Kinda Blue Blueberry Wheat Beer - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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261 Ratings
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Ratings: 261
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 18.91%
Wants: 5
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: Rayek on 06-20-2010

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Reviews by ryan1788a5:
Photo of ryan1788a5
3.04/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Tawny in color. Great clarity. The head seems to contain just the slightest purple hue. It settles into a thin cap rather quickly, but leaves a thin coating of lacing behind.

S: Bready wheat notes, maybe a little chalky, faint whiffs of tart blueberry. Clean. Actually very little on the nose, you really have to strain to pick everything out.

T: Juicy blueberries up front. Very slight blueberry tartness after a few seconds. Yeast is very clean and neutral. Flashes of wheat. Finish is basically nonexistent.

M: Light bodied. Thin, creamy, wheaty. Some fruit skin astringency builds to a mild annoyance after a while. Lightly seltzery carbonation.

O: The brewers may have been going for subtlety here, but they stayed too safe. There's nothing offensive about it, but there just isn't a whole lot going on.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
2/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz bottle. Pours a hazy light copper orange with a smallish white head that quickly diminishes to a thin collar that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is wheaty malts and astringent blueberries.

The flavor is sweet blueberries with some tart notes with some wheaty malt. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very watery.

Overall, everything about this is very subdued. It's not really offensive, but not very good either.

Photo of tigg924
2.18/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: minimal head, gold/brown in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: honey, wheat, artificial blueberries

Taste: wheat, honey, cereal like sugar, artificial blueberries that start in the middle and are stronger towards the end.

Mouthfeel: light body and moderate carbonation, sweet

Drinkability: Not a fan. The best way I can describe this is taking the sugariness--if that is a word--of a non-alcoholic beer mixed with artificial blueberries. If you enjoy NA beer, you might like this one. One is more than enough as I have had better in the style. Usually I like Boulder beer, but this one was a big miss in my book.

Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours brilliant amber with a very slight purple tint under a thin white foam collar. S: Faint wheat, light blueberry, some vegetal. T: Bready blueberry with the intensity of the blueberry growing towards the finish. F: Light and refreshing with above slightly average carbonation. O: They use enough blueberry to let you know it is there but not so much as to over power the base beer. The flavors are well balanced.

Photo of MattyG85
3.68/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Playing Miles Davis- "Kind of Blue" as I review :)

Appearance: Deep amber orange with a lot of bubbles and a decent two finger white head that has good retention and a light amount of lacing.

Smell: Bready Pils malts, wheat, and grains make up most of the aroma. Blueberry fruit smell is noticeable but very mild. A very light hint of grassy hops in the background. Aroma is mostly sweet and bready.

Taste: Sweet pale malts and some wheat grains dominate the taste. A mild flavor of blueberry fruits linger throughout. Blueberry is more noticeable in the finish. No noticeable hop bitterness. Taste is fairly bready and sweet.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a low to medium level of carbonation. Very smooth and creamy.

Overall: A decent beer overall that isn't overbearing on the sweetness which is a problem I find in a lot of fruit beers. That said I still think the blueberries could of been a little stronger.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.58/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looks like a regular wheat beer. No blue tinge at all to it. And there wasn't any blueberry detectable in the nose. What gives?

Mild berry taste, very mild, wouldn't know it was blueberry unless you read the label, just was reminiscient of a boring palateable wheat beer. Blase.

Even when drank in summer, this one fell flat. Glad I only bought a single of it, but even at $1.49, there are much better options. Pass.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear bright copper hue with a fine bubbled white head forming thick. Lacing dwindles down leaving behind speckled lace on my sierra nevada hop tulip imperial pint glass. Aroma has very tame blueberry earthiness aout it, almost like the skins and stems make more of a presence than actual fruit sugars. A nice sharp wheat breadiness with hints of blueberry. We're so used to bastardized artificial flavorings and aromas like Leinenkugel summer wheat where they claim it smells like blueberry, I tend to think of fruity pebbles instead of actual fruit. As this one warms up it gives m a bit of Blueberry jam smell. Flavor is an American pale wheat with hints of subtle blueberry showing up on the palate, again a very earthy dry slightly bitter blueberry not your sweet candy artificial type. Does it work well with the base pale wheat? Not really the fruit additions don't make this explode with flavor and the base beer seems lackluster by itself, very middle of the road. I guess I'm just appreciative that they didn't make it with artificial flavoring. Mouthfeel is light on carbonation body is light to medium not as light as some pale wheats, the fruit at the end starts to weigh on my palate. Drinkability overall is decent a nice summer refreshing pale wheat from the folks in Boulder I would have been happier with a hoppy wheat instead.

Photo of chinchill
3.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle dated 27 July 2012, so a little past date but no signs of spoilage.

A: Pours a clear, amber-copper color with a small, dingy white head. Plenty of visible carbonation, both fine and coarse. The head settles quickly to a ring and partial top coat that endure and leave patches of lacing on the glass.

S & T: vague fruity aroma [3.25] I probably would not have identified as blueberry in a blind test. This fruitiness is mixed with some wheat, caramel and what smells like winter squash. The flavor is clearly blueberry and toasted grains. Overall, bitter and sweet are more or less in balance.

M: A little over-carbonated and too sharp; light bodied; slightly dry finish.

O: A rather mediocre blueberry wheat, with limited blueberry flavor and rather aggressive carbonation. In comparison to others, however, this one avoids an overdose of blueberry flavor and the more common problem of being overly sweet. [3.25]

Photo of RickS95
3.77/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has a strange look. It's straw, but with a dark hue. After you see it's a berry flavored beer, it makes sense. On top is a huge pillow of white bubbles.

Smells like a normal wheat beer. You note some flowers and the wheat, but also something different. The berry scent is delicate and muted, not obnoxious like other berry beers.

The flavor resembles the smell. There is an obvious berry presence, but it's very mild and only slightly noticeable.

Some good stuff going on in the mouth. It's gently sweet from the wheat, and moderately bitter from the hops, but everything is balanced by the sweet tartness of the berries. It lacks the carbonated bite I expected, and almost has a creaminess to it.

Highly drinkable. It's not too sweet and you won't get sick of the sweetness after one bottle. It has a nice taste and the ABV of 5.5 means you don't have to worry about going to jail after just a couple.

Photo of SouthFLBeerLover
3.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Light copper color. Produced a small white head that dissipated rather quickly. Very thin lacing.

S: Wheat, malt and a hint of blueberries.

T: Similar to smell. Wheat, malt and a hint of blueberries. The finish has mild blueberry accents to it.

M: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation. A good choice for a summer beer that has a twist of blueberries.

O: Easy to drink summer beer. The blueberry taste is and not too overbearing.

Photo of bradleyp
2.21/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Got this bottle on a whim from Market of choice.

A: A light shade of brown, red, and pink mixed together. No lacing whatsoever.

S: I really don't like fruity beers, the aroma sort of disgusted me.

T: All I could taste was blueberry.

M: Went down pretty easy. I had to slam the beer so I could finish it quicker.

O: I will not buy this beer again. If you like fruity beers, then this is for you.

Photo of JamesHenjum
2.8/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Thin white head with a nice dark gold look.

S - A bready malty beer with a lot of blueberries.

T - Very spicy with hops for a beer with so many malts. No bread like in the smell. Blueberry Budweiser...

M - Light bodied with a nice fruity finish with a bitter aftertaste. Very carbonated.

O - This beer is not bad, but you have to like blueberries. It reminded me a lot of Budweiser because of the similar hop spice and odd aftertaste.

Photo of The_1084
3.74/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It poured a light bronze color, similar to apple juice, with a small head.

The smell and taste are very pleasant with a mild hint of blueberry; a very easy to drink beer.

The texture is average; once it's swallowed it's gone.

Overall a good beer that has the potential to satisfy the most serious of beer drinkers.

Photo of KTCamm
3.65/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a shaker pint glass at Delaneys in New Haven CT.

Pours a medium amber with a little foam. Not much lacing. Purplish tint.

Fruity nose, tart blueberry taste that remains in the malt. Not sweet and not overwhelming. Berry in the background, and adds to the flavor.

Blends well, balanced nicely.

Good beer.

Separate rating for bottled beer in May 2013, 3.75/4.25/3.75/4.25/4

Photo of CJArtanis
2.83/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

What an upset. I was really looking forward to this after trying my first Blueberry Wheat by BluePoint and all the solid flavors i got from that one.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. The color and clarity where both on point. Liked the high SRM for a wheat ale.

The nose gave off a nice sweet, malty, blueberry tones and when aerated the wheat really came through. So far the beer showed promise... then i tasted it.

The start wasnt bad, a light sweet malt indicated by the SRM, followed by light blueberry flavor, which all in all was not bad, but then at the finish, it just died, no hop no blueberry. It Dropped off and all i was left was with a wheaty stale taste in my mouth.

So, unfortunately this beer left me feeling, "Kinda Blue"!

Photo of trappistlover
2.74/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(12oz bottle from Total Wine Desert Ridge). Pours crystal clear copper color with off-white head. No lacing and moderate carbonation. Aroma has grass, wheat, hay and ripe blueberry. Taste is sweet with a twang from the blueberry. Not much else going on here. Medium bodied with a slick texture. This is an ok beer, but I wouldn’t search it out.

Photo of puboflyons
3.14/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle marked "Enjoy by Jun 21 2011." The pour is copper-orange with no head and barely a ring. The aroma was subtle with wheat, grass, and blueberry. Nothing overwhelmed me on the nose. The body was about medium. The taste had limited wheat and blueberry with a thin hopped ending. It was OK.

Photo of jsh420
2.57/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

pours golden copper with a 1/2 finger head that fades fast and left no lacing

smells like your run of the mill wheat beer with ripe banana and some berry notes but i cant say i pick up any blueberry

taste is not good - tastes off with sharp ripe banana berry then with a bready bud light backbone

mouthfeel is light with plenty of carbonation

drinkability not good - most of this was a drain pour

Photo of Rutager
3.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours a clear golden amber with almost a finger of bubbly head.

Smell. Toasty wheat, some grassy hops and a hint of blueberries.

Taste. Sweet toasted wheat and caramel. A little tangy blueberry and grassy hops.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium, crisp but still smooth carbonation.

Overall. Pretty sweet, and not in a good way. Liked the blueberry but wished there was a little more.

Photo of u2carew
3.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber.
A) Pours with a big, two finger head. Settles fairly quickly to a big bubble lacing on top. Slight haze in the body. Amber-copper in color.
S) Subtle blueberry. Grainy. Grassy.
T) Light blueberry taste. Wheaty but like a hefeweizen. The overall flavor is weak. In the aftertaste a lingering tartness.
M) Light body. Fizzy.
O) An average brew. I wouldn't consider this again but would drink it in a time of need.

Photo of joelmrapp
2.77/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Sipping it at the office right now wrapping up a Friday.

The beer pours well like a wheat should, though the typical head from a wheat beer disipates quickly.

Smell leaves a lot to be desired. Blueberry has to fight to stand out. I am used to a fruit beer having the fruit take center stage on your nose.

The taste is average. As others have said the blueberry really shows what it is lacking once it hits your lips. Get more a malty sweetness than a fruitiness.

I am picking up some diacytl on the tounge in the form of slickness. Not out of character for the style though.

Overall I give is a 2.5 because well lets face it we should expect more out of our beers and when they don't live upto expectations we all suffer. I will say that for the $5 price tag it is for sure a beer that I would drink again.

Photo of Immortale25
3.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Magic Hat #9 pint glass. Bottle says enjoy by May 23 2012.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 3/4 inch head that retains well enough before residing at an 1/8 inch head and has fluffy, sticky lacing.

S- Hearty blueberry that seems to lean towards the maltier side of things. Kind of complex as well with notes of acai and even blackberry.

T- Glassy taste initially turns into a bready aftertaste with barely any blueberry to be found. Many sips later, still no blueberry. Strange how it can be decently pronounced in the aroma but practically nonexistent in the taste. Sweet malt keeps the beer on its feet but just barely.

M- Thin with minimal substance. Medium carbonation and a semi-light body.

O- This one left me scratching my head going "Where's the blueberry?!" Add it to the long list of failed blueberry beers.

Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear pale yellow in color with just a thin layer of bubbles on the surface.
S: The aroma isn't very strong; there are notes of blueberries and wheat in the nose.
T: Mild flavors of wheat along with notes of blueberries dominate the taste, which has a mild amount of sweetness. The aftertaste is rather fruity.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and lightly carbonated.
D: The beer was easy to drink and fairly refreshing, given that the blueberry flavors are mild and are not overpowering.

Photo of cbarrett4
2.28/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Okay, I really like proper, quality made fruit beer. And I love blueberries. So it's not like I'm dumping on this for being a fruit beer. But I tasted it next to Marin Bluebeery (which rocked), so sorry Boulder Brewing...

A - looks a little copper and light for being a blueberry ale

S - smells artificial and a little medicinal

T - Tastes metallic and medicinal, reminds me of taking cold medicine as a kid, not a lot of blueberry flavor, just a hint of some unidentifiable fruit flavor.

M - Medium bodied with not much going on as far as tannin or balance.

D - I poured mine out pretty quickly and went for the Marin instead (which tasted like fresh blueberry muffins!)

Photo of blakelive784
1.95/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours a nearly transparent, strange copper/brass/amber color with almost no discernible head. A bit odd looking.

S - Light artificial blueberry flavoring, oddly placed cream and stale adjunct. Smells entirely artificial and imbalanced.

T - A watery open bleeds throughout its entirety. Lacks any real wheat character. Heavy doses of caramel and artificial blueberry don't blend well. It's hopped entirely too assertively for a beer of this style, especially a fruit beer. Really just a failure on all counts. Not even built well for a cheap adjunct fruit attempt.

M - watery and thick.

D - I haven't had too many beers from the brewery yet, though I've been disappointed by the ones I have. I certainly wouldn't seek this one out.

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