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

Alaskan Raspberry Wheat (Pilot Series)Alaskan Raspberry Wheat (Pilot Series)
BA SCORE
3.68/5
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:
#30,047
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
161
pDev:
11.96%
Bros Score:
4.12
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
20
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 161 |  Reviews: 52
Photo of jaydoc
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 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 kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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 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 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 mothman
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pleasant light beer with decent fruit flavor. Better than average head retention, pleasantly spritzy on the tongue. Just slightly sweet with lots of berry flavor. Hops lurk in the background, but provide enough bitterness in the aftertaste. The fruit and a little bitter seem to go well together. Attractive reddish amber color.

Seems better than a lot of flavored beers, and not a bad raspberry taste. A little jammy. Light body but creamy mouthfeel. Gets on the earthy side after a few sips.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of rab53
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 GClarkage
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Dicers
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Erik-P
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NickThePyro
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of flagmantho
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich amber color with red highlights. Head is one finger of rapidly dissipating pinkish foam. Not bad.

Smell: light and aromatic wheat and raspberry aromas. The smell is very natural, which a great thing in a fruit beer.

Taste: nice base malt flavor with raspberry highlights. Most of the fruit's sugar seems to have fermented out; this manages to be tart and earthy more than sweet, though some sweetness remains. It's good if you like tart raspberries.

Mouthfeel: medium body with an appropriate level of carbonation for the style; it works for me.

Drinkability: quite refreshing, even if it is not my favorite beer in the world. I'd rate this as more drinkable than its other scores would suggest.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -18.5%

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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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 Raziel313
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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 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 Donkster46
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 161 ratings
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