Raspberry Wheat Ale | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Raspberry Wheat AleRaspberry Wheat Ale

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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by oberon on 02-10-2007

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Photo of JamesS
4.62/5  rDev +47.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is great stuff! If you like raspberry wheat beers (or fruit-wheat beers at all), you should very much enjoy this one. It has a great wheat beer appearance, golden and slightly cloudy, with a nice malty, wheaty scent. It goes down smoothly and is very refreshing. Raspberries can be detected in the scent. The raspberries add a very strong flavor to it without being overpowering. This would make an excellent desert beer and would be fantastic with chocolate.

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Photo of kimbo33
4.21/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can't understand why people hate on this one so badly. Its a nice beer! Actually doesnt have that jolly rancher taste like many raspberry beers have. Has the nice tartness of the real raspberry. Also has some nice hop tones to give it some bitterness. The hop aroma even comes through. Crystal clear easy to drink.

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Photo of pershan
4.07/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a clear, honey-amber with a thick white head into a pilsner glass. There was a huge aroma of fresh raspberries - fantastic. The taste was tart and crisp, with raspberry flavor dominating, but also with a nice, dry, slightly hopped finish. A very light and refreshing summer ale - not sure why it was rated so low by others.

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Photo of woodske1
4.04/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Why hate on Rasberry Wheat? If you like Rasberries you will like this beer.

It is one of the most drinkable beers Southern Tier puts out there next to the Chautaqua Brew. It is a very easy to drink beer...their IPA is still tops on my list...But this one is in my top five from the brewery.

NEW - Its been awhile since I had one of these but since tasting it at the brewery this weekend I have changed my mind.

I SWEAR they added more of a hop taste to it as to when it first came out. The beer has more body and less of a sweet taste. I liked it much better than last years brew...maybe its just me.

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Photo of phiberoptik
4.02/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow... REAL Raspberry in this beer.

When I poured the beer I was a little set back at the fact that without the smell of raspberries hitting my nose, I would have guessed it to be a light lager or pilsner. Pale yellow and very clear, neither of which I expect from a wheat beer. Very bubbly, almost like a champagne with a similar head as well. Very light and airy.

The smell was amazingly dead on real raspberries. Very faint hints of wheat and yeast but clearly this is a fruit themed beer by the smell.

My first reaction of the taste was that it reminded me of the old Clearly Canadian fizzy water drinks of the 90s. Thats good and bad but to me mostly good because my wife picked this beer for the raspberry more than the beer aspect of it. I didnt get a lot of the wheat characteristics in the taste though. If you would have meddled a couple raspberries in a nice light pils, I might not have known the difference.

Mouthfeel was quite light and watery. Not a lot of heft behind this beer. Zero fill factor for those who light more taste less filling.

Extremely drinkable and really the only thing holding you back is the carbonation, otherwise it drinks like water.

Taking into consideration this is a FRUIT themed beer, I think they hit it spot on from the fruit side, just wish it was a bit more true to the wheat beer side.

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Photo of PatLarsen
4/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear light straw color with a small head that laces, the beer also displays active carbonation. Wonderfully sweet rasberry aroma very noticable. You can also catch honey and wheat in the aroma and maybe the slightest hops. In a blind smell test you would know this is a berry drink. Taste is light and crisp, like a lager and if your patient you can start to make out the berry flavor. There’s no hops to this but the taste is so light it doesn’t call for it. Its a suble fruit beer and in the end, it satisfies on a 90 degree day.

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Photo of pzrhsau
3.98/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy light gold with a decent head that dissipates very quickly.
S: Raspberry jam aroma with some slight maltiness.
T: Very sweet and crisp raspberry flavor with some seedy woodiness to it. The beer has some nice hop bitterness to finish but there is a gap in the flavor.
D/O: crisp and clean. Very light and drinkable on the tongue. Great outdoor summer beer but the beer fits too much in the raspberry category and lacks some of the overall balance of a beer.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.97/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to JoeyBeerBelly for this brew.

Pours a very nice clean/clear pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slightly hoppy, nice scent of raspberry, some spicyness, and slight caramel. The taste is pretty good, I like, malty, slight hoppy, I like the raspberry notes, and caramel. Light-Medium body. Drinkable, pretty tasty, would drink again. Thanks Joe.

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Photo of shirfan
3.95/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very light gold with a snow-white thin and sticky layer of foam.

Fresh, ripe raspberry aroma with just a hint of wheat behind it. Not overpowering, but "just right".

Smooth, light body has an almost sourdough flavor to it, with mild raspberry as an afterthought. Not a massively fruit-laden beer, rather a good, easy drinker with a hint of berries. Good balance between sweet and dry as well. Low bitterness.

This would make a good "crossover" beer for macro drinkers... tasty yet light, and no blast of hops to scare them away.

High sessionability.

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Photo of DCon
3.92/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 12oz bottle @ Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO for $2.29. Poured into my Goose Island Pint Glass and no sign of B.O.D.

Aroma- Nice raspberry aroma upfront that is mild, not aggressive and is perfect because it is not overpowering.

Appearance- Has a golden, semi-hazy body with a 1 finger head that dies down immediately. No real lace on the glass either.

Flavor- Strong raspberry and grainy all the way through. Very sweet and has a low hop character with almost no bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, High Carbonation, and has a crisp finish. Nothing really left around to enjoy after the drink.

Overall Impression- Very enjoyable! Has perfect amount of raspberry taste that makes it not go over the edge. Perfect to style of Pale Wheat Ale and could drink many back to back! Could enjoy more but now about to move on to some other beers I got from Lukas. Cheers!

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Photo of Riverwarrior
3.89/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S = A dominating raspberry aroma.

T = Strong raspberry flavor upfront with some slight hop bitterness near the end. The bitterness rounds out the sweetness and makes for a nice finish.

MF = Crisp and smooth. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall, this is very refreshing and goes down super easy on a hot, humid day. One of the better summer beers that I've tried.

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Photo of confer
3.85/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Bright gold with minimal head. Crystal clear
S- Not much raspberry in the smell, more of the drab American wheat ale smell.
T- Taste is a light refreshing raspberry flavor, just enough to cover the wheat taste but not to sweet and overpowering.
MO- Smooth and lightly carbonated. Good summer beer.

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Photo of jdspears41
3.84/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- The color of a normal light beer with a hint of orange color in it.

S- It has a stong wheat raspberry smell to it. I like the smell alot!

T-The taste is very good from start to finish. Its not something I want to drink more than 2 of though.

M- Had a decent head for a bottle which gave it pretty good feel once you drank it. It went down smooth as it could.

O- pretty amazing stuff, my fav by southern tier.

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Photo of cdizinno
3.81/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass from a growler purchased at Green's on Assembly in Columbia, SC. I've had this in the bottle before and wasn't completely impressed so I figured I'd give it a chance in a "fresher" form.

A: Pale yellow color with little to no head and minimal lacing.

S: Sweet raspberry scent, maltiness, and light wheat.

T&M: Nice raspberry taste that was sweet, but not overpowering. Tanginess throughout that is light bodied with minimal carbonation.

Decent drinker. Again, not the best fruit beer I've had, but good.

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Photo of thartman
3.81/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 355ml bottle, pale yellow, too clear, with very little head. It actually looks a little flat.

Smell was definitely rasberry, very sweet and fruity. It smelled good.

Taste is decent, definitely rasberry, with some grainy undertones, a little hop bitterness. This beer is very light and refreshing, very easy to drink. This is a nice beer to start a session with.

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.8/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a six pack of this for the wife and decided to try one.

Not my type of beer but for what it's worth, it was very nice.

It poured a nice, light pale yellow, with a quick, bright white head and fizzled away quickly.

I immediately smell raspberry and light, sweet malts.

The taste was the same. Not complex, by any means, but good none the less.

I am a big fan of Southern Tier and this proved to be a nice, super-light summer session beer.

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Photo of klewis
3.78/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very clear (huh?) yellow with a moderate frothy head. Lots of lacing.

S: Nothin' but raspberries. Smells nice.

T: Slightly grainy with a gummi-like raspberry candy flavor. Pretty straight forward and expected. A bit of grain astringency in the finish.

M: Heavier than expected and slightly creamy (huh?). Moderate carbonation.

D: It is what it is and what it is supposed to be, and with that said, I find this to be a diamond in the rough of all the bad raspberry wheats out there.

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Photo of boulevard2
3.78/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light bodied ale with crisp bubbles and a thick head that quickly disapates. Nose is of wheat, barley and hopps with a light raspberry overtone. It looks and smells a little like a pilsner. The taste is crisp and clean very easy on the palate . Fresh raspberries on the palate but not overpowering. A very tasty beverage and nice on a hot summer day . I would give it a shot . Its a hit with the women aswell!

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Photo of Derek
3.77/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear yellow with chunky yeast sediment, white head, some retention & lace.

S: Big raspberry aroma, slight grainy wheat & tartness, hint of biscuity malt.

T: Slight tartness (nicely balanced), light raspberry, light biscuity malt.

M: Light to moderate body, slightly creamy, moderate carbonation, dry/slightly acidic finish.

D: Easy drinker, but I wasn't loving it.

I had it again in 2009... doesn't seem to have any tartness now... or much resemblance to any wheat. Still an easy drinker.

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Photo of cyrenaica
3.75/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle
4.5% ABV
I tried this beer on October 17, 2007 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto. The beer poured a translucent golden-brown into the glass with a thin white head that quickly disappeared. The aroma was very hoppy with a hint of raspberries. The mouthfeel was crisp, medium-bodied with champagne like carbonation. The flavour was similar to the aroma, hoppy with a hint of raspberries.

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Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a small head of white lace on top of a clear, golden body. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Lots of juicy raspberry with tart wheat in the background.

T - Some light, earthy grain notes up front with a hint of raspberry juice. Some notes of berry seeds and herbal hops in the middle. Finishes with light wheat and a lingering fruit note.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - As fruited wheat beers go, this one is pretty decent. It has a fairly strong raspberry nose, but the fruit is balanced in the flavor and makes for a drinkable and balanced beer that is quite good for what it is.

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Photo of cdawg234669
3.7/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Southern Tier brewery. This review is more of a suggestion. I'm not usually one for mixing beers, and I am really not a huge fan of fruit beers, but as per my quest to drink every beer in the world, I decided I needed to suck it up and drink it.

The bartender mixed this beer with a shot of the Souther Tier Choklat and it was amazing. I think that for those of you who don't enjoy fruit beers, but still like to experience new beers; a mix of these two is a must.

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Photo of oberon
3.67/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A newer release from ST thats starting to show up around Buffalo on tap I had this yesterday at Mammoser's here in Hamburg.Pours a dul lighter golden with quite a thin head,toasty wheat malt and fresh raspberry puree are pretty much on an even keel (spelling?) in the nose they meld pretty well.Refreshing would be a word to describe this brew it really should be a summer seasonal lightly tart from the raspberry with a dryish cracked what malt base again they go in harmony with each other.Not a style I go for much but its new and ST is local I gave it a try and its not half bad.

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Photo of WesWes
3.67/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thin white head that quickly fades to spotty lacing. The aroma is good. It has a refreshing raspberry scent that smells like fresh fruit, but is probably extract. The pale malt and wheat aroma is light and crisp. The taste is decent. It has a grainy pale and wheat malt flavor along with a mild raspberry finish. It goes down easy and finishes dry and fruity. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a good drinking beer, but it's far from the best fruit wheat beer. The flavor is too light for me and the taste is a bit grainy as well. Oh well, it's summer, so I'll throw it back and enjoy regardless.

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Photo of hustlemuscle
3.65/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear light yellow, with a mild and meek head, minimal carbonation.

Overpoweringly raspberry. Reminiscent more of a fruit drink than a beer.

It is interesting though, mostly wheat, with a touch of raspberry- which was not what I was expecting after the nose of this beast. Just enough raspberry to be annoying, hints at the palate, but it doesn't come out. Like a whisper. Ends tartly.

Tart, slightly drying, and thin. Overall an easy drinker, more or less.

Overall: Odd. Not overly fruity, not overly anything, but not that bad, either. Seemingly tries to be two things at once, but falls short of both.

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