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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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286 Ratings

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Ratings: 286
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 19.21%
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 maek228
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

maek228, May 27, 2006
Photo of Drew966
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.

Drew966, Apr 11, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
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.

NeroFiddled, Apr 06, 2006
Photo of tempest
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.

tempest, Mar 19, 2006
Photo of Illinick
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.

Illinick, Jan 17, 2006
Photo of boatyard
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

boatyard, Jan 12, 2006
Photo of weeare138
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.

weeare138, Dec 01, 2005
Photo of JISurfer
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.

JISurfer, Nov 09, 2005
Photo of Hibernator
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.

Hibernator, Oct 17, 2005
Photo of sabrills70
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.

sabrills70, Sep 10, 2005
Photo of MuddyFeet
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.

MuddyFeet, Sep 06, 2005
Photo of woodychandler
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.

woodychandler, Jul 07, 2005
Photo of necoadam
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.

necoadam, Jul 05, 2005
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
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.

FLAbeergutinMASS, Apr 18, 2005
Photo of aquatonex
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.

aquatonex, Apr 17, 2005
Photo of jdhilt
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.

jdhilt, Mar 15, 2005
Photo of Skidz
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.

Skidz, Feb 12, 2005
Photo of schrist275
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.

schrist275, Dec 11, 2004
Photo of oberon
2.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale yellow with a fizzy head that is gone pretty quickly this beer is pretty highly carbonated thats for sure faint aroma of raspberry a little tartness but very faint with an odd butteriness wich is hard to explain.Not much flavor wise the raspberry is there but it is very slight it coats the tongue and is gone,pretty flavorless.Uh well my wife didnt even like this one not much raspberry not much wheat malt taste not much of a beer.

oberon, Dec 05, 2004
Photo of Gavage
2.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Clear yellow / orange in color. 1/4" head disappears in less than one minute. Huge carbonation bubbles sticking to the sides of the glass. The aroma is of raspberries. The flavor is very sweet, with little wheat characteristics. The raspberries don't taste real, somewhat like a cheap raspberry pancake syrup.

The mouthfeel is mildly crisp, and the finish is slightly dry with an unflattering raspberry flavor that coats the tongue. Couldn't even finish the 12 oz bottle, just way too sweet and artificial tasting.

Gavage, Oct 30, 2004
Photo of bobstockwell
2.23/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

picked up 2 cases of mixed oddlot bottles to try with some friends.
Beer was very clear gold with hint of red. Definately filtered..no body whatsoever. Strong raspberry scent on first pour and mouthful, but was gone within seconds. Strong raspberry flavor, but fake tasting, too sweet. Very light tasting beer, I'm used to porters and stouts...but this was like drinking my daughters noname soda. Carbonation started out fizzy but was also gone within moments, flat before finished. I would drink this at a picnic, or working in the yard...but only if there was nothing else.

bobstockwell, Oct 29, 2004
Photo of Suds
2.78/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear, light-straw color with a moderate white head. The head lacks any staying-power. This brew has an intense and overwhelming raspberry smell. It’s something like raspberry syrup…or raspberry extract with a sweetness. Unfortunately, that overwhelming quality just doesn’t seem genuine, and it distracts from any other qualities that the beer has. This leaves the beer with a candy-like, soda-pop flavor. It’s pretty unappealing. It reminds me of a cheap brewpub fruit beer. The soft, thin mouthfeel, fruit and sweetness in the taste. Rather high carbonation. Hollow finish. Didn’t do anything for me.

Suds, Sep 26, 2004
Photo of maxpower
2.4/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear golden color with a small white head that quickly fades, absolutely no lacing either. Smells just like raspberry kool-aid, taste reminds me of cherry soda, the fruit overpowers my taste buds. Light body and mouthfeel, I really don't care this one.

maxpower, Aug 25, 2004
Photo of bigbeerdrinka
2.2/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a very light pale amber color, almost watery looking with a tiny white head that dissipates quite quickly without a lace. Aromas are of slight wheat, artificially sweet rasberry flavors, and a slight malt. For flavor this beer hits up front initially with the sweet rasberry flavors, which IMHO were just way to sweet and overwhelmed the beer flavors. Following there are some malt tones, and just a hint of wheat (to the point that I almost can't even call this a wheat beer) and a bit of a buttery like flavor. This beer finishes supersweet, with an almost tangy feeling on the pallate that just makes this beer undrinkable. The fruit flavors just don't taste right, and dominate the flavor of this beer to where is should be call a rasberry malternative instead of a fruit beer. Carbonation was nice and crisp to go along with the light body of this beer but overall it still couldn't pull this beer into something worth drinking

bigbeerdrinka, Aug 05, 2004
Photo of PorterLambic
2.25/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours the color of a cream soda, kind of a honey-orange. Head is noisy and quickly dissipates like a soda.
Smell is of raspberry, hops & some citrus, wheat, yeast, malt.
Taste is raspberry and wheat. A slight hoppiness and some maltiness hiding out in the aftertaste. Not bitter or cloying in sweetness. Raspberry was less noticeable than in say, Lindemans' Framboise lambic, but nicely represented.
A smooth, medium-bodied feel made this easy to drink but in the end it was only a middle of the road offering, it really didn't stand out from the crowd.
A second try with this brew showed a thin, almost watery, body more reminiscent of an octoberfest with raspberry.
I would drink it again but won't go out of my way to do so.

PorterLambic, Jul 08, 2004
Sea Dog Raspberry Wheat Ale from Sea Dog Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.