Raspberry Wheat Ale | Southern Tier Brewing Company

175 Reviews
no score
Send samples
Raspberry Wheat AleRaspberry Wheat Ale

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by oberon on 02-10-2007

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 175 | Ratings: 264
Photo of Sammy
2.88/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The brewery brought this in to the Buffalo Racetrack brewfest. Lagerish mouthffel and taste, with added injected flavour. Bubbly head and lace. Pale colour. More sweet than hoppy. Passable. I don't like fruit beers in general and this is a good example.

 253 characters

Photo of Knapp85
3.15/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This Raspberry wheat pours out as a golden colored brew with a fluffy white head. The aroma is very strong with raspberries, that's pretty much all I get. There really isn't too much else coming off this beer on the nose other than maybe a little fresh grains. The taste is mostly wheat, it's surprising at how strong the aroma is on this beer and yet the flavor isn't there to back it up. It's a drinkable beer but I think the flavor should be a little stronger.

 463 characters

Photo of metter98
3.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a very slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down and left some lacing on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of raspberries and wheat in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of wheat along with notes of raspberry syrup.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is dominated by flavors of pale wheat but the raspberry flavoring makes it a little more palatable to your taste buds. It isn't very refreshing.

 628 characters

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.42/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice little fruity wheat beer from Southern Tier. The best aspect of it for me is the smell. The aroma is of fresh picked berries and it really pleases the senses. Taste wise it kind of suffers on mouthfeel, but being that it's a lighter style beer it is sort of expected. Very drinkable too... not one of the first things I'd grab from Southern Tier but a nice addition to their mixed 12 pack.

 396 characters

Photo of BEERchitect
3.62/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With a bright raspberry character from nose to finish, there's the underlying taste and body of crisp wheat/malt and an inherent soda pop-like nature. Like vivid fruit beers?, then read more...

You wouldn't expect any fruit character from the exuberant carbonation and a straw colored elixer-no hint of color because of the raspberry flavor to come.

Aromas are unmistakably raspberry. The conclusion of aromas could end there, but looking a bit deeper, faint aromas of light breads, wheaty graininess, and pilsner malt can be found.

Flavors are very much focused on the right wheaty malt base to display the raspberry flavoring. Souther Tier does so with a cracer-like flavored malt base, somewhat biscuity with shortbread but with extra crispness. Raspberry layers on the beer with a very, very, very bright character that seems too intense to find naturally. Without the acidity or tanic taste that results from actual fruit additions, this beer carries a raspberry jam-like taste through and through. If not for the slight soapy/cheminal taste that comes in right before the finish, the beer would the the ideal summer time refresher.

With the light and refreshing boy from start to finish, the beer has a soft creaminess to start but makes quick work of body and then favors fruit acidity, and crispness. Finishing not quite dry, there's an emptiness in the finish that impedes drinkability.

The raspberry flavor and cracker-like body carries this beer. If that's the dedicated focus for which you seek in a fruit-forward beer, then this is your beer! But looking for complexity, depth, or challenge will result in lackluster results.

 1,643 characters

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.

 385 characters

Photo of zeff80
3.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with good deal of carbonation. It had a small white head the dissipated quickly and left no lace.

S - It smelled of raspberry - very sweet with some caramel notes.

T - It tasted of raspberry with some mild wheat flavors and some yeasty spice.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied ale with a dry finish. Sadly mouthfeel is the best quality.

D - This is an okay fruit/wheat beer. They always seemd to be just okay never great.

 486 characters

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.

 661 characters

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.

 583 characters

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.35/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright yellow color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of strong raspberries, light malts, wheat and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is decently balanced for the style and although the raspberry flavor dominates, it's not as strong as the smell leads you to expect. There are background flavors of wheat and spice. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. There's a mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, mild kick, good representation of style, not the type of beer that I usually go for but it's not bad for a fruit beer.

 840 characters

Photo of mactrail
3.35/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Interestingly, no hint of raspberry color. Flavor is more like in the colorless fruit distillations, and while subtle, it does taste like raspberries. Rather hoppy with some bitterness in the aftertaste. Malt makes a fleeting appearance, seems to add to the slight woody acidity. Quite dry, rather than tangy. Sharp without the nicety of a more fruity crispness. Not a bad summer quaff, but less interesting than many fruit beers.

New look label puts the ABV at 4.9%.

 468 characters

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.43/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

16 ounce pour - $6.00 at Taco Mac in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Clearish, orangey body underneath a slim, white head and a lively effervescence (soda-like). Light lacing.

Smell: Subdued raspberry, altogether light coriander with a minor tipple of wheat.

Taste: Wheat, lightly sweetish, slightly grainy. Again, pretty light on the raspberry, with just a hinting of tartness. Slight coriander spiciness. Softly fruity though lightly medicinal on the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: So-so. There's not a great underlying beer, nor is there great raspberry character.

 616 characters

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.87/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Massively bubbled haystack gold beneath a four finger cap of bone colored froth that is only as small as it is because of an exceedingly gentle pour. It wouldn't be an exaggeration to describe the carbonation as Champagne-like. The foam looks better than expected as it melts, leaving no more than a few tendrils of watery lace in its wake.

The nose doesn't appear to have been affected by whatever caused the crazy amount of bubbles. The beer smells like fresh, ripe raspberries rather than berry extract, which is pretty much all I ask of a fruit beer. It's no surprise that the pale wheat base beer doesn't contribute a thing.

It's too bad that I got a less than perfect bottle because Southern Tier is one of my favorite breweries and my taste buds were all set for something well above average. Unfortuntely, Raspberry Wheat Ale falls short of an average score for several reasons, not the least of which is an incredible amount of mouthfeel chaos.

Subtracting out the bubbles, though, still leaves me with a beer that is way too bitter. RWA tastes like tonic water, to which was added a splash of raspberry juice and a few shots of Angostura bitters. Time, which allows the carbonation to dissipate to some extent, helps. A little. Very little.

What is there to say about a mouthfeel that's more fizzy that soda pop? Obviously, something went wrong between brewing and crown cracking. I was going to try to guess what it might be like without all the CO2, but it's next to impossible to do so.

Raspberry Wheat Ale is a disappointment. This is one of those beers that deserves a second chance in the hopes that I stumbled upon a bottle from an aberrant batch. I have too much respect for Southern Tier to judge their fruit beer bona fides on one bad experience.

 1,771 characters

Photo of mikesgroove
3.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well I gotta admit this one kinda shocked me when I pulled it out of the mixed siz pack. raspberry Wheat? I mean I guess it is all good, we shall see...

Poured a hazy pinkish amber with a nice one inch head that faded to leave a ring around the putside of the glass. No real glass lace. Very nice hazy appearence, lots of carbonation was visible steaming up from the bottom, looked pretty decent.

Aroma was light, nothing really jumping out at you, but once it settled in was actually fairly decent. Lots of yeasty and grain like aroma, however there was a definate fruitiness to it. Something sweet lingering in the back that you just could not place. Very intresting, it was like a Hefe mixed with fruit, Actually very good. Nice grain flavors making up the bulk of it, however the berries was very evident, not somethign you had to go searching for. Left a nice finish as well. Very sweet finish. Very crisp, smooth, with lots of carbonation. Really let the flavors pop off. Had the crisp summer beer feel to it.

 1,019 characters

Photo of billab914
3.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Pours a hazy light straw color with a small white ring around the sides of the glass.

Aroma is dominated by the raspberry with some wheat in the background. The taste is light with a pretty strong raspberry flavor. The raspberry flavor is almost like that in a crystal light or flavored water. The raspberry flavor is a little too strong for me without much other flavor supporting it in the beer.

Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is above average. Drinkability isn't good for me, I can't drink much of this beer. I really don't care for this beer much, as I said before it almost tastes like a crystal light or Propel flavored fitness water. There just isn't much beer quality in it for me to not just drink another flavored drink.

I will say however that my girlfriend loves this beer and we keep some at the house a lot. So although this might not be for everyone I'm sure there are others that do enjoy it. To me it is an average fruit beer for the style.

 1,022 characters

Photo of TMoney2591
2.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

Figured I might as well give this guy a try, seeing how much I generally enjoy Southern Tier's other offerings. It pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of white froth. The nose comprises light semi-medicinal raspberry, light coriander, wheat, and rice. The raspberry in the taste weighs in even lighter than before and seems more medicinal as well, as though some Band...ahem, adhesive strips...had been added to mild raspberry preserves. Wheat and lemongrass round out the remainder of the flavors. My tongue is not happy. The body is quite light, with a very light moderate carbonation, a watery feel, and a slightly dry finish. Overall, I can honestly say that this is not the best flavored APWA I've ever had, but it's also not the worst thing put in my mouth either. Somewhere in the middle of those.

 848 characters

Photo of vfgccp
3.37/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Apple juice gold. Crystal clear. White head with low retention and lace.

S - Straight black cherry Jello.

T - Lively carbonated opening. Artificial raspberry Jello with a touch of light white bread and yeast. Lingering alpha bitter note on the backend.

M - Bright, medium-light body to style.

O - The artificial twang on the raspberry was hit or miss around the table as we reviewed this beer. I wasn't a huge fan.

 423 characters

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.18/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, I guess not everyone digs Amarillo hops in the American wheat so it must have been time to cater attempt their first fruit beer with this Raspberry Wheat. Appears an extremly pale golden haze with bright white head forming nice and thick has a creamy appearance to it with ample even specks of lace dispersed with each sip. Aroma tart raspberry action of course sharp wheat tone mild spiciness with a touch of citrus no real hop note for me I'm just catching raspberry. Flavor some musty wheat sharpness with raspberry mild tartness comes light and airy at first then the raspberries take over and really stick around in the finish kinda double edge b/c it does grow on you but it also gets old quick. Mouthfeel is spritzy in the carbonation department with a light bodied ready for the summer definite attraction the palate sticks around and finishes dry. Drinkability is okay but not what I'm looking for especially from one of my all time breweries better than most syrupy examples but still just okay.

 1,011 characters

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.55/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Grumble, grumble. Another fruit wheat beer. Joy.

Pours a clear gold with a nice white head. Nose is like sticking my nose in a basket of raspberries: very true scent of the fruit. So far so good. But now the part that really matters: the flavor. Yowzas. Tarty goodness. Assaulting raspberry flavor here. No wheat characteristics. Nothing else at all besides it. Just stringent, overpowering, raspberry flavors. Good God. It almost tastes like some cereal with loads of artificial flavoring and coloring. Feel is standard. Expected liquid feel with a strong carbonation. Sorry. But I have to give this a 3 on the drinkability. The raspberries are way too overpowering and totally detract from the overall experience. Another example of the difficulties of mixing fruit and beer. And nowhere in this whole beer do I find any what ale characteristics. Balance is a hard thing to accomplish.

 889 characters

Photo of tdm168
3.52/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale copper with loose, thin head that fades quickly. The nose is purely raspberries; sweet and tart. The taste is pale malt with sweet but fainter than anticipated raspberries. The mouthfeel is light and moderately carbonated.

I was expecting something a little fuller-flavored and a little more tart. Unfortunately, this one didn't hit the mark for me, but it's from ST so it was worth a try.

 403 characters

Photo of jwc215
3.12/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours straw yellow with thin white head that soon all but vanishes.

The smell is of strong raspberries - aroma came through clearly upon opening the bottle. After poured it took on a raspberry soda-pop aroma, though with a little more freshness.

The taste is of syrupy raspberries with some sweet malted wheat. No detectable hops here, as expected per style. Fairly spritzy - in a way, it reminds me more of a fruit malt drinks than a beer, though there is light wheat backing. Soda-pop-like sweetness in the rather abrupt finish.

It's light-bodied, a bit prickly.

Another typical fruit wheat beer. Aroma does give off some fresh raspberry, if that's what you're in the mood for. Not bad for style, but not much special about it either. Sweetness becomes too much after one.

 786 characters

Photo of Gavage
3.59/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear golden color with a 1/4" head that immediately falls apart.

Smell: the raspberry tone is extremely pleasant on the nose. Some grassiness is also detectable.

Taste: wheat, grass, green grapes, and a solid but not overwhelming raspberry flavor. Just a whisper of bitterness here. Not fake tasting like some other fruit beers.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp and mildly dry from start to finish. A very brief dry raspberry aftertaste sticks to the tongue. Lighter bodied beer.

Drinkability: not as refreshing as I would like since there is a bit of dryness. Decent flavor, and I actually found this enjoyable enough to have two in one session. Worth a try.

 677 characters

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.

 444 characters

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.

 689 characters

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.

 533 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Raspberry Wheat Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.13 out of 5 based on 264 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.