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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
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268 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 268
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 18.21%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | 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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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
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necoadam

Connecticut

2.17/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured out a deep golden color with a big white head. Smell was a bit too sweet with the raspberries. Some faint wheat aromas show up as well. Taste wasn't that great either. Sweet fake raspberry flavors ride the palate for the majority of the time. No other flavors showed up for the show. Mouthfeel was light to medium with some big carbonation. Finished too cloying and I wouldn't be able to handle a second one of these. Pass.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2005 18:09:23 | More by necoadam
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FLAbeergutinMASS

Massachusetts

2.15/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Objectiveness can only go so far. I cannot believe I am drinking this, this....thing. The only semi-redeeming quality is its color. Pours boring gold with red hue. Smell, what do you think it smells like? !?!?!? Taste like fruit punch seltzer with a stale aftertaste.

This not my type of beer, now or ever.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2005 00:29:41 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
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aquatonex

New York

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

Pours light amber color with minimal head, moderate carbonation. Immediately noticed raspberries in the nose along with slight wheats. Taste follows with raspberries (a little too fake?) and a weak wheat base. I was having trouble figuring out if the taste was real or not. I'd like to have more sourness and body of the berry than what was present. A bit watery as well. Otherwise, it is rather refreshing, especially for a hot day. I might have it again, if nothing better was around.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2005 03:32:39 | More by aquatonex
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one-finger white head that fades quickly and doesn't leave much. Clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Strong raspberry nose. Starts and finishes with the raspberry flavor dominating, looking for the wheat but didn't find it. Best by Jul 2005. $1.45 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2005 01:17:01 | More by jdhilt
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Skidz

Wisconsin

2.33/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours out a bright, crisp light gold and sits a clear orange amber in the glass with a decent sized white head, fading fast to nothing at all, forget about lacings.

Smells of an aromatic raspberry air freshener, almost phenolic. Candy-like aroma is overpower and masks all other aromas. Maybe just a hint of marachino cherries, and a flakey crust presence, a bit of butter.

Tastes of a smooth, gooey raspberry puree, though this one is made entirely out of products that have nothing to do with raspberries. Result: an overy sweet fruit flavor sitting on top of an even more unoriginal base of white bread and pale, grassy hops. Finished with a light bitterness, sweetness sitll lingering.

Crisp in the mouth. Carbonation is plain and fine, not too overly assertive. Quite light however, a bit watery.

Two birds with one stone I guess, just make one blueberry flavored and the other raspberry. It might be a smart move, IF the beer you're starting out with was actually halfway decent. Not impressed one bit.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2005 04:05:38 | More by Skidz
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schrist275

Florida

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

Pours into a typical gold... slow on the carbonation and the head while fine is short lived with slight whips across the glass after about 30 seconds. The smell is definitely raspberry..sweetened, not unlike a candy, the raspberry taste overrides the wheat taste, but then fails to continue to full mouth feel. It does leave a slight aftertaste on the tongue tip... not much more than that. This is going to be my vanilla ice cream night beer, would match fairly well i think.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2004 01:06:44 | More by schrist275
Sea Dog Raspberry Wheat Ale from Sea Dog Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.