Raspberry Wheat Ale | Garrison Brewing Company

Raspberry Wheat AleRaspberry Wheat Ale
BA SCORE
3.38/5
67 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#40,550
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
67
pDev:
14.79%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
12
Trade:
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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 36
Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev +12.1%
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 Phyl21ca
2.63/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a light pinkish color ale with a medium size foamy head with average retention and light lacing. Aroma of light raspberry with some enhance syrup is not the most exciting; wheat malt do no play a big role in this beer. Taste is also dominated by light raspberry notes with a subtle tart profile with a light background of raspberry syrup and a bland malt profile. Body is a bout average for style with medium carbonation. Mediocre offering from a brewer that is known to brew better beer.

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Photo of krome
4.5/5  rDev +33.1%

Photo of 22Blue
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Mora2000
3.16/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my dad for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is full of syrupy raspberry with some wheat notes thrown in for good measure. The flavor follows suit. I get a lot of raspberry, as well as some grain and wheat notes. Thin mouthfeel and high carbonation.

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Photo of biegaman
3.06/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Raspberry Wheat is coloured more like wheat than raspberries; it has a coppery golden, sun-kissed tone that looks perfect for a light, summery fruit beer. Its clarity is disturbed only by an unremitting bounty of bubbles that spurts up in perpetual (and seemingly endless) numbers. A creamy overlap of head lay atop the beer like a still pond.

The aroma smells like raspberries - that's good. But the aroma also contains a lot of plain, stale, damp paper-like must of unfurnished pale malt - that's bad. I understand a fruit beer is intended to smell like fruit but who says you can't include a little extra aromatic malt? Besides, the hint of raspberry comes across as painstakingly artificial anyhow.

Speaking of malt, why do so many breweries release fruit beers with 'wheat' in the name? I don't dispute that some wheat was used in this recipe, but this (like all the others) drinks just like pale ale or lager. Wheat beers are meant to be effervescent, with a creamy fullness, a light body and refreshing finish and - take note - the grainy flavour of wheat!

This beer may be minimally crisp and I suppose somewhat refreshing, but the brewery's other advertisement, the claim that this is a "one-of-a-kind taste", is most definitely not true. Raspberry Wheat tastes decent, but it tastes like every other raspberry flavoured beer (and most other artificially flavoured raspberry-themed beverages as well).

Which is why if I'm really looking for fruity refreshment I'd just as well look to fresh-squeezed juice or mineral water (with which this is not all that dissimilar) or even plop down a few extra bucks and treat myself to a fruit Lambic. If I'm looking to beer for my refreshment I would opt for a better beer, this brewery's Imperial Pale Ale perhaps.

I don't fault Garrison for Raspberry Wheat, it is no better no worse than most North American fruit beers and I'm sure that is exactly what the brewer intended it to be. My personal opinion, however, is that these kinds of dumb-down, lackluster, uninspired fruit beers don't really afford you the satisfaction of either real fruit or real beer.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
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 lacqueredmouse
2.57/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

11.5oz (?) bottle purchased from the brewery by my Mum and brought back to Australia. Shared with @LaitueGonflable.

Pours a very pale golden colour, very clear and very bright in the body. Carbonation is extremely coarse and rather effervescent. Crazy head of off-white forms very solidly despite a gentle pour. Specked in the body with bits of chunks when the sediment is aroused. Body is very light. Overall, it looks okay, but not really better than that.

Nose smells intensely of raspberries, but with a thick sugary sweetness. Slight vegetative undertone, but not really much contribution from anything else. It's intense, but a little bit one-dimensional.

Taste is very disappointing by comparison. Here, there's a huge clinging yeasty earthiness, which lambasts the more subtle raspberry character, making it feel small and meek. Bready tones come through as well. There is a touch of raspberry on the front, but stacks of that nasty woody, yeasty, nasty nastiness on the back. It's a big shame.

Feel is very light, leaving nothing to the imagination.

Overall, this isn't very good. It's weird, which at least makes it interesting, but the characters don't mesh well together. In the end, it didn't do much for me.

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Photo of Rutager
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours a lightly hazy, gold-amber with a finger of bubbly white head.

Smell. Light grains and raspberries. Imagine that!!!

Taste. Sour raspberries, bubblegum and some light grain. A little hop bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with medium-strong carbonation.

Overall. Very drinkable, but not as pleasant as other fruity wheat beers I've tried.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.66/5  rDev +8.3%
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 laituegonflable
3.31/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a gold colour, quite pale with furious carbonation. White, large bubbly head sinks quite quickly. Bit disappointing lace-wise too. Looks lagery. Not terrible though.

Smells fruity with rather meaty raspberry notes, quite tart and tangy. Yeah pleasant but one-note.

Taste is similar, quite creamy but then rather lagery in the sense of yeasty, somewhat bready. Touch of fruit, some pie spice and a bit bitter. Not quite sure how to slot it into style but pleasant enough.

A bit fizzy, thinnish but OK.

Intriguing but not amazing.

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Photo of socon67
3.27/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours very light with more of a gold to tan color.

S- Smells of citrus. Yes, there is raspberry, but also either orange or tangerine.

T- Tastes sweet, but not all that strong for a fruit beer. You do get a feel of wheat as well. Not a bad taste at all; just wish it was more noticeable.

M- This beer has a dry finish. It almost reminded me of a chapagne. Not really liking that part.

D- This is a good beer for the season. Definitely works well in the summer.

Overall I found that Garrison has a couple varieties that are better than this one.

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Photo of muskiesman
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.42/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - slightly hazy golden copper, short white head dissipated to a thin covering, not much lacing to speak of
S - raspberry and bubble gum with a grainy note
T - the dominant flavour is more sweet grape and bubble gum than raspberry, phenolic with some bready malt and grassy hops
M - medium carbonation, light and thin, leaving a fuzzy medicinal feel
D - the flavour is fruity and sweet but not exactly what I was hoping for, the phenolic aspect tends to make the flavour come across as more artificial, but still tasty and easy drinking

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Photo of bobsy
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
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 Ivanhoes_Backpack
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of IronDjinn
2.78/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Yet another from the variety 6-pack from Garrison, a 341 ml brown bottle. Pours out a slightly hazed golden hue with a tinge of amber from the berries. A finger's width of creamy white head that settles to a thin cap.

The aroma is all sweet raspberry, with a very faint background of bready malt.

Things switch places in the flavour with some sharp grainy malt that smooths out in the middle, faint sweet raspberry on the finish along with leafy, grassy hops that get more spicy and herbal into the aftertaste.

Medium-full mouthfeel, creamy smooth texture with low carbonation.

A bit of a misfit when it comes to a fruit beer, especially a raspberry wheat. The flavour doesn't tend to really offer what's on the label, and the hops tend to stick out like a sore thumb in relation to the style. Not sure what they were aiming for with this one, I admit I don't get it.

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Photo of Electros
3.36/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pootz
3.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fresh, sampled at the brewery.

Color is a darker gold-amber with no hint of red from real fruit so I assume extracts were used. Small wheat protien heading and light lacing on the glass.

Aroma was interesting bread and berry fruits with a light mustiness

Medium light body delivers a decent malt backbone under a refreshing biscuit and fruit character and silky mouthfeel

Malty and bicuity up front mingles with a subdued rasperry taste to give a biscuit and fruit decernment. Clean finish with light biscuit aftertaste.

I usually unfriendly to fruit extract beers but this one has kept the fruit in the background and allows some excellent wheat and barley malts to come forward...very biscuity and fruity...nice effort

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
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 mick303
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of leaddog
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
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 hopsolutely
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of kjyost
3.91/5  rDev +15.7%
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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Raspberry Wheat Ale from Garrison Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.38 out of 5 with 67 ratings
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