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

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

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BA SCORE
83
good

140 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 15
Gots: 11 | 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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Ratings: 140 | Reviews: 43
Reviews by MattyG85:
Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

Photo of hughesm4
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of degerbah
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of inthebeeraisle
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of trappistlover
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of Socalbeerlover
2.71/5  rDev -26.2%
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.

Photo of Docer
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of TBoneJones
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of megahurts4
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of Murchmac
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cherry red, white head, lacing, kinda looks like a lambic.

Smells of raspberries, go figure.

crisp, carbonated, mild sweet taste, a little sour raspberry taste, some mediciney taste in there.

Overall not a bad beer, good to try once, cut out the medicine taste and its a great summer beer.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.14/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Photo of Zorro
3.67/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Sky2625
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. into my plastic tasting glass at Beer Junction in West Seattle.

A - Cloudy cross between a light amber orange and ruby red grapefuit juice. One finger of foamy head (keep in mind this was a tasting...small pour) that lingered for the duration. Light lace around the cup.

S - Prominently fruity nose, raspberries clearly identifiable, but not so overpowering that you anticipate drinking an Otter Pop. Subtle sugary hints.

T - Fresh raspberry flavor initiates and rides over the top of a steady underpinning of wheaty malt, though it doesn't overpower. As the raspberry starts to fade, a moderate bitterness takes its place, ending with a zip of tanginess.

M - Moderate body and carbonated more like a sparkling cider than a beer. The foaminess is evident here, too.

D - Not so sweet that you can't finish a bottle. It's a great all-year dessert beer (vanilla ice cream or berry pie/cobbler) or summer evening beer, but would not be my first choice as a truly sessionable utility beer.

Photo of vkv822
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle into pint glass.

Pours a cloudy rhubarb hued amber with a slightly off white head. The aroma is of a very sweet and fruity raspberry flavor, with a light wheat backing. The sweet raspberry flavor is there, but not nearly as much as in the aroma. There is still a nice wheat base that makes itself quite a bit more prominent than in the aroma, though it does end with a bit of a sour, bitter note, but all in all none of the flavors really stand out or leave a great impression.
The mouthfeel is fairly light bodied, with active carbonation. And while this is a fairly drinkable beer that could be enjoyed on a warm summer afternoon, I do wish there was some prominence of either wheat or fruit, as it seems a bit of a messy blend of both.

Photo of coastiefish
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22, into pint glass.

A: No head, but fine looking Cloudy wheat[like what vkv822 called a] rhubarb color.

Smell, first off the nose, very vibrant enticing raspberry. Can even feel a slight effervescent tingle.

Taste, First initial reaction was this is more well done than Stumptown Tart by Bridgeport (this year, '10 with the raspberries). Its a fun light beer, very quenching on a hot day, I think the water from the berries become apparent through the taste, but that said, it is a fruit/veg style, so acceptable and appreciated. Appreciated even more, it keeps the 6.5% abv.

M: its as easy as it gets. once again Ill compare to bridgeports stumptown- I like this better due to the carbonation that hugs my tongue then has a little party on my palette with eash sip.

Its drinkable, even of everyone.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Photo of froghop
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a cloudy brown with a red tint, a small white head that goes away quickly, and some lacing.

smell is of berry, and some wheat.

taste is of berry, malt, and wheat, ends a little tart.

overall its an okay berry beer, not really much to it though.

Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of emmasdad
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of harrymel
2.02/5  rDev -45%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Summer 2010.
This beer is unimpressive. I will not purchase again. Fail. Pours a ruby red beer with little head. Sour nose with sweet hints of raspberries. Sour flavor. Lite body. Medium carb. Finishes okay. At $3 out of discount bin, not a bad hit. Probably better fresh or a couple years out.

Photo of flagmantho
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich amber color with red highlights. Head is one finger of rapidly dissipating pinkish foam. Not bad.

Smell: light and aromatic wheat and raspberry aromas. The smell is very natural, which a great thing in a fruit beer.

Taste: nice base malt flavor with raspberry highlights. Most of the fruit's sugar seems to have fermented out; this manages to be tart and earthy more than sweet, though some sweetness remains. It's good if you like tart raspberries.

Mouthfeel: medium body with an appropriate level of carbonation for the style; it works for me.

Drinkability: quite refreshing, even if it is not my favorite beer in the world. I'd rate this as more drinkable than its other scores would suggest.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from Supermarket Liquors in Ft. Collins, CO. $8.50.

A: Pours a pink color with a white/pink head about half an inch thick or so. Fairly cloudy, not much retention on the head, just an island of bubbles in the middle.

S: Raspberries, wow, smells like a handful of raspberries. Very fresh smelling fruit profile, doesn't have that artificial syrup smell that is so often associated with "XFruit Wheat Beer". Tart smells and maybe a bit of malt below, but for the most part this has a great raspberry smell.

T: Nice raspberry flavor up front followed by a slightly grainy wheat malt. Light tartness, and a fair amount of water as well. Light bit of bitterness at the end. The underlying wheat beer is nice as well. Raspberry preserves, and in general a nice, legitimate fruit flavor. Doesn't taste artificial and that scores some points for me. Also doesn't have a cloyingly sweet sugary nastyness that I often associate with fruit beers.

M: Thin, crisp carbonation, very refreshing and light in the mouth. Alcohol is well hidden.

D: Yeah this is definitely on the strong side for a session, but this is awesome on a hot night. Impressive REAL flavors from a fruit beer. At $8.50 a bomber though I'll be pretty hesitant to buy this again though, still if you're looking for a decent light summer time beer this is pretty nice.

Photo of srandycarter
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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!

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Alaskan Raspberry Wheat (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.