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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

127 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%
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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HuskyinPDX

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 01:41:02 | More by HuskyinPDX
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megahurts4

Louisiana

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
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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Zorro

California

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
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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hardy008

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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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jnezda

Texas

2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 14:41:58 | More by jnezda
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Socalbeerlover

California

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Colorado

3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
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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srandycarter

California

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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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bagpiper2005

Idaho

3.45/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Arizona

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Sky2625

Washington

3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 23:26:16 | More by Sky2625
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Docer

Washington

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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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inthebeeraisle

Oregon

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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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harrymel

Washington

2/5  rDev -45.5%
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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froghop

Washington

3.23/5  rDev -12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 01:52:02 | More by froghop
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degerbah

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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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hughesm4

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 01:43:52 | More by hughesm4
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mwa423

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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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philbertk

Washington

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
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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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
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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SolomonGrundy

California

2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 23:21:31 | More by SolomonGrundy
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coastiefish

Oregon

3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 02:27:23 | More by coastiefish
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vkv822

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 01:47:31 | More by vkv822
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Murchmac

California

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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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83 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.