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Oxford Raspberry - Heavy Seas Beer

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72
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79 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.05
pDev: 18.36%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A filtered wheat ale brewed with fresh raspberries.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-07-2003)
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Ratings: 79 | Reviews: 73 | Display Reviews Only:
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buzzy

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -9.8%

03-13-2014 01:19:44 | More by buzzy
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BMMillsy

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -18%

10-27-2013 14:11:37 | More by BMMillsy
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DrFunkenstein

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

02-16-2013 15:02:40 | More by DrFunkenstein
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cliff1066

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

12-16-2012 19:19:25 | More by cliff1066
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Beer4Baltimore

Maryland

3/5  rDev -1.6%

04-12-2012 01:37:12 | More by Beer4Baltimore
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AngusOg

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

12-02-2011 20:24:30 | More by AngusOg
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2.03/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I originally compared this brew to some other fruit beers that were much sweeter and to me much more appealing. I still feel that this beer was more along the lines of a lightly carbonated raspberry tea. Color was a brownish tone that looked a bit watered down. Te fruit flavors are there but just not strong enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 00:31:28 | More by Knapp85
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine March 2007.

A Wheat Beer finished with raspberries rather than fruit essences. Fruit beers tend to help bridge that gap for people who aren't beer drinkers--fruity and sweet tends to be approachable.

Two healthy fingers of dense white head holds together for a good while. Brilliantly clear tawny brew. Sweet, fruity aroma of raspberries, with a bit of mineral and maltiness in the back. Very crisp and smooth with a mild tartness; moderate body reflects an ample but simple malt character. Solid raspberry flavor middle to end. Faint hop bitterness lends a kiss of spicy floral flavor and helps to balance out the fruitiness. Finishes clean and semi-sweet with a modest, bready maltiness, and lingering raspberry flavor.

The mix of wheat and fruit make for a very refreshing and drinkable beer. A good, no-frills fruit beer that's balanced and clean; a sure thing if you like fruit beers. Pairings could range from braised chicken cooked in Oxford Raspberry to simple milk chocolates.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 19:08:06 | More by BeerAdvocate
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cdizinno

South Carolina

1.85/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A. light golden body

S. Slight raspberry but very weak.

T. Slight raspberry up front. Very weak. Weaker raspberry taste than the smell. Some tartness.

M. Light bodied and more like carbonated water.

I would not recommend if you are looking for a raspberry ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 23:54:53 | More by cdizinno
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

Poured a lighter golden color with a huge sized, frothy (5 finger) head. Some floaties in there as well. Strong Raspberry aroma. Raspberry in the taste (not as strong as the smell) and some malts. Fizzy and light body.

Notes from: 11/09/04.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 15:55:11 | More by hopdog
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yesyouam

New York

3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Oxford Raspberry Wheat is a hazy amber ale with no head. The aroma is sweet. It smells like a raspberry bush or a raspberry pastry or raspberry candy. It has a light body and a tannic finish. It has a leafy flavor and reminds me of tea... raspberry tea.
(rated Aug 1, 2007)

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 14:06:22 | More by yesyouam
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.33/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A light golden body with a TON of sediment. Almost no head and therefore no retention or lacing.

Slight raspberry in the nose, and some grassiness.

Taste has some raspberry up front followed by some nice tartness. A little grassy, but finishes with a sweetness that is rice or corn like.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little lifeless.

Fairly drinkable, nothing earth-shattering here.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2008 04:49:43 | More by Hojaminbag
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Rootdog316

Virginia

3.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sparkling clear, light amber/dark golden lager. Small, fizzy, white head. The aroma is not really heavy on fruit. Very subtle raspberry. Fruity and tart flavor with a whisper of malt. Balanced nicely by lightly bitter hops. Light-bodied with a fizzy mouthfeel. Short, crisp, tart finish. A touch grassy at the very end.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2008 03:27:46 | More by Rootdog316
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Minkybut

Virginia

2.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this strange brew into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer? had no head whatssoever. It looked like beer other than that. The smellwas fruity like soap. The beer was cloudy and soapy tasting. I think Clipper better let this one go. I will not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 20:07:59 | More by Minkybut
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deereless

Colorado

3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Thick frothy head that dropped quickly, looks like watermelon juice, definite red/pink to the beer - 4.00, S: Raspberry is not surprisingly the dominate aroma though it isn't the thick syrupy sort of smell, some other aromas such as lemon possibly - 3.50, T: Kinda brings me back to high school, reminds me of a wine cooler in ways, some tartness on the tail - 3.25, M: Thin and watery - 2.75, D: Maybe I'm overlooking what a good wheat beer involves, but this one just seems to miss the mark, less of a beer than fruit water - 2.75

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 01:20:50 | More by deereless
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beveritt

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an elongated pint glass. Label has a picutre of a field of grain and the USDA Organic symbol. Drink before December 2008. Described as "an American version of a Belgian Classic."

Appearance: Pours with just over 1 finger of white head. If I am not imagining it, there is the tiniest hint of pink color to it. This disappears quickly, leaving no lacing and a slight ring of foam. The beer itself is honey colored.

Smell: A slightly sweet tart smell, which can be identified as raspberries. Ambiguous enough that if I didn't know the kind of beer, I might not take a guess.

Taste: Tart upfront, with a definite raspberry taste. Blends into a smooth and unassuming malt flavor. No hop flavor. Slight sweetness in the finish, not astringent.

Mouthfeel: A little higher than average carbonation level, good match for the tartness. Body is average.

Drinkability: Just what I was expecting, a crisp and clean fruit beer. Nothing overly complicated, but nice and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2008 21:59:25 | More by beveritt
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Beerbuddha

Louisiana

2.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a hazy, orange color with a medium white head which disappates quickly. Minimal lacing present. The aroma was bready with a hint of raspberry. The taste was weak. The raspberry flavors were bad. It tasted cheap and not well brewed. Like a raspberry preserve. The mouthfeel was medium body with medium high carbonation. Overall I wasn't impressed with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2008 02:29:13 | More by Beerbuddha
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

2.38/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Beer emerges a light amber with some slight grape colored highlights. Topped with a fizzy white head that leaves some lacing.

Not a pleasant aroma on this one. Fake fruit flavoring with some corn aromas and on overall cheap, adjunct aroma.

Strong berry extract flavor that hits the pallate immediately and basically ruins everything else that follows. The berry flavor is all that I really get. Maybe some caramel maltiness but no hop flavor or aroma.

Not a quality beer. Smells and tastes like there was a cheap extract used for flavoring. I purchased a single only and good thing because I couldnt handle another of this cheap, imitation stuff. Pass this one by.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2008 20:06:04 | More by SaCkErZ9
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.1/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap 5/9/08 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish amber color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of raspberries, light malts, wheat and a touch of hops.

T: The taste mostly consists of tart raspberries with a little bit of wheat and hops. The malt character is thin but at least there's no trace of an organic bite that you usually get from organic beers. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp with a little smoothness, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is very dry.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not filling at all, mild kick, it's not a bad beer but it just doesn't suit my taste enough for me to want to drink it again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2008 16:41:18 | More by TheManiacalOne
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lvbs

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A solid fruit beer with sweetness tempered by easy drinkability, it's hard to imagine anyone hating or loving this beer. Our tasters were uncommonly united (all 12 overall ratings were between a 2 and a 4) in thinking that it was fine, but unspectacular.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 21:51:20 | More by lvbs
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Risser09

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner - 2007 bottling - Cellar temp

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, pale, champagne looking beer with a 1" white head. The bubbles are very fine. There is some bubble activity. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Tart raspberries, wheat malt, sugar, tutti frutti and musty raspberry.

Taste: Light wheat base and some sweet raspberry flavor. Not very complex.

Mouthfeel: Very lightly bodied. Slightly tart and sugary. Alcohol is not seemingly present at all.

Drinkability: This is a summer beer, pure and simple. I wish the raspberry wa more flavorful and chewy. Highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2008 14:06:40 | More by Risser09
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BeerSox

Virginia

3.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into nonic

Slightly hazy light amber hue with a pearl white one finger head. Stringy lacing.

Light malt aromas with not much raspberry in the aroma. It's mostly the bready grain.

Crisp malt flavors create a base for the syrupy raspberry flavor. There isn't much raspberry there, but it's along the lines of any other fruit beer such as Abita Purple Haze. Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation, giving a little fizz. The malts go away quickly in the finish, leaving only a little lingering raspberry.

Not a bad fruit beer. I wouldn't say this is the flagship of all fruit beers but it's still decent. I doubt I would seek this out though. It may be rather enjoyable for someone who loves this style of beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 21:41:52 | More by BeerSox
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour a clear amber with a thin white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the way down. Nose is bland. Flavor is bitter on the edge. Very mild raspberry flavor. Not enough to save things here though. It's like a lager with a raspberry hint of flavoring. Feel is nice. Smooth with a good carbonation. But alas, it didn't really save this one. To me this typifies what can be wrong with fruit beers. It just seems like lager with flavor syrup mixed in. Pass.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2008 18:22:37 | More by RblWthACoz
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.15/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

For a raspberry wheat ale I just expected more. It poured like a flat pink ginger ale, with little head and no lacings but constant fizzing. The color was a dark gold w/ a splash of ruby and there was some cloudiness.
I really only picked up raspberries in the smell, no spices, clove, yeast. hops, a malt of some sort - nothing. Just strawberries to be honest. The taste is mostly strawberries and hops, with a sharp bite when it first hits your tongue. The beer has a more medium than light body, but not overly smooth and creamy, which passes over the tongue w/ the raspberries coming in on the end. Not overpowering or really strong, but they are there. I can see why this is one of those "summer" beers - if it wis a real hot day and you're BBQing outside w/ a couple of buds, splitting a 6er would feel nice. Drinking one in January in my apartment is enough right now though.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2008 03:04:07 | More by clayrock81
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

3.73/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is light gold with a pink hue and good carbonation. The head is small and light, fades to nothing and leaves no lace.

The smell is lots of raspberries.

The taste is the same, sweet raspberries on bread. The hops are nice, mild and balance the brew in the finish.

The mouthfeel is like a sparkling vine, fine carbonation and light body.

The drinkability is good if this is your style. It should also make a great summer brew. Prosit MK

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2007 21:04:09 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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Oxford Raspberry from Heavy Seas Beer
72 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.