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Blueberry Lager - Rivertown Brewing Co.

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70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 23.23%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rivertown Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: cosmo4u on 08-12-2011

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Ratings: 70 | Reviews: 18
Reviews by DeFaz:
Photo of DeFaz
2.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

"Lager with artificial flavor added" reads the bottle.

There are some very negative reviews on this beer, and while I didn't love this, I didn't think it was terrible by any means. Perhaps they have changed the recipe over the last couple years. The main problem is that the blueberry doesn't taste natural (and it's not). Another problem is that there are some strange flavors, like corn and grain, which just don't work so well with the blueberry. The blueberry, which is not overpowering and not too sweet, tastes alright. There's nothing about it that tastes fresh, but there's nothing really offensive either. It's not hard to find a better blueberry beer, and I recommend Sea Dog.

More User Reviews:
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Typically not my cup of tea, but let's try it anyways just to see how this version came out. Pours a slightly hazed golden hue, with a bright white head forming thick. Dwindles pretty quickly, leaves behind speckled lacing down the sides of my pint glass. Aroma has tart blueberry notes, pretty artificial a lot like Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat, not a bad beer and has definitely caught on as the Fruity Pebbles beer. Flavor has a syrupy blueberry note, amongst a pale bread like malt backdrop, nothing cloying about it actually quite refreshing a bit of dry chalk yeast flavor. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied sturdy carbonation, these short stubby bottles look great the labels are attractive but so far their beer has been sort of lackluster. Overall, not the most impressive offering but a solid summer beer that leaves out off flavors like band aid/wet cardboard that I've experienced in some of their other offerings.

Photo of LXIXME
3.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big white head falls into a thin lacing above a clear straw golden colored beer.

Initially has a very strong blueberry aroma but as it sits the grain malts start to come out as well as some light sourness.

Artificial blueberry is there but it's not overbearing like some fruit beers end up but you can tell that it is the Kool-Aid kind of taste as opposed to a cooked in taste. I also should mention that you can taste light grain malts coming through in the taste which also helps to make this beer palatable.

A light grain malty dryish aftertaste on this light bodied blueberry lager.

This is a middle of the road fruit drink which is almost a reason to try it, you won't end up pouring it out like some of the lesser fruit beers and that's a big plus.

Photo of secondtooth
2.12/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This cloudy, pale yellow light lager pours with a nice head, but no lace to note.

The aroma is definitely blueberry, but more in line with a Nehi soda than fresh.

Taste is very light, and not at all complex. There's a sure blueberry-like character, but it's a weird and funky sweet that clashes with the lager grains. Maybe I'm swayed by the bottle stating prominently that there's "artificial flavor added", but this just seems wrong. The finish is despicable and chemical-like. Awful.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.36/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Visiting Cleveland for a youth Hockey Tourny and the local beer store was carrying RiverTown BlueBerry Ale...so I tried it. The beer pored a haxy yellow and had a nice head but did not lace. The scent and taste were definitely dominated by BlueBerrys. The mouthfeel was light in body and had good carbonation. Overall it was a tasty beer and probably best served in the summer time.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.47/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear gold color with a half inch white head that fizzled away quickly. Pretty much no lacing at all. Aroma is nice, the brew smells mostly like blueberries (mostly artificial) and some sweet malt/grain. I think the taste is the same as the aroma, it's all blueberries and grain. I do like blueberries, so I'm a little biased. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's easy to drink, it's refreshing, and has low/medium carbonation. I think this is a good summer beer, it would be pretty good on a hot day. Worth a try. Got this as a single at Kroger.

Photo of buschbeer
2.57/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

12 FL OZ bottle
Served in an imperial nonic glass

A - It is a light shade of amber in the middle and pale yellow around the sides. It has a haze. A mountain of white head sits atop it.

S - Blueberries.

T - It has a soapy taste that gives way to some blueberry flavor. The blueberry flavor is less intense than the smell.

M - It is highly carbonated and has a champagne-like feel to it.

O - It smelled good, and then I tasted it. There is nothing good about a blueberry soap taste.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.64/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When this beer was first introduced, it used to be served at The Holy Grail in Cincinnati with a handful of blueberries dropped inside the glass. For reviewing purposes, I simply poured it from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter (sans blueberries). The pour is light gold, crystal clear, and (like every beer Rivertown makes) undercarbonated. The nose does have strong notes of tart blueberries. It even has a bit of funk.

The beer has a light to medium body and a fairly firm feel (firmer than I expected, given the light color). It is crisp and grainy on the front of the palate with lots of breakfast cereal notes. The blueberries which are dominant on the nose are rather subdued and lend just a bit of tart, earthy flavor. The overall beer is rather refreshing, though light in flavor. One place where the blueberries do announce their presence is on the finish, which is a little dry and fruity, but rather short-lived.

I liked this beer, and that's saying something. The only other blueberry beer I've had (Sea Dog) I found absolutely repulsive. The blueberries do not contribute any objectionable qualities to this beer. I think a bit more carbonation in this beer would wake up the palate and intensify the flavor. Also, I have no idea what the malt bill is, but if I were making a blueberry beer, I would supplant some of the malted barley with wheat so as to lend a bit of refreshing tartness. I hope to drink this particular beer again someday. When I do, be advised that I intend to drink it with a handful of blueberries in the glass.

Photo of Jesse13713
3.21/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single bottle at 101 Bottles in Kent

Appearance - Looks like your traditional lager. Golden straw yellow. Appears light and crisp. Laces to the glass very nicely.

Smell - Mostly a watery-lemon smell. Very faint blueberry in the background.

Taste - A fairly average lager with light blueberry in the aftertaste. The blueberry lingers on your tongue for quite awhile. Slightly hoppy with delicious fresh malty grain throughout.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Very light and refreshing. Crisp on the tongue. Definitely more of a summertime beer. Average carbonation with light carbonation. For a fruit and vegetable lager, it's not too shabby. I always like supporting local beers too.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Expecting a lager I expected more head yet only getting 1/4 inch that falls to a flat lace ring. Wow it's as light pils color that is very light indeed.

S - The smell is strong with this beer. Very little lager smell maybe some grain next to some artificial blueberry blueberry goodness.

T - Well it's not terrible which is better than expected. Mild blueberry in taste with equally mild grains and lager yeasts. Not the best fruit beer but good.

M - Light to medium. Goes down easy.

Overall nothing to really seek out but I wouldn't pass it up if given to me.

Photo of Ryan011235
2.23/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 4/3/12

The color is a slightly hazy, pale yellow. The head pours pretty thin and it's mostly loose bubbles. After but a minute or so, said loose bubbles are all that remain.

The aroma is artificial blueberry and cereal grains. The former vastly and disproportionately higher than the later. Oh joy.

The taste is artificial blueberry and cereal grains. The former vastly and disproportionately higher than the later. Oh joy.

Light body with, believe it or not, appropriate carbonation. A mild granular feel underscores a well-proportioned feel. The finish is clean and, thankfully, rather devoid of residuals.

After having so many Rivertown beers that seem to be bad bottles, it's nice to find one that seems to have survived the gauntlet that must be their bottling line; too bad it's an artificially flavored blueberry thingy.

All kidding aside, the flavors are a bit more balanced as this warms up. I don't like it enough to finish the bottle, but if artificial blueberry thingies are your thing, might as well give it a shot. I get the impression that if this were brewed sans blueberry, it might be a serviceable lager. Maybe.

Photo of projectflam86
2.01/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle. The label says "BlueBerry" - Lager with artificial flavor added. I imagine this is quite new since even the website still says that this beer is only available on draft...

A- Pours a very very light golden (almost clear) color with a thin white foam head that leaves some lacing.

S- Sort of just smells like an adjunct lager with some blueberry scents. Clean cereal grain with a very fruity blueberry aroma, almost like fruit snacks or something.

T- Ok, this one is different. Very artificial blueberry taste initially with a bland rice and corn finish. This basically tastes like a bud light with a few drops of blueberry flavoring.

M- Incredibly thin with ok carbonation.

O- I like most of the rivertown beers that I've had so far, but this is definitely my least favorite. To me this is just a failed attempt to appeal to the BMC masses.

Photo of nlmartin
1.21/5  rDev -61%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer was served in a pint glass.

A- The body of the beer is fizzy yellow. The head was a thin white coloration with minimal retention.

S- The bottle says it all lager with artificial flavor. This beer smells like chemical blueberry extract. Grainy cereal aroma finishes the beer out.

T- Corn cereal flavor leads into a very astringent blueberry syrup. Just gross!

M- Astringently overly fizzy yellow chemical bath.

O- Flat out Rivertowns worst effort to date. Rivertown makes a beer like the Lambic and then puts this kind of shit in a bottle. You guys are capable of pushing the envelope the other direction.

Photo of Hoptometrist
1.58/5  rDev -49%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Pours a light pale yellow color, looks like urine. One finger soapy head dissipated instantly and left no lace.

S- Blueberry and graininess

T- This is brutal. Lots of sweet grain and corn flavors up front, artificial blueberry taste on the middle of the tongue, and a sulfur like and salty finish. Almost a chamomile tea like bitterness on the finish. This may be the worst beer I have ever had.

M- Pretty thin with lots of fizzy carbonation

O- This is probably the worst beer I have ever had. The aroma was not bad and if the beer tasted like that I would not have been disappointed. The taste of this beer is brutal; sulfur and salty qualities, a hint of artificial blueberry, and the taste of a subpar American Adjunct Lager. One of very very few drainpours from me.

Photo of exposd
2.04/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I'm not a huge fan of fruit beers by any means, but this blueberry just rubbed me the wrong way... It's listed on the bottle as artificially flavored and it seems very sugary and sweet compared to other blueberry beers like Sweetwater or Fat Heads. It's not horrible but just very simple and not much flavor to it. Very plain and clean, but at the same time it leaves something to be desired like there's a missing component they forgot to add.

Photo of cosmo4u
4.52/5  rDev +45.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this in tap at the holy grail in cincinnati

Pours a golden ale color with plenty of carbonation.they put fresh blueberries in the beer, so if the taste wasnt enough before it is now.if your into fruit beers give this one a try.perfect for a light summertime feel before the game. Nice mouth feel and a fairly dry finish.

Photo of edfish
4.34/5  rDev +40%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I went to the Rivertown tap room to try this and then got a growler. I was looking for something different and found it.
A-Poured in a plastic cup so I couldn't see a decent head.
S- the smell was not overpowering with blueberries , just a hint , with a light lager presence
T- I like beer I like blueberries..and they taste great together! There is a distinct but not to strong berry flavor, sweet blueberry flvor
MF- Not very full, didn't think that there was enough carbination
O- first really good blueberry beer I have had worth a try

Photo of beerguy105
4.57/5  rDev +47.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I didnt know that rivertown was bottling this beer, had it originally on tap at the holy Grail in Cincy. This is one of my favorite offerings from Rivertown. Speaks for itself, if you dont like fruit beers i would avoid it, however if you are a fan as i am, certainly give this one a try! great job Rivertown!!

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