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Sea Dog Blueberry Wheat Ale - Sea Dog Brewing Company

Sea Dog Blueberry Wheat AleSea Dog Blueberry Wheat Ale

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BA SCORE
78
okay

637 Ratings
THE BROS
81
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Ratings: 637
Reviews: 319
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 18.42%


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:
Our unique contribution to the fruit ale category features the nutty quench of wheat ale combined with the delightful aromatics and subtle fruit flavor contributed by Maine wild blueberries.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002)
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TheMarkE

California

3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy Orange/amber with moderate foam and decent lacing.

Smell: Blueberry muffin. The blueberry is very strong and lingers in the air even after the beer is gone.

Taste: Wheat, malt, and blueberry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, very little aftertaste.

The Verdict: Not bad. While the blueberry aroma is over the top, the taste is actually muted. This may be the best blueberry brew I’ve had, though the bar is admittedly low.

*PRO TIP: A shot of berry flavored vodka gives it a really nice kick. **This may be one of the best uses of berry flavored vodka.

Serving type: can

09-30-2013 21:55:20 | More by TheMarkE
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elNopalero

Texas

3.61/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Surprise find at Trader Joes!

This poured a nice golden tan color.

The blueberry aroma strikes you at first, gently, with a delicate note of fresh aroma. The flavor has a nice blueberry note to it. It’s crisp with a sweet tinge and a pleasing carbonation. Not sure where the wheat comes from--hefe?--as it's more of a flavored blonde ale. Still, I’d have another on a summer day.

Serving type: can

09-03-2013 18:37:29 | More by elNopalero
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B0dacious187

Texas

3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Was quite impressed by this beer, took me by surprise. Tastes like a liquid blueberry muffin. Strong blueberry flavor up front followed by a biscuit/bread flavor at the end. Definitely will buy again and look forward to trying Sea Dog's other fruit beers.

Serving type: can

09-03-2013 14:35:36 | More by B0dacious187
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is bursting with blueberries, very fruity. Taste is tart, wheat, some berries but not overwhelming with them, easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Serving type: can

05-25-2013 13:29:36 | More by tone77
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Immortale25

North Carolina

2.88/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a 3/4 inch fizzy white head that immediately dissipates to a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Little to no lacing.

S- Sugary sweet blueberry is detected as soon as the can was popped. In fact, all you can smell is blueberry. There's hardly any trace of wheat malt or alcohol and zero hop aroma.

T- Blueberry syrup and a touch of wheat but there's so much sugary blueberry sweetness, the wheat might as well not bother. Barely any alcohol detected and no bitterness.

M- Medium-low carbonation leaves the beer lame and boring. Body isn't incredibly light but light enough to add to the lack of excitement. The blueberry leaves a light syrupy coating on the tongue.

O- I used to like this beer when I was first getting into "craft" but now I find it way too heavy on the blueberry to the point that it just tastes like blueberry flavored seltzer water. Obviously one that's mainly for the ladies.

Serving type: can

11-29-2012 01:22:44 | More by Immortale25
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Once again, my local, in-person trader tone77 has come through with another new CAN in the furtherance of The CANQuest (TM)! Many thanks.

From the CAN: "Sea Dog Wild Blueberry Wheat Ale features the nutty quench of wheat ale combined with delightful aromatics and subtle blueberry flavor. Our crew brews a full line of award-winning ales that capture the spirit of Maine's sea-faring history. Stop by one of our pubs or visit [their website]. Est. 1993."; "Beer with natural flavor added".

Today's review took place on Memorial Day, 27 Mai 2013.

I not only got a good Crack but the scent of blueberries was immediately apparent. An inverted Glug created a finger of frothy, bone-white head with relatively low retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy golden-yellow. Nose was redolent with blueberries underlain by a light tartness, courtesy of the wheat. It reminded me of blueberry pie when I was a kid and that was my favorite. Mouthfeel was thin, but fizzy, almost like drinking soda pop. The flavor was definitely blueberry and the wheat lent it a nutty, tangy quality to cut the inherent sweetness. Finish was sweet, perhaps too much so to make it sessionable for me, but to each their own.

My original, bottle review was from 07-07-2005 with scores of 4.0; 4.5; 4.0; 3.0 and 3.5.

This poured with a nice, bone white head that just evaporated. It had a huge blueberry nose, like blueberry pancakes. It was a very clear light yellow color. The mouthfeel was somewhat light and, dare I say it?, fizzy. Still, there was a light blueberry taste in the mouth and the finish is dry but with the same blueberry intenseness that I noted on the nose. This is a great summer beer, even for those of us that may not be huge fans of fruit beers.

Serving type: can

07-07-2005 13:35:53 | More by woodychandler
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden amber color with a two finger head of fizzy white foam. The head fades quite fast leaving only a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – As may be expected, the beer’s aroma is big of a nice blueberry smell. The blueberry, while strong is not artificial, but actually smells rather authentic of blueberries. This blueberry aroma is mixed with some aromas of a light wheaty nature as well as a bit of a floral smell, with the overall aroma being very sweet and fruity.

Taste – The taste begins much drier then the nose would have suggested. It begins with a semi-sweet blueberry flavor mixed with a decent sum of a wheaty flavor. These two flavors create a base for the brew, both remaining relatively constant throughout the flavor profile. As the flavor advances some light earthy and floral notes come to the tongue along with some more grainy like tastes. At the end of the taste, a grassy flavor comes to the tongue, leaving a rather interesting blueberry in a field (wheat/grass/hay like) flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather thin and light with a carbonation level that is rather high. Both are quite nice for the style and make for a more crisp and refreshing brew, which match well the wheat and fruit flavors of the brew.

Overall – A rather easy drinking fruit beer. It is nothing outstanding, but in terms of making for a not overly sweet, but moderately blueberry fruited flavored brew, this one has it right. Not too bad.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 02:56:23 | More by Darkmagus82
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Hendry

Vermont

3.96/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Straw colored pour,minimal white head,minimal lacing.

Blueberries are the most prominent aroma here with typical wheat beer properties.

While on the sweet side, there is a time and a place to enjoy this blueberry bomb of a wheat beer. SDBWA is a nice Summer beverage when you want something light and refreshing.

Mouthfeel relatively thin, lots of carbonation.

Guilty of enjoying this one every once in a while: nothing stellar, but a nice change of pace. Some find the blueberry flavor artificial, but I think it is pleasant and worth trying once or twice.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 23:20:24 | More by Hendry
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BierJager89

California

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

A: Pours a light copper with a small white head.

S: Nose is loaded with blueberries, and a touch of wheat.

T: Strong wheat backbone, with solid blueberry overtones and a decent malty finish. A bit tart.

M: Medium bodied and on the smooth side.

O: Pretty good. Not as dry as their raspberry beer, but I think that's more apt for the blueberry admixture. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes fruit infused wheat beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 21:42:23 | More by BierJager89
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57md

Pennsylvania

3.51/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a dark straw with a half finger of fizzy head. The nose has distinct blueberry notes. Blueberries are upfront in the flavor profile as well. The finish is slightly tarty and slightly sweet from the fruit. The wheat is hardly discernible throughout.

This would be a great beer to serve with a summer brunch featuring blueberry pancakes.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2014 05:53:32 | More by 57md
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Furlinator

California

3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours translucent gold with faint white head that quickly disappears and leaves very little lace.

Smell is of grainy malt, blueberry and faint biscuity bread.

Taste is earthy, grainy malt with blueberry added.

Mouthfeel is water and light bodied with medium carbonation.

Somewhat disappointing. Watered down and thin. The blueberry flavor comes across as artificial.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 07:54:52 | More by Furlinator
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 1004-0804. Sampled on September 5, 2013.

It has a slightly cloudy pale yellow pour with a white head the erupts at first but settles down in seconds.

On the nose there are plenty of fresh Maine blueberries but at the same time the wheat is a bit more forward than some of their other fruity-wheat ale. Yeast and bitter also in the aroma.

Light to medium body.

In the taste there is also a good blueberry note but then I get something else akin to pale and wheat malts. But none of that is front and center. It is more subdued but noticeable. For a fruit beer this is not bad.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 22:07:43 | More by puboflyons
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jimmah120

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz pour on-tap

light and airy wheat with a hint of blueberry that expands to dominate the aftertaste at times. the smell is heavy on blueberry as well. its got sweet malt, not too sweet, but not much for hops. feel is okay, pretty average on the whole here.

nice easy drinking fruit beer, good intro beer for people not into craft brew

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2013 18:08:44 | More by jimmah120
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SpasmWaiter

Vermont

3.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I cant explain it with this beer. I don't usually care for fruit beers in general, but there is just something about this beer that I very much enjoy. Its ALL about the blueberry with this beer. Its very much the dominating flavor. If given the chance try this beer ice cold on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 02:10:15 | More by SpasmWaiter
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jjamadorphd

Florida

3.54/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another offering from Sea Dog - this one, their Wild Blueberry...I found it a bit better than their Raspberry.

The beer wasn't as sweet or overpowering than the raspberry offering. Although it wasn't much to look at or feel, it was good. Unlike the raspberry, which tasted more like a wine cooler than anything else, the wild blueberry mixed well with the hops and malts both in taste and in the smell. Overall, it's good, refreshing, and quite crisp - a good summertime brew to share with friends and family.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 22:42:45 | More by jjamadorphd
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scratch69

Missouri

3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear golden color with a fingers worth of head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Blueberries and wheat malt.

Taste- Wheat malt and fresh blueberry flavors

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and smooth with an average amount of carbonation.

Overall- Very enjoyable beer. One of the better blueberry flavored beers that I've had.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 22:02:41 | More by scratch69
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DeFaz

Ohio

3.86/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

More tart than most blueberry beers and with a greater wheat presence, this beer still manages to have a fresh blueberry taste, an inviting smell, and near-perfect mouthfeel. The carbonation is not excessive (a mistake of many fruit beers) and the beer goes down very, very easily without being too thin. It doesn't contain artificial flavors.

Overall, a great summer beer that tastes almost as good as Sam Adams Blackberry Witiber.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 21:51:34 | More by DeFaz
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pjkelley82

New York

4.13/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great blueberry beer that is not overwhelming with blueberry flavor. what sea dog does well is have the fruit pop out towards the end but before you swallow. Very well balanced and refreshing. This is the perfect beer to hang out in the backyard and is drinkable enough to pound down a few and not get tired of it

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2013 05:00:26 | More by pjkelley82
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schoolboy

Ohio

3.74/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I think this is the second Sea Dog I've tried. The first was an odder fruit to put in a beer (but what fruit isn't odd to put in a beer?) - apricot - but this one doesn't work quite as well. Maybe the blueberries were over-ripe.

The brew is a nice color - nothing odd. It has a fairly weak head.

The aroma is over the top. It smelled like a jar of preserves as I poured it. The taste is almost not over the top, but it is excessively fruity. The fruit taste is out of balance and over powers everything else. It also is a little off. This is especially evident in the aftertaste, but it's everywhere, the aroma too.

While still refreshing, I hate to say that I liked the apricot better.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 00:04:36 | More by schoolboy
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MarkQ617

Massachusetts

2.81/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I had this on tap at Jerry Remy's Seaport. I was looking to try something new, and somehow didn't realize that this would be a blueberry beer from how it was labeled. I actually like fruit beers probably more than most on this site, but generally try to stay away from blueberry. As far as blueberry beers are concerned, this one is slightly better than others I've had (for instance, it didn't have actual blueberries floating around in it when it was served to me). Anyway, the color is pretty enticing with a deep gold and a short, soft head. The berry flavor is a bit strong for my liking, though. Just a little too sweet.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2013 19:06:49 | More by MarkQ617
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Jonada

New Jersey

3.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle. No freshness date. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden yellow in color with less than a finger of a bone white soapy head. Head dissipated quickly to a very thin collar. Slightly hazy in the glass, but mostly clear.

Smell: Blueberries, wheat, apple. The aroma is not very complex, but is pleasant. Blueberry definitely dominates the nose.

Taste: Same as the nose. Blueberry, sweet malt, wheat, with a hint of graininess in the finish. Blueberry tastes artificial, as opposed to actual blueberries.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a relatively soft mouthfeel. Carbonation on the higher end of medium.

Overall: When it comes to these fruited wheat beers, it seems like if you've had one, you've had them all. This one is no different. Not bad but not at all memorable either.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 04:44:39 | More by Jonada
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Ford

Texas

4.48/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Ok, this is way better than the only other blueberry beer I've tried.. which was a Buffalo Bills....

Plenty of blueberry in the smell and the first taste... but you get the wheatiness in there also.

This beer is very smooth and very easy to drink... man.. I can't wait to have this on a hot summer day.

I really like this beer. I'll be picking up a six pack here and there to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 02:50:20 | More by Ford
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Hunter

Arizona

3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Light amber in color, dense head of white foam that hung about longer than I would have expected.

Smell: The smell of fruit dominates utterly. There's some background of malt, and maybe, just maybe I can get a hint of hop every now and again. But it's really all about the fruit.

Taste: Very sweet. Reminds me of eating Booberry cereal as a child. But perhaps blueberry muffin is a more apt analogy, because one does manage to pick up a little taste of grain.

Mouthfeel: Clean, unoffensive aftertaste of fruit lingers after the swallow.

Overall: So far as fruit beers go, it's not bad. But people who aren't normally fond of the style will likely find the blueberry overwhelming. People who think the only real beer is Belgian, German, or as thick as motor oil will despise it. But if you're open to various styles, it's worth a look. I myself have a soft spot in my heart for it, because it reminds me of a recent trip to Ogunquit, Maine.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 23:40:32 | More by Hunter
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

3.14/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured this Blueberry Beer from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a clear yellow golden color, produced a thin white head and left little lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of malted grain and blueberry. Light in body, this ale had a foundation of malted grain, white pepper and blueberry. Overall, not a huge fan of "blueberry" beers but this one was not horrible. Decent session beer...Worth a try!

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 20:10:50 | More by GossageBrewery
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IsaacCraft

Mississippi

4.14/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Oddly enough extremely nice combination of blueberry and beer. You can most definitely taste a strong blueberry flavor, but it doesn't overpower the wheatiness of the beer. The smell sort of reminds me of a blueberry pop-tart. Very happy with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 05:37:28 | More by IsaacCraft
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Sea Dog Blueberry Wheat Ale from Sea Dog Brewing Company
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