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Alaskan Raspberry Wheat (Pilot Series) - Alaskan Brewing Co.

Alaskan Raspberry Wheat (Pilot Series)Alaskan Raspberry Wheat (Pilot Series)

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BA SCORE
83
good

120 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.75%


Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
With nearly one pound of real fruit per gallon, Alaskan Raspberry Wheat has the inviting aroma of fresh-picked raspberries and an enticing red hue. The flavor of the raspberries lends a tartness that balances the full-bodied wheat profile and malt sweetness. Bigger than most traditional fruit beers, Alaskan Raspberry Wheat adds an extra kick to its dry and effervescent finish.

(Beer added by: popery on 05-11-2010)
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NeedBeerHere

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours out a dark red/maroon in color with a two finger, white head with good retention and some really nice lacing. Smell is nothing but straight raspberry -- really fragrant and enticing. I don't get anything else from the nose. Taste is a GREAT wheat beer much like what I would expect from a hefe with berries but not so heavy on the yeast. The bouquet in the mouth is a little wheat if you try but almost all raspberries. The mouthfeel is decently thick for the style. It's not real heavy but the carbonation is right on for the style. This is the wheat beer with fruit that I love to find and others strive to make. This is a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 03:06:42 | More by NeedBeerHere
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TBoneJones

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

AK Raspberry Wheat
Looks ruby red/ tart color.
Tart raspberry smell.
Tastes like raspberries and wheat, creamy so.
Tart puckering finish. Drinkable.
Enjoyed this oppty here in Ketchikan to drink this, as the local bartender told of how fast it will sell out even here in AK.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 03:10:48 | More by TBoneJones
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on sale for just under 7 bucks. pours a really thick and cloudy purpley brown color with a pretty excited off white head ab out 2 inches tall. it smelled like raspberry jam, sweet and homemade, but not fresh berries. there was also a surprisingly bold malt profile to this, biscuity, like dessert. the flavor was a little weird i thought, bright berry taste at first, fading to a sweet english malt sweetness. there is also quite a bit of fruity yeast to this as well, which gives it a unique mouthfeel. i wasnt in love with the feel though, its pretty dense for a fruity wheat beer, and the yeast makes it even heavier. carbonation was good. this was a fun beer overall, but i dont think it totally came together in an amazing way. still, always glad to try their pilot series stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 16:13:47 | More by StonedTrippin
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Viper29223


4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful aromatic beer with hint of raspberry tartness but not to tart and some other floral notes i couldnt pinpoint but smells quite nice and the taste doesn't disappoint either had the good fortune to be at The Mad Hatter in Stillwater Minnesota and always has great taps like the amazing beers being put out of Alaskan Brewery so if you enjoy beers brewed with fruit give it a shot

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2012 21:21:51 | More by Viper29223
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phishsihq

Colorado

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Alaskan Raspberry Wheat flies out of the Pilot Series and splashes into the glass as a hazy, deep ruby colored brew. An off-white head sits a top the beer and seems to have a reddish tint - retention and lace are both pretty good. Raspberry dominates the nose, that and slight whiffs of raspberry. A slight tartness and touch of sourness begin and fade quickly as the raspberry flavors take over with the wheat flavors only slightly noticeable. The wheat provides a good base in this medium body, moderate carbonated brew. Cannot wait for the Baltic Porter to return this year!

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 01:00:00 | More by phishsihq
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly murky reddish-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grain/wheat and some raspberry and other berry aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight tartness to it. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable and refreshing but not something I would likely go after again.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 02:28:57 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - dark red in color, clear, with good carbonation and about half a finger's worth of light tan-colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - malty fruity smell, not too surprising. Not much otherwise.

Taste - Also a fruity/malty smell, also not surprising. And not much else in the taste otherwise.

Mouthfeel - pretty well-balanced, but leans a little on the watery side.

Overall - Not a bad brew at all, but not terribly complex

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 04:18:10 | More by Nerudamann
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jjanega08

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Possible freshness dating stamped on the bottle near the bar code reads
19
C 111412

A= Pours a reddish brown color with a thick two fingers of head on it that holds great retention and lacing on the side of the glass.

S= Smells like fresh unsweetened raspberries. A nice sweeter beer is the base with a slight tartness to it as well. There is a little bit of a wheat character but it's a little light.

T= The taste brings the wheat through much better. This makes it much more of a "beer" and less of a fruit juice. There is a bit of the unsweetened raspberries in there but mostly just a really great wheat character.

M= A nice average carbonation and weight.

O= This is a solid beer from Alaskan. Not over the top fruit but just enough to back up the wheat character. The beer itself isn't overly sweet like many fruit beers are but rather a nice compliment to the wheat.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 02:11:11 | More by jjanega08
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

2.5 A: Moderately hazed orange amber color. Two fingers of frothy beige/tan head. Retention is poor and no lacing is left.

3.5 S: Smells just like raspberry cider or something along those lines. Lots of raspberry, but not a lot of "beer." Still, it smells good enough.

3.0 T: It tastes like beer, but not a very impressive one. Standard, neutral maltiness. Enough raspberry to give some flavor and a mild tartness, but not enough to make its addition work (unlike NG RT).

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good higher end carbonation. Not very creamy, but crisp.

3.0 D: Drinkable, but not something you'd buy again.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 02:46:25 | More by DavoleBomb
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and cloudy reddish orange with lots of rising bubbles. Huge five finger head which is off white with a light tint of red. Decent retention. Leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Huge raspberry aroma along with the wheat. Wheat grains and pale biscuity malts. Very strong smell of raspberry fruits that are moderately tart and sweet. Light hints of earthy hops in the background. A straightforward smell but a good one.

Taste: Like the smell indicates, a big taste of raspberries. The fruits are moderately tart and not overly sweet. Solid base of wheat grains. A little hint of caramel malts. Surprisingly solid earthy hop presence adds a little spicy bitter kick. Tastes very good for the style.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and slightly syrupy. Crisp and smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid fruit beer. Raspberries are used well and not overly sweet. Nice hope presence behind the fruits.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 05:43:29 | More by MattyG85
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle for $7.75.

A hazy reddish beer with a 1 finger head of foam and plenty of lacing, I smelled the raspberries as soon as I removed the cap.

The tart berries dominated the smell but it had a hint or 2 of sweetness and some of the wheat managed to make it to my nose buds.

This is tasty...a nice job by Alaskan with the raspberries; good tartness, very light sweet note, more assertive wheat flavor, dry to the palate, and easy drinking. I feel what they've done with this beer is similar to what New Belgium has done with Frambozen, despite the obvious differences with the base beer.

I'm really enjoying Raspberry Wheat and I'll buy and drink some more.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 15:12:46 | More by Bitterbill
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from session notes.

Poured into the glass a pink-tinged orangish-amber sort of color with a limited amount of head and rather minimal lacing. Smells of straightforward yet dry raspberries covering up almost all other aromas other than a faint twangy whisper of wheat. Tart, 'dirty' sort of flavor that remains as dry as the nose had promised. Medium body and carbonation levels, good crisp feelings.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 00:04:49 | More by WastingFreetime
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jdense

Oregon

3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared with colleagues, 1.20.11.

Faint light pinkish yellow body, clear, less than a finger of off-white head, several streams of carbonation rising to surface, fairly quick dissipation. The raspberries are pretty assertive in the nose, masking floral hop notes. Taste is berry-forward, more tart than sweet, hops masked by the berries. Mouthfeel well on the light side of medium, good effervescence, not sticky, surprisingly dry finish. Really drinkable, ABV well hidden. This beer was very popular with the craft newbies, quite approachable, though could have found a bit better balance between raspberries and malt profile. Tasty, worth a try for fans of fruit beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 17:58:45 | More by jdense
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #54 (July 2011):

Ah, the good ol’ Raspberry Wheat. A style that dates way back to when brewers didn’t even have email, and suits were throwing money at the craft brewing industry to see if it would stick. Cloudy burgundy color; white head holds strong. Sweet raspberry fruitiness, some tartness with a bready maltiness ... a clean, fruity nose. Medium body. Raspberry sings strong but stays away from being sweet. Quick flash of tartness, grainy maltiness and alcohol. This fruit beer flexes its brawn while still staying quaffable. Hands down one of the best fruit beers around.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 02:20:26 | More by BeerAdvocate
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mactrail

California

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pleasant light beer with decent fruit flavor. Better than average head retention, pleasantly spritzy on the tongue. Just slightly sweet with lots of berry flavor. Hops lurk in the background, but provide enough bitterness in the aftertaste. The fruit and a little bitter seem to go well together. Attractive reddish amber color.

Seems better than a lot of flavored beers, and not a bad raspberry taste. A little jammy. Light body but creamy mouthfeel. Gets on the earthy side after a few sips.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 03:04:45 | More by mactrail
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a amber color with a pinkish hue. The head is a light tan, also with pink streaks throughout. The head fades pretty quickly. Good ridges of lacing are left on the glass.

S - Light raspberry and wheat, duh.

T - Wheat, barley, strong raspberry finish.

D - Good carbonation, light and thin body.

O - Not overly sweet, which is good.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 01:41:02 | More by HuskyinPDX
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megahurts4

Louisiana

3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Alaskan Raspberry Wheat

Appearance: murky brown, small head, and very little lacing.

Smell: sweet raspberry and grain.

Taste: wheat, grain, and a quieter raspberry.

Mouthfeel: light.

Overall:
This is a decent brew. The initial grain flavor is very pleasant, but seems to quickly dissipate. It is similar to Abita Purple Haze, but costs just as much as a 6 pack of it.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 17:31:27 | More by megahurts4
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Zorro

California

3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber colored beer with a pinkish tinge to it, the off-white colored head also has a pinkish tinge.

Smells strongly of raspberry. Sweet smelling with a faint herbal hop aroma, raspberry over powers everything else.

Starts out slightly sour with a good raspberry flavor and a layer of malt. Much drier in the mouth than the smell would make you think. Get sweeter as you drink it this never becomes a sweet beer. A rather mild wheat beer that features the flavor of raspberries and not much else.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty fruit wheat beer. Particularly good for those who don't like overly sweet beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 21:58:33 | More by Zorro
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hardy008

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy reddish pink color with a two finger off white head with good retention and lacing. Smells like sweet raspberries. Not fancy but good.

The taste has raspberries and bitter hops. The hops surprised me, because I did not expect them at all. Tart, hoppy, bitter, with a little sweetness. Definitely different from the aroma.

Light bodied, finishes dry, with a little more carbonation than I would like. A decent beer, but a little disappointing. Glad I had a chance to try this.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 02:34:35 | More by hardy008
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jnezda

Texas

2.93/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Needed a beer for a non beer person so thought I would give this one a shot. Poured from bottle into a balloon glass poured brown with pink hints from the berries. The smell and taste come from the artificial additives with the wheat character not really coming through much at all. This is a great beer for a non beer person into fruity drinks or maybe in small amounts on a hot Texas day.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 14:41:58 | More by jnezda
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Socalbeerlover

California

2.75/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A.Pours a hazy brownish pink with little head ,tiny bubbles ,no lacing as I finish the glass.
S.Sour berries faint malt,like they added artificial flavoring's to a BMC.
T.Not much berry flavor , mild tartness, bland wheat, thin.
M.Flat ,little carb,not very exciting really.
O.Its better the colder it is.On a hot day after mowing the lawn I could drink one but really not very impressed.Could have had a lot more berry and bite, no real crispness, disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 23:00:08 | More by Socalbeerlover
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After trying this one yesterday on tap (and not liking it), I was surprised to see schmittymack show up with a bottle today. That said, I kinda liked it. Poured a dark golden color with a nice pinkish tint and not a lotta head. Aromas of fresh raspberries and wheat. On the palate, this one is light bodied with a refreshing tartness, raspberries and some light wheat.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 04:33:35 | More by emmasdad
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srandycarter

California

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours murky pinkish light prune juice. Not much head, just a ring of white. Some cling. Smell is artificial raspberry but not offensive. Taste is not my bag. Artificial raspberry and very astrigent bitter aftertaste that lingers. Sorry, drain pour for me.

UPDATE! Tried it again 7.11.12 and was very nice. Raspberry and a little sour tinge in nose. Raspberry very present but not overly sweet in mouth. Nice balance. Reminds me of my raspberry eisbock. A good effort! Scores reflect new tasting. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 06:31:35 | More by srandycarter
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bagpiper2005

Idaho

3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour: Gorgeous hazy rosy red color similar to that of Ruby Red grapefruit flesh. Tall, fluffy head with the slightest pink tint. Good retention and occasional spots of lacing.

Smell: Strong raspberry aroma, sweet and slightly tart. Faint malt aroma, but not much. It's pretty much jus raspberries.

Taste: Much more tart than the nose. A bit of berry sweetness in the front with an understated pale wheat malt character. Dry, tart, and bitter finish, not unlike that of a dry white wine.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied. Medium to high carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall: It's pretty good and refreshing. More than palatable, great for beating the heat.

Final Notes: I actually quite like this beer. It's nothing stellar but it's a good, refreshingly fruity beer for summer (and I'm not a big fan of summer beers). I'll be returning to it.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 22:24:27 | More by bagpiper2005
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trappistlover

Arizona

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(22oz bottle from Total Wine Desert Ridge). Pours a cloudy red-orange color with a red-hued head. Carbonation is quite active. Aroma is predominantly raspberries, but also contains some bready, biscuity notes. Taste is sweet, but not overdone with loads of raspberries again. Thin bodied with an oily texture. Finish is smooth as the raspberries again shine. Alcohol is well hidden. This is a pretty good beer although its price makes it less interesting. Hard to beat New Glarus in the fruit beer space.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 04:52:18 | More by trappistlover
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Alaskan Raspberry Wheat (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.