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Raspberry Wheat - Phillips Brewing Company

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Ratings: 27
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 16.27%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Phillips Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-09-2003

A crisp, dry and refreshing summer beer. Brewed with BC raspberries for a full nose and crisp finish, this beer pairs well with sunglasses and patios.
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Ratings: 27 | Reviews: 13
Reviews by jrempel:
Photo of jrempel
3.75/5  rDev +13%

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Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle. The new label is a vast improvement over the existent BA one - it reminds me of the local pick your own raspberries concern.

This beer pours a clear, bright reddish-orange-amber hue, with two fingers of foamy pale pink head, which leaves a solid wall of painted lace around the glass as it duly recedes.

It smells of raspberry tarts, doughy and fruity in the proper amounts, some green foliage essence that leads one to thoughts of certain hops and summers well spent. The taste is primarily bready, grainy, somewhat wheaty malt, a nicely enveloping raspberry fruitiness, and softly zingy leafy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is oh so low, enough to be considered inert, the body an adequate medium weight, and smooth as a colic baby's bottom. It finishes sweet, the raspberry and solid wheat malt sharing the main bill; everything else just seems like chaff in the wind - not a bad thing whatsoever.

A pleasant raspberry ale, and so much more than a standard APWA, as depicted here. Sweet, sure, but in a moderated sense, i.e., I could surely have another round of this, given the heat of day, and all that.

Photo of CWVegas
4.25/5  rDev +28%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - slightly hazy berry red, one finger of pink head retained at a thin covering with sparse lacing
S - fresh raspberry jam, grainy raw wheat, buttery bread
T - big kick of sweet raspberries and sugar, grainy and buttery, hint of leafy hops, there are serious about featuring raspberries in this one
M - light with somewhat prickly carbonation, finishes tart and a little dry
O - i'm a big fan of raspberries, and obviously beer, and i like what they've done here, it's heavily tilted to a sweet raspberry flavour which is not going to please everyone, but I'm digging it

Photo of Goldorak
1.74/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Cute reddish opaque color similar to a rosé, but with a contrasting white lacing.

Smell: Very faint red fruit aroma with a bit of an acidic twang and a wheaty side to it as wel, like cranberry juice in oatmeal. It took a while for the aromas to develop.

Taste: Nail polish, crushed aspirin, with a bad homebrew kit watery finish. A tiny speck of fruit near the tail end, but not enough for me to enjoy this.

Photo of Rutager
3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours a hazy pink-orange with a finger of thick pale pink head that fades pretty quick.

Smell. Rasberry juice, a little toasted wheat and grassy hops.

Taste. Tart rasberry, toasted wheat, and a little herby hops.

Mouthfeel. Light body and a medium, bubbly carbonation.

Overall. Decent real rasberry taste. Would be fine on a hot day.

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

This warm-weather seasonal balances the fruit and wheat components nicely. It pours a lovely pink-tinged color and has a pleasant, natural raspberry aroma. There's just the right amount of raspberry on the palate, too, with a tart, dry finish to make this super-refreshing and easy-drinking.

Photo of IronDjinn
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

After the poor experience I had with the other two Phillips I had sampled I was already a little wary about even trying this one. However it was this Raspberry Wheat that first caught my eye on the shelf, and the one I had wanted to try the most. And yes, sometimes there are happy endings...

Pours out of its 500 ml brown bottle an intense hazy deep pink hue, comparable to the appearance of grapefruit cocktail fruit juice. Nice fizzy pinkish head that falls back to a small foamy ring. Aroma is all raspberries up front, the faintest bit of malt in teh background. Flavour is light wheat blended with raspberries, no complexity here. Very thin watery mouthfeel, this is an easy drinker, but pretty boring as well. Perhaps a decent lawnmower beer. The raspberry flavour is nice, but needs something else to hold it up or accompany it.

Photo of BreWolf
2.67/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of this to try. Figured what the hey.

It came in a brown 650ml bottle. I was surprised to pour it and see its red. Well it says its made with raspberry's heh.

Looks like a dark rose, (copper colored when held to the light) It has good clarity. It also has an off white head that recedes quickly.

When I initially smelt it I was not impressed. It's faint and not especially pleasant.

I almost regretted buying it after that but thankfully the taste was better than the smell. What an interesting taste. Not the the typical wheat beer taste. I actually don't find it to be very beer like at all. I can pick up the fruityness of the berrys. A faint sweetness. But it also seems kinda washed out or too watery.

Overall Id say its not bad and certainly drinkable. But I have to say it has the potential to be better.

Photo of LampertLand
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Phillips Brewing "Raspberry" American Pale Wheat Ale @ 5.0% served cold from a 650 ml bottle
A-pours a raspberry red with an big off white/pink head leaving large pink lacing along the weizen glass
S-sweet floral , earthy , grassy
T-sweet cream soda pop , tart finish
MF-pop like carbonation , light on the palate
Ov-the sweet raspberry flavour will make this an easy drinking summer beer for some of us (my Mom likes it) , just a tad too sweet for my taste buds this summer

cheers LampertLand

Photo of bumchilly25
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of TRiGS
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Derek
3.15/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Hazy reddish-orange; fluffy, slightly pink head; very little retention or lace.

S: Tarte raspberry (plenty of acidity), peachy fruityness, funkier than anticipated.

T: Plenty of tart acidity & raspberry; not my style (simply overwhelms my palate). Definitely not a sweet fruit beer!

M: Light to moderate body is very acidic & dry; Moderately high carbonation.

D: Not my style & difficult to finish... but a nice effort at something different!

Photo of fizzyted
2/5  rDev -39.8%

Photo of Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of leaddog
3.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a ruby red with a finger width of off white slightly pink head that recedes quickly.

Smell-Raspberries, light wheat and grains, lemon, grassy hops.

Taste- Starts with raspberries. Quite tart, not what the smell would make you believe. It is then followed by the wheat, and grains. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A tad thin.

Overall- An authentic raspberry wheat ale. Phillips does this justice by allowing the taste to be natural vs artificial flavours. An excellent summer refresher.

Photo of Erik-P
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Photo of wordemupg
3.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bomber poured into tulip 27/6/12

A clear reddish orange with a solid two finger light pink head that retains quite well and leaves a few specks of lace

S reminds me of a fruity breakfast cereal mixed with a jolly rancher, smells pretty good with a large blast of raspberry but leaning towards the fake variety

T there's that Phillips house flavor again that I just can't shake after picking it up a while back, slightly tart raspberry and under-ripe strawberry and wheat, a small step back from the smell

M slightly tart and just a little sticky on the lips, leaves a fair bit of grit behind on the gums but somehow slick on the tongue and just a little foamy

O decent but not great, flavors a little synthetic but still very easy to drink on this warm but windy Summer day

Not the best fruit beer I've ad but nothing to be ashamed of and I don't see a reason for the low overall rating, my lady liked it so whatever gets her drinking beer is OK with me

Photo of EskimoDave
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of canucklehead
2.88/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer has a lot of potential that unfortunately goes wasted. The colour is a very nice reddish pink with a pink tinged head. The nose is only slightly fruity but is the taste that is a letdown. There are sour flavours with some fruit notes but there is something not quite right about the balance and the finish. I like the attempt to make a dry sourish wheat beer but the concept lacks execution and skill.

Photo of BDTyre
3.17/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An average fruit beer that really does not strike me as being a wheat ale. Dark, almost copper colour to with a thin, slightly pink head; slight lacing.

Tart raspberry and fruit smell. Faint sweetness from the malts. Tart taste...I cant taste the raspberries so much as I can feel the acidity and tartness. Not a bad flavour overall, but one that definitely needs improvement. Something is needed to cut down on the bite of the raspberry. Definitely none of the flavours I would think to associate with a wheat beer.

A valiant attempt, but it certainly needs a bit of work. The bitterness needs to be cut, and more traditional wheat beer flavours are needed in the mix.

Photo of Exeter
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of ZachT
3.97/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of phys1028
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of KalanM
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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