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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Ratings: 255
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 21.1%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | 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 WesWes
3.18/5  rDev +3.2%
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
3.4/5  rDev +10.4%
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
2.7/5  rDev -12.3%
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
2.8/5  rDev -9.1%
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
3.33/5  rDev +8.1%
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
3.7/5  rDev +20.1%
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
3.15/5  rDev +2.3%
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
3.28/5  rDev +6.5%
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
2.33/5  rDev -24.4%
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
2.48/5  rDev -19.5%
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
2.48/5  rDev -19.5%
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
3.43/5  rDev +11.4%
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
3.48/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of morayeel
4.43/5  rDev +43.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

apperance- A very nice haze golden color

Smell- Just like opening a jar of apricot jam

Taste- I loved this taste. Not to sweet and very crisp. A nice ale for a summer day.

Mouthfeel- nice crisp taste with a little bit of apricot at the end.

Drinkability- I loved this ale. This is a ale I would have on tap for a summer party and I think everyone would enjoy. I Put this at the top of my list for summer ales.

This fruit ale came recomended to me by Shangy's

Photo of Damian
2.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank from a 12 fl. oz bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA.
Freshness date: Nov. 06

Poured a clear amber-orange with a small fizzy head that quickly faded.

Smell was strong apricots, but in a syrupy, candy-like way. Some faint malts were also detectable.

Taste was moderately malty up front and somewhat sweet. Later, some sugary peach/apricot fruitiness kicked in, along with moderate hoppiness. The flavors were mild, however, and short lived. The beer was decent until the aftertaste kicked in. It left a dank, slightly skunky taste in my mouth that was quite unpleasant.

Mouthfeel was thin and watery with an overabundance of carbonation.

Where was the "wheat" in this so-called "wheat beer"?

Photo of JohnnyM2002
2.95/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass right out of the fridge.

Was hoping this would be similar to Aprihop, but I was disappointed. It pours a nice orange color with a foamy head and had a good apricot/sweet malty smell. Tastes like apricot filling you put on desserts..too sweet and goes down a little rough. Stick with DFH aprihop or Magic Hat #9.

Photo of ybnorml
2.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A clean yellow bee. Has a medium white head, but no staying power. Aroma ...Apricots, yep its apricot alright. With a light hint of wheat in the background. The sweetness of the apricots overwhelm the flavor. It is definitely stronger apricot flavor than in a #9. Kinda like chewing on a bag of dried apricot while drinking an American wheat beer. Ther might have been some other flavors in ther somewhere, but every time I thought I had something the cloying sweetness of the apricot would wash it away.

Photo of mountdew1
2.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer poured a light amber color with about an inch of foamy head. The head quickly disappated, leaving a few bubbles clinging to the glass during the drinking. The aroma of apricots was apparent as soon as the bottle was opened. The taste was subtlely apricot, enough to remind you what flavor the beer was, but not overwhelmingly sweet. A little bit of bitterness as the end of each sip which I don't enjoy which is why I didn't rate the taste higher. Easy to drink, and felt reasonable in my mouth. A reasonable beer, solid performer for what the fruit beer that it is.

Photo of jmz62565
3.3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a yellow gold with a medium head that disapears quickly. The smell is a strong apricot peach aroma that seems very artificial and almost sickly sweet. The taste is less strong than the smell with a nice apricot flavor and little else. The m/f is light and well balanced. I'm not a big fruit beer guy and I would rate this as average at best.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.55/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Photo of PorterLambic
3.38/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Sea Dog Apricot Wheat Beer from Sea Dog Brewing Company
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