Schlafly Raspberry Hefeweizen - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 243
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 14.94%
Wants: 4
Gots: 26 | 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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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.2/5  rDev -2.4%

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 merlin48
3.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours the color of blush wine. One finger pinkish to coral head quickly falls. Some patchy lace left behind. Shimmering carbonation is apparent through the hazy body. Aroma is subdued, raspberries, wheat, and yeast. Mouthfeel is lightbodied with crisply aggressive carbonation. Taste is subdued, Lively carbonation is the dominant trait. Hints of raspberry, yeast, and grainy wheat. No fruit sweetness. Finishes clean and crisp. Refreshing, but insubstantial. A run of the mill, American fruit beer.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.39/5  rDev +3.4%
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 Dusty278
1.86/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A - Cloudy and orange, not much head.

S - Smelt strongly of raspberry.

T - Could taste the yeast and wheat and a bit of an unpleasing raspberry flavor.

M - Average, balanced carbonation.

D - I wouldn't reccommend it and I certainly won't buy another. This is the only disappointment I have had with Schlafly however.

Photo of yankeeheel
3.47/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a kool-aid red with a smallish fizzy white head. Smells of raspberry but doesn't try to jump out of the glass at you. Tastes mildy sweet with the obvious fruit dominating. Solid wheat body gives it a lift. Mouthfeel is moderate but it would be hard for me to drink more than one of these.

Photo of smc143
2.68/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I bought a 6 pack of this beer from Cellar Rat in the Crossroads. I really should have known better. I don’t do fruit beers, typically.

It doesn’t really taste like beer with a raspberry tang as much as it tastes like a beer cocktail with raspberry flavored soda. I didn’t hate it. I didn’t love it. I drank one, and left the other 5 in my fridge, hopefully to offer to a more girlier girl than me.

It smelled a little sweet, like raspberry candy, when I opened it. It poured into my glass pink (pink!) but with mild cloudiness and beer-like qualities, so it didn’t look like pink lemonade or anything. It settled to a orangey-pink color with a light pink head of foam. The flavor of the beer wasn’t raspberry, as in fresh raspberries, but rather raspberry-flavoring, like Kool-Aid. Kind of artificial. There were underlying beer flavors, to be sure, like some yeast and malts, and the slightest twinge of wheat.

To be fair, I don’t like raspberry beers brewed by other brewers either, so I don't know what I was thinking when I bought it. I guess I was trying to keep an open mind. The answer is that I still don’t like it.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.32/5  rDev +1.2%
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 pmcadamis
3.05/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours red-amber with a decent one finger head and small amounts of lace.

Smells basicaly like raspberry candy and malt. Nothing too complex going on, and I sure don't smell any typical hefe smells (no banana, clove, yeast, ect).

Tastes like it smells. Again, no real hefe character, just sweet raspberry candy at first and a sharp twang near the end (like eating a real raspberry). Sweet and malty, but pretty one sided (as are most non-lambic fruit beers that I've tried).

Mouthfeel is medium and chewy, and drinkability is okay but I wouldn't really drink more than say...two or three. A good fruit beer for the novelty of it's raspberry flavor, but this is nothing special.

Photo of secondtooth
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky, cloudy pink-hued gold, with a rich head of fine white bubbles. Loopy lace.

Aroma is raspberry, and maybe a little yeast/grains coming in underneath.

Taste is full-steam-ahead tart raspberries. No surprises. A sharp, unfiltered wheat zing is in there somewhere, too. Still, this one's all about the raspberries.

Not bad, but not one I'd soon return to, either.

Photo of mlockman
3.2/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Tastes much like a standard Hefeweizen; the raspberry doesn't really shine through in flavor despite being visible in the hazy hue of the beer.

Photo of russpowell
3.17/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up for the wife, but I'll give it a shot:

Pours a pink tinged amber with 3 fingers of beige head. Not much lacing or head retention

S: Raspberry, apple & a slight yeasty twang

T: Berry sweetness, slight breadyness & a bit of tartness up front. Dryness, tartness &

MF: Light bodied with moderate carbonation, becomes a bit watery at the end

Drinks alright, but doesn't really hold my interest, might work with pork, chicken or seafood

Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.93/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The now-limited-bottle version of this ale pours a beauty of a rosy red, semi-cloudy hue. The head is off-white and minimal, but the color sure is unique. Some raspberry notes and citrus on the nose. The body is creamy up front, the raspberry presence is quite noticeable, almost a jelly on hot toast taste. Malt presence as she warms, becomes somewhat tarty and rounds out a bit. Perhaps some wheat notes, yeast and toasted bread in the body, again very creamy and sharp. This is a tough style to nail, but Schlafly is tracking with this one; looking forward to sampling a few pints on tap, until then, a great offering for the hot weather, can you say "change of pace".

Photo of KTCamm
3/5  rDev -8.5%
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 DevAJ
3.11/5  rDev -5.2%
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 tone77
3.49/5  rDev +6.4%
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 bluejacket74
3.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, bottled on March 28, 2008. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy pinkish/orange color with about an inch off-white/light pink head. Head retention and lacing is average. It smells like sweet malt, wheat and raspberries. Well, it actually smells more like candy/syrupy raspberries than fresh ones, but with that being said it's still a pleasing aroma. Taste is the same as the aroma, it's all malt, wheat and raspberries. Mouthfeel/body is light, but not watery. Carbonation is a little bit above average. Drinkability is good, it wouldn't be too hard to drink a few of these in a session. Overall it's a decent brew and I'd try it again. It's not my favorite of the Schlafly brews, but it is enjoyable. If you like fruit beers, it's worth a try.

Photo of JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It is their standard hefeweizen with some raspberries thrown in. I am not usually a fan of any beer with raspberries in it, usually because it tastes so artificial. This one is an exception to that though, and tastes very natural. It is not overbearing and not too sweet. This one is probably the best raspberry beers I have ever had, even though I am still not a huge fan (just personal preference here).

Will not seek out and purchase again, but still nicely crafted.

Photo of darkstar12
3.38/5  rDev +3%
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 amicar
3.46/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hmmm... It pours pink. With pink head. OK, it's more orange- pink in color, but the head really is pink. The smell is a funny funky mix of a chemical fruit and american hefe undertones. Tastes nice... with the full bread-y mouthfeel of their hefe, but then the tart bite of the rspberry flavor. Not really a fresh fruity raspbery, but a 'raspberry flavor' raspberry. Quite refreshing, and fun to have one or two of. Not sure I'd buy it again, but was fun for a try.

Photo of SpecialK088
3.67/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from the bottle

Pretty good looking beer, pours a hazy copper with a slight pink tone to it as well. Nice 2 ginfer head although it doesnt linger long at all

Nose is Wheat and Rasperry as to be expected, it is very floral though i can smell it as im typing almost a foot from the beer. Slight hop note if you really get in there.

Not alot of flavor got some floury notes to it with some fruit and hops. More of a bitter fruit flavor with a sweeter fruit aftertaste.

Pretty thin in the mouth but suprisingly to me is how refreshing the beer is I could see this being a decent beer for a really hot or yard work day.

Very easy to drink just not alot of flavor to it

Photo of smakawhat
2.8/5  rDev -14.6%
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 scooter231
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy, cloudy grapefruit color with little head, no lacing, and LOTS of floaties. Looks like a hefe to me.

Smells very floral and fruity. Lots of lemon and grapefruit, and a light, suble raspberry scent. Kind of reminds me of hennepin- but fruitier.

Taste reminds me a lot of raspberry zinger tea. There's some hops in there, some grassy flavors. But lots of tea type things going on. It's not as sweet as I imagined it would be; actually it's got a nice tart bite. Mouthfeel is very thin, actually. Not very much going on.

Light, fruity, refreshing. Easy to drink, not too sweet. A great crossover beer for those who claim they don't like beer.

Photo of rlee1390
3.55/5  rDev +8.2%
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 twiggamortis420
2.95/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle that was born on 04 20 2009, how fitting for me. Pours a mostly hazy light gold color with a billowing 4 finger off-white foam. Retention is nice as well as the lacing. Pretty good looking hefe.

The nose is a mix of natural-smelling raspberries and a lemony wheat tang. Not much in the way of other hefe yeast esters, more of an American wheat nose with the fruit. That's ok with me for this one as the raspberries are quite pleasant to sniff upon.

Taste pretty much takes a nose-dive as this one looked good and smelled good, beware a wolf in sheep's clothing! Taste is thin and even a bit sour. It needs some sweetness to balance everything out and it has very little. Raspberry flavor does not come through very well and what does is tart, but not in a good sour beer type of way. The tanginess of the wheat only accentuates the unbalanced nature of the beer and there is no malt flavor at all. I have been pretty happy with most of Schlafly's offerings, especially the 750's, but this one misses the mark by a wide margin.

Photo of MTNboy
3.54/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It has a stale wheat and berry aroma. The body is an orange/red and pink color. It has a great head and lace with a pink tint to it. It is a light bodied beer but I would say almost a medium and a little fluffy. It tastes like Hefeweizen and raspberry juice it has balanced sweetness to it. This beer is not overly sweet like a lot of berry beers. The drinkability is good. It is a nice summer beer.

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Schlafly Raspberry Hefeweizen from The Schlafly Tap Room
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