DarkElf (2988) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 10, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12 oz bottle: Wine Time in La Jolla, CA) Found this one in the beer cooler at a wine store in La Jolla, and while itís not the greatest fruit beer, considering Iím not real fond of raspberry wheats in general, this one isnít bad. The nose jumps right out at you, and itís very fruity, and clearly raspberry, as opposed to being perfumy, artificial and plasticy like many in this style. The flavor is less impressive, but again, the sweet raspberry flavor actually tastes like real raspberries. The wheat base is very light and hardly noticeable behind the fruit. Thereís a mild bitterness in the finish, but hops seems almost like an afterthought here, which isnít necessarily a bad thing with this style of beer in my opinion. Light to medium in body, but it doesnít seem watery or thin for the style. The color is pale golden and clear, but thereís plenty of darker particles suspended in the beer. Off-white head is very small out of the bottle, and within a few minutes, thereís no head, not even a rim around the edge. I just might have to get another bottle of this stuff to compare with Oxford Raspberry Wheat, a beer I remember liking quite a bit back when I lived in DC.