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Wachusett Blueberry Ale - Wachusett Brewing Company

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Wachusett Blueberry AleWachusett Blueberry Ale

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BA SCORE
77
okay

366 Ratings
THE BROS
60
poor

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Ratings: 366
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 18.56%
Wants: 2
Gots: 36 | 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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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer was usually served at the bar with blueberries in the glass. Needless to say, I asked for it without the blueberries. I hate it when a place serves you a beer with something added, without asking you.

This beer was a clear yellow, with a half-finger head with good lacing.

The aroma was very mild, with light blueberries and light malts, and a very mild floral hop fragrance.

Taste was of light malts and bready, with a very light blueberry flavor. It was slightly bitter. Overall it was quite mild... if it was cheaper and if I hadn't been driving, I would have tried it with blueberries.

Mouthfeel was average overall... not chewy but not too thin.

Drinkability was quite good. You could down quite a few of these without problem.

connecticutpoet, Jan 22, 2007
Photo of lordofthewiens
2.9/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

lordofthewiens, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of MaltyGoodness
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle thanks to my friend Ira

Pours a clear pale straw color with a small white had that fades. Mild lacing on the glass.

A grainy malt and blueberry aroma.

Grainy flavor upfront leading into a rather artificial blueberry flavor. Finishes with a combination of flavors that is not extremely pleasant.

Light body, mild carbonation.

Hoped to like this one, but just another artificial tasting fruit beer. Probably could have finished the bottle, but decided to move onto something better.

MaltyGoodness, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of AChamberlain
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was my first blueberry beer. I had it on tap at the Gate in Park Slope, Brooklyn. It poured similar to a Bud Light, thin but foamy head and yellow. Strong blueberry smell. Strong blueberry taste also. It reminded me of blueberry muffins, which is good I guess. It was light bodied and fizzy. Very easy to drink. If you like blueberries with your beer, this is for you.

AChamberlain, Oct 23, 2006
Photo of Gavage
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Gavage, Aug 17, 2006
Photo of BlueHammer
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

BlueHammer, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of sloejams
4.03/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

tap sample at the brewery

Their best selling beer, the Blueberry has a very subtle fruit flavor. Generally, I'm not too big on fruity American beers (I do like me some lambics though). There is very little sweetness in the fruit and the wheat finish ends things very crisp and smooth. It's a pleasure to drink this in the summer.

sloejams, Aug 11, 2006
Photo of mountdew1
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The head disappiated very quickly, with a little ring around the glass left throughout the drink. Color is a very light yellowish amber. The smell of blueberry hit me as soon as I popped the cap. I could almost taste it when breathing the air around the beer. A little bit of bitterness to the tail end of the sip, but I could still taste the blueberry over that. The flavor sat on my tounge a little longer than I like. Not a bad beer.

mountdew1, Jul 31, 2006
Photo of MrSeth
2.48/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

App: The body is a transparent golden color and the head is a good 2" of white suds.
Sm: Oddly reminds me of pesto or oregano; Deeply herbal in that sense. Notably there is an absence of any fruity aroma.
TaMf: Dingey ale, more pesto.. waaay over-carbonated. *shrugs*

A. The blueberry is hidden underneath a confusingly herbal taste.

B. The herbal taste in an ale is a turn-off.

Da: Nil. This is a total dud.

MrSeth, Apr 09, 2006
Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

WesWes, Mar 17, 2006
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A best by Feb notch so I'd better hurry!

Pours a chill hazy straw topped with a settle ivory skim head cap and loaded with a suds army rising to the surface.

Aroma is full of blueberry and light leafy grain. Some Earthiness to boot!

First swigs: Refreshing clean blueberry middle and some lemon zest. A slight linger of sweet berry.

Body is light and lean. Great crips clean feel. No argument from this beer. Maybe could use some deeper body, but fruit beers are always welcome here.

Last swigs: It's February but this makes me want to bust out the mower and grill! Easy swiggin' pleasureable ale. I haven't had this one in a while. Glad to try again. Aquired i a trade with masterbruewer.

blitheringidiot, Feb 08, 2006
Photo of LPorter33
4.55/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Single bottle from Martignetti's.

Appearance = Pretty sub-par looking. Not much different from a weak looking macro lager. Clear straw colored. Not much head at all, weak lacing. nothing going for it.

Smell = Nice, crisp, natural blueberry flavor. With a neat bit of toasted grain and malt coming through also. Can't complain about this at all.

Taste = This is a really good tasting fruit beer. The blueberry is not overwhelming in the least but it's there, noticable, and natural tasting. It's complimented very well by spices that make a definite presence: Yum..This is almost like a great pumpkin ale. There's cinnamon and nutmeg that goes really well with the blueberry. This is like a spicy, blueberry pie that's not overly sweet in the least. Great job, Wachusett.

Overall = An awesome blueberry ale. Extremely drinkable and tasty. Not overwhelming in any way.

LPorter33, Jan 13, 2006
Photo of johnshuster
4.22/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer on the way home from work Friday. Standard bottles as shown in the photo in a matching cardboard carrier. Nothing special really.
Same with the beers appearance as I poured it into a pint glass. Looks basically like any old light beer...has the color of miller, bud, etc. but perhaps with a more substantial head, but that didn't last too long.

S-smells malty with ever so slight a hint of blueberries. The fruit scent is very light and hard to pick up on...not very strong if you ask me.

Taste-light, balanced...very much carbonation. For me, blueberry flavor was not noticeable except as an aftertaste, giving this a nice little sweet finish. Not overly sweet though, in my opinion. Just a nice aftertaste.

Mouthfeel-good. Nothing special, but nice, clean, very carbonated, but I like it. Nothing too complex, just beer.

Drinkability-A+. These, for me, go down like water. Very tasty, the blueberry flavor, for now, keeps me interested. Not too sweet, in my opinion. I like it and will definitely go back for more. Also would be interested to try it from the tap. I definitely recommend this stuff if you are partial to lighter beers and not very into dark stuff as I am.

johnshuster, Nov 07, 2005
Photo of Chadbrew
2.58/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Very pale, much more so than I would have thought, some minor lacing and no head after the pour.
Aroma - I can't really pick out anything beyond the blueberry.
Taste - It tastes just like crunchberries!
Mouthfeel - A little too thin for my tastes. This would have been a better beer with more body.
Drinkability - I think this is still all in all a pretty OK drinkable beer, refreshing.
I hope this review doesn't seem overly critical but I have had better representations of this style and this one just seems very safe and boring.

Chadbrew, Aug 01, 2005
Photo of rousee
3.95/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled as plain beer in a pint glass--no fruits were added. Any beer should be able to stand on its own merits as a beer and should not need fruit additives to enhance the taste.

Pours a golden straw color with a 1/4 inch head which holds well. Pretty nice continual carbonation. Nice tiny bubbled lace on glass with some thicker rings that vary in size and shape.

Aroma of corn with biscuits and fruits. Its not exactly clear that the fruit smell is blueberry as the corn and biscuit smell is more pronounced than than the fruit. The taste is a light crisp malty beer with gentle blueberry aspects. Very smooth with a nice clean finish--not too sticky or syruppy.

Extremely drinkable on a hot Summer day. One of the better fruit beers out there.

rousee, Jul 20, 2005
Photo of UncleFlip
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The way it looks in a glass, it could be any of the big macro brews... light white head topping a pale golden yellow.

Where it gets different is the aroma. There's a definite blueberry overtone- but sort of a slightly artificial tone. It's not what oyu;d expect with fresh blueberries- but rather, blueberry flavouring. There's also a slight banana tone in the smell.

A bit hoppy at the start, with a spicy bottom. The top flavour is all blueberry- but again, not so much fresh blueberry as blueberry flavouring. However, it is not unpleasant.

Ths one is fizzy and crisp, very light- yet sometimes bordering on being just a touch watery.

Not a bad session beer- particularly in warmer months. I don' know I' seek it out, but I wouldn' turn it down, either.

Be well
-UF

UncleFlip, Jun 23, 2005
Photo of Scheity
3.98/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has become one of my favorite summer session beers, simply because it allows me to be lazy. This kind of beer does the work for you.

It pours a light amber, and has a relatively small, around 1-finger head. The smell has a note of blueberries, but smells like any common pale ale.

The taste isn't too intricate. You get first the crisp pale ale taste, with a bit of dry hops, followed by a pleasant touch of blueberry. Not a whole lot of work goes into appreciating the beer. Like watching Sportscenter or something.

I like it as a session because the fruit flavor isn't quite as overwhelming as say, Magic Hat #9, so it doesn't get that syrup-filled-mouth feel.

Scheity, Jun 19, 2005
Photo of jdhilt
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

jdhilt, Apr 26, 2005
Photo of gentlebubbles
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

on tap at Redbone's bestowed by the beer wheel

Very pretty pale gold with creamy, fluffy white head that leaves lovely laddering on the glass.

Overwhelming blueberry aroma, and taste? Lemme guess: blueberry, blueberry, blueberry, blueberry...I want a bowl of Froot Loops.

Somewhere buried in there is a perfectly decent pale ale, with a light toasty malt and lemony hops that support the fruitiness quite well.

Thin-bodied with crisp carbonation.

Erm. Not for me, thanks. But if you like blueberry flavor without excessive sweetness, you might like this a lot.

gentlebubbles, Apr 20, 2005
Photo of MuddyFeet
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

have had a six-pack over a couple of days and it is starting to grow on me after an initial negative reaction. It pours very plae gold in color with a thin, bubbly head. I love blueberries and the aroma is rich in them. The flavor is of extremely milds hops and (of course) strong in blueberries. While I like the flavor, I just can;t find it very drinkable because it is so sweet/fruity and must move on to other beers after a bottle or two everytime.

MuddyFeet, Nov 14, 2004
Photo of necoadam
2.42/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Wow, a blueberry ale without blueberries! Pours out a pale clear yellow color with some decent carbonation visible and stays with you for a little bit.

Smell consisted of some malts and hops with a slight whiff of blueberries. I would of liked to see more of a blueberry aroma, but it just wasn't there.

Taste was also on the light side. Wheat/grain-like taste rides along the palate for the entire time. There's perhaps a split second where some blueberries show up, but it was a sad attempt.

Mouthfeel was very thin and light bodied. Some ok carbonation. Finished quite clean.

After finishing this and reading this was a blueberry ale, I just had to laugh. Did someone forgot to add the blueberries in this batch? Pass on this one...

necoadam, Oct 07, 2004
Photo of aquatonex
4.08/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium amber, partly cloudy. Blueberries dominate the smell, it's like baking blueberry muffins. Also, malt is noticeable in the nose. Taste is creamy malts plus a solid punch of blueberries. Very natural, real tasting blueberry, not a candy-like taste at all. Not very sweet at all, just captures the essence. Mouthfeel is quite good, a crisp solid brew. If you like blueberries, get this beer!

aquatonex, Aug 22, 2004
Photo of masterbruewer
3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a dark golden color with a moderate white head and solid lacing with light carbonation.

The smell was blueberry and a creamy/buttery scent. Kind of like a blueberry pancake.

The taste started out with a creamy malt flavor with the blueberry flavor slowly becoming more pronounced. In the the end the flavors balance very well and this ale is quite tasty.

The mouthfeel is average, but a little tart.

This is a pretty drinkable beer. The fruit flavor is present but not so much as to be sickeningly sweet after a couple.

masterbruewer, Aug 20, 2004
Photo of MattFrenzy
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Oh man... I bought a six pack of this on a whim to contrast my Victory Imperial Stout for the night, and what a nice surprise. This beer is quality, if you like fruit beers, that is. The blueberry taste is right out in front and can be a bit fake at times, but the aroma is heavenly. Sweet as can be, almost soda like. Extremely refreshing. I'll be buying more of this on hot august days.

MattFrenzy, Aug 06, 2004
Photo of LarryV
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not normally a fan of fruit flavored beers, but I do think Wachusett did a good job with this brew. Pours a pale golden color with a pleasant, but not overwhelming aroma of blueberries. The head is minimal and dissipates fairly quickly. The taste is well balanced, the blueberry flavor doesn't overwhelm but mingles well with the maltiness of the beer. Quite refreshing on a hot summer day, and easy to down a few of these without getting tired of the blueberry flavor.

LarryV, Aug 05, 2004
Wachusett Blueberry Ale from Wachusett Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.