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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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BA SCORE
71
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287 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 287
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 18.87%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | 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 mklinger
2.33/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a shaker pint. Thin wisp of head that was gone quickly. Color is pale with a slightly pink coloration. Clear. This beer looks like standard BMC but with a pink hint.

Smell is all artificial raspberry aroma. It smells like raspberries, but not naturally so. No malt or hops to compete.

This is the least characterful "craft" beer I may have ever had. Just bland, like BMC it has the character of drinking water. So thin and light. No hops, no wheat character that I can detect. Some raspberry flavor, but this beer is so dry & non-tart that the fruit character isn't very characterful.

Mouthfeel is thin, thin, thin, not pleasant, like BMC.

Drinkability -- well I won't seek out another.

mklinger, May 14, 2010
Photo of Onenote81
3.88/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass. Pours a crystal clear gold. There's very little carbonation rising throughout. Inch-sized white head rests on top. Some light lace sticks to the glass. Scents of tart raspberries, jam, light corn adjunct scent. The fruit smells cheap and artificial.

The body is crisp and refreshing. Flavors of tart raspberries right away. These taste fresh and less artificial. Very low bitterness. This one is all about the fruit. Light buttery flavor on the backend. Wheat is absent in the flavor.

This is extremely refreshing. I actually really like this one. I could see this becoming regular this summer. My wife would love this one. Not bad at all.

Onenote81, May 11, 2010
Photo of Parrotbeak
2.55/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Straw color with a light, golden hue. Eighth-inch white head that remains.
Smell is raspberry and slightly skunky malts. Not much else going on.
Taste is raspberry flavoring with some watery malts. Finish is quite lackluster, with some more faint raspberry flavoring.
Mouthfeel is watery and flabby, with an inadequate amount of carbonation.
Average drinkability due to a lack of anything that is really that enticing. There is nothing overly off-putting about this beer; rather it is a bit too unexceptional.

Parrotbeak, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, yellow body with a bubbly, white head. Let's just jump right in!

Smell: Raspberry-scented nose akin to some Fruit Roll-Ups stolen from a child's lunchbox. Modest hints of malted wheat beneath.

Taste: Starts in with that artificial-tasting, lightly tart raspberry flavor. As with the other fruit beers in the Sea Dog kennel, the base beer is pretty weak and flimsy, just bare minimum enough to carry the faux fruit flavoring. Teensy weensy bit of bitterness. Lingering raspberry flavoring tartness into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Encroaching on being watery. Medium-light carbonation.

Drinkability: Yawn. There're plenty of other better fruit beers to be had out there. Let's go try some of those, shall we?

ChainGangGuy, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of rtratzlaff
2.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden body with a faint crackling head that shouts "I am fizzy and light." The look is a disappointment. The aroma has some faint maltiness along with, yes raspberry. The flavor is not all too pleasing with not enough character to keep one interested. If they used much wheat, it is hard to tell as it doesn't really show up much if at all in the flavor. In fact, it seems they didn't use much at all when they made this beer. The body and mouthfeel are a disappointment as well. Way too light and a bit overcarbonated. Overall, the beer could just use way more in regards to the malt profile.

rtratzlaff, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of kneeland
3.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love the Blue Paw What Ale by Sea Dog, so I had high hopes for this one. It's not nearly as good as the Blue Paw, but probably better than most flavored beers. I was disappointed, but I didn't hate it. I don't think I'll try it again, but how often can a real beer drinker go the flavored route?

kneeland, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of SimplySinister
2.5/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Golden in color with moderate to high carbonation. Displays a fizzy two inch off-white head, which is quickly dissipating, no lacing.

S- Smells of raspberries, somewhat sour and tart. Bready notes.

T - Lingering bitter/sour raspberries. Taste is synthetic and flavorful, yet far too sweet.

M - Thin, crisp, cool, and dry but not all that refreshing.

D - Poor. The overall presentation of this beer is not deplorable, but the taste is far too sweet and synthetic. All in all, I think I'll have to pass on this one.

SimplySinister, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.59/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Foamy head, weak lace retention if any, quickly dissipating. Aroma is as advertised.

Taste, too sweet for my taste. Would like to have this with maybe half the fruit taste. Too much. Downward offers no relief. No hops. Wheat gives some grittiness to the beer, doesn't make it smoother. Weird hodgepodge of sweet cloying feel and earth. Lacks any bitterness. Its just one speed: sugar.

Beerandraiderfan, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of huxcrunner
3.58/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a-this beer is a light golden color with white head

s-this beer although it is a raspberry wheat it doesnt have a strong fruity smell, it has a good wheat beer smell to it

t-The taste of raspbeery is not overwhelming for this beer at all and has a good balance of wheat and fruit combination to it

m-good lighter feel to this beer that is refreshing

d-drinks like a good lighter beer not to heavy that makes you want to keep going back for more

huxcrunner, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of mcann2pu
3.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle best by date of Jan 2010.

Appearance: pours into glass a yellowish color with not much head, minimal lacing left on the inside of the glass, very clear.

Smell: the dominate smell is that of the raspberry, not much else as far as smell goes maybe a slight light beer aroma but its incredibly subtle.

Taste: the first taste is that of raspberry, but it is a bit too sweet and not all that genuine, the after taste of wheat is not nearly wheat-y enough.

Mouthfeel: a bit watery for a wheat ale in my opinion, but not too bad.

Drinkability: its light, but that's about it.

mcann2pu, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of mooseisloose
2.55/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Part of an assortment received as an Xmas gift, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top this brew has the distinctive wheat beer smell and a strong smell of raspberries like raspberry jam. Poured into a pint the brew has a nice two finger head and dark golden color. Upon tasting the taste is nowhere near as good as the smell. I was expecting a sweeter wheat brew but this brew has a good wheat backbone with a "off" fruit taste. The fruit taste is all tang but no sweetness. The aftertaste shows a little more of the flavor how it could be, but this one is no keeper. Tough to drink it all down.

mooseisloose, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of jamiesessions
3.4/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow colour with an off white head that disappears so quickly I question whether or not it was ever even there at all. The sweet smell of raspberries invades the nose, and while I enjoy the scent, I once again get the "fake" smell from sea dog. overly homogenized raspberry extract is okay, but as Marvin Gaye said "aint nothin' like the real thing baby". The taste is also very sweet, and the syrupy overly-produced nature of the raspberries is a bit of a detriment, though still tasty. Fells okay, but nothing special, and while I do like this beer, I get the feeling that if I have too many more i may swell up like a raspberry, Violet Beauregard style

jamiesessions, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
2.75/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A pretty timid base beer (where's the wheat?), with a Kool-Aid type raspberry flavoring.

The beer begins with a quite clear (to be a wheat beer) appearance. Straw in color with fair head and retention.

The base beer is quite light and meager with a thin bready, wheaty taste that seems empty at times. Raspberry flavor easily dominates the beer- not saying that it is high but it doesn't take much to overshadow the wheat beer foundation. No much else here, just a one-dimentional and bland taste.

Light and sweet with soft powdered-sugar textures. Follow up with light bitterness and mild astringency just before the beer tries to dry out and fade into a raspberry aftertaste.

The beer sides too far to the wine-cooler side for me to give it much creadit as a beer. The balance just isn't there. But it will likely get much love from the sorority clubs.

BEERchitect, Oct 20, 2009
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.

mtbbaboon, Sep 19, 2009
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!

NekotoNikku, Aug 30, 2009
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.

Risser09, Aug 21, 2009
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.

confer, Aug 16, 2009
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.

u2carew, Jul 27, 2009
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.

luvGoldenMonkey, Jun 01, 2009
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.

Pegasus, May 08, 2009
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.

biggred1, Apr 30, 2009
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.

CrellMoset, Mar 13, 2009
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.

htomsirveaux, Mar 02, 2009
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.

Rayek, Feb 23, 2009
Photo of cdizinno
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.

cdizinno, Feb 09, 2009
Sea Dog Raspberry Wheat Ale from Sea Dog Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.