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Raspberry Wheat Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Raspberry Wheat AleRaspberry Wheat Ale

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250 Ratings
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Ratings: 250
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.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: oberon on 02-10-2007)
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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.

Wasatch, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of Riverwarrior
3.9/5  rDev +25%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S = A dominating raspberry aroma.

T = Strong raspberry flavor upfront with some slight hop bitterness near the end. The bitterness rounds out the sweetness and makes for a nice finish.

MF = Crisp and smooth. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall, this is very refreshing and goes down super easy on a hot, humid day. One of the better summer beers that I've tried.

Riverwarrior, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of generallee
3.2/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It has a light yellow straw color with a white fluffy head. Its head fades out quickly and leaves little to no lace on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a raspberry syrup scent with light wheat notes.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor has a thin grainy malt taste with a heavy raspberry flavor that tastes like it was sweetened with artificial sweetener. The body is light with a fuzzy mouth feel and fizzy carbonation.

Notes: This was just a little off balance for me. The body didn't support the sweetness very well. However it is light and effervescent making it good for hot summer days.

generallee, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of thartman
3.8/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 355ml bottle, pale yellow, too clear, with very little head. It actually looks a little flat.

Smell was definitely rasberry, very sweet and fruity. It smelled good.

Taste is decent, definitely rasberry, with some grainy undertones, a little hop bitterness. This beer is very light and refreshing, very easy to drink. This is a nice beer to start a session with.

thartman, May 25, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Not a whole lot to see here... a pale golden with a fizzy white head. Retention is alright.

S: Raspberry up front, as one would expect. The wheatiness of the brew comes through, as well... kinda candylike.

T: A little tart, the raspberry flavour is a little puckering. Not overly sweet, so much... it has a rather natural flavour to it, which is decent. It seems a little much with the other flavours, though.

M + D: Nice here... a pretty easy going summer wheat beer, with just enough carbonation and a pretty clean finish, leaving a residual fruitiness. The only thing that stops it for being more drinkable is the flavour (or perhaps that it's just a bit intense). Otherwise, it's done alright... if a fan of raspberry flavours, by all means, give it a shot.

Proteus93, May 11, 2008
Photo of klewis
3.78/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very clear (huh?) yellow with a moderate frothy head. Lots of lacing.

S: Nothin' but raspberries. Smells nice.

T: Slightly grainy with a gummi-like raspberry candy flavor. Pretty straight forward and expected. A bit of grain astringency in the finish.

M: Heavier than expected and slightly creamy (huh?). Moderate carbonation.

D: It is what it is and what it is supposed to be, and with that said, I find this to be a diamond in the rough of all the bad raspberry wheats out there.

klewis, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of thequeen711
2.6/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-amber poured from the bottle created a frothy head
S-a definite smell of raspberry
T-initially good, but a bitter aftertaste
M-colder the better
D-low grades, Southern Tier usually has pristine stuff, this one just doesn't live up the the expectation of this honourable brewery

I was definitely disappointed with this brew. With the Choklat brew being about the best there is, I had high expectations of this raspberry wheat style. The bitter aftertaste just ruins the concept. Looks like Founders Rubeus still reigns as raspberry king!

thequeen711, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of Metalmonk
3.3/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like how incredibly normal/macro this looks...but I'm also conditioned to become pessimistic when a beer pours out this piss-yellow with such insane clarity. The head was nice while it lasted, and leaves some tiny lace trails. Looks either like a crappy corporate stinker or a classic Czech pils. Obviously it will taste like neither.

Aroma gives a light touch of raspberry, quite obvious and not artificial-smelling. Little else gets through. As long as you don't expect much and you like raspberries, this will at least rate an "okay".

The first sip of this is always great. Big vanilla cookie-dough goodness wrapped around a pretty big hit of authentic raspberry flavor. Seems almost indulgent. But as you soldier on, it lacks stamina, failing to impress, sometimes seeming merely like a tasty beer lacking any real depth. It gets old, basically. It remains doughy, it remains fruity, but there's a metallic note that creeps in more with each sip, and by the end it seems that more malt/wheat would've really helped balance this beer.

The feel is quite nice, giving a firm, somewhat creamy and definitely tingly texture that carries the flavor through nicely.

There's no denying its drinkability. It's not bad, offensive, poorly-crafted or carelessly thrown out there for the indiscriminate masses. It's just not the wallop we've come to expect from Southern Tier. Then again, you can't drink Jah-va and Unearthly every day either. This is sort of like their #9, if you know what I mean. Give it a shot.

Metalmonk, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of cyrenaica
3.73/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle
4.5% ABV
I tried this beer on October 17, 2007 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto. The beer poured a translucent golden-brown into the glass with a thin white head that quickly disappeared. The aroma was very hoppy with a hint of raspberries. The mouthfeel was crisp, medium-bodied with champagne like carbonation. The flavour was similar to the aroma, hoppy with a hint of raspberries.

cyrenaica, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of Jerzdevil1116
2.13/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle purchased at Circle Liquors in Somers Point, NJ.

A- Clear, pale yellow body. A lot of carbonation. Poured with a huge, foamy, white head. Left some setiment floating in the glass. Too clear for a wheat beer.

S- Raspberries with some hidden hops. A little metallicy smelling.

T- Semi-sweet, artificial, raspberry beginning with a dry hop finish.

M- Thin and watery. Slightly enlivened by the carbonation.

D- The name sounded very inviting and refreshing. The taste was a different story. Too watery, and not a pleasant taste. I'm usually a big fan of Southern Tier, but wouldn't buy this one again.

Jerzdevil1116, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of Applesauce1
3.45/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I picked a bottle of this up at the Westover Market in Arlington, VA....much better beer selection here than Harris Teeter or Whole Foods. Anyhow....

Appearance: gold and transparent with a nice 1/2" head

Smell: raspberries

Taste: raspberries, cascade hops...nice and balanced, a tad watered down though

Mouthfeel: light bodied

Drinkability: could drink all night

Decent beer, but nothing great. Brewers need to be more daring with fruit beers. I think they're trying to attract the non-beer drinkers with these beers....few breweries continue to make good fruit beers

Applesauce1, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of aerozeppl
2.93/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Rule for Southern Tier. Bombers good. 12oz bad.

A: Super clear golden color with minimal amount of white head.

S: There is nothin worse than concentrate being used in beers and this does just that. After that there is some wheat in there but it is dominated by the fake raspberry.

T: Tastes just like it smells. Actually gets worse as you keep drinking it.

M: Super thin and watery. Light carbonation as well.

D: For what could and should be a great session beer this is not. Really cannot get past one or two of these before you just have to stop. Reminds me of a bad malt beverage. Stick to bombers.

aerozeppl, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of Avryle
2.1/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

For a brewery that has produced such amazing beers such as Jahva & Choklat (which I'm now convinced is the devil's blood) the raspberry wheat falls pathetically short of the mark.

A- Clear, thin, golden color with fluffy white lacing. Waaaay to much clarity for a wheat and were it not for the overwheliming raspberry aroma/stink coming from the glass, I'd think I'd inadvertently purchased a Michelob.

S- The raspberry aroma is more artificial than Pamela Anderson's ta-tas. Its too overwheliming to pick up anything else that lies beneath.

T- Cloyingly bad artificial raspberry flavors dominate with a pasty-faced presence of what is supposed to be a wheat beer hanging out in back.
No es bueno.

M- Thin. Hyper carbonated. Sticky, sickeningly sweet.

D- It is so thin that you could probably suck down a few if you really wanted to, but I would not advocate such an undertaking.

Lesson learned: Buy Southern Tier's 22oz bottles.

Avryle, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of hustlemuscle
3.65/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear light yellow, with a mild and meek head, minimal carbonation.

Overpoweringly raspberry. Reminiscent more of a fruit drink than a beer.

It is interesting though, mostly wheat, with a touch of raspberry- which was not what I was expecting after the nose of this beast. Just enough raspberry to be annoying, hints at the palate, but it doesn't come out. Like a whisper. Ends tartly.

Tart, slightly drying, and thin. Overall an easy drinker, more or less.

Overall: Odd. Not overly fruity, not overly anything, but not that bad, either. Seemingly tries to be two things at once, but falls short of both.

hustlemuscle, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of prototypic
2.42/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: It's very clear and light golden in color. Head is foamy white and about a finger deep. Virtually no retention or lacing to talk about.

Smell: Very sweet rasberry aroma dominates. Almost New York Seltzer-ish. It smells grainy or earthy. Very light caramel malts come through. Not picking up any hops.

Taste: The sweet rasberry flavor comes through loud and clear. Here it's reminiscent of rasberry New York Seltzer too. Very light malt flavors are notable and add more sweetness. It is grainy, but it's barely noticeable in taste. Hops are not noticeable here either.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied. Carbonation is okay and it goes down easy enough. If it weren't so sweet, I'd be inclined to drink more. But, I'd be hard pressed to have more than one. Overall, it's okay but doesn't work well as a beer in my opinion. It's just too sweet and candy-like. Definitely not something I'd seek out again.

prototypic, Mar 20, 2008
Photo of CharlesRiver
3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz standard brown bottle capped from the sampler 12 pack. Must be a sale on raspberries as they include the porter as well in this pack.

Pours out a light yellow with a good size white head that seems to stay put. Smell is well, raspberry. Sweet overall with a tiny splash of something malty.

Taste is very light overall. The raspberry flavors are too sweet for me. It continues through to the aftertaste. I really don't get much else. This is just an average beer for me.

I would much prefer they just drop these raspberries, up the malt and make a true Wheat or White ale.

CharlesRiver, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of jeffmonarch
3.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle in a weizen glass.

A - Really light crystal clear yellow in color with a thin white head that stays for a while.

S - Tons of raspberry, really tons of it. This has a stronger fruit smell than most lambics. Really good smell. I want to keep smelling it.

T - It tastes only like raspberry's. This is a thinner version of the raspberry porter. They taste the same except this is just thinner. It's not bad but there's a little to much raspberry.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - This beer is OK. It's nothing special. If you like really fruity lambics it's good.

jeffmonarch, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of Slynger
2.68/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Here we go again with another fruit beer. This one came as part of a ST variety 12-pack. Bright and clear light golden color, with a fizzy white head. Fresh raspberry smell with minimal crystal malt sweetness. Fizzy but watered down raspberries with light crystal malts. Slightly bitter finish. Tastes pretty much like a cross between raspberry la croix and choose your lite macro lager. Try at your own risk, I may pour out my other two bottles.

Slynger, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of brewslut
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into Troegs Hopback glass.

A - Crystal clear light amber body. Lively carbonation. Minimal white head.

S - Bready pretzel dough and a hint of raspberry.

T - Very wheaty initial flavor with a mild raspberry aftertaste.

M - Light and watery wih active carbonation, yet a dry finish.

D - Initially refreshing and quite pleasing. Would be a good summer beer.

brewslut, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of bobsy
3.4/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A very light golden-off yellow body sits underneath a huge rocky white head, which quickly diminishes to a thin, bubbly film. Aggressive carbonation is evident, along with a bit of sediment in the bottom of the glass. The aroma is of wonderfully fresh raspberries and nothing else. A bit one dimensional, but still a pleasant reminder of summer seeing we're getting 12cm of snow tomorrow. The flavour goes huge on the raspberries, and little on the wheat. The fruit is really at center stage here, and despite a slight bitterness on the sides, it gives the impression of being closer to a soda than a beer. In part this is due to an agressive soda-like carbonation that's paired with a light body. Actually, this all sounds negative, but its really not that bad. In fact, this would be a really pleasant beer to drink in the sun, and it demonstrates a ridiculous ease of drinking. It will tide me over until my case of IPA and Unearthly arrives.

bobsy, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.85/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Pale yellow with lots of bubbles and a thin white head.

N - Candied raspberry, grass, pale malt.

T - Bland, grassy with some sweet, damp wheat but only minimal raspberry.

M - Bubbly but dull. Light bodied. Wet.

D - Low.

Not a bad beer at all but I have no interest in it. Save this for your buddy's Bud Light silling girl friend. It might suit her.

DaPeculierDane, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of kbnooshay
2.83/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a light yellow color with little head. The smell was of a cheap dollar store raspberry candy and malty. The base of the beer isn't much to talk about and the fake raspberry candy flavor dominates.Very artificial tasting. The feel is moderate to light.

This is an attempt by southern tier to make a beer that could be liked by girls and i guess it could be partially successful in that matter. But it isn't that good of a fruit beer. Their other brews are usually awesome hop bombs so this is dissapointing.

Try Harpoon's UFO Raspberry.

kbnooshay, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.23/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - looks like your average macro, not a wheat beer by most standards. Standard yellow/gold, a thin pithy head. Some better than average lacing though despite no retention from the cap.

Aroma - raspberry jello. No beer elements but a pleasant fruity aroma, about what you should expect.

Taste - interesting flavors, not in the best way. There is an undertow of a tart, bitter, or sour (not sure which best describes it) flavor. On top of it rides a modest, flavorful raspberry. I half-expected alcopop, it's far from that. Only thing is, with that odd sour/bitter foundation, it might could use a little more sweetness. You won't often hear that for a fruit beer. It's a medicinal type of flavor and for as impressed as I am with the delicate balance of the fruit, it is ruined by whatever that other flavor is. The aftertaste does not invite another sip but I'm finishing this one.

Mouthfeel - plenty of bubbles. Thin, watery, no smoothness which a wheat beer ought to have some measure of.

Drinkability - a nice smelling beer, but no follow through. Pass.

brewdlyhooked13, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of togasports
2.15/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Oh Boy. This beer is like drinking raspberry juice. I like many of the Southern Tier Beers, but this one is the worst one I have had so far. The pour had little to no foam, and the color of it was reminiscent of a light beer. The smell was overpowering. So was the taste. The raspberry was not done tastefully, or with a good blending of the other elements of the beer. I was quite disappointed in this beer. I think they need to go back to the drawing board.

togasports, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of SilentSabre
3.3/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

My ratings are all over the place with this one. It poured up about the colour of a Michelob Ultra; *very* light with a really poor attempt at a head. Smell, however, was liked getting hit in the face with a wad of raspberry puree. Very assertive berry smell. I really like that in beers of this sort. If I'm going to drink a fruit-type beer, I want some damned fruit! Well this certainly has it, and then some, in the smell, anyway. Flavour wasn't bereft of fruit, but it was certainly much more subdued than what I experienced in the smell. For a split second, there was a bit of bitterness which went poorly with the fruit, and then a very mildly noticeably maltiness at the very end which was a nice attempt to redeem the rest of the flavour offerings. Overall, the taste was okay. Mouthfeel was very thin, even for the style.
All negativity aside, this was highly drinkable, to me anyway, being a fan of fruit-beers. I do, however, have to be in the mood for this sort of thing. I wouldn't seek out a 6'er of this, but to get 3 of them in a mix 12pk would be pleasant.
Special thanks to my friend BA Ding for sharing this with me.

SilentSabre, Jan 01, 2008
Raspberry Wheat Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.