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Raspberry Wheat | Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Brewed by:
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A pale, filtered American wheat beer brewed with a touch of natural raspberry flavor.

20 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2003

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look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden colored, Light, and carbonated-looking. The head is very thin and light.

S - Sweet, you can smell the raspberries and it tickles the nose due to the bubbles.

T - Light taste, soft on the raspberry flavor so it is very refreshing, not overpowering at all. Not much body to the beer so for stout or heavy lager drinkers I can see how this beer may let you down. But if you enjoy Blue Moon, you'll most likely love this Raspberry Wheat.

M - Very drinkable, it is easy to chug this beer if you so chose, though I suggest just enjoying the flavor. It has the feel of a soda-water which again is refreshing.

O - I regularly order this beer when I dine at Iron Hill in Lancaster, PA. It is always on tap and it has become one of my favorite beers so I'm upset Iron Hill doesn't bottle and sell their beers outside of the restaurants so I could enjoy a case at home.

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4.14/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured like a witbier - pale, hazy/cloudy gold - with a wispy, thin head of loose white foam that laced nicely.

Oh, the nose is wonderful. Such strong raspberry aroma...delicious. The nose carried thru to the tongue as the initial taste is ripe with raspberry (almost lambiclike), which faded to a slow fade to the beer's wheat origins. You can't help but think & taste summer. The throat was a luscious slide into a swirl of the beer's main proponents with a pleasingly bittersweet, yet mild, aftertaste.

This would be a great session offering, or go well with spicy food or even some desserts. A fantastic summer ale.

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4.14/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Having attended last Saturday's "Drink Your Wheaties" fest at SPTR, I feel eminently qualified to review a wheat beer.

It began with a finger-and-a-half of bubbly, bone-white head that began falling away rather quickly. The bubbles certainly brought out the raspberry nose, however. This was a fresh red raspberry scent that immediately transported me back to my late paternal grandmother's garden at 141 N. Broad St. She used to make homemade preserves with her berries, but I like the idea of putting them into beer better. In fact, I have been somewhere in my extensive travels (BOS Beer Works?) that puts actual berries into the beer just before presentation to the customer. The mouthfeel was medium, but all was secondary to the intense raspberry flavor on the tongue. It bordered on perfume-y, but Mr. Rutherford seemed to know just where to stop. The color was a slightly hazy golden-yellow. The finish lingered with raspberry. It was not a beer that I would make a steady diet of, but as a dessert beer? Sure! That, plus it beat the blandness of some of those straight wheat beers. Just sayin' ...

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3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a pint

Pours a gold infused orange with a thin, less than one finger head that fell quickly to form a thin collar. A small amount of visible carbonation and little no lacing.

The aroma of sweet and tart raspberries leap out of the glass from close to an arm's length away. Not overly oppressive though, which is a good thing.

Fresh, tart and sweet. A very clean fruit infused pale wheat ale. Sugary sweetness with a biting tartness from the raspberries with clean pale malt and a crisp, dry finish. They found a nice balance here between sweet and tart. Pleasantly surprised.

Light to medium body with a clean, crisp finish. Smooth and velvety. The carbonation nears perfection on this.

A low abv and a crisp, refreshing flavor profile make this tremendously easy to drink.

I tend to shy away from fruit beers but this was a diamond in the rough. A nice balance of tart and sweet with a fresh, fruity feel that is extremely refreshing. Excellent in the summer months, but just as delicious year-round.

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3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a style of beer that you find all over at local brewpubs. On a very hot afternoon, this makes for a great choice.

A clear, golden color. Not pink or cloudy. The smell was nice...not too strong. A hint of the raspberry in the scent, but not enough where it might turn you off.

I enjoyed the taste. It reminded me of the raspberry wheat JJ Bittings always has on tap over in Woodbridge, NJ. This was sweet, but not syrupy sweet. If you don't like fruit style beers, then stay away.

It probably goes better on its own, than accompany food. A nice, freshing drink.

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3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer is excellent. The color was rich and inviting with a nice head that does not diminish. Taste is exactly as one would expect for a fruit beer, warm and fulfilling.

Definalty a beer I would love to drink again. I find, however, that this is not a session beer. I would recomend the Iron Hill American Wheat beer for that.

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer had a golden hazy appearance with moderate head that fizzled to a thin film.
It smelled slightly of raspberries and corn
When I tried it I immediately thought I was eating air popped popcorn and drinking raspberry mineral water. It finished with a tart raspberry taste that was not overpowering.
It had moderate carbonation with a medium to light body.
I felt this was a nice light summer beer for lunch or a light dinner.

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served as a slightly hazy amber colored beer with moderate white puffy head.
Smell shows strong berry notes (as would be expected).
Taste also has a strong berry character.
Finishes with more berry tastes without being overly sweet.
An OK beer. One is enough though. I was warned by the waitress that this beer has a strong taste retention, which I do not really agree with.

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3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a crystal golen-orange with a thin, skimp covering for a head that was dull while and almost immediately dissipated. The visible effervesce was faint with only 1 visible stream of micro bubbles lazily rising to the surface. Other then that there was not much else to go on here.

S: The nose was fresh and fruity with tart raspberries. Overall well suited per style and delivering as promised with hints of sugary sweetness that was detected several feet from the glass.

T: The flavor was tart and fruity with a modest helping of fresh raspberries that was well mannered and not overly sweet or bearing. Honestly wasn't expecting much from this drink but was pleasantly surprised how honest the flavor was and how well balanced it was as well. Hints of sugary sweetness does come through but is well balanced by the tart fresh berries that gives this a good balance.

M: medium full, slick and smooth with very little carbonation. A dry tart fruitiness laces the tongue sending the beer down with moderately good results.

D: Drinkability is good, even if your not a fan of fruit/herb beers. This is not, I repeat not a girlie drink, but a very enjoyable and well balanced fruit beer, and the nature of the drink should not stop you from sampling a glass. Would make for a good summer quencher and was pleasantly surprised by the flavor. At 4.1%abv I could drink 2 or 3 of these without being overwhelmed.

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Raspberry Wheat from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
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