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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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263 Ratings

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Ratings: 263
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 20.78%
Wants: 3
Gots: 13 | 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:
Beer added by: Jason on 06-06-2006

Sea Dog Apricot Wheat Beer is a crisp and quenching wheat ale with a subtle essence of fresh apricots.
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Photo of williamherbert
2.94/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is a transparent bright golden color. No head, little carbonation. Looks like any B/M/C lager.

A pleasantly dry-sweet combo of the only slightly sweet apricot and the heavy, wit (Belgian wit style) wheat.

Apricot is marginally too sweet, but salvaged by a sourness that prevents this from becoming undrinkable. The wheat also helps a little. It's closer to Smirnoff/Zima than a beer. Needs more wheat balance.

Watery and thin, which is appropriate for style. Ya don't want it too thick. The wheat is good. Could do without the saccharine aftertaste.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
2.94/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a fizzy dark yellow, but all the fizz goes away and leaves very little head, almost like it was a soda.

Can easily smell the apricot, looks like they went heavy on their sweeteners and juices. This beer leaves a sweet smell on the nose.

The taste disappoints though which is indicative from the smell. A bit too sweet and not enough hops to balance out this beer.

Photo of russpowell
2.42/5  rDev -21.4%
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

Photo of praufs01
1.93/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance – Clear dark yellow color with a frothy white head.

Aroma – Apricot muffin smell that was a bit over the top.

Palate – Lively carbonation.

Flavor – Sweet apricot flavor up front leading to a slight grassy aftertaste. The taste then flattens out leaving me with a very disappointing experience.

Final thoughts – One word: Anti-climatic

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.03/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of Gusler
3.24/5  rDev +5.2%
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

Photo of arguemaniac
3.4/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The certainly are better apricot wheats out there but this one isn’t bad at all. The apricot flavor isn’t entirely authentic but it’s not of a freeze-dried or synthetic quality either. Plus, the slightly sweet and bready wheat malt base is pretty drinkable and carries the fruit nicely.

Not awesome, but tasty and quite quaffable.


Photo of jettjon
2.87/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From a 12 oz bottle marked "Best enjoyed before May 07," consumed 7/27/07. Into a pint glass, a fizzy soda-like head rapidly fades to nothing. Golden clear with lots of carbonation. Nose: Yup, apricots and wheat. Cloying sweet malt as well. Tastes of apricots and wheat, with semi-sweet malt. Fairly well executed but a bit artificial. Not overly sweet. Thankfully, the taste is not as cloying as the nose. Mouth is thin and wet with surprisingly little carbonation. Not bad but unremarkable. Drinkability? Meh. Wouldn't want more than two of these.

Overall: Possibly the best of the Sea Dog brews I've tried, but that's not saying much. I'm pretty much turned off from that brand now.

Photo of WesWes
3.2/5  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.

Photo of iceviper22
3.38/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Very Clear pale amber, almost yellow color with a thin white head the lasted barely lasted a few minutes.

S: Apricots...lots of apricots. It pretty much hides any other characteristic that may be hiding. Some slight floral aromas sneak through.

T: Very light/weak taste. Mostly fruity, dried apricots taking over. Slight malts. Pretty much no hops coming through.

M: Light and refreshing. Pretty heavy carbonation...almost soda-like.

D: Very easy to drink if you don't mind a good amount of sweetness. Not a beer for someone who wants a strong hoppy or malty beer. Pretty good a for a fruity beer.

Photo of TheSarge
2.25/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is one of the most boring beers I've had in a long time. The appearance of this brew is golden amber, and produces very little bright white head. Less than half way through this session, the head had totally dissipated. This is ultra filtered, and is totally clear. I can only taste the apricots. No grains or hops. There is not much substance here and is easy to gulp down without much appreciation.

Photo of kbnooshay
2.71/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured a clear gold amber with a foamy white head. The aroma was pretty much apricot candy(if there is such a thing). This tatstes like apricot juice but not pure apricot juice. It tastes like it was infused with perfume. Its very candy like. Its not awful but if i wanted juice and perfume then i would buy some. The carbonation is moderate, moderate body.

If i want a low alcohol content apricot refresher I would rather have a number 9 or an ithaca apricot wheat.

Photo of oberon
2.83/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of billybob
3.36/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear golden color with a one inch white head that fades quickly to just the beer and no lace at all. smell is strong of apricot and peach. taste is also strong and one dimensional with the apricot and peach. it does not let any thing else come through. mouthfeel is light and carbonation is ok. good for one or two at a sitting but not my first choice.

Photo of Braudog
3.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a light amber sheen. What little fizz there was disappeared almost immediately. The aroma is definitely fruity, like an apricot jam (where’s my toast?). The sweet tart apricot flavor isn’t quite as robust as the aroma, but that’s probably a good thing. The flavor is nicely rounded ... if you like fruit beers, this is a decent offer. Not too obtuse. Only downside is the lack of body here. (#2769, 4/8/2007)

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Apperance - Effervescent clear golden pour. Initially a fluffy white head disappearing quickly and leaving no lacing.

Smell - Dried apricots and light malts.

Taste - Mild apricot sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Crisp and effervescent. Light bodied.

Drinkability - Nice and easy to drink, but I would have liked more apricot taste.

Photo of Vancer
3.55/5  rDev +15.3%
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

Photo of robmorris31
3.69/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I am very impressed a fruit concoction that is not an Ale!

A- A tint darker than traditional American Lagers. Transparent medium orange with hues of yellow.

S- Very fruity! Very apricot!

T- First and foremost Apricots. Then the wheat sets in and a very nice finish

M- Very light not full or filling.

D- Drinkability is good. Very nice, I like beers that actually taste like the fruits that they are made from, without being malty.

I would recommend this beer to those who like fruity beers not for those who like slight tint of fruit in their Ales.

Photo of Hammarby
3.17/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber with an offwhite head, that goes away quite fast.
S: When poured the apricot really hits you. Apricot (dried), some malt. After a while the presence of apricot diminishes, red berries, some buttery tones.
T: Malt, apricot, a bit perfumed, pez. Aftertaste of dried apricots and - cheese doodles! And pez. Taste not bad but strange. Maybe it takes some getting used to.
M: Tiny bubbles of carboration, light in body. Kind of thin, almost flat to the feel, yet get's you burping immediately.

I had hopes for this, but felt a bit let down. The apricot's there, but the thin quality and light body is not a good partner for the apricot taste. I can't decide wether I like it or not, but I had hoped for a richer body. I can't find the wheat anywhere. I will have to try this one soon again, maybe get a pair of them, because even though I was dissapointed I feel there's something there to be discovered. Or maybe that's just wishful thinking.

Photo of bark
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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...

Photo of IgnatiusReilly
2.31/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from 12 oz. brown bottle at home. Cool dog on the label.

The color poured a nice amber, maybe a little red in there. Little to no head. Some apricot in the aroma, as expected, with a little grain. The taste was similar, but a little too sweet. The apricot flavor seemed candy-like, almost artificial, eventually fading into a grainy aftertaste. Very thin mouth-feel with a biting carbonation. Think fruit–flavored seltzer water. Drinkability was average. Again, too sweet for me.

I’m not the biggest fan of fruit beer, but I have had some very good flavored beers in the past. However, this is not one of them.

Photo of scruffwhor
2.56/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Photo of mstngturk10
2.56/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours with nice golden color. Little head that disappears quickly. Smells strong of apricots and thats about it. Very sweet taste, almost to sweet for my liking. Its not a bad beer, but its nothing to go crazy over. Good for one maybe two in a night.

Photo of riversider76
3.42/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours Golden. No head or lacing. Lots of bubbles. Smell is all apricot. Body is thin and carbonated. Taste is sweet like a wine cooler, and like the smell all apricot. It is what it is. Not bad if your looking for somthing light and fruity. Not a session beer for me.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.47/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sea Dog- Apricot Wheat

Appearance- Golden orange with no head.
Smell- Strong apricot. Nothing else.
Taste- Big apricot flavor with a touch of wheat/ straw.
Mouthfeel- Very sweet and crisp.

Overall- Not much to say here, it tastes of Apricots. Not bad tasting but 1 is enough. This is a desert beer, or a beer for girlie girls.

Sea Dog Apricot Wheat Beer from Sea Dog Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.