Raspberry White Wheat Beer
Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Wheat Beer - Witbier
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3.67 | pDev: 8.72%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Raspberry White Wheat BeerRaspberry White Wheat Beer
Notes: We’ve long brewed a “locals only” beer dubbed Raspberry Wheat. Since our first batch, it has rarely been available outside the surrounding area of our brewery in Western NY State. We’ve heard fan after fan clamor for wider distribution. The time is now. Over the years, we’ve fine-tuned our house brew into a beautifully crisp & slightly sweet wheat beer brewed with malted barley, unmalted wheat & raspberry puree. Perfectly balanced, light bodied & raspberry tart, Raspberry White is ready to take on the world one bottle at a time.
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.37/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This will be my opening salvo in New Southern Tier Beer Sunday (Week 713) when it opens, but I want to get a head start in the interim since it is past Midnight (EDT). Most of what I have for today is in Bottles, but if I progress quickly enough, I may delve into The CANQuest (tm)! Needless to say, I have plenty to keep me occupied, especially with my 1st shift gig at CKW 2nd Gear running from 1030 to 1630.

From the Bottle: "Seasonal"; "Wheat Beer brewed with Raspberries"; "Why the hell not?"

I did a good bit of in-bottle agitation before Pop!ping the cap since I wanted to ensure that any lees that may have settled onto the punt were back in suspension. My efforts paid off in that not only was my intent met, but I also got just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, pinkish head with good retention to boot! It was kind enough to leave me a good bit of lacing on its departure as a memento. Color was a cloudy Pinkish-Amber (SRM = N/A). Nose smelled like my late-paternal grandmother's red raspberry bush in full bloom! They were the first fruit that I used to make preserves as a budding culinary student. To say that the nose was sweet or perfume-y would be to do it an injustice. It had a pronounced raspberry presence, at any rate. Mouthfeel was medium to full, not quite creamy but on the approach. The taste was not as pronounced in terms of its raspberry presence, but that was okay by me. If I wanted full-on Raspberry, I would drink a Framboise. This was more subtle, but still easily identifiable as raspberry with a light tartness and a slight tang from the wheat. The problem arises when reviewing to Style &not to personal taste. It lacked spice(s) & the Style descriptor does not allow for fruit adjuncts of this nature. 8=( Finish was semi-dry, very refreshing and this is also puzzling since it is a Winter seasonal, but it would be much better on a hot, humid Summer's day. Hmm. I now leave it to you to decide for yourself.

Oct 21, 2018
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Poured a cloudy, golden orange color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of raspberry and faint hints of wheat. Sweet raspberry flavor but not much else.

Jul 07, 2018
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Hazy pink-golden pour with 2 fingers of pink tinged head. Great sticky ring of lacing.

S: Light raspberries and grain. Fruity.

T/F: Raspberry forward... fruit juice... not terribly sweet which is a good thing. Light grain/wheat character, but lacking the usual complexity of a true wit. No significant spice... no tartness from the fruit. Light bodied... well carbonated. More raspberry at the finish.

O: A fairly 1-dimensional raspberry beer. Not much of a witbier, but overall easy drinking. No bad flavors... this goes into the 'lawnmower beer' category. Love the low ABV for the coming summer.

May 24, 2018
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass. DOB 12/7/17, so 4 months old.

pinkish rose wine colored body, with small but persistent pink/white head. good lacing.

shockingly enough, it smells like raspberries!

raspberry flavor, a little tart, turning more sour toward the end of the drink.

just below medium on the mouth, sour/bitter finish.

overall, and i like raspberries, this one was just a bit off in the aftertaste department.

Apr 15, 2018
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PA-hunter from Pennsylvania

3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 4.6% abv

Appearance- Light pink, raspberry in color. White head with a pinkish hue. Hazy.

Smell- Wheat, berries.

Taste- Soft grainy flavor of wheat and sweet raspberry flavors follow. Some tartness, but more so sweet. Finishes dry with a berry like finish.

Mouthfeel- Light in body with medium carbonation.

Overall- An easy drinking, light witbier that makes good use of flavoring. The flavors aren't all too bold, but this beer would be ideal for a warm weather/spring day.

Mar 18, 2018
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teromous from Virginia

4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the label: "DOB 12/07/17 10:07AM"

Appearance: The body of the beer is a delightful pink color with hints of red grapefruit color and light orange. The head is medium sized, creamy textured, and starts out more of a pink color but turns to white. It is an absolutely gorgeous beer. It has very good retention and lacing. Picture perfect.

Aroma: There is a fresh raspberry aroma to the beer, similar to what you would smell in the produce section of a market or grocery store. Normally there is this slight "souring fruit" aroma that comes from beers that use real fruit (which is fine) but it is noteworthy that this does not have it.

Taste: There is a very light flavor of raspberry mixed with the taste of shredded wheat.

Mouthfeel: The body feels light but slightly textured and creamy. It finishes wet.

Overall: This is, hands down, an outstanding beer. It is very simple and to the point with a delicate raspberry flavor mixed with wheat. The beer itself is light enough that it would be a great addition to a picnic or outdoor gathering where people are normally serving things like watermelon and lemonade. I recommend it and I would drink it again. It's a perfect beer for Spring, Summer, or an Indian Summer.

Feb 25, 2018
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Wasatch from Colorado

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle
DOB: 12/07/17

Poured into a Trillium glass a pretty nice translucent ruby red color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice small/quick/fizzy white head, which leaves sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, good dose of raspberries. The taste is pretty nice, malty, yeasty, raspberries, tarty. Medium body, ABV hidden very well. Overall, a tasty brew.

Jan 25, 2018
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy, pink in color with ½ inch head. Taste is tart raspberries, wheat, and clove. Light bodied, sweet and tart, with moderate carbonation. Is good at what it says it will do. Nice and clean, plenty of fruit and wheat flavor. Good for style.

Jan 21, 2018
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superspak from North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 1/4/2017. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy reddish/pinkish orange/amber color with a 1 finger dense light pink head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of juicy/lightly tart raspberries, lemon, orange, pear, apple, light pepper/clove, wheat, cracker, biscuit, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of raspberries, fruity/spicy yeast, and pale/wheat malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of juicy/lightly tart raspberries, lemon, orange, pear, apple, light pepper/clove, wheat, cracker, biscuit, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light balanced fruit tartness, yeast spiciness, herbal/grassy bitterness, and wheat tang on the finish. Lingering notes of raspberries, lemon, orange, pear, apple, light pepper/clove, wheat, cracker, biscuit, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness, complexity, and balance of raspberries, fruity/spicy yeast, and pale/wheat malt flavors; with a nice malt/tart/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from bitter/tart/spiciness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and slightly sticky/acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.6%. Overall this is a nice fruited witbier style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of raspberries, fruity/spicy yeast, and pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth and refreshing to drink with the mildly tart/bitter/spicy/drying finish. Very flavorful and never watery feeling for the low ABV. Very well balanced between all flavor components. A nicely enjoyable offering, and well made style example.

Dec 02, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Southern Tier Brewing Co. "Raspberry White"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "DOB 01/04/17"
$2 @Weis Market, Conshohocken, PA

Note via stream of consciousness: Well that's interesting, it looks a lot like soda pop. It looks pink as it pours but when full the glass has a bit of an amber color to it. Orange highlights. Chunks of sediment. The short head of bright white fades almost immediately. As might be expected it smells like raspberries. There's some malt behind it but it's really the raspberries that shine. The flavor follows. It's not a strong raspberry flavor, nor strong wheat malt, but they're both clear. No hops are found, and the bitterness is only around 10 IBUs. Light-medium in body and gently crisp. Lightly sweet, fruity, and refreshing. It's certainly not a knock-me-over beer but it's decent. It reminds me of so many of the raspberry beers that were popular in the late 90's. Pleasant on a hot summer day, and perhaps a good lawnmower beer as well.

Jul 28, 2017
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basaywhat from Illinois

3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy pink. Aroma is raspberries and mildly spicy. The flavor is raspberries, wheat and a mix of tart and slightly spicy in the finish.

May 01, 2017
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HorseheadsHophead from Colorado

3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Cloudy dark pink with a thin white head and a little bit of lacing. Some floating sediment chunks are visible.

S: Raspberry jam--sweet and cooked and jammy, but also some tartness of fresh raspberry with the seeds. Just a hint of cracker malt and minty grass as well.

T: Very light crackery malt with more subdued raspberries. There's some tartness and seediness, but very little sweetness or overly raspberry flavor. Leaning more toward pink Kool-Aid, with a slightly bitter earthy/grass finish.

F: Very light and watery, medium carbonation.

O: If only the taste lived up to the awesome aroma. A promising but somewhat disappointing raspberry wheat ale.

Apr 20, 2017
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle with a January 2017 bottling date.

Pours with a red-copper colored body that's lightly hazy and a decent sized pinkish white head. The head has poor retention but manages to leave some lacing.

Aroma: raspberries and raspberry jam on toast with some over-ripe soft fruits.

Flavor: largely follows the aroma, although the raspberry component is relatively weaker compared to the base wheat beer. Mild-moderate tartness.

Feel: lively, medium carbonation in a near medium body. Dry finish.

Mar 15, 2017
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tillmac62 from South Carolina

3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

BOD 1/3/17. Hazy pour with a light amber base that is coated in pink - similar to a cloudy rose. Very good head volume, normal retention and lacing.

Very nice light nose of slightly sweet raspberry over a very slight touch of wheat.

Thin bodied with a texture similar to carbonated water. World class carbonation / body balance that really makes the flavors pop and delivers a very crisp finish. Effervescence begins almost immediately and reaches its crescendo with a finely bubbled rollicking prickly finish.

The flavor profile is very good but lacks depth and complexity. It is right on target, however, for a light summer/spring refreshing crisp brew focused on raspberry. Raspberry dominates the profile with a mid-palate sweetness that falls short of providing a strong base for contrast. As a result, the flavor profile is tart with a mere hint of sweetness and the raspberry comes across as subtly bitter with a slight bite. The finish is a slow fade of raspberry.

Mar 13, 2017
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pink hued amber with a finger of cream colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Raspberry, a little wheattyness

T: Raspberry, a little watermelon rind & tart up front. More of the same as this warms. Finishes tart with a little watermelon & rapsberry

MF: Light body, firm carbonation

Easy to drink, but also easy to forget, nothing special here

Mar 05, 2017
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coldy from Delaware

4.41/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not my typical style, but Inhave to be honest...this beer is good.
The raspberry is not overwhelming, and it actually tastes fresh, not like an extract flavoring.
The color is beautiful, and this is an absolute winner for me in the fruit beer category. Had it on tap at Southern Tier and in a bottle. Both excellent

Mar 04, 2017
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.37/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Snagged a bottle of this at the Local Carnivores in Oakmont.

A - Wow strait up fruit punch looking with its pinkish purple hue and a 1/2 inch of froth that quickly pulls back to just a ring.
S - Tart raspberry juice some wheat and grains but mostly getting raspberry.
T - More of a watery wheat (grainy?) beer than an actual raspberry beer. If you take a moment to really look you do get some raspberry tartness but its faint. Disappointment.
M - Never have I had such a watery wheat ale it drinks like a lager!

Overall I was kind of hoping they would go the "super sweet" route on this rather than a lackluster raspberry wheat. If it was as sweet as say Chocolat then maybe it would be worth the money and at least more crush able.

Mar 02, 2017
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CNoj012 from New York

3.17/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This beer pours a gorgeous hazy ruby purple that looks more pinkish when held directly to light. The head is 2 fingers, dense and very light pink with solid retention that leaves sparse hanging spots of lacing.

The smell is subtle to say the least. A hint of raspberry is all I really get. When you really swirl and agitate the beer it unlocks a slight bit more tart raspberry flavor.

The taste is even worse. There is a hint of raspberry and a touch of wheat thay seem to be working against each other instead of being complimentary. It is very bland though.

The feel is also way off. There is no body whatsoever. I've never had a wheat beer as light as this. That, combined with the fact that there is barely any carbonation makes this beer feel like water. Not watery, straight up water.

Overall pass on this one. I really enjoy a lot of Southern Tier beers, but this is a severe miss. I can't believe they got rid of the Helles Lager for this. Disappointed.

Feb 26, 2017
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schoolboy from Ohio

3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is WAY out of season. There is a reason why stuff like this is usually made for the summer.

It's dirty ruby pink with some soda pop fizz and a mild fruity, yeasty aroma. Nice, but mild. It looks like a dirty fruit punch but it is really this light beer.

The taste is a nice refreshing fruity wheat beer taste and the aftertaste is pretty clean.

I would recommend this brew ...... be only made in the summer. I'll buy one in Lakewood next summer, OK?

Feb 19, 2017
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