Schlafly Raspberry Hefeweizen - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 231
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 15.03%
Wants: 2
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.10% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-28-2003

Our Raspberry Hefeweizen is a true fruit beer, not a fruit-flavored beer. We add pureed raspberries to our Hefeweizen during the primary fermentation process. Although we add no sugar, color or flavors, the resulting beer is a hazy pink color, with citrus aromas from the wheat and a flavor that is neat and tart. While this beer is low in bitterness, it is not overwhelmingly sweet, making it a thoroughly drinkable beer for the season.

In Belgium, fruit beers are quite popular and brewers often include wheat, along with malted barley. While our Raspberry Hefeweizen is not a true Belgian fruit beer, we have carried on the tradition of adding real fruit to fermenting beer. Today, many beers with fruit character are made with a fruit extract; we prefer to use the actual fruit to avoid any chemical or artificially sweet undertones in the beer.

16 IBU
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Ratings: 231 | Reviews: 67
Photo of DevAJ
3.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It wasn't necessarily bad, just not really quite what I was expecting. The raspberry taste was very light and hardly noticeable in the one I had (bottled on 3/25/2015). It looked pretty good though.

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.2/5  rDev -1.8%

Fresh red raspberries in the nose. The tartness more so than the flavor of them sits on the wheat foundation. Subtle fruit/sugar appears in the finish. Interesting take on the hefeweizen style, and the malt itself is solid, but the raspberriness makes it hard to imagine looking forward to opening a second.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Light brown in color with a hint of pink and a cloudy complexion. Light Brussels lacing. A fingernail thin white head rests on top. Aroma is of tart raspberry purée. The taste is sharp,tart raspberries and pale wheat. The body is fairly carbonated.
Appearance: 3.5
Taste: 3.25
Mouthfeel: 3.25
Overall: 3.25

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.74/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a balloon glass. I know ...

Look: Peach colored body under a light cream colored head.

Aroma: Wheat grains, faint raspberries.

Taste: Raspberry tart steals the show. Tastes like a typical wheat beer with a lot if raspberry tart.

Mouthfeel: Light, dry.

Overall: Pretty good if you like raspberry tart. Spot-on for the taste. Glad I only bought one bottle though.

Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - It is a pinking orange color, with a small light head.

Smell - Mostly wheat smell, with a sweet fruity smell.

Taste - Like the smell, the wheat is more forward while the raspberries are more in the background; has a sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - a light beer with good carbonation.

Overall - it is a good beer, I like that the raspberries didn't overpower the beer and was well balanced.

Photo of gabrielsyme
3/5  rDev -8%

Nice hazy color. Put politely, it's easy drinking — impolitely, it's bland. Not quite raspberry and not distinctively a hefeweizen.

Photo of tone77
3.49/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of sour raspberries. taste is tart, raspberry, a bit of wheat, kind of lacking any flavors you would expect in a "hefeweizen" profile. feels medium bodied in the mouth and while I wouldn't want a steady diet of it, it's not bad.

Photo of KTCamm
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Single bottle poured into a pint glass. 10/28

Pours a darkish pink brown. Fake looking, off color. Light fruity sweetness apparent. Pixie stickish, Fruit forward taste, some subdued tartness. Odd bitter. Then a clear close, more watered than anything. Label says 'real fruit' but I'm not a believer. Not quite right.

Photo of taylor714914
2.45/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I'm a huge fanboy of Schlafly, but this one just isn't for me.

Overall, I think it was a good idea, but there is something artificial tasting about this.

There is a solid wheat base in this beer, but the raspberries muddy this and make it a failing beer.

Photo of AmishLightning
3.9/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this brew on tap at an Irish pub in Decatur, IL.

A-Looked like a typical amber with a dash of orange in the hue. Small to no head that dissolved to nothing, not even a lacing left.

S-RASPBERRY, maybe something else??? Nope, that is pretty much as much of a raspberry smell as one can get. One could say that the raspberry overpowered the scent of the beer.

T-This is where this baby shines. The raspberry follows the nose but not to the same extreme. I can easily taste the raspberry and other citrus (orange peels) but it is not making the beer oversweet. I can appreciate the wheat that gives the beer its crisp taste and the fruits just make it sweet. Almost no hops gives almost no bitterness. I hardly got any of the back of the mouth bitter taste at all. Bitterness is non-existent; which I think is the only downfall to the taste.

M-Light bodied as expected and appreciable medium carbonation lasting for a fine amount of time to keep it drinkable.

O-Not bad, not average, above average. I was surprised and pleased to drink this beer. I felt a little girly, but sacrifices must be made to expand the palate. Definitely would recommend.

Photo of scratch69
3.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Cloudy reddish-amber color with a fingers worth of head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Faint wheat aroma with a hint of raspberry.

Taste- Wheat malt flavor with some tart raspberry. Not overly complex.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and slightly dry. An average amount of carbonation.

Overall- While this is not my favorite raspberry flavored beer it is still an easy drinking one. Unlike other fruit beers the sweetness comes from the malt and not the fruit.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.64/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy reddish-amber color. The head is a two finger white shade. Extremely frothy in texture, it doesn't have the best retention by any means, but it leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S: There definitely is a note of raspberry in here...only problem is, it comes across in a rather unpleasant manner - dare I say like a cross between stomach acid and pure butter. Yikes, not good.

T: Better than the crappy aroma indicated. It's still hilariously buttery at times, but there is a decent raspberry flavor in the midtaste. The more I sip, the less the butter flavors appear and the more it transforms into a generic wheat character with augmenting raspberry notes. On the plus side, there's minimal cloying sweetness.

M: Light and crisp, with strong carbonation. If the flavors were better, this would be spectacularly easy to drink - it still kind of is, though.

O: Not Schlafly's finest work by any stretch. The lack of overdone sweetness is good, so it's only a subpar wheat ale (NOT a hefeweizen, damn you!) with a bit of raspberry tartness instead of a disastrously artificial sugar bomb. Nothing I need to ever have again, however.

Photo of rlee1390
3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy orange-pink, sediment, one finger head that doesn't last long.

S-Raspberries, wheat. Not much else.

T-Raspberries are not overpowering, nice wheat, good balance, unlike a lot of fruit beers.

M-Light, not much carbonation, a tad on the watery.

O-Easy drinking, good balance, raspberries were not overpowering which was pleasant, where too many fruit beers have overpowering fruit.

Photo of darkstar12
3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: nice strawberry blond color, single-finger head that lasted a moderate time, some lacing
S: some sugary malty smells, not much else
T: good fruity flavor mixed with the typical wheat crispness - nice summer beer taste
M: good feel, not overly carbonated
O: good summer beer, worth having again

Photo of smakawhat
2.8/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

Out of the bottle foams nicely, with a big white head, but little retention and settles with scattered white lacing, and a good collar. Body color is more akin to grapefruit orange, unfiltered looking just like a hefe but with nice light ruby and red accents.

Ok this nose is not doing it for me. Bile and rank acid seem to be the forward nose on this, no fruit, no sense of chewy wheat and malt and a disgusting bitterness. This does not look inviting, this doesn't even smell fruity.

Ok.. thank GOD the palate is much improved. Taste is a bit wet and watery, but a great chewy wheat and fruit lingering finish. However the wetness is very dominant on the palate and not bringing much body and density, even for a hefe.

Overall it's pretty good tasting with some faults, but the nose is so off putting that I could never have this again. Even as someone who is not a hefe fan, but also a huge Schlafly fan, this is not getting it done.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.32/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

ST: 12oz. No ABV. BOD.

A: Hazy, light pink with a half-a-finger-nail halo of quickly vanishing white head. The head leaves thin lacing behind.

S: Sweet raspberries, wheat, (raspberry cheesecake).

T: Fairly sweet in the opening, the tart qualities of the raspberries show up in the middle along with a dry biscuit. Some of the sweetness returns along with spice (clove perhaps) in the finish.

M: Medium and dry.

O: By itself, nothing is wrong with Schlafly's hefe. It is not too sweet, and it is refreshing. The qualities of a hefe are taken over by the raspberry, but not enough to make the beer terrible. Yet, when I compare it with Harpoon's similar creation, the beer does not succeed as well. As is often the fate with many beers, this one is drinkable, perhaps pleasant, but it is not moving.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Basically OK looking. A pretty pinkish grapefruit color, cloudy, with a quickly dissipating head and fair lacing.

Smell is a bit on the weak side. Notable raspberry, some yeast and wheat aromas are pretty much it.

Tastes pretty decent actually, light and sweet with plentiful light raspberries and a smidge of hefe style wheat and yeast flavor.

Feel is smooth and light, almost silky, easy to drink and refreshing, but not outstanding.

Overall it's not bad, but not great. I do like that it's low ABV and very sessionable tho.

Photo of mrfrancis
3.61/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy, rose-tinted gold with a thin white mousse that recedes quickly. Its looks set it apart, I'll give it that.

S: Not much in the way of a discernible aroma here. As the beer settles and warms, subtle notes of red raspberry, cream, and wheat briefly peak through, but are quick to hide again.

T: Opens tart and fruity with notes of red raspberry, heavy cream, minerals, and wheat. The finish is short and snappy with a quick hit of raspberry and wheat notes. Simple, but effective.

M: Light-bodied, fairly dry, and firm with active carbonation. The low alcohol content makes this one very drinkable.

O: I'm generally not a fan of pale wheat ales, but can always count on this one to quench my thirst on a hot day. The use of real raspberries instead of fruit syrup is a nice touch as well. This would be a good introductory fruit beer.

Photo of wnh
3.8/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled with love on 06.27.2011.

Pours a murky rose-amber, golden highlights, topped by a nice foamy white head.

Aromas of fresh, yeasty bread up front, followed by notes of sweet and tart raspberry. Real raspberries were apparently used to brew this, not "natural raspberry flavor" or whatever, and it shows; the fruit is clean and fresh and lacks a certain biting chemical note sometimes found in fruit-added beers. Not a true hefeweizen, but rather an American wheat ale, and has the brightness and yeasty bread quality I'd expect.

Fresh, sweet/tart raspberries on the front of the palate, followed quickly by the yeasty bread notes. Finishes with a lingering raw wheat and raspberry seed bite, giving a faint sense of bitterness.

Light to medium bodied, with carbonation giving a sense of fullness. Firm, almost sharp. Balanced between yeasty twang and sweet fruit. A little light in flavor, not as bright and full of fruit as I'd like, but doing so would result in an excessively expensive beer. A nice summer quencher.

Photo of vande
3.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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A ~ a somewhat pinkish-yellow pour with a quickly evaporating thin layer of off white head...

S ~ a nice light wafting of raspberries and bready yeast..a touch of sweetness along with a bit of citrus

T ~ an interesting mix of your typical hefe w/ a nice presence of raspberry. Pretty well balanced between that wheaty quality and the sweetness of the fruit. Nothing is overdone here.

M ~ Pretty easy drinking

O ~ Tasty

Photo of GossageBrewery
2.72/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured this Fruit beer from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The ale poured a slightly pink orange color and it produced a off white head, average retention and average lacing. The aroma of the beer was nice, it did in fact smell like a raspberry. The taste of the Raspberry wheat beer is light in body, sweet, and has a strong raspberry flavor. The berry flavor is a bit odd- You get an initial shot of fruit flavor..but it quickly leaves making you wonder if that did in fact taste like a raspberry. I repeated this process until the bottle was gone....not sure I got an answer. Overall, despite liking the idea of a raspberry Hefe...I was a little disappointed in the final product. Not sure if maybe wheat is not the right base grain or perhaps Raspberry extract is used instead of the real deal? Decent session beer..I am glad i tried it but also glad I didnt get the 6 pack.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Malty and wheaty aroma has a strong overtone of raspberry. Others may not like this, but I LOVE raspberry! It pours a slightly hazy darkish amber with a fluffy white head. Wheaty flavor has raspberry and yeasty undertones and a hint of malt. Texture is minimally fizzy and a bit on the watery side. An OK beer nevertheless, perfect for a party or by the pool.

Photo of bcostner1
3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Blonde wheaty appearance with the ever-so-slightest hint of raspberry red undertones.

S: Malt, faint hops, very delicate raspberries.

T: Overall a quality hefeweizen with just a hint of raspberry in the aftertaste. Not at all cloying or overwhelming. Just enough to get a refreshing taste of it at the end of the sip. Can definitely smell it in your nose as you drink it as well.

M: Easy to drink...just like a good hefeweizen should be. Absolutely sessionable at about 4% ABV.

Overall, a solid summer brew and one that is easy to drink given the low ABV, smooth mouthfeel, and refreshing element of the raspberry. I would definitely drink again. Would be a good one to enjoy at the beach or by a pool.

Photo of BEERME528
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad brew. I enjoyed it straight from the bottle but I can imagine pouring it into a glass to see the color would be nice. The smell was not as attractive as I wa hoping. I personally would go for a Shock Top Raspberry Wheat over this product. This is a great summertime beer that offers good taste and refreshment. One of Schlafly's better beers in my opinion.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Evenly cloudy; reddish straw color. Poured a 1 finger white head that dissipated quickly to a wispy film. Laced in thin rings. Really good suspension.

S: Raspberry, citrus and wheat malt. Not hefeweizen as the label indicated.

T: Consistent with the nose. Raspberry is more pronounced, but not overdone in the taste. Refreshing and pleasantly sweet.

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation. Fruit lingers a bit. Not as lively as many wheat beers.

O: Not what I expected from the label relative to banana and clove; m maybe the raspberry mutes the yeast or there is something in the berries. Not disappointed as beer was flavorful, not overdone with fruit and fairly balanced.

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Schlafly Raspberry Hefeweizen from The Schlafly Tap Room
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