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 DCon
3.92/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 12oz bottle @ Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO for $2.29. Poured into my Goose Island Pint Glass and no sign of B.O.D.

Aroma- Nice raspberry aroma upfront that is mild, not aggressive and is perfect because it is not overpowering.

Appearance- Has a golden, semi-hazy body with a 1 finger head that dies down immediately. No real lace on the glass either.

Flavor- Strong raspberry and grainy all the way through. Very sweet and has a low hop character with almost no bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, High Carbonation, and has a crisp finish. Nothing really left around to enjoy after the drink.

Overall Impression- Very enjoyable! Has perfect amount of raspberry taste that makes it not go over the edge. Perfect to style of Pale Wheat Ale and could drink many back to back! Could enjoy more but now about to move on to some other beers I got from Lukas. Cheers!

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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%.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
2.89/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Looks like a pale ale or light lager. Pours golden light and see through. Small white head that clears quickly. Highly carbonated.

S: Awesome raspberry smell. Touch of grain/wheat malt.

T: Taste is ok. Not much raspberry flavor. Tastes like a filtered pale wheat with a hint of raspberry. Disappointing as I was hoping for a much more bold flavor.

M: Clean, crisp and watery.

O: I wouldn't buy this again because the flavor just doesn't stand out as it should. This reminds me too much of a mass marketed light lager. Bland and watery. Not for me.

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Photo of engagechad
3.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased as a single from Total Wine in Richmond, VA - poured into pint

Pours a transparent yellow piss color with almost no head from an aggressive pour. Smells medicinal but it does have a hint of nice raspberry in there, however for the most part it smells of a flavored champagne. Taste is also medicinal, fizzy and not really great. Feels thin and pinches the tongue with the alcohol.

Overall - this is not a beer I would buy again but It isn't terrible and it may serve as a transition beer for people who like ciders?

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Photo of pzrhsau
3.98/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy light gold with a decent head that dissipates very quickly.
S: Raspberry jam aroma with some slight maltiness.
T: Very sweet and crisp raspberry flavor with some seedy woodiness to it. The beer has some nice hop bitterness to finish but there is a gap in the flavor.
D/O: crisp and clean. Very light and drinkable on the tongue. Great outdoor summer beer but the beer fits too much in the raspberry category and lacks some of the overall balance of a beer.

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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.

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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 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.

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Photo of HattedClassic
2.62/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A clear, golden wheat color with one fingered head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Raspberry! Not thick but scented heavily enough to be pleasing.

Taste: I'm pretty disappointed that the taste did not live up to the smell. Instead of a dominant raspberry flavor, I get a bitter taste and a very weak raspberry after taste.

Mouthfeel: Watery with medium carbonation.

Overall: This beer is not the worst that I've had but it doesn't rank anywhere near the best. I don't recommend this one.

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Photo of AdamBear
2.54/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A-light clear gold with a thin white head. its very bubbly

S-smells like an adjunct with a whole lot of raspberries added in. its actually quite a strong scent, just not a high quality scent.

T-comes in with a really light taste of wheat and a really strong taste of candied raspberries. that tastes becomes bitter quickly, and its a bitter that just feels out of place. The bitterness actually over powers the other tastes. the after-taste is really light of raspberries. this is not a great beer. it seems to be something brewed that is supposed to attract women.

M-high carbonation with a dry finish

D-this is definitely a beer for women. definitely not something i'll be wanting again. it word "wheat" needs to be taken out of this title.

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Photo of cdawg234669
3.7/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Southern Tier brewery. This review is more of a suggestion. I'm not usually one for mixing beers, and I am really not a huge fan of fruit beers, but as per my quest to drink every beer in the world, I decided I needed to suck it up and drink it.

The bartender mixed this beer with a shot of the Souther Tier Choklat and it was amazing. I think that for those of you who don't enjoy fruit beers, but still like to experience new beers; a mix of these two is a must.

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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 PorterLambic
2.95/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear with just a film for a head.
Smell is malt and raspberry.
Taste is a candy-like raspberry, some malt, hops.
Tart, with an unexpected crispness. Fairly good carbonation and a dry finish. Medium body. Just an OK brew, nothing to seek out.

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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 cbutova
3.27/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Uber pale straw hue. A small fizzy white head builds up and falls pretty much right away. Easy to see a ton of nice carbonation bubbles floating up, ultra clear. No lace for me.

S- Actually pretty decent. The raspberry fruit is big but I don't think it is artificial feeling or candy-like. The pale wheat malt backbone is also there and not quite as pleasant.

T- Very pale malt with a huge presence of bread from the yeast. The raspberry is very light and just let's the average malt shine. The faint raspberry and malt sugar blend to make this taste like a soda, different.

MF- High carbonation and a very, very light body. A slightly creamy feel overall.

DB- This is the most soda-like beer I have ever had. It tastes like one of those "adult" or sophisticated sparkling fruit beverages, odd indeed. I could easily session this isn't strong enough for me.

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Photo of nosurrender23
3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grade for the group = C.

"Likeable - good for fruity beers but not my scene."

First, the beer pours with a clear yellow apple juice color with no head.

The fruit smell jumps out of the sample cup, which led many to believe that Jamie would give this beer an A+ judging by smell.

When in the mouth, the beer had a light, watery taste that would be good for a hot day.

As far as drinking the beer is concerned, many noted it had a sweet, summer taste that is probably popular with the ladies and is similar in taste to most sparkling fruit drinks. One stated that they absolutely could drink more.

Finally, the beer had a taste that is smooth with a raspberry wheat finish. Others felt the beer was very much a "niche beer" and tasted similar to lipstick, an ice pop, or like soda pop.

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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 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.

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Photo of skenyon1811
2.87/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint.

A: Crystal clear golden yellow color, boarding on that neon cheap beer look. Hardly any head. Not the best looking beer.

S: All berry. It is a very sweet smell. Almost smells artificial, like a candle. Not many layers here.

T: Very fruity at first. It sort of tastes like extract rather than real raspberries. It has a nicer dry finish with a tiny bite. Kind of finishes like a wine. I like the beer the more I sipped it. This is still nothing outstanding.

M: Very light body and fizzy like a soda. I am not really into the extremely light bodied beers.

D: This beer is very easy to drink. It does not sit heavy and the carbonation is good for the type of beer. However I would not see myself drinking more than one of these at a time.

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Photo of kimbo33
4.21/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can't understand why people hate on this one so badly. Its a nice beer! Actually doesnt have that jolly rancher taste like many raspberry beers have. Has the nice tartness of the real raspberry. Also has some nice hop tones to give it some bitterness. The hop aroma even comes through. Crystal clear easy to drink.

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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.

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

traded a SN celebration for this at a party last night in my quest to review all southern tier beers.

12oz bottle pulled from my fridge poured into a hefe glass. no freshness date.

pours out a super clear pale yellow, slightly golden color. one finger of pure white soapy, creamy head with some average retention. bits of sticky lace. tons of rushing bubbles.

the aroma is almost all sweet raspberries, a little tart smelling. slightly medicinal.

sweet, slightly tart raspberries are the main player with some grains in the background. watered down.

very light bodied, over carbonated.

drinkability is really good. a one demonsional beer, but it would go down like water on hot sumer days. i could see my girlfriend enjoying this quite a bit.

as far as fruit wheat beers go, its pretty good, but i couldnt see myself ever buying this.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
2.95/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Just holding onto the last goodness of summer...in a bottle.

Straw-orange colored, factory carbonated...nothing too special. I would have enjoyed this beer more if it were unfiltered.

Strong candy raspberry, faintly sour, but I can already guess how this beer will taste based on its smell.

I would drink this over a coors or budweiser, but don't expect me to sip it casually or drink more than one. I recommend ice cold temperatures with a little umbrella in your glass... this thing is as fruity as a margarita. Comparable to a raspberry soda that finishes with a tiny bit of wheatiness.
Very watered down.

Unfortunately, this beer feels like a beer much cheaper than what was paid for it. Super seltzer carbonation with the wheat base buttoned down to being a mere subtle endnote. Typical weak summer ABV that is more like an ABS brake system to me enjoying any type of buzz this beer could have provided.

I had higher hopes, but I don't know why...I guess I will just take what i can get for free and drink it down with a smile on my face. Get this for your girlfriend and i don't mean to hate on fruit infused beers...I have a bottle of DFH Fort sitting right behind me that would put an ass-whoopin to this beer in more ways than one.

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Photo of Mit
3.34/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-clear golden colour with a respectable head.

S-Bursting with Raspberry. Very clean smelling, very simple IMO

T-Raspberry at the forefront followed by a nice slight bitterness to balance the taste out.

M-Feels heavier than a 4.5 abv beer.

D-This is summertime beer for sure. I could polish off several while doing yard work or just lounging in the pool.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.03/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I love Southern Tier's beers - really, I do. I saw on here that this is their lowest-rated offering currently available and I had to try one to see for myself. Unfortunately, this is the case as like most other brewers, these guys should have stayed away from brewing a fruit beer...

Nothing memorable about the pour except for the head, which was nice and fluffy. Golden in hue, raspberry in aroma, and somewhat crisp in taste. There's a bit of a biscuit in the Pils-like mouthfeel but if you're looking for a classic summer lawnmower beer, this fits the bill. Nothing memorable about this and the fruit flavor tends to feel on the syrupy side (both in taste and imagery). There's nothing complex about this but at the same time, it doesn't go down as easily as a watered-down macro.

Sure, there's alchol in this but you'll hardly notice it as you down the bottle. I really believe that every beer is worth trying once but only go for this if you *love* fruit beers and want to knock this one off of your to-do list. Southern Tier has too much out there to let me think less of them after trying this but I wish they would replace this with something a bit more daring and memorable.

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