Raspberry Wheat | Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
United States
ironhillbrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
81
Reviews:
26
Avg:
3.42
pDev:
16.37%
 
 
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Ratings: 81 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of kylehay2004
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed at the Wilimington, DE location brewpub.

A: thin to no head on a clear golden with slight crimson hue body.

S: wheat, pale malts and raspberry however not a very sweet aroma, more musty.

T: this one starts with sweet raspberry and strawberry flacvors up front but moves to a bitter finish which lingers for quite a while. Pale malt mustiness throughout.

M: light body and high carbonation

Overall: this one doesnt so much taste good but I appreciate it as a fruit beer that isnt just a tastless base beer with overly sweet fruit added to it.

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of jlindros
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at brew pub.

Hazy golden orange color very light head.

Nose has sweet fruity syrup, touch of raspberry, some sweet malty aromas not really sure about wheat.

Taste has sweet raspberry, fruity, light wheat, light toasty malts, syrupy fruit flavor not sure if there was any real fruit in it. Finishes a bit sticky and a weird fruit flavor on the finish.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall kinda meh, not my style of beer or at least not done to my liking. Not really a clean or good fruit taste, a bit fake tasting, very light and sweet and not clean on the finish either.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Iron Hill, Media, PA

Not really my style, but it wasn't too bad. Light and somewhat refreshing. Fruit-infused wheat beers tend to disappoint me a lot. They always seem to sound better than they taste. But the ladies seem to like them.

Poured golden yellow with a light white head that didn't stay around too long. Aroma is of wheat and mild raspberry. Taste of acidic wheat and raspberry, mildly biting hops. Light mouthfeel with a bitter aftertaste. Moderately drinkable, but just not my style.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev +21.1%
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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Photo of orangesol
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of malfunxion
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of IPAchris
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of tobelerone
2.8/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Iron Hill Media.

A slightly hazy, gold-bodied beer with a very small head that settles quickly and leaves slippery lacing. Nose is a mix of fresh raspberry, tart and sweet, with a grainy wheat note and a touch of toasty malt.

The flavor is a little off-putting; the raspberry ends up coming off oddly perfumy, lacking a fresh tart aspect or even ample sweetness; the wheat has an almost dirty taste to boot. Dry finish with a lingering perfume note I didn't relish. I almost wish this beer was a bit sweeter and more soda-like because I found the flavor it did have to be thin and a little unpleasant.

Light bodied; quite watery, with lowish carbonation. Rather than being smooth it feels rather flat and undercarbonated. Lacks crispness and the quenching feel that might help this out a good deal. None too agreeable, I'm afraid. I don't want to say this beer was terrible, but it wasn't a sweet fruit beer, or a dry beer with authentic raspberry flavor, or even a sour raspberry framboise-style brew either. I don't know what exactly it was but I do know it wasn't my cup of tea.

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Photo of jbaker67
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
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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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
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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Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of francisweizen
3.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad little brew, this one. Light golden with a white/pink head of foam. Aromas are of Raspberry syrup, yeast, wheat, and not much else. The taste is very wheaty up front with the Raspberry flavors hitting hard in the middle, leading into a clean, wheaty finish. The mouthfeel is light and the drinkability is good. A refreshing summer quaffer.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
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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Photo of reebtaerG
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A very translucent golden body with a small white head. Ok retention and some spotty lacing left behind.

The nose has a touch of raspberry with a bit of wheat behind it. Not a very strong aroma by any means.

Up front comes a touch of raspberry flavor that is weak, but certainly seems natural; equally sweet and tart. The finish has a cereal like quality as the wheat expressed itself.

Really thin and light, which I guess they were going for, but I would prefer that they not filter it, maybe it would have a bit more body.

Decent beer, but a little weak overall. Pretty drinkable on a day like today when it is 85 and humid.

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Photo of funkel81
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of brez8791
3/5  rDev -12.3%

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Raspberry Wheat from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
3.42 out of 5 based on 81 ratings.
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