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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

128 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 13
Gots: 7 | 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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 02:28:57 | More by UCLABrewN84
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-08-2013 22:04:29 | More by kjkinsey
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 16:13:47 | More by StonedTrippin
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mactrail

Washington

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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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GClarkage

California

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

07-03-2014 22:27:20 | More by GClarkage
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Zorro

California

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-29-2012 01:45:10 | More by mothman
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rab53

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

11-20-2011 00:30:40 | More by rab53
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beertunes

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

09-10-2013 17:50:08 | More by beertunes
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.2/5  rDev -13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 01:41:02 | More by HuskyinPDX
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flagmantho

Washington

3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
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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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4/5  rDev +8.7%
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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popery

California

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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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mhaugo

California

2/5  rDev -45.7%

12-04-2011 17:07:07 | More by mhaugo
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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

Ohio

3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 02:46:25 | More by DavoleBomb
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strongaf

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-17-2012 16:34:37 | More by strongaf
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cdwil

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

07-20-2013 12:42:40 | More by cdwil
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harrymel

Washington

2/5  rDev -45.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 07:27:39 | More by harrymel
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Gagnonsux

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

08-05-2013 22:26:05 | More by Gagnonsux
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srandycarter

California

3.9/5  rDev +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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gtermi

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

08-02-2013 03:37:31 | More by gtermi
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 04:33:35 | More by emmasdad
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crobinso

Colorado

3/5  rDev -18.5%

05-29-2012 00:35:03 | More by crobinso
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
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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Alaskan Raspberry Wheat (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.