Raspberry Wheat (Pilot Series)
Alaskan Brewing Co.

Raspberry Wheat (Pilot Series)Raspberry Wheat (Pilot Series)
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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #233
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
83
Ranked #36,752
Avg:
3.68 | pDev: 12.23%
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
173
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Alaskan Brewing Co.
 
Alaska, United States
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Raspberry Wheat (Pilot Series)Raspberry Wheat (Pilot Series)
Notes: With nearly one pound of real fruit per gallon, Alaskan Raspberry Wheat has the inviting aroma of fresh-picked raspberries and an enticing red hue. The flavor of the raspberries lends a tartness that balances the full-bodied wheat profile and malt sweetness. Bigger than most traditional fruit beers, Alaskan Raspberry Wheat adds an extra kick to its dry and effervescent finish.
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Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 173
Photo of vette2006c5r
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Raspberry wheat pours a reddish color, with not much head. Very mellow aroma, hints of fresh raspberries. Flavor is lighter, with a subtle, not too sweet, raspberry flavor. Goody body and feel. Overall, its a lighter, not too sweet, fruit beer.

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Photo of tigg924
3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Had on tap. Pours clear reddish brown in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is raspberries and wheat. Light bodied, moderate carbonation and sweet. The beer delivers what it says it is going to. Good raspberry taste, but nothing exciting and nothing I have not had before. Decent, but will have several other Alaskan beers before I try this again.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 22 oz bottle in a snifter. This FINE brew pours a rich dark reddish mahogany
with a nice head of white foam that subsides to a thick ring and thin pooling layer with subtle
lacing. Nose of rich raspberries drenched in honey, breaded malts, some light grain notes, and
subtle floral notes as well. Flavors hit the note with breaded malts and grain elements hit
nicely and squarely in the middle with a balanced raspberry note that has notes of honey
and light cracker elements mingling with light herbal hop notes. Excellent mouth feel; medium
light body, moderately dry, and a fruit touched wheat laden finish. Overall a stand out brew from a great
brewery.

Cheers

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 10/1/2016. Pours slightly hazy deep orange/amber light reddish/copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big juicy and lightly tart/tangy raspberries, fruit skin, wheat, cracker, biscuit dough, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance of raspberries, bready malt, and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big juicy and lightly tart/tangy raspberries, fruit skin, wheat, cracker, biscuit dough, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness; and tangy fruit tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of juicy/tart/tangy raspberries, fruit skin, wheat, cracker, biscuit dough, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Great robustness and balance of raspberries, bready malt, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/tartness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from bitter/tart/tangy notes as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, bready/grainy/creamy, and slightly acidic/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 6.5%. Overall this is a great fruit beer! All around great robustness and balance of raspberries, bready malt, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink with the lightly tart/tangy/bitter finish. Perfectly balanced fruit and pale/wheat malts, with just enough hop presence to balanced the sweetness. Never slick or syrupy from fruit notes. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an English pint glass.
The appearance was a semi-dark purple to dark brown woody color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that swiftly slid off to leave some super light lace running here and there.
The aroma had a decent blend between sweet and tart red raspberry tones closing down on some sweet wheaty portions and bringing about some hints of sweet grass.
The flavor leaned towards the blend of the sweet and tart raspberry qualities. Wheat played a little bit with the sweet quality but seemed more relaxed as the aftertaste seemed to absorb the raspberry sweet and tartness.
The mouthfeel was almost medium bodied and had a good sessionability about it. Carbonation felt spot on. ABV felt fine. Wheat helped create a nice absorbent body.
Overall, pretty nice raspberry wheat ale that Alaskan did. Well worthy to have during the warmer months of the year! Also, might be nice with some cheesecake to fashion a great Summer evening dessert.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Deep orange amber with slight reddish hue and a frothy fizzy tan head that quickly settles to a thin layer and leaves just a little spotty lacing.

S: Sweet raspberries dominate with just a hint of bready wheat.

T: Raspberry runs the show, a little mild wheat, a hint of honey, and just a touch of tartness. Nicely balanced, doesn't get cloyingly sweet like some other raspberry beers I've had.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Not overly complex, just a tasty easy drinking raspberry beer.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nothing compares to a bowl fresh raspberries filled with half and half and sprinkled with sugar but since it's not the season for fresh raspberries this will do, and do quite well at that, since it reminded me of the aforementioned.
Thanks Alaskan for a good looking copper colored beer with a hint of red in it.
The tartness of raspberries comes through in all the aspects of this beer: aroma, taste, mouth feel, and aftertaste which I really enjoyed. The actual raspberry taste could a been a bit more but I would rather have less than overkill any day when it comes to fruit tastes in beer, thus with this beer you still can taste the barley malts which is a plus for any non-IPA beer (according to me).

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The slightly hazy pour reveals an amber beer with the color impacted by the infusion of raspberry; a one inch head sticks nicely and leaves spots of lacing behind

Smell: Wheat bread with raspberry tones

Taste: Moderately tart raspberry flavors take over from the outset, with just a hint of wheat bread providing the backbone; the raspberry flavor is somewhere between jam (with a hint of sweetness) and fresh raspberry and while the sweetness lingers into the finish, the overall impression is slightly tart and dry

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is one of those surprising beers - I wasn't expecting much but its flavor exceeded my expectations

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Photo of Carlson8tor
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Wheat smelling aroma with a hint of raspberries. Raspberry flavor right up front mixes well with the wheat profile. I'd like to see a little more raspberry flavoring. Overall a good balance with a little bitterness towards the end.

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Had on tap at the Bryant Lake Bowl, Minneapolis
This has a strong raspberry aroma over hops and light wheat.
A slightly hazy reddish gold under a creamy white finely bubbled 1/2" foam cap.
Palate: big raspberry but the malt tastes a little thin with a suggestion of solvent and the tartness from the raspberries is not very noticeable. The keg or beer lines may be off.
Medium low body, medium high carbonation.

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Photo of NeedBeerHere
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours out a dark red/maroon in color with a two finger, white head with good retention and some really nice lacing. Smell is nothing but straight raspberry -- really fragrant and enticing. I don't get anything else from the nose. Taste is a GREAT wheat beer much like what I would expect from a hefe with berries but not so heavy on the yeast. The bouquet in the mouth is a little wheat if you try but almost all raspberries. The mouthfeel is decently thick for the style. It's not real heavy but the carbonation is right on for the style. This is the wheat beer with fruit that I love to find and others strive to make. This is a very good beer.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

AK Raspberry Wheat
Looks ruby red/ tart color.
Tart raspberry smell.
Tastes like raspberries and wheat, creamy so.
Tart puckering finish. Drinkable.
Enjoyed this oppty here in Ketchikan to drink this, as the local bartender told of how fast it will sell out even here in AK.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear copper color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is decent to good. Lacing is good. Has a mainly raspberry aroma with hints of wheat. Strong raspberry taste with a wheat edge. A little bready. Like I would expect from this beer. Decent. Not bad. Not great. Light bodied with mild to moderate carbonation.

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Photo of gatornation
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark garnet color with a pink head. Smell of raspberry and wheat . Taste was tart with fresh raspberry. Mouth feel was tart with low carbonation. On tap is all you need and no more than 10oz.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on sale for just under 7 bucks. pours a really thick and cloudy purpley brown color with a pretty excited off white head ab out 2 inches tall. it smelled like raspberry jam, sweet and homemade, but not fresh berries. there was also a surprisingly bold malt profile to this, biscuity, like dessert. the flavor was a little weird i thought, bright berry taste at first, fading to a sweet english malt sweetness. there is also quite a bit of fruity yeast to this as well, which gives it a unique mouthfeel. i wasnt in love with the feel though, its pretty dense for a fruity wheat beer, and the yeast makes it even heavier. carbonation was good. this was a fun beer overall, but i dont think it totally came together in an amazing way. still, always glad to try their pilot series stuff.

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Photo of Viper29223
4.36/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful aromatic beer with hint of raspberry tartness but not to tart and some other floral notes i couldnt pinpoint but smells quite nice and the taste doesn't disappoint either had the good fortune to be at The Mad Hatter in Stillwater Minnesota and always has great taps like the amazing beers being put out of Alaskan Brewery so if you enjoy beers brewed with fruit give it a shot

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Photo of phishsihq
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Alaskan Raspberry Wheat flies out of the Pilot Series and splashes into the glass as a hazy, deep ruby colored brew. An off-white head sits a top the beer and seems to have a reddish tint - retention and lace are both pretty good. Raspberry dominates the nose, that and slight whiffs of raspberry. A slight tartness and touch of sourness begin and fade quickly as the raspberry flavors take over with the wheat flavors only slightly noticeable. The wheat provides a good base in this medium body, moderate carbonated brew. Cannot wait for the Baltic Porter to return this year!

Cheers!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly murky reddish-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grain/wheat and some raspberry and other berry aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight tartness to it. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable and refreshing but not something I would likely go after again.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - dark red in color, clear, with good carbonation and about half a finger's worth of light tan-colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - malty fruity smell, not too surprising. Not much otherwise.

Taste - Also a fruity/malty smell, also not surprising. And not much else in the taste otherwise.

Mouthfeel - pretty well-balanced, but leans a little on the watery side.

Overall - Not a bad brew at all, but not terribly complex

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Photo of jjanega08
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Possible freshness dating stamped on the bottle near the bar code reads
19
C 111412

A= Pours a reddish brown color with a thick two fingers of head on it that holds great retention and lacing on the side of the glass.

S= Smells like fresh unsweetened raspberries. A nice sweeter beer is the base with a slight tartness to it as well. There is a little bit of a wheat character but it's a little light.

T= The taste brings the wheat through much better. This makes it much more of a "beer" and less of a fruit juice. There is a bit of the unsweetened raspberries in there but mostly just a really great wheat character.

M= A nice average carbonation and weight.

O= This is a solid beer from Alaskan. Not over the top fruit but just enough to back up the wheat character. The beer itself isn't overly sweet like many fruit beers are but rather a nice compliment to the wheat.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.14/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

2.5 A: Moderately hazed orange amber color. Two fingers of frothy beige/tan head. Retention is poor and no lacing is left.

3.5 S: Smells just like raspberry cider or something along those lines. Lots of raspberry, but not a lot of "beer." Still, it smells good enough.

3.0 T: It tastes like beer, but not a very impressive one. Standard, neutral maltiness. Enough raspberry to give some flavor and a mild tartness, but not enough to make its addition work (unlike NG RT).

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good higher end carbonation. Not very creamy, but crisp.

3.0 D: Drinkable, but not something you'd buy again.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and cloudy reddish orange with lots of rising bubbles. Huge five finger head which is off white with a light tint of red. Decent retention. Leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Huge raspberry aroma along with the wheat. Wheat grains and pale biscuity malts. Very strong smell of raspberry fruits that are moderately tart and sweet. Light hints of earthy hops in the background. A straightforward smell but a good one.

Taste: Like the smell indicates, a big taste of raspberries. The fruits are moderately tart and not overly sweet. Solid base of wheat grains. A little hint of caramel malts. Surprisingly solid earthy hop presence adds a little spicy bitter kick. Tastes very good for the style.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and slightly syrupy. Crisp and smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid fruit beer. Raspberries are used well and not overly sweet. Nice hope presence behind the fruits.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle for $7.75.

A hazy reddish beer with a 1 finger head of foam and plenty of lacing, I smelled the raspberries as soon as I removed the cap.

The tart berries dominated the smell but it had a hint or 2 of sweetness and some of the wheat managed to make it to my nose buds.

This is tasty...a nice job by Alaskan with the raspberries; good tartness, very light sweet note, more assertive wheat flavor, dry to the palate, and easy drinking. I feel what they've done with this beer is similar to what New Belgium has done with Frambozen, despite the obvious differences with the base beer.

I'm really enjoying Raspberry Wheat and I'll buy and drink some more.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from session notes.

Poured into the glass a pink-tinged orangish-amber sort of color with a limited amount of head and rather minimal lacing. Smells of straightforward yet dry raspberries covering up almost all other aromas other than a faint twangy whisper of wheat. Tart, 'dirty' sort of flavor that remains as dry as the nose had promised. Medium body and carbonation levels, good crisp feelings.

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Photo of jdense
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared with colleagues, 1.20.11.

Faint light pinkish yellow body, clear, less than a finger of off-white head, several streams of carbonation rising to surface, fairly quick dissipation. The raspberries are pretty assertive in the nose, masking floral hop notes. Taste is berry-forward, more tart than sweet, hops masked by the berries. Mouthfeel well on the light side of medium, good effervescence, not sticky, surprisingly dry finish. Really drinkable, ABV well hidden. This beer was very popular with the craft newbies, quite approachable, though could have found a bit better balance between raspberries and malt profile. Tasty, worth a try for fans of fruit beers.

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Raspberry Wheat (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 173 ratings