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Sea Dog Raspberry Wheat Ale - Sea Dog Brewing Company

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Sea Dog Raspberry Wheat AleSea Dog Raspberry Wheat Ale

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274 Ratings

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Ratings: 274
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 18.54%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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 mtbbaboon


2.42/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Aggressive pour left very little head that doesn't last long. A few bubbles remained along the rim. After a few sips, the head was completely gone with no lacing. The color is clear gold. I'd expect a little cloudiness with a wheat beer. The smell is rather weak. Faint hint of raspberry and hops. I really had to take a deep whiff to register the smell. It tastes better than it smells. Some fruity wheat up front, then raspberry sweetness. The taste is good, just not real strong and flavorful. Unfortunately, it's got sort of a funky aftertaste. It's got a light mouthfeel and leaves no stick. It's drinkable, but not the greatest beer for a developed beer palette. This came in a 12 pack I bought for a gathering at my house. Non beer drinkers enjoyed it a lot, which kind of tells me something.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 16:10:55 | More by mtbbaboon
Photo of NekotoNikku


4.33/5  rDev +43.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice amber color, hardly any head and what was there vanished quickly.

S - I love how this one smelled, smelled just like raspberries to me, the boyfriend thought it was more like raspberry jam, but either way, it was good to me! Also some nuttiness, but mainly the strong raspberry smell (similar to how the Blueberry Ale is with the blueberry smell).

T - Wonderful raspberry taste and a nice nutty/yeasty finishing tone.

M - Lightly carbonated, easy going down, nice and smooth.

D - This one was very easy for me to drink, loved the flavor, the smoothness and it wasn't over-carbonated; would definitely drink again. As a final note though - If you really don't care for raspberries, don't bother with this one, but if you love raspberries and you love wheat beer, I don't think you'll be disappointed!

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 22:27:13 | More by NekotoNikku
Photo of Risser09


2.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter - fridge - 2008

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy copper orange color with a 1/4" ivory head. It recedes quite quickly and leaves no lace behind.

Smell: Sweet & tart raspberry with a mustiness that reminds me of a lambic. Wheat aroma lies beneath but is competely ancillary.

Taste: A wheat sweetness quickly gets taken over by raspberry tartness. There isn't much else to this brew. The sweetness gets cloying towards the end of the glass.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated, tart, sweet and sticky with sugar. I can't remember a beer that was so coating in the mouth with sugar.

Drinkability: A decent brew that is cloyingly sweet. It could only be consumed one at a time, unless you want the cavities.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 11:45:19 | More by Risser09
Photo of confer


3.55/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- A nice gold,but a head that falls flat as soon as the pour is done.

S- I love the smell, the faint raspberry aroma is delicious.

T- The taste is okay, weak raspberry flavor give way to a bland wheat taste.

M- light carbonation, something not quite right though.

D- As with the Apricot from these guys. Nice change of pace for the hot months, but nothing I would have more than one of.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 00:01:28 | More by confer
Photo of u2carew


3.23/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A) Pours with a frothy head, then settles pretty quickly. The lacing is thin and somewhat weak. Transparent. Gold to copper in color.
S) Just like the label: raspberry and wheat.
T) Very sweet up front with the raspberries. Some lingering wheat flavors in the finish.
M) Closer to raspberry juice in consistency. Light bodied. A small bit of wheat grittyness.
D) Meh. Cold and wet, a good combination for a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 00:43:51 | More by u2carew
Photo of luvGoldenMonkey


2.45/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This starts out as a good beer as you drink it, but has a 'chemical' aftertaste that ruins an otherwise fruity, good beer.

Smell is good, as well as mouthfeel, but I cannot get past the aftertaste.

I cannot recommend this beer, and will not be purchasing again.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2009 01:18:55 | More by luvGoldenMonkey
Photo of Pegasus


2.75/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Hazy. light golden brown in color, with a very small white head, scattered faint lacing, slight carbonation.

Aroma: Deep aroma of raspberry preserves, or raspberry hard candy, seems somewhat artificial, some spicy wheat notes are present as well.

Taste: Opens with modest raspberry flavors and wheat malt. The wheat lends a bit of spiciness, and there is some mild hop bitterness midway through the taste to the end. There is a bit of washed out raspberry at the close of the taste as well.

Mouth feel: A bit thin, with slightly rough carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A rather mediocre example, Abita Purple Haze is much more well-crafted.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass longneck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 01:30:59 | More by Pegasus
Photo of biggred1


2.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, obviously filtered copper color with a fine white head. Smell is raspberry candy and wheat with a slight savory smoked paprika quality present. Tastes of syrupy raspberry flavoring and wheat, not much else. Watery feeling mouthfeel. Not something I would seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 02:29:43 | More by biggred1
Photo of CrellMoset


2.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle, courtesy of dkachur - thanks!!

Appearance: Pours a transparent, light pale golden yellow, replete with fast, relatively fine-bubbled carbonation, topped by a surprisingly steady, stable, nearly white head.

Aroma: Overwhelmingly fruity - prominently, surprise, raspberry - with - also a surprise - a sweet, slightly shallow, pale wheat backbone. Not too much goin' on here at all.

Taste: Oh lord. A mere two or three sips and I already can't quite take anymore. The raspberry is just so artificial, so cloying and sweet, and the accompanying lightness and saccharine overtones contributed by the pale wheat malt don't help things at all. Raspberry fruit juice meets bud light. Or at least some kinda of wheat malt bud light?

Mouthfeel: Incredibly soft and airy, almost like it's not even there. Doesn't really feel like I'm drinking anything really. Thin and cloying.

Drinkability: This beer is not good. In fact, it is bad. Do not drink this beer. Seriously though, this one's just an artificial-tasting, light, unpleasant mess with few redeeming qualities. Avoid.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 03:01:48 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of htomsirveaux


3.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 1 Mar 2009. Courtesy of R&S, thanks again!

Poured in a Sea Dog Blueberry Wheat pint. Medium sized whit head quickly dissipates. Moderate carbonation. Clear deep golden color. Smells like raspberries and strawberries, muffins. Lightly sweet, floral and fruity, raspberries and strawberries. Some caramel malt. Finishes fairly sweet with a slight bit of bitterness and tartness in the finish. Medium light body. Minimal alcohol.

A liked this one quite a bit better than me.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 02:08:44 | More by htomsirveaux
Photo of Rayek


2.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Deep gold with a slight chill haze and semi-active carbonation. Fizzy orange tinged head clears the area quickly, leaving me with fizzy gold water. Left zero lace.

S: Cherry juice sweet on top of a mild straw scent.

T: Slightly fruity overall, with a mild generic berry flavor. The fruitiness rides along on a dry malt flavor that's balanced with a completely flavorless bitterness. Finishes with a slightly medicinal berry flavor.

M: Light body is sticky and has too much fizz.

D: This beer was a bit of a disappointment to me. It was dull, somewhat medicinal, and rather macro-like underneath. Certainly not offensive, but nothing to write home about.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2009 00:16:23 | More by Rayek
Photo of cdizinno

South Carolina

3.4/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz twist off brown long neck bottle with a freshness date on the side of the label(Dec '08), so I'm drinking it a little late.

Appearance: Golden colour with a sight cloudiness.

Smell: Raspberry aroma that overpowers any hop or malt.

Taste: Light body with mile carbonation. Slight tartness from the fermented wheat, but very weak. Some graininess and malt sweetness. Semi dry finish.

Decent fruit beer. Sea Dog's Blueberry on tap is much better. The fresher the better on this mass produced stuff.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 23:42:18 | More by cdizinno
Photo of DIPAbrewer


2.88/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Strawberry blonde color with a minimal head and no lacing.

Very little aroma to this beer, mild hints of berry but no noticeable hop aroma

Strong Raspberry flavor comes through with this beer. It covers the minimal hop and malt flavors. Decent example of a fruit beer but nothing speacial.

Overall a decent beer but I wouldn't buy more, just found this one in the fridge. Wheat malt base lets the fruit come through.

Very drinkable beer. It could also serve as a good chaser after a shot of liquor :-)

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 04:12:35 | More by DIPAbrewer
Photo of tigg924


2.95/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear, no head, dark gold

Smell: light raspberry and wheat

Taste: light raspberry and wheat

Mouthfeel: sweet, light, and smooth

Drinkability: I had their variety pack, so all of these reviews are similar. This was my least favorite of the three but was still very drinkable...I have had better raspberry wheats before...Sea Dog does good fruity beers--this one just does not hit my palate like the others do

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 03:46:53 | More by tigg924
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a bright gold with a slight creamy white head that left no lacing.

S: a fruity/tart raspberry aroma with a nice wheat scent. Overall the aroma was quite soft and not overpowering.

T: The initial flavor was juice-like with some tart raspberries that left a nice thin film lacing on the tongue after the swallow. A nice fruity tang of berries that was clean, soft, and fairly well balanced.

M: thin, smooth and a tad sweet.

D: Drinkability was moderate, not my first choice, one would be plenty to get the jest of this, after that would be mundane.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 23:24:21 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of thekevlarkid


3.53/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle this beer was a perfectly clear gold color with a small off-whitehead. The head faded quickly but the retention of the ring was ok but there was no lacing. The aroma was dominated by raspberry syrup but there was some wheat twang and dry grains in the background. The flavors were good, but again dominated by the raspberry element. Underneath that one can find the wheat and hops, but you have to go looking. The mouthfeel was a little rough, over-carbonated in my opinion. The body was light which along with the flavors makes it very summery but it lacks depth and refinement.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 09:16:02 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of oriolesfan4


1.83/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The worst offering Sea Dog has. This one is just a tad more horrible than the Apricot Wheat, as this one doesn't even have a raspberry taste to it. It's just an odd mix of fake fruity flavors in a malted beverage. I could only drink half of one and threw the rest out. Bad stuff right here.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 01:02:54 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12-ounce bottle poured into a weizen glass yields a clear golden body capped with a finger of snappy off-white foam that retreats quickly into a fizzy ring that leaves no lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink is a tart and fruity load of raspberry, way over-the-top.

The taste is mellow and wheaty with an overbearing raspberry Kool-Aid note. Dryish malts and savory wheat try in vain to keep the fruit in check, but it is, after all, a raspberry brew. Really not all that bad of a wheat beer underneath all the fruit, of which there is plenty.

Smooth and drinkable, if a bit overcarbonated. Much better if berries are your thing, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2008 16:09:33 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of ectomorph


2.13/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Dark gold in color with very small/thin head that fades fast. No lace.

S - Mild fruity notes with some light bread. Not horrible.

T - Raspberry up front (artificial for sure)with some watery hop finish. Weak

M - Watery and almost flat, not good.

D - Not for me I'm afraid..

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 20:44:06 | More by ectomorph
Photo of changeup45


2/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Well what do you expect from a fruit beer. No surprises here. Golden colored, thin head and a beer with a whole lot of raspberries. Shocker. Sorry but raspberry is really all I come up with. Tastes is very carbonated as well. Yeah, I didn't really like it.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 17:14:19 | More by changeup45
Photo of armock

New York

2.23/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that fades quickly to barley cover

S - Is of raspberries and wheat malt

T - Well raspberries tastes like one of those flavored waters with a bad finish

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation

D - This is a beer that you can passover its just not drinkable to me this is going to find the drain after I click review

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 01:18:50 | More by armock
Photo of ibashmuck


1.25/5  rDev -58.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a medium foamy head on a decidedly uncloudy light amber body. Taste and smell were exactly the same: all raspberry, all the time. Couldn't spot anything, including any wheat ale characteristics (this is listed on the bottle as a wheat ale). Medium carbonation, but that really doesn't matter unless you can get past the raspberry, which I couldn't.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 15:24:25 | More by ibashmuck
Photo of whynot44


2.83/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy apricot color with a thin fizzy white head that disappears immediately.

The aroma is raspberry with a mild wheat background.

The taste starts with a bit of tart raspberry, then some more raspberry, finishes with a dry, slightly sour wheat note followed by an odd somewhat artificial raspberry aftertaste.

Light bodied, drinkable, especially ice cold on a hot summer day but somehow just not satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 05:24:43 | More by whynot44
Photo of Onslow


3.3/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

found in the back at Specs.. $2.... pours an orange rust colour .. uplifting aroma, berries and such ... surprisingly tasty, some very easy drinking here .. "it's good right? it's just a shame they have to kill all those raspberries to make it"

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 15:35:57 | More by Onslow
Photo of beeragent


3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - The beer pours a medium gold, forming a thin 1/2 inch white head which quickly faded. Very light spots of lace are visible.

S - Strong raspberry aroma up front, followed by the slightest hint of wheat. Its hard to detect any more due to the strength of the raspberry.

T - Very much the same as the smell. The taste starts out with a strong raspberry syrup flavor, coating the palate, leaving very little room for much else. There is a noticeable wheat flavor in the finish, but not enough to enjoy by any means.

M - Smooth finish and carbonation allow this beer to go down a bit easier.

D - IMO this almost seems to be the norm these days, to take a beer and overload it with fruit flavoring, therefore masking any characteristics of it being a beer unnoticeable. From a flavor point of view, not too bad, but as a beer not too good. I couldnt even begin to think of having more than one of these at a time.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2008 22:18:04 | More by beeragent
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