Rascal's Wild Red - Anheuser-Busch

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125 Ratings
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 2.51
pDev: 33.86%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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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1.75/5  rDev -30.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of Knapp85
2.83/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.68/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of zeff80
1.88/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev +39.4%
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.

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1.75/5  rDev -30.3%

Photo of woodychandler
1.96/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

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2.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of Stinkypuss
1.36/5  rDev -45.8%
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.

Photo of chinchill
1.88/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

Photo of tdm168
3.1/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

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2.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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3/5  rDev +19.5%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
1.8/5  rDev -28.3%
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.

Photo of ZEB89
2.25/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of Darkmagus82
2.56/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of Whiskeydeez
2/5  rDev -20.3%

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1.5/5  rDev -40.2%

Photo of thecheapies
2.03/5  rDev -19.1%
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

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
1.76/5  rDev -29.9%
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.

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2.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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1.25/5  rDev -50.2%

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2/5  rDev -20.3%

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Rascal's Wild Red from Anheuser-Busch
62 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.