Alaskan Raspberry Wheat (Pilot Series) | Alaskan Brewing Co.

Alaskan Raspberry Wheat (Pilot Series)Alaskan Raspberry Wheat (Pilot Series)
BA SCORE
56.5%
Liked This Beer
3.68 w/ 161 ratings
Alaskan Raspberry Wheat (Pilot Series)Alaskan Raspberry Wheat (Pilot Series)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
alaskanbeer.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by popery on 05-11-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#29,505
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
161
Liked:
91
Avg:
3.68/5
pDev:
11.96%
Alströms:
4.12
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
20
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 161 |  Reviews: 52
Reviews by Zorro:
Photo of Zorro
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber colored beer with a pinkish tinge to it, the off-white colored head also has a pinkish tinge.

Smells strongly of raspberry. Sweet smelling with a faint herbal hop aroma, raspberry over powers everything else.

Starts out slightly sour with a good raspberry flavor and a layer of malt. Much drier in the mouth than the smell would make you think. Get sweeter as you drink it this never becomes a sweet beer. A rather mild wheat beer that features the flavor of raspberries and not much else.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty fruit wheat beer. Particularly good for those who don't like overly sweet beers.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of SuqMadique
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Tiernan
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #54 (July 2011):

Ah, the good ol’ Raspberry Wheat. A style that dates way back to when brewers didn’t even have email, and suits were throwing money at the craft brewing industry to see if it would stick. Cloudy burgundy color; white head holds strong. Sweet raspberry fruitiness, some tartness with a bready maltiness ... a clean, fruity nose. Medium body. Raspberry sings strong but stays away from being sweet. Quick flash of tartness, grainy maltiness and alcohol. This fruit beer flexes its brawn while still staying quaffable. Hands down one of the best fruit beers around.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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 rhinonau
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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 bpfrush
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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 valkyre65
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of hughesm4
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle with some friends, but the majority of it went to the wife. (She likes a lot)
a-Looked pink brown as it pours from the bottle and settles to be a red brown in the glass with absolutely no head.
s-A strong, stale raspberry smell with a few hints of a traditional hefeweizen.
m/d-A very sweet drinker with a medium body. Slightly watered down, but smooth enough.

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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 degerbah
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly clear red orange with very little head. The smell is slightly grainy with a large amount of berry aroma. Overall it kind of tastes like a splash of rasberry schnapps into a BMC beer. It's pretty good, but not worth the effort to import it to the midwest.

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Photo of Shawner
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Oboogie
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of StephRai
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of jheezee
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Glibber
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of inthebeeraisle
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hadn't had a pilot series 22 oz bottle yet. Poured into an Imperial Pint glass.

A: A reddish hue. More of a dark orange leaning towards red. Pretty much no head or lacing. Unfiltered enough that I couldn't see my fingers through the glass.

S: A faint aroma overall, but a nice fruity aroma altogether. Smells like the beer will be tart & refreshing.

T: A mildly tart taste that envokes summer BBQ's. Less wheat taste then I expected.

M: A really nice, clean mouthfeel that still reminds you of a fleshly raspberry.

O: Better then an average take on a very American style of fruity beer.

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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 Keith_R
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of trappistlover
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(22oz bottle from Total Wine Desert Ridge). Pours a cloudy red-orange color with a red-hued head. Carbonation is quite active. Aroma is predominantly raspberries, but also contains some bready, biscuity notes. Taste is sweet, but not overdone with loads of raspberries again. Thin bodied with an oily texture. Finish is smooth as the raspberries again shine. Alcohol is well hidden. This is a pretty good beer although its price makes it less interesting. Hard to beat New Glarus in the fruit beer space.

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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 Socalbeerlover
2.71/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A.Pours a hazy brownish pink with little head ,tiny bubbles ,no lacing as I finish the glass.
S.Sour berries faint malt,like they added artificial flavoring's to a BMC.
T.Not much berry flavor , mild tartness, bland wheat, thin.
M.Flat ,little carb,not very exciting really.
O.Its better the colder it is.On a hot day after mowing the lawn I could drink one but really not very impressed.Could have had a lot more berry and bite, no real crispness, disappointing.

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Alaskan Raspberry Wheat (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 56.5% out of 100 with 161 ratings
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