | More by rhoadsrage
WRaspberry Ale from Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
77 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.