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Wachusett Blueberry Ale - Wachusett Brewing Company

Wachusett Blueberry AleWachusett Blueberry Ale

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BA SCORE
77
okay

315 Ratings
THE BROS
60
poor

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Ratings: 315
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 18.81%


Brewed by:
Wachusett Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 11-28-2001)
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plaid75

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2010 22:55:35 | More by plaid75
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DrJay

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 19:54:15 | More by DrJay
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ehammond1


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

Bottle (2011)

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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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 15:00:52 | More by ehammond1
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Brew_42

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear golden color with a moderate sized white head.

Smells like a blueberry muffin. This is the best part of the beer.

Tastes- As advertised. Blueberries is the main flavor and there is a hint of bready malts but subtle in comparison to the blueberry.

Mouthfeel-This is my problem with this beer, great smell, decent taste, but it is for the most part kind of watery and light.

Overall- Decent fruit beer. Nothing that will knock your socks off but a dect beer if you want some fruitiness and its easy to find on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2013 05:45:21 | More by Brew_42
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Andy

Massachusetts

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

Slightly darker than straw color. Quickly disapating head. Deep but distant blueberry aroma. Not sweet like flavor extract beers. Slight blueberry flavor upfront quickly subsides to tasteless, wheaty middle, drawn out wheat on palate. blueberries reappear in finish and mix with some bitter to balance

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2002 20:09:21 | More by Andy
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2006 23:46:47 | More by Gavage
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Brianmerrilyn

New York

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

Picked up a growler of this at Skibbo's Discount Beer & Soda in the Bronx on 5/3 and waited till the last glass(4) until I penned this here review.

A: Poured a slightly hazed copper with minimal head.

S: Nose was a subtle blueberry boquet.

T: Good mix of medium hops and namesake flavor.

M: At first is thick but becomes waterery with time.

D: Quite easy on the pallet but would like to try again to see if sharper.

Serving type: growler

05-05-2008 14:33:05 | More by Brianmerrilyn
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Damian

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Drank on-tap at Penguin Pizza, Boston, MA

Poured a pale straw yellow with no head but only a thin film of white froth. Rather macro-like in appearance.

The aroma was astounding. Blueberries, blueberries and more blueberries. I could smell the beer from nearly two feet away. Freshly pureed blueberries, to be specific. There might have been other subtle aromas in this brew but they were most definitely overshadowed by the overwhelming fruitiness (and that was perfectly fine by me).

The taste however was disappointing. Some husky maltiness came through up front, along with a faint, artificial blueberry flavor. Crisp, lemony and tart in the center. The beer finished quite sour and dry with some noticeable skunkiness.

Mouthfeel was very thin with an excessive amount of carbonation. The beer turned to instant froth once it hit my tongue.

Drinkability was good. This is a light and refreshing brew, perfect for drinking on a hot summer day. It may not be the most flavorful beer in the world, but it is rather quaffable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2008 03:55:01 | More by Damian
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linusbwell

Massachusetts

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

My first ever fruit beer!

Very light yellow. White head.

Smells like, well, blueberries with a mild yeast aroma.

Flavor is blueberry as well, but somehow artificial.

Very drinkable, but not sure I could really drink a LOT of this beer over the course of the night.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 16:54:44 | More by linusbwell
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smakawhat

Maryland

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2012 22:45:24 | More by smakawhat
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ThomasMetal75

Massachusetts

3.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pale straw color. One finger head.

S- Grainy, grassy, and (yes) blueberries. Sweet as well. Fruit smell is the difference maker from this just smelling like an American lager.

T- Sweet, tart blueberries, with a grainy, malty backbone. Just like a blueberry pancake! Not bitter. Very clean tasting.

M- Light to Medium mouthfeel; not too dry. Initial sip is watery. It's easy to drink for sure, but just a little too much carbination is my only complaint.

*Overall this is a nice beer that is easy on the drinking and pleasant in taste. This is good with a few fresh or frozen blueberries to enhance the flavor. They also look cool and they move up and down in the glass.

Serving type: can

05-25-2013 23:11:56 | More by ThomasMetal75
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Hibernator

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had the Wachusett Blueberry Ale out of a 12 oz bottle. Oct was notched for "freshest taste enjoy by". It tasted fresh.

The beer poured with a minimal head, but on par with this type of ale. I noticed some serious carbonation bubbles. This beer had a slight yellow color to it.

The taste is clean and crisp. The sweetness is right up for from the blueberries. There is a syrupy finish.The blueberry presence is righ there. It's not overpowering like some interpretations of this style, but its also not missing like some blueberry ales.

Not the best blueberry ale I have had to date, but good. Very drinkable beer in hot weather.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2004 01:26:27 | More by Hibernator
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Durge

Connecticut

3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very pale yellow gold brew with a full fluffy white head and a great coat of lacing poured cold into a glass mug. The aroma is strictly a delightful blueberry, not much more than that. The taste is very light and effervescent with white bread and light blueberry and biscuit. For blueberry's sake this is alright but as beer goes I have had a little better fruit combos. But definitely not a bad option for a hot summer day with something a little different. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2008 16:58:54 | More by Durge
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BlueHammer

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2006 21:55:25 | More by BlueHammer
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auxiliary

Rhode Island

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

appearance - Clear yellow color. Poured a large head, but then went down to a pond of foam. Left some lace.

smell - blueberry smell , not much going on.

taste - Taste of blueberries, and some light hops. Very watery. Not one of the better blueberry ales I have had.

mouthfeel - Light, watery.

drinkability - I added some actual blueberries to the mix. See if it would improve the taste, was not impressed on the taste. I have had better.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2008 14:12:32 | More by auxiliary
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Admiraldinty

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Pickadilly Pub. Unfortunately this beer was about two months past its prime. The waitress claimed it wasn't a big seller. Poured a pale amber with a minimal head. Blueberry smell (just a blueberry flavoring) is quite strong. That's really the only aroma that's detectable apart from the grainy beer smell. Tastes mildly of blueberries - not overpowering. Fairly crisp. Ends on the dry side. Of the two blueberry flavored beers I've reviewed this is the better. Nonetheless, it's nothing to write home about. Just tastes like an average beer with a bit of fake blueberry flavoring.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2003 03:08:38 | More by Admiraldinty
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Tbn2

New York

3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to pint glass

A-Body pours clear and golden in color with no head to speak of.

S-A powerful smell of blueberries hits you off the bat. Some sweet malt aroma is also present. No hop presence to speak of.

T/M-Tastes a lot like the smell. Blueberries hit you off the bat and the taste changes to a balance between the blueberries and a sweet malty flavor. No hops present. The mouthfeel is a little watery and I feel like the carbonation is too high. It certainly tingles (almost burns) on the way down. This is more like a sparkling wine or champagne.

Overall....this is a good beer for those that like lighter beers or would like to try fruit beers. Wachusett makes some other great styles as well. Give them a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 19:40:31 | More by Tbn2
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gentlebubbles

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2005 23:47:32 | More by gentlebubbles
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Liverpool08

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw yellow color. Not much head or lacing, pretty carbonated. Smell of hops and slight sweet blueberry. Not an overpowering blueberry odor, doesn't mask the rest of the ingredients. Same with the flavor, a little blueberry flavor, but also taste of hops and malt. Not a great blueberry taste, very very mild. Needs to be a little stronger for me to enjoy this as a true blueberry ale. But very drinkible, and not bad for a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 01:39:36 | More by Liverpool08
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 17:31:14 | More by ColForbinBC
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rfgetz

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 13:33:06 | More by rfgetz
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.39/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: can

02-06-2013 00:43:38 | More by tone77
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had a six pack donated to my house fridge at a party recently. This style was one of the first Wachusett's I had ever tried when they first came out, and I have not had it in a while. Poured into a pint glass. Very carbonated, lots of bubbles on the sides of the glass. Macro lager yellow color. Thin, frothy head. Slight zesty smell of citrus in the smell. There is definitely blueberries in the flavor, that's for sure. Right up front. While it is one of the better blueberry flavored beers out there, there's just not a lot too it. Very one dimensional. The ladies seem to love it, and like I said, it's a decent flavored fruit beer. Blueberry is the one fruit that brewers seem to have decent success with when making a seasonal ale. It's not one that I want to spend a whole night with, but one here and there is pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 00:49:06 | More by morebeergood
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maddogruss

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bottle of this into a shaker glass.

A: Pours a straw-yellow body with a small, white head with ok retention and lacing.

S: Smells like blueberry robitussin, like syrup was added to the wort instead of juice or fresh blueberries. Did not seem like fresh blueberries were used in the process at all.

T: A slight, blueberry taste that reminded me of blueberry waffles. A nice, slightly tangy, blueberry waffle aftertaste, like after each bite of a Aunt Jemima's frozen blueberry waffle.

M: A slightly overcarbonated beer that did seem a little watery.

D: A decent taste with a fairly complimentary mouthfeel. An ok blueberry beer overall, but the taste and the overall smoothness could have used a little more work.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 23:02:05 | More by maddogruss
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Estarrio

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 Oz bottle given to me by my father-in-law. We've enjoyed a few of these over the years. Blueberry ales seem to be rather prolific in New England...so much so that I consider it to be a style of its own.

Pours a clear, light brass color with a thick white head. The two finger head dissipates over time, leaving wispy, white lacings. This is surprisingly light for a blueberry ale.

Sweet grain, dough and a touch of yeast are absolutely buried by the aroma of blueberry pancakes. If you are looking for a touch of blueberry flavor in your beer, then leave this one on the shelf.

Grain husks and a suggestion of hops are perceivable in the flavor until the sweet storm of blueberries take over. Finishes dry.

This brew is light bodied with ample, pleasing carbonation. This is a quaffable lawn mower beer that can certainly provide some summer cookout enjoyment. In terms of quality, it is just too one-dimensional to warrant higher scores.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 22:06:47 | More by Estarrio
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