Raspberry Wheat – Phillips Brewing Co. (Victoria, BC, Canada)

TL:DR – “basic lightly raspberry flavoured boring wheat ale. Palate is rough after drinking.”

Raspberry Wheat – Phillips Brewing Company, 5.0% ABV, 650 ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)

on the front-right label:

“A crisp, dry and refreshing summer beer. Brewed with BC raspberries for a full nose and crisp finish, this beer pairs well with sunglasses and patios.”

  • Style: (raspberry) Fruit Beer
  • Taste: light raspberry light body wheat ale palate rough
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: ~$6 CAD – 650 ml., sometime in 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: no
  • What made an impression: palate roughness at the end

Visual: (cellared for 6 years). Pours blush red with a dissipating 1cm head, fine ringed retention with an island, raspberry sediment, slow and steady micro streams.

Nose: clean fruity raspberry juice, inviting. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp

Mid-palate: thin mouthfeel, off-dry, (lvl-2-sweetness), fruity raspberry jam

Finish: dry wheat malt, raspberry exhale, mild artificial sweetener-like roughness

Summary: A very basic and straightforward lightly flavoured raspberry wheat ale, not much body or depth to speak of. It’s just an easy-drinking brew, barely above average, hardly recommendable nor memorable. The best aspect is the nose.

Raspberry Session Ale – Postmark Brewing (Vancouver, BC, Canada)


Raspberry Session Ale – Postmark Brewing, 4.7% ABV, 17 IBUs, 650ml, (Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)

on the front-left label:

“A Bavarian style Weiss beer with notes of raspberry and hints of lemon zest that makes an appearance in the aroma and flavour.”

  • Style: (flavoured – wheat, local BC raspberries) Fruit Ale
  • Taste: Weakish wheat malt palate rough funk tangy dry
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $7.25 CAD – 650ml., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah

Visual: Pours slightly translucent orange brown with a smallish lasting head, 1mm layer of retention, clusters of very active streams.

Nose: very supple pressed tangy raspberry juice. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: dry-tart / crisp

Mid-palate: banana wheat malt dry roughness, tingly-fizzy, (lvl-4-sweetness), tangy sour, mild funk, raspberry

Finish: soft tart, lingering grainy wheat malt raspberry exhale.

Summary: Simple and rather weak bodied compared to their Raspberry Lemon Zest Hefe [B]. Not enough punch in the mids and quite a bit of palate roughness.

Raspberry Wheat Ale – Granville Island Brewing (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

Raspberry Wheat Ale – Granville Island Brewing, 5% ABV, (Vancouver, Canada)

One the front label:

“Raspberry Wheat Ale combines malt, water, hops, yeast and raspberries to create a light wheat ale with a crisp and distinctive raspberry finish. Raspberry wheat ale can be enjoyed on its own or paired with a variety of fresh fruit dishes, fresh salads, chicken or a light meat. It is a must have for summer evenings or a picnic in the park.”

My notes:

  • My Rating: C
  • Why I don’t like it: thin-bodied, watery
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6 , 650ml, Summer, 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not really

Tasting notes: pours clear pinkish-orange with minimal head, a plethora of fast-moving CO2 streams. Aromatic juicy raspberries on the nose. Starts of very promising with flavours of fresh raspberries, strawberries, jam, but ends abruptly with a water mid-palate and flat light malt finish. Low-medium complexity, low-medium depth, below average transitions, crappy carry, good drinkability. While drinkable and refreshing with an outdoor bbq’d meal, I can’t say it’s a good session beer.