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Meantime Raspberry Wheat

Rating: 3.05

A new Meantime brewery beer for me now, the fourteenth such beer from the brewery that I will have reviewed here and what I believe is my first fruit beer from them. This Raspberry Wheat offering is my first Meantime beer since trying their Fresh Lager in London last summer, on-tap straight from the tank but it will be my first new bottled offering from them since trying their London Porter in May of last year. Like that particularly bottle, this one is a beer that I picked up in Whole Foods Market over the weekend and sampled later the same night after picking it up when I realised it had been quite a while since trying anything new from a brewery that I quite like. This one will be the first bottle from the brewery that I’ll have tried since Meantime was bought by SAB Miller last year so it will be interesting to see if quality has suffered any in that time but I guess that is something that will be hard to tell given this isn’t a beer (or even a style) that I’ve tried from Meantime before.

Meantime Raspberry Wheat

Appearance (3/5): This one is quite unusual looking beer that pours a sort of pink to reddish amber with a cloudy body. There’s not much of a head to it other than a bunch of fine white bubbles sitting to one sides of the glass but there does seem to be quite a bit of visible carbonation at least.
Aroma (7/10): Quite a sweet beer on the nose as expected, there is some nice raspberry notes coming through alongside a fair amount of funk and some sour notes as well. A varied of fruits do start to come through around the middle with some wheat in there as well but it’s fairly minimal to be honest. I got some slight acidity and sourness in there but it does settle down some after a while and the beer wasn’t unlike a lambic in truth and it was better than expected on the nose.
Taste (5/10): The taste starts off with some nice raspberry flavouring and a little bit of funk early one before some of the acidity from the nose comes through as well but it’s definitely a lot more subdued than previously. There is a touch bread in there too and a couple of lighter malts as well which takes away from a bit of the sweetness. Towards the end some cherries and a little tartness come through as well but it’s definitely a less pronounced taste than the nose indicated.
Palate (3/5): Medium bodied and strongly carbonated with a sour and quite dry feel to proceedings. The beer is fairly one-dimensional with the sourness and funk from dominating from early on and the fruits seemed a touch artificial in places. It’s fairly crisp and sharp without being particularly well-balanced but it was an easy enough beer to drink at least.

Overall (13/20): As you might expect from a beer with a name like this one, the beer was a dominated by strong raspberry flavours but the wheat wasn’t particularly noticeable in truth. There was some nice tart sourness and a little funk coming through from the start but the taste let this one down a little with things seemingly fading a little at this stage. It was a fairly average beer overall and not one I’d pick up again but it was interesting in places and reminiscent of a lambic at times as well without ever really exciting and as such it probably ranks as the least enjoyable of all Meantime beers I’ve tried thus far; not exactly a ringing endorsement for last years takeover.

Brewed In: Greenwich, London, UK
Brewery: Meantime Brewing Company
First Brewed: Brewery since 2000
Type: Fruit Beer
Abv: 5.0%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Whole Foods Market (Giffnock)
Price: £2.39

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