Raspberry Wheat Ale | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Raspberry Wheat AleRaspberry Wheat Ale
BEER INFO

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

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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265
Reviews:
175
Avg:
3.13
pDev:
18.53%
 
 
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Ratings: 265 |  Reviews: 175
Photo of Nezzy
2.75/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

After having Pumking I wanted to try other Southern Tier brews. Slightly disappointed with this one.

Appearance - pale, almost yellow like a run of the mill beer. some wheat color to it.

Smell - very light with the smell of raspberry like a jam but more genuine then artificial.

Taste - the raspberry comes through very strongly and tastes nice. However the problem is the fragrance of the raspberry in the brew lingers for a while and reminds me exactly of a raspberry hookah and not in a good way. The fragrance over powers and hurts the taste a lot.

Mouthfeel - its carbonated and watery at the same time. Again the fragrance of the beer is present and very strong.

Drinkability - It's very much a novelty beer and while it is refreshing during the summer as an overall beer not impressed and could drink one and be done with it.

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Photo of cfrancis
2.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear straw yellow, with white head and minimal lacing. Aroma is light raspberry and wheat. Taste is rather thin with a zest of raspberry and wheat. I would recommend this beer during the summer on a patio. Much like most wheat or fruit beers.

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Photo of mcann2pu
3.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

a- poured into my shaped dogfish head pint glass a yellowish color with about a finger's worth of head at the top of the glass
s- a raspberry smell could be detected along with a wheat undertone,
t- does have a raspberry taste, but it is not really all that strong, taste fades fairly quickly,
m- carbonated, but not great feel,
d- light and drinkable, but not the best,

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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 ClockworkOrange
2.83/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my shaker glass. The ale appears a clear pale straw yellow color with about a finger of bone white foam. Nose and flavors are of toasted cereal grains, raspberry extract, I'm guessing artificial, faintly sweet malt, wheat bread, somewhat grassy. Light bodied with decent carbonation levels. drinks easy enough for what it is.

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Photo of ludachris
2.79/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy straw like yellow with a quickly dissipating foamy white head that leaves no lace. Looks more like carbonated apple juice than beer.

Smell of sweet artificial rasberry, light biscuit and malt. Nothing much going on above the surface.

Artificial rasberry up front followed by a buttery malt finish. Almost zero hop presence.

Light, watery and finishes wet with an unpleasant carbonated bite. I think this beer is more oriented for a hot summer day, and would probably do the trick. More of a chugger than a beer to actually enjoy.

The only other beer I've had from this brewery was their IPA and judging from that I expected a lot more. $1.80 a bottle, which is fairly cheap down here, but still don't think I'll be buying this one anytime soon.

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

Picked this up in Huntsville Ontario en route to the cottage for Labour Day weekend: I went there for something else, this was a bonus in the singles bin. As a Southern Tier fan, I quite looked forward to trying this. Poured a bright yellow with a half finger white head, fizzy all over, carbonation very apparent. Retention not bad either, spotty lace.

Feint berry smell, yes, raspberries! Taste also conjures up raspberries which are abundant this time of year up on the lake but there is also a slightly earthy, metallic presentation to this brew that detracts. Malty finish. Not as tart as I expected, not as sweet either. The label states, "A malty beverage brewed with raspberries" and malt would have to be the predominant characteristic. Thin body. Not a great sample of the style, I expected a bit more from Southern Tier, this is okay but nothing outstanding.

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Photo of mikel52588
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Initially after pour its packed with carbonation, color is bright gold, not much of a head.

Smell: The in-your-face scent is of fresh raspberries with a hint of wheat in the back, the raspberry scent smell slightly artificial but still good

Taste: A Raspberry malty flavor, sweet but not overpowering

Mouthfeel: just a touch of carbonation, aftertaste was absent

Drinkability: It's a light sweet malty beer, it can nicely compliment a meal on a hot day or if you'd like to enjoy a sweet fruity brew

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Photo of craftaholic
2.91/5  rDev -7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a dingy yellow color which has a head that dissipates almost instantly. Considering its a wheat it threw me off guard on how weak it appeared, no cloud at all.

Smell: I was expected artificial and boy was i wrong, smells like the real deal; straight up raspberries. Although not intense in its aromatic qualities there isn't a complexity here rather just pronouncing that its going to be a fruit beer.

Taste: Found the artificial sensation I was dreading, and sadly it lie in the first sip. Weak flavor of raspberries that fades over time, and fills into a more straw and wheat mixture.

Mouthfeel: Very thin and extremely smooth; nothing lingers or hangs on not even in a good way.

Drinkability: Surely drinkable but not exactly memorable

Overall: This beer was somewhat off putting even if raspberries are your thing this might not be a go-to. Doesn't make me want to grab another but it was worth a shot.

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Photo of marvin213
3.36/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A very light--hardly yellow--color greets me upon the pour. Fizzy at first, it quickly dissipates to a thin, sparse, filmy type of partial covering. Even for a pale wheat, it looks weak. Though not expecting much, you're not getting much in the way of looks here.

The smell is solid. It's distinctly--but not overwhelmingly--raspberry. There's really nothing else to it, but it does taste more au natural than others I've encountered.

It tastes pleasing. It's a raspberry ale you want, and it's a raspberry ale you get. Like the smell, it's nothing special or overly complex. Might be a bit overcarbonated, and the ale aspect could be more substantive. It's not far from a raspberry-infused alcoholic water. Relative to other pale wheat ales, therefore, it's a step above.

Mouthfeel is weak because it's so watery, and it's annoying because it's so fizzy. The raspberry sensation certainly makes a nice mark, but no other component of this beer offers anything desirable. Even for a fruit beer, I wish there was more to it.

Drinkability is okay--like I said, the taste is pleasing, but.... It's worth trying, particularly if you're into the fruit beer thing; I am, but I won't be pursuing it anytime soon.

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Photo of Ralphus
3.42/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was intrigued to try a raspberry wheat and was glad the LCBO was bringing more Southern Tier in. Local discussions had set me up for a beer chalked full of artificial sweetness, but I was pleased to see that they had been overstated.

It pours a clear, pale golden yellow with a puffy offwhite head. Unfortunately the head disapated to nothing at all in a few short minutes.

The smell initially was intense raspberries. It set me up for a cloyingly sweet artificial flavouring - but I was mistaken.. it wasn't there. Instead was a very light lager with a medium hint of raspberries. There is little if any bitterness, but to be honest not much sweetness either. It's well balanced and the raspberry is not overpowering at all. It reminds me a bit of carbonated vitamin water.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing and that aids the drinkability. You could easily polish off a few of these in a sitting.

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Photo of Anthony1
2.59/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

poured into a pefrect pint

poured pale gold with ok head that vanished.

smells wheaty and lots of rasberry. tast is similar. very light feel with a watery rasberry taste. Not to sweet, which was better then i expected, but still, just lasted like rasberry kool-aid in some BMC. still, was enjoyable in the 95 degree weather

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Photo of rfgetz
3.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale straw color, decent rush of head head, minimal lacing

S - Sweet/Sugary almost artificical raspberry. Wheat, yeast and straw.

T - Wheat, straw, sweet cereal from the malt. Decent raspberry taste after the initial fear from the scent.

M - Medium bodied with a little sticky and chewyness. Good carbonation.

D - Decent drinker thats not overly sweet. Uneven balance of ingrediants but good for a raspberry.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Heheh, I was actually expecting this to be pink! Pours a clear gold with a light head, which dissipates fairly quickly. Spotting lacings.

Aroma is all raspberries. I'll disagree with the majority of reviewers and say it actually smelled pretty nice.

This was actually alot less fruit-centered than I expected. From the way it was described by alot of people, I was expecting raspberry kool-aid, but I actually got more grain than fruit and some noticeable wheat flavours. The fruit, however, was not exactly pleasant. Kind of artificial and the beer had an unpleasant metalling twang to it.

Mouthfeel very thin, but it's mostly me just disliking the American wheat style.

Very drinkable. It was a fine beer post-dog walking on a sunny day. Didn't hate it.

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Photo of goblue3509
2.75/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a yellow color with a decent head that is about one finger. The aroma is of raspberries. The smell is fairly strong. The taste is of raspberry with a little wheat. The taste is slightly artificial but it isn't completely overpowering, there is a little wheat at the end to balance out. The mouthfeel is of slight carbonation. The overall drinkability is average. You could have a bunch of these due to how light they are but they dont grab you and make you want to drink a ton of them.

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Photo of TerryW
3.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is not a style that I'm generally enamored of, but ST does at least make a passable go of it.

A plain Jane looking beer, clear golden yellow with a moderate head that settles to a ring and gives some spotty lace. Nose is distinctly raspberry without being overbearing or artificial.

Where r-wheats usually fail for me is in their taste and mouthfeel, as they often come across as harsh, brittle and metallic. There's a hint of that here, but not so much that its off putting.

Drinkable, but damned with faint praise. Not something I'd seek out.

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Photo of jbertsch
2.6/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is standard gold in color, with almost no head.

Aroma is definitely raspberry, but almost artificially. Doesn't smell very natural.

Pleasantly, the raspberry flavor isn't overpowering - which I expected it to be. But it still tastes too artificial. There's a little bitter aftertaste at the end.

Mouthfeel is very thin. Could use more carbonation. I think a fizzier mouthfeel would work better for a fruity light beer like this one.

Drinkability is high as it's not filling in the slightest. But the urge to grab another is not there.

I could see this beer having it's specific place as a summer lunch beer, at a picnic, with a cucumber sandwich.

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Photo of EatsTacos
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From a bottle from my fridge around 60 F, into a pint glass

The nose is citrusy and zesty, and fresh smelling, but is dominated by a tart raspberry aroma

The main beef I have with a flavoured beer is that it can be become very one-dimensional, and I think that's what happened here. The raspberry flavour is not overly sweet, but rather slightly sour and tart. The wheat is all but lost in the background. The finish is quenching but is not dry, and the aftertaste is of raspberries.

The carbonation is a little sharp and high and the beer has a medium body. I think that this is what ST was aiming for, but its really not what I'm into.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
2.87/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Ro's Restaurant pint glass.

A: Poured a fizzy golden yellow color with a light, white head of carbonation which crackled into a thin layer of residue. Left no lacing, and carbonation seemed a little fierce.

S: Big time sweet and tart raspberry aroma with a little zesty wheat twang.

T: Taste is less powerful than the aroma, but the brew starts with a slightly fruity and fizzy toasted malt flavor before a quick hit of the raspberry comes in. Swift, somewhat metallic and grainy, the berry flavor washes away like seltzer water and leaves a slight sugary taste behind.

M: Mouthfeel is thin, crisp and somewhat refreshing.

D: It'd have to be a super hot day to enjoy more than one of these things. The raspberry flavor is clearly artificial, which leaves this brew lacking as both a fruit beer and a wheat.

The wheat flavors are nowhere near enough pronounced in this gimmicky flop. Might be a good one on draft for the ladies with a raspberry sunk to the bottom.

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Photo of Jayli
3.24/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a straw yellow, at first glance looks clear, but there is a bit of cloudiness there. One finger white foamy head stands on top but recedes quickly, not much lacing to speak of. Nose is predominantly raspberry, but not overpowering, and is blended nicely with some pale malts. Taste is rather interesting, the raspberry is a bit more muted in the taste than in the nose, with some pale malts, grassiness, and there is a sour bite to it. With all of that going for it, the blend leaves it rather ... bland. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, high in carbonation, could have gone down a bit more smooth. I'm a big fan of fruit beers, but there are better of this style out there.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours the color of busch light, pale and flaccid. The flash in the pan head leaves no lace to speak of. The aroma is very light, consisting of some supple, tangy raspberry essence and a bit of malt that doesnt stand up to the raspberry enough. Just as you would expect from the nose, the taste is all raspberry. Sweetish, with a bit of tartness but not much in the 'beer flavor' department. hops are AWOL. Grainy malt shows around the edges of the fruit onslaught. The finish is shortlived and pretty much just raspberry.

This is an OK summer beer. Its not a font of complexity by any means, but its easy to drink. While sweet, it doesnt cross the line into cloying territory. Also the fruit flavor is less artificial tasting then many berry flavored beers Ive tried.

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Photo of mintjellie
2.42/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from a 12oz/355mL bottle into the tallest glass my kitchen set came with.

pale straw with no haze or particulate present. definately filtered. almost non-existent to begin with head becomes non-existent after finishing the pour. no lacing.

aroma of raspberry jam on first impression. as the beer warms, a very artificial note becomes evident.

immediate hit of raspberry on the palate, with a medicinal aftertaste. it's not that bad at first, but as the beer warms the medicinal gets worse. somewhat reminiscent of alcopop or smirnoff raspberry twist vodka. finish this one quickly.

watery and thin mouthfeel. as a summer seasonal, this beer seems to hit the mark in that respect.

despite the harsh & medicinal quality of this beer, i did find it very easy to drink. it's cold and wet, and on a hot enough day i'd pound this back quickly enough that it wouldn't warm too much. it's like lawnmower beer for people who normally drink coolers.

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Photo of biegaman
2.87/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Taxi-cab yellow smeared with some kind of filminess. Holding it up to the light only intensifies its sullied state. Transparency is uninterrupted but this hazy taint is not becoming for a product being promoted as a "crisp golden wheat beer". I expect wheat beers to be cloudy - it's only natural - but this was clearly filtered and the complexion simply appears stained. Besides, there is *zero* head.

The aroma carries a hint of juicy, tart raspberries but it's quite convincing that it was some kind of artificially flavoured syrup used in the brewing and not the real thing. I really don't find the smell overly appetizing and I'm a big fan of raspberries (as well as several other raspberry beers). The smell coming from under it reminds me of some of the lesser macro lagers I've had the misfortune of trying over the years.

It seems to be a common mistake among brewers (don't think Southern Tier is the only one) to think that adding a little bit of fruit flavouring will make up for a poorly formulated base beer. Make no mistake - this is weak, pathetic wheat beer. Adding a hint of flavour is fine but what good is it if the beer it's being added to isn't worth drinking on its own anyhow?

Southern Tier is capable of making an outstanding wheat beer; in fact, they make arguably one of the best (Hop Sun). What gives? Did they think the hops would interfere with the raspberries? I should think a little good old American citrusy hop tang would work well in a beer like this; there's plenty of fruitiness in a pellet of Amarillo or Centennial.

And where's the wheat? This texture is flat, featureless and far from being either effervescent or refreshing. The fruit flavour becomes excessively syrupy, especially as the beer unchills to room temperature. Beyond that hint of artificial fruit there's nothing - it is bland, banal, completely watery. Not even a trace of malt or wheat. It is dull as dishwater.

One flop won't change my opinion that this is a fantastic brewery; they put out more than enough stellar offerings to justify overlooking the poor quality of this misguided effort. They've had success with raspberry syrup before (raspberry porter) and they make a great wheat beer as mentioned already, so how this turned out so bad is a mystery to me. Here's hoping they take a long look in the mirror and decide to reformulate.

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Photo of dan4th
2.54/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Raspberry comes on strong in the nose; flavor is pretty much a letdown with the raspberry coming in only at the end with a metallic aftertaste. Appearance is clear and bright yellow. Carbonation level is good; no head to speak of. Got in a sampler pack and glad I don't have 6 of these. This is a pass.

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