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Raspberry Wheat - Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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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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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

02-24-2013 15:56:19 | More by djrn2
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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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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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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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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Having attended last Saturday's "Drink Your Wheaties" fest at SPTR, I feel eminently qualified to review a wheat beer.

It began with a finger-and-a-half of bubbly, bone-white head that began falling away rather quickly. The bubbles certainly brought out the raspberry nose, however. This was a fresh red raspberry scent that immediately transported me back to my late paternal grandmother's garden at 141 N. Broad St. She used to make homemade preserves with her berries, but I like the idea of putting them into beer better. In fact, I have been somewhere in my extensive travels (BOS Beer Works?) that puts actual berries into the beer just before presentation to the customer. The mouthfeel was medium, but all was secondary to the intense raspberry flavor on the tongue. It bordered on perfume-y, but Mr. Rutherford seemed to know just where to stop. The color was a slightly hazy golden-yellow. The finish lingered with raspberry. It was not a beer that I would make a steady diet of, but as a dessert beer? Sure! That, plus it beat the blandness of some of those straight wheat beers. Just sayin' ...

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2009 13:53:22 | More by woodychandler
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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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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

05-20-2013 12:40:47 | More by InspectorBob
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a crystal golen-orange with a thin, skimp covering for a head that was dull while and almost immediately dissipated. The visible effervesce was faint with only 1 visible stream of micro bubbles lazily rising to the surface. Other then that there was not much else to go on here.

S: The nose was fresh and fruity with tart raspberries. Overall well suited per style and delivering as promised with hints of sugary sweetness that was detected several feet from the glass.

T: The flavor was tart and fruity with a modest helping of fresh raspberries that was well mannered and not overly sweet or bearing. Honestly wasn't expecting much from this drink but was pleasantly surprised how honest the flavor was and how well balanced it was as well. Hints of sugary sweetness does come through but is well balanced by the tart fresh berries that gives this a good balance.

M: medium full, slick and smooth with very little carbonation. A dry tart fruitiness laces the tongue sending the beer down with moderately good results.

D: Drinkability is good, even if your not a fan of fruit/herb beers. This is not, I repeat not a girlie drink, but a very enjoyable and well balanced fruit beer, and the nature of the drink should not stop you from sampling a glass. Would make for a good summer quencher and was pleasantly surprised by the flavor. At 4.1%abv I could drink 2 or 3 of these without being overwhelmed.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2009 22:57:38 | More by beerthulhu
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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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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

10-03-2012 20:40:46 | More by rolltide8425
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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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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +9%

04-14-2012 18:23:00 | More by Rhettroactive
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francisweizen

Alaska

3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad little brew, this one. Light golden with a white/pink head of foam. Aromas are of Raspberry syrup, yeast, wheat, and not much else. The taste is very wheaty up front with the Raspberry flavors hitting hard in the middle, leading into a clean, wheaty finish. The mouthfeel is light and the drinkability is good. A refreshing summer quaffer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2004 21:31:52 | More by francisweizen
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3/5  rDev -12.8%

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

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a pint

Pours a gold infused orange with a thin, less than one finger head that fell quickly to form a thin collar. A small amount of visible carbonation and little no lacing.

The aroma of sweet and tart raspberries leap out of the glass from close to an arm's length away. Not overly oppressive though, which is a good thing.

Fresh, tart and sweet. A very clean fruit infused pale wheat ale. Sugary sweetness with a biting tartness from the raspberries with clean pale malt and a crisp, dry finish. They found a nice balance here between sweet and tart. Pleasantly surprised.

Light to medium body with a clean, crisp finish. Smooth and velvety. The carbonation nears perfection on this.

A low abv and a crisp, refreshing flavor profile make this tremendously easy to drink.

I tend to shy away from fruit beers but this was a diamond in the rough. A nice balance of tart and sweet with a fresh, fruity feel that is extremely refreshing. Excellent in the summer months, but just as delicious year-round.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2009 20:37:39 | More by ColForbinBC
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +9%

02-18-2013 14:40:01 | More by IPAchris
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served as a slightly hazy amber colored beer with moderate white puffy head.
Smell shows strong berry notes (as would be expected).
Taste also has a strong berry character.
Finishes with more berry tastes without being overly sweet.
An OK beer. One is enough though. I was warned by the waitress that this beer has a strong taste retention, which I do not really agree with.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2008 00:53:19 | More by tgbljb
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Griffith

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

01-20-2014 21:55:27 | More by Griffith
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A very translucent golden body with a small white head. Ok retention and some spotty lacing left behind.

The nose has a touch of raspberry with a bit of wheat behind it. Not a very strong aroma by any means.

Up front comes a touch of raspberry flavor that is weak, but certainly seems natural; equally sweet and tart. The finish has a cereal like quality as the wheat expressed itself.

Really thin and light, which I guess they were going for, but I would prefer that they not filter it, maybe it would have a bit more body.

Decent beer, but a little weak overall. Pretty drinkable on a day like today when it is 85 and humid.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2009 21:59:36 | More by Hojaminbag
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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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brez8791

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -12.8%

12-28-2011 18:38:31 | More by brez8791
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

02-16-2013 20:41:04 | More by jbaker67
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GeoffreyM

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -12.8%

04-12-2013 15:51:41 | More by GeoffreyM
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funkel81

California

3.75/5  rDev +9%

09-28-2013 15:59:56 | More by funkel81
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer came a dull copper gold with a slight film of head that stuck around for a while that left a little lace behind.

Smells powerfully of raspberries, but not in a good way. The smell is a good one, or even a convincing one, but it certainly not fresh raspberries we’re dealing with here. Behind the big fruitiness lies a slight, powdery dryness.

Tastes of a dull yeast that quickly is replaced by a big shot of raspberry (probably extract!). There are also elements of watermelon and orange here. This finishes with an odd “Jelly Belly” popcorn flavored jelly bean flavor and a touch of hop dryness on the roof of my mouth.

The mouth feel is light to medium bodied with a light foamy carbonation.

This one isn’t all that bad. The flavor is clearly synthetic, but it’s light, clean and refreshing. This one clearly isn’t for the beer nerd, but more of an easy drinkin’ summer beer for sure. Unless it’s over 90 and I’m outside on a deck, I’d rather not have this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2006 01:29:22 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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Raspberry Wheat from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
79 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.