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Belhaven Blueberry Classic Fruit Beer - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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Belhaven Blueberry Classic Fruit Beer
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BA SCORE
73
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13 Ratings
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Ratings: 13
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 2.78
pDev: 19.42%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd. visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TerryW on 06-22-2006)
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Reviews by demcorhip:
Photo of demcorhip
2.88/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance
Clear and light coloured, almost champagne-like, due to its light and bubbly appearance. A nice substantial head formed, which eventually melted into decent lacings.

Aroma
Fruity of course, blueberry muffins, mild clear malt smell with a touch of hop.

Taste
Some clean barley notes, blueberry, and crisp dry hop finish. As it warms it seems like this beer was mass produced in its individual components which were then thrown together. This was not an off beer (i think) but there was something about the malt contribution. My wife described the taste as a swish of listerine after blueberry pie.

Mouthfeel
Sparkly carbonation and crisp hop finish mentioned earlier were the highlights. Light bodied beer.

Drinkability
Not very drinkable for such a light bodied beer. There was just something off in the malt contribution for my tastes. This was too bad as the blueberry flavour seemed to work well with the hops. Wont be drinking this again.

demcorhip, Aug 05, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of Phyl21ca
1.95/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a bright yellow color ale with a huge bubbly white head with minimal retention. Aroma of blueberry syrup is quite intense. Taste is dominated by the cheap blueberry extract with a weak malt base and little or no hops. I guess this is just another weak fruit beer to add to the collection.

Phyl21ca, Jul 10, 2006
Photo of baiser
3.5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden yellow colour, with a thin, transitory white head. Initial aroma is full of blueberries and honey. From the nose, I was expecting a burst of fruity blueberry flavour, but was disappointed with the blandness of this beer. You get accustomed to the slight blueberry flavour of this beer and it drinks very much like a lager. Has some good dry, bitter qualities. It's refreshing and very light bodied. Good for a barbecue. Overall, not very impressionable, but ok.

baiser, Aug 19, 2006
Photo of funkengruven
3.58/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured from the bottle to the glass a very average looking lager yellow with a slight head that left little lacing. This stuff smells quite nice, very fragrant and sweet. The blueberry flavor is more in the aroma, the body is much like a decent euro lager, overall not bad at all. This is fairly easy to drink and unoffensive.

I'd drink this again if offered. It's really not bad at all.

funkengruven, Jul 01, 2006
Photo of Derek
2.25/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours surprisingly clear, looks like a Pilsner; fluffy white head, not much retention, but it leaves a little lace.

S: Blueberries & alcohol. I wonder if the blueberry extract contained alcohol? It's only 4.8%, but I smell spirits here. A little bready malt in the background. Kind of like blueberry jam on toast.

T: Very light, crisp, hop flavour (probably a good thing). Not overly sweet like some fruit beers, but that could be the reasons the blueberry flavour seems out of place.

M: Moderate body and carbonation. Doesn't seem to be quite all-together though?

D: Chick beer? Paired up with some wild blueberries, it's not a bad dessert... but I'm still having a hard time finishing it!

Derek, Jul 05, 2006
Photo of Viggo
3.3/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Evidently the only place in the world they sell this is Ontario...

Pours a clear gold, fizzy white head disappears rather quickly, no lace. Smell is honey sweet, blueberries, some citrus and other fruits, the blueberries are powerful. Taste is honey, straw/citrus, lots of sweet blueberry, light alcohol twang, tart finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation, much too high in my opinion. Not horrible, not great, I did like the blueberry flavour.

Viggo, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of pootz
2.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I love Blueberries otherwise I would have passed this one up.

500ml bottle puts a clear pale straw colored beer in the glass with a small 1/2 in. cap that reduces to a light lace. Aggressive carbonation

The aroma is overwhelmingly blueberry but has a distinct synthetic quality to it...kind of like perfume... light grains just barely detected beneath it and that’s it...2 dimensional nose to it.

Light body, weak malt spine liquid mouth feel and a sharp, tart,dry character.

Up front the tongue is pummeled with some damnable "essence" that approximates Blueberry this is soon balanced by a dry pilsner-like taste that gives the impression of a sour cider but with enough grains in the taste to detect the dry pilsner in its base....finish is fast sharp/crisp and dry with little afertaste. Tastes like a berry cider mixed with a dry pilsner, which was probably the intent but it seems too unnatural for me to enjoy.

Well I can at least say I tried it...won’t be back for more.

pootz, Jul 03, 2006
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Comes in a stocky 500 ml bottle with blue foil on the neck. The label describes it as a pilsner style beer with blueberry flavor. No mention of it being natural blueberry flavor.

It pours a very pale straw like Bud. The head is foamy and shortlived but it leaves decent patches of lace. The aroma is dominated by blueberry with a wisp of breadyness. There isnt any discernable hop character in the nose. The taste is much the same, light and mostly blueberry. A little bit of hop flower is present in the back but the blueberry flavor is overarching. This kind of reminds me of an alcopop, if a little more beery and natural tasting. The mouthfeel is thin and spritzy.

This is a pretty decent summer drink, its refreshing and simple. If only it tasted a little more like beer.

CAMRAhardliner, Jun 22, 2006
Photo of DrJay
2.85/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear, pale gold with a straw yellow hue topped by a fluffy, bright white head. The blueberry aroma hits as soon as you open the bottle. Fruity, with a balance of crackery malt and hops. The blueberry comes across with a bit of a chemical character, though it could just be the combination of blueberry and hops. Light flavour that's balanced to malt sweetness. The blueberry fruitiness has a bit of tartness to it, which isn't bad, but the flavour is a bit artificial tasting (maybe due to the water). Light bodied with some dryness in the finish, decent for a summer beer. Overall, not a very good fruit beer - more like an average pale ale with some blueberry flavouring added.

DrJay, Aug 25, 2006
Photo of biegaman
3.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Some subtle character to this beer, but nothing overly appealing. In fact, I can see where many found it unappealing. Aroma is of faint, over ripened blueberries. This is really just a plain ale with some blueberry coating - hardly enough to consider it a fruit beer. My main complaint is that this British water and fruit just don't mix. I suppose it's the strong minerals that just overrun the fruityness. Too coarse and minerally to be refreshing in this context. Not impressed or likely to ever revisit.

biegaman, Jul 11, 2006
Photo of slitherySOB
2.13/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Okay, this is a bit disappointing, but not bad. I like blueberries. Alot. I eat them daily. I grow them. Near where I live, they grow wild. I collect them. Being a type 1 diabetic, they are supposedly good for me. Not sure how, but I use that as an excuse to eat more blueberries. So, when I saw a blueberry beer, I got a little excited. It pours alot like a typical mass produced lager. Compare it with Molson Canadian, and I'll be damned if I can tell a difference. Pale straw yellow, next to no head. At first, the smell was strong of blueberries. You pop the cap, and the room fills with the scent of blueberries. After your nose adjusts, or the scent dies down, you can smell some flowery tones, cracker like malt, and something sweet. Not sure what it is. For that initial burst of blueberry smell, the taste is relatively weak. Tastes like, well, a macro lager with blueberries. Okay, perhaps not that bad. Their is a definite blueberry taste, with some dry malts, honey(that sweet smell?) and some bitter/floral hops. However... The taste does not fit. Doesn't blend together. The blueberries, which in this beer only seems to be sweet and have little if no tartness, goes terrible with the bitter and floral hops. The dry malt and honey sweetness are barely distinguishable. Sad. Mouthfeel is very light bodies and spritzy. Drinkable? Sorry, no. The clashing of the blueberry and hops ruins it. However, I'm not off blueberry beer. I noticed another brand at the LCBO. Hopefully they'll have some more blueberry tartness. Or, at least not be as disappointing.

slitherySOB, Sep 21, 2006
Photo of TerryW
2.13/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very clear pale yellow with a moderate head that settles to a ring.

Very distinct blueberry aroma, thankfully not overly sweet or offensive chemically. Taste is of blueberries, a little sweet up front to start and then becoming drier and somewhat metallic to finish. Thin bodied.

Much better than Belhaven Fruit Beer, but that's damning with faint praise. This is at least passable as a summer cooler or novelty beer, but still not overly drinkable.

TerryW, Jun 22, 2006
Photo of allergictomacros
3.05/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Clear gold with a smallish head.

S - Strong blueberry aroma.Crisp and candy-like.

T - Blueberry taste is somewhat faint. Notes of apple are also present, but certainly no hop flavour, and a barely there bitterness in the finish. Sweetish, but not as much as I expected.

M - Thin bodied and fizzy.

D - Alright I guess. Novelty beer for sure.

allergictomacros, Jul 01, 2006
Belhaven Blueberry Classic Fruit Beer from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
73 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.