Raspberry Wheat Ale | Garrison Brewing Company

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Raspberry Wheat AleRaspberry Wheat Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Garrison Brewing Company
Nova Scotia, Canada
garrisonbrewing.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This golden wheat ale comes alive with it’s unique, natural raspberry flavour. A crisp, refreshing, one-of-a-kind taste that’s a perfect summer thirst quencher!

13 IBU

Added by Bunnyhop on 02-18-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
67
Reviews:
36
Avg:
3.43
pDev:
14.87%
 
 
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0
Gots:
12
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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 36
Photo of krome
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of jillo
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

Very nice hint of raspberry!

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Photo of PorterPro125
4.24/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: 500 mL Pour into a Garrison Pint Glass @ King Street Ale House, Fredericton, N.B.

A- Pours a Deep golden colour topped by a fluffy white 1 1/2 finger head. Good retention and lots of lacing.

S- Incredible fresh raspberry aroma. Nothing artificial here. Nothing complex, just a good hit of fresh, juicy raspberries.

T- Bread, soft fruity yeast flavours, and a good hit of raspberry tartness to end off. Very refreshing flavour.

M- Light to Medium body and moderate carbonation. Probably wouldn't hurt to be a bit thicker but nothing bad to speak of.

O- I usually shy away from a lot of Fruit beers because they tend to taste "fake" but this one really delivers in the fruit department. Aromas and flavours of fresh raspberries are a real treat. Nothing too sweet, just authentic, tart flavour.

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Photo of fattyre
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy medium yellowish orange with a big bubbly rocky off white head. The mouthfeel is moderate that is tingly on the tongue. The smell is of sweet grain and raspberries. The taste is slight sour crisp, and dry tart tangy raspberries. This is a very crisp dry and refreshing fruit beer that has almost a lambic flavor to it.

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Photo of Shadman
4.03/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased the mixed 6 @ Trackside Liquor in Medicine Hat..

Looks great. Nice. slightly hazy golden colour, great head and lacing..

Sweet honey and floral, ripe raspberry...hmmmm nice!

Really good..lot's of stuff going on here. Clover honey with a hint of raspberry, toasted malts, decent dose of hop bitterness, Finishes with a mix of raspberry tartness and hop bitterness. Makes me want to have another sip.

Feel is medium-light and the carbonation works well for my palate.

Very good, refreshing fruit beer. I liked it muchly

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Photo of Long813
4.02/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden-orange body with three fingers of white fluffy head. Retention is great and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Aroma consists of sweet raspberry and some moderate grains. Very pleasing fruity notes.

T: Great notes of sweet raspberries and some nice hops. Quite simple in flavours.

M: Light bodied and medium-high carbonation. Texture is water light and leaves a sweet berry finish.

O: Pleasing beer, but with it's lack of dimensional character I can only drink one or two in a sitting. Good nonetheless.

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Photo of Bunnyhop
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy, medium yellowish-orange Golden (Raspberry) Wheat Ale with a big, large, bubbly, rocky, off-white head. The smell is raspberry, with the sweetness of the wheat coming through. I can taste the raspberry along with a tartness, slight sourness, and a slight nuttiness. The body is moderate and effervescent in my mouth. Overall, very refreshing, crisp and dry, with almost a lambic type flavor and style.

(source: gift; Toronto, Ont. Canada)

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Photo of jrempel
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mikereaser
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light clear orangish copper with an inch of white foam that faded fairly quickly to just a layer of tiny bubbles
S - The aroma is a nice raspberry smell with just a bit of malty sweetness, really nice aroma
T - Flavor is a nice light wheat grain with hints of lemon and a nice amount of raspberry, its not overdone and blends nicely with the light beer
M - light bodied, crisp carbonation
D - very easy to drink and enjoy. My parents met the brewer on a recent trip and this was their favorite.

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Photo of kjyost
3.91/5  rDev +14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received from BBrianBoogie, thanks! Poured into a wheat beer glass at around 6C from an undated 341mL bottle

A: An orangeish gold body with nice white head that descends quickly and leaves to lacing. The beer is almost crystal clear... Disappointing.
S: Raspberries dominate with a light sweet malt presence beneath it.
T/M: Clearly a wheat beer with malt flavours and a nice viscous body. The dominant flavour is raspberry, though not so much and so obtrusive as to taste solely of raspberries, but it is the #1 flavour here, as advertised. Enjoyable with slightly lower carbonation than I expected.
O: A well balanced fruit beer. Just enough beer to keep me happy, just enough fruit to make my wife happy.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color with a minimal head and decent lacing. The carbonation is hyperactive. The aroma is of tart raspberries, wheat malt and that funky garrison yeast. The taste is very malty with a crisp wheat edge. The raspberry flavor is strong with a syrupy character. Theres a great tartness/acidity in the finish (perhaps from the raspberries?). The mouthfeel is viscous and quite full for a summer beer. The carbonation feels reminiscent of champagne. This is a nice and refreshing wheat ale thats definitely worth a try.

Note - Most of the bottles of Garrison RW Ived tried had flocculated chunks of yeast in them. Im pretty sure this beer is bottle conditioned. That would also explain the frenetic carbonation.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle, 4.6% ABV, part of the MIXED "6" pack shipped out west of late.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, yet bright pale golden amber colour, with one chubby finger of puffy, foamy, and mildly bubbly off-white head, which settles soon enough, leaving a decent jagged berm of lace around the glass.

It smells of reduced raspberry sauce and biscuity pale and caramel malt - a very enticing homemade raspberry pie aroma simulacrum, for certain. The taste exhibits a sharp drop-off in the titular fruit character - it's more of an echo amongst the grainy, pale malt base, very tame semi-sweet wheat spiciness, and a bit of earthy, leafy, and drying hops.

The carbonation is moderate, and unobtrusive in its playfully frothy nature, the body medium-light in weight, a tad pithy, perhaps, but clean in its smoothness. It finishes just a bit off-dry, some honey and ethereal berry fruit notes standing atop the mild lingering graininess.

Not a bad fruity wheat ale, which seems to be all the rage lately, and would probably work better on a bright summer patio. As it is, if only the flavour kept up to the promise of the nose, we'd have a stellar example of the style here. Ah well.

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Photo of CurtisD
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of graybayou
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brewery purchase, enjoyed at home. Brillant gold, one to two fingers beige head, foamy and generous. Small bubbles always a good sign in my book. Smells like a wheat beer with yeasty raspberry aroma, berries. Taste offers up sour cherry, a bit tart, raspberry refreshment value is quite good. Texture and body a bit thin but not syrupy, good sheet lace persisted. Overall, I'd recommend this and have another myself if it was available closer to home, an excellent summer beer for the patio and for mixed company.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.66/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden colour with an amber hue, thin layer of head with no retention and no real lacing.

S - Raspberries dominate with a bit of a wheat and grassy hops coming through.

T - Nice bold raspberry flavour off the top, the wheat backing it up alongside a bitter grassy hop that comes through on the finish. Uniquely balanced and quite tasty.

M - Medium bodied that goes down with a slight prickle and finishes a tad too dry for my liking.

O - Overall, contrary to many of the reviews, I quite enjoyed the hop flavours that came through and found the bitterness was nicely balanced with the sweeter flavours.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into pint glass nov30 2009

A slightly cloudy peachy yellow with nice carbonation but a very short lived head that left no lace

S raspberry comes through more then anything else but I do pick up on a little honey and some tropical fruit

T I pick up on a little bread on top of what I smell

M light and smooth with decent carbonation makes it feel even lighter

D not bad in between stouts and IPA's and even on this snowy day it went down pretty quick

thanks again to Long813 for this one another decent beer I just can't get this far west.

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Photo of bobsy
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cross between gold and amber with very little head. Aroma is clan, crisp and simple - wheat and fresh raspberry puree. The taste is in a similar vein... there's nothing overly-complex going on, but it has a wonderfully refreshing balance between the fruit and the wheat/bread flavours. Lightly bitter finish. Fairly full mouthfeel for a fruit beer - probably due to quite aggressive carbonation. Good drinkability, and a very solid effort, especially as a thirst quencher.

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Photo of leaddog
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a peachy blush colour with a 1/2 finger width of bubbly head.

Smell- Raspberries, wheat malts, strawberries, lemon/orange zest.

Taste- Natural raspberry flavour. Well balanced with the wheat taste. A little sweet but has the perfect amount of sweetness. A little bit of bitterness in the aftertaste which is a little surprising.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Maybe a tad thin.

Overall- A tasty raspberry wheat ale by Garrison. Good raspberry flavour but not overly sweet. The aftertaste could use a little tweaking but otherwise, perfect for a summer day.

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Photo of Grogsky
3.59/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Very nice raspberry scent, not fake by any means. Nice clear pale dark golden colour. The raspberry hits strong, and lasts throughout the drink. A nice drink after supper.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pouring this into a mug, we get a pale red-orangish color. Minimal head, which quickly evaporates. Smell is distinctly of raspberries. Taste is sweet and obviously of raspberries, no real tartness, though there is only what I can describe as a 'hard' edge to the aftertaste. Not quite bitter or tart, there is just something that interrupts the smoothness just a bit. Overall, it is still pretty refreshing. Family members of mine enjoy it a lot and I always try to take at least a case there when I visit.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First taste of the famous Garrison Brewing. Father-in-law brought it down from Nova Scotia and told me it was their biggest summer seller.

A- Nice color but is this gold or copper? I'm thinking copper but it really seems to change depending on the light I bring it up to. Thick off-white died down in a couple of minutes.

S- Very sweet raspberry licorice is pretty much all I smell. Some creaminess. Just got what it reminds me of: Those white cream filled licorice sticks. Raspberry yogurt also.

T- A lot less sweet than I thought it would be. Really tastes like a Molson without the dirty chemical taste infused with lots of Swedish Berries flavor. Bitterness and raspberry flavoring meld creating a chewable aspirin after-taste.

M- High carbonation numbs the tongue and contributes to the full mouthfeel. Finish is a little dry. Kind of feel like the beer leaves some sort of chemical film in my mouth. Not a very natural mouthfeel but it's still good.

D- Quite good. Refreshing. I bet it'd be easy to drink a sixer but not exactly yummy so you're basically drinking it to quench your thirst.

Kind of weird how I'm not sure if I like it or not. I don't really like the after-taste but there's just something addicting about the beer as a whole.

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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Raspberry Wheat Ale from Garrison Brewing Company
3.43 out of 5 based on 67 ratings.
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