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RATINGS: 116   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DYCSoccer17 (3354) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 16, 2011
22 ounce bottle purchased at the Davis Food Co-Op. $8, yikes. The aroma has tons of raspberry in it. It’s not overly sweet or cloying, and it seems to have an effervescence about it. There appears to be some light underlying citrus. Very quaffable. More than moderately hazy reddish/pink/orange body with a fizzy medium white head. Starts a little overcarbonated, before some of the raspberry flavors come through. Not too strong or overpowering, before the milky, chewy wheat flavors take over in the middle. Some scant lemon and citrus are also in there. A little spicy. This is pretty good. I am not sure I would buy this again at this pricepoint, though. I suppose that is what happens when you actually use fresh fruit to brew a beer with when you live in Alaska. I can’t imagine that raspberries grow readily there?

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daknole (9437) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 12, 2011
Reddish pour. Fresh berries, wheat and light clove aroma. Flavor is raspberry, wheat and light bitterness.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
adnielsen (9460) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 7, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2012 Bottle @ home. Gorgeous ruby appearance with an off white head. Slightly tart, rich raspberry aroma. Well carbonated, somewhat tart raspberry, light wheat flavor with a light, tart, raspberry aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2191) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUL 6, 2011
650 ml bottle from bev4less. Pours a murky amber-red color with a small pink head. The aroma is mild with raspberries, hay and biscuit. The flavor has raspberries in the forefront, layered on top of some cistrusy hops with a good biscuit malt backbone. The palate medium with lively carbonation. The finish is long and dry with lingering berries. Overall: Very enjoyable quaff.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (5626) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUL 4, 2011
Fresh raspberry aromas, soft wheat undertones, more raspberry. Pours reddish, thin head. Flavors of sweet raspberry up front and throughout, fresh, but too much for me. Light fresh raz tartness. Wheat beer base shows up here and there. Dry, but sweet and lingering. Not bad, but not my favorite.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUN 29, 2011
Appearance: Pours a bright maroon with no head shortly after the pour.

Aroma: A fresh picked basket of raspberries. Nothing artificial about it.

Taste: Sweet and tart jammy raspberries, spicy yeast. While the name indicates this is a wheat beer, all the qualities of a wheat beer have been masked by the raspberries. There is just a bit of breadiness to make it a beer rather than a bottle of Snapple.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, fizzy.

Overall: I really enjoyed the beer for what it was, rather than for what it wasn’t. It was a good fruit beer. Believable levels of fruit.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jgb9348 (4843) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2011
Super hazy ruby-tinted copper body with a thin off-white head and a little oily head. Aroma of fresh raspberries, lime, light hops, malt and a touch of alcohol. Medium-bodied; Assertive wheat flavour with a very bitter raspberry and fruit flavour with some metal and malt behind. Aftertaste shows a lot of fruits, some sweetness and a little alcohol bite. Overall, a decent beer showing a lot of wheat, a ton of raspberries and some other flavours. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Brown Jug in Anchorage (Dimond Center), Alaska on 18-June-2011 sampled in my hotel room in Anchorage on 22-June-2011.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 22, 2011
(22oz bottle from Total Wine Desert Ridge). Pours a cloudy red-orange color with a red-hued head. Carbonation is quite active. Aroma is predominantly raspberries, but also contains some bready, biscuity notes. Taste is sweet, but not overdone with loads of raspberries again. Thin bodied with an oily texture. Finish is smooth as the raspberries again shine. Alcohol is well hidden. This is a pretty good beer although its price makes it less interesting. Hard to beat New Glarus in the fruit beer space.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ratman197 (10192) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 20, 2011
Bomber poured a clear reddish amber with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of raspberry, wheat and white brad. Palate was light bodied and smooth. Flavors of raspberry, wheat and white bread with a smooth lingering raspberry finish.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ernest (6343) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 14, 2011
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is murky light to medium orange-brown. Aroma is lightly malty (grain), with a strong note of raspberries. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, moderately to heavily bitter, husky. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic, lightly to moderately astringent. Well, it certainly smells like raspberries, I will give it that. Some grain too, but not much else in the nose and thus it kinda comes off more like a soda pop. Surprisingly sour, and very bitter (as if from seeds, not hops) as well, totally crushing the sweetness. Unbalanced and harsh, somewhat astringent too. Pretty typical quality for this brewery, sadly.


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