Wachusett Blueberry Ale - Wachusett Brewing Company

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Wachusett Blueberry AleWachusett Blueberry Ale

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BA SCORE
77
okay

381 Ratings
THE BROS
60
poor

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Ratings: 381
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 18.51%
Wants: 2
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wachusett Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This ale defines the style. A slight aroma of blueberry, balanced by a subtle flavor that gets fermented into this delicious wheat ale.

(Beer added by: Todd on 11-28-2001)
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of Jason
2.5/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with an enjoy by date on the side of the label.

Appearance: Fast to froth but little stickage as the head struggles to stay together. Pale yet dull copper colour shows its brightness.

Smell: Light blueberry aroma, not of fresh blueberries but processed blueberry aroma. Faint grain in the back says that it is still a beer.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a soda like cripsness, grain in the back. A dull blueberry flavour gives off a processed character. Light on the hopping with more clean grain middle to end. Dry and crisp finish rounds things out.

Notes: An uninteresting fruit beer and overrated IMO.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ExtraStout
3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My wife really enjoys tasting blueberry beers and I will normally share the first one with her to review it. As this one goes, it's not bad, but it wouldn't top the list as my favorite.

Served in a bottle, it poured a sharp, translucent golden color with a fine white head. It smelled citrusy and a little floral. First taste was also citrusy, the blueberry flavor was just an undertone. The flavor ended with a bit of a hoppy bite that ledt an almost smoky aftertaste.

It could be a refreshing beer, coming in from the heat of summer, drinkable and fairly smooth.

Photo of TuckerCarlson
2.78/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours light and clear with a fizzy head.

Smells like blueberries. Really, really smells like blueberries.

Tastes rather like blueberries, too, with really mild hops in the background. Too sweet and too close to a fizzy malt beverage for my enjoyment. I can see how this could be refreshing on a hot summer day, but it's a little weak and thin compared to my usual go-to beers.

It goes down easy, but without much pleasure. The real rub is this: a full two hours later, my burps (oddly frequent) still taste like blueberries. This cut into my enjoyment of both the red pepper hummus I ate and the Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale (one of my all-time favorites) that I drank to make up for this experience.

I bought this when I was trying to convince my fiancee that she liked beer, which kind of backfired and left me with some stuff that I'd just as soon not drink (look out, Sam Adams Cherry Wheat, 'cause you're next). I couldn't even pawn it off on the people we had over; they took PBR over fruit beer.

Photo of MikeC144
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of jpwadd
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of lordofthewiens
2.9/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with best by March on the label. The beer was a hazy yellow with a small white head. It had a sweet aroma, somewhat citrussy. Taste was vaguely sweet, couldn't really detect any blueberry. Pretty weak. I'm not a big fan of fruit beers, but didn't think this was a particularly good example of the style.

Photo of generallee
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. There is a best before the month of Oct. notched on the label.

Appearance: It has a pale yellow body with a slightly hazy appearance. The pour yields a tall bright white head that fades down to just a ring of bubbles. Lacing is slick and slides right down the glass.

Smell: The aroma has hits you with notes of blueberry as soon as the cap is popped off. Natural blueberry, grain and some mild spicy hops are all noticeable in the nose.

Taste/Mouth: The flavor is a copy of the aroma. There are light blueberry notes mixed into light pale grain and biscuit malt with a touch of spicy (peppery) hops. It finishes a little tangy and with some hops bitterness and spice. The palate has a light to medium body with some active, almost fizzy carbonation.

Notes: It has a decent blueberry flavor but it is just a little bit on the thin side. Still, its not bad at all and very refreshing.

Photo of TimoP
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of Doomcifer
2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of BlueHammer
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I really enjoy tasting blueberry beers. As this one goes, it's not bad, but it wouldn't top the list as my favorite. Served in a bottle, it poured a sharp, translucent golden color with a fine white head. It smelled citrusy and a little floral. First taste was also citrusy, the blueberry flavor was just an undertone. The flavor ended with a bit of a hoppy bite that ledt an almost smoky aftertaste. It was a refreshing beer, coming in from the heat of summer, drinkable and fairly smooth.

Photo of Billolick
3.15/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness/best before info being available.

Pours light golden amber, clear, minor head, no collar and no lace....meh..

I'm just getting a slight sugary sensation on the nose.

Light, near flavorless brew. Perhaps a slight fruity note..if I close my eyes and imagine, I do get the taste of a blueberry, but perhaps...ah whatever, this is thin, lacking any and all interest and intrigue...expensive lawn mower beer is the best I can come up with...pass this one by.

Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear, gold in color, high carbonation, one inch head

Smell: blueberries

Taste: semi-sweet blueberries and a touch of grass

Mouthfeel: light bodied, high carbonation, crisp, sweet

Drinkability: One of my two favorite blueberry beers out there. I could have a six. Super sessionable. The blueberry taste does not seem artificial.

Photo of chudson1992
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of standardcherry
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of ccurrid
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Janeinma
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of bpfrush
2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of ehammond1
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

HalfTimeBeverage.com

A clear golden yellow with a quickly forming white head and plenty of visible carbonation. Falls away quickly but leaves nice lacing down the glass.

Aromas of fresh blueberries and some mild grain. Simple, sweet, and fresh.

Taste follows the nose as this tastes more like fresh blueberries than it does of any hop or malt character. As a fan of blueberries, I'm fine with this, but it's not much more than blueberry sweetness and a hint of bready grains to go along with it. Simpe, sweet.

Pleasant enough, a touch syrupy, but good carbonation.

A simple and sweet blueberry treat. I couldn't drink more than one, but it's certainly tasty and the blueberry flavor seems authentic and fresh. A pleasure to drink one, but I wouldn't think of having more than that.

Photo of jefftuck47
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of brokenbones5200
4.75/5  rDev +41.8%

Photo of 1BeerToRuleThemAll
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of sgttibbs
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of JMS1512
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of Brenden
2.8/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I'm a little surprised by the reviews, as I've never seen Wachusett until my extended stay in NY and word of mouth for this beer is good.

It's a very pale beer that appears white gold on the pour and turns out be to somewhere between white and gold, pure and polished with absolute clarity. It pours like a soda, the head fizzing away quickly without really having chance to settle very much, though it lays down a layer and puts some spotting on the glass.
The nose really does have a lot of blueberry. It doesn't seem natural, being only sweet and seeming like a blueberry flavoring syrup, but it is good until the blueberry fades and grains come in.
The taste is not so pleasant, and it's a bit of a surprise. Wheat hits with an initial twang and then goes much too grainy, and blueberry gives me a little but it's mostly sour before going almost (not quite) vegetal.
The feel is also unpleasant, attempting crispness to start off then dropping off and getting slick. It feels creepy, honestly, until halfway through when the slickness fortunately dies away.
I've liked a few beers from Wachusett, so this one surprises me. At least now I understand the scores, though.

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Wachusett Blueberry Ale from Wachusett Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.