Randy4Beer (251) - - JUL 16, 2014
1.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2014 Tall boy can. Pours a cloudy light amber. Aromas of sweet raspberry jam are extremely strong right out of the gate. Hard to detect anything else lying under it, but there is mild wheat.
Taste wise, raspberry jam and oddly enough maraschino cherries.
Overall this is an interesting summer beverage and my raspberry loving wife is enjoying it, but for me I put it more in a category with wine coolers and raspberry flavoured hard lemonades, than actual beer.
Hammy78 (779) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2014
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Can. Pour is cloudy gold, fluffy white head. Nose is sweet, a touch tart, raspberry. Tastes thin, a touch raspberry, not as sweet as I expected. Aftertaste of fluoride.
HighlanderOne (1024) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - JUL 11, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured from bottle. Smells ok, raspberry jam and wheat. Not too shabby looking either - cloudy gold white head. I taste raspberry sherbet, bread, juice. Not getting any coriander or spice as promised. Drinkable stuff, but reminds me more of a wine cooler than beer.
monk191 (1098) - California, USA - JUL 9, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Actually not too bad for a raspberry beer. Not too overwhelming. Pours an average cloudy yellow. Smells intensely of raspberry. More in the taste, but not too fake tasting. Had on tap at Fontana in NYC. Valerie gives it a 5.
GregClow (2916) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2014
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Can from the LCBO. Hazy gold body with a slight pinkish tinge and a creamy white head - looks quite nice, really. Aroma of raspberry jam - not homemade jam, mind you, but overly sweetened mass produced store bought stuff - with a faint backnote of wheat and lemon. Body starts fairly crisp, but as the beer warms, it gets sticky and cloying. Flavour is just what the aroma suggests - i.e. sweet artificial-tasting raspberry on top of a weak wheat ale. A poor showing.
Boutip (4868) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 4, 2014
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Can: Poured a light yellow color ale with a light bubbly head with average retention. Aroma of fake raspberry syrup is quite awful with quite a bit of residual sugars. This is closer to a cooler than beer. Taste is a mix between some grainy wheat malt notes with quite a bit of residual sugar and way too much of the awful raspberry syrup. Body is light with good carbonation. I wasn’t expecting some kind of masterpiece but what a bunch of crap this beer was.
Frank (3046) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2014
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
This tastes like rare and whale. 5.0. Or, actually, it is a shitty novelty beer by AB InBev and I want nothing to do w/ it. It tastes like raspberry crystal light mixed in w/ some kind of bland wheat beer. What really kills it though is the gross, thick texture. It does look pretty nice w/ a decent head though so there’s that. Next time I run across this stuff, I am going to look at it and refrain from drinking it for maximum pleasure.
phaleslu (6843) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 26, 2014
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pour from a 12 oz. bottle at the Anheuser-Busch Biergarten in St. Louis. Pours a cloudy gold, barely tinted, with a small white head. Not much spice to speak of but plenty of raspberry flavoring to go along with wheat and sweet citrus. Light-bodied, with medium carbonation and a sweet mouthfeel. I won’t revisit this one.
Homer321 (2152) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle at StL brewery. Nose is an artificial fruitiness like a jolly rancher. Pour is a hazy light yellow. Taste isn’t that bad, the raspberry is way more subtle than the aroma. Semisweet and tame.
Bulk_Carrier (2281) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUN 13, 2014
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Continuing on my Shock Top kick, next up is this one.
Most of the time this was poured into a pint glass, but because it says Belgian on the label, I did pour this once into a chalice and once into a snifter, there wasn’t any noticeable difference.
The appearance was a ruddy brown to almost a slight red color with a decent looking half fingered white foamy and bubbly head. This head rapidly dissipated into oblivion leaving nothing on top of the beer itself. What lacing, there wasn’t any.
The smell, well that definitely had the raspberry to it. There was some light wheaty/breadiness about it as well.
The taste was basically raspberry and wheat and it was fairly well combined.
The palate, well, it sat about a light to medium on the body and showed a fairly decent sessionable quality about it. The carbonation seemed not bad.
Overall, not a bad beer. I think Budweiser did what they wanted to with this beer. However, would I have this again? Probably not.