Wasatch Brewery was started in 1986 and was one of the first craft breweries in the U.S. and the very first in the state of Utah. Greg Schirf is the man responsible for bringing that brewery to Utah, being from Milwaukee he was used to having good beer all around and when he moved down south was shocked to find beer was essentially non existent in the state.

Wasatch Raspberry Wheat

There are several beers in their line-up and Wasatch is probably most known for its, now controversial, Polygamy Porter. The majority of its beers are on the lighter side, with seven out of the 14 listed on their website clocking in at 4 percent, including the Raspberry Wheat. The raspberry wheat is one of Wasatch’s Summer Seasonal beers along with its Last One In Lager.

The beer pours like a typical golden lager with about one pinky of white head. The head quickly disappears and what’s left looks like a cider, very clear and golden with no more carbonation left in the glass.

This smells very fruity and in the worst possible way, you can smell the “raspberry” in a huge way, but it smells very fake and overly-processed. This isn’t a subtle fresh fruit presence at all, but like smelling Fruit Loops or something along those lines. I can smell some grain at the end of breathing it in, I am assuming since it is a wheat beer that is where that grainy scent comes from. It smells like a straight sugar bomb, very sweet with artificial fruit flavors, like smelling a kids juice drink.

Wasatch Raspberry Wheat

It doesn’t taste as sweet as it smells, but man that artificial raspberry is bad; really, really bad. The beer overall is just a mess in every sense of the word, there is no balance whatsoever, it’s like watered down stale fruit loops.

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Wasatch Raspberry Wheat
BREWERY: Wasatch Brewery
LOCATION: Salt Lake City, Utah
STYLE: Fruit Beer
ABV: 4 percent
IBU: n/a
PRICE: $1.67
RELEASE DATE: 2003
AVAILABLE IN: 12-ounce bottles
BEERS POURED: One
There’s not a whole lot to say about this beer, it’s really a poorly executed product and anyone who has graduated to any type of craft beer will more than likely be disappointed by this beer. This isn’t to say there is not a group of people who would enjoy this or shame anyone that might, but if you have a few miles behind you on your craft beer journey you will want to steer clear of this one. Why you ask? The flavor was offensive, it was so artificial and had no resemblance of raspberry at all. The wheat aspect of the beer was done so in a way that it was like drinking liquefied cream of wheat and the mouthfeel was weak and left you wanting a lot more. It finished bitter and as it warmed it became almost unbearable. In a nutshell, it was like taking a stale light beer and dumping a raspberry powdered flavor packet in it. Steer clear of this one folks.
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