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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Ratings: 265 |  Reviews: 175
Photo of kvltmetalhead
1/5  rDev -68.1%

Photo of devinoconnor
1.12/5  rDev -64.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

It's hard to believe Southern Tier makes this. I picked up a 6 pack and won't be drinking any of it other than the few sips I managed to get down for this rating.

Smell is very malty. It's a malt beverage with acidic rasperry flavor.

Too sweet. Sugary. Disgusting.

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Photo of BARFLYB
1.42/5  rDev -54.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

On Tap at Iron Abbey in a RODENBACH GRAND CRU glass..

STRWA looked pretty still when served. Nothing on top and swirls brang nothing back. The liquid is a semi glossy bronze shade with light brown as well, no stick from no foam. Smells like cereal and it really stinks like rotten blah. Old fruity pebbles, honeycombs, that's all i smell. Needless to say the taste is medicinal, light, but it's there just giving me frowns. This tastes like shit, there are no qualities. Feel is light, carb is minimal, drinkability is non existent.

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Photo of whisperjet
1.8/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

When I opened this bottle and poured, I did not expect to be so disappointed. It poured a clear golden with a frothy white head. Nice fruity smell coming from the glass got me excited to try the beer. But the taste is absolutely terrible. Like a wet bowl of special k with some raspberry thrown in. Highly over carbonated for the lack of complexity and taste. Just really bad overall, I dumped it after half a glass.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.95/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a super pale yellow color ale with a small pure white foamy head with average retention and no lacing. Aroma of fake raspberry juice with weak malt notes. Taste is also dominated by fake raspberry juice with no traces of actual raspberries and weak boring malt backbone. Body is quite thin with OK carbonation. Wow - even worse then expected from a usually fine brewery.

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Photo of blknikon
2/5  rDev -36.1%

Photo of BGsWo22
2/5  rDev -36.1%

Photo of 3SH33TS
2/5  rDev -36.1%

Photo of Bierwolf
2/5  rDev -36.1%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
2/5  rDev -36.1%

Photo of kb2250
2/5  rDev -36.1%

Photo of Avryle
2.1/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

For a brewery that has produced such amazing beers such as Jahva & Choklat (which I'm now convinced is the devil's blood) the raspberry wheat falls pathetically short of the mark.

A- Clear, thin, golden color with fluffy white lacing. Waaaay to much clarity for a wheat and were it not for the overwheliming raspberry aroma/stink coming from the glass, I'd think I'd inadvertently purchased a Michelob.

S- The raspberry aroma is more artificial than Pamela Anderson's ta-tas. Its too overwheliming to pick up anything else that lies beneath.

T- Cloyingly bad artificial raspberry flavors dominate with a pasty-faced presence of what is supposed to be a wheat beer hanging out in back.
No es bueno.

M- Thin. Hyper carbonated. Sticky, sickeningly sweet.

D- It is so thin that you could probably suck down a few if you really wanted to, but I would not advocate such an undertaking.

Lesson learned: Buy Southern Tier's 22oz bottles.

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Photo of MrKennedy
2.11/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

355ml bottle purchased from the International Beer Shop and poured into a Redoak tulip glass.

Light golden, see-through appearance, pouring with one-finger of foam with compact white bubbles.

The aroma is a real syrupy raspberry, a little over the top when it comes to smell.

Syrupy fruity sweetness dominates the flavours to come through out of this one. Struggling to pick up any real wheat beer flavours amongst the syrupy sweetness.

Mouthfeel is more akin to a lager than a wheat beer.

While i generally go into bat for Southern Tier brews in any beer discussion, i find it hard to stand up for this one. Too much dominated by a syrupy smell and sweet taste.

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Photo of budgood1
2.12/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours out an almost perfectly clear straw yellow colour with some big bubbles sprouting a marginal, and quickly receding head. filtered i see...and no lace. aroma of raspberries and that's about all...i get little pale malt and no wheat. the taste is of tart raspberries, but the bottom falls out after that. it has an unpleasant astrigency and little malt character to prop things up a bit. there is some bitterness present, but without any malt sweetness to balance it seems out of place. weak bodied. bleh mouthfeel. drinkability suffers because it just seems so stripped of any defineable characteristics.

overall i'm pretty disappointed. my first southern tier sampled is a dud. oh well...i know the next one up will be better.

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Photo of togasports
2.13/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Oh Boy. This beer is like drinking raspberry juice. I like many of the Southern Tier Beers, but this one is the worst one I have had so far. The pour had little to no foam, and the color of it was reminiscent of a light beer. The smell was overpowering. So was the taste. The raspberry was not done tastefully, or with a good blending of the other elements of the beer. I was quite disappointed in this beer. I think they need to go back to the drawing board.

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Photo of glamphetamine
2.13/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours a two-finger thin and bubbly head. The beer is a translucent pale yellow. Slightly below average in appearance. This looks a lot like an average adjunct lager.

S: Raspberries and a little malt. The raspberry aroma is overpowering, almost like a cheap lotion or body spray. Smells like an overloaded fruity cocktail, like a darker version of Sex on the Beach.

T: Like raspberry vodka, or a really badly sweetened raspberry-flavored water beverage. A cloying and overpowering blend of raspberry and alcohol with a touch of wheaty malt. The raspberry flavor really brings out the alcohol in this one. The taste is terribly unbalanced, leaning more toward the qualities of a cheap fruity malt beverage you'd buy in a convenience store cooler than a beer.

M: Leaves behind an alcohol and wheat aftertaste. I can taste the raspberry on my breath, but not when I have my mouth closed, which is kind of interesting and enjoyable. The aftertaste detracts from the breath, however, and really kills the experience. Carbonation is light.

D: I want to give this a second chance, as I'm generally a big fan of fruity wheat beers, but this is pretty vicious. The raspberry flavor is vicious, but somehow superficial. If you're looking for a good fruity wheat beer that's well balanced and refreshing, try Hell or High Watermelon from the 21st Amendment Brewery. I may give this raspberry beer another try one day, but for now I'll be swigging the rest down and hopefully moving on to something crafted with a little more care.

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Photo of TheHammer
2.14/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Found this one at the LCBO in Stoney Creek. I figured I hadn't done a fruit beer in a while, so I'd give it a shot. Then I realized I had a Bud Light Lime a while ago. Ah well, onto the review.

Appearance: A pale somewhat hazy yellow that left a pinky of head that immediately vanished and did not lace. Carbonation looks fairly solid, but the body leaves me wondering if this beer was filtered or not as it's hard to tell.

Smell: It does have a decent raspberry smell that is sadly suspect as it carries a metallic chemical undertone. The background has a decent appearance of wheat malt. Didn't take much in the way of warming to come out.

Taste: Starts with the barest taste of those Swedish berry candies that then turns into a poorly balanced bitter wheat malt that seems to struggle with the sweeter raspberry flavor, which it eventually overcomes at the end with a carbonated bite that makes me wince.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation bites right at the end doesn't do this beer any favours. It leaves a filmy feeling in the mouth and transitions very poorly between flavors. Points also get deducted for the complete lack of head. The only redeeming characteristic is the minor raspberry aftertaste, which is barely present given the bitter wheat coupled with it.

Drinkability: On paper, this beer does stuff right. It's not gassy or causes stomach issues, and it is refreshing. However I wouldn't say this is an easy drinker, most due to the terrible mouthfeel.

Final Thoughts: Simply put, awful stuff that is just one step up from being drain poured. Even for a fruity beer, this offering falls flat. Even Bud Light Lime has a degree of balance with it's artificial lime flavoring. This beer is one you will want to avoid, without a doubt.

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Photo of Jerzdevil1116
2.15/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle purchased at Circle Liquors in Somers Point, NJ.

A- Clear, pale yellow body. A lot of carbonation. Poured with a huge, foamy, white head. Left some setiment floating in the glass. Too clear for a wheat beer.

S- Raspberries with some hidden hops. A little metallicy smelling.

T- Semi-sweet, artificial, raspberry beginning with a dry hop finish.

M- Thin and watery. Slightly enlivened by the carbonation.

D- The name sounded very inviting and refreshing. The taste was a different story. Too watery, and not a pleasant taste. I'm usually a big fan of Southern Tier, but wouldn't buy this one again.

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Photo of Ricochet
2.17/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

A: Very light yellow, with lots of bubbles but little head. Light beer to champaign.

S: Pungent, sweet raspberry. 2 feet away and could smell it. In a way, a fake smell, but there is a twinge of genuine goodness with a little malt smell at the end.

M: Sour, not bitter, just sour. Cheap beer remainder.

T: Wow, did this one miss the mark. Liquid rasperry Pez is what this tastes like. The fakey raspberry flavor really demands all the attention, but then the bitter aftertaste takes over and a corn-like remainder. That's it. That's all.

D: Liquid raspberry Pez. Need I say more?

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Photo of ItsBeer4Me
2.25/5  rDev -28.1%

Photo of deonreds
2.25/5  rDev -28.1%

Photo of HopEnthusiast
2.26/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Disgusting excuse for a beer. Good chick beer but not for me at all. It is way to sweet. The raspberrys dont taste like them either. There was no head at all. Pours a clear yellow almost like champagne. Has a sweet aroma to it and a very sweet taste to it. I think that this thing is going to give me heartburn.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.27/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm a Cancer and my turn-offs include the words "malt beverage." I really prefer the word "beer." Why the "malt beverage" phrase is on the product confuses me. I wish my wife were around when I popped it open; she might've enjoyed it more than me. It is very fruity and not very beery. Its flavor reminded me of a Clearly Canadian wine cooler.

Appearance was good, as it is for all Southern Tier beers I've had. It is a pale yellow which was clear and sparkling. Head was plentiful but a tiny-bubble industrial-looking type. Aroma was very fruity, and the flavor was like a wine cooler. Mouthfeel was unremarkable, but this "flavored beverage" was not for me.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.29/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - looks like your average macro, not a wheat beer by most standards. Standard yellow/gold, a thin pithy head. Some better than average lacing though despite no retention from the cap.

Aroma - raspberry jello. No beer elements but a pleasant fruity aroma, about what you should expect.

Taste - interesting flavors, not in the best way. There is an undertow of a tart, bitter, or sour (not sure which best describes it) flavor. On top of it rides a modest, flavorful raspberry. I half-expected alcopop, it's far from that. Only thing is, with that odd sour/bitter foundation, it might could use a little more sweetness. You won't often hear that for a fruit beer. It's a medicinal type of flavor and for as impressed as I am with the delicate balance of the fruit, it is ruined by whatever that other flavor is. The aftertaste does not invite another sip but I'm finishing this one.

Mouthfeel - plenty of bubbles. Thin, watery, no smoothness which a wheat beer ought to have some measure of.

Drinkability - a nice smelling beer, but no follow through. Pass.

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Photo of TStandley13
2.31/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - See through golden color - kind of looks like pee to be honest.

Smell - Definetely a presence of raspberry, smells pretty good.

Taste - Quite disappointing. The smell would lead you to believe that it would be semi-flavorful at least, but this tastes more like watered down raspberry juice than a beer. It is almost as though you had a cup of raspberry juice with ice, drank it all, left the ice to melt a bit, then bottled what remains.

Mouthfeel - did I just drink a glass of slightly carbonated water?

Overall - I think they missed the mark here. Southern Tier is typically known for taking a flavor and producing a beer that replicated that flavor in a BIG way. This tastes like watered down nothing.

Do not recommend.

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