Longs Peak Raspberry Wheat - Estes Park Brewery

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Reviews: 16
Hads: 26
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 21.54%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Colorado, United States

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Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Mitchster on 04-06-2003

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Reviews: 16 | Hads: 26
Reviews by manahansf:
Photo of manahansf
1.54/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Light and clear blonde color with a thin white head. The nose is very vague wheat/malt aroma. The flavor is much the same with distant hints of wheat grist and an even smaller raspberry flavor. Very light bodied with little carbonation. Lacks personality and ends with a short tasteless finish. (294 characters)

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Photo of Beaver13
2.16/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange with no head at all.

The aroma is sweet raspberries and honey with a little wheat and malt.

The flavor is some plasticy skunky malts with raspberry flavor and a chemical bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium and watery with no carbonation.

Overall, this was much better on tap at the brewery. There it was very fruity and one-dimensional but decent. In the bottle, it's pretty nasty. I did get this bottle from the brewery just last week. (483 characters)

Photo of richkrull
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.15/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The color of light auburn jelly, a real battle to create any head, what does appear quickly goes away... Whiffs of raspberry jam, wheat and chlorine hit the nose a sweetness about the whole thing sets up a very fruity palate indeed. Berries and wheat, wheat and berries explains the flavor here the fruit likeness to a cheap cran razz juice box. Also in the back is that strange chemical flavor that I named as chlorine in my scent. Watery and sticky at the same time the body is very light with minimal carbonation.

I could put it just above average as fruit beer goes, but that chemical flavor kinda worries me.

I could see it being a stellar hot weather lake/beach/4th of July beer or something to that nature. (715 characters)

Photo of Giesch
2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of youresomoney
5/5  rDev +60.8%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.16/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a weiss glass. No date or info.

A - A vigorous pour yields only a small off-white head that has very poor retention but at least leaves a tiny bit of lace. The color has a light haze to the pale straw yellow and a drop of pink hue to it.

S - Hints of dry wheat poke out from behind the burst of raspberry that's a blend of fresh fruit and sugary syrup. Little else is here and the more I smell it, the more syrupy it becomes.

T - Not as raspberry-full as it smells, this wheat beer leans more towards a dry wheat and grain flavor with a small splash of dry, tart raspberry juice. No syrupy flavor at all.

M - Long's Peak is dry and a touch on the tart side with a moderately crisp and very light-bodied finish.

D - The flavor surprised me as it was much, much less raspberry than the aroma let on. The light body and crisp character leads to it's ease of drinkability but it's a really mediocre beer. (930 characters)

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of infinitebruner
3.83/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

January 15, 2015

Draft, taster glass

A – Medium straw, slightly hazy. Small white foam stand with moderate retention.

S – Raspberry is very prominent. Some light bready malt with light floral hops.

T – Sweet bready malt, light raspberry, with that character staying mostly in the aroma. Floral hop flavor very light in the mix.

M – Well-carbonated with a moderately full body thanks to the wheat. Sudsy. Stays pretty juicy throughout.

O – Everything here is very light, very mild, except the raspberry aroma, which is prominent but relatively subdued. A well-balanced, light, fruity wheat beer. (617 characters)

Photo of nitter
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of carteravebrew
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

The body is orange-tinted hazy yellow. The very aggressive pour yielded just barely a finger of head which dissipated quickly leaving a bits of foam on the surface.

Smells of light sweet raspberry jam with hints of light grains. A little swirl produces a very faint hop aroma in addition to those mentioned above.

The flavors are light and sweet, which raspberry and very light malt and touch of wheat malt being the most prevalent. There is no hop flavor and only a very small bit of hop bitterness. This flavor leans hard to the sweet side of the spectrum, but not so far that it loses points for drinkability.

The mouthfeel is actually quite smooth, and from the slight sediment in the bottle I think this may be bottle conditioned. If so, I salute Estes Park brewery. The carbonation is compact (opposite of diet-soda) and is quite nice.

Conclusion: This is a fairly good easy drinking raspberry beer made from fruit extract. It doesn't take the subtle fruit route, and when beers do this I expect the fruit flavors to be top notch. In this beer they are pretty good, but not outstanding. In my opinion, adding a little honey and some brett for bottle conditioning would blow this beer's flavor off the scale. (1,242 characters)

Photo of jar2574
3.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Flat, uninspired appearance.Yellow-orange color. Pleasant, sweet raspberry smell though. Smell is quite strong but not overpowering. Almost makes up for the appearance. Raspberry-wheat flavor, avoids being too sweet. There is hardly any carbonation, so it's a little insipid. Unlike many fruit-based beers, I could probably have a couple in one sitting. Probably not good enough that I'd order it again though. (410 characters)

Photo of ndekke39
3.67/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ordered this beer at a local Estes Park restaurant. No freshness date on the bottle. Poured a pale yellow color, with light cloudiness and a very small white head. Strong aromas of honey and fruit, although the raspberry itself didn't stand out too much. The fruit flavors balanced well with the malt, although I couldn't detect any taste of the hops, which might have helped the balance. Nice soft, sweet aftertaste, though. Very little carbonation, highly sippable. Although I've tasted better raspberry wheats before, I would definitely order another one of these. (567 characters)

Photo of beveragecaptain
2.85/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. Pours out a mostly clear yellowish color with a fast fading head. The aroma is sweet and fruity with raspberries, obviously. The flavor is quite bland. There is some raspberry flavor, and a little bit of stale tasting wheat, but other than that, this beer is flavorless. No hop flavor. Mouthfeel is very light. Carbonation is slightly low. From the aroma, I thought this beer would have more flavor, but it turned out to be just a boring, light wheat beer. I'll pass on this in the future. (506 characters)

Photo of Winter
2.91/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden in color with a rocky white head. Aroma of pungent hops, wheat malt, and hints of raspberry, along with a sweet floral smell. Thinnish mouthfeel. Light wheat flavor initially followed by hints of raspberry. Despite a seemingly hoppy nose, this ale is rather lightly hopped. Gentle on the palate. Overall, a pretty bland raspberry wheat, that could use a little more flavor profile. (402 characters)

Photo of claytong
3.99/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This goes down easy. An excellent beer for cooking in hot weather or just sitting out in hot weather. certainly not something id have all the time, but a nice mix in.
raspberry came strong on the nose and was pretty strong going down. grains were nicely mixed in.
not sure if i just expected something bad and thats why i enjoyed it as well as i did. (350 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
3.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from a trip to Colorado and Wyoming - May 2002 Purchased in Estes Park, CO

Color is a light reddish orange, with very little head presence, it more or less just sat had some bubbles foaming on the top. Smells of arificial raspberries, even though the guy said they used real ones, but it sure didn't smell like it. Taste was OK, nothing to strong about the raspberry and tasted real, the wheat has a pretty strong presence giving it a stale muffin or bagel feel and taste in the end. It was OK but I was glad I only had the one. (537 characters)

Photo of KLHBB
3.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Haybeerman
2.58/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Clouded gold color. Poured a 1 finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly to a thin skim. Thin and broken lacing.

S: Cut grass, raspberry sweetness, citrus and wheat. Not a lot going on.

T: Rasberry much clearer in the taste. Wheat comes through quickly followed by a lingering artificial aftertaste.

M: Thin body. Ample carbonation.

D: I would have a bit of trouble with the sweetness and artificial finish to drink again (or more than 1). (453 characters)

Photo of Zuidman
2.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Mitchster
4.27/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out to a hazy very light amber, with very fine particulate yeast suspended in the brew. Requires a very vigorous pour to achieve a head, which is rocky and white with a very subtle pink tinge. Retention is average and lacing is sparse. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Aroma is quite nice...it's not potent raspberries, but more of a fruitier raspberry version, kind of like a delicate raspberry candle aroma...sweeter, and not tart. No discernable hop presence. Mouthfeel is watery and fizzy with a light body...actually quite good for the style. The taste of raspberries is nice, balancing well with a mild pale malt presence. There is a light sweetness to it, and the hop flavor and bitterness are very mild. The bitterness is just barely detectable in the finish, which is quite clean and brisk. The sweetness is never overbearing, and makes this a pleasure to drink, and easy to put away.

This would be an excellent summer brew to quaff on a hot day. It's crisp and refreshing, but not sickly sweet and/or underpowered in the raspberry dept. This has a nice balance to it and is one of the best American Raspberry Wheat's I've had. Give it a try! (1,161 characters)

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4.25/5  rDev +36.7%

Photo of mmulebarn
2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.48/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Minimally cloudy haystack gold with lively bubbles leading up to a good-sized cap of lightly creamy alabaster foam. There's nothing to indicate that Longs Peak is a raspberry beer, but it's a fantastic looking beer all the same. There's even an impressive amount of lace.

The nose isn't bad either. Even though raspberry extract was used rather than the berries themselves, the fruitiness doesn't smell artificial. I can't appreciate much of the base beer, a fairly standard APWA no doubt.

Raspberry Wheat may be my second favorite Estes Park beer, after Renegade IPA. That doesn't mean that it's great, just that it's better than some of the truly awful stuff that I've been drinking from these guys lately. As in the nose, I like the amount and the quality of the raspberry flavor.

If I could make some changes, I'd ease back on the bitterness and nudge up the sweetness. A little more barley and/or wheat malt and a few fewer hops ought to do it. There isn't much hop flavor, but they're overly generous with their alpha acids. Other than grain and berries, Longs Peak doesn't have much to offer. Most summer fruit beer doesn't.

The mouthfeel is appropriately light-medium (probably favoring the former) and is too harshly carbonated. That, in conjunction with the bitterness, keeps the mouthfeel from being anywhere near soft and welcoming.

As already noted, Longs Peak Raspberry Wheat isn't bad beer. It's a few tweaks away from being a pretty decent version of a style that is awash in pretty decent versions and sorely lacking in outstanding ones. After the past few Estes Park brews, this one qualifies as a pleasant surprise. (1,649 characters)

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Longs Peak Raspberry Wheat from Estes Park Brewery
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