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Raspberry Wheat - Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Raspberry Wheat
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.23%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | 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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1.5/5  rDev -56.5%

Photo of Boppar
1.9/5  rDev -44.9%
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.

Photo of wattoclone
2/5  rDev -42%

Photo of Rifugium
2.73/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

Photo of tobelerone
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

Photo of mikeg67
2.95/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Photo of Foxman
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of jlindros
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of atigerlife
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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Raspberry Wheat from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
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