KLB Raspberry Wheat Beer - Amsterdam Brewing Company
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Reviews by thehyperduck:
2.94/5 rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
[Updated July 13 2013]
Tallboy can picked up at the LCBO, one of four beers in their Entertainer sampler pack. I tried this once a few years ago, and was left feeling a little underwhelmed, so we'll see if my opinions have changed.
Pours a lovely amber-orange colour, with a bright, clear complexion. It manages to generate about one finger's worth of smooth, creamy, off-white head that dissipates over the next few minutes, leaving behind a thin cap and some modest lacing. A great improvement over the last time I tried this, when it looked absolutely flat and tepid. Mild, enjoyable aroma, with tart raspberry notes in the forefront, and subtle wheat malt sweetness underneath. Straightforward, but easy to like.
The taste is very similar in its simplicity - bready wheat malts, maybe a touch of honey at the start of the sip, which leads into some slightly sour raspberry flavor. Not much else to say - bready malts and raspberries, with a slight syrupy/medicinal feel to the latter. It does manage to finish somewhat dry, with some weakly lingering raspberry tartness. Light-bodied, and kind of watery. This one could stand to be a bit more heavily carbonated, but I suppose it's still crisp enough to help cut through the syrupy slickness (to a certain extent, anyway).
Final Grade: 2.94, a forgettable C grade. Amsterdam's KLB Raspberry Wheat is pretty mediocre, both as a fruit beer and a pale wheat ale - I felt that way the first time I tried it, and I'm now convinced that it's an accurate assessment. It blends some characteristics of each style, but the end result is a bland and mostly unsatisfying brew that isn't sure what it should be. Sorry, but the syrupy mouthfeel basically ruins what would otherwise be a serviceable fruit beer. The only thing this fruit beer really has going for it is its wide distribution - there are plenty of other raspberry-flavoured ales I'd recommend well before this.
Serving type: can
11-06-2011 03:06:27 | More by thehyperduck
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3.06/5 rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
473 ml can poured into a pint glass from LCBO for $2.80 CDN. From notes about a month ago.
Appearance - Clear Golden Color with significant reddish pinkish hues. 1 finger of head, receding quickly. Some lacing.
Smell - Sweet aromatic raspberries complete dominate. Trying to find anything else, but its not there. Just raspberries.
Taste - Some raspberries some bitterness, maybe even a few hops thrown in. Tastes nothing remotely similar to the nose.
Mouthfeel - Smooth, lower carbonation, slightly bitter and sour aftertaste from the raspberries.
O- Definitely a raspberry beer, but because of the the focus on raspberry, the beer part is left in the dust. Still a decent brew, but unlikely to be repeated again by me.
Serving type: can
11-01-2013 17:52:39 | More by DenisKolkin
KLB Raspberry Wheat Beer from Amsterdam Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.