Whole Hog Raspberry Saison | Stevens Point Brewery

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Whole Hog Raspberry SaisonWhole Hog Raspberry Saison
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stevens Point Brewery
Wisconsin, United States
pointbeer.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by cokes on 07-28-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
76
Reviews:
33
Avg:
3.12
pDev:
20.83%
 
 
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2
Gots:
2
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2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

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3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mporter249
3.78/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Golden-red, cloudy. A thin head that dissipates quickly. Very inviting looking.

Smell: Berries, a little bit of the danky smell I'm starting to associate with saisons. Definitely sweet smelling, maybe a little caramel. Vaguely leafy and flowery. After I've drunk a little I swear I'm picking up on smokiness, too.

Taste: Ooh, this is interesting. Sweet, followed by a little muted...maybe some dankiness, then more sweet (but a different sweet, tending almost towards sickly-sweet, but not too far), and an almost smoky taste as it goes down. I'm not getting a ton of the raspberry, but I think it's just enough. I'm not usually a fan of saisons, so I'll credit the little raspberry with balancing it in a way I really like. A little watery at some points, but I'm not sure that detracts from it, in my taste. Other parts of the taste are intense enough that it's a little bit of a nice break. I don't think this is a new favorite, but I definitely find this to be an interesting beer.

Mouthfeel: A little bit of carbonation up front and then less, then more building as it sits. Light, a little watery, but not too much.

Overall: I like it. I don't love it, but it's pretty good. I don't think I'd order it out with friends, but it's nice to sit and enjoy.

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3.75/5  rDev +20.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz twist-off bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
7.2% ABV, 13925F on the neck.

A - A shallow haze forms over the goldenrod beer which is briefly topped with an effervescent white head. Fingers of lace reach up the glass but curl back to the ring of roam that's left on the top of the beer.

S - Stevens Point Whole Hog Raspberry Saison opens with a nice nose of bright yeast esters; spice abounds with layers of clay, white pepper, lemongrass, and bitter orange peel. Malt sweetness is aplenty, though vaguely reminiscent of malt extract, with sweet pilsner, caramel, and pale graininess creating a backbone. It's odd that through the rest of the nose, raspberry seems subdued, almost forgotten about with light tart fruit notes blowing a kiss on the finish.

T - Abundant sweetness washes over the tongue casting aside much of the aroma's nuances for a simple, up front malt character. Pilsner malt and caramel mix with what seems like plenty of Belgian blonde candi sugar. Light spice follows with, again, a kiss of sweet raspberry flavor on the back end.

M - Medium-full bodied, this saison has light carbonation for the style which doesn't help the fact it's already a beefy-feeling beer. Sweetness is big but not quite cloying and mildly balanced by dry spice and tart fruit notes for a moderately drinkable saison for the heft it hides.

O - The aroma of Stevens Point Whole Hog Raspberry Saison offers a nice look into the depth of character a saison can have but missed the mark regarding the aroma's transition to flavor which is heavily malty and sweet. To even things out, this beer could use a little more fresh raspberry and hop balance though lowering the malt bill to allow more yeast to shine through might be the acceptable approach. Flavorful nonetheless.

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3.75/5  rDev +20.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of avalon07
3.04/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brown-yellow color and a dirty, cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: The raspberry is evident in the aroma, but not much else. A little bit of the saison funk, but not much.

T: Tasted of malt, the advertised raspberries, some yeast, and a little but of the aforementioned saison funk. There's simply not that much going on here. It's a thin brew that lets the fruit dominate its flavor.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Kind of a weak effort here. It seems more like a failed experiment than anything else.

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3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +20.2%

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3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +20.2%

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3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Holland
2.2/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: golden, slightly cloudy, with no head at all

S: vomit mixed with spice and a hint of raspberry...okay, not much vomit, but it's not a great smell. Alcohol and acid and spice sum it up.

T: tastes like an average saison with raspberry flavoring. A bit salty, plus the tastes don't mix too well. Too much alcohol flavor.

M: plenty of carbonation but the body is too thick for a saison, so the carbonation can't shine

O: why would I ever get this? It doesn't even sound good. Just glad I only bought a single 12 ounce.

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2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +44.2%

Photo of schoolboy
3.82/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like this more as a fruit beer than a saison. I am just a luke warm fan of Stevens Point, but this one is pretty OK.

It has the usual saison grassy flavor with a bit more regular hops and all of it tempered by a nice fruit flavor. The aroma is a nice fresh blend of things including the fruit.

The aftertaste has a solid booze going on, but again, with fruit under it. I won't go looking for this, but it was an interesting taste.

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4.25/5  rDev +36.2%

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3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of FosterJM
2.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1376th Review on BA
Bottle to Ithaca Tulip
12oz

No bottle date
Purchased from Total Wine, Las Vegas for 1.79

App- When this pours out its like a mix of honey and apple juice. Its a weird looking orange and yellows. A small 1/4" head forms thats was off white with no cling.

Smell- You get a bunch of the raspberry but smells too artificial. Has a small amount of the saison notes of wheat and spice but just off to me.

Taste- Its a saison with artificial raspberry. Wasnt the best, wasnt the worst. Had some nice flavors, a little thick and sweet but okay.

Mouth- A medium body with a thicker medium carbonation. Sweet raspberry artificial flavors.

Drink- It was less than 2. Just wont have it again.

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5/5  rDev +60.3%

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3/5  rDev -3.8%

Whole Hog Raspberry Saison from Stevens Point Brewery
3.12 out of 5 based on 76 ratings.
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