Schlafly Raspberry Hefeweizen

Posted: January 21, 2017 in Fruit/Vegetable Beer, Reviews, Saint Louis Brewery/Schlafly Tap Room

Good morning! Today’s beer is one that Val wanted a six-pack of and gave me one to review. Let’s see how it was.

schlaflyraspberryhefeweizen

ABV: 4.1%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our Raspberry Hefeweizen is a true fruit beer, not a fruit-flavored beer. We add pureed raspberries to our Hefeweizen during the primary fermentation process. Although we add no sugar, color or flavors, the resulting beer is a hazy pink color, with citrus aromas from the wheat and a flavor that is neat and tart. While this beer is low in bitterness, it is not overwhelmingly sweet, making it a thoroughly drinkable beer for the season. In Belgium, fruit beers are quite popular and brewers often include wheat, along with malted barley. While our Raspberry Hefeweizen is not a true Belgian fruit beer, we have carried on the tradition of adding real fruit to fermenting beer. Today, many beers with fruit character are made with a fruit extract; we prefer to use the actual fruit to avoid any chemical or artificially sweet undertones in the beer.”

Random: This comes in at 7.5 SRM.

This beer poured with a loose, one finger, pure white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy orange with a pink tint from the raspberries and lots of floating material visible as well. I couldn’t see how much carbonation was in the beer due to the cloudiness. The nose was filled with wheat and raspberries. To me, it smelled more like extract, but apparently this is actual puree. I kept sniffing for awhile and also got some bubble gum. The taste was intense for a beer of the style. It reminded me of a raspberry lemon-lime soda, but not in a good way. Wheat was there as well with bubblegum. There was no spice to the beer. The body was on the lighter side and didn’t have enough carbonation. It had a swift finish with raspberry notes. A bottle of this was $1.67, which came to $.28 per ounce. Although I have a soft spot for fruit beers, this was a bit of a miss for me. I wouldn’t rush back to have it.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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