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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

132 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 14
Gots: 9 | 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:
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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Reviews by bagpiper2005:
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bagpiper2005

Idaho

3.45/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

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

California

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

07-20-2013 21:52:13 | More by SuqMadique
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Tiernan

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

07-16-2013 21:00:58 | More by Tiernan
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

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

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

07-19-2013 04:04:15 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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rhinonau

Wyoming

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

10-28-2013 15:27:32 | More by rhinonau
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

07-31-2012 13:56:58 | More by bpfrush
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

07-08-2012 05:43:29 | More by MattyG85
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valkyre65

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

08-17-2013 20:46:51 | More by valkyre65
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hughesm4

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -7%

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.

08-23-2010 01:43:52 | More by hughesm4
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degerbah

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -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.

08-23-2010 01:47:38 | More by degerbah
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Shawner

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +8.4%

11-10-2013 15:36:14 | More by Shawner
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Oboogie

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +8.4%

07-15-2012 19:21:21 | More by Oboogie
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jheezee

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

11-17-2013 19:12:07 | More by jheezee
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Glibber

Idaho

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

10-07-2012 02:46:32 | More by Glibber
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DOCRW

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

02-11-2014 04:38:27 | More by DOCRW
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inthebeeraisle

Oregon

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

06-10-2011 08:34:46 | More by inthebeeraisle
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Keith_R

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

06-29-2014 04:25:30 | More by Keith_R
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trappistlover

Arizona

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%

(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.

06-23-2011 04:52:18 | More by trappistlover
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Socalbeerlover

California

2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

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.

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

California

4/5  rDev +8.4%

08-11-2013 01:12:18 | More by TrojanRB
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Docer

Washington

3.73/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

06-11-2011 03:35:02 | More by Docer
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itracy63

Alaska

4/5  rDev +8.4%

06-02-2013 01:57:00 | More by itracy63
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Hopmodium

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

07-30-2013 03:38:43 | More by Hopmodium
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gtermi

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

08-02-2013 03:37:31 | More by gtermi
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Alaskan Raspberry Wheat (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.