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
81
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44 Reviews
THE BROS
92
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Reviews: 44
Hads: 141
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 6.44%
Wants: 15
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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Photo of harrymel
2.02/5  rDev -43.4%
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. (295 characters)

Photo of Socalbeerlover
2.71/5  rDev -24.1%
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. (463 characters)

Photo of jnezda
2.94/5  rDev -17.6%
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. (390 characters)

Photo of SolomonGrundy
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another of the Alaskan Pilot Series. This pours a brilliant red-amber, and carries a pretty substantial head that leaves some lace. As expected, the aroma is crisp and full of raspberries. Most American brewers make amazingly poor fruit ales, mostly because they don't try to offset the acidity of the concentrates they use. Ok, here goes...Mehhh, another case of too much fruit, not enough other stuff. Initial blast is wonderful - fruity and balanced. However, there's almost a soapy flavor that fills the middle and lasts through some of the finish. I keep getting this detergent like flavor that is really bad. However, after it warms up a little, the more unpleasant characteristics disappear. What was a poor result became much better after about 15 minutes of warming up. Not a fabulous beer. (799 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.14/5  rDev -12%
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. (641 characters)

Photo of Nerudamann
3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
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 (480 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (382 characters)

Photo of froghop
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (253 characters)

Photo of coastiefish
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (819 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (368 characters)

Photo of Sky2625
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (1,011 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (409 characters)

Photo of bagpiper2005
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (846 characters)

Photo of phishsihq
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
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! (586 characters)

Photo of hughesm4
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (376 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -2%
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. (480 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -2%
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. (784 characters)

Photo of inthebeeraisle
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (591 characters)

Photo of degerbah
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (271 characters)

Photo of trappistlover
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (504 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (752 characters)

Photo of megahurts4
3.57/5  rDev 0%
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. (374 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (494 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (760 characters)

Photo of philbertk
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (462 characters)

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