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Lunar Raspberry Cream Ale
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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.16/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06   EST. CALORIES: 158   ABV: 5.25%
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Real Raspberries add a tart and refreshing flavor to a lightly hopped cream ale. A touch of vanilla rounds out the finish.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2005
Golden-amber colored with a slim head. Sour and prominent raspberry aroma and flavor, resting on the body of an ale rather than a wheat which is usually the norm. Odd but interesting. Only had a sample of this, but it was better than your average BrewPub fruit beer.

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3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 8, 2005
Hazy gold and beautiful with a white ice sheet for the head. Raspberry preserves aroma, along with honey, hollandaise, vanilla and bananas. Raspberry flavoring, ringing like a bit out of a raspberry jam sandwich on white bread. Finish rings with raspberry seeds and Wonderbread. Nice starter and fruit beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - AUG 9, 2004
Cloudy gold with a great fluffy white head, sticky lace. Strong fresh raspberry nose. Light bodied. First taste is toasty light malts and then a burst of real raspberrt, so much nicer than the average brewpubs raspberry wheats. Some bitterness at the finish, the vanilla does show up, but more in the aftertaste after the swallow. Surprisingly good.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rubbishystuff (1804) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Not really my thing, the sweet creaminess and vanilla worked against the raspberries giving it a cloying flavor for me. Others may love this. I just don’t think it was my thing. Serving: Tap

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gws57 (1274) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2006
Had this on draught in Villa Park, Illinois. For a fruit beer, this one does the job. Medium yellow pour with a filmy head, pronounced nose of raspberries, with honey and baked bread notes. Finishes clean. This one is a keeper.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 12, 2007
Rating #1037, on tap at the brewery. Cloudy bronze with a medium sized white head. Nose is strong and full of raspberries, grains and wheat. The taste is actaully pretty good for a fruit beer. Most that I experience seem watered down then with a bit of concentrate from syrup added. This is different, the raspberry is well inerlaced with the grains, malts and just a bit of hop bitterness. Drinkable and pleasant.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - MAR 16, 2007
On tap.
Pours a hazy dark orange-amber with a clumpy white head that leaves bits of lacing. Aroma is a nice burst of tart berries -- not at all candy-like or excessively sweet. Flavor -- tastes like the old-school Celis Raspberry from its Austin days: raspberries add a measure of tartness and some sweetness without being intrusive, overbearing, or contrived. Cream ale plays an equal role here asserting its vanilla and lactose characteristics with a surprising bit of hop bitterness at the end. Palate is kind of clunky for a beer that appears as carbonated as this one does. A good refreshing brew, this is an actual fruit beer instead of a beer with fruit flavoring thrown in as an afterthought.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Arnie (274) - Chicagoland, IL, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2006
On tap at Lunar in July, ’06. we had a fresh batch that had just been tapped that day. Solid mix of raspberry and hops flavor, not overly sweet. Hints of red in color, but didn’t look like fruit jiuce.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wolfenkopf (171) - Villa Park, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2012
As one would predict, the aroma is that of raspberries. The notes are brilliant without being overlypowerful or vulgar. Quite pleasant. The head is white and thin, while the brew is gold with a mild hint of pink. The taste is a marvelously balanced harmony between raspberry and hops. Though it is sweet, it is much like the aroma itsefl, not overpoweringly so. It is light and creamy on the palate, finishing crisply with a raspberry aftertaste. This ale is very drinkable and would make a great session ale.


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