Raspberry Wheat Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Raspberry Wheat AleRaspberry Wheat Ale

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252 Ratings
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Ratings: 252
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 18.59%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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(Beer added by: oberon on 02-10-2007)
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Photo of dave00100
5/5  rDev +60.3%

Photo of JamesS
4.65/5  rDev +49%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is great stuff! If you like raspberry wheat beers (or fruit-wheat beers at all), you should very much enjoy this one. It has a great wheat beer appearance, golden and slightly cloudy, with a nice malty, wheaty scent. It goes down smoothly and is very refreshing. Raspberries can be detected in the scent. The raspberries add a very strong flavor to it without being overpowering. This would make an excellent desert beer and would be fantastic with chocolate.

Photo of JakeEsterly
4.5/5  rDev +44.2%

Photo of kimbo33
4.2/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can't understand why people hate on this one so badly. Its a nice beer! Actually doesnt have that jolly rancher taste like many raspberry beers have. Has the nice tartness of the real raspberry. Also has some nice hop tones to give it some bitterness. The hop aroma even comes through. Crystal clear easy to drink.

Photo of pershan
4.05/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a clear, honey-amber with a thick white head into a pilsner glass. There was a huge aroma of fresh raspberries - fantastic. The taste was tart and crisp, with raspberry flavor dominating, but also with a nice, dry, slightly hopped finish. A very light and refreshing summer ale - not sure why it was rated so low by others.

Photo of woodske1
4.03/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Why hate on Rasberry Wheat? If you like Rasberries you will like this beer.

It is one of the most drinkable beers Southern Tier puts out there next to the Chautaqua Brew. It is a very easy to drink beer...their IPA is still tops on my list...But this one is in my top five from the brewery.

NEW - Its been awhile since I had one of these but since tasting it at the brewery this weekend I have changed my mind.

I SWEAR they added more of a hop taste to it as to when it first came out. The beer has more body and less of a sweet taste. I liked it much better than last years brew...maybe its just me.

Photo of phiberoptik
4.03/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow... REAL Raspberry in this beer.

When I poured the beer I was a little set back at the fact that without the smell of raspberries hitting my nose, I would have guessed it to be a light lager or pilsner. Pale yellow and very clear, neither of which I expect from a wheat beer. Very bubbly, almost like a champagne with a similar head as well. Very light and airy.

The smell was amazingly dead on real raspberries. Very faint hints of wheat and yeast but clearly this is a fruit themed beer by the smell.

My first reaction of the taste was that it reminded me of the old Clearly Canadian fizzy water drinks of the 90s. Thats good and bad but to me mostly good because my wife picked this beer for the raspberry more than the beer aspect of it. I didnt get a lot of the wheat characteristics in the taste though. If you would have meddled a couple raspberries in a nice light pils, I might not have known the difference.

Mouthfeel was quite light and watery. Not a lot of heft behind this beer. Zero fill factor for those who light more taste less filling.

Extremely drinkable and really the only thing holding you back is the carbonation, otherwise it drinks like water.

Taking into consideration this is a FRUIT themed beer, I think they hit it spot on from the fruit side, just wish it was a bit more true to the wheat beer side.

Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of PatLarsen
4/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear light straw color with a small head that laces, the beer also displays active carbonation. Wonderfully sweet rasberry aroma very noticable. You can also catch honey and wheat in the aroma and maybe the slightest hops. In a blind smell test you would know this is a berry drink. Taste is light and crisp, like a lager and if your patient you can start to make out the berry flavor. There’s no hops to this but the taste is so light it doesn’t call for it. Its a suble fruit beer and in the end, it satisfies on a 90 degree day.

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4/5  rDev +28.2%

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4/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of Goldfoot
4/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of codon2004
4/5  rDev +28.2%

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4/5  rDev +28.2%

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4/5  rDev +28.2%

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4/5  rDev +28.2%

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4/5  rDev +28.2%

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4/5  rDev +28.2%

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4/5  rDev +28.2%

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4/5  rDev +28.2%

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4/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of pzrhsau
3.98/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy light gold with a decent head that dissipates very quickly.
S: Raspberry jam aroma with some slight maltiness.
T: Very sweet and crisp raspberry flavor with some seedy woodiness to it. The beer has some nice hop bitterness to finish but there is a gap in the flavor.
D/O: crisp and clean. Very light and drinkable on the tongue. Great outdoor summer beer but the beer fits too much in the raspberry category and lacks some of the overall balance of a beer.

Photo of Wasatch
3.98/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to JoeyBeerBelly for this brew.

Pours a very nice clean/clear pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slightly hoppy, nice scent of raspberry, some spicyness, and slight caramel. The taste is pretty good, I like, malty, slight hoppy, I like the raspberry notes, and caramel. Light-Medium body. Drinkable, pretty tasty, would drink again. Thanks Joe.

Photo of shirfan
3.95/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very light gold with a snow-white thin and sticky layer of foam.

Fresh, ripe raspberry aroma with just a hint of wheat behind it. Not overpowering, but "just right".

Smooth, light body has an almost sourdough flavor to it, with mild raspberry as an afterthought. Not a massively fruit-laden beer, rather a good, easy drinker with a hint of berries. Good balance between sweet and dry as well. Low bitterness.

This would make a good "crossover" beer for macro drinkers... tasty yet light, and no blast of hops to scare them away.

High sessionability.

Photo of DCon
3.93/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 12oz bottle @ Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO for $2.29. Poured into my Goose Island Pint Glass and no sign of B.O.D.

Aroma- Nice raspberry aroma upfront that is mild, not aggressive and is perfect because it is not overpowering.

Appearance- Has a golden, semi-hazy body with a 1 finger head that dies down immediately. No real lace on the glass either.

Flavor- Strong raspberry and grainy all the way through. Very sweet and has a low hop character with almost no bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, High Carbonation, and has a crisp finish. Nothing really left around to enjoy after the drink.

Overall Impression- Very enjoyable! Has perfect amount of raspberry taste that makes it not go over the edge. Perfect to style of Pale Wheat Ale and could drink many back to back! Could enjoy more but now about to move on to some other beers I got from Lukas. Cheers!

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Raspberry Wheat Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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