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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

703 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 703
Reviews: 328
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 18.42%
Wants: 9
Gots: 32 | 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.

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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber that seems to have just a little touch of pinkish to it (from the blueberry I am guessing). Nose is like a basket of blueberries and not much else really able to immediately overpower that. Flavor is like dirty blueberries in the midst of an ale. Hardly clean at all. Bitter and almost a slight metallic edge to it. No strong wheat characteristics to it at all. Feel is like standard beer with just a little more bubble perhaps. I can't say it is overly drinkable due to it's lack of grace or any smooth qualities whatsoever. I love blueberries, but this is not something I really enjoyed or would go hunt out again. For me as a blueberry lover, it's hardly worth going back to...or even trying in the first place.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 15:38:33 | More by RblWthACoz
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

4.68/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nothing too special, it's the other attributes of this beer that will either appeal or repeal you.

Smell: Is very strong of sweet blueberries, this beer has no shame on how sweet it smells.

Taste: Delicious but very sweet. If you like fruit beers to be sweet (but not as sweet as a lambic that has no tart) then this is the perfect beer.

Mouthfeel: Blue Paw tends to be more syrupy than most blueberry ales which can be a bit overwhelming if drank in succession.

Drinkability: This is one of my favorite beers when I'm looking for something sweet and that has no subtly.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2007 01:07:05 | More by deltatauhobbit
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear pale orange color. The head is two inches in height, but recedes quickly into thin lacing. The aroma is of blueberries with a wheaty twang, but is rather faint. The taste has a little more blueberry than the aroma, but is still quite bland. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is like all too many other fruity American wheat beers; it is boring and mundane. I will not drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2007 02:29:26 | More by KarlHungus
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GoreStorm

California

3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poored into a pint glass.

A - just a plain yellow. very little head to speak of at all and what was there fizzled down to even less. even though the packaging of the bottle is pretty cute i didn't care for that either after the initial giggle of seeing a dog in a hat and the paw prints on the caps.

S - amazing, absolutely powerfull scent. i didn't even have to raise the glass to at all to catch the wonderfull blueberry scent this gives off.

T - if you like blueberries this is for you. not a whole lot of different flavors other than blueberry and wheat. i decent length finish that ended with a grain flavor.

M - okay, decent amount of carbonation - not too annoying.

D - because of the single strong flavor of this brew, it's only good in certain situations. you have to be in a specific mood for blueberry otherwise rule this out. good for mildly warm weather relaxing and so on.

overall - i'd buy it again. i see this as a beer to break people out of some of their preconceptions of what sort of flavors can be in a beer or also for women or people who just love a blueberry flavor. i'll definately be buying again given the right circumstances.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2007 01:40:47 | More by GoreStorm
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Boppar

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Sea Dog in Bangor, ME.

A: Brilliant gold. Sadly, it was filtered. And very pale. At first, I thought it was a pils or some light lager. Lack of head.

S: Blueberries. (Subsequent re-tastings from a bottled 6-pack were almost unbearable blueberry-ish.)

T: Blueberries. Faint metallic aftertaste. I was pretty disappointed by the almost weak flavor.

M: Thin and drinkable.

D: I could put a few back. Good lawnmower beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2007 23:23:27 | More by Boppar
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Gusler

Arizona

3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After its release from the 12 ounce bottle the beer show a slightly cloudy gold with a modest white creamy head that fades away leaving the lace a fine covering sheet on the glass. Nose has a nice fruity aroma backed by the malt, start has a light grain profile, sweet and appetizing, top is light to moderate in feel to the palate. Finish has a fair to middling acidity, the hops light in their spiciness, sweet and dry, drinkable, a good picnic beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2007 17:59:51 | More by Gusler
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JamesS

Indiana

2.88/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Normal wheat beer appearance, golden with nothing out of the ordinary. A bit of head and not a lot of lacing. It has a wonderful blueberry scent, but unfortunately the blueberry also overrides the wheat beer taste. It goes down fine, but the aftertaste is also strongly blueberry. If you've ever had Booberry cereal, imagine it with wheat beer instead of milk. It's exactly as good or as nasty as that sounds.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2007 03:05:00 | More by JamesS
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hellcatsjg

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Not much to see here. Golden brew with little to no head to speak of. Looks very plain, but makes up for it elsewhere.

Smell: Crisp, clean, sweet blueberry muffins. One of the most powerful aromas I've gotten from a beer. My wife has smelled this from across the kitchen.

Taste: Like the nose, blueberries. Lots of blueberries. There is a light wheat taste at the end of the sip.

Mouthfeel: Clean and refreshing. Leaves a good amount of blueberry and wheat behind.

Drinkability: Very high score here. This is one of my favorite fruit wheat beers, and the low ABV means you can drink quite a few in an evening. Highly recommended, and one of the better values out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2007 01:50:26 | More by hellcatsjg
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Finnegan’s Wake in Providence, RI on 10/6/07, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves no lace on the glass.

S: I could smell the blueberries before the bartender even placed the beer in front of me, but I couldn't smell much of anything else.

T: Just like the smell, all I can taste up front is sweet blueberries. There's a light and thin malt character and a touch of hops, but very little more than that. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: A little tasty, doesn't go down very easily, not filling at all, decent representation of style, even thought this may not be a particularly bad beer, it just isn't the kind of beer I like very much. However, it's comparable with the majority of blueberry beers that I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2007 00:04:12 | More by TheManiacalOne
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erosier

Connecticut

4.53/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is one for the ages, if you like fruity beers that taste like the fruit. The fruit taste is very powerful and you can tell from when you first pour it because it smells like blueberry. It is a very sweet wheat beer that makes it very drinkable and very refreshing. Since the blueberry is so present in the smell and taste, it is a seriously fruity beer that even your 8yr old daughter would enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 17:40:18 | More by erosier
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HardTarget

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Inspection: Bottle best before end of Jan 08 (sampled Oct 07).

Aroma: Fruit, but more than blueberry, apple too, and some butter.

Appearance: Clear gold glass starts with an active finger white head that dies quickly and fails to lace.

Flavor: The blueberry is mild and has a jam like quality. Base beer is balanced between hop and malt so closely that neither flavor stands out. Unfortunately, there’s buttery (diacetyl) note that makes the whole experience a little less enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation, medium light body.

Overall Impression: A nice fruit beer with a little flaw. It’s not so bad that I’m not enjoying the beer, but it is noticeable. Worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2007 03:10:54 | More by HardTarget
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mobud

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into SA glass from bottle.

A- Dark straw with very light head and light carbonation.

S- Very bright and sweet blueberry with a hint of wheat ale underneath.

T- I have heard that this beer is like a blueberry muffin and that is the best way to describe it. The BB taste hit first and the wheat ale base is crisp and tasty. Aftertaste is that of just eating the top of a fresh BB muffin.

M- Very light which is right in line with the style.

D- The best blueberry beer I have tried ( my friend is always buying fruity beers for me to try and most fall short). I will retire this beer for the season and look forward to its taste next summer.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2007 15:12:04 | More by mobud
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Every year, I inevitably end up with a "beer of the summer" that just stands out, and this year it was Sea Dog Blue Paw. A very drinkable and refreshing beer with only slight undertones of blueberry in smell and finish. A very nice straw color adds to the overall appreciation. Not overly fruity, as some fruit flavored wheats I've sampled. Overall, the blueberry flavor is very nicely integrated into the brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2007 16:26:26 | More by Jwale73
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kimcgolf

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at a Maine restaurant, served with 3 blueberries floating atop the slightly hazy, light orange-brown beer. Immediate strong aroma of blueberry and wheat, just like the name implies. Flavor was more of this very pleasant blueberry and wheat mixture, and this all led to a pleasant, bittersweet finish.

I’m not a real fan of fruit beers, but the mixture of the fruit and the wheat was heads and tails above some others blueberry beers I’ve had (like Sweetwater Blue), and this was actually a very enjoyable beer, given the style.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2007 01:59:14 | More by kimcgolf
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Patrick999

Florida

3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Straw yellow, fizzy short lived head. I don't like it when beers look like this.

Smells bready with a touch of blueberry. As a big fan of blueberries, I could go for some more blueberry in the nose. It's there but it's not screaming out at me.

Taste is pretty good - it really does taste a lot like an unsweetened blueberry muffin.

Mouthfeel is thin, fizzy and soda-like.

Drinkability - I can see why this is so popular. It's light, goes down easy, tastes good and is refreshing. In short, this beer serves its purpose well. This is an unpretentious beer...it isn't pretending to be something it isn't. Don't take it so seriously, and you'll go for it. An excellent hot weather beer....you could drink the whole sixer with little problem.

That said, I echo the guy below who wishes there was such thing as a Blueberry Lambic!

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2007 04:32:04 | More by Patrick999
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Greenfloyd

California

3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Put a little butter in this one and call it a muffin....albeit a pretty damn refreshing muffin...

I poured this Maine offering into my hefe glass to find a crisp, clear looking golden ale with a nice ultra white cloudy head (it did not have that unfiltered haze that you find in a lot of wheats). The smell was actually fairly mild, with hints of dried wheat and blueberries carrying most of the workload. The taste of blueberries is present, but not overwhelmingly sweet by any means. The light malt and mild hoppy finish make this beer well balanced.

This wheat ale had a very light mouth feel, making it a great summer or session option. This beer paired great with grilled western style burgers (BBQ sauce, cheddar, onion rings etc... )and BBQ chicken. Don't think for a second though, that this beer won't make a Sunday morning football breakfast or two. Some scrambled eggs with cream cheese and chives, sliced ham, and a blueberry brew. Enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2007 04:42:46 | More by Greenfloyd
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FenwaySquid

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle, BBD of Oct 2007 notched into the label, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear golden yellow color, lots of carbonation rising through the glass. The head formed small and faded almost immediately, but a thin layer was maintained by the carbonation inside.

Aroma: Blueberries, along with some sweet malts in the background. The sweet smell of blueberries is very strong, noticeable from the moment you open the bottle, and quite enjoyable.

Taste: Starts off with the blueberries and some wheat up front, that faded slowly as some sweet malts come out in the middle. The finish is clean at first, then more blueberries come out of nowhere a second or two later.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing, a little watery in the end though. The carbonation was balanced nicely.

Overall: This is my first blueberry beer, and I have to admit I quite enjoyed it. I don't think I could drink a lot of these, but one or two at the end of a hot day sure hits the spot nicely. The aroma is fantastic. Everybody should give this one a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2007 00:44:25 | More by FenwaySquid
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treehugger02010

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at Tank's Taproom in Tampa, Fl.
Appearance: It poured a yellow body with a small white head holding poorly and leaving no lacing.
Smell: Lots and lots of blueberries.
Taste: Heavily carbonated, citrusy, and an overall feeling of blueberry soda.
Mouthfeel: Crisp.
Drinkability: No more than average.
Don't drink and review.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2007 13:48:21 | More by treehugger02010
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bboven

Texas

2.68/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

The appearance of this beer seems way too crystal clear and light to be a wheat beer.

The one fantastic part of this beer is the aroma. It smells exactly like blueberry muffins.

The taste, however... well, it tastes more like a Smirnoff or mike's product than a beer. Like a blueberry freezy pop or something. I get no wheat, no yeast, nothing that makes a wheat beer a wheat.

I don't think I could handle more than one of these. Too, too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2007 20:24:33 | More by bboven
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Wilbur's Liquors in Ft Collins as part of a mixed 6 Pack.

Pours from 12oz bottle(best by 09 07) a clear gold with a good head of foam that shrinks but remains for the entire session hugging the edge of the glass and the lacing is quite good.

The smell, which hit me imeediately upon opening, is blueberry to the max and I *love* blueberries. If the taste is anything like the nose, I'm in for a treat.

The taste on first sip has a nice semi sweet blueberry flavour that nicely compliments the flavour of wheat. I'm also getting some earthy notes and the finish ends up a bit on the watery side. Not bad but I was hoping for a more pronounced blueberry flavour. I wish there was such a thing as a Blueberry Lambic but I'd buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2007 22:56:23 | More by Bitterbill
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tumbler.
Best before 08.2007.

Very thin and watery, burnt straw in color. Foamy, white head that quickly breaks to a whispy sheet. Faint traces of delicate lacing.

Powdered blueberry in aroma with a dry, yeast-filled mustiness. Notes of stiff, astringent wheat.

Citrus-enhanced fruity esters: blueberry; mild cranberry and raspberry. Tones of lingering diacetyl prior to an intense, burnt malt biscuit flavor. The breadiness is laden with mustiness aided by over-carbonation.

Light bodied; too active on the palate in terms of carbonation, even for the style.

Overcarbonated and artificial in flavor. It's tough to make a decent fruit/veg-based ale, and Sea Dog proves it.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2007 00:33:47 | More by NEhophead
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DogFood11

California

3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle. I've had this on tap at the brewpub in Maine but that was many moons ago. Poured this into a pounder glass it forms a rather week fizzy eggshell white head. Shiney yellow body with medium carbonation.

The aroma was powerfull and fairly onesided towards the blueberries. I find that blueberries tend to be a dominant smell with other products as well so this is not a shocker. Faint wheat provides the background body. The theme of course is the fruit bill and blueberries. What I look for in a good fruit beer is wether or not the fruits feel forced or induced. This works out OK and it doesnt feel overly extract like.

Notes: Just ok to me across the board. It was light, fresh, interesting, and full of flavor. Hmmm judging by that description it was better than OK.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2007 01:40:12 | More by DogFood11
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pmcadamis

Illinois

3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear golden brew with a decent sized white head that falls to a collar after a few minutes.

S - Clean wheat nose with some artificial smelling bluberry syrup notes. Smells the way that I would expect a bluberry reakfast cereal to smell. Not bad at all.

T - This is almost flavorless at first, but a light bluberry freshness comes out after you swallow. Weird! A really fresh and clean summertime bluberry brew that lacks complexity but has a nice refreshing bluberry aftertaste.

M - Thin, crisp, quenching, and a bit watery.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2007 15:03:11 | More by pmcadamis
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zymurgy4all

New York

3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow--if you like blueberries, this is your beer! What a wonderful blueberry aroma this beer has! It looks like a typical ale, and has virtually no head. It appears to be highly carbonated, but it could be due to the age of the six pack I received. There isn't much body to this beer, but that just leaves more room for that blueberry flavor. I taste a bit of hops for bittering, but virtually no hop flavor is detectable (they could be there, but is overshadowed by the blueberries). This is a great sipping beer for the summertime while eating fruits on the back porch.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2007 22:42:31 | More by zymurgy4all
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barefootbrewer

Mississippi

3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Blueberry! This beer poured a clear pale golden color. The head was decent, but not long lasting. The blueberry aroma hit you as soon as the bottle was opened. The taste is fruity (blueberry) and slightly malty. The mouthfeel is thin and carbonated. This would be drinkable if you enjoyed carbonated blueberries.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2007 22:02:42 | More by barefootbrewer
Sea Dog Blueberry Wheat Ale from Sea Dog Brewing Company
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