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RATINGS: 118   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Alaskan Raspberry Wheat is an American-style Wheat Ale that highlights the bright flavors and inviting aroma of more than 3,000 pounds of real raspberries added during fermentation. Years of local demand through Alaskan’s Rough Draft program of draft-only releases and a Silver medal from the 2008 Great American Beer Festival make Alaskan Raspberry Wheat the perfect brew to launch the Alaskan Pilot Series.


2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 17, 2010
Very pretty initial pour, hazed reddish amber with slightly pink tinged white head that falls a bit quick to a thin film. Has a pleasant, slightly tart, syrupy raspberry aroma on it. Doesn’t smell overly artificial, but isn’t quite up to par with fresh picked raspberries as the description suggests. Light bodied with a sweet and tart raspberry flavor at the start with wheat flavors, quickly moves to an astringent, unpleasant bitterness that doesn’t fit the beer at all. It’s somewhat of an herbal, medicinal character. Not really sure what’s going on here, honestly, but I really don’t enjoy the finish on this and it made the beer pretty undrinkable for me. I’d give this another chance, but maybe it’s just not for me.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brenn79 (1683) - Idaho, USA - JUL 10, 2010
22 oz. botlle- Pours cloudy ruby red (if that’s possible?) with a thin creamy head and nice sticky lacework, aroma is not what I was expecting, I was expecting raspberries and maybesome floral notes, but instead it is almost nonexistent, raspberries do come out after it warms though, and a clean or fresh smell as well. The flavor is disappointing, strong raspberries but thats about it, no complexity whatsoever, it tastes like the most boring wheat beer you can think of with raspberry syrup added. I shrugged the negative reviews for this because raters on this website seem to immediately give fruit beers a bad review, fruit beers can be wonderfully complex and excellent brews, this just isn’t one of them, so I have to agree with my fellow raters on this one, $7.99 is just too expensive for one mediocre beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - JUL 10, 2010
Bottle. Pours a cloudy darkish pink with a pinkish white head. Aroma is raspberry, wheat, and a touch of spice. Flavor is very tart and dry, really dominated by raspberry. Could use some sweetness to balance it out. Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeTheYounger (1159) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - JUL 10, 2010
Bottle from Belmont Station in Portland, OR. Shared with mspindler. Pours a hazy pinkish orange with a small white head that reduced pretty quickly. Aroma is like raspberry jam and fresh pie. Taste is more bitter than sweet and also very dry. Lots of malts as well. I think the wheat mellows out the sweetness a bit. Not too bad.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
OldMrCrow (2112) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 8, 2010
Bottle from QFC. I’m pretty much a moron for paying nine bucks to buy a bomber of this stuff.

Pinkish-brown pour, near-white head. Very strong, sweet nose of raspberries, not fresh real raspberries quite, but rather value-priced raspberry sorbet. Smells like the east-coast "summer fruit beers" that turned me off of fruit beers and postponed my discovery of decent sours by at least a year. Looking a bit deeper, one also gets, below the rasperries, a wheat beer sourness that sadly reminds me more of interminable hours in an airport Gordon Biersch than anything else. The first sip is pretty appalling; after the sweet raspberries on the aroma, the flavors seem thin and the metallic bitterness is expected. Maybe not all the beer’s fault; conditioned by experience my palate must have been expecting the glorious cutting sourness of a raspberry lambic even though intellectually I knew better. Abundant carbonation on the palate. After a few more sips, I start to acclimate. $^@#$%’d if it doesn’t start to grow on me, but doubtless that’s the EtOH-on-an-empty-stomach talking. The early perfumy raspberry comes on like koolaid; the sticky-sweet midrange conflicts with the drier close.

A thought: Was this one inspired by Berliner weisse w/ raspberry syrup?

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
after4ever (6544) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2010
22. Pours a cloudy dark rubied brown with a big frothy fish-eyed pinkish foam on top. Foam goes away pretty quick, leaving without a trace. Big tangy raspberry syrup nose, smells like ice cream or pastry filling that does a pretty good job of smelling like the real thing. But what it doesn’t quite smell like is the real thing. The fruit ratio in the recipe is alright, but not enough to completely dominate the room--it doesn’t smell synthetic, exactly, just doesn’t have the resonance and dimension that fruit has. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Tangy, slightly sugary raspberry on the mid-palate, not really much wheat or other grain counterpoint. Sticky. Sticky sweet finish. Could be worse, but nothing really special.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
That1Guy (2030) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - JUN 17, 2010
Crushed at Liquids and Solids. Good tart aroma and flavor. Raspberries for sure. Nice for a Saturday session beer kinda thing.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrewDad (5117) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUN 2, 2010
22oz Bomber – Gravity Beer Market – Olympia, WA
Aroma – Light fruit and wheat aroma.
Appearance – Reddish amber in color, Hazy with a thin head.
Flavor – This was a fruity beer. Lots of raspberry and wheat flavors.
Palate – Dry fruity finish with a Nice Mouthfeel.
Overall – A decent fruit beer. Not worth the price of 8.99 - 22oz bomber.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2010
Bomber. The pour yields a lightly hazy, cranberry colored body with a moderate, collapsing head of pinkish-off-white foam. Lacing is thin and fleeting, rejoining the body below quite quickly. The nose is based in clean, fresh wheat grain, with a nice raspberry overtone that does justice to the natural sweet-tart juiciness that the fruit has to offer. Everything seems quite subtle and watery, and that carries over to the flavor. Raspberries bring just a touch of citric acidity, but also carry ample sugars, keeping things pretty balanced. The wheat background doesn’t do much, really, and things are certainly more diluted than they should be. The palate is light, bordering on watery, though it is lively, crisp, and refreshing. Overall, it’s pretty darn nice as non-sour fruit beers go. I just wish it had a little more oomph and body behind it

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bb (7305) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 26, 2010
Bottle. Hazy strwberry colored beer with a pinkish cream colored head. Light raspberry and wheat aroma. Wheat and raspberry flavor. Mediumb odied. Raspberry and wheat lingers. Straight forward, but not good enough to win a silver medal in my oppinion.


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