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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 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 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 GPHarris
1.24/5  rDev -63%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

a - poured a one finger thick eggshell colored head into an english pub glass that settled to a thin ring. i didn't stick around for the whole beer to see if it lasted though. the body was a bubbly, bright gold color.
s - blueberry pie if it wasn't made with blueberries. hint of breadiness.
t - same as the aroma.
m - very thin and clean.
o - gross, i poured it down the drain.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.24/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

You know what it's time for...yes, boys and girls...yet another piece of the puzzle entitled "Free Beers From Work"!

Pours a very pale orange with a bit of haze. Small spritzy white head becomes a ring quite quickly eventually dissipating to just about nothing.

A decent, authentic blueberry scent - not particularly strong or complex but pleasant enough.

Taste is similar, it's all about the blueberries but it's not overly sweet, decent flavor and doesn't come off as artificial. Not much else to it other than some bready malts, graininess, maybe a touch of sweeter caramel malts. Not bad, kinda boring.

Decent mouthfeel, a bit thin with some spritzy carbonation.

Really not bad, doesn't stimulate the senses much, but wouldn't mind having it again.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.14/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip. Pours a golden straw color, no head, just a bit of lacing. Smell is actually pretty nice. Its a crisp blueberry malt. Not overly artificial, but somewhat mellow. The taste is very very mellow...I taste blueberry and malts. Very light and very mild. Overall, its average at best, but its an ok Blueberry Ale. Meh..

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Photo of uustal
4.04/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours nearly a clear yellow with a one-finger, quickly dissipating bright white head. Aroma of blueberry, bread, some could even say blueberry bread, or muffin, or pancake. Really tasty bready brew. Nice blueberry notes to go with the great bread character and a bit of wheat as well. No overwhelming fake blueberry taste. Crisp and refreshing. This is a very good fruit beer, especially for blueberry fans. It accomplishes its goals.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.12/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of greenengineer
2.73/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into my Peoples Pint Pied pIPA pint glass
A - very light amber, lots of foamy head, optically translucent.
S - blueberries from a mile away, smells like bad chewing gum
T - like someone put a jolly rancher in there, sweet plus bitter
M - light, drinkable, might be better on a hot summer day
O - not terrible, just not my style

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.72/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at slightly warmer than fridge temperature.

L - Pale gold color with a 1 finger white bubbly head. Good retention, very good carbonation, nice lacing.

S - Lots of blueberries (like the actual fruit, not artificial blueberry juice), maybe a tiny bit of citrusy hops, and cereal and bready maltiness.

T - The sweet and bready maltiness followed by the tangy taste of blueberries. Nicely balanced, not too sweet and not artificial with the blueberry flavor at all. A little bit of a metallic taste but not bad.

F - Light-to-medium bodied, lots of tingling carbonation, sweet and dry finish. Mouth-coating and dry feel. No sign of any alcohol throughout.

O - This is a very nice fruit beer. This is one of the only blueberry beers that I've had that actually tastes like real berries instead of manufactured juice. On the sweeter side but very sessionable and very fit for a nice, hot summer day.

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Photo of RoadLizard
3.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very golden, light color with a carbonated, fizzy head that goes away quick. Smell is mainly of blueberry with a little grain mixed in.

Ive tried several blueberry ales and this one is about par for the course. The blueberry flavor is subtle but thats OK since its not supposed to taste like blueberry juice. There are a few other flavors trying to get through, like some general malty sweetness but thats about it. No hops or bitterness to speak of but I dont expect that from the style. The carbonation is slightly higher than Id like but it mellows out about halfway through the glass. Its a decent example of the style. Nothing more, nothing less.

It seems people get confused about these beers - they want complexity & lots of mixed flavors or they get upset because the blueberry flavor doesnt jump out like a monster in a horror movie. Neither approach is correct. Its a better summer beer served cold than a winter beer. If you like this style, go ahead and try this. If you are looking for it to be some complex, multi-layered beer....dont bother.

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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 chefhatt
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When i poured this one into a pint glass, it has a gold color body with a little fizzy white head. The smell is of blueberrys with not much else. The taste is of blueberry with some grain on the back of the tongue. The mouth feel is very carbonated, and is a easy drinker. Overall it is a average fruit beer IMO.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
3.31/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: crystal clear straw to gold color. Nice r finger white head with medium bubbles. Very pillowy head. Nice carbonation.

S: piney, earthy, slight sweetness, spicy, herbal, slight bread. Not much if any blueberry.

T: hint of blueberry with a bready fullness. A little tart. Crisp and refreshing but lacking a ton of flavor. Definitely extract blueberry flavor.

M: Finish is sweet and very smooth.

O: I wouldn't call this a blueberry beer. I wouldn't know it except I poured the bottle. More pine in the nose. Blueberry in the taste but only a hint.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
2.53/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours pale yellow with a fizzy white head. No lace, but I'm impressed that this retains a ring of slight foam for so long. The troubling part is why the beer was in the pint for so long.

This is blueberry beer, but it is very hard to get a malt profile on this one. Big berry aroma, like the dried ones you get in cereal. If you get some light malt, it is just a whiff.

Blueberry up front, which works. The rest of this beer is a mess. Some malt, soda water, a peppery hint, lightly sour grain, and light bitter and blueberry to finish.

Very light bodied. A little fizzy.

Part of a 12 pack mix. Not worth having again.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.04/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Golden, light penetrates easily. Less then a finger of head, practically no lacing.

S- Very strong smell of blueberries. Smells exactly like a blueberry muffin.

T- Blueberry Taste very apparent and overpowering.

M- Lots of carbonation, tastes kind of like a blueberry flavored soda. Not too hard to drink.

O- If you are a fan of blueberries and like sweet, fruity beers then I would recommend this beer to you. I wasnt that big of a fan, but it wasn't terrible. Probably won't purchase this beer again.

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Photo of hoptualBrew
3.14/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in wine glass. Pours a crisp transluscent nearly lager appearing spritzy yellow. Active carbonation. Scent of blueberry extract. Taste is light & spot on for a blueberry cake or muffin. A little thin & overcarbonated, but it works somewhat.

Brought back by my girlfriend as a leftover she had from her trip to Boston. I think she said the 6pack cost $8.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have not really found a blueberry ale I enjoy yet, so I'll give this one a chance. 12oz bottle, freshest by October 2011...

A: A perfectly clear very light yellowish / white brew that is almost as light as water. A tiny white head that fades quickly to a small white ring around the top of the brew. Decent.

S: I get blueberry sweetness upfront with some mild malt and hop in the middle. Not much else. Ok.

T: A mild sweet malt starts upfront with a nice balance of blueberry quickly followed. A very nice clean light malty middle with a very good grainy backend. Good.

M: Medium body with a great carbonation. A nice clean malty finish. Very good.

O: All in all, this is a good beer. Not amazing, but very solid. I really enjoy that the taste is very balanced and not overwhelming blueberry. It has a nice malt backbone. Good to try if you want a light, well balanced, fruit beer.

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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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Photo of BennyL1
2.88/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the bottle into an Allagash chalice. Enjoy before October 2011 on the label.

This blueberry ale pours straw yellow. Not much of a head to speak of and just a touch of lacing.

Aroma is mostly blueberries and a hint of malt to back it off. Definitely nothing to write home about here.

A good rush of blueberries at first sip. Finish is on the grainier side. Again, nothing overly outstanding.

Body is fairly light with a lot of carbonation.

On the neck of the bottle they claim that this brew "defines the style", I might have to disagree. There is a whole lot of average in this beer. I had high hopes for this but was let down for the most part.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours a pale golden straw with active carbonation and a fluffy paper white cap. Head falls quickly and settles to form a thin layer of foam with no lacing. The nose is of fresh blueberries and a cereal-like graininess. Crisp and narrow. There's no denying the purpose of this beer. Flavor profile matches the aroma. Fresh blueberries and a crisp, toasted cereal-like graininess. Smooth and lush on the palate. Nice mouthfeel.

Overall, this guy is as advertised. Fresh blueberries and luxurious mouthfeel on top of a light body. I wish the base beer offered a little bit more.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.62/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes June 2, 2011
12oz bottle
Served in a pint glass

A - It pours yellow in color and clear. It is capped with three inches of white head.

S - Blueberries. Enough said.

T - The taste is dominated by blueberries but I also get some wheat malt.

M - Thin with lots of carbonation.

O - It is an average offering.

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Photo of jman892
2.59/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a slightly coudy light yellow with a white foamy head

S - Blueberries come through in the nose, but very faint. Otherwise, the aroma is weak.

T - Follows the nose which is not really a good thing in this case. Theres a doughy taste to this but nothing is outstanding

M - Carbonation is relatively high, with the lack of taste it just makes it taste very fizzy

O - Not very impressed with this one, just not much going on

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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 harveystarr
3.89/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Fours, Quincy, MA.

Served in a pint glass with actual blueberries thrown in.

Head was a frothy and lasting half an inch. It stayed almost the entire time I drank it, and was tasty.

I realize this beer is not generally reviewed well. I was even told by skettyroad that I've had it before and didn't like it.

Well, in the environment I was in, I did enjoy it. It was a light lager with a definite blueberry "tinge". Smelled predominantly like blueberry bagel. Although the blueberries were not as organic to the beer as Bluepaw, it still worked for me.

Enjoyable enough for me to order with my dinner two nights later.

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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)


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.

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