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Blueberry Hill - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

Blueberry Hill
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Ratings: 9
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.85%


Brewed by:
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 06-08-2006)
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Ratings: 9 | Reviews: 9
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly foggy apricot with an invigorating amount of carbonation. I was greeted with a good looking cap after an awkward one-handed pour from the growler. The foam is a half-shade closer to bone white than to ecru and has a firm sponginess that indicates quality brewing. Delicate lace is the capper on what looks more like a hearty APA than an APWA.

After drinking, and loving, several Town Hall offerings, I shouldn't be surprised that I like the nose as much as I do. I'm not sure what else one could ask for in a blueberry pale wheat ale. The berries are right up front, with what smells like a robust (for the style) pale and wheat maltiness. I don't remember a blueberry beer nose that I've liked more.

As both the appearance and the wonderful nose suggested, Blueberry Ale is richer than expected. Richer might not be the right word, but it's certainly more flavorful. I'm thrilled that the crushed, jam-like berries ride herd throughout each and every mouthful. If anything, they increase in intensity from start to finish.

Golden grain-like malt holds up its end with ease. Instead of the stated 60% barley and 40% wheat, I would have guessed more of the former and less of the latter. Few pale wheats are this firm and this substantial in the mouth. Don't believe the 'very few hops' claim. Bitterness is much more prominent than sweetness, upping the sessionability factor even more. Having said that, very little, if any, hop flavor is present.

I've gone back and forth on the mouthfeel, finally picking the lower score. I like the heft, but it just isn't expansiveness enough (creamy enough, if you will) to enter the big leagues. The bubbles are also a fraction too harsh, at least during my first glass. I expect the second half of the growler to be more to my liking.

Blueberry Hill is a more aggressive beer (flavor, bitterness, mouthfeel, carbonation) than I expected. For a big beer lover, that's definitely a good thing. When the talent at Town Hall sets their sights on brewing a classic blueberry summer ale, look out. They've hit the exact center of the bull's eye as usual. I think I'll kill the rest of the growler at the neighborhood Fourth of July party this afternoon.

Serving type: growler

07-04-2007 15:43:59 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Hazed deep golden. Thin, wispy light cream colored head. Retention is solid, as is the lacing qualities. Carbonation looks to be moderate by appearance.

Aroma: Fat, plump, juicy sugar coated blueberries. Floral hops. And a little yeast goodness.

Flavor: Sweet blueberries up front. Floral hop characteristics accent nicely. Biscuity malts. Crisp, slightly dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, wheaty feel to it. Medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Drinkability: This is a nicely balanced fruit/wheat beer. Highly drinkable. A growler in an hour?? Yeah, it goes down nicely. Especially after a long jogging/biking workout. One of the better fruit beers I've had in a while.

Serving type: growler

06-24-2006 03:49:04 | More by Bighuge
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let's cue up Fats Domino and ask him where he found his "three-ow"...

"American style wheat beer brewed using 40% malted wheat, American ale yeast, and very few hops. Post fermentation natural blueberry is added and allowed to age in the tank."

Cloudy, deep amber hue, full, flush snow-powder white head. Nice.

Aroma: Sweet and fruity, definitely the blueberries coming through, but not at all dominant, it's mainly a hint, but a persistent hint. Nice, nice.

Taste: Fresh, and buoyant, bubbling fruit, refreshing wheat. Medium bodied, nearly full, great wheaty texture...I can't fault this one, anyhow, though it falls in with others of it's style and doesn't really grab you, just delights and refreshess. So easy to drink, yet not a "wow"-er. And so it goes...

If there weren't so many other great beers available here, I'd go monkey-poo over it...so sad, eh?...

Serving type: growler

06-08-2006 01:32:45 | More by feloniousmonk
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Ragingbull

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cloudy straw color with a thin white head. Mild fruit nose. Blueberry presents in the flavor and leaves the attack and the finish clean. The finish is more malty than anything else and that somewhat surprised with the fruit and the grain present. The blueberry is very mild and therefore in my opinion remains clean and pleasant. Not overdone. You get it that it is there, but you aren't bludgeoned. The beer does have something of a grainy quality that causes you to think its more of a wheat beer with a fruit infusion than a fruit or vegetable beer. And that is what it is. Wheat ale.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2009 04:18:36 | More by Ragingbull
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dogger6253

Minnesota

2.93/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy yellow color, no head, just a little ring around the glass. No lacing left behind, kind of bland looking actually.

The smell is pretty good, blueberry of course. Very wheaty/bready, but not much else to it.

Very wheaty flavor, the blueberry taste comes through, but seems incredibly artificial and sort of tastes like shampoo, but still drinkable.

Light body, mild carbonation, kind of watery overall. This was kind of a let down as far as TH beers go, maybe I just hyped it too much before trying it, but I was left disappointed. I wouldn't get this again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2007 00:25:29 | More by dogger6253
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supercolter

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very decent brew with some different features...
Appearance is nothing too special, but above average head and lacing for the style.
Smell is good, the blueberry is the forefront but there is a bit of hops in the background.
The taste has even more blueberry presence and the hops begin to come to life.
Mouthfeel and drinkability are good as well.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2007 00:46:47 | More by supercolter
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An interesting beer from town hall, very approachable, with a noticable blueberry presence of front that mixes with a wheat ale base to make a surprisingly dry beer. Goes down smooth, but I did get somewhat sick of the flavor towards the end of the pint. Who knows, maybe I drank 'er too fast. I would sit on the patio and drink this, given the light flavor, and refreshing quality, but last time I was given a plastic cup to drink a Town Hall beer from.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2006 21:11:57 | More by TastyTaste
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at the brewpub: Pale medium dark gold cast in unfiltered haze. Starchy, bold, stacked tall, white capping stays put for good length. Tons of lacing coats the glass as its consumed.

Aroma is wafty and floral with a sweetly touch of wheat and a wonderful full-on blueberry roundness. A bit like a blueberry muffin taken out of a cold fridge. Gains more muted, pale wheaty frothy bread tones as it warms, but always keeping the blueberry forward.

Taste is full and bold with a frothy whole wheat breadyness that's excellently paled in sweetness and drenched is a simple and elegant touch of blueberry. Smooth and very well-rounded. Incredibly balanced in sweetness and blueberry fun. The taste lingers well with a slight earthy flowery and tender fruit skin dryness as it finishes, yet staying bold, creamy, and wet through its duration. This isn't some simple wheat ale with some artificial flavoring added in. Nor do they throw a coulpe blueberries in it to try to help it. None needed here. This was brewed with real blueberries, and alot of them. And it shows...and its very good.

Feel is tender, soft, bready, smooth, and kinda crunchy in carbonation with the wheat malt backing it up. Medium in body and quite full in flavor as it floods in and makes a wonderful display of wheaty, bready sweetness balanced with a blueberry brigade of floral fruityness.

Growler upon growler of this stuff can be easily handled as its very tasty and very drinkable. So smooth and quenchable with unforgiving sweetly fun fruity flavors. Hands down, the best damn blueberry beer I've ever had. Great stuff!

Another fine treat of a brew by the prolific Mike Hoops at Town Hall. As much as I like seeing and tasting a new beer or three every month with the constant releases. It would be nice to see some of the beers like this one revisited more often and really make a name for themselves then just a one time, oh you missed another great one, never see it again, beer. Seriously should consider keeping the keepers around for more then the one time.

This is an outstanding brew!

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2006 19:11:38 | More by tavernjef
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MeLikeBeer

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This hazy, yeasty brew appears a deep gold in the glass.
Nice white head on top.

Initial aroma- malty and fruity...you can detect the blueberries, but I was definitely looking, they don't overpower this drink.

Tastes- thick and wheaty. Fruity overtones and obviously, the blueberries. They don't really give the biggest kick to this beer. Refreshing and light, this is a good brew to drink on Town Hall's patio or bring home and enjoy in growler form....drinkable.

Considering Town Hall's other offerings, I'd be inclined to seek them out first.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2006 14:53:15 | More by MeLikeBeer
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