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

Not Rated.
Alaskan Raspberry Wheat (Pilot Series)Alaskan Raspberry Wheat (Pilot Series)

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44 Reviews

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 142
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 23.12%
Wants: 14
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: popery on 05-11-2010

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.
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Reviews by DavoleBomb:
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3.14/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of SuqMadique
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of rhinonau
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Had on tap at the Bryant Lake Bowl, Minneapolis
This has a strong raspberry aroma over hops and light wheat.
A slightly hazy reddish gold under a creamy white finely bubbled 1/2" foam cap.
Palate: big raspberry but the malt tastes a little thin with a suggestion of solvent and the tartness from the raspberries is not very noticeable. The keg or beer lines may be off.
Medium low body, medium high carbonation.

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Photo of bpfrush
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of valkyre65
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of hughesm4
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle with some friends, but the majority of it went to the wife. (She likes a lot)
a-Looked pink brown as it pours from the bottle and settles to be a red brown in the glass with absolutely no head.
s-A strong, stale raspberry smell with a few hints of a traditional hefeweizen.
m/d-A very sweet drinker with a medium body. Slightly watered down, but smooth enough.

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Photo of degerbah
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly clear red orange with very little head. The smell is slightly grainy with a large amount of berry aroma. Overall it kind of tastes like a splash of rasberry schnapps into a BMC beer. It's pretty good, but not worth the effort to import it to the midwest.

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Photo of Shawner
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Oboogie
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of StephRai
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of jheezee
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Glibber
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of inthebeeraisle
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hadn't had a pilot series 22 oz bottle yet. Poured into an Imperial Pint glass.

A: A reddish hue. More of a dark orange leaning towards red. Pretty much no head or lacing. Unfiltered enough that I couldn't see my fingers through the glass.

S: A faint aroma overall, but a nice fruity aroma altogether. Smells like the beer will be tart & refreshing.

T: A mildly tart taste that envokes summer BBQ's. Less wheat taste then I expected.

M: A really nice, clean mouthfeel that still reminds you of a fleshly raspberry.

O: Better then an average take on a very American style of fruity beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of trappistlover
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of Socalbeerlover
2.71/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

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Photo of TrojanRB
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Docer
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pilot Series bottle I just found 6/10/2011..

Appearance: (4.0)
- Pours a murky cloudy copper and browned fluid. Much like a rich amber has been tainted with the juices of a red fruit. The while fingers of head really stuck around a bit, and have left a thin foamy layer steadily about in my cheater pint. Appears to be ready to make some lace.

Smell: (4.5)
- Light fresh, crisp, and fruity raspberry aromas. Like holding your nose right up to a freshly picked raspberry as the hairs between the fruits tickle your nose. Light brown sugar sweetness and thin caramel nose. I am really looking forward to the gulp.

Taste: (3.5)
- Nice earthy wheat malt backdrop with a subtle raspberry blanket across the tongue. There are certainly some bitter hops at play here. Grassy, piney, and a bit like dry herbs. Zest balances in between a rather mild wheat malt and subtle sweet fruitiness. There seems to be a healthy amount of wheat which is nice, and a surprisingly healthy dose of bittering hops. The raspberry sits nicely within, which is odd since they played such a role in the nose. Doesn't quite hold up to my expectations though. Bit of a tartness to it as well afterwards.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)
- Well carbonated.. almost too much for this style of beer. Medium to light bodied, and a bit chewy. Tartness keeps the palate watering. Bit chalky from the blandness of the malt. Not so bad, but average compared to my expectations.

Overall: (3.5)
- For me it's tough comparing such a beer to others of its equal style. But this one fell slightly short for my expectations. It is still a very solid brew, but for the price (which doesn't reflect my score) I should have been able to acquire a 6-pack of the same thing. It's nice to see such a brew from Alaskan down here in Vancouver, WA at a Whole Foods, but I just can't say "Go out and try it!". It's solid, but nothing to rave about.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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