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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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230 Ratings

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Ratings: 230
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.05
pDev: 20.98%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | 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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Photo of seedsofchaos


2.05/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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!!

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 00:45:46 | More by seedsofchaos
Photo of JerseyPaul

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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).

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 20:25:06 | More by JerseyPaul
Photo of smakawhat


2.98/5  rDev -2.3%
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
Photo of Arithmeticus


2.2/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 14:51:43 | More by Arithmeticus
Photo of jsprain1


2.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 04:17:50 | More by jsprain1
Photo of tone77


3.68/5  rDev +20.7%
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
Photo of tapman


3.15/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 05:24:53 | More by tapman
Photo of jwalker37


1.48/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 17:38:13 | More by jwalker37
Photo of RickS95


3.6/5  rDev +18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 23:22:54 | More by RickS95
Photo of goblue3509


3.75/5  rDev +23%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 21:17:30 | More by goblue3509
Photo of mcann2pu


2.35/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 18:08:16 | More by mcann2pu
Photo of bishopdc0


1.83/5  rDev -40%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2010 19:54:12 | More by bishopdc0
Photo of mtnbikerpa


3.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 23:54:02 | More by mtnbikerpa
Photo of therica


3.33/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 03:13:32 | More by therica
Photo of confer


3.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 18:29:01 | More by confer
Photo of beergirlblog

New York

2.95/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2009 14:56:16 | More by beergirlblog
Photo of ILikeGoodCider


2.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on 06.22.09. From a 12oz brown bottle poured into a 14oz pint glass.

A: Clear golden pour. Initially a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

S: All apricot, barely malt. That's it.

T: Less apricot, more bland cookie-cutter fruit beer. No too memorable, but I found it worked well on a warm sunny day.

M: Crisp. Light bodied.

D: Nice and easy to drink, I could drink a 12-pack on the beach...

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 03:45:22 | More by ILikeGoodCider
Photo of ChainGangGuy


2.83/5  rDev -7.2%
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
Photo of Haybeerman


3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear pale yellow color. Poured a 1 finger bubbly white head that dissipated to a quarter inch. Laced in thin briken rings.

S: Apricots; lots of fuzzy apricots. A hint of citrus well into the background.

T: Very consistent with smell. Beginning with apricots and lingering apricot flavor through a lightly bittered finish.

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation keeps it from being a soda like feel.

D: Very easy to drink. Smooth and crisp, but apricot lingers.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 20:00:31 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of Gosox8787

New Hampshire

3.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Got from a friend while watching the game at his place. I had already had a couple, so this was just something to drink and sip for the rest of game.

The appearance was clear yellow without much lacing. The aroma was completely and totally apricot. Not even a hint of anything else. While there was little depth, the smell was by no means unpleasant. The taste followed this pattern. The flavor was straight apricot, almost like an apricot soda or a wine cooler. The taste was actually somewhat refreshing, but nothing else. The mouhtfeel was light, but had heavy carbonation, also like soda. Drinkability was good because of the low ABV and the unoffending flavor. I can see many casual beer drinkers and girls enjoying this.

Overall, a cookie cutter, bland, lacking in depth beer that doesn't cut it for anything more than a nice option for a cold brew on a warm, summer day. Anything more than that is a stretch. That being said, I didn't hate it, but it was not good.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 04:07:22 | More by Gosox8787
Photo of selecter70


3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I can not slam this offering from Trader-Joe's/Kennebunkport aka Sea Dog, although I have not had the best of luck with them (especially their cat-pee aroma Blueberry). For some odd reason I had a crazy craving for an Italian sub and apricot ale. I have no idea why, but this came through and quenched my odd need. So, while a fairly basic & bit sweet ale, it somehow did exactly what I needed it to do. Simple Need. Simple Beer. Simple Solution.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 22:03:29 | More by selecter70
Photo of mralphabet


3.18/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Weizen Glass....

A: Yellow just a tad cloud but not much.... less than a fingers worth of head and it disappeared quickly.

S: Apricots, Apricots and maybe some more apricots.... I catching a little yeast and some floral notes.

T: Taste like it smells.... there is a crispness to it, but it starts with apricots and ends with apricots.... not bad.... Just reminds me of Apricot soda water

M: Very light almost soda like carbonation...

D: It is very easy to drink if you don't mind a good amount of sweet fruitiness. I could down a few of these after mowing the lawn.... It is not a beer for someone who wants a strong hoppy or malty beer. Pretty good a for a fruity beer.

Over all not as good as Magic Hat #9... but it doesn't stink...

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 03:23:40 | More by mralphabet
Photo of cnjohn19

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a promising white head which completely disappears seconds later...very clear, orange color...Smells of apricots, peaches...Typical fruit beer with a slight wheat taste...very light and crisp and refreshing on a very hot summer day...beyond that, nothing too exciting and fairly typical for a fruit beer...

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2009 01:21:19 | More by cnjohn19
Photo of tigg924


3.43/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, no head, dark gold

Smell: peaches, apricots, and wheat

Taste: I think it tastes like a beer version of peaches and cream

Mouthfeel: sweet, light, watery, and smooth

Drinkability: I had their variety pack, so all of these reviews are similar. This was my second favorite of the three and was very drinkable especially in the summer..My experience is Sea Dog does good fruity beers..I could drink a lot of this in the summer, especially as an overall drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 03:51:54 | More by tigg924
Photo of davexisxrabid


2.6/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

This brew poured a clear yellowish-gold color with a small white head that fizzled down quickly and left good lacing on the glass as the drinking progressed.

Aroma was faintly perceptable, although it did have a honey apricot scent with a slight hop bitterness aroma roaming around in there.

The taste was not really consistent with the aroma, however. It tasted like carbonated water or club soda with stale apricots, and even then very light apricot flavor.

This beer is pretty smooth, light on the palate, and doesn't stick to your tounge.

This beer is very drinkable but I don't think I will be having more than one because of the somewhat bland flavor and the high carbonation makes it very filling. If you want to try a better apricot beer, try the offering from pyramid.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 16:04:45 | More by davexisxrabid
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