Alaskan Raspberry Wheat
Alcohol by Volume: 6.5%
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Intro: Summer seasonals vary greatly in style, but many focus on various types of fruit. Alaska has more than its share of local berries, and Alaskan Brewing incorporated more than 3,000 pounds of raspberries into this limited release Pilot Series brew.
Description: The cloudy pour is a color similar to ruby red grapefruit. Fresh raspberries come through big in the aroma, and the taste follows suit. The fruit mixes nicely with a light bitterness and solid bready malt base. The sweetness is kept in check, and overall it is refreshing and interesting at the same time. Alaskan did a fantastic job of showcasing the raspberries. Many fruit beers taste “fake”, or resemble a fruity soda more than beer; this one does not have that problem. I’ll gladly drink more while relaxing in the sun this summer.
Commercial Description/Press Release:
With nearly one pound of real fruit per gallon, Alaskan Raspberry Wheat has the inviting aroma of fresh-picked raspberries and an enticing red hue. The flavor of the raspberries lends a tartness that balances the full-bodied wheat profile and malt sweetness. Bigger than most traditional fruit beers, Alaskan Raspberry Wheat adds an extra kick to its dry and effervescent finish.
In the interest of full disclosure to satisfy the FTC’s law, this review was of a sample bottle received from the brewery.