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Railyard Raspberry Wheat | Mountain Town Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Mountain Town Brewing Co.
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 54
Photo of justinp444
3.58/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip, it has a thin white head and a amber orange. Smell is raspberry, slight metallic, earth, and a biscuity malt. Taste is raspberry, a bit of spice, biscuit malt, apple, metallic, and some white grape. It has a smooth creamy mouth feel with a nice moderate body.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 5/26/2015. Pours hazy deep orange/copper color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of sweet/lightly tart raspberry, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with well balanced raspberry juice, pale malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of sweet/lightly tart raspberry, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raspberry, wheat, cracker, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and balance of raspberry juice, pale malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice fruited pale wheat ale style. All around good robustness and balance of raspberry juice, pale malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. The base pale wheat ale was very well done to style as well. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Vogie
2.7/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I am not sure what this beer is trying to be. You definitely get the sweet taste of raspberries upfront but then it gets complicated. Not picking up on the wheat aspects and instead more of an unpleasant aftertaste. Should have just kept this a raspberry only beer and called it good.

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Photo of Tylergross1
2.74/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I typically really enjoy beers with a little bit of fruit character added to it, but for whatever reason I was not a fan of this Raspberry flavoring. I'm not sure what it was but the fruit flavor just didnt blend the way that I had hoped for. After drinking one of them I proceeded to try another.

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Photo of Brenden
3.39/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A little bit of a pink hue seems to show on the pour, but it ends up a thick, opaque orange-brown-red. There are some spritzy bubbles that are on the sides of the glass in the beer until even they break up and dissipate, but very little head to speak of. Some very sparse bubbling as well as tiny spotting in small amounts are it.
The aroma is all raspberry; nothing wrong with that except that not much of a foundation seems to have been laid. It works out okay, though, as fresh raspberry juice, mostly sweet with a little tartness, begins to fill the nostrils. Interestingly, it seems to wax and wane, as it were.
There's more sourness on the tongue, but it doesn't detract. It cuts the sweetness and makes for a very real and very fresh flavor. Again, a stronger foundation would be nice, but some wheat comes in underneath with time.
Carbonation is moderate and the crispness keeps up. It brings in some smoothness, too, to a degree. It ends ever so slightly grainy with a lingering sour tartness. The overall body seems to toe the line between light and medium.

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Photo of Copernicandream
3.02/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a 12 oz snifter. Bottle bought as a single, no obvious date anywhere (I'm pretty sure I'm drinking older shelf stock), and then twist-off?

A: Whoa. This makes up for that bottle for sure. It pours a soft red/brown with some purple hues, imagine a slightly purple flanders red. No head to speak of, and almost non-existent lacing.

S: Wheat and raspberry are the most obvious, there is something a little off - sour fruit, wet metal.

T: Ok. The wheat is the most obvious flavor with a soft raspberry middle and lasting dry tart aftertaste. It's very simple, wheat and light raspberry, a little tannin as it warmed.

M: Thin. Undercarbonated - perhaps owing to the twistoff/age? Appropriate for the style but not exactly ideal.

O: An average raspberry wheat. I don't find it as artificially sweet or syrupy as other raspberry beers or some of the more commercial framboise. I have seen at least one other review reflecting thoughts about it tasting "old" I think this may in fact just be a characteristic of the brew.

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Photo of brutusmuktuk
1.63/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.25

Golden color brew with a white head. Not a very good aroma...makes me think of a smell you would find in a hospital. The mild raspberry flavor somehow makes the beer taste awful. Leaves a horrible aftertaste. I generally like fruit beers, but this one puts the style to shame.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A- 1-finger, off-white head. Even with a yeast pour, the body cleans up after the haze lifts. Copper with medium-heavy carbonation. Mead drops to a bubbling la e and leaves good rings on the glass.

S- Lots of raspberry. Seems pretty natural, a mix of sweet and tart. A little one-dimensional, but pleasant all the same.

T- A ton of raspberry at first (and throughout). Mostly tart. Not so sure after my first sip. It's just too tart, like the raspberry included too much of the leafy stem or something. Lacks balance for my taste. Mothers may enjoy if you really like tart raspberries.

M- medium-full body. Moderate carbonation. Dry, puckering tartness.

O- While fruit beers may not jump off the shelf at me, I've actually been craving a lighter, fruit beer after sharing a framboise with my wife recently. Not a bad beer, but not my favorite. It's quite tart. Maybe it needs more wheat, less raspberry? Something to sweeten it up? Something's missing.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

050 13 526 ... I want to assume that means this was bottled the 50th day of 2013. Poured about three months later into a shaker pint on May 17th.

Appearance: The label is much like Mt. Pleasant's other brews -- a train, with a colored background. This one is purple/pink, making it somewhat eye catching. The beer pours with a two finger head that doesn't last two long. The color is a super hazy purple and brownish hue. Not much lacing.

Smell: Heavy raspberry with a dribble of beer ... definitely heavy on the raspberry, and not much else. The wheat and some malt is also traceable.

Taste: Well, I expect anybody that dislikes fruit beers to hate this one, as it's definitely raspberry forward. It's super easy drinking and has a significant raspberry profile, but I don't find that it's too much. I was a bit iffy on the first sip, but I got into it. There's a tart character on the taste buds as well, which makes this super thirst quenching on a hot day. The after taste has a bit of wheat flavor to let you know that this is a beer. The feel is like a mildly carbonated pop, and is easy to slam if you're super thirsty.

Look, it is what it is ... it's a fruit beer, and it doesn't try to be anything else. A LOT of raspberry, minimal bitterness, a solid sweetness and tartness... this beer would be absolutely fantastic for somebody that isn't a fan of beer and/or craft beer. This isn't a great beer, but it's solid enough for the style. By the end of a bottle it becomes a bit much with the amount of sourness and sweetness, but that's just enough for me... I couldn't have much more. Another good beer from Mt. Pleasant.

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Photo of Bitter_Echo
3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darkish red ale, with loads of yeasty unfiltered goodness. Nose has wheaty, grassy notes, some barnyard, leather and funk too. Hardly strong raspberry notes here. Too bad. I'm not sure where the fruit is! Fizzy carbonation, but not as fine as a lambic. Like jolly pumpkin la roja ale. Light. Not great, but a solid offering.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
2.51/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Ick. The raspberry here is a total turnoff for me. Acidic and biting tones remind me more of anything else off the raspberry besides the fruit. Almost like there are leaves in it or something. Eh. These fruit beers are always a waste of time it seems. I'm tired of people making them and I'm tired of feeling compelled to try them.

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Photo of zeff80
3.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with hints of red. It had a small, short-lived white head that left very little lacing.

S - Aroma was raspberry. Not much else - some grain and caramel.

T - It tasted of some light raspberry flavor some very muted wheat notes.

M - It was fairly thin and weak. A light bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is just an okay raspberry wheat. It may have been old, but I didn't see a date.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.57/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It has a rosy hue to it and is clear. It had a fleeting white head.

S - Big raspberry nose with some muted typical wheat aromas.

T - Dominated by raspberry. Almost has a raspberry cream taste to it. It is hard to discern much else.

M - Thin with a little chalkiness on my tongue.

O - If your in the mood for a big raspberry beer then give it a try.

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Photo of Northsider
2.51/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled from Mt Pleasant Brewery.

I was hoping this one would be good because it sounded good and I thought my wife would dig it. Neither of us liked it at all. Tasted more like wine than a beer, and not a very good wine at that. We both love raspberries, but in a beer it just adds an odd taste to a beer...a taste that shouldn't be there. It was hard to finish this one and ended up dumping over half of it. Not drinkable, not recommended.

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Photo of Godfather20
3.91/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not my usual cup of tea but alas...

Poured into Great Lakes Chalice from bottle purchased in Mount Pleasant on 3/7/11. No dating on bottle whatsoever.

appearance: This got my highest score for this brew because it really is a great looking beer. An aggressive pour produced three fingers of fizzy white head (not very thick). The beer is a beautiful reddish-almost orange-ish hue.

smell: Loads of raspberry and a wine like boozy scent.

Taste: again, not my usual cup of tea, but a solid brew. Lots of raspberry sweetness taste up front with a slightly hoppy aftertaste of booze. Mouthfeel is somewhat lacking IMO. I figured this would be a more voluminous ale. Drink ability for me is low. Not likely to purchase again as I originally purchased a six pack of the Cow Catcher Red Ale (their IPA was sold out) and was surprised by some prankster switching out two of my cow catchers for two of these rasp wheat ales. Oh well, its another tick. And a pretty solid brew if Raspberry wheat ales are your bag baby.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this beer from a good buddy in michigan. 12oz bottle ...

A: a nice golden copper with hints of ruby red blended in. Decent.

S: a heavy raspberry breadiness upfront with some very faint hops buried by the raspberry. Decent.

T: some malty raspberry upfront quickly followed by bready wheat. Hints of cherry blended in. Decent.

M: full bodied with a very good carbonation feel. Very good.

D: goes down at a decent pace one you get past the super heavy raspberry. Decent.

All in all, this is an ok brew. Nothing special. Don't bother hunting, and don't make it a staple to drink regularly. Just ok.

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Photo of gmfessen
2.82/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Railyard is a hazy, copper-orange color with virtually no head to speak of. The smell definitely yells "Raspberries" but is almost sickly sweet. The taste is similar but slightly offset by the wheaty backdrop... still very sweet. Mouthfeel is thin and crisp, carbonation is slightly mouth burning. Overall, not a drinkable beer for me, way too sweet and not enough balance. Tastes more like a wine-cooler than a beer.

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Photo of glazeman
3.73/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown with a pinkish head. I think this was a really good summer beer. It was a little on the sweet side for me, but was very drinkable. I haven't had too many fruity wheat beers, but thought this was quite good...definitely better than the short's soft parade I had last week.

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Photo of alabencki
4.13/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a wheat beer glass. Poured a hazy reddish color, obviously from the raspberry juice added. Gave about an inch worth of head that was kind of off-white with a pinkish, purplish tinting.

Smells of raspberries, wheat and a faint bit of hops that was almost undetectable.

Very sweet taste, and slightly tart. It has a slight bitter aftertaste which helped to balance out the sweetness.

Finishes clean, and is very refreshing. Especially on a hot summers day with humidity.

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Photo of jt31914
3.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap at the brewery. For a fruit beer this was a nice surprise; it had a reddish color with a pale tint and smelled of raspberries. The beer tasted good with raspberry sweetness as the main flavor. It reminded me of a weaker wheat version of the Lindeman's Framboise. Very drinkable and bubbly.

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Photo of techfed87
3.43/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a big, frothy head. Smells of pumpkin and wheat.

Appearance is a cloudy golden amber. A few particulates can be seen, but are very minimal.

First sip comes off with a nice, crisp raspberry tartness. Body is mellow, with enough flavor and carbonation to give the beer a very solid presence. A semi-bitter aftertaste saves this beer from being too sweet in nature.

Overall, I do enjoy this beer quite a bit, no only because I attend college in Mount Pleasant, but also because this is just a honestly good beer. Try it some time!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.47/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pumpkin orange with impressively vigorous carbonation. The color isn't surprising since that's what happens when red juice is added to yellow beer. The pale beige cap is soft, airy and unsticky. Very little lace is disappointing.

The aroma smells like... raspberries. More than subtle and less than bold. The underlying pale wheat ale isn't especially prominent, which is the nature of the beast and is rarely a problem in a fruit beer. Not bad at all.

Railyard Raspberry Wheat is pretty good stuff if your expectations aren't sky-high. It's hard to know if greater than 250 lbs of berries per batch is a lot or not much, since we don't know how big a batch is. That said, the raspberriness of the flavor is right about where I like it in terms of intensity.

Another positive is that sweet vs. bitter is well done. The beer is both, rather than neither or just one and not the other. The raspberry juice tastes natural, not fake, which is always good. While it doesn't have me doing cartwheels (even if I could), this is a nice summertime drinker from a previously unheard of brewery.

The mouthfeel isn't as boisterous as was first feared. In fact, the carbonation is just right now that I'm into the bottom half of the bottle. The beer itself is at least medium for the style thanks to what feels like a fairly generous amount of malt.

Railyard Raspberry Wheat is one of four Mt. Pleasant beers that I picked up on a recent trip to Grand Rapids. It's a pleasant surprise and is an easy recommendation for anyone who feels like drinking a well-brewed razz wheat.

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Photo of BierFan
3.57/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a short 12 ounce brown bottle into a weizen glass.

A very hard pour produced a decent off-white head. The body of the beer is mostly clear, and is about the color of an apple cider. Only left spots of lacing. The raspberries are front and center in the aroma, but not as dominating and overpowering as some other raspberry beers tend to be. Taste is pretty tame, not overly tart from the fruit.

This is a pretty decent beer, overall. I probably won't buy it again, but I'll enjoy finishing off the six pack that I have.

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Railyard Raspberry Wheat from Mountain Town Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.
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