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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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272 Ratings

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Ratings: 272
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 18.21%
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 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
Photo of 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
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2005 04:05:38 | More by Skidz
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2004 01:06:44 | More by schrist275
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2004 23:04:36 | More by oberon
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2004 21:10:59 | More by Gavage
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2004 16:23:01 | More by bobstockwell
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2004 12:03:00 | More by Suds
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2004 12:52:40 | More by maxpower
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

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2004 17:24:33 | More by bigbeerdrinka
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2004 23:40:10 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of cbl2

New York

3.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Crystal clear pale straw with 1 inch of white head that rapidly settles.


Bursting with raspberry goodness. Smells almost exactly like Lindemans Framboise, which I love, so my salivary glands are working overtime.


Starts off with promise, and a mouthfull of raspberry, but by midsip a dryness, and adjuncty corn flavor take over in the mouth. You could probably drink quite a few of these, but would you want to?

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2004 19:36:21 | More by cbl2
Photo of 99bottles


2.1/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tried this on tap with my girlfriend. I don't think I would have gone for it without her around. It pours a dark gold-maroon color that looks suspect. I'm willing to bet there's something artificial. Smell - of rasberries. Taste. Uggg. Sweet corn syrup rasberry flavor. That's the only thing. Where's the wheat? Seems to be filtered, no trace of yeast. Man, this is hardly beer. I don't know what to call this. It tastes like rasberry sugar water. Uggg. More like a wine cooler. Never again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2004 19:55:31 | More by 99bottles
Photo of WesWes

New York

2.9/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a golden color with a spotty white lace head; below average. The aroma is good. It has a pleasant raspberry scent that balances well with the wheat malt aroma. This has the smell of an after brew fruit additive, not real raspberries; fake! The taste is decent but nothing special. It is a weak beer with a weak fruit addition. It has no taste at all besides the "all natural" flavorings that were added before bottling. I have a problem with this beer. I always say, if you're going to brew a fruit beer, do it right. Don't ass out when it comes to the flavorings. Use real fruit. Yes, it imparts a colorful appearance, but who cares. No, Bud drinker is going to drink one of these anyway. The real deal is ALWAYS better!!!! The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an average at best fruit beer. I guess it drinks well, but it's one and done for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2004 00:15:03 | More by WesWes
Photo of sulldaddy


3.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Had this brew during a beer tasting with fellow BA Paulie.
The brew is poured into my glass at a slightly below room temperature.
Very little offwhite head foams up. The beer pours mostly clear yellow with some pinkish tints. The aroma is all raspberry and some twangy wheat. Fairly mild overall. First sip reveals a very light body and prickly carbonation.
I get raspbery, raspberry and more raspberry on the flavor. Again this is a mild overall flavor but dominated by raspberry. The finish is clean and crisp and short. This is a very easy to drink brew and would be very refreshing on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2004 05:51:29 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of francisweizen


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

This one is very similar to the bluepaw I just rated. It pours out a light golden/yellow colour with a bit of a frothy white head. The aromas are on the subtle side with some fake smelling, artificial, raspberry essence in there as well. The taste is that of a lackluster wheat beer with some bad raspberry flavors thrown into the mix as well. The mouthfeel is thin, and the drinkability is just average. An average fruit beer. I expect more from Maine beer (again)! but...the label pic is cute, and kinda cool...

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2004 18:58:50 | More by francisweizen
Photo of ViveLaChouffe


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

From a 12oz bottle BEB March 2004

Appearance is a clear reddish gold. Virtually no head and what little it has disappears quickly. There is no smell but the faint hint of raspberry. After I taste it I realize why it has no aroma. It has no taste either! An incredibly light body bordering on watery. Light syrupy raspberry taste but not much else here. Weak mouthfeel.

I hate to slam a Sea Dog but this is a wimpy, watery ale with no complexity at all. I can appreciate a subtle brew but they didn't even try to make this one interesting. I'll leave the rest of these for my wife but I won't be partaking again.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2003 01:52:11 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of Boto


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

The beer is an almost straw color, with just a hint of red. White head that doesn't stay around long. The aroma is raspberry, but not overly strong. Maybe a hint of maltiness. Taste is a bit of raspberry, with a hint of the wheat flavor. There could be more to this beer. Good, but I was hoping for something with as much character as their blueberry beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2003 21:14:08 | More by Boto
Photo of kelticblood


2.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

The pour seemed average until it started fizzing like soda.The head fizzed out into absolutely nothing and was quite dissapointing.It basically looked like apple juice except for the bubbles rising from the bottom.Great crisp carbonation on the mouthfeel.A sweet fruit "berry" aroma.Tasted somewhat like raspberries.This beer needs alot of work.No trace of and carbonation in the head whatsoever.I've never heard beer fizz like soda before.I remember having this before and it wasnt this bad.Until I try it again my review will stand.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2002 15:35:47 | More by kelticblood
Photo of MaineBeerMan


3.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear golden color with decent head of pure white foam that left a little lace. Aroma was all raspberry with no real malt or hops detected. Smooth mouthfeel with sweet raspberry flavor with a bit of wheat in the background. Kind of a dry finish. Tasty beer, but seemed a bit lighter or watered down than I expected. Would be a decent summer selection.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2002 11:40:51 | More by MaineBeerMan
Photo of StevieW


3.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear straw color, faint white head. Lasted seconds then left. Noticable rapsberry smell, mixed with grain. Highly carbonated, bubbly raspberry mix. Grainy finish grew toward the bottom of the glass. Drinkable and refreshing, but better mixed with something heavier, maybe a guinnes. My gilrfriend really liked it, though.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2002 16:12:50 | More by StevieW
Photo of Jason


3.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz twist off brown long neck bottle with a freshness date on the side of the label.

Appearance: Pale golden colour with an above average white lace that has really good retention.

Smell: Candy like raspberry aroma, faint malt and a touch of buttery and ale fruitiness as well.

Taste: Creamy moderate body with a smoothness from the middle of the road carbonation. Slight twang from the fermented wheat and a vague hop bitterness. Some graininess and malt sweetness comes through but the candy-like raspberry flavour is on top for the whole time. Semi dry finish and goes clean.

Notes: A “no frills” or “play it safe” fruit beer. Nothing remotely interesting about this beer, it is just a clean American fruit beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2002 18:07:50 | More by Jason
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Sea Dog Raspberry Wheat Ale from Sea Dog Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.