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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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BA SCORE
71
okay

232 Ratings
THE BROS
56
awful

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Ratings: 232
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 21.24%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | 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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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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PorterLambic

Florida

3.38/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, golden color. Decent white head drops quickly. Reminescent of a commercial for one of those megabrew offerings.
Smell is heavy apricot (I like), malt, a hint of lemon & yeast.
Taste is still apricot, malt, green grapes, slight lemon (in the aftertaste) with a touch of Jolly Rancher apple candy throughout.
Medium body, crisp tho with very light carbonation, the aftertaste departes quickly. Good flavor but it drinks more like a malt beverage than a beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2006 17:51:25 | More by PorterLambic
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xzqrut

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle, this beer came out a nice light amber/orange color. The beer gave a good head, but it did not stick around too long. The beer was clear throughout, with good carbonation, and very minimal lacing. The smell of the beer gave a nice apricot scent at first, which made way to the lighter wheat side, while the taste had a nice light apricot taste, that was not too overwhelming. Mouthfeel light and crisp, went down smooth. Very drinkable summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2006 23:29:02 | More by xzqrut
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jameaterblues

New York

2.7/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

So I reviewed this on the second bottle that I drank(not in a row)...I normally am a fan of fruit beers, and specifically apricot beers, but this one gave me instant heartburn both times...that is rare for a beer to do to me,but here is what I got...
A- Bright gold/yellow color with 1/4th inch white head that disappeared very quickly....carbonation bubbles were very visible.
S- Strong apricot, sweet malts, light wheat...the smell of the apricot was very strong, and that was to be expected...but it made me question its naturalness.
T-Wheat, strong apricot...which lingers and is present in the body...slight crispness in the finish...
M/D-medium bodied, medium carbonation for the style, and for me instant heartburn.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2006 22:12:46 | More by jameaterblues
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aquatonex

New York

2.05/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'm an avid fan of fruit beers, but this one is a bit iffy...

Pours a light orange, decent carbonation, some lacing. Smell up front is dominated by a jolly rancher-like apricot, then it evaporates into a subtle apricot nose that you can actually get near enough to drink. Taste follows similarly, at first is way too sweet, almost fake. Then, the crazy fake apricots subside leaving a slightly sweet and tart apricot flavor. Too bad the flavor is too sparse. After a few minutes it makes to be an easy drinker but not very flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2006 02:21:28 | More by aquatonex
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Drew966

Florida

3.58/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sea Dog Apricot Wheat Beer pours a light to medium yellow with a fluffy white head. Wow, you can really smell the apricot. Taste is initially dominated by the apricot, but quickly segues into the wheat flavor. Pretty decent, definitely worth a try if you like this sort of beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2006 03:31:59 | More by Drew966
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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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Sea Dog Apricot Wheat Beer from Sea Dog Brewing Company
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