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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
70
okay

274 Ratings
THE BROS
71
okay

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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.

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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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

Bright sunflower gold beneath a cotton white lid that looks way too soft and unsticky to last or to leave much lace. Enough bubbles are being added to the head that it's still a fat one finger at the several minute mark, but it's now beginning to give up without a fight. Sure enough, the glass is virtually untouched.

The nose is decent. It's hard to say if the raspberry essence smells real or fake. It has an odd, perfumy, almost soapy, quality that makes me want to say fake. Still though, it isn't that bad and is actually sort of pleasant in a low expectations sort of way. No hint of any wheat maltiness whatsoever.

For some reason, even though I suspect that they're all the same basic beer with a different fruit extract added, I don't like this offering as much as I liked Apricot Wheat and Blueberry Wheat. That isn't to say that I loved those other beers, just that they seemed more palatable (at the time anyway) than this one.

The biggest reason might be the fakeness of the raspberry flavor. The label says 'natural flavor added', but it sure doesn't taste like it. As in the nose, it strikes me as floral, perfumy, air freshener-like. Again, as in the nose, there's no trace of wheatiness to be had. As a result, there's very little to enjoy once I succeed in getting past the artificial fruitiness.

Given that a fruit wheat doesn't need to have a mouthfeel that would rival an IPA... who am I kidding? It's no excuses time. The mouthfeel on this beer is unacceptably light and unexitedly carbonated, even for the style.

I'm a little surprised that Raspberry Wheat Ale came out with a lower set of scores than its Apricot and Blueberry brothers. Maybe it's my mood, maybe it's the season, who knows? What I do know is, this beer isn't worth the purchase price, whatever that happens to be. See dog. Skip dog.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2007 21:18:59 | More by BuckeyeNation
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JohnnyM2002

Maryland

3.35/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass at 47 degrees.

A - Pours a clear golden color with a 2-inch head. Lots of carbonation.

S - Malty berries...good fruity aroma.

T - The wheat characteristics come off very strong as it blends with the berries and crisp malt. Goes down very smooth and with a hint of grassiness.

M - Thin, bubbly mouthfeel.

D - I used to enjoy fruit beer much more than I do now, but I'm still a fan of the Sea Dog lineup. I'll probably leave a few around the house, more for my wife than anything. Not overpowering or too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2006 20:32:02 | More by JohnnyM2002
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morayeel

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +42.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I put this Ale on tap and I am very pleased. This is a Ale that I put into my favorits.

Appearance- Very nice pale goldern color just what I was expecting.

Smell- Just a hint of Raspberry. I like it.

Taste- This has just a hint of raspberry at the end. I like it.

Mouthfeel- Nece and crisp. I like it.

Drinkability- This is is an ale I would dring all night long.

I know there are better raspberry ales out there but im not one for an over powering fruit taste. This is just fine for me.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2006 16:02:57 | More by morayeel
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.58/5  rDev +51.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear bright straw color with a moderate white head and nice carbonation. Nice fruity raspberry aroma and flavor. Not overly extract-like at all ... almost smells like real fruit; very nice. Light-medium bodied with refreshing fruitiness.

A very nice fruit beer - extract or otherwise.

Per Label: "Wheat Ale with Natural Flavor Added"

Per SDBC website: 4.5% ABV

Best Before: Nov '06 (notched)
Tasted: 09/07/06

($6.57 / 6-pack)

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2006 17:37:23 | More by RBorsato
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jettjon

Florida

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

Pours into the pint glass a clear orange color with few bubbles. Not what I was expecting, looks more like a colored, transparent hefe than anything. Thin, white “spit” head that rapidly fades to nothing, leaving no lacing. There’s an odd fruity scent on the nose, more akin to lemon than to raspberry. Some malt evident. There’s kind of a vague raspberry smell there if you hunt for it. Taste is first of all tangy, sweet/sour and a kind of artificial raspberry flavor, like maybe a residual or afterthought of flavor. Not a really good raspberry presence. Sort of perfumy, it might even be described as rose petals. Malt-liquor like flavor dominates and detracts. Mouth is thin and watery. Drinkability? Pheh… not so great. I wouldn’t drink more than one.

Overall: I had hoped for more, but this brew comes across as a macro lager weakly flavored with raspberry syrup. I tried this one alongside Great Divide Raspberry Ale, and while not an outstanding beer, the Great Divide blew this one away.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2006 23:58:09 | More by jettjon
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a small head that leaves no lacing

Smell: Smells like raspberry kool aid

Taste: Bready raspberry flavor up front, followed by a vague bitterness after the swallow; finishes fruity but not sweet although there is a perfumy quality at the end that is a little intriguing; the wheat makes its presence felt in the finish as well

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and fizzy

Drinkability: Fruity without being cloying; not a bad way to beat the summer heat

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2006 15:17:23 | More by brentk56
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mattpetti

New Jersey

2.78/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a straw color with very little head. Smells of artificial raspberry, with some kind of sour, citrus wheat, and tiny bitterness. Tastes the same, but with alittle more sourness than i was anticipating. The raspberry hits first and last with lemon in the middle. There isn't alot of wheat character in there. It has a thin and watery mouthfeel. This beer is very light, but not really sessionable. The flavors just dont seem to meld and its almost like they just poured some raspberry syrup into the beer. There are some much better examples of this, ala abita purple haze, and this is def someting i wont pick up again.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2006 04:39:23 | More by mattpetti
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AlexJ

North Carolina

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

Aggressive pour into a pint glass reveals a slightly hazed copper brew with a fleeting head of pale white that quickly sizzles away.

Aroma is sweet raspberry with a hint of wheaty grain and some light metallic meinerality.

Flavor takes a step down, pleasant, but artificial berry flavor dominates the light notes of wheat malt. One dimensional and simple.

Body is light, highly carbonated, and leaves a thin, seltzerish mouthfeel. Not my bag at all.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2006 22:04:01 | More by AlexJ
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hero27

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle.
Enjoy by July '06.

Clear gold..fizzy head soon disappears entirely. Surprisingly fragrant aroma of fresh raspberries (maybe a tad on the artificial side, but certainly this beer's best quality). Not much for wheat character that I could pick up.. mostly clean malts with a little raspberry extract. A bit odd..probably not the first thing I'd reach for on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2006 16:55:03 | More by hero27
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chOAKbarrell

Maryland

2.48/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Held up to light, this is more of a golden-red color. Smells good, like Lindeman's Framboise lambic. The flavor disappears suprisingly fast - almost as fast as it hits your tongue. Very strange. I suppose this would make for a light, refreshing hot weather beer, or a beer that you wanted to drink and forget that you were drinking.

The mouthfeel is the most bizarre aspect of this ale. It is simply not there. You taste (for about 1/2 second), swallow, and there is absolutely nothing in the back end of this beer at all. Its like eating a weak candy & washing it down with a swig of water. Not so much "awful" as that it just misses the mark entirely. I can't say I've really ever experienced a mouthfeel/body like this before.

Go for Great Divide's Wild Raspberry ale instead.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2006 23:08:15 | More by chOAKbarrell
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Looks more like a macro lager than a microbrewed wheat ale. A mix moslty golden hay with some amber highlights around the edges with some MGD bubbling. The head is just like when you order MGD from a bar tap.

Smell- A mix of Lindeman's Framboise, stale wheat, and macro adjuncts.

Taste- Starts out with a good, sweet rasberry flavor. It tastes like real rasberries. What is cool about is that you would never think this beer would taste fruity at all just by looking at it. But the rasberries slowly mix with some subdued wheat flavors and then to a macro lager finish.

Mouthfeel- A nuce fruiity palate for about 60% if the tasting experience. It wasn't too much or too little, it was just right. But the macro notes weren't appreciated.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2006 03:26:51 | More by scruffwhor
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DuqTroops

Texas

3.93/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank this at my new favorite restaurant - Brewhouse Grill in Camp Hill, PA!

Appearance - yellowish orange in color. little head after the pour.

Smell - lots of rasberries. i am not a fan of fruit beers, but this intrigues me.

Taste - very sweet with some wheat there, then the aftertaste is the fruit and rasberries.

Mouthfeel - little carbonation and easy to drink. my mouth loved it.

Drinkability - excellent. probably couldn't handle more than 2 in a night though

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2006 21:56:59 | More by DuqTroops
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the glass clear amber with a huge off-white lasting head which laced the glass.

The aroma was difficult to perceive through the large head. With the head still tall the aroma had a slight raspberry acidity. After the head fell the aroma contained muted raspberries and a light acidity.

The flavor was raspberry with a light sourness that pronouced the fruit flavor. The fruit was not overly strong and the sourness was just enough to make the beer quite refreshing. Some wheat character was present.

The finish was dry with lasting acidity and light raspberry into the aftertaste. The body was medium light with a fairly high carbonation.

12 ounce bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2006 20:56:30 | More by GCBrewingCo
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maek228

Pennsylvania

2.3/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

appearance: bight yellow with a kinda dark hue to it...a soda-like head formed when i poured it and quickly dissapated.

smell: like sugar coated rasperries....nothing "beer-like" about this smell

taste: barely any taste at. it starts with a quick punch of rasperry...some wheat flavors and a fruity bitterness to finish. the flavor is in desperate need of some complexity

mouthfeel: entirely too thin

drinkability: eh

*overall impression* this seems like a half-assed beer

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2006 00:26:12 | More by maek228
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Drew966

Florida

3.13/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sea Dog Raspberry Wheat Ale pours a dark gold with a minimal head that quickly disappears from a brown twelve ounce bottle. Smell is strongly raspberry. Malt hits first, quickly followed by raspberry. Thankfully the finish is dry, sweetness could quickly get out of control with a beer like this, it doesn't here. I don't think I would drink more than one. Not bad, worth a try if you like this sort of thing.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2006 02:34:50 | More by Drew966
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Although it's obviously brewed with the addition of raspberry extract, it's not overdone and the delicate flavoring does alot to round out this soft, sweet beer.

It pours a clear dark-gold with a kind of tan cast, beneath a thin, short-lived head of white that leaves some minor lacing at the outset of the glass.

The nose is distinctly raspberry with a buttery note alongside.

In the mouth it's gently crisp and medium-light bodied.

The flavor offers a soft pillow of sweetish and mildly grainy malt for the raspberry to rest on. There's a buttery component as well that helps to add to its richness. Hop flavor is almost completely eliminated, and the bitterness is restrained. It starts with raspberry in the nose; tosses in a little at the start; widens to encompass a malty side across the middle; and then finishes clean and drying with even more raspberry in the finish.

It's basic but nice (reminding me of Oxford Raspberry from MD in the early 90's); and I think it's balanced well-enough that it could be enjoyed year-round - not just in summer or at special events. It's drinkability is limited, however, as it's kind of one-sided and tends to build on the palate a bit. Still, not a bad quaff for one pint at the pub.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2006 19:15:16 | More by NeroFiddled
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tempest

Pennsylvania

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

Lighter amber body and short white head. Leaves some lacing. Smells of sweet raspberries and no much else. Same for flavor, the fruit overwhelms the taste. It is at least good raspberry flavoring though. Although the mouthfeel is fine, the sweetness makes this undrinkable after one bottle.

Its better than a smirnoff ice, but I dont plan on ever having one again.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2006 16:43:38 | More by tempest
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Illinick

Pennsylvania

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

A: Golden yellow with amber hues. Fizzy head that shrinks to nothing. Lots of rising carbonation.
S: Tart fruit, tart raspberry, some grain and raspberry syrup or candy smell. A bit light on the nose.
T: Grainy, macro taste with tart rasberry flavor. Drop a piece of raspberry candy or give a splash of raspberry flavor to a macro and you get the point.
MF: light, finishes semi-dry to dry.
Overall: I like the Sea Dog Blueberry tons better than this offering. It just falls short of being good.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2006 18:01:46 | More by Illinick
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boatyard

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

if you like fruit beers, then this is a good one. pours like a bud or a coors just a little darker. it gets a head but doesn't last, and there is no lacing to speak of. what can i say it tastes like wheat, then rasberry. not that great, but if you are in the mood for something other than a beer beer this is it. i say give it a try

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2006 03:50:50 | More by boatyard
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev +6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a light gold with a fizzling out white head. Tiny amounts of carbonation are to be seen. No lacing to speak of.
Smell is of corn syrup, raspberry syrup, and honey.
Taste is a mild step above the aromas but it's not that good either.
Mouthfeel is average with a syupy, oily slickness rolling down the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2005 20:14:56 | More by weeare138
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JISurfer

South Carolina

3.4/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was my first beer from Sea Dog, so I was a little "iffy" about what it was going to be like. Overall, it was a little better than I thought it would be. I figured it would be some overly sweetened candy like wheat beer. It was infact a little sweet, as well as had a little bit of a fake raspberry taste/smell, but I thought it balanced out well with the malt and hops. I'm not going to say it's the best raspberry beer I've ever had, cause I'd be lying, but it was infact a fairly decent beer. I could easily knock back a few on a hot summer/winter day here in Charleston, SC.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2005 01:54:28 | More by JISurfer
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Hibernator

Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sea Dog Raspberry Wheat Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Best before January 2006 clearly and nicely notched on the side label
Served in a 20 oz pilsner glass

Pours a light golden bronze color. Think white lace for a head.

The aroma screams raspberry candy stick.

Spritzy sweet, grainy mouthfeel. Decent level of carbonation with an obvious blast of raspberry fruitness. Reminds me of a pez candy fruit flavor.

A tad too watery on the mouthfeel for my liking. This is a decent (at best) and original fruit beer from Sea Dog in Maine.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2005 21:38:43 | More by Hibernator
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sabrills70

North Carolina

2.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a medium amber with a small head that faded quickly and very little lace. Aroma of fruity raspberry with wheat malt aromas mixed in. Very tart. Lots of fizzy carbonation, but little head. Very fruity - too wine like for my blood - I want to taste beer. If I want a lambic I will buy one. Its not bad just too fruity for me. There are lots of better choices out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2005 01:52:15 | More by sabrills70
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

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

I like raspberries. My favorite fruit. But this beer is lacking. Pours very pale and clear. No head and almost no carbonation. Nose is fruity, but no idea what other than the hint on the bottle that it is a raspberry beer. Flavor is barely malty with hardly any hop presence. Raspberries are present but make me think raspberry flavored water thanks to the use of chemicals. It is very light and could be refreshing in the right situation (can't think of one really). The SO even turned her head at this beer. Mostly undrinkable because of the odd chemical raspberry flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2005 23:14:42 | More by MuddyFeet
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This gave off a very nice raspberry nose just upon opening the bottle. It caused the lady next to me to ask what I was drinking, since the Bluepaw had a huge nose, also. The pour resulted in a decent white head, but it, too, evaporated very quickly. The color was a very clear, pale yellow. The mouthfeel is, like the Bluepaw, light and fizzy, but that's the way that it goes. There was a subtle raspberry taste in the mouth, but the finish was a more intense raspberry flavor, although the berriness tasted candy-like. I'd choose Bluepaw over this one almost every time.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2005 13:42:16 | More by woodychandler
Sea Dog Raspberry Wheat Ale from Sea Dog Brewing Company
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