Mad Brewers Raspberry Wheat Beer

Formerly brewed at Malt Shovel Brewery (Lion Co.)
Style: Fruit Beer
Sydney, Australia
Serve in Flute, Shaker


on tap


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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 1.96/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.2/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Those Mad Brewers bring you something very different this season, combining the summer flavours of raspberry and Australian Wheat with a subtle hint of mint. Brimming with fruity aromas, we believe you’ll find this dry and slightly tart beer isn’t as mad as you’d think!

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Linc (740) - Sydney, - MAR 30, 2008
Red-hued with a pale pink billowing head, it’s very appealing to the eye. Unfortunately the aroma is only very thin, consisting of raspberries and hinting at acidity. In the mouth, things don’t get much more exciting; very light raspberry flavour on a thin palate. Light acidity makes this a refreshing drink but ultimately it could easily be a part of the Floris range.

jdpeebs (698) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 14, 2012
640ml Bottle. Nice fruit aromas. A unique tasting beer, but enjoyable. Again another weird but wonderful beer from the Mad Brewers.

Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 3, 2010
Bottle: Light garnet with a slightly pinkish off-white head. In the nose this is all fresh raspberries. There really is not much else, and had I not spent last September walking through raspberry plantations in France I would have put the nose down as fake. In the mouth whatever wheatiness exists is quickly lost under a very nice raspberry acidity. At first I wasn’t so sure I could detect any of the mint. However, I later found myself relishing a cooling after taste that lingered and demanded further exploration.
To be honest, I really wanted to pan this, but I can’t. Yes, it is simple and sweet, but it is precisely that simplicity, done very well, that makes it so pleasant. Very refreshing!

WalterSmidge (14) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 26, 2008
Copper tinged red colour, looking very similar to a rose’... strong smell of sweet rasberries. Weak head that dissappears quickly. Does not taste like beer. Rasberry, water. Mild sweetness... moderate tartness. This is ok to drink... but it is not a beer and is very hard to rate like one.

ALLOVATE (3063) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 26, 2008
Fantastic artwork on the label, which would spark fascination even from the most ignorant of beer drinkers. It pours an excited, bright, auburn copper tinged with a pinkish hue. Lots of carbonation, the head raises up like a good wheat beer, its rocky and firm, lasts for the length and messes up the glass with froth. That is as good as it gets, sadly! Overly subtle fell raspberry nose, some earthy hints suggesting it contains fresh berries, with little else. Its got weak cordial flavours, tart but sweet, a little watery. It is strangely reminiscent of home-brewed kit beers with berries added. The alcohol shows on the swallow (that is odd!?!), and it yields a strange rubbery, smoky, phenolic mix in the fruity, tangy and slightly sour aftertaste. Nothing short of boring as f%^k, a brewery with a reputation seeded high amongst the many admirers best step up as this sits alongside Gage Roads American Wheat as another ‘WHAT WERE YOU THINKING’ trip down acid-quaffed lane. Crappola, if that is a word!?! (640mL, 28/12/08, The Beer Store Morley)

drfabulous (8563) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 26, 2008
Really cool picture on the bottle. Nice drawings. Good packaging. The beer is all fizzy water and no beer. Seriously. Where was the beer in this beer? Next!

madquacker (1165) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - AUG 9, 2008
Red fizzy cordial was all I could taste. A fire engine or shirley temple? Was actually undrinkable. Where was the wit? If this is the best Malt Shovel can do in an attempt to be outside the square we are in big trouble.

sinkas (293) - Perth/Fremantle, AUSTRALIA - AUG 5, 2008
Bottle, Tried this one again on the off chance my senses decieved me. This might have been ok as a 330ml bit- o-fun, but a whole 640ml, sent all potential co-drinkers running. Without the rich wheaty softness of a good wheat beer, the faux raspberry twang is cringeful. I see this stuff piling up in sale-bins around town unpleasant and unloved.

MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - JUL 28, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2008 RE-RATE: Bottle (640ml). Poured an orangey pink with an averaged sized, rock/frothy, pink head which was average lasting. Aroma was of glazed cherries with sour raspberry sweets, dr.pepper, marzipan, some menthol/mint notes and a hint of wheat. Flavor was refreshing with tart raspberries, sour glazed cherries, marzipan with a touch of musky wheat and mint in the finish. Light bodied with medium carbonation, a dry tart mouthfeel and a decent finish. The mint was much more noticeable in the bottled version, and like bluevegie said the one on tap was better.

highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JUL 23, 2008
There’s mad and there’s plain stupid. Raspberry and peppermint? Sure. Next time, let’s brew with cherries and basil. Or blueberries and windscreen wipers. Cabbage and fire hydrants.The possibilities are endless. Lion Nathan has apparently decided that the microbrewery revolution in Australia has prepared a market for adventurous brewing. That’s fine in principle, but stuff like this will send the masses scurrying back to their Tooheys New. (As Lion Nathan brews that particular concoction, perhaps that’s the plan.) Mad Brewers Raspberry Wheat poured a peachy bronze, with a loose spray of suds. Looked fine but the aroma furrowed the brow. Smelled of little more than raspberry cordial - sweet and artificial. Geez, I wish Australian law would force brewers to provide a full list of ingredients. Beers like this make me want to know exactly how much of the character is due to genuine ingredients and how much to artificial flavourings. The peppermint gives the aroma an eccentric twist, but not in a good way. Couldn’t pick the wheat at all. In the mouth, it delivers a sweet, artificial raspberry cordial note but finishes abrupt and very dry. The mint is intrusive, like one of those prats who keeps jumping into camera shot in an outdoor TV shoot. "Look mum - I’m in a beer! Me! Mint!" The base wheat beer gets completely lost. The only saving grace is that this is not teeth-rotting sweet. With more genuine fruit, less mint and less nasty flavouring, they might have something. What with Matilda Bay and now this, the whole big-brewer-lets-zany-staff-show-hidden-talent-with schtick is wearing thin. (640ml bottle from Petersham Cellars. BB 29/11/08)

UnholyBrewing (596) - Central Florida(Upper Hell), Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2008
...bottle. Complete and utter trash. Nasty, horrible, tastes like cough syrup and band-aids. Sickening addition of mint, why I don’t know, but mint has no place in wheat beer. Medicinal flavor overpowers any slight hints of artificial "rasberry". Give this to someone who thinks they know beer to test them, or as a joke.

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