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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Reviews: 175 | Ratings: 260
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.

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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 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 alexgash
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright yellow body with a pillowy, soft, cottony white head. Good lacing. Strong raspberry essence on the nose. Not too artificial and actually pretty enticing. Straw and wheat bread malt backing. Lightly toasted wheat bread graininess up front. Raspberry flavor soon follows. Thankfully not overwhelming, but rather smooth and tasty. Soft wheat and mildly estery fruit base goes with the raspberry quite well. Faintly spicy hops and raspberry in the finish. Moderate body with a soft, smooth feel. Not bad for a fruity wheat beer!

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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.

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Photo of funkengruven
3.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured a nice and clear pale yellow with some nice puffy head that subsided quickly. Smell of raspberries is very abundant and quite nice. Flavor was a little bland, some wheat aroma in there and some funky raspberry in the aftertaste. Went down ok, carbonation was adequate. Don't know if I could drink this all the time though, the flavor is a little different. I think I would enjoy this more if the raspberry flavor was more prominent and if the brew was a bit sweeter. Overall, it wasn't that bad, but I have had better.

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

Pours a nice crisp medium golden colour with a smallish head that quickly dissolves into a non-sticky thin lace.

The aroma has some grain/wheat characteristics but is dominated by a healthy although non-overpowering dose of sweet and semi-tart raspberry.

The flavour is more of the same but with a touch more boldness to it. Raspberry is still in the mix and the dominant flavour but it's tartness blends nicely with a sweeter juiciness that is more subtle in the aroma. The grain and wheat provide for more of a bread like feel here as well. Mouthfeel is light bodied and very crisp and refreshing.

This is a nice wheat ale with a decent blend of fruit flavour in it. I don't know that I could drink this often, but one or two here and there would suit me just fine, especially in the warmer months. Pretty good stuff overall.

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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 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 edskirk3
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Twelve ounce brown bottle. A label with raspberries all over it. On the label it says, "Malt beverage brewed with raspberries," which is kind of off-putting.

Pours straw-gold. Looks very effervescent. Slightly cloudy. White head, one finger thick. Aroma is of---wait for it---raspberries. Rather strong berry scent. Like that of fruit punch.

The flavor profile has a little more going on. Raspberry juice, muted wheat malt and a kiss of bitterness. The berry is what lingers.

Quite easily drinkable. Even gulpable. Rather quenching, in fact.

Meh, not bad.

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

Pours very light, with a luminous bright amber-gold color and little head. At first the aroma is all raspberry puree, but as the beer warms some sweeter, marshmallowish notes come out. There's never much of a malt presence in the nose, but there's definitely a somewhat strange, plasticky note that screams "fake." On the palate, moderately unappetizing flavors of lemon and raspberry mix with light, pale malts that grow in intensity toward the finish. An unpleasant bitterness, bordering on astringency, flashes up before a simulated raspberry note completes the finish. Overall, this beer doesn't have a lot to recommend it. It's just an average fruit beer, which is not a ringing endorsement.

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

Pours a very pale golden color with less than a finger loose white head that fades quickly. Negligible lacing generated. The smell from the draft version at the brewery had significantly more aggressive berry character. You can make out a full raspberry profile from the bottle, but it seems less intense. Light bodied, the mouth feel is adequately carbonated. The flavor from the wheat is more pronounced than the berries. Its crisp yet a little gritty and finishes with a mild lingering berry.

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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.

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

Poured into SA glass.

A- Golden yellow with small head and very little carbonation.

S- Overwhelming raspberry. The smell is very bright and very inviting.

T- Raspberry smacks you in the mouth, followed by a flat wheat ale taste.

M- Thin. Not alot of body in this beer, but that is part of its style.

D- At times this beer is a nice summer heat breaker and other times a close cousin of all the fruit malt beverages that are hot now. I stock this beer for those folks that want a beer, but are afraid to commit to something bigger.

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Photo of letsgopens
3.45/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent pale gold with lots of tight effervescent carbonation and a light bubbly white head that leaves little lace.

The aroma is of berries, some grainy cereal, peach, and a sweet candyish quality.

The flavor is light and somewhat refreshing. Not too sweet with some nice berry flavor. Somewhat artificial but tasty. Mellows and bitters through the swallow with a hint of hops. Rather bland, with a starchy wheat character. A hint of citrus.

Light and crisp with moderate to high carbonation that becomes a bit more thick and starchy as it warms. Clean finish.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
2.45/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear golden straw color with a small white head that recedes. Very minor lacing on the glass.

Big, fresh, tart raspberry aroma. Nothing but raspberries, but they sure smell good.

Wow, this beer really falls apart in the flavor. A light graininess upfront with a very weak and not so tart raspberry flavor. There is a bit of hop bitterness that really counteracts any enjoyment that the raspberry flavor may produce. Has a lingering muddled mix of flavors at the finish.

Light body, medium carbonation.

Not quite a drain pour, but certainly one to avoid spending my hard earned money on again. Bleh.

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Photo of beerphan
3.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle -> pilsner
no date

Pours a clear pale yellow, with a modest head that in blink settles to a small puddle of dish suds. Minimal dotted lace. Carbonation is steady and light.

Nose: Strong raspberry scent, kind of like raspberry bubble gum.

Light crisp body. Hard to describe the flavor favorably, as the raspberry astringency overpower any wheat aspects. Quick and easy while being kind of harsh. Is that possible. Light lingering raspberry flavor along with a tad of bitterness on the finis.

Too fruity for my taste. Glad to have tried it.

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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 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 robrobrob
3.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this straight out of a bottle while sitting around a fire, although the taste and smell were pretty indicative to me of what it might look like in a glass, and upon reading these other reviews, my estimation was on point. It smelled strongly of raspberries, real ones too, not that blue syrup, and the carbonation was prickly on the nose. The taste was what I expected, purely fruit, with a tiny amount of "wheatiness" lingering upon swallowing, it was fairly unremarkable, though I am not a huge fan of fruit beers or wheats. In the mouth, it felt like a lager, clean and sparkly and it went down really easily. In all, like every fruit wheat beer I've tried, this drinks less like a beer and more like a malternative, but it is as good an example of the style as I have ever come across.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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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