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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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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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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 02:42:57 | More by pokesbeerdude
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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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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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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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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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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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mwa423

Ohio

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

A - Pours a light clear red with a slightly pink head that quickly died down to no lacing.

S - Lots of raspberry in the nose with only a hint of wheat. It's quite obvious that the fruit was the main emphasis in this beer.

T - Taste is very fruit forward with only a slight amount of wheat in the aftertaste. A very simple one trick pony of a beer that those with a penchant for a strong fruit flavor will enjoy.

M/D - Mouthfeel is strong for the style with the fruit filling the mouth. This is a very easy drinker but I doubt I would enjoy more than one with the strong fruityness.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 01:39:14 | More by mwa423
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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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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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Murchmac

California

3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 04:52:13 | More by Murchmac
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popery

California

3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not a big fan of American-style wheat beers or fruit beers, so I was fairly wary of this bottle. Happily, Raspberry Wheat is a refreshing, drinkable beer with a fresh, natural fruit flavor. The beer pours a dusky reddish amber, like raspberry jam mixed into a beer. It has a slowly dissipating, fizzy, off-white head. Great label art with a bear hiding in a berry bush. The aroma is dominated by big juicy raspberries. There are some mild beer-ish notes and a bit of wheat spice, but it's mostly raspberry jam/sorbet. The flavor is moderately sweet with a refreshing mildly sour raspberry tang. This is no cloyingly sweet fruit syrup beer, nor does it taste like artificial or canned fruit. The raspberries are juicy, but the fruit flavor is mostly dry. It's a shame that the underlying beer doesn't contribute more, but it also doesn't get it in the way or throw things off. There are malt notes and possibly even a touch of hops in the finish, but the beer is just a backdrop for the fruit. Some sort of mutually beneficial marriage of beer and fruit would garner a higher score, but this is still an enjoyable beer and I'll give points for any non-sour fruit beer that I'd be happy to drink again.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 05:50:30 | More by popery
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Docer

Washington

3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy ruby color, reminds of grapefruit juice. Pearl white head that resides quickly but leaves a little lacing.

S- Smells sweet and dry with tartness of raspberry's apparent but not intense at all. Really nice aroma on this beer.

T- Tart, bitter then really dry on the back. Slight residual sweetness, but not intense. Nice light fruit beer for the summer. Serves its purpose well.

M- Very light and dry. Almost feels watered down but it retains some flavor.

O- Good representation of the style, and nice for the season.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 20:35:01 | More by Kshock
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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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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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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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philbertk

Washington

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Alaskan Brewing Company--Alaskan Raspberry Wheat--Wheat Ale Brewed With Raspberries With Added Raspberries--PILOT SERIES--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. 20 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Thin mild lace white head. Light loose sediment. Enticing bright hazy red raspberry amber orange color. Aromatic raspberry wheat ester mild hop front. Mild sweet raspberry rich crisp dry thin balanced refreshing body. Quenching dry lingering berry end. Sampled 8/15/2010. 2 @ $6.99 Each.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 06:21:07 | More by philbertk
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flagmantho

Washington

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 00:38:04 | More by flagmantho
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degerbah

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Oregon

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 08:34:46 | More by inthebeeraisle
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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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vkv822

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 01:47:31 | More by vkv822
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Alaskan Raspberry Wheat (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.