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Amsterdam Framboise - Amsterdam Brewing Company

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51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Amsterdam Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Using an old world recipe, we handcraft this wonderous beer with Belgian wheat malt and fresh raspberries. In fact, six pounds of fresh British Columbia raspberries go into making every case, resulting in a tart, crisp flavour. Our double fermentation process produces an intensely fresh raspberry aroma and palate, abundantly obvious from its ruby-red colour and pink head. During the aging process, the hop and fruit acids balance out the residual malt sugars to give this beer more taste bud bang. Amsterdam Framboise is best served chilled and shared with friends.

14 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-28-2002)
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Photo of Seanstoppable
1.7/5  rDev -52.9%

Some family members in Ontario are big fans of the Raspberry wheat beers that are available locally. Given that they only visit once a year, I have been trying to find them something in their area that would act as a reasonable substitute. This is the latest attempt.

Pouring into a glass results in a dark, opaque red color with a finger of fizzy head.

Scent was raspberry, but a very sour raspberry. Given that the bottle was clear, that might be part of the cause.

Taste was a very sour, tart raspberry taste, almost syrupy in nature. Sourness continues through into the aftertaste, lingering. There was also a weird carbonation taste that I can't quite define.

This is like the complete opposite end of the spectrum for a raspberry wheat beer in comparison to their KLB brand (which I thought was a very weak tasting Raspberry Wheat). Perhaps if they managed to find some happy median between the two flavors they would have something better, but currently I found it very unappetizing and have no plans to try this again.

Seanstoppable, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of Viggo
1.9/5  rDev -47.4%

Pours a hazy ruby red, very small off white head forms and leaves, some spotted lace on the glass. Smell is raspberry juice and I couldn't pick up anything else. Taste is the same, not much more than fermented raspberry juice. Mouthfeel is light bodied, medium carbonation and pretty watery. Not recommended.

Viggo, Oct 18, 2005
Photo of TerryW
2.55/5  rDev -29.4%

Great presentation in a sharp looking ceramic flip top bottle. Also comes out of the bottle looking pretty darn good. Attractive red colour, pinkish tan head.

Good whiff of raspberries on pouring, much more subtle after that. Smells quite promising.

Past that, however, I'm afraid it didn't work for me. Came across as quite harsh and chemical in nature with a metallic bitterness. Not enough raspberry in there for my liking. None of the subtleties I would expect from a decent fruit lambic.

It's a big bottle and I had a hard time working my way through it. Couldn't even give it away. Stopped trying after a few too many negative reactions.

This is the second raspberry wheat I've tried and I was equally disappointed in the other. Maybe I just can't appreciate the style or the particular recipe.

Sorry, but not recommended.

TerryW, Jan 20, 2004
Photo of beerhunter13
3/5  rDev -16.9%

beerhunter13, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of gloryhole
3/5  rDev -16.9%

gloryhole, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of valianes
3/5  rDev -16.9%

valianes, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of Popsinc
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%

Appearance: 750ml bottle. Poured a ruby red with lots of carbonation. The head was light pink.

Smell: The nose was sweet but not overpowering. A touch of raspberry jam in there somewhere. Overall the fruity smell was mild if not hidden.

Taste: Very little of anything up front. Then, and very quickly, the beer turns slightly fuity and very tangy. Not tangy as in tart, but tangy as in almost sour. The finish disappears before i even get the chance to savour any raspberry hints that may be present.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and then smooth. It leaves a dry finish at the back of my mouth.

Drinkablilty: Today is a very hot day (35 degrees C) and this beer isn't cutting it. I just can't get inot this beer. Given the choice there are other fruit beers i would much rather drink.

Popsinc, Jun 25, 2003
Photo of TheBeeraholic
3.25/5  rDev -10%

TheBeeraholic, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of DenisKolkin
3.26/5  rDev -9.7%

650 ml bottle purchased for almost $10 CDN. Served fairly cold into glassware.

Appearance - Clear dark red, with pink infused highlights make this brew approximate the color of cranberry juice. Many fingers of off-white head are poured with a pinkish tinge. Tons of sticky lacing and a lot of bubbles. A great looking beer.

Smell - Raspberries and more raspberries. A little more sourness here almost gives the aroma of being crossed with a lambic.

Taste - And that's where the similarities to a lambic end. The taste is a bit medicinal, the raspberries are present but not nearly as much as one would expect and even a bit thin tasting. There's a on tasting sweetness that perks up for a couple of moments and finishes too clean. the booze is well hidden.

Mouthfeel - A bit thin, well carbonated with a try finish. I was expecting a bolder feel here.

Overall - A passable raspberry beer that I'm in no hurry to pick up again given the substantial cost and the overall quality of beer to my tastebuds.

DenisKolkin, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of scott451
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%

2013 brewing. Poured at cellar temperature into a pint glass. A massive pink head on a clear dark ruby. Good head retention and lots of lacing.

Smells of raspberries. Sweet and tart. Taste is again raspberries. Sweet up front with a very slight tart finis. There is a bit of an off flavour from somewhere. Raspberry flavour lingers.

Mouthfeel is fairly light. Overall nice to look at. Nice to have a fruit beer that uses real fruit. A bit thin. Alcohol is high for a fruit beer and very well hidden.

scott451, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of jcalabre
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%

This beer is beautifully packaged in a white ceramic 750ml resealable bottle. Upon opening, the wonderful aroma of raspberries hits you. In the glass, the color is dark red, with some brown notes in the background. It is not transparent but a bit hazy.
The flavor is decidedly sour, which is no surprise for a lambic. However, the raspberry is missing, in my opinion from the flavor. I was expecting more raspberry taste.

jcalabre, Oct 20, 2003
Photo of Goldorak
3.43/5  rDev -5%

Thanks to Northyorksammy for trading this off with me.

Appearance: Brownish amber with a little bit of reddish hues, the head was soapy and didn't last long.

Smell: Raspberry jam with tons of pectin, like the brand I usually prefer, it just smells fruity and sweet, and thankfully not a fake raspberry flavored extract odor, this smells like the real McCoy. Maybe I spotted a little hops in there but it was faint at best.

Taste: Very lively carbonation, which helps tame a lot of the cloying fruit flavors, it tastes like those fruity zinfandels they sell for a dollar a gallon in the states. Refreshing, and my girlfriend liked it a lot. I wouldn't drink tons of the stuff but on a hot summer day by the pool, why not.

Goldorak, Nov 15, 2005
Photo of peensteen
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours a bright red, one finger of white head, dissipates quickly, no lace to speak of. Smell is of raspberry, malty, hoppy notes, slight grassy presence, sour notes are there from time to time. Taste is tart raspberry, slightly sour, mild hop bitterness, malty finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium, high carbonation, good weight and syrupy at points. Good overall, not my favorite but it is pleasant and refreshing and I would have it again down the road.

peensteen, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of woody1138
3.5/5  rDev -3%

woody1138, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of kwjd
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Had this on tap at Volo. I somehow haven't ever tried this beer and I've seen it 1000 times. Pours a reddish-orange colour with very thin pink'ish head. Mild lacing on the glass. Smells of raspberry with some bready/grainy malt. Flavour is of sweet and tart raspberry mainly. Carbonation is a bit high. Overall a nice enough fruit beer.

kwjd, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of patre_tim
3.51/5  rDev -2.8%

A: Bright red with a brown tinge, slight haze, little carbonation, 2 fingers of beige pink raspberry cappuccino like head.

S: Raspberries, raspberry candy or lifesaver candy, sour acidic quality, fermented fruit, alcohol quality.

T: Garden fresh raspberries, light fermented fruit, an almost artificial sweetener like bitterness bordering on unpleasant, very little alcohol burn.

M: Medium light body, medium heated carbonation, dry artificial sweetener like finish.

O: Loving the garden fresh raspberry aspect, really takes me back to a farm garden. The other aspect of the artificial sweetness isn’t pleasant in my opinion. Expensive in my opinion.

patre_tim, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%

Lambicy on the sourish side, which people who like it like it for this reason Dark pink, and some lighter pink foam, and lace. Definite aroma and some real raspberries in thereI had a year later and it was understated in carbonation at Victory Cafe, which I generally lkie, Soda pop sweetish., Raspberry syrup.
Much bolder raspberry taste put in Cask Days 2008

Sammy, Aug 17, 2006
Photo of crwills
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%

On tap at Victory Cafe. Surprised to see this was 6.5%, as it seemed much lighter. Poured a deep red with a pinkish bubbly head into a thin glass. Aroma is fairly one-dimensional -- raspberries and champagne. Both the aroma and flavour carry real raspberry flavour and not just artificial flavouring; definite seedy, wild notes of real fruit in there. High on the carbonation level, but not bad for the style. One of the more enjoyable, drinkable fruit beers I've had. Worth trying, and I'd like to get my hands on one of the cool white swing-tops if they still exist.

crwills, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of biegaman
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%

The beer's appearance wouldn't necessarily suggest that anything artificial was used, or not much of anything anyhow. Its reddish hue isn't inherently plastic or pretended; it looks far more at place in an Irishman's beard than a bowl of bubbly, market-fresh raspberries. Its head - where any exists - is without any complementing colour.

The isn't much synthetic about the aroma either. Sadly, there also isn't too much grabbing about it. That's not to say it isn't pleasant, but it doesn't have the sweet and enticing (albeit sickly and simulated) fruitiness of most commercial fruit beers nor does it have the distinctive, good in its own right base beer that fruit lambics provide...

But something about it works for me. As well as raspberries I note black cherry and dark caramel, both flavours that also appear in the taste. Its flavour, however, unlike its aroma, does not work for me. Some of that synthetic sweetness might have been welcomed, some of that unmalted wheat too. This is good but painfully average and unexciting.

Most brewers lower the alcohol content on their fruit beers, Amsterdam has raised it. I like that. For one, it can't be detected and secondly, it seems to have added some body to a style that is often far too watery and light. There is also a smidgen of tartness that is most appreciated (and nearly disguises the element of diacetyl).

This isn't quite your typical commercial fruit beer - it has more body and less artificial fruit - but it's still one more likely to appeal to casual, summertime drinkers than anyone who has a strong appreciation for the art of malted beverages. Although aspects of it should appeal to both crowds, I doubt it's something that will please either category of drinkers.

biegaman, Oct 13, 2006
Photo of hopdog
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%

341ml bottle acquired in trade with radiomgb (thanks!).

Poured a darker reddish color with a brown tinge to it and a smaller sized pinkish head. Aromas of sweet and tart raspberries. I like the way the aroma is. Tastes of sweet raspberries and other berries. Light tart finish. Syrupy body. Not that bad for a fruit beer.

Notes from 8/9/07

hopdog, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%

750ml ceramic bottle bought at the LCBO. Cork open with a huge pop, poured a medium pink beer with a super huge head with excellent retention. Carbonation is just perfect and aroma is great with what I can tell are real raspberry. Taste is not too sweet but still very refreshing with just enough tart. Limited hops but then that is to be expected of a fruit beer. This is a truly great fruit beer but the alcohol is just a bit too strong too make it truly great. Very good beer to enjoy during summertime.

Phyl21ca, Jul 05, 2004
Photo of allergictomacros
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%

A - Cloudy red with a big rocky head of foam. Drops quickly though.

S - Nose is very raspberry fruity, with a hint of earthiness.

T - A little tart up front but not lactic - more like some sour fruit. Lots of raspberries and maybe a hint of bitterness in the finish.

M - A bit on the astringent side with a sharp carbonation and light body.

D - Easy drinking, refreshing brew, but seems somewhat lacking. Needs something to give it some extra oomph.

allergictomacros, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of biboergosum
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%

On-tap at C'est What.

This beer appears a clear light amber hue, with one finger of soapy white head, which renders not a speck of lace it its retreat. It smells of light green raspberry essence, and a bit of bready malt. The taste is sweet grainy malt, and strained cooked raspberry. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, but thinning somewhat towards the end, and it finishes off-dry, with a fruity malt push.

Kind of thin, but definitely redolent of raspberry, and easy enough to drink.

biboergosum, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of psugrad98
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%

I first have to say that I am not a big fan of raspberries.
Dark red in color with medium head, smells of fresh raspberries. Lollipop like mild sweetness is nicely blended with a hint of maltness. Tart and refrehshing. I like this blended with Guinness. 50-50

psugrad98, Jun 05, 2002
Photo of baiser
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%

Poured from a neat looking ceramic bottle. Body is deep ruby red, with a pinkish white head. Aroma is loaded with sweet, fresh raspberries and a slight sourness. Taste is moderately tart, with a tonne of raspberry flavour. Ends astringent, and slightly bitter from the alcohol. Carbonation is just right. Would've liked to seen a little more tartness. Interesting fruit beer nonetheless.

baiser, May 09, 2005
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Amsterdam Framboise from Amsterdam Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.