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Sea Dog Apricot Wheat Beer - Sea Dog Brewing Company

Sea Dog Apricot Wheat BeerSea Dog Apricot Wheat Beer

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217 Ratings

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Ratings: 217
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 20.92%

Brewed by:
Sea Dog Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Sea Dog Apricot Wheat Beer is a crisp and quenching wheat ale with a subtle essence of fresh apricots.

(Beer added by: Jason on 06-06-2006)
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Photo of Darkmagus82


3.65/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden amber color with a one finger head of fizzy white foam and tons of carbonation bubbles seen streaming up through the brew. The head fades quite fast leaving only a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – A strong peach and apricot aroma is the bulk of the smell. These are combined with a bit of a wheaty and grassy smell producing a nice sweet, fruity aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a wheat bread and apricot flavor right from the start. These flavors create a base for the brew with the wheat remaining relative constant and the apricot gaining strength as the flavor advances. Along with the slight increase in the apricot, comes some flavors of a peach nature, accentuating the fruity nature of the brew as the taste advances. A very light grassy flavor joins the taste at the end of the flavor profile, leaving one with a medium sweet, but rather crisp, fruity apricot and peach flavor, to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. Both are fantastic for the fruity flavors of the brew and make for a very refreshing and more crisp brew overall.

Overall – A not overly sweet and quite drinkable apricot ale. Rather refreshing and easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 01:20:19 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of BeerWithMike


3.53/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Sampled tonight on 2/2/14 though I tried it once back in 2012. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees in my beer cooler and poured into a classic pilsner flute glass.

Pours a clear golden yellow in color with tiny bubbles on the side of the glass. Just a small thin white head is seen with some very light spotty lacing as well. The aroma is faint of apricot and wheat, and not as fragrant as say a 'Pyramid Apricot' which is full of aroma & flavor. The taste of apricot is there but not overpowering and same with the wheat taste. Light and refreshing that leaves your tongue and mouth tingling some due to the high carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 03:59:14 | More by BeerWithMike
Photo of Boto


3.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Draught @ So. Portland Pub: This one ours a clear golden color. There was almost no head: just a wisp of a white head. There was no lacing. The aroma is lighter. Faint apricot and wheat. Apricot taste, but not overpowering. Wheat in background. Refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2013 18:01:34 | More by Boto
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.18/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Stamped 0234P. Sampled on September 5, 2013.

The pour looks like it should with a pale yellow tone and a white fizzy head. Good clarity.

The aroma is all apricot and little to no wheat. There might be a slight clean crisp hop note in there as well but the fruit is the main thing.

The body is light and refreshing which seems to fit the style.

The taste is like the aroma - mainly of apricot and the slightest pale malt note. I pick up little to no wheat here either. Basically a routine fruit beer. But it keeps selling around here so there must be a big enough following.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 20:39:12 | More by puboflyons
Photo of guityler83


1.84/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

A: Almost non existant head when poured into a standard pint glass. The foam that is produced is a bright white ring around the edge of the glass made of fine bubbles. A peachy orangy yellow color thats near crystal clear.

S: The nose is ripe with strong sweet apricot not real fruit smelling but more candy or bubble gum. thats it.

T: Very sweet artificial flavor from the apricot. A wheat flavor is detected but subtle, no hop bitterness or flavor that i pick up. Very one sided flavor.

M: High carbonation leaves a prickly mouth feel as you drink the beer. The body is light but the carbonation makes it more filling and less drinkable you might think for a 4.6% beer (even with the sweetness)

O: An overly sweet artificaly flavored fruit beer. I don't mind fruit beers on occasion but they need to be balanced and still taste like beer. this feel far from that mark.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 01:38:33 | More by guityler83
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.46/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a hazed gold color with a small, rapidly diminishing white head. Not much retention or lace.

Nose smells exactly like those sugar coated Haribo gummi peaches. Isnt necessarily a bad thing, those candies smell freaking delicious...though artificial as hell.

Taste is a little more beery, with a light grain bill fleshing out some serious dried apricot flavor. Pretty tasty actually...kind of like a Nehi Peach soda blended with a crisp American Wheat. Not sure if Id buy it again, but I enjoyed my 12 oz sample well enough.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 21:24:51 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of json83


3.51/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

138 calories per bottle at 4.6% ABV. The initial smell is very strong apricot but not too much to be unsatisfying. The taste is buttery with a medium compliment of apricot but the aftertaste is quite different - I get a sense of old warm apricot. That's the main thing that has me rank this so low. I could probably drink this 5 straight before getting sick and might try again sometime, it's just not a real favorite in my personal opinion. The buttery popcorn taste might be the reason? unsure...

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 00:53:05 | More by json83
Photo of ThisWangsChung


2.1/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden color with plenty of evident carbonation. The head is a creamy one finger off-white shade. It doesn't fade so much as slowly settle after a while.

S: I do get a little bit of apricot...but I also get something else. BUTTER. More specifically, buttered popcorn. Hey, this is brewed by Shipyard, so I guess it's not really a surprise. While I don't like the aroma, I can't help inhaling this - it's like a car crash for the olfactory senses.

T: Can you say diacetyl bomb? It really opens the brew up in a not-so-pleasing manner. Give it a few more sips, and the buttered popcorn flavor gradually turns into a generic apricot one. About the only good thing here is that it's not (massively) cloying. All that diacetyl doin' it's job, I s'pose.

M: Carbonation is strong, but not harsh. It still makes me gassy, though. Nor did I expect it to be this dry - or maybe I should say less dry than the typical fruit beer. Like I said, at least it's not cloying.

O: This one is no good, but not horrible enough to drainpour. Basically a case of right idea, wrong execution. Next!

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 19:20:24 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of EarnestEating


3.75/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

We paired this beer with our Shrimp Po'Boys with peach, mango salsa. The beer was perfect for our intention, to compliment the salsa and tone down the spiciness of the shrimp. I would definitely recommend pairing this bear with similar summer style salsas but would limit my consumption to one of two beers, the flavor can begin to overtake the flavor of the food.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 22:41:12 | More by EarnestEating
Photo of keeganfrank


3.23/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Golden beer with a very thin, bubbly head that's gone almost immediately. Aromas of apricot, florals, and faint traces of vegetable. Pleasing apricot flavor with some notes of breads and florals. Like the raspberry version, this is an easy drinker but nothing extraordinary.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 20:25:54 | More by keeganfrank
Photo of schoolboy


3.73/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I tolerate this style better than most beer drinkers. I love a change of pace with a little fruit but still having a great beer taste. This is pretty typical of fruit beers.

The color is weak and beer like. It is pretty clear. The aroma is a distinct sweet (apricot) smell, with beer.

The taste works, is is a great blend of fruit with wheat ale. The aftertaste is odd, but appropriate. Beer plus fruit. Overall, this is like manhy others. I have several other Sea Dogs to try this week. I hope I don't get sick of them.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 00:33:09 | More by schoolboy
Photo of Shagdog-Jammer


3.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not a big fan of Fruit / Vegetable beers however this one wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.

Out of the bottle the pour was nice and head was average, which quickly dissipated.

Appearance: was golden to almost amber and carbonation on the average side.

Smell: was pure apricot with a slight beer aroma in the background.

Taste: was apricots with a beer flavor. I expected it to be much sweeter than it actually was, which was refreshing to find.

Mouthfeel: was average and taste lingered like an ale should.

Overall it was a decent Fruit / Vegetable beer not my favorite and probably won't revisit anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 13:51:45 | More by Shagdog-Jammer
Photo of Auraan


2.64/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Scents of apricot. That's about all I picked up. Flavor is mostly of apricot, but an off sort of apricot, with a slight hint of malt. No bitterness, no wheat. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation. This combines with the flavor to make it drink a lot like a fruit soda. It's refreshing I suppose, but not really at all what a good fruit beer should taste like. The fruit is there, but it doesn't taste quite natural and the wheat is non-existent, though the bottle only calls it "Apricot" so maybe they changed something. It's nothing special, and fairly mediocre as far as fruit beers go.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 07:29:04 | More by Auraan
Photo of TappaKeggaBrew


2.6/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Clear, pale amber, with a small finger of head that vanished quickly.

S: The apricots are definitely there, up front an pleasant. Malted grain is distant in the background. There's not much else -- no depth/complexity to the aromas.

T: Mildly sweet malt, with mild, slightly tart apricot flavors. Maybe a little hops bitterness, but just enough to notice. Basically, it's pretty meek in the taste department, with no strong flavors, pleasant or otherwise.

M: Moist at first, with decent carbonation and crispness. The finish was rather dry.

O: A fruity version of the session beer, best drunk cold and quickly. It wasn't bad in the sense of unpleasant flavors, but it was just so bland. I wish the brewers would have had the guts to put some real apricot and beer flavor in it -- they might have had a much better product.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 03:25:29 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
Photo of metter98

New York

3.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at Rattle n' Hum, New York, NY

A: The beer is clear yellow in color with some hints of amber hues and no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that eventually completely faded away.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of apricots in the nose, similar to what you would get if you sniffed a jar of apricot preserves.
T: The taste prominently features flavors of apricots without any associated sweetness. No wheat is detectable.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems a little one-dimensional with all of the apricot flavors, but is easy to drink, especially for a novice craft beer drinker that likes things that are fruity.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2012 20:09:34 | More by metter98
Photo of socon67

New York

3.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden pour with a beige foam that shrinks quickly.

S - Smells like fresh apricots, though after a while it does seem like the scent of artificial flavoring.

T - Tastes like a light drinking ale with some fruit flavor. A bit gimmicky, but pleasant anyway.

M - Easy to drink and feel slight. But the sugary fruit flavor would make me want to try aomething else.

O - This would be a fun beer for people who are wine cooler\cocktail drinkers and you wanted to offer beer. I get that the craft community would find this as a bad attempt at a fruit beer, but I thought it was okay.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 18:33:17 | More by socon67
Photo of Cylinsier


3.23/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours a clear apple juice gold, eggshell head dissipates to a ring quickly.

Smells of sweet apricot and oranges.

Tastes of mild apricot and orange over soft wheaty malt.

Medium body with a coarse tingle of carbonation over the roof of the mouth.

Light, tart and refreshing. Very easy to drink. Nothing special, but good for what it is and thirst quenching. Would be pretty easy to session too. Not especially "beer"-ish though.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 01:50:00 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

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

A - translucent copper with a quarter of an inch of fizzy white head that quickly fades away

S - intense sweet apricot with faint underlying wheat

T - artificial apricot

M - light bodied, a bit syrupy, crisp, a bit heavily carbonated

Well, there's no mistaking this for what it is. A light bodied beer with apricot syrup added. It's easy to drink and refreshing but you will definitely notice the syrupy qualities. If you enjoy apricots this is worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 01:06:24 | More by tdm168
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a crystal clear, bright, orange-gold coloring with no head whatsoever. Aromas of sugary sweet apricot, almost to the point of smelling like a Jolly Rancher. Flavors are light, but once again supersweet. A roasty wheat backbone is quickly overpowered by the previously mentioned candy-like apricot sweetness. Too much on the tastebuds. The aftertaste is left a cloying, sweet letdown with a slight effervescent feel from the carbonation and light body. Slick, light finish. Meh.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 01:10:26 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of KajII

North Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

[Best served in a Weizen glass]

The pour was a clear light amber with a large (2-3 finger) white rocky head that diminished rapidly, down to a small collar with fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was all about the apricots with a light grain malt and a sweet yeast and had a mild note of peach and a hint of berry.

The taste was sweet and just a tad acidic with a large apricot presence throughout with the finish having a slight sweet berry undertone. The flavor lasted a very short duration proceeding the swallow with a sweet watery ending.

Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a medium carbonation.

Overall a Wheat Beer with hardly any wheat flavor, in fact the apricot flavor was so engulfing that basically that was all you tasted...

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 16:09:49 | More by KajII
Photo of aprila220

4.93/5  rDev +61.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fruity beers are my thang and this is one of the fruitiest beers I've ever had. It's one of my favorites. It smells and tastes just like it's name, there is no mistaking the apricot. If you aren't a fan of fruity or dessert beers, this probably won't tickle your fancy at all...but if you do, you'll find this one pretty darn delightful.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 19:23:00 | More by aprila220
Photo of smcolw


3.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Modest, but sustaining, head. Leaves no lasting lace. Crystal clear liquid of slightly tarnished gold.

Sweet candy-like apricot smell. Very dessert like. Like a fruit lambic without the sourness.

This might be a good dessert beer. It definitely would go well with strong cheese. In short, this is a specialty beer that will work well in specific situations. I would not drink this regularly; it is far too sweet. But as a counterpoint to spicy/salty food, I think it works nicely. So, I say buy a single and serve it with some elegant cheese course and tell people you paired this up especially for them. You might just pull it off.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 22:56:14 | More by smcolw
Photo of jsisko01


3.15/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a clear copper/golden color with an inch thick head that dissipates pretty quickly. The lacing looks great.

Smell - The smell is completely apricot. I can't detect anything else.

Taste - Very sweet. Mostly just apricot in the flavor as well.. it's very strong and makes it hard to tell if anything else is in here. The apricot seems artificial too. Slightly bitter in the aftertaste, along with a little bit of corn. It kinda tastes like a Busch Light with apricot flavoring added.. lol

Mouthfeel - Foams up right when it hits the mouth. Light body with mild carbonation.

Overall - Not a very significant beer but it's nice to try something different. I'd never consider buying a full 6-pack of this though..

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 04:14:36 | More by jsisko01
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Kwak glass. Says best enjoyed before December '11. Just in time.

A- Pours a light gold color with a 1/4 inch head that retains for a minute and then slips down to an 1/8 inch head with pretty much no lacing.

S- Smells like tropical Lifesavers with a very mild wheat base that's barely noticeable.

T- The wheat is stronger in the flavor but gives way to a weak, stale taste that's common in macro-lagers. Otherwise, more artificial apricot flavor that doesn't do much else but provide a sweet, syrupy taste to an otherwise lifeless beer. Actually kinda smells more full than it tastes.

M- Thin and watery with medium carbonation.

O- Wow, what a strikeout. I grabbed a single because I thought their Blueberry offering was decent - not great, decent. This is much more pedestrian. Buy it for a girl who says she doesn't like beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 00:16:34 | More by Immortale25
Photo of B967ierhunter177


3.98/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear, bright yellow with a thin head and no lace. The aroma is of apricot, dough and lemonade. The flavor is apricot. There are notes of lemon and malt sweetness. The apricot is foremost but not overwhelming. The mouthfeel is light and bubbly. Sea Dog apricot Wheat Beer is a good beer, light, refreshing and very drinkable, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 03:59:10 | More by B967ierhunter177
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