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Sea Dog Blueberry Wheat Ale - Sea Dog Brewing Company

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Sea Dog Blueberry Wheat AleSea Dog Blueberry Wheat Ale

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BA SCORE
78
okay

788 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 788
Reviews: 332
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 18.71%
Wants: 14
Gots: 65 | FT: 1
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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Photo of smakawhat
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had plenty of these and it pours from the bottle a simple gold and clear, with a two finger white head that disappears quite quickly. No lacing, medium carbonation.

Smell is a faint fruit blueberry but some bread smell surprisingly as well. Nothing offensive. Taste comes through with a smooth watery chewy grain on the finish, making a nice beer like balance with the fruit. This isn't an overpowering fruit bomb which is why I seem to enjoy it. Quite pleasant and easy drinking and could have another it's a straightforward easy one and doesn't taste of fake fruit.

smakawhat, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of secondtooth
4.15/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pale golden/amber ale with a nice head, but minimal lacing, Sea Dog opens with a delicious bouquet of fresh blueberries. I'm a big fan of blueberry, so I'm hoping the taste stays faithful. It's a mild, light flavor, with a pleasant (but not overpowering) blueberry taste. I'm glad this one tastes natural, without the weird syruppy artificial aftertaste of some blueberry beers I've had. A delightful drink.

secondtooth, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of guess98224
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear dark golden color.

S-Blueberries! Malt and light blueberry fragrance. Malt smell.

T- Same as the nose. Blueberries and malt.
Serving type: bottle Thanks to Michael for the gift!

D-Good drinkablity. I usually wouldn't be caught dead drinking a wheat beer, but our next door neighbors were kind enough to buy this for us as a gift at the brewery, so I figured I'd be kind enough to drink it.

Overall, a fun beer. It was served very cold, and surprisingly, I enjoyed it this way.

Reviewed on: 13/3/2010

guess98224, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of ratrod53
2.38/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

S- Blueberry with a second scent that I could not put my finger on.

T- Blueberry cough syrup not the best if you want to try a great blueberry try Mad Anthonys blueberry ale. My girlfriend was not even a fan.

M- Dry after drinking it I wanted some water.

D-I let it get warm because it was not the best.

ratrod53, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of kwjd
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a pale yellow colour with small head, no real lacing and head dies down fairly quickly. Smells of incredibly sweet blueberry, almost like a blueberry candy, with the faintest hint of wheat. Carbonation level is pretty good. I can see this being refreshing on a hot day, but it is much too sweet to have as a regular beer.

kwjd, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of thedoubler55
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden brass, with a slight head

S- Straight blueberry!

T- Nothing but blueberries with some slight hops and just a tad bitter at the end

D/M-If you like blueberries this is definitely the beer for you, Crazy how fruity this beer is, but very good tasting.

thedoubler55, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours surprisingly clear--certainly a good hint that this isn't going to be he really tasty type of blueberry beer. Light head. The smell isn't too artificial, bringing forward some straight blueberry notes without much else. The taste might add a bit of malt sweetness, although blueberry is about it. This doesn't taste too artificial and is actually fairly refreshing.

Thorpe429, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of alexpkoehler
3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured it into a glass and the first thing I noticed as that it didn't look like a typical wheat beer: Extraordinarily clear in the glass with little to no head. Its all blueberries on the nose but it drinks like biting into a moist blueberry muffin, one of those superbly moist well preserved mass-produced muffins that you can't get enough of. I was very happy to find that it didn't have a syrupy mouthfeel or a sticky-sweet finish like some other fruity wheat beers.

alexpkoehler, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of StaveHooks
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear golden brass. Little head that leaves in a hurry.

S- Blueberries! Has a pancake/muffin batter aroma. Some malt peeks through as well.

T- Same as the nose. Blueberries mixed with malt. Some hops add slight bitterness on the finish.

If you like blueberries, you'll love this beer. Pretty good for the style.

StaveHooks, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of Natainos
4.28/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well Well Well...

I went out on a quest looking for a BBBeer, and just look at my Wild Blue Review :( But at last I may have found it!

on to Sea Dog Blue Paw:

A: Nice dark golden straw (can we say wheat); had a thick white head reduced slowly and laced down, OK.

S: Blue Berry & Cream.

T: oh Yes! Blue Berry Creaminess, butter, nutty.
Very Nice!

M: Creamy, lite carbonation, soft (low AV). Blue Berry galore but just right!

D: I Like, this one is just creamy nice, a bit watery so I could pound this one and enjoy the fruity flavors in a BEER!!!

Natainos, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of gregshead
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear Golden yellow w/ a finger of head. Dissipates pretty fast.

S - Smell of blueberries within wheat.

T - Considering the amount you can smell the blueberries, I was pleasantly surprised at how subtle the blueberry taste was within this pleasant wheat beer.

M: light mouthfeel allows the subtle carbonation to roll off my tongue nicely. For this type of beer, couldn't ask for much more in this category.

D: I really enjoyed this light wheat beer with the subtle extra taste of blueberry fruit. Yum.

gregshead, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of ThirstyJames17
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I purchased this beer from my local World Market store as part of a build your own six-pack and figured it could be a refreshing end of summer beer.

A: Light golden color similar to your average pilsner. The head disappeared almost instantly, but the bubbles continued to rise to the top almost for the entire time that I drank it.

S: Once I opened the bottle I was hit with the blueberry smell

T: The bottle does not indicate it, but just like any flavorful beer, I would recommend drinking this at or around 45 degrees and don't be afraid to swish it around in your mouth here and there in order to get the actual taste of blueberries to come out. But even then, it is somewhat slight.

M: Surprisingly smooth

D: Definetly drinkable, i'm not sure I would want to drink more than one or two at a time, but nevertheless a good beer to have every now and then.

ThirstyJames17, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of aquaphiliac
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sixer of this on cape cod runs you $13... yikes.

A: Poured into a pint glass; straw yellow color, very small head that disappears immediately.

S: yeast, blueberry, some hops

T: The blueberry flavor comes through really only at the beginning and then is gone, which is actually pretty nice. The mid palate and aftertaste are pleasant sort of wheat/yeast flavors with an ever so slight tinge of hops at the end.

M: Light on the palate; highly carbonated but pleasant

D: Had only one but could have had several in a sitting. Typical for a wheat beer i guess

I wonder how much this goes for anywhere other than the cape because I'm sure those prices are jacked up quite a bit.

aquaphiliac, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of FreshHawk
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Brighter bronzish gold color with a moderately sized, foamy, bubbly, white head. Disappears pretty fast with almost no lace left.

S - Big whiff of blueberry (real smelling, not artificial). Some wheat and grainy aroma too. Pale malt aroma in the back. Very slight mineral and slightest hint of sulfur.

T - Slight tang and sweet flavors with blueberry coming out pretty strong, and it is more or less real, fresh tasting blueberry and not artificial flavor. Cracked and malted wheat and cracker taste. Quite bready during the middle and the end with a bit more blueberry coming out at the finish.

M - Light body with a good amount of carbonation. A little thin and watery. Fairly smooth though.

D - Pretty easy to drink and the fruity, blueberry comes out but it isn't too strong, or sweet and it has a more real blueberry flavor opposed to an artificial, cloying taste. Also has a pretty good amount of wheat flavor.

Notes: Best before Nov. 10. Not too bad for a fruit beer with realistic blueberry flavor and a good amount of wheat flavor and bready taste. Reminds me a bit of blueberry muffins. Overall a pretty good beer, especially if you want a blueberry taste.

FreshHawk, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.2/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: clear gold color, minimal white head. i like that it isn't tinged with blue.
S: blueberries and doughy malts. smells like a blueberry pie, which is what i imagine they were going for.
T: this actually is reminiscent of blueberry pie, minus the buttery richness and overbearing sweetness of said pie. lightly sweet doughy, crackery malts and a not overpowering blueberry flavor. i can't tell if it's real blueberries or flavorings, but it didn't have any kind of cough syrup thing going on, which i appreciate. a bit of a metallic twang on the end. just a light sourness balancing it out to a dry finish. no hops noted. the blueberry taste really lingers, but strangely i didn't find it off-putting.
M: light bodied, could use just a bit more carbonation for my taste. the dry finish helps.
D: i suppose it could get tiring after a while, but it hasn't for me, and the low abv helps alot in my book. another beer that's not cool to like, but i do. maybe i've come full circle away from the huge abv/malt/hop monsters, who knows?
have revisited this several times, and having for some reason been on a fruit beer kick of late, more and more i think they nailed this one. the pale biscuity malts showcase the blueberry well, and it's as much like blueberry pie as i suppose a beer could be, without being cloying.

MrMcGibblets, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of jmarvin4189
3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - a normal golden color lacks in head though

Smell - smells like a blueberry which had me worried about this beer

Taste - has a malty wheat beer taste with a powerful but not dominant blueberry flavor and didn't taste much sugar which i found was a pleasant surprise since the last blueberry beer i had was Wild Berry and that tasted like blueberry syrup. This was a refreshing blueberry beer that anyone should like. It may not be the best of the best but its one of my favorite fruit beers now

Mouthfeel - very smooth and refreshing with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability - very drinkable, i couldn't stop and the next thing i knew it I was out of beer...

jmarvin4189, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had two bottles of this with fried chicken and waffles for breakfast this morning. From the bottle, it's not much different than it is at the brewpub in Bangor.

It's somewhat ugly. Head is broken looking if you can get some. Tiny and fizzles out instantly. Has an MGD brassy yellow color.

It says on the bottle and I was told by the tour guide at Shipyard (who contract brews Sea Dog) that there's fake-ish blueberry flavoring added. Certainly smells unnatural(ly potent), not that it isn't faintly appealing. Not much else besides cheap beer to be whiffed.

The blueberry essence dominates the flavor for the most part with a bit of a bitter aftertaste.

Strange thing is, though it drinks a bit like if it was a notch or two above a Bud Light with blueberry, just a little less watery, it goes down great and was a perfect breakfast beer with the chicken and waffles. I'm not saying it's not enjoyable on its own or that it should be had only with greasy food. Best for me that way. It's tasty and, for what it is, has mass appeal.

Bouleboubier, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of RAdragna
4.2/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a sample of this at a beer festival held at Monmouth Park on Memorial Day weekend. Liked it enough to have a bottle of it later in the day.

Appearance of this beer had typical ale qualities, such as dark amber color and medium brownish head. The smell and taste of this beer, however, make it a winner. The blueberry presence wasn't overpowering in those categories; I felt there was a right amount of them put into this beer. It was a very sweet aroma and taste. Usually, I am not a huge fan of fruit beers or recommend drinking them on a regular basis. While I stand by my belief on the latter, I can make an exception on the former in regards to this particular brew. It's good enough to be considered worthy and/or given a try.

RAdragna, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of unclejimbay
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden straw color. Short head & retention. Brillant clarity, no hint of any blueberry in color.

Distinct blueberry aroma. Well done.

Taste is a light pale malt base with subtle but distinct blueberry character.

Light body and medium+ carbo

Decent overall, not too sweet like some fruit beers can be.

unclejimbay, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of Onenote81
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. I had the Raspberry Wheat from these guys a few weeks ago, and was pleasantly surprised. Had higher expectations for this one...

Pours a darker yellow/gold with a thin white head on top. No retention; less lace. Scents of blueberry muffins, pancakes, etc. Some light grains pull through as well, but blueberry is king. The mouth is crisp and refreshing. Par for the style.

The flavor isn't what I had expected or hoped. Blueberry tastes artificial and weak. It's there, but it's a little sour and fake-tasting. Some light honey tones noted as well. Bitterness is low. Comparing this to Sweetwater's version, this gets blown out of the water, and that beer isn't spectacular or anything. It's interesting, but nothing I would run out to get.

Onenote81, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of cdizinno
4.53/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a tulip glass from a growler purchased at Total Wine in Columbia.

A: Clear golden yellow with a very thin white head and minimal lacing.

S: Bluberries! This batch(I'll explain later) mainly smells like blueberry pancake mix. Kind of a wierd flour/egg/milk mix of smells that are dominated by the bluberries.

T&M: Crisp with blueberries that slowly fade through a mainly oily lager type beer taste. Mostly malty sweet. Hop bitterness is there and balanced nicely.

Back to the "this batch" comment; All of these fruit beers that are mass produced come with a considerable 'inconsistency' factor. Usually, this is the best blueberry ale that I have had in recent years. Atlantic Brewing used to have the best 'Blueberry Ale' when it was actually brewed in Bar Harbour, Maine, but now that it has reappeared in recent years, I believe it has lost it's quality through the contract brewing process. Sea Dog still gets my vote for best blueberry available today, especially since they brew it in Maine and get those blueberries fresh.

cdizinno, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of RickS95
2.53/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks like a dark version of ginger ale. Head is thin with no retention.

Blueberries dominate the nose, nothing else is noticeable.

The berry flavor is dominant, but not overpowering, marking its territory mostly in the finish.

Crisp in the mouth, with bitter notes in the swallow.

Drinkable if offered to me, but wouldn't be my first choice.

RickS95, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a nice golden color with light carbonation and two inches of white head.

s - Smells of straight up blueberries. Also smells of wheat, bready malts,

t - Tastes of blueberries, bready malts, and

m - Medium body and high carbonation.

d - My girlfriend bought a 6er of this so I decide to try one and was pleasantly surprised. This is one of the better "fruity" beers I've had and if you like blueberries you'll probably love this. Very easy to drink and worth a shot.

mdfb79, May 29, 2010
Photo of chaz01
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasting portion at a local beer tasting event, served into a plastic glass.

A: Pale amber in color, very little head -- looks a little flat in the glass.

S: Sweet blueberry aroma as you would expect.

T: Blueberry flavor, but a lot more subtle than the nose would indicate. Blueberry flavors complement the wheat, grass and straw flavors in the beer, don't overpower them.

M: Light bodied with average carbonation levels.

D: Somewhat of interesting novelty type beer, but I'm not sure I'd want more than a glass of one.

chaz01, May 23, 2010
Photo of Naugros
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this for "dessert" at the Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ.

The color is a light amber with very little head, despite the carbonation being pretty high.

The value of this beer is all in the smell. It smells exactly like a blueberry muffin.

The blueberry taste is a little more understated in the taste, but it's still there. The muffin flavor not only continues, but lingers in the aftertaste. Still, there is a still off-flavor that I could not put my finger on.

That off-flavor made for a strange feel in the mouth, especially the sides of the tongue.

I could smell this beer and be happy, but drinking more than one is not going to happen. There are better fruit beers out there.

Naugros, May 22, 2010
Sea Dog Blueberry Wheat Ale from Sea Dog Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 788 ratings.