Tis nearly the season for the return of fruit or fruity beers, and while they are not for everyone, this could be your opportunity to open your mind and your beer palate, to what I believe will a continuing trend in beer flavors and styles.
So how do these popular spring and summer brews fit into your life? My suggestion is to use the same strategy many beer lovers use when trying a new brewery or a new style, find a gateway beer. Schlafly may have done you the favor by announcing today the release of Raspberry Hefeweizen in 16-ounce cans. The true fruit beer, made with real raspberries, will be available in 12-packs of 16-ounce cans starting next week. The beer will still also be available in 6-pack bottles.
Known as “brewers’ summer water” around the brewery, the unfiltered wheat beer (4.1%, 16 IBUs) is perfect for warm weather sipping. The hazy pink beer is a true fruit beer—not a fruit-flavored beer—that uses real raspberry in the brewing process. Once the fruit’s sugar ferments out, the aroma and flavor of raspberries remain, making this a delightfully drinkable beer. With citrus aromas from the wheat and a desirable tart flavor, Raspberry Hefeweizen is low in bitterness and not overwhelmingly sweet, but refreshing and balanced.
“Drinking pink isn’t only for the rosé lovers out there,” says Founding Brewer Stephen Hale. “Our Raspberry Hefeweizen is the ideal crushable beer for warm weather. Now, in 16-ounce cans, it is even more approachable for summer pool hangs, beach time, or porch sipping.”