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Sea Dog Apricot Wheat Beer - Sea Dog Brewing Company

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Sea Dog Apricot Wheat BeerSea Dog Apricot Wheat Beer

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239 Ratings

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Ratings: 239
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.05
pDev: 21.31%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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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3.98/5  rDev +30.5%

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.

11-13-2011 03:59:10 | More by B967ierhunter177
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2.53/5  rDev -17%

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.

10-12-2011 17:37:42 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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3.28/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

09-15-2011 20:46:40 | More by Knapp85
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3.33/5  rDev +9.2%

A: Pours a clear straw yellow with almost no head that fizzles out rather quickly

S: Almost exactly like the apricot candy rings that you can buy at a gas station for a dollar a bag. A little malt behind that, but not much

T: The taste actually redeems itself from the smell. It actually tastes like beer and not like sugared candies. Pretty malty along with the apricot, and they actually balance out quite nicely

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly watered down

O: I'm surprised that the taste is as tame as it is given the smell. It's still fairly sweet, but if it was the same as the smell, it would be quite overpowering. Probably in the middle between the blueberry (better) and raspberry (worse) in terms of how I enjoyed their fruit beers

09-14-2011 17:16:08 | More by BEERMILER12
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -1.6%

Look: Two finger white head that dies very fast, light gold (about a 5 SRM), ok lacing, alot of carb.

Smell: Apricot (REALLY?!), strawberry, lollipop cherry smell, sweet of course, when swirled I get an animal feed-like smell, a bit of a lysol orignal off smell (could be a combo of the fruit with the animal feed).

Taste: Thank god the taste is better. A hayish yeast taste on the sip, then a clean apricot and wheat, strong carb, crisp, clean, refreshing, nice body for a wheat.

Final Thoughts: The taste was good, but I feel taste alone will not save this beer. The head was natty light-like, the smell was tons of apricot but when swirled odd smells came out. I suppose this beer is more geared to BMC/women(Yes ladies, I know women craft beer drinkers exist.)/people who dont care about head/people that don't swirl their beer. On the BMC level, this is a solid beer. On the grand scale of beers, this one comes up short. I wouldn't deny it if it was handed to me, but I'm not buying this again.

08-04-2011 20:01:06 | More by bpw28
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Ontario (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -4.9%

a-pours a clear straw colour with very little head. Very clear for a wheat.

s-smells of apricots right off the bat. Not bad smelling. Not much is balanced so far. The fruit is overpowering the traditional wheat smells.

t-def apricot flavour that isn't really that bad. Not much in the way of a traditional wheat which is kinda disspointing.

m-fine for the abv

o-Overall there are better apricot wheat beers out there for sure. But this will def do on a hot day.

07-24-2011 20:16:50 | More by Mit
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New York

2.73/5  rDev -10.5%

A- Pours almost yellow/very light amber color with a white head that disappears almost immediately.
S- Tons of apricot.
M- very light body with quite a bit of carbonation
F. More apricot. A bit of hop flavor but not enough to combat all the apricot. A little malt flavor comes through in the finish.
O- Meh. I know its an apricot wheat beer, but I would still like to see it be a little more balanced and have some subtle characteristics of other flavors in the aroma and taste. I think the apricot would become overwhelming after awhile unless you're a huge fan of fruit flavored beers.

06-08-2011 17:02:10 | More by atr2605
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New Jersey

2.3/5  rDev -24.6%

Transparent mellow gold in body with absolutely no head to share the glass. An eyesore for sure. Bland and boring looking. A sweet aroma of apricot, artificial candy sweetener and a far away cry for help by the wheat in the background. Tastes of artificial apricot flavoring, some wheat, some light cereal notes towards the finish. This is light beer without the fizz and with some Capri Sun added. No complexity, no real natural flavors. Neat, light, boring.

03-21-2011 00:57:51 | More by JRed
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Rhode Island

2.65/5  rDev -13.1%

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.

03-01-2011 04:03:12 | More by TheManiacalOne
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2.05/5  rDev -32.8%

Alright... What the hell is this thing? Is this supposed to be a wine cooler or a beer. This thing smells of a fruity urinal cake with over-the-top apricot and floral and citrus perfume. The smell is so pungent that it's as if someone left apricot and peaches to ferment and then put them in a sock and duct-taped it around my nose. I could almost imagine "the ladies" enjoying this one. The taste is artificial and a complete chemical apricot mess. Hello, malt beverage from Club Jersey Shore...

If this were a malt beverage with simply low alcohol, I'd say they NAILED it... For a fruit beer... Oh god, KILL IT! KILL IT, NOW!!

01-12-2011 00:45:46 | More by seedsofchaos
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New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev +8.2%

Appearance: Clear, golden orange color with decent carbonation; thin, white head dissipates very quickly, leaving minimal lacing

Smell: Sweet apricot; very slight wheat note

Taste: Sweet malt up front, followed by overwhelming apricot with slight hints of wheat; finishes with no alcohol aftertaste or hop distinction

Mouthfeel: Light body (almost watery); decent carbonation; smooth & refreshing

Drinkability: Easily drinkable if you like apricots; as someone mentioned prior, it's almost like a wine cooler; light summer beer that refreshes

Overall, Apricot Wheat is average at best. The apricot nose & taste is strong, so if you're not a fan of the fruit, it's best to stay away. There's no real complexity to this beer; no other ingredients seem to escape the apricot. However, this beer is perfect for women who don't drink beer much (my wife loved it).

01-01-2011 20:25:06 | More by JerseyPaul
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2.98/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

12-29-2010 00:52:58 | More by smakawhat
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2.2/5  rDev -27.9%

A: dark yellow with a slight head
S: very heavy on the apricot; clearly, a syrup has been added
T: tepid wheat beer with an infusion of apricot syrup
M: watery, not lively

You might want to drink some apricot soda instead. Add a shot of vodka and you'll improve on this beer.

12-27-2010 14:51:43 | More by Arithmeticus
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2.9/5  rDev -4.9%

A- Pours a golden, almost orange caramel color. Head is quite weak and uneventful.
S- Smell is intensely of apricots. There is no denying that they got what they were looking for out of this one. Pretty sweet on the nose, some wheat aromas.
T- The taste is same as aroma, but there is a noticable sort of artificial flavor in there that doesn't fit in. it may be that the sweetness is just a bit out of place here.
M- Light body, perhaps slightly undercarbed for me to appreciate.
D- I understand what they were looking for out of this one. It certainly gets lots of apricot aroma and flavor. But the sweetness of it kinda dragged it down, especially the somewhat artificial sweetness in the flavor.

09-24-2010 04:17:50 | More by jsprain1
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3.68/5  rDev +20.7%

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.

08-14-2010 15:20:38 | More by tone77
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3.15/5  rDev +3.3%

Clear caramel color and obviously filtered. Moderate carbonation produces a giant head that sinks to a decent1/4 finger lacing that is substancial, though not sticky.

Artificial apricot aroma, which might smell better than using actual apricots for the aroma. Keep in mind that Pliny the Elder and Younger both use hop extract to achieve their desired IBUs so a little help isn't alwyas a bad thing. However all I smell is artificial apricot. What about the rest of the ingredients.

Same as the nose with a little light toast in there.

Very average feeling for a beer.

Much better than the blueberry. Iwas ready to hate this one, but it has apricot flavor whereas their blueberry has Robitusin flavor. What do yiuo expect from the company. If you want good fruit beer grab a DFH Festina Peche. THis one I got while in line at the liquor store next to the gum for 50 cents. I would say that I got my moneys worth.

08-10-2010 05:24:53 | More by tapman
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1.48/5  rDev -51.5%

Bought a 6 pack while in Maine along with a 6 pack of Gearys. The Gearys beer is clearly a better beer. I thought that the sea dog apricot had a perfume flavor to it. I was not impressed with the flavor, but the bottle looked cool! FFFjkdfsaflsajflasd

07-28-2010 17:38:13 | More by jwalker37
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3.6/5  rDev +18%

Orangey, gold, coppery color with nothing resembling a head.

Has a nice gentle smell. Apricot scent is obvious, but subdued and not overbearing like a lot of other fruit beers.

Taste is similar, it's sweet and fruity but not so much that it's disgusting.

Feels good in the mouth. Crisp and refreshing, with a splash of sweet in the finish.

Hides the 4.8% ABV very well. Goes down easy, very drinkable.

07-24-2010 23:22:54 | More by RickS95
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3.75/5  rDev +23%

Pours a clear golden like color with a slight head which gives way to no lacing. The aroma is of apricot and is strong and very sweet along with some floral aromas. The taste is of a sweet malt backbone and sweet almost candied apricot. The mouthfeel is low to moderate carbonation. Overall it is a very nice summer beer, the taste is slightly articifical but it is still inviting a easy to drink.

06-27-2010 21:17:30 | More by goblue3509
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2.35/5  rDev -23%

Appearance: clear light gold color with rapidly disappearing head.

Smell: very strong apricot smell, the apricot odor was so strong that I couldn't smell anything else.

Taste: the apricot taste is very strong, and I couldn't really even taste any beer under it, it was also a very sweet taste that made the beer seem more like a wine cooler, that said at least the apricot taste was not a strong artificial taste.

Mouthfeel: clean and light, but maybe too light.

Drinkability: its very easy to drink at least one, but I doubt that I would ever want more than one of these, maybe its tastes better on tap.

03-23-2010 18:08:16 | More by mcann2pu
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1.83/5  rDev -40%

If you like apricot candy you will love this beer. i however do not. I was hoping for less of of an apricot and more beer but alas. This is overwhelmingly apricot aroma, like that of a jolly rancher. The appearance is average for a wheat light golden in color. The taste is sweet and dry but has to much of fruit flavor with no finish. This could be very drinkable for some but to much for me.

02-16-2010 19:54:12 | More by bishopdc0
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3.63/5  rDev +19%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a mini snifter, no head to speak of. Heavy carbonation at the begining subsiding to a light bubble. Smells of peach jolly ranchers. Crisp, refreshing apricot flavor, well balanced with the alcohol, you can still taste the base ale. Light mouthfeel is clean and enjoyable. Very drinkable, would be very refreshing on a summer day.

12-18-2009 23:54:02 | More by mtnbikerpa
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3.33/5  rDev +9.2%

If you know someone who is an apricot freak, they'll probably love this and be impressed that you thought of them. Also a great "try it once" beer, but you'll probably move on to others after the one try.

Nice appearance but little head, typical of fruity wheats in my experience.

Smell is like one of those gift shops that sell all sorts of scented candles and soaps-- very very apricot and not much else.

Taste is very much apricot but with a sour note, otherwise a mediocre wheat beer, almost as though the wheat beer could be any beer as an excuse to carry this apricot overdose. Nice apricot taste though, not fake like many fruit beers.

Mouth has the bitter residuals during the early gulps but finally settles out after the beer sits and warms. Basically not noteworthy as far as mouth-feel.

Drinkability is limited by the overwhelming apricot and one's ability to tolerate same in one sitting.

08-25-2009 03:13:32 | More by therica
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3.63/5  rDev +19%

A- Solid gold with a head that is gone in no time.

S- I really liked the aroma. The apricot is very sweet smelling without going overboard.

T- Apricot taste immediately but doesn't hold and give way to a a dull wheat taste.

M- Smooth with a good level of carbonation.

D- I can say Okay, nice change of pace but nothing I'd look for. It looks as though I appreciated more that most.

08-14-2009 18:29:01 | More by confer
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New York

2.95/5  rDev -3.3%

We have this beer on tap at the restaurant I work at, so I tend to drink it during long grueling summer shifts. It's not great, it's not terrible, its just good. Looks average, not much of a head, smells pretty much as expected. Taste is obviously apricots, although there's a dryness at the end that doesn't fit and makes the beer finish on a bad note. I actually had someone argue with me that it couldn't possibly contain alcohol because it tastes so much like fruit. It's not sweet though, like a lambic, and there's not enough beer flavor for it to taste like a beer, so it ends up just tasting like watered down apricot soda. And it's only good really cold- once it warms up even the slightest bit it tastes terribly funky.

07-14-2009 14:56:16 | More by beergirlblog
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