Wolfenkopf (193) - 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. JoeM500 (1908) - 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. gws57 (1276) - 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. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2012
Sampled on tap at the brewpub (Villa Park, IL). Pours a rich copper fiery amber head, darker and thicker haze, a small frothy offwhite head sits atop and dies to a ring, decent lacing overall. Aromas are some juicy raspberries, a bit seedy, with some spice, yeast, bready malts, flaked wheat, and gentle coriander. Light touches of citrus. Very wheaty, some estery fruit, as the raspberry isn’t as potent as expected. Initial is quite lovely, a potent fruity raspberry meets citrusy orange and lemon, some estery fruit, flaked wheat, crisp cereal grains. A firm yet lighter body, the raspberry kisses the palate with a touch of tartness into the middle. Sweetness is there, but doesn’t overwhelm. Some great flavors with a fruity crisp finish, a touch of dryness. Pretty well put together fruit beer. The base Jumping Cow’s quality aids it. 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.
heemer77 (5358) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 29, 2008
On tap at the brewpub. The body was dark broanze to orange with an off white head. The aroma was strong real raspberries with some muffins. The taste was raspberries, but not overly sweet. There was also a decent floral quality. A nicely done fruit beer. crossovert (12934) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2013
This one starts great, it is tart and fruity. But by the end of the glass it is a bit sweet. TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - MAR 16, 2007
On tap.tmoreau (4369) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2009
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.
Sample glass at the brewpub as this batch was introduced. Appeared a cloudy, reddish/orange with a light head and not much lacing. Nose was a little biscuit and tangy fruit. The flavor was dominated by the tart raspberry and finished with a slight hop dryness. Carbonation was low at this point as adjustments were being made with the CO2. The tart nature over a sweetened variety makes this fruit beer appealing. 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.