13 Apr Saint Arnold Raspberry AF by Nick B
Berliner Weisse with raspberries
Packaging: Draft, 12oz. Bottles
Sometime ago, Saint Arnold started having lots of fun with their Boiler Room Berliner Weisse and adding fruit to it. The story goes that the brewery took to the Twitterverse to ask whether they should call this beer, “Raspberry Boiler Room” or “Raspberry AF.” Of course, when you ask the internet to name something, EVERYONE, or at least 75 out of 76 people, will choose the least appropriate name possible. If you are not up to your internet slang, “AF” means “As Fuck.” Sorry, mom.
Raspberry AF has a red and white plaid pattern label that looks like a classic picnic cloth. Saint Arnold is featured with a shiny Texas shaped sun and a basket of fresh raspberries. Above the name, the words, “Pleasantly Tart” let you know what you should be in for. I personally feel that it is strange to say that a raspberry flavored beer is “pleasantly tart” when you are making that same thing “raspberry af.” It’s either in your face or not.
The raspberries easily took over the color of this beer. Raspberry AF came out with a slightly cloudy, pink color with lots of light pink carbonation, but the raspberries were not as dominant in the nose as I had anticipated though.
Raspberry AF turned out to be as pleasantly tart as the can suggested. The mouthfeel was light and crisp. The raspberries gave the flavor a slight sweetness at first, but that faded out quickly and all I could really taste was acidity and earthy flavors from the bacteria. I did like that the finish was dry AF!
Overall, Raspberry AF was refreshing and I could see myself drinking it after a bout of yard work, but as I suggested earlier… If you name something as this beer was named, it better live up to it. I personally wished there was more raspberry in the flavor. I’m giving it 3.5 stars.
It appears that if you want Raspberry AF in cans, you better act fast when you see it at your local grocery or liquor store. It disappears quickly. But not to worry, it’s listed as a year round beer! So what do you think? Was this beer good AF, bad AF, or somewhere in the middle for you like it was for me? Beers to you, Houston.