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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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BA SCORE
71
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217 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.55/5  rDev +16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Burnished brassy gold, not nearly orange enough to be considered apricot. The head is the color of week old newspaper and is too airysoft to hang around very long or to leave much lace. The beer itself looks decent, but the cap is of poor quality.

I smelled apricots as soon as the first ounce of beer splashed into the glass. I was impressed with the natural blueberry aroma of Sea Dog Blue Paw Wheat and I'm no less impressed with this one. Even though apricots are far from my favorite fruit, I recognize a good fruit beer nose when I smell one. It's freshly fruity and a trifle wheaty while still being recognizable as beer.

The flavor is of lesser quality than the nose, but is still acceptably good. Like Blue Paw, there's very little wheat ale character to the beer. Using a hefty quantity of wheat is, no doubt, simply a means of keeping the flavor contribution from malt at a minimum in order to allow the fruitiness to shine. It's also a way to keep the body light and summery.

Part of the reason why I'm not overly thrilled with Apricot Wheat is, again, my lack of love for apricots. There's nothing inherently wrong with the natural fruit flavor though and if you're an apricot lover, this should be a more than enjoyable beer. Even though I don't appreciate hops per se, there is a nice, balancing bitterness that is especially noted on the lightly crisp finish.

The body/mouthfeel isn't as soft as it is in many wheat ales. It is, however, light-medium and is carbonated enough to fit the blueprint for easy drinking summer beer. I can't imagine that anyone who likes the flavor will have much problem with the mouthfeel.

I have a feeling that this beer uses the exact same wheat ale base as Blue Paw does, simply substituting apricots for blueberries. There's nothing wrong with that since both are decent, drinkable examples of the style. If I was a Maineiac, I doubt that I'd buy Apricot Wheat all that often, if at all, but this bottle was enjoyable enough.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2006 12:33:36 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

2.38/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a clear(!) golden color with a head whose bubbles disappear as if it were a ginger ale rather than a wheat

Smell: Distinctively apricot, but smells very artificial; almost floral

Taste: A mouthful of artificial apricot from start to finish; little wheat bear character; more like an alcopop

Mouthfeel: Light and fizzy

Drinakability: Not at all enjoyable, and I kind of like certain fruit beers

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 02:41:52 | More by brentk56
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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
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark gold body with a small-sized, white head.

Smell: A scent of apricot flavoring with a distant, far off note or two of tangy wheat.

Taste: Lightly tangy, lightly sweet wheat malt. Fruit flavoring added provides an apricot taste. Just a touch of bitterness, though no appreciably hop flavors. Dry, thinning finish with a lingering taste of apricots. Eh, it's a fruit beer.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A fruity beer that's not too fruity, if you know what I mean. There's enough beer underneath to remind you you're not just drinking a spiked cup of fruit juice. Still though, it's pretty far down on the list of fruit beers for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 04:28:14 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

2.8/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought this for the wife but I wound up drinking it,poured a clear light golden with a decent one finger white head that is gone pretty quickly.Artificial apricot and big sweetness in the nose not much else to be had maybe a bit of toastiness.Real cloying on the palate apricot flavor is there in a big overly sweet form nothing els can cut thru the sweetness there.The sweet flavors are overbearing it might be good for a non beer drinker but the sweetness was just to much for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2007 00:12:36 | More by oberon
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.65/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of apricots along with some wheat, light malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of apricots and citrus up front. Then some breadiness comes in from flavors of wheat and a thin malt character. The hops presence is very mild and there is not much balance. The after-taste is likewise sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty if you're into the apricot flavor, goes down ok, not too filling, very mild kick, decent representation of style, overall it's just not a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 04:03:12 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

2.42/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

BBD of Jan 08, picked this up on a whim, let's see how it rolls:

Pours a spritzy golden with 3+ fingers of white head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Fruit juice (apricot & peach juice), maybe a hint of honey & not much else

T: Peach & apricot juice with some metallic twang up front. Slight lemon notes. Finishes a bit dry with too much juice

MF: Slick with thin/medium body & low/zero carbonation

This is a one & done, just tastes like juice with a splash of beer spilled into it, possibly one of the worst beers I've had in a year or so

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2007 07:40:10 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a pale gold color with a 1/2" white head that fades to spotty lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light golden ale scent with loads of apricot essence. The apricot aroma is bold, but refreshing. The taste is a real letdown. It doesn't have the taste that the aroma suggests. It's light and crisp, with a slight apricot finish. It tastes watery and devoid of character. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an average fruit beer. It has good aroma, but the taste is really lacking. It's one and done for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2007 23:31:04 | More by WesWes
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew isn't too bad. It poured out with a typical hazy glden color, much like more wheat ales. The head was foamy and white. The smell of the beer had a pretty good amount of apricot on the nose. The taste of the beer was sweet, fruity, had a little bit of tartness in there too, and a slight creaminess also. The mouthfeel of this beer I thought was pretty good, pretty refreshing in the summer time. Overall this brew wasn't the worst I've ever had but no where near the best either. I would probably drink it again if I had too.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 20:46:40 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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

Pours golden amber with a thin white head that fizzles away. Very active carbonation makes vanishing small patches appear.

The smell of apricot is very strong. Only other aroma is a perfumy touch.

The taste is of apricot juice/syrup with the slightest touch of wheat tang. Sweet - a bit perfumy. Thin finish. Aftertaste akin to apricot-flavored Pop-Tarts (if there is such a thing.)

The feel is watery and fizzy.

This is a mediocre American fruit wheat beer (at best).

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2008 20:24:59 | More by jwc215
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smcolw

Massachusetts

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
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Jason

Massachusetts

2.3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown twist off bottle with a "Best Enjoyed Before" freshness date on the label.

A- Crystal clear walnut stain color, quick to froth but quicker to dissipate into nothing. Almost looks like a wine-cooler.

S- Apricot hard candy, faint grain in the back. Sterile ... uneventful aroma.

T&M- Light refreshing crispness, light bodied. Basic fruit flavor of apricot on top of a bland beer base. Finishes dry with only a memory of the fruit and a slight astringent grain.

D- Bartles & Jaymes anyone? Boring, just an other bland fruit beer. They must of broken out the cookie cutter for this one. What is the next flavor of the week going to be? FYI, Apricot is so yesterday.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2006 02:35:04 | More by Jason
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Yellow beer with no signs of apricot in it, very thin white head that immediately leaves this realm. Smells of apricot and sugar.

Apricot and cereal flavors, with added sugar in the taste. Not terrible, but tastes so unlike just straight up apricot the fruit. Can't finish dry or clean, that sugary kids cereal mouthfeel just hangs on throughout the beer. Not my cup of tea, like most of the Sea Dog offerings, this one is just a straight up unitiated chick beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 17:37:42 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

2.85/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a dirty peach color with a small quickly dissipating white head.

S: sugary sweet and fruity with artificial apricots dominating.

T: The initial flavor was much the same, sweet, fruity apricots with light creamy wheat. The flavor was crisp and clean ending abruptly.

M: thin and heavily carbonated with a fizzy seltzer/wine cooler feel.

D: Drinkability was average at best, one that would most likely appeal to the young wine cooler crowd more then the fine craft drinker.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 00:23:48 | More by beerthulhu
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Gusler

Arizona

3.2/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours from the 12 ounce bottle a cloudy gold color with a modest white head that fades to nothingness, leaving the lace to form a thin veil upon the glass. Nose has a sweet fruit aroma (Imagine That), with the malt backing, citrus like crispness also noted. Start, nice malt presence, sweet at the front and a slight bitterness at the back, top light to moderate. Finish has a delicate hop presence, with the acidity mild and pleasing to the palate, dry, sweet aftertaste finishes off the beer. A drinkable beer and represents the style adequately, can’t say fruit beers rank high on my list, but do give me a break as well as my liver. lol

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2007 17:26:55 | More by Gusler
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smakawhat

Maryland

2.98/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a real lazy tiny white ring of barley a fraction of a white head. Lots of elevator carbonation bubbles from the bottom of a solid butter gold color. Clear, but no lacing.

Smell is a straight up gummi bears with virtually no real fruit smell to detect. There is a faint rind of something apricot like but it smells syrupy and chemically.

Taste improves slightly with a realistic fruit forward and small chew consistency. Surprisingly the beer had some body and a good finish that isn't too wet either.

I could have another I suppose but not to crazy about the smell and look on this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 00:52:58 | More by smakawhat
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twiggamortis420

Texas

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
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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
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of sweet apricots. Taste is also dominated by apricots, not much else going on. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a different and enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 15:20:38 | More by tone77
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scruffwhor

Illinois

2.48/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had to try one out of a six-pack I bought my girlfriend.

The color is a pale golden pils yellow with sparse bubbles and a light egg white head that lasts for all of one minute. The aroma is a great and inviting pilsner malt with some mild apircot . Smells like a great summer beer. The taste leaves a lot ot be desired. Tastes like good apricots at first, then quicklty goes to crappy pilsner adjuncts and wet cardboard. Thealate is just flat and undefined lacking a lot of good wheat beer qualities except the carbonation. I don't recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2007 04:32:23 | More by scruffwhor
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bark

Sweden

3.28/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The liquid is clear; the colour is orange-yellow. The surprisingly low head (finger thick) quickly sinks down to a thin white ring, no lacing.

The smell is all apricots and peaches. No bitterness, no wheat, no yeast. Maybe a earthy note somewhere.

The taste is more complex. There are fruity notes of apricots (and perhaps some strawberries), but the sweetness in the smell is gone. Instead, there is a very dry almost sour flavour underneath the fruits. The very short aftertaste got a mild taste of exotic fruits and a slight note of banana skids.

The carbonation is very strong, more like soda water than a wheat beer. Small bubbles.

OK, not a bad tasting beer. But I don’t really get it as it is very simple. At times I associate it with some of the wilder Belgians, but it is just too straightforward. An I still don’t have a clue when I am supposed to drink it. More like a liquid marmalade than a beer...

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 23:19:15 | More by bark
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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
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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
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. The beer was a golden color with a fairly small head, even with an aggressive pour. Apricot aroma, very sweet. The taste was the same as the aroma, along with a taste of grain. I thought this beer was a little too sweet for my taste; wouldn't want to drink more than one of these at a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2007 19:06:30 | More by lordofthewiens
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Vancer

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sitting in Jax Fifth in Orlando, enjoying this brew in the cool breeze, quaffing on a seadog with the wifey – she really dug this brew. I thought it was above average, but the clear and filtered look disappointed me – I like the hazy look for wheats.

But an apricot orange pour, aroma of apricot, and a taste of apricot. Slightly cloying after a pint, but not enough to stop the wife from a second pint. It did finish sharp and tangy, which cuts the sweet taste. I’d say this would be a great cross-over for craft newbies

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2007 14:08:02 | More by Vancer
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Sea Dog Apricot Wheat Beer from Sea Dog Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.