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Wachusett Blueberry Ale - Wachusett Brewing Company

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Wachusett Blueberry AleWachusett Blueberry Ale

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146 Reviews

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Reviews: 146
Hads: 424
Avg: 3.35
pDev: 30.15%
Wants: 4
Gots: 82 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 11-28-2001

This ale defines the style. A slight aroma of blueberry, balanced by a subtle flavor that gets fermented into this delicious wheat ale.
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Reviews: 146 | Hads: 424
Photo of metter98
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving wispy bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Faint aromas of blueberries and pale malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has strong flavors of blueberries with hints of of sugar and pale malts. It almost tastes like a blueberry muffin, except that there is a little bitterness towards the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems one dimensional as it has really nice flavors of blueberries but is lacking in the smell and mouthfeel. At yeast it doesn't use artificial coloring to make the beer appear blue.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Applebee’s in Fall River, MA, served in a weizen glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a medium white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is loaded heavily with the smell of blueberry. There’s a little bit of wheat and hops. I thought it smelled a lot like blueberry syrup.

T: A very sweet blueberry flavor completely dominates the taste. There’s also some wheat flavor and a little bit of hops to compliment the sweetness. The malt character is faint. The after-taste is sweet and fruity.

M: Crisp, very smooth, light body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, finish was slick.

D: Tasty but too sweet for me, not filling at all, goes down easy, it’s not quite the kind of beer that I would want to stick with but it’s better than a macro, which were the only other choices other than Sam Adams & Sam Adams seasonal.

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Photo of Jason
2.49/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have had this on several occasions and it has varied. I will stick with my original review though. Pours a slightly hazed straw with minimal head. Nose is pure beautiful blueberry. Flavor is a good mix of beer and the flavor. Mild blueberry tones, but it actually tastes like a real blueberry and not some horrid imitation of it. Feel is nice with a thick carbonation to it. Very drinkable, if this is your thing. I am on a quest to find the best blueberry beer as I am a blueberry addict and this is the best I have tried so far.

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Photo of smcolw
2.82/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Great initial head that leaves decent lace. The color is straw yellow and crystal clear.

Very strong fresh blueberry smell, although it is not sweet nor sour. There is some mild lighter malt in the background.

The taste is disappointing after such a promising smell. The taste is tart and light on the berry flavors. Close to a lawn mower beer. The body is quite thin, while the carbonation is quite high.

It's drinkable but mild. The aroma is great; the flavor is unusual.

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Photo of jwc215
2.83/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Freshness date of best by August. Tasted in June:

Pours light straw yellow with a fluffy white head that settles to a lasting, foamy cover. Some lacing sticks to glass.

The smell is of blueberries. Some graininess is in the back.

The taste is as expected - blueberries. There is some grainy malt in the back. Acidic/bitter blueberry fruitiness lingers well into aftertaste.

Oddly thick, despite a seltzery feel.

Hey, I've had worse fruit beers, but better, too...If burping up blueberries is your thing, go for it...At least there's enough besides it that it is beer-like. Still...not enough to make it worth-while for me to get again.

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Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry pale malt scent along with a light blueberry aroma. The taste is decent also. It has a dry, yet fruity flavor that boasts of pale malts and blueberries. The fruit content is good, but I'm not sure that blueberry is my favorate beer fruit. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good fruit beer. It has a light and refreshing flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and fruity; a good drinker.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This will be the first of many New England salutes by The CANQuest (TM) this weekend, following Winter Storm Nemo. I was in Rhode Island last weekend, visiting my buddy, attending the Albany Devs/PVD B's game and getting my picture taken at the Inaugural RI Brewfest, held at the Pawtucket Armory. I am glad that it was last weekend and another trip is in the offing this spring.

From the CAN: "Ale with Natural Blueberry Flavor Added"; "100% Endlessly Recyclable CAN"; "Pack It In, Pack It Out"; "Enjoy with friends [undersigned the brewer]".

The Crack & Glug released a cloud of blueberry odor into the air. As I was sitting in my kitchen, I was put in mind of blueberry pancakes. I had a brief finger of fizzing bone-white head with low retention. Out, out, brief head! Color was a bright sunshine-yellow with NE-quality clarity. There was really no need for me to hold it up to my nose, but I did anyway and got a whiff of full-on blueberry. Yum! Moutfeel was medium and the taste was nowhere near as sweet as the nose had led me to expect. Frankly, I was thankful as I am not big on sweet anything, especially beer. It tasted more like blueberry pie, slightly biscuity with a mild berry tartness. I love blueberry pie and so by extension, I really liked this beer. It would probably be better on a hot summer's day, but still ... The other thing that I might recommend is something that I have seen at BOS Beew Works - thaw some frozen blueberries and put them into the beer for an added shot of blueberry.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a wheat ale glass in Seekonk MA. From notes consumed on 10-8-2012.

A fourteen carat gold body, quite clear, with lively carbonation. Head is presented about a finger deep with a very bright white and also a real creamy appearance. Beer is also served with floating blueberries in the glass though.

Nose brings some light blueberries sort of canned smelling, even a little bit of a powdery yeast bent also. Not too bad.

Palate hits with very light malts, but not much beer like backbone. Creamy blueberry fruit character hits in the finish just barely, but with some toasty grain qualities. Mouthfeel actually has a bit of pleasant creamy character as well, but a little thin.

Overall not too bad, a fairly enjoyable fruit beer, although I wish they would stop serving these things in places with blueberries in them.

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Photo of Billolick
3.17/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a clear pale yellow color with a 1" head that falls quickly. No lacing develops. Very light carbonation levels.

Smell: blueberry is easily detectable.

Taste: malt levels are light and the blueberry is not offensive all. Mild bitterness, bit of grass, and an overall dryness rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: mildly crisp at the start, smoother towards the finish. Very dry throughout. Light in body.

Drinkability: not voerly exciting, and I found this to be a bit to dry and not as refreshing as expected. Fruit flavor is nice, but one of these in a session suffices for me.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.37/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle at America on Tap
Light golden color with a small white head. Light bready pilsner maltiness with a hint of earth and artificial blueberry. Not horrible actually,

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.36/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler, the beer is a pale, crystal clear, watery yellow color with a thin, lignt, white head that is low profile and barely holding together. Aromas of light sweet and tart blueberry, and it actually smells like the fruit instead of syrupy like some blueberry brews. Toasted grains and cereal make up the initial flavor, as well as the backbone of the palate, with a roasted feel towards the end of it. The blueberry tart and sweet drops in subtly about half way across the tongue, giving a lightness and decent blending to the flavors. The aftertaste kind of crashes down to minimal and muddled, which is a letdown from the consistency to this point. The finish is tangy and tart, but very brief overall. This beer started good out of the gate, but unfortunately came up lame around turn 3.

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Photo of plaid75
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Lark, East Northport, New York.

Poured a dark straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a full on blueberry muffin.

The taste consisted of upfront blueberries with a light malt and a lingering sweetness.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty but overly sweet ale.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.12/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a one-finger off-white head that fades quickly and leaves traces of lace. Cloudy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Strong blueberry nose. Starts and finishes with a blueberry/malty flavor dominating no detectable wheat, finish is slightly hoppy. $1.85 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of tone77
3.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is bursting with blueberries, some sweetness. Taste is slightly tart, the berries not nearly as strong as the aroma, pretty refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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

Enjoyed on tap at Brew City, Worcester, MA.

Pint glass presentation, with a handful of blueberries seemingly thrown in. Hmm, didn't ask for them, but I guess that's their "helpful" presentation. Will try to ignore their presence for the purposes of this review. No noticeable head on this golden brew when delivered, but that may be due to berry presence, so we won't ding too hard. Slightest of pale malt and blueberry aroma, which was somewhat disappointing, would expect more from a fruit brew advertised as such. Taste is of the expected blueberries and pale malts, but overall very neutral, again, not what you would expect from a fruit brew, and I don't think it's such a good thing. Mouthfeel was ok, nothing detracting, but nothing notable either. Drinkability would be high in that you could drink lots, but tempered by the fact that I am unsure what the impetus would be to do so. Does not compare with Sea Dog's blueberry brew, which I recently enjoyed, in my opinion.

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

Crystal clear light gold colour with a short white cap of moderately sized bubbles. Decent head retention with a bit of short-lived lace. Strong blueberry aroma with a bit of malt, kind of reminds me of blueberry pancakes or dried blueberries with cereal. Tastes about the same, but with mild bitterness as well. Carbonation would have been rough if it was higher, but since it was on the low side it had a soft texture. Light bodied. I enjoyed this. It was fruity without being cloying and fairly refreshing.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.21/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. can. Sampled on July 18, 2014.

The pour is straw yellow with a foamy white head and the slightest fog. Looks like an adjunct light lager.

The aroma us subtle. The toasted grain and pale malts are enhanced by the subtle blueberry note. Nothing overwhelms the other.

The body is light and refreshing.

The taste is also on the barley grain, pale malt side with a hunt of blueberry and a crisp, clean finish.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from CJ's Potsdam NY for 2$

Appearance – Clear yellow colour with an above average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/wheat, blueberry pie filling, corn

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste grains/bread mixed with blueberries and some corn. There is also a bit of hop bitterness and some faint citrus. It ends with a blueberry/grainy aftertaste.

Overall – I've had far worse fruit beer that this one. The blueberries really remind me of eating pie of blueberry pie. Maybe a tad artificial tasting, but still pretty decent. If you like blueberries, give this one a try for novelty sake.

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Photo of Brad007
4.1/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale golden color with a one-finger head into my pint glass.

Aroma has a nice amount of blueberry in the nose. It's also a bit floral as well. Smells like a wheat beer underneath.

Taste starts out with a nice touch of blueberry that is followed by grainy wheat malt afterward. Smooth and blueberry isn't cloying.

Mouthfeel is full of the lingering blueberry and wheat malt flavors. Smooth and easy to drink. Goes down good.

Not bad. Feels just right when it comes to the blueberry as it doesn't overwhelm the rest of the beer. It's light and crisp and nice for a hot summer day.

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Photo of claspada
3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light gold color, with a medium white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

The aromas begin with, no surprise, the smell of blueberry, but not real blueberry, more artificial like blueberry candy. There’s a little bit of sourish wheat and and some lighter pale malt sweetness.

The tastes begin with very sweet blueberry flavor completely dominates. As it warms you get a little more from the base beer including some wheat maltiness and generic base malt sweetness. The malt character is faint.

The mouthfeel is light in body with medium-to-high carbonation. The finish was crisp, clean and slightly watery. Could have used more wheat malt in the base beer to add some more fullness to the finish.

Overall it isn't horrible but it's a bit too sweet and artificially tasting. Mouthfeel is also too light and pilsnery for my liking. Base beer needs tweating to balance the sweet blueberry flavors.

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

A-Almost expected it to pour blue. Instead pours a light yellow color. Head forms then dies leaving a small layer of froth. Almost zero lacing.

S-Boom, blueberries. Not too much else to speak of behind the blueberries. A pretty non-organic blueberry scent. One sided (as it is intended to be).

T-Blueberry concentrate. A bit too much of a good thing here. Not much taste other than the berry. A bit too much for me I believe.

M-Light bodied. Powerfully carbonated. A bit syrupy.

O/D-I am not much of fan. Too sweet and intense on the blueberry. Some love it, I do not.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass. For Freshest Taste Enjoy By Dec notched on the label. Poured a pale, translucent yellow with a half-inch, loose white head that eventually settles into a solid skim. Some slashes of lacing revealed during the session. Nose was blueberries (duh) and a little peppery towards the back - not really getting a lot of sweetness off the nose (not a bad thing). Taste consistent with nose with some wheat qualities coming out towards the back. Mouthfeel is light and sparklingly effervescent, perhaps a little gassy, with a fairly clean and dry finish. This is probably one of the best blueberry beers I've had. Not too sweet, quite sessionable at 4.40% abv and fairly refreshing. Well worth your time.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazed golden straw color with rush of soapy white bubbles, gone quickly leaving little behind. Scent is of moderate amounts of blueberry with a touch of lemon zest and tangy wheat. Taste follows scent components but comes across as lightly muddled... blueberry flavor is moderate and lacks a sharp fresh fruit punch. Lighter side of medium, quite carbonated. A disapointing blueberry beer that lacks an aggressive and fresh fruit profile, saved only by its decent base.

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Wachusett Blueberry Ale from Wachusett Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.