Raspberry Wheat Ale | Southern Tier Brewing Company

Raspberry Wheat AleRaspberry Wheat Ale
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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

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Added by oberon on 02-10-2007

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Ratings: 265 |  Reviews: 175
Photo of Applesauce1
3.45/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I picked a bottle of this up at the Westover Market in Arlington, VA....much better beer selection here than Harris Teeter or Whole Foods. Anyhow....

Appearance: gold and transparent with a nice 1/2" head

Smell: raspberries

Taste: raspberries, cascade hops...nice and balanced, a tad watered down though

Mouthfeel: light bodied

Drinkability: could drink all night

Decent beer, but nothing great. Brewers need to be more daring with fruit beers. I think they're trying to attract the non-beer drinkers with these beers....few breweries continue to make good fruit beers

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Photo of aerozeppl
2.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Rule for Southern Tier. Bombers good. 12oz bad.

A: Super clear golden color with minimal amount of white head.

S: There is nothin worse than concentrate being used in beers and this does just that. After that there is some wheat in there but it is dominated by the fake raspberry.

T: Tastes just like it smells. Actually gets worse as you keep drinking it.

M: Super thin and watery. Light carbonation as well.

D: For what could and should be a great session beer this is not. Really cannot get past one or two of these before you just have to stop. Reminds me of a bad malt beverage. Stick to bombers.

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Photo of Avryle
2.1/5  rDev -33.3%
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 hustlemuscle
3.65/5  rDev +15.9%
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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Photo of prototypic
2.4/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: It's very clear and light golden in color. Head is foamy white and about a finger deep. Virtually no retention or lacing to talk about.

Smell: Very sweet rasberry aroma dominates. Almost New York Seltzer-ish. It smells grainy or earthy. Very light caramel malts come through. Not picking up any hops.

Taste: The sweet rasberry flavor comes through loud and clear. Here it's reminiscent of rasberry New York Seltzer too. Very light malt flavors are notable and add more sweetness. It is grainy, but it's barely noticeable in taste. Hops are not noticeable here either.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied. Carbonation is okay and it goes down easy enough. If it weren't so sweet, I'd be inclined to drink more. But, I'd be hard pressed to have more than one. Overall, it's okay but doesn't work well as a beer in my opinion. It's just too sweet and candy-like. Definitely not something I'd seek out again.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
3/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz standard brown bottle capped from the sampler 12 pack. Must be a sale on raspberries as they include the porter as well in this pack.

Pours out a light yellow with a good size white head that seems to stay put. Smell is well, raspberry. Sweet overall with a tiny splash of something malty.

Taste is very light overall. The raspberry flavors are too sweet for me. It continues through to the aftertaste. I really don't get much else. This is just an average beer for me.

I would much prefer they just drop these raspberries, up the malt and make a true Wheat or White ale.

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Photo of jeffmonarch
3.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle in a weizen glass.

A - Really light crystal clear yellow in color with a thin white head that stays for a while.

S - Tons of raspberry, really tons of it. This has a stronger fruit smell than most lambics. Really good smell. I want to keep smelling it.

T - It tastes only like raspberry's. This is a thinner version of the raspberry porter. They taste the same except this is just thinner. It's not bad but there's a little to much raspberry.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - This beer is OK. It's nothing special. If you like really fruity lambics it's good.

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Photo of Slynger
2.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Here we go again with another fruit beer. This one came as part of a ST variety 12-pack. Bright and clear light golden color, with a fizzy white head. Fresh raspberry smell with minimal crystal malt sweetness. Fizzy but watered down raspberries with light crystal malts. Slightly bitter finish. Tastes pretty much like a cross between raspberry la croix and choose your lite macro lager. Try at your own risk, I may pour out my other two bottles.

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Photo of brewslut
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into Troegs Hopback glass.

A - Crystal clear light amber body. Lively carbonation. Minimal white head.

S - Bready pretzel dough and a hint of raspberry.

T - Very wheaty initial flavor with a mild raspberry aftertaste.

M - Light and watery wih active carbonation, yet a dry finish.

D - Initially refreshing and quite pleasing. Would be a good summer beer.

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Photo of bobsy
3.44/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A very light golden-off yellow body sits underneath a huge rocky white head, which quickly diminishes to a thin, bubbly film. Aggressive carbonation is evident, along with a bit of sediment in the bottom of the glass. The aroma is of wonderfully fresh raspberries and nothing else. A bit one dimensional, but still a pleasant reminder of summer seeing we're getting 12cm of snow tomorrow. The flavour goes huge on the raspberries, and little on the wheat. The fruit is really at center stage here, and despite a slight bitterness on the sides, it gives the impression of being closer to a soda than a beer. In part this is due to an agressive soda-like carbonation that's paired with a light body. Actually, this all sounds negative, but its really not that bad. In fact, this would be a really pleasant beer to drink in the sun, and it demonstrates a ridiculous ease of drinking. It will tide me over until my case of IPA and Unearthly arrives.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.86/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Pale yellow with lots of bubbles and a thin white head.

N - Candied raspberry, grass, pale malt.

T - Bland, grassy with some sweet, damp wheat but only minimal raspberry.

M - Bubbly but dull. Light bodied. Wet.

D - Low.

Not a bad beer at all but I have no interest in it. Save this for your buddy's Bud Light silling girl friend. It might suit her.

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Photo of kbnooshay
2.85/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a light yellow color with little head. The smell was of a cheap dollar store raspberry candy and malty. The base of the beer isn't much to talk about and the fake raspberry candy flavor dominates.Very artificial tasting. The feel is moderate to light.

This is an attempt by southern tier to make a beer that could be liked by girls and i guess it could be partially successful in that matter. But it isn't that good of a fruit beer. Their other brews are usually awesome hop bombs so this is dissapointing.

Try Harpoon's UFO Raspberry.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.29/5  rDev -27.3%
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 togasports
2.13/5  rDev -32.4%
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 SilentSabre
3.33/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

My ratings are all over the place with this one. It poured up about the colour of a Michelob Ultra; *very* light with a really poor attempt at a head. Smell, however, was liked getting hit in the face with a wad of raspberry puree. Very assertive berry smell. I really like that in beers of this sort. If I'm going to drink a fruit-type beer, I want some damned fruit! Well this certainly has it, and then some, in the smell, anyway. Flavour wasn't bereft of fruit, but it was certainly much more subdued than what I experienced in the smell. For a split second, there was a bit of bitterness which went poorly with the fruit, and then a very mildly noticeably maltiness at the very end which was a nice attempt to redeem the rest of the flavour offerings. Overall, the taste was okay. Mouthfeel was very thin, even for the style.
All negativity aside, this was highly drinkable, to me anyway, being a fan of fruit-beers. I do, however, have to be in the mood for this sort of thing. I wouldn't seek out a 6'er of this, but to get 3 of them in a mix 12pk would be pleasant.
Special thanks to my friend BA Ding for sharing this with me.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.55/5  rDev +12.7%
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 -31.1%
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 -27.9%
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 +11.1%
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 -8.9%
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 +9.2%
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 +8.9%
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 +46.7%
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 +19.7%
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 +11.1%
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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Raspberry Wheat Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 15.8% out of 100 with 265 ratings
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