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Rascal's Wild Red - Anheuser-Busch

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Reviews: 27
Hads: 125
rAvg: 2.31
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 04-08-2012

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.52/5  rDev +52.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The two new wild beers are out, I thought I swore off Wild Blue, but here goes the raspberry version with a cartoon Basset Hound named Rascal. Premium lager brewed with spices and with natural flavors and color from juice added. Aroma has tart raspberries, candy like sweet cane sugar, a bit of alcohol underneath the fruit. Basically a higher hand kill yourself loko alcoholic pop. Flavor is super sweet but backs off enough with carbonation and earthy raspberry seeds to let it not be straight sugar, a touch of alcohol makes it through onto the palate. Mouthfeel is dry with some tart/sweet/earthy edges to it, not as cloying as I recall the Wild Blue being, I'm actually taking small sips of this one and it is halfway gone. Alcohol does overburden the palate but I can detect it's presence. Overall another big fruit beer that will be sold for 8.99 a six pack of 8% fruit lager, is this good for craft beer when somebody starts playing beer pong with this or wakes up with a killer hangover, or worse yet gets alcohol poisoning because it tasted like soda pop and they didn't realize it was 8% abv. (1,103 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.12/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - dark, red with a fizzy layer of pink head that fades quickly

S - sweet, tart raspberries

T - tart raspberries, sweet, faint bitterness in the finish

M - crisp, medium bodied

A bit sweet and very forward with the raspberries. This tastes more like juice than beer. Fruit beer lovers will probably enjoy this, but for me it was a bit too sweet and overpowering. (367 characters)

Photo of barleyroad
3.1/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance, well red, no we mean red. Like bright red, berry red. The smell is very berry, as in raspberry. Taste is very berry, we have a hard time here at Barley Road call this a beer. Mouthfeel is good with very little lingering on the tongue. Overall this is a nice cooler and a great summer drink. We here at Barley Road had a time mixing this brew with some sparkling lime water. We created the RAZ, the Barley Road girls loved this mix. Enjoy, nice alternative to beer. (476 characters)

Photo of ghengisflan
3.03/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Probably the best part of this beer is the color. It is exactly what a raspberry lager should look like: ruby red and fairly clear.

Smell - Definitely a raspberry smell, but a little bit artificial tasting.

Taste - Again, a raspberry taste, but a little bit off. It's sickly sweet. It is a little bit of misleading advertisement for this to be called a lager.

Mouthfeel - A little inappropriately viscous.

Overall - Disappointing. More of a raspberry malt beverage than lager. (493 characters)

Photo of Bear1964
2.96/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass..big pink head went to nothing in 30 seconds, looked like a cherry soda minus the ice cubes and a straw. Smell showed Raspberry and sour candy hints, no Lager smell at all. Tastes like Raspberry pop with real fruit juice added, I feel this is a little to close to a wine cooler type drink to be taken seriously as a Premium Lager....but really who thinks that's what Anheuser Busch was trying to do?
Mouthfeel was thin with slight fizz at times and flat other times, overall this is STRONG on the fruit side of a fruit beer and is easy to drink...just not so much if you want to enjoy a beer...can't taste that here...at least for my tastes. Glad I tried this and the sister Wild Blue Blueberry Lager as singles...no harm no foul and increased my taste range to the fruit extreme. (819 characters)

Photo of Wrigfen
2.94/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

I tried giving this a better rating than I enjoyed. I did this partly because I am not a fruit beer fan. But for those that enjoy this type of beer it is excellent. My rating is biased by the fact I hate all fruit beers, HOWEVER!!! this one was not bad at all.
So disregard my rating and if you like this flavor you will love this wonderful beer. If you want a beer taste as I prefer then it is OK if you can tolerate the fruit. Hey they did a nice job, it just is not for my taste buds. You do get 8% ABV

Update tasted a little of my wife's yesterday. It was nice. Hence I bumped up my original rating a notch. FYI my wife would give this a solid 4.25. (654 characters)

Photo of pjkelley82
2.83/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Really not "that" bad.... it's definitely not a beer. More of s wine cooler or sparkling champagne... but without the pzzaz or actual goodness of those drinks. The Bad.... it was a little overpowering with raspberry flavor. Alcohol was too noticeable in the palate and the actual beer part of it was not good.... the good.... it looked good... and smelled pretty good. This is something you give to fruit beer lovers to show them how to fruit beer is overdone. Other than that it's too pricy to buy to just get buzzed on your better off drinking rubbing alcohol.... Lol that was a joke. But if you have someone that is more into wines and zimas and scmirnoffs, give it a try. (675 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
2.83/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured out as a deep fake looking red color with a pink colored head on top. The smell of the beer is sweet and fruity, there is a light grainy booze aroma in there too. The taste of the beer is sweet, similar to a wine cooler. The beer tastes like sweet raspberries but unnatural. The mouthfeel is kind of bland. No real complexity or anything like that going on here. Overall it's a flavorful drink but nothing too natural about it. Not a fan. (455 characters)

Photo of becktone
2.77/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Eye: Opaque red color, deep red like kinda a ruby with hints of orange in there kinda color. Hard to describe...but for a lager...so the label describes...but wait-the side of the label says "Flavored Ale"...so ale or lager? but still I would expect this to be clear coming from AB-InBev. Head forms, but falls almost immediately leaving none of the pink head that formed when pouring.

Nose: Big Raspberry aroma, kinda like raspberry syrup that you'd use for pancakes. Sweet smelling aroma. Good for cooking if you are looking to make a sweet reduction sauce that tastes of raspberries. Not much beer here, smells more like a Smirnoff deal, or a Lindeman's, really fruity with no beer aroma...and thats ok.

Tongue: Big on the raspberry, more like Lindeman's than anything else. Sugary sweet, and that is about all. Good for a hot afternoon when you are craving sugar or good to go with pancakes or as a reduction sauce. As for drinking I'd liken it to Mike's Hard Lemonade or somesuch. Nothing much of beer here. Tastes more like a malternative. For what it is, it is ok, but it should be under a malternative category....that is what it tastes like. Medium-heavy on the palate...Lots of sugar here to sweeten it up. Carbonation is high to offset that. Overall, for what it is, feels ok on the palate.

Drinkability: If I'm feeling cheap sure I'll buy this again instead of a $25 Framboise liquor. Nothing special though. I've tons of other fruit beers I'd go for over this one...it's cheap and being such is cheap in flavor. But for a reduction sauce and cooking, if it calls for raspberry ale, I think this would do nicely. (1,630 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Local Option glass.

The long-awaited, highly anticipated raspberry follow-up to Wild Blue. Hoorah, amiright? It pours a murky maroon topped by a half-finger of off-white foam. From the moment the cap was twisted off a blast of raspberry filled my nose (and my room), and that's what dominates my glass. It's sweet, sugary, and berry-y. Damn, I wonder what this could be made to taste like...? Unsurprisingly, my tongue is also met by a blast of artificial raspberry (I'm leaning toward blue raspberry, actually), but with a strange off-flavor running through things at the same time. It's hard to explain, so I'm gonna put it this way: Imagine Lindemans Framboise, in all its artificially-sweetened raspberry glory, then add, say, the earthy skins of ripe raspberries that have been left out somewhere to "age". Something like that. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, a pretty sad beer, but one that could have probably turned out much, much worse. I frankly liked the blueberry better, and don't see the same focus in this offering. (1,108 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
2.67/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass

Appearance- The beer pours a hazy pink hued reddish-brown color with a big billowy pink head. The bubbles that compose the head pop over time leaving a decent level of streaky pink lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is massively sweet of a raspberry smell. It is sugary and super potent with it being detected upon opening the bottle and permeating the room when poured. It is very sweet and actually rather nice and candy like.

Taste – This is one super sweet tasting beer. It begins huge of a sugary and non-descript artificial berry flavor. The massive sweetness grows even stronger taking on a berry/raspberry fruit-juice/ soda like taste. Even at 8 % abv very little alcohol is detected on the tongue (just a hint) with the flavors in the end leaving a massively sweet cloying taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the brew is on the average side in its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average to actually slightly lower side for a fruit beer. The feel is a bit off as a slightly higher carbonation and lighter body may have been slightly more appropriate.

Overall – Not my cup of tea. Massively sweet. If you want something fruity and sugary tasting then this is it, if not then you may want to pass up this one. (1,326 characters)

Photo of intensify
2.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

First off, these styles are so hard to judge because it's like trying to score a Wine Cooler on a beer website. Anyhow, it poured a red wine looking body with a finger, pink/red head. Retention was poor and lacing was barely seen.

S- Rasberrys, malts and spices. Smells like Sunny Delight with a kick.

T- Once again, this beer screams wine cooler. Rasberry taste with an alcoholic kick. Not hard to tilt back and I could drink this with a burger.

M- High carbonation, thin bodied and easy to drink.

If for some reason you are trying to get away from the norm, then this is it. You could even tell your friends that its cheap wine. (634 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
2.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This raspberry lager pours a bright red with some scary pink carbonation and no lace.

The aroma is an olfactory-pleasing raspberry, so not bad there.

Taste? First, this isn't beer in any way I can detect. I get a heavy-flavored soft drink with 8% alcohol. It's super-sweet and artificial-tasting, with no trace of hops or grain. Avoid this awful travesty and don't look back. (379 characters)

Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Looks like a Lindeminns product, clear and cherry red with a wisp of white head on top. Smells like cranberry juice or a box drink on steroids. Interesting that this is a beer. It tastes like candied raspberry syrup shots someone would put on a snow cone. Instead, said shot was pumped full of carbonation and busch light. It is syrupy and sticky with a medium body. I could see some HS kids liking this or maybe mixing it in with a sangria, but it is a little too much for me right now. (487 characters)

Photo of mralphabet
2.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Hey who put cool-aid in my beer... Poured a blush wine color with a little pink head that disappears more quickly than it arrived and with not lacing at all.

S: Sweet, tart raspberries wine with a hint of alcohol.

T: Sweet right up front then the tart raspberries kick in. Hardly any any note of alcohol in the taste. Very clean finish.

M: Light bodied, wet with a crisp carbonation.

O: This is more like a wine than a beer... But for what it is it is spot on for the style. If you like raspberries this might be for you. (566 characters)

Photo of RVigz
2.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

When taking the first sip of this beer it tastes like raspberry juice and you will think oh man for 8% this is pretty delicious, but the aftertaste is like someone spilled their lager into your cup of juice. Drinking more than one of these at a time made me sick because of how sweet it was. I cant safely say that its NOT my type of lager.. or that i even consider it a lager. Its worth a try though, some people enjoy that overly sweet taste. I consider it more of a sugary mixed drink, but that's just my opinion. (516 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
2.04/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

My girlfriend absolutely had to try the new Wild Red because Wild Blue has always been one of her guilty pleasures. I'm going to take sips from her pint glass and review this one.

Scarlet red, almost magenta, hue to the beer, and it shows some haziness. Light pastel pink head that doesn't keep too long. Some alcohol legs fall around when the liquid is swirled. 3.5

Smells almost exactly like black raspberry JELL-O. No detectable hops and only the slightest whiff of wet cereal. A little bit of alcohol in the nose. Not much else to say. 2.0

Soda pop sweetness triple-dosed with artificial raspberry, Grenadine, and alcohol. Tart astringencies are drying, sticky, and puckering in the inside of the mouth. Has the mouthfeel of fruity malt liquor. Head-rushing sweetness that beckons the hangover gods. Next to nothing along the lines of malts, hops, or yeast lingering in the finish. And, when I say finish, I mean aftertaste. A similar aftertaste to eating red gummi candy. 2.0, 1.5

I don't really know what this is, and quite frankly, who it appeals to. Besides actual definition, this is just that short of 'NOT BEER'. My girlfriend would trade this for a Miller Lite any day. There's another bottle in the refrigerator, which I'm sure will be saved for a fifty-fifty mix with Hoegaarden (as soon as we get some Hoegaarden). Yep, this is what I have to look forward to. 2.0 (1,382 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
2.01/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I bought this out of an inherent sense of curiosity while visiting Highland Pizzeria on President's Day. Hey, when singles are available, I will try anything once.

Wow, this is a beer for Pink, the Pink Panther, Pinky & the Bean and anybody else who has an affinity for that color and variations on shade. I started out with two fingers of cotton candy-colored head that quickly fell to wisps. The color of the beer reminded me of clarified beet juice. Very clear and very purplish-red. The nose was really sweet, more so than I might expect from natural flavoring. You wouldn't be cheating up on us, now, you rascals?!? Mouthfeel was slightly effervescent, but I was troubled by the taste. Raspberry naturally lends a slight (or greater) tartness to alcoholic beverages, whether beer or wine, and this was more like candy. Better living through chemistry? There is no naturally occurring ester that cannot be recreated in a laboratory and I have a feeling that this is what was done here. For shame! Finish was sweet, just sweet and cloying. I felt like I had been drinking perfume. Ugh. (1,089 characters)

Photo of chinchill
1.91/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle served in a snifter.

A: Bright red color carries over into the pink tinted head. This head doesn't last too long and leaves little lacing. Enjoy looking at it; refrain from consumption.

Smell: Smells like raspberry candy or Jello, with a bit of raspberry soap. and alcohol.

T: Excessively sweet, like a raspberry soda, but with a bit of bitterness that lends it a medicinal flavor. Artificial raspberry dominates almost everything else, but some vague spicing is also evident. Aftertaste comparable to that from eating cheap raspberry candy.

M: light-medium body with ample carbonation, yet somewhat watery.

O: Not beer, and a not good beverage. At least as much like a wine cooler as a beer. Might work for somebody who loves fruit sodas and dislikes beer. Alternatively, if a bottle comes into your possession and you can't pawn it off on someone else, perhaps you could use some of this to add some fruit flavor to another beer. (952 characters)

Photo of zeff80
1.9/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Poured out a clear, red color with a one-finger, pink head of bubbly foam. It short-lived head left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of raspberry juice. Not awful but not beer-like.

T - Tart raspberries lead the flavor profile, but there is also this strange burn -- the alcohol maybe?

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light bodied beer with a clean finish.

O - Not so good, but sadly it might be better than the blueberry one. (435 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
1.88/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1

12 oz twist-off bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
8% ABV, 12086 printed on label.
(Reviewed 06-24-12 - from notes)

A - Deep ruby pink in hue, the color is so rich it's frightening. A fleeting light pastel head drapes a few fingers of lace on the glass before collapsing to next to nothing.

S - Thick raspberry fruit puree is reminiscent of sugar-laden IHOP syrup, though not as inciting. Grainy pale malt barely makes it through but it still features a crisp lager finish. While it smells artificial, I can't bring myself to say it's offending but maybe that's my love affair with raspberries coming out.

T - Abundantly sweet, cloying, completely fake raspberry flavor overlaps the generous helping of cheap malt liquor flavor behind. It's not pleasant at all.

M - The 8% doesn't hide well here. You can just feel it's warmth on retronasal breathing. Thick and cloyingly sweet with a moderate carbonation level and grossly grainy finishing.

O - A poor substitute for a wine cooler, Rascal's Wild Red is sickly sweet to the point a diabetes warning should be included on packaging. It's like mixing IHOP syrup with half a can of Steele Reserve. Avoid this one. (1,166 characters)

Photo of hardy008
1.83/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark red with a thin fizzy pink head with poor retention and next to no lacing. Smells like artificial raspberries which are way too sweet.

The taste is like sweet fake raspberries with an attempt to balance with a little bitterness. Not much to get excited about here.

Light to medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. This is just bad, and is not recommended. (365 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
1.76/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Appearance - Pours a clouded pink strawberry color, a soda pop crown on top that does not last long.

Aroma - Raspberry syrup,giving the soda a fresh fruity...oh, this is beer...never mind.

Taste - Budweiser and raspberry syrup. At the Cincy Beerfest a few years ago, I had this left hand milk stout on cask, sitting on Coffee Emporium coffee beans, poured over a scoop of Graeters vanilla bean ice cream. Incredible blend of flavors that the sweetness of the ice cream really worked great with. Looking forward to February and hoping to find that again. If you're in town, check it out!

Back to this review... Sweet raspberry flavor masking a mostly non-descript lager, as designed I suspect. This sweet tooth has no problem dispatching the bottle, but it is alcopop, and an 8% alcopop at that. An odd butteriness at times, but mostly just a lot of sugariness.

Mouthfeel - slick, carbonation is a little muted.

Overall - one and done. I try to limit my alcohol consumption more these days, and this I would consider a poor use of my allotment. (1,048 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
1.44/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

APPEARANCE: Sickly fizzy clear light pink. Looks like a wine cooler.

SMELL: Rasperries and stale, left-in-the-glass-overnight merlot.

TASTE: Raspberry flavoring leaving a slick coating on the palate. Wine cooler like taste, this should be called " Sea Breeze Raspberry Mixer". Like in medieval times, maybe urine could have been added to balance. It's not far off in its current state.

FEEL: Overcarbonated sweet cloying mess that really sticks with you. Oof!

OVERALL: Fizzy fruity berry. Not beer really a shame it boasts itself as one. Money was never exchanged but trust me I paid for it. (596 characters)

Photo of pajeff
1.16/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I'm only rating this so poorly because I'm judging it as a beer.

It's not a beer. A malt beverage, perhaps (think "Zima"), but there is no way that this should have "lager" on the label.

As a "wine cooler" type of beverage, it's not bad. It's not overly sweet, although it's more of a chemical raspberry than a "fresh fruit" taste.

Full disclosure, I also hate that AB/Inbev caught me with this "craft beer trap". If I knew it was AB, I wouldn't have bought it. And since it is AB, I seriously overpaid for it. Live and learn.

3 stars as a wine cooler - 0 stars as a beer. (577 characters)

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Rascal's Wild Red from Anheuser-Busch
64 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.