Raspberry AF
Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Style:
Sour - Berliner Weisse
Ranked #245
ABV:
3.6%
Score:
90
Ranked #8,986
Avg:
4.04 | pDev: 11.63%
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
66
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Saint Arnold Brewing Company
 
Texas, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  2
Gots
  15
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Notes: Boiler Room w/ raspberries

Raspberry AF is a fruited Berliner Weisse. It is a light bodied but surprisingly flavorful sour wheat beer brewed with lots and lots of real raspberry. The flavor is an upfront, thirst quenching raspberry delight, followed by a tart and dry finish, making your palate thirst for more.
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JohnDee from Texas

3.09/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium reddish amber with a white head. Strong raspberry smell. Sour but thankfully not as tart as I expected. Mildly sweet. Moderate carbonation. Aftertaste has a fruity, breadlike note. Not bad but a bit difficult to drink.

Jul 24, 2020
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can, canned on 9/19/19, into Batch 19 pint glass. Lots of 19's!

Pours a really nice jammy orange-ruby blush with a pink head of 2 fingers, fizzling quickly to a 1/2 finger.

Aroma is raspberry jam, raspberry preserves, a touch of vinegar, and the suggestion of oak barrel.

Flavor is very tart and acidic, but brings the raspberry flavor quite prominently. It's natural, you can tell there's no flavorings, and has a really wonderful tart jammy raspberry flavor. Some crisp pilsner malt really lays the foundation as well. Salinity also plays a part in this beer giving it an almost gose-like approach.

Feel is crisp, light, almost non existent except for the tart acidic vinegar-ish snap.

Overall, a pretty incredible raspberry beer. If we didn't have New Glarus within driving distance, I'd say this was the best Raspberry beer one could get in the plains.

Price paid : $2.29 / can
Would buy again : hell yes

May 14, 2020
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Raspberry AF has a very thick, fizzy pink head, a hazy, tomato-red appearance, and no lacing. The aroma is of sweet-tart and pale malt, and the flavor is similar, with some sour milk. Mouthfeel is light, and Raspberry AF finishes medium dry.

RJT

Jul 06, 2019
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gvickery from Texas

1.7/5  rDev -57.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I guess I just don’t get it. It looks like cheap carbonated blush wine and has something of a rasberry smell, that’s where the pleasantries end. The initial flavor that hits you is an extreme sourness with a hint of rasberry. For me it was undrinkable, I tried two more sips but it was truly horrible. The high ratings this stuff gets is beyond me, perhaps I’m not enough of a beer snob yet? If you like it, good for you. Glad I only bought a single.

Mar 18, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.07/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Burnt pink-red with a thin, fuzzy off-white blanket.

Somewhat bready and crackery, but definitely tart, just not as much as I'd expect, with an almost earthy, salty Gose-like angle.

Feb 03, 2018
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kojevergas from Louisiana

3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Initial impression from a can purchased as part of a sixer at an Austin convenience store for $12.99:

AROMA: Artificial raspberry/raspberry puree, a scintilla of butyric acid off-flavour, powdered sugar. Suggests a tart yet artificial brew with mild sourness.

Aromatic intensity is above average. No overt hoppy or yeasty notes. Malt profile is wheat and 2-row.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Drinks smacky and tangy, hitting on tart raspberries and moderate lactobacillus bacteria. About a 5/10 in terms of sourness intensity.

Acidic, smooth, and wet. Unfortunately, it's overcarbonated and unrefreshing. Its palate-stripping acidity reduces drinkability quite a bit. They lacto-bombed this to its detriment.

OVERALL: That butyric acid off-flavour brings this one down, but it's not a bad fruited Berliner weisse. Not a top tier expression of the style, but it's good to see a Texan brewery putting out a fruited Berliner weisse on this scale and I'll enjoy polishing off the sixer, though I do think Live Oak's Berliner Weisse is better executed in terms of the Texas market.

High C+ (3.25) / ABOVE AVERAGE

Feb 01, 2018
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OKbrew89 from Oklahoma

4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a can. Pours a vibrant raspberry red with a one finger head that dissipates quickly and leaves some lacing. Nose of raspberry and lemon. Tase is sweet raspberry and tart lime with a clean finish. Light body and medium carbonation.
Rather than brewing the berliner weisse first and adding raspberry syrup after the fact, the raspberry was added during brewing to make a sweeter, raspberry forward version. It's tart rather than sour and the raspberry has influenced every aspect of the beer. An enjoyable, easy drinker that lasted about one quarter of the Army-Navy game.

Dec 10, 2017
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A can into a snifter appears hazy light pink with a light pink head a finger tall.

The aroma is seedy, earthy raspberry and lemony lacto.

The taste has that unripe raspberry flavor akin to fruit that had all residual sugar striped of it. Its slightly earthy with lemony lacto and straw grain to contrast.

Light in body with modest carbonation. A good fruit inclusion on a decent berliner base. Not bad.

Aug 18, 2017
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Premo88 from Texas

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can

L: red with white foam that's got a light pink twinge to it ... head's short, no more than 1/4-inch tall ... no sticking/lacing ...

S: tart grain, light fruit sweetness

F: lemon, grain, light lemon peel, hint of fruity sweetness ... strawberry, cherry

F: light and crisp

O: fantastic beer, raspberry flavor very restrained; base beer is solid ... there's good tart grain flavor serving as the foundation

Aug 10, 2017
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Reema from California

5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving type: 12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a brilliant slightly opaque ruby red with light pink bubbles that fizzles a lot. Settles to a small film after a minute or so. This is a beautiful looking beer. Smell is upfront with intense fresh raspberry, raspberry jam, perceived sourness, along with a bit of a cracked wheat roll near the end. Taste matches the smell. Intense raspberry jam flavor leads into a pleasant crackery finish. Lactobacillus sour taste is present from start to finish, finishes with a lingering subtle sour flavor and raspberry. Feel is light, amply carbonated, extremely crushable. Overall, this is an excellent beer with great intense fruited aromas and flavors. Raspberry AF indeed. Probably the best berliner weisse on the market.

Jun 28, 2017
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Can_has_beer from Texas

3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Everything about the beer was on point, except for the carbonation. It should be called Overcarbed AF. I had a serious case of the bloates after having one can. If the carb was toned down I'd drink more...I mean, if I'm going to lay lifeless on the floor after I drink a beer, then it had better have been from a 120 Min.

Jun 11, 2017
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Ford from Texas

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My second favorite Berliner out there.

I liked the original but this version puts it over the top. Great beer from Saint Arnold. Light, tart, and slightly fruity.

Perfect for the Texas heat.

Jun 07, 2017
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TX-Badger from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy/hazy ruby red color with pink colored head. Raspberries, lots of tart raspberries on the nose, with some wheat and citrus; follows onto the palate. Light bodied and crushable. Finishes with plenty of raspberry fruit and a nice tart dryness.

May 15, 2017
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours semi opaque purplish red, two finger fizzy head fades to a thin ring. Fresh raspberry aroma. Light tart raspberry flavors, not intensein any way, well balanced. Clean crisp dry finish with just a little lingering tartness.

Apr 02, 2017
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donspublic from Texas

4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap into shaker, minimal head, retention and lacing. Raspberry red in the glass slight haze. Smells of tart raspberry. Not going to do a full blown what does this taste like, it is soon similar to tallgrass raspberry jam.. it is tart refreshing raspberry with a hint of alcohol. This will be in the back of my car when I head to Florida. If my daughter ever taste this, it will occupy a whole shelf in my beer fridge.

Mar 30, 2017
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StArnoldFan from Texas

3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This will be a great summer time beer to drink straight from the can while in the pool. I expected more raspberry in the nose and taste but it's still tasty. I enjoy Boiler Room, and have been hoping they would can it, even if just for a summer seasonal. This will do just fine as a sub

Mar 29, 2017
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champ103 from Texas

4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark garnet red color. A surprisingly dense (for the style) pink head rises quickly, with plenty of retention. That eventually fades to leave some spotty lace.
S: Jammy raspberry up front and center. Which is really well rounded and vibrant.. A touch of cracker like malts, but the fruit character here is fantastic.
T: Fantastic and vibrant Jammy, fleshy raspberry up front and center which is a bit sweet. Beautifully tart with just enough puckering. Cracker like malts. Finishes dry. Excellent.
M/O: A light body for sure, but with great crisp/effervescent carbonation. After the initial fruity sweetness this finishes dry and so clean. So easy and enjoyable to drink. All day with this, and for as light as this is drinks like it has more body, which does not make this seem thin or week at all.

Love that this is going to be year round now. An excellent fruited Berliner, and I would like to do a side by side with Raspberry Provincial. Very well done, Saint Arnold continues to widen the gap between most of the mediocre newer breweries opening around town.

Mar 28, 2017
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brettmarlowe from Texas

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Raspberry AF is spot on named. This is one fruity beer. The sweetness of the raspberry makes a nice contrast with the sourness of the berliner weiss host brew.

Hang on to your hats 'cause this one is Raspberry AF!

Mar 23, 2017
Raspberry AF from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 66 ratings