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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

126 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 13
Gots: 6 | 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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Oboogie

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +9%

07-15-2012 19:21:21 | More by Oboogie
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JohnnyP3

Alaska

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

07-14-2012 04:31:25 | More by JohnnyP3
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jjanega08

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
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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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
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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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
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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NorCalBeer

California

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

06-18-2012 05:47:02 | More by NorCalBeer
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sukwonee

Washington

3/5  rDev -18.3%

06-17-2012 17:31:19 | More by sukwonee
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

06-17-2012 06:02:48 | More by schnarr84
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4/5  rDev +9%
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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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 00:04:49 | More by WastingFreetime
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crobinso

Colorado

3/5  rDev -18.3%

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

Oregon

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
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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gkunkle

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

01-18-2012 19:08:48 | More by gkunkle
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strongaf

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
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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Anew

Washington

4/5  rDev +9%

12-08-2011 22:12:03 | More by Anew
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mhaugo

California

2/5  rDev -45.5%

12-04-2011 17:07:07 | More by mhaugo
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RyanBeer13

Virginia

3/5  rDev -18.3%

11-25-2011 10:51:15 | More by RyanBeer13
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beefandbean22

Washington

4/5  rDev +9%

11-23-2011 19:20:34 | More by beefandbean22
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rab53

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

11-20-2011 00:30:40 | More by rab53
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lakersfan16

Alaska

4/5  rDev +9%

11-18-2011 23:20:10 | More by lakersfan16
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codynevels

California

3/5  rDev -18.3%

11-18-2011 02:42:01 | More by codynevels
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tomholland

Washington

3/5  rDev -18.3%

11-16-2011 02:35:28 | More by tomholland
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mactrail

Washington

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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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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
Alaskan Raspberry Wheat (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.