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Raspberry Wheat - Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Raspberry Wheat
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74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A pale, filtered American wheat beer brewed with a touch of natural raspberry flavor.

20 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2003)
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bcgeiman

Maryland

1.5/5  rDev -56.4%

07-02-2014 18:06:57 | More by bcgeiman
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Boppar

New Hampshire

1.9/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I was going to not review this beer, but when I saw that it has less than 10 reviews, I decided that the world needs to know.

Had it on tap at the Wilmington location. I had had it last year sometime, and had really not enjoyed it. But, hoping that it had been a flawed batch, I decided to try it again this time around, and was unpleasantly surprised.

Pours a fairly clear orange-yellow that smacks of filtering. I like my wheat beers hazy, damn it! But the bigger beef I had with the appearance was the wimpy head. I've come to expect bigger, better heads from wheat beers.

Smells overwhelmingly like raspberries, in an artificial sort of way.

It tastes exactly like it smells: raspberry coffee syrup (or possibly cough syrup). The artificial raspberry flavor overwhelms the senses, and prevents you from tasting any of the actual beer. It actually bears a disturbing resemblance to raspberry seltzer; the primary difference being that I enjoy raspberry seltzer.

Mouthfeel is aggressively carbonated, thin and fizzy. Again, like seltzer.

Not drinkable.

Not recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2007 14:31:06 | More by Boppar
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wattoclone

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -41.9%

09-12-2012 14:16:53 | More by wattoclone
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

2.73/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Iron Hill, Media, PA

Not really my style, but it wasn't too bad. Light and somewhat refreshing. Fruit-infused wheat beers tend to disappoint me a lot. They always seem to sound better than they taste. But the ladies seem to like them.

Poured golden yellow with a light white head that didn't stay around too long. Aroma is of wheat and mild raspberry. Taste of acidic wheat and raspberry, mildly biting hops. Light mouthfeel with a bitter aftertaste. Moderately drinkable, but just not my style.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2011 13:36:32 | More by Rifugium
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tobelerone

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Iron Hill Media.

A slightly hazy, gold-bodied beer with a very small head that settles quickly and leaves slippery lacing. Nose is a mix of fresh raspberry, tart and sweet, with a grainy wheat note and a touch of toasty malt.

The flavor is a little off-putting; the raspberry ends up coming off oddly perfumy, lacking a fresh tart aspect or even ample sweetness; the wheat has an almost dirty taste to boot. Dry finish with a lingering perfume note I didn't relish. I almost wish this beer was a bit sweeter and more soda-like because I found the flavor it did have to be thin and a little unpleasant.

Light bodied; quite watery, with lowish carbonation. Rather than being smooth it feels rather flat and undercarbonated. Lacks crispness and the quenching feel that might help this out a good deal. None too agreeable, I'm afraid. I don't want to say this beer was terrible, but it wasn't a sweet fruit beer, or a dry beer with authentic raspberry flavor, or even a sour raspberry framboise-style brew either. I don't know what exactly it was but I do know it wasn't my cup of tea.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2012 03:51:07 | More by tobelerone
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mikeg67

New Jersey

2.95/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

On tap at Iron Hill in Phoenixville, PA. Pours deep golden with short-lived white head and some lacing. Aroma is fruity and malty. Body is medium and smooth. Taste is of raspberries, some herbal hops and what malt. Finish is short and light. Refreshing brew.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2013 21:30:39 | More by mikeg67
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3/5  rDev -12.8%

07-03-2013 16:27:57 | More by LXIXME
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BeerMick

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -12.8%

09-17-2013 11:33:50 | More by BeerMick
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mpalestino

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -12.8%

06-16-2014 01:23:28 | More by mpalestino
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GreatPumpkin

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -12.8%

01-01-2012 21:46:57 | More by GreatPumpkin
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3/5  rDev -12.8%

11-17-2011 07:51:36 | More by ROGUE16
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -12.8%

12-28-2011 18:38:31 | More by brez8791
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greyghost86

Delaware

3/5  rDev -12.8%

08-10-2013 12:36:23 | More by greyghost86
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mwz5021

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -12.8%

06-06-2013 17:56:31 | More by mwz5021
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RedWeizen83

Texas

3/5  rDev -12.8%

05-27-2013 18:32:23 | More by RedWeizen83
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GeoffreyM

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -12.8%

04-12-2013 15:51:41 | More by GeoffreyM
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BeerThursdays

Delaware

3/5  rDev -12.8%

11-16-2011 16:01:59 | More by BeerThursdays
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed at the Wilimington, DE location brewpub.

A: thin to no head on a clear golden with slight crimson hue body.

S: wheat, pale malts and raspberry however not a very sweet aroma, more musty.

T: this one starts with sweet raspberry and strawberry flacvors up front but moves to a bitter finish which lingers for quite a while. Pale malt mustiness throughout.

M: light body and high carbonation

Overall: this one doesnt so much taste good but I appreciate it as a fruit beer that isnt just a tastless base beer with overly sweet fruit added to it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2012 14:13:52 | More by kylehay2004
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Foxman

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a fair gold, a shade darker than the light beer. A finger of very lightly pink head stands for a short time. Thin twists of lacing curl on the inside of the glass.

The aroma is initially wheat and tangy, though briefly before the soft bite of raspberry syrup takes over and blankets with a fruit air.

Upon tasting, the wheat is again most noticeable, with a mellow grainy edge. The raspberry then asserts, and too boldly at that, as it carries a slightly metallic extract sharpness, though the accompanying sweetness does try to mitigate a bit. It does fade somewhat toward the close to allow a slightly yeasty doughiness to come through. The finish is a quick drop to a lingering dry character that wipes out any remaining sweet reference. The fruit just doesn't come across as fresh or blended.

Light bodied, the carbonation can't kill the tinny grate on the palate, but it does flow fairly well.

This would be one of those who-cares beers were it not for the unfortunate bite of the fruit. I wanted to ask if the raspberries are fresh, as opposed to extract, but if they are fresh, then the source leaves a bit to be desired. Still, the crisp finish, while chopping the sweetness, also goes a ways toward making it at least mediocre. So it goes down just okay, it tastes just okay, and I'll be just okay if I have to drink it again. But I'll be more okay if I don't.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2008 16:29:44 | More by Foxman
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at brew pub.

Hazy golden orange color very light head.

Nose has sweet fruity syrup, touch of raspberry, some sweet malty aromas not really sure about wheat.

Taste has sweet raspberry, fruity, light wheat, light toasty malts, syrupy fruit flavor not sure if there was any real fruit in it. Finishes a bit sticky and a weird fruit flavor on the finish.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall kinda meh, not my style of beer or at least not done to my liking. Not really a clean or good fruit taste, a bit fake tasting, very light and sweet and not clean on the finish either.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2011 23:51:32 | More by jlindros
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atigerlife

Hawaii

3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden color with a small white head. Decent head retention and lacing. Small carbonation seen rising.

Aroma is raspberry. I happen to love raspberries, so this is a good thing for me.

Taste is raspberry, wheat and somewhat woody.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and dry.

Overall, an OK brew. Interesting. Worth a try if you are in the mood.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2008 18:44:45 | More by atigerlife
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

01-21-2013 17:06:02 | More by IdrinkGas
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abcramer

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

06-13-2012 04:01:27 | More by abcramer
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

03-06-2013 18:45:38 | More by orangesol
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

10-03-2012 20:40:46 | More by rolltide8425
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Raspberry Wheat from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
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