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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

349 Ratings
THE BROS
60
poor

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Ratings: 349
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 18.81%
Wants: 2
Gots: 26 | 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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k_clarkie

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +19.4%

12-16-2013 03:46:46 | More by k_clarkie
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littlebibs

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this as a gift, and it was a nice change of pace, pale
amber yellow with a nice head of white but it disappears quick.
It does have a hoppy bite and a sweet blueberry chase
that doesn't overwelm but gives this beer a nice kick. I would
recommend this beer, its mellow but refreshing and the blueberry
doesn't kill the beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2003 02:00:22 | More by littlebibs
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +19.4%

11-19-2011 19:18:47 | More by PEIhop
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Fettpopps

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +19.4%

03-16-2014 15:05:36 | More by Fettpopps
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rudolphjacksonm

Virginia

4/5  rDev +19.4%

11-14-2011 21:29:39 | More by rudolphjacksonm
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suldes2


4/5  rDev +19.4%

07-14-2014 00:38:20 | More by suldes2
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Kerrigankyj

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +19.4%

07-12-2013 03:29:10 | More by Kerrigankyj
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GraduatedCashew

California

4/5  rDev +19.4%

08-28-2013 22:07:57 | More by GraduatedCashew
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Abbynvm

Maine

4/5  rDev +19.4%

07-18-2012 20:25:01 | More by Abbynvm
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Moxley

New York

3.98/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a light, crisp ale with a strong blueberry smell. What's disappointing is that you don't get the blueberry flavors like you'd think you would judging from the smell. It had strong, sour citrus flavors that finished sweet.

It pours very clear with an almost non-existent head and no lacing.

What I liked about this beer was the aftertaste. I don't know if that's very common, but I enjoyed savoring the flavor after drinking it more so then while it was in my mouth.

It should definitely be considered a session beer, and probably pairs nicely with fruit desserts and summer afternoons.

Mouthfeel is clean and light.

Serving type: growler

03-24-2008 03:13:33 | More by Moxley
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Scheity

New York

3.98/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2005 17:55:22 | More by Scheity
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rshwayder

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the fruit beer that made me believe that fruit beers can actually taste good. A refreshing, crisp beer with an authentic blueberry taste goes well by itself or with almost any food. Great from the tap, especially if you drop in some fresh blueberries into your glass.

If you live in Massachusetts, you can pick up a growler of this for around $25, then refill the growler infinitely for $6. Also delicious if paired with the Wachusett Black Shack Porter, creating what the brewers call a Black & Blue.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2007 22:50:14 | More by rshwayder
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I sampled this brew in a glass after being chilled. The color is a rich orangish yellow and is very clear. A white frothy head foams up easily and fades to an edge layer quickly. Also a strong contingency of bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass. the aroma is some grainy malt with sweet blueberrry on the nose.
First sip reveals an average body and surprisingly mild carbonation. The flavor starts sweet blueberry and allows a little grainy malt to come through and then switches back to blueberries which leave a sweet taste in my mouth. The brew is very crisp,sweet and refreshing and I am sure I would enjoy it on a hot summer day. A tasty and not overwhelming fruit beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2004 03:06:44 | More by sulldaddy
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rousee

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2005 21:27:58 | More by rousee
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harveystarr

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2011 03:07:14 | More by harveystarr
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jneiswender

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought as a single bottle at the grocery store.

Poured into a 4oz sample glass.

Poured very pale, white grape juice look. Very few bubbles and a fast dying lace.

No hop smell, some sweet malt. The blueberry smell is quite apparent but not fake or extract smelling.

In spite of little visible carbonation, the beer is quite fizzy tasting. Sweet malt taste followed by a nice fresh tasting blueberry flavor. I am kind of surprised by the taste. No fake berry flavor, or overly sugary. Actually tastes like real blueberries. Sweet, tart and a little tannic. Just like the the berry itself.

Overall, not bad for a fruit beer. The ale part of this is actually quite good. Certainly makes the overall product very nice. I guess my only reservations what to drink it with. I don't think I could take drinking it all night and don't know what I would eat it with. I feel its limited in how much of it you can drink and when. Maybe a good appertif beer.

Prosit

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2007 12:50:26 | More by jneiswender
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billybob

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

light golden in color with a three finger white head that held fairly well and a small amount of lace. faint but pleasant blueberry aroma. taste is mild blueberry with some bready malt, clean and light on the palate with a light carbonation. better than some i have tried. good for more than one beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2008 20:37:41 | More by billybob
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AChamberlain

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2006 20:06:43 | More by AChamberlain
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 22:36:54 | More by Jwale73
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MTNboy

Germany

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

Appearance- It is a good looking beer. Great gold color, head and lace.

Smell- It has a strange hard to explain berry like odor. Like hops and berries.

Taste- Not overdone at all a great blend of hops, malt and berries.

Mouthfeel- Light with a sharp aftertaste. There is a little fizz bite but it is pretty weak.

Drinkability- A great example of this style beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2008 13:31:31 | More by MTNboy
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masterbruewer

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2004 22:01:59 | More by masterbruewer
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StevieW

Florida

3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Sparkling golden color. Some sticky white lacing. Blueberry smell was evident from the pop of the cap. Big Fresh blueberry smell with lots of bubbling carbonation presence.
Taste was loaded with blueberries, and fairly refreshing. Hints of malt and grain under there. Kinda like a golden or blonde ale. Nicely done blueberry beer, lots of fruit flavors.Light bodied, lots of carbonation. Refreshing and drinkable at least. I kinda like the blueberry beers, and look forward to trying this one again next summer. This one is right up there with Atlantic Brewing Bar Harbor Blueberry version.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2004 12:05:22 | More by StevieW
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steve8robin

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 01:17:46 | More by steve8robin
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Serving type: can

02-09-2013 18:32:47 | More by woodychandler
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ccurrid

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

05-26-2014 16:54:59 | More by ccurrid
Wachusett Blueberry Ale from Wachusett Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 349 ratings.