Oxford Raspberry | Heavy Seas Beer

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Oxford RaspberryOxford Raspberry

Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A filtered wheat ale brewed with fresh raspberries.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-07-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 73 | Ratings: 80
Photo of Knapp85
2.1/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I originally compared this brew to some other fruit beers that were much sweeter and to me much more appealing. I still feel that this beer was more along the lines of a lightly carbonated raspberry tea. Color was a brownish tone that looked a bit watered down. Te fruit flavors are there but just not strong enough for me.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.38/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine March 2007.

A Wheat Beer finished with raspberries rather than fruit essences. Fruit beers tend to help bridge that gap for people who aren't beer drinkers--fruity and sweet tends to be approachable.

Two healthy fingers of dense white head holds together for a good while. Brilliantly clear tawny brew. Sweet, fruity aroma of raspberries, with a bit of mineral and maltiness in the back. Very crisp and smooth with a mild tartness; moderate body reflects an ample but simple malt character. Solid raspberry flavor middle to end. Faint hop bitterness lends a kiss of spicy floral flavor and helps to balance out the fruitiness. Finishes clean and semi-sweet with a modest, bready maltiness, and lingering raspberry flavor.

The mix of wheat and fruit make for a very refreshing and drinkable beer. A good, no-frills fruit beer that's balanced and clean; a sure thing if you like fruit beers. Pairings could range from braised chicken cooked in Oxford Raspberry to simple milk chocolates.

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Photo of cdizinno
1.88/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A. light golden body

S. Slight raspberry but very weak.

T. Slight raspberry up front. Very weak. Weaker raspberry taste than the smell. Some tartness.

M. Light bodied and more like carbonated water.

I would not recommend if you are looking for a raspberry ale.

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Photo of hopdog
3.07/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

Poured a lighter golden color with a huge sized, frothy (5 finger) head. Some floaties in there as well. Strong Raspberry aroma. Raspberry in the taste (not as strong as the smell) and some malts. Fizzy and light body.

Notes from: 11/09/04.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.02/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Oxford Raspberry Wheat is a hazy amber ale with no head. The aroma is sweet. It smells like a raspberry bush or a raspberry pastry or raspberry candy. It has a light body and a tannic finish. It has a leafy flavor and reminds me of tea... raspberry tea.
(rated Aug 1, 2007)

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A light golden body with a TON of sediment. Almost no head and therefore no retention or lacing.

Slight raspberry in the nose, and some grassiness.

Taste has some raspberry up front followed by some nice tartness. A little grassy, but finishes with a sweetness that is rice or corn like.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little lifeless.

Fairly drinkable, nothing earth-shattering here.

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Photo of Rootdog316
3.39/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sparkling clear, light amber/dark golden lager. Small, fizzy, white head. The aroma is not really heavy on fruit. Very subtle raspberry. Fruity and tart flavor with a whisper of malt. Balanced nicely by lightly bitter hops. Light-bodied with a fizzy mouthfeel. Short, crisp, tart finish. A touch grassy at the very end.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.64/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this strange brew into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer? had no head whatssoever. It looked like beer other than that. The smellwas fruity like soap. The beer was cloudy and soapy tasting. I think Clipper better let this one go. I will not buy again.

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Photo of deereless
3.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Thick frothy head that dropped quickly, looks like watermelon juice, definite red/pink to the beer - 4.00, S: Raspberry is not surprisingly the dominate aroma though it isn't the thick syrupy sort of smell, some other aromas such as lemon possibly - 3.50, T: Kinda brings me back to high school, reminds me of a wine cooler in ways, some tartness on the tail - 3.25, M: Thin and watery - 2.75, D: Maybe I'm overlooking what a good wheat beer involves, but this one just seems to miss the mark, less of a beer than fruit water - 2.75

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Photo of beveritt
3.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an elongated pint glass. Label has a picutre of a field of grain and the USDA Organic symbol. Drink before December 2008. Described as "an American version of a Belgian Classic."

Appearance: Pours with just over 1 finger of white head. If I am not imagining it, there is the tiniest hint of pink color to it. This disappears quickly, leaving no lacing and a slight ring of foam. The beer itself is honey colored.

Smell: A slightly sweet tart smell, which can be identified as raspberries. Ambiguous enough that if I didn't know the kind of beer, I might not take a guess.

Taste: Tart upfront, with a definite raspberry taste. Blends into a smooth and unassuming malt flavor. No hop flavor. Slight sweetness in the finish, not astringent.

Mouthfeel: A little higher than average carbonation level, good match for the tartness. Body is average.

Drinkability: Just what I was expecting, a crisp and clean fruit beer. Nothing overly complicated, but nice and refreshing.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
2.71/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a hazy, orange color with a medium white head which disappates quickly. Minimal lacing present. The aroma was bready with a hint of raspberry. The taste was weak. The raspberry flavors were bad. It tasted cheap and not well brewed. Like a raspberry preserve. The mouthfeel was medium body with medium high carbonation. Overall I wasn't impressed with this beer.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.41/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Beer emerges a light amber with some slight grape colored highlights. Topped with a fizzy white head that leaves some lacing.

Not a pleasant aroma on this one. Fake fruit flavoring with some corn aromas and on overall cheap, adjunct aroma.

Strong berry extract flavor that hits the pallate immediately and basically ruins everything else that follows. The berry flavor is all that I really get. Maybe some caramel maltiness but no hop flavor or aroma.

Not a quality beer. Smells and tastes like there was a cheap extract used for flavoring. I purchased a single only and good thing because I couldnt handle another of this cheap, imitation stuff. Pass this one by.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap 5/9/08 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish amber color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of raspberries, light malts, wheat and a touch of hops.

T: The taste mostly consists of tart raspberries with a little bit of wheat and hops. The malt character is thin but at least there's no trace of an organic bite that you usually get from organic beers. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp with a little smoothness, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is very dry.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not filling at all, mild kick, it's not a bad beer but it just doesn't suit my taste enough for me to want to drink it again.

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Photo of lvbs
3.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A solid fruit beer with sweetness tempered by easy drinkability, it's hard to imagine anyone hating or loving this beer. Our tasters were uncommonly united (all 12 overall ratings were between a 2 and a 4) in thinking that it was fine, but unspectacular.

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Photo of Risser09
3.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner - 2007 bottling - Cellar temp

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, pale, champagne looking beer with a 1" white head. The bubbles are very fine. There is some bubble activity. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Tart raspberries, wheat malt, sugar, tutti frutti and musty raspberry.

Taste: Light wheat base and some sweet raspberry flavor. Not very complex.

Mouthfeel: Very lightly bodied. Slightly tart and sugary. Alcohol is not seemingly present at all.

Drinkability: This is a summer beer, pure and simple. I wish the raspberry wa more flavorful and chewy. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into nonic

Slightly hazy light amber hue with a pearl white one finger head. Stringy lacing.

Light malt aromas with not much raspberry in the aroma. It's mostly the bready grain.

Crisp malt flavors create a base for the syrupy raspberry flavor. There isn't much raspberry there, but it's along the lines of any other fruit beer such as Abita Purple Haze. Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation, giving a little fizz. The malts go away quickly in the finish, leaving only a little lingering raspberry.

Not a bad fruit beer. I wouldn't say this is the flagship of all fruit beers but it's still decent. I doubt I would seek this out though. It may be rather enjoyable for someone who loves this style of beer.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.21/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour a clear amber with a thin white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the way down. Nose is bland. Flavor is bitter on the edge. Very mild raspberry flavor. Not enough to save things here though. It's like a lager with a raspberry hint of flavoring. Feel is nice. Smooth with a good carbonation. But alas, it didn't really save this one. To me this typifies what can be wrong with fruit beers. It just seems like lager with flavor syrup mixed in. Pass.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.17/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

For a raspberry wheat ale I just expected more. It poured like a flat pink ginger ale, with little head and no lacings but constant fizzing. The color was a dark gold w/ a splash of ruby and there was some cloudiness.
I really only picked up raspberries in the smell, no spices, clove, yeast. hops, a malt of some sort - nothing. Just strawberries to be honest. The taste is mostly strawberries and hops, with a sharp bite when it first hits your tongue. The beer has a more medium than light body, but not overly smooth and creamy, which passes over the tongue w/ the raspberries coming in on the end. Not overpowering or really strong, but they are there. I can see why this is one of those "summer" beers - if it wis a real hot day and you're BBQing outside w/ a couple of buds, splitting a 6er would feel nice. Drinking one in January in my apartment is enough right now though.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.74/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is light gold with a pink hue and good carbonation. The head is small and light, fades to nothing and leaves no lace.

The smell is lots of raspberries.

The taste is the same, sweet raspberries on bread. The hops are nice, mild and balance the brew in the finish.

The mouthfeel is like a sparkling vine, fine carbonation and light body.

The drinkability is good if this is your style. It should also make a great summer brew. Prosit MK

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Photo of brentk56
3.36/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy peach color with a foamy head that retains and laces well

Smell: Raspberry soda

Taste: Not too sweet, thank goodness, but a crisp raspberry flavor lingers on top of a non-descript American wheat base; after the swallow, it becomes a little tarter, but remains bland overall

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with fizzy carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to quaff but really too much like a wine cooler

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clipper City- Oxford Raspberry

Appearance- Light ruddy brown with a small non lacing head.
Smell- Raspberry, seltzer, and a touch of cherry.
Taste- Raspberry seltzer soda.
Mouthfeel- Heavily carbonated with a tart finish.

Overall- Rather unexciting other than this basically is raspberry soda with alcohol! A good alternative to a wine cooler.

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Photo of tpd975
3.18/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

II love tart beers and the label on this one mentioned tart and raspberry…I’m sold.

A: A lovely reddish pink color with a very small head. Has some bubbles and very minimal lacing. If I was a chick I would call this one pretty.

S: Not much really. There is a hint of raspberry and a hint of funk, which makes me believe it may be tart....hmmm we will see.

T: This one needs soo much more to make the cut. I truly believe they had good intentions with this beer but the problem is they did not produce. There is a tiny bit of raspberry and funky goodness, but I wanted them to bring the raspberry and the funk. This should be a nice complex, crisp, refreshing beer. They should take some hints from Dogfish Head and some other progressive brewers who could have easily pulled this one off....see Festina Peche'

M: Light and Effervescent.... Nothing more though.

D: Well I drank it; I guess that makes it average. It does not leave me wanting more though.

Overall: I am let down by this beer. After enjoying some nice fruit beers and lambics over the last couple of months I looked forward to this one. I have to be honest I think I did my beer guy a favor by taking this one off the shelf. This beer is mediocre at best. I have not had good results with Clipper City and had I known they brewed this beer under the Oxford label I probably would have passed. Short of the HangTen Weizenbock they offered all of their selections so far this year have been less than satisfactory. The bad news is I also purchased the Oxford Hefe. I hope that one fares better than the raspberry.

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Photo of nortmand
4.12/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy, with a slightly red hue. Frothy pink head.

Fresh raspberries define the aroma.

Up front raspberry sweetness is quickly balanced by dry champagne like qualities mid tongue. Ends with a light, refreshing tartness and a wisp of hop bitterness.

Very light body, slightly watery, in fact. Refreshing and very drinkable.

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Photo of Atlas1
3.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I love how BA calls this the "Fruit/Vegetable" beer style category. Honestly, how many "vegetable" beers are there on the market today? Mmmmm... celery beer...

The Oxford Raspberry pours a clear amber color with some slightly reddish hues. There is little head to start with, but what's there diminishes quickly, providing no lace at all. An average looking beer to start with. The aroma is possessed of both faint raspberry and wheat notes. Very subtle. Nice character, although it could be a bit stronger in the fruitiness arena and I wouldn't be offended. The taste is good, not great. Crisp, but a tad oily. Nice tangy raspberry bitterness in the middle and at the end. The mouthfeel is firm enough for a light brew like this. Certainly not the best fruit beer on the market, in my opinion, but a drinkable beer on the whole. Low ABV makes it even more refreshing in the summertime heat. Worth a try for those of you looking for something light and fruity.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.02/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Orange/red color. Medium sized head but it quickly recedes with no retention or lacing. Nice carbonation evident.

Smell: The nose explodes with raspberries.

Taste: Tart raspberries.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated. Dry aftertaste.

Drinkability: An ok beer but a little too much on the tart side.

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Oxford Raspberry from Heavy Seas Beer
3.06 out of 5 based on 80 ratings.
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