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Blueberry Belch - Bethlehem Brew Works

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36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 12.69%


Brewed by:
Bethlehem Brew Works visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ElGuapo on 08-29-2003)
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elsinore

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My wife had one of these on tap today at BBW. I stole enough of hers to be able to pass judgment on it.

Small white head that faded fairly quickly; don't remember much lacing.
This year's batch had a vaguely reddish-purplish tone to it that prior reviewers did not mention; perhaps the recipe has been tweaked. At any rate, it was a cloudy amber with a definite dark reddish cast to it.

I didn't get much smell from it; mainly malts. Flavor was mainly straightforward malts as well, with some gentle berry flavor (not overwhelming) at the end, esp. as the beer warmed up a bit.

I've tried a few fruit beers now, and am beginning to think I'm just not a fan of the genre.
I *do* think this was the best fruit beer I've tried, though. Berry taste was subtle, not cloying, and beer was very drinkable and refreshing.
I suspect real fruit-beer aficionados will be able to think of something else they like better ... but still, I would recommend trying a Blueberry Belch.
It's pleasant, and that ain't entirely a bad thing to be.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2006 03:36:57 | More by elsinore
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luvGoldenMonkey

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got a 22 oz. serving during Musikfest.

While I happily paid a $1 more for this beer than the normal 'fest' beers, I was a little disappointed at this offering.

It is difficult to describe, but it tasted like more like a commercial, macro brew, or a 'wheat-beer lite'.

It did have a good appearance, and I could have easily downed a couple more on the hot evening, as it was refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2008 18:25:22 | More by luvGoldenMonkey
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Bethelehem Brew Pub.

Poured a deeper and cloudy amberish color with an averaged sized purple tinted white head. Aromas of fresh blueberries. I like the blueberry aroma. Tastes of blueberries with some graininess.

Notes from 09/08/07.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2008 20:13:22 | More by hopdog
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Beerisheaven

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well, I am a sucker for blueberry so what the hell, decided to pick up a sixer of this.

A - Pours pretty spritizy with a slight garnet/ruby tinge. Lots of bubbles with a small white head that flattens out pretty quickly.

S/T - Delivers a refreshing blueberry profile, crsip and refreshing. I get the sense that this would be an enjoyable summer brew in that it is very light. I can see downing a couple of these watching the waves roll in at the house in Longport.

M - Thin as a model with an eating disorder. After having some stouts, this seems like water with some blueberry concentrate added.

O - Nobody will like this but I think I'll remember this one for the summer. It's enjoyable if you want a crisp, light, refreshing beer and you like blueberry. I'll be back.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 01:07:36 | More by Beerisheaven
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AlexJ

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Funky hazed purple with the thinnist ring I've ever seen on a freshly poured draft beer. Retention, lacing...no way.

Aroma is nice, fresh blueberry pulp and light wheat. Light tartness, the berries definately are real, no artificial junk detected.

Flavor similar. Very fresh blueberry and wheaty tang with soft crackery malt and a hint of pepper. Again you can tell this is real fruit.

Body light and slick, looses carbonation quickly. Tastes nice but the body and presentation need tweaking.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2008 22:08:19 | More by AlexJ
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served on-tap at Cork City Pub in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a mostly clear medium amber in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some definite purple/red wine highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy biege head that reduces to a medium sized medium thick patch, a very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet blueberry with some natural and some artificial hints. There are some lighter notes of sweet grainy malts underneath.

T: Upfront there was a moderate flavor of sweet blueberry that eventual shows some hints of tartness. Underneath the blueberry flavor there is a lighter amount of sweet grainy malts.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Not a bad blueberry beer - not the greatest that I have tried and certainly not the worst. The flavors and aromas are mostly of natural blueberry though it is a touch sweeter than I would have expected. Definitely a brew for a hot summer day.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2013 01:28:08 | More by dbrauneis
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ElGuapo

New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A somewhat cloudy golden amber colored brew topped with a small comvering of white foam. The nose is made up of a mild berry aroma as well as pale malts.

There is only a very faint fruity aroma of blueberries. It really does not make up the flavor, but it does provide sweetness. There is a big array of pale grains and bready flavor. It is light, crisp, and a bit refreshing. It is definitely a good summer brew, but it needs a bit more flavor and body.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2003 22:02:07 | More by ElGuapo
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goindownsouth

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very interesting if not unspectacular brew, but unique, nevertheless. This deep brown/amber Bier presented with about a one-finger head on it. Not too shabby for this style, in my opinion. The aroma was, in my mind's eye, virtually nonexistent. The flavor was of bluberry, pure and simple. No additional sweetness, no real malt back bone to it. This is essentially like drinking a gladd of blueberries. Which is not necessarily a bad thing.

Prosit!

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2004 13:31:24 | More by goindownsouth
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out as a murky brownish amber color, the head was minimal and left no lacing. The aroma of blueberry and wheat were strong on the nose. The taste is the beer has some good blueberry flavors upfront then it faded into a wheat aftertaste. The mouthfeel was on the lighter side with some subtle carbonation. Overall is was an average fruit beer. Decent for summer drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2011 01:39:06 | More by Knapp85
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B967ierhunter177

Pennsylvania

2.28/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This beer pours an odd pinkish yellow with no hea or lace. The aroma is blueberry with hints of wheat and hops. The flavor is tart blueberry with a mild hop bitterness with a wheat malt finish. It's mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Fegley's Blueberry Belch is a decent beer, recommended.

Serving type: can

09-16-2012 00:39:44 | More by B967ierhunter177
Blueberry Belch from Bethlehem Brew Works
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