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Sea Dog Raspberry Wheat Ale - Sea Dog Brewing Company

Sea Dog Raspberry Wheat AleSea Dog Raspberry Wheat Ale

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260 Ratings

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Ratings: 260
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 18.27%

Brewed by:
Sea Dog Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Sea Dog Raspberry Wheat Ale is a dry, crisp refreshing ale with the added essence of raspberries.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-21-2002)
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Photo of pjkelley82

New York

4.04/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't know why this brewery gets so much slack. I must like bad beers.

This is by far the best raspberry beer I've had... hands down..

A big thing for me in fruit beers is it not to be overpowering and the raspberry and blueberry were neither. The apricot on the other hand was like drinking the actual juice.... but anyways....

Had a nice appearance and wonderfully smell to it... again not overpowering. The taste was smooth, clean and crisp with raspberries at the end dancing around on the front of your tongue. Not aftificial tasting at all... very clean crisp finish...

Picked up a Growler after eating at the restaurant... If you are a fruit beer fan just go out there and try it. It will not disappoint.

Serving type: growler

06-10-2013 04:50:12 | More by pjkelley82
Photo of BierJager89


4/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent golden with a white head.

S: Nose is all raspberry, almost like a raspberry cider or something.

T: Taste is dry, yet sweet raspberry flavor, and just a touch of wheat.

M: Light bodied, a bit light on carbonation, which is nice. Definitely refreshing.

O: Recommended if you like fruit infused wheat beers (which I personally do).

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 21:26:15 | More by BierJager89
Photo of Furlinator


3.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours translucent gold with thin white head that quickly fades to a thin film on top and leaves faint lace.

Smell is of grainy malt, strawberry (raspberry?), and faint apple.

Taste is malt, raspberry and apple.

Mouthfeel is watery and thin with medium carbonation.

Taste like a slightly alcoholic apple juice. Too thin, too tart and too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 08:09:20 | More by Furlinator
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.49/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 0224P. Sampled on September 5, 2013.

It pours golden yellow. The white fizzy head erupts briefly but fades just as quickly. Good clarity.

The aroma brings out raspberries on the forefront but the wheat can also be found in the background along with a clean hop note. Sweetness.

Light body but slightly acidic probably from the natural raspberry flavoring.

Raspberries are more than evident in the sweet taste with a more downplayed wheat note but it tastes natural and that's a plus. Mild clean hop finale. Better than the Sea Dog Apricot in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 21:11:30 | More by puboflyons
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a mostly clear deep golden amber in color with some minimal amounts of visible carbonation as well as orangish amber highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall sudsy beige head that quickly reduces to a couple of very small patches of very thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of sugary sweet raspberry over a light hint of wheat. Kind of reminds me of early "craft" fruit wheat beers of the mid 1990s.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of wheat that is fairly quickly overpowered by overly sweet raspberry - which tastes slightly artificial. Not cloying sweetness overall but an artificial sweetener raspberry flavors with some light amounts of breadiness. Hints of bitterness in the finish which fades quickly.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Really reminds me of the early craft wheat/fruit beers that were available in the early to mid 1990s, refreshing and pretty easy to drink but nothing to get excited about.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 01:19:54 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

2.85/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours light copper, fizzy white foam. Settles fully. Strong raspberry nose. Taste is thin. Watery. Light fruit in there. No body to speak of. Wholly unimpressive.

This just didn't work for me. I do like Sea Dog's blueberry offering, but this was a miss.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 13:37:50 | More by KTCamm
Photo of tone77


3.64/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of raspberries, not overpowering. Taste is tart, raspberry, some wheat, very refreshing and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 13:34:51 | More by tone77
Photo of jjamadorphd


2.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another Sea Dog offering - another beer that was simply okay.

Its appearance was okay, your run-of-the-mill amber color, but the smell did surprise me. Very strong, and sweet smell of raspberry, but unfortunately, nothing else. It sloshes around your mouth thick and syrupy, light carbonation, but it does leave you with an aftertaste that I didn't like too much. Its taste was just a little under okay - very overwhelming raspberry flavor, but like the smell, nothing much else. Overall, I rated it okay, it's a nice after dinner brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 22:21:04 | More by jjamadorphd
Photo of Runs_with_beer


3.7/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The smell is almost as heavy as Wild Red, and very sugary. But once it is poured, you can tell there will be a big difference between the two. The swallow has an incredibly creamy mouthfeel, especially for an ale, and the taste is exquisite. At first, it tastes like your average lager, with just a little more bitterness, but as the beer moves from front to back on the tongue the raspberry flavor reaches your palate and stays, until the end, which is crisp and only leaves the slightest film in the mouth. It's like candy in a glass, but without all that extra sugar that usually comes in a cider. Definitely a sessionable fruit beer if I've ever had one.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 02:24:06 | More by Runs_with_beer
Photo of keeganfrank


3.23/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Golden beer with a thin, bubbly head. Strong aromas of perfumy berries, can't detect much else. Flavors of sweet berry and bread. I was hoping for more tartness from the raspberry, but it's very sweet. This brew does go down smooth and easy, though.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 20:10:34 | More by keeganfrank
Photo of mfnmbvp


3.9/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with the label notches saying best before October 2012, so we're a little late to the party but oh well. Another random find off the mix a six pack shelf at the local beer store. My bottle is a little different than the one pictured, and says only Sea Dog Raspberry, with the bottle claiming at 4.70% abv rather than the 4.5% listed by BeerAdvocate. "Beer with natural flavor added". We'll see. This is review #200 for me!

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a nice bright golden orange colored body with about three fingers of tall fluffy off-white head; slightly cloudy. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising to the top. Fluffy lacing.

S - Nice raspberry iced tea bag type smell; the raspberries don't smell completely natural, although they don't smell sick or medicinal either. Has a berry juice concentrate type of smell to it. Bit of a grassy wheat presence in there also.

T - Taste is comprised of bready malt and wheat with a hint of raspberry tartness. Raspberry is subdued and isn't overwhelming, which may be because this beer is beyond it's prime. Either way, it works for me, and there is enough juicy fruit presence to keep things interesting, and the raspberry tastes authentic enough. Has a metallic / coppery sort of aftertaste.

M - Feel is crisp & carbonated, but not overly so. Sugary, a bit tart, & some metallic aftertaste.

Overall, it impressed me well enough, considering I was expecting cheap medicinal swill, like I have run into before. A pleasant surprise from a brewery that was previously unknown to me. Nice and light-bodied, with an easy sipping 4.70% abv, this would go good on a hot summer day. Definitely a beer I would have again, and I am interested in trying more from Sea Dog Brewing Co.

Sea Dog Raspberry ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 19:55:57 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of SaCkErZ9


3.58/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First of all, this one does not look like a wheat beer at all mit pours crystal clear with a smallish white head of okay size. Some lacing but nothing of note.

The aroma is more wheat like with some cloveiness and wheat yeast being apparent. Slight raspberry aromas but definitely not overdone withthe raspberry.

I am actually digging the flavor. It is light and refreshing. There is definitely raspberry, but it doesnt seem artificial, rather more like a fresh raspberry flavor. I wouldnt compare this to Wisconsin Belgian or anything, but I find the raspberry flavor quite authentic and tasty.

Mouthfeel is a little chewy with a nice finish. I do get some adjunct sort of flavors in the finish.

Certainly an easy drinker and probably a great beer for summer beach time. I may have to revisit this in the summer. I was actually surprised with the tastiness of this one. Who knew!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 21:45:23 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of cbutova


2.43/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Fairly hazy golden-orange body pours into a pint glass with a silky white head. The cap builds to about one finger and has lackluster retention. No lace right away but a nice blanket of smooth foam covers most of the bottom of the glass.

S- A blast of raspberries comes off the beer right after the pour. The fruit aroma is inviting but has just a bit of an artificial feel. Beyond that is a hint of bread and light malts.

T- The good from the nose really doesn't hold up that well here. I mostly get just a diluted raspberry flavor that kind of reminds me of melted fruit popsicles. Also hints of light malts, sugars, vegetables and fruit soda.

MF- Very light body with high-end, foamy carbonation. The overall consistency is like a soda, not all that creamy and fizzy. Not sure hops are even used in this beer (sarcasm).

It is sort of hard to take these beers seriously sometimes. It really reminds me a ton of soda more than beer, you could easily trick me. Mostly tastes like watered down raspberries, meh.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 01:33:24 | More by cbutova
Photo of microbrewlover


3.25/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours an orange-brown color with a half inch head which dissapates fairly quickly.

The smell is very sweet, full of raspberries as well as straw and wheat.

The taste follows the nose with a strong, sweet taste of raspberries follwed by straw and wheat. There were no detecable malts or hops.

The mouthfeel is crisp and clean, sweet and tart; very slightly chewy.

Overall this is a decent beer for a hot summer day; serve cold. Fruit beers tend to be simple but this one is too simple. It would benefit from some complexity; some malts and/or hops to distract from the super sweetness of the raspberries.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 22:51:09 | More by microbrewlover
Photo of TheSixthRing


2.85/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a clear, golden orange with a fizzy half inch head which, if you blink, you might miss it. About a quarter size worth of lace remains in the middle of the glass.

Smell - Smells like raspberries, wheat and a hint of alcohol.

Taste - Starts with a touch of wheat on the tongue, followed rapidly by sweetened raspberry notes which then fade into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Watery, and poorly carbonated. There's a little bite, but not nearly enough; comes across as flat.

Overall - I feel like I'm drinking a diet raspberry soda that's been sitting out for several hours. Their blueberry offering isn't great, but it's better than this.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 02:49:41 | More by TheSixthRing
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - copper with a big, fizzy, off white head that fades quickly to a thin lacing

S - artificial raspberries

T - sweet raspberry syrup

M - light bodied, crisp, a bit heavily carbonated, sticky

This is a rather mediocre beer. The artificial syrup dominates the aroma, flavor, and mouthfeel. I'll avoid this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 01:57:49 | More by tdm168
Photo of yesyouam

New York

3.4/5  rDev +13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sea Dog Raspberry is a very clear, very sparkling golden beer with a thin white head that quickly dissipates into a swirling film. It has a huge raspberry candy aroma. It's light bodied and very lively. The finish is quick and clean. The flavor is dominated by raspberry. It seems kind of sweet. There is a little leafy bitterness at the finish. It's like sweetened raspberry tea. This is very simple. This is perfect for, like, children. It would be a major hit at a slumber party. That said, I find it quite enjoyable. It's good for slamming, ice cold.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 19:04:39 | More by yesyouam
Photo of jmbranum


3.03/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cute bottle with a dog on the label.

Aroma is the best part of this beer. Tons of raspberries.

Pours a clear light amber/dark gold with a white head.

Flavor is... well rather cloying. Way too sweet and not enough tartness. Strange aftertaste.

Medium to light mouthfeel.

I ended up throwing in some raspberries to improve it. Not sure if it helped but it is pretty in the glass. Overall though, this beer just isn't very interesting.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 06:06:05 | More by jmbranum
Photo of zeff80


2.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out a clear golden color with orange highlights. It had a small, white head of fizzy, bubbly foam. It left no lacing to speak of.

S - It smelled of sweet raspberry. Some caramel and that's it.

T - Sweet raspberry up front with some caramel and wheat flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and very smooth. A light bodied ale with a very clean finish.

O - This just doesn't do it. It could use some tart to balance the sweet.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 00:58:04 | More by zeff80
Photo of BEERMILER12


3.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear straw yellow with almost no head that fizzles out quickly

S: Raspberry, some malts, and possibly some light grassy hops

T: Raspberry overtones along with some malts and light hops. The aftertaste brings them together the most, and the beginning is just a slam of raspberry followed by the malts and hops. Fairly unbalanced until the aftertaste, and even then it's still quite a mess and all over the place

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

O: This is an average fruit beer that will satisfy your girlfriend and not much else. The raspberry is definitely there, it just isn't very well balanced with the other elements that make this a beer

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 22:36:49 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of Tastybeer007


3.28/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

i have tried a couple of "blueberry"/ "raspberry" beers and i havent liked much.

The appearance is nothing to be excited about, the foam doesnt last more than two seconds....

The smell was good. It smelled a little bit like fruit/berries but you could still smell the hops and malts and the beer-like smell.

It wasnt too carbonated, and it was not too sweet either. It had a hint of raspberry flavor, which did not taste artificial to me, but I could still taste malt and beer.
It was a tad watery, and I am sure some will not like, but I can say I could drink this again..

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 22:22:44 | More by Tastybeer007
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, best before Dec 2011, 4.7% ABV, and attributed to Pugsley Brewing LLC., Bangor, Maine. Perhaps I need to do some Anheuser Busch-level back-tracing...

This beer pours a clear medium golden colour, with one scrawny finger of fizzy white head, which doesn't have the courtesy of even asking for directions before disappearing in a flash, leaving nothing in the way of lace. It smells of sweet green raspberry puree, generic pastry malt, and mild earthy hops. The taste is somewhat acrid grainy malt, chemical-oriented raspberry fruitiness, and further nondescript drying, more hoppy that boozy, given the input parameters. The carbonation is moderate, and a bit zippy, the body approaching medium weight, aided by some sugary uplift. It finishes off-dry, the grainy, mildly pseudo-raspberry fruitiness carrying the day.

Not a bad fruit beer, if my barometer is widely-distributed US offerings. On its own, though, this is a mediocre, yet generally inoffensive fruit-forward pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 01:35:23 | More by biboergosum
Photo of K9AleingPiss


3.15/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This bottle has no expiration marked ,the appearance was very nice. A trasparent gold,very clean looking,thought it was a pilsner,howver,not much head or lace. The odor almost adnauseam,as if you picked up someone's beer that had been chewing a big wad of dime-store bubble gum. The taste surprisingly was good,still could tell it was beer. I wouldnt ask for one,but if given to me,Id drink again. With all the fruit,no after taste, very smooth.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 01:36:28 | More by K9AleingPiss
Photo of jeffjeff1


3.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked this up at Cost Plus World Market.

Appearance- golden color, thin head that dissipates quickly

Smell- raspberries, malt

Taste- artificial raspberry flavor right off the bat and strong flavor of it

Mouthfeel- light bodied

Drinkability- ok but artificial flavor was too strong, probably would not buy it again but I would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 03:25:54 | More by jeffjeff1
Photo of Brenden


3.15/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This raspberry beer is a completely clear gold that's just lighter than verging into amber territory. An off-white head fades straightaway and little is left; the same goes for lacing.
The aroma is all raspberries, nicely sweet with a tart edge rather than the other way around. There's just enough actual beer character comes out to make this above average as the wheat and then an actual malts presence comes out.
Less of that comes out in the flavor, and there's just enough dull hops presence to go a little sour in the finish.
The body is light with a moderate carbonation and a nice, crisp feel. A bit of slickness comes through at the end of each sip.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 01:18:58 | More by Brenden
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Sea Dog Raspberry Wheat Ale from Sea Dog Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.