Railyard Raspberry Wheat | Mountain Town Brewing Co.

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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 55
Reviews by GRPunk:
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 t2grogan
2.5/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of WuAnquo1
2/5  rDev -38.3%

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 zonker17
3.5/5  rDev +8%

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 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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Photo of tommy5
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

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 AaronArchbold
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of detroitpat
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Zaphog
3/5  rDev -7.4%

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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2.25/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of marcb105
3.5/5  rDev +8%

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 HisBoyElroy
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

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 BeerintheBlood
5/5  rDev +54.3%

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 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 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 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 twkirkby
3.5/5  rDev +8%

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Railyard Raspberry Wheat from Mountain Town Brewing Co.
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