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Wild Blue - Anheuser-Busch

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53
awful

1,299 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,299
Reviews: 536
rAvg: 2.18
pDev: 41.74%
Wants: 11
Gots: 86 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Wild Blue is a blueberry lager that fuses the juice of nature’s perfect fruit – blueberries – with premium American and German hops, two row and six-row barley malt and cereal grains. Wild Blue has a full taste with a pleasant blueberry aroma and flavor, and contains 8% ABV.

(Beer added by: Todd on 09-27-2005)
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3/5  rDev +37.6%

bnes09, Today at 03:18 AM
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5/5  rDev +129.4%

Dency, Yesterday at 12:47 PM
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2/5  rDev -8.3%

Iamjeff6, Friday at 03:59 PM
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.23/5  rDev +48.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Serving style : 12 oz bottle poured for appearance.

Appearance : Wow. I was not expecting a purple lager. I was expecting more of a golden color with a blueberry smell. Very nice. Deep, smashed blueberry color with a nice fluffy 1 finger head that retains quite well.

Smell : Lots and lots of ripe blueberries. Some tartness from other fruit, like raspberry perhaps. Unfortunately underneath that smell is a Bud Light/Miller Light type of corn lager smell that seems to ruin whatever craft the blueberry is attempting to grasp. I'm gonna have to dock it a bit.

Taste : This isn't half bad, the blueberry surfaces pretty nicely, if perhaps a bit fermented; but there's an alcoholic kick to it that really takes over and dismembers the blueberry flavor like an ancient samurai warrior. Some grape flavors are also present. I want to say it's almost like a strong cheap Arbor Mist...and hey, Arbor Mist has its place - but usually it's not packaged in a beer bottle. Nonetheless I keep wanting to drink it, so that's gotta count for something.

Mouthfeel : About like an average macro lager. It fits what's going on here, I can't say much more or less than that. I'm not expecting craft quality - I'm expecting Annheuser-Busch, so I'm not too terribly let down.

Overall : This beer is kinda cool. Everything from the color to the flavor to the lay-you-on-your-ass ABV is pretty neat. It's worth a try, and not half as bad as some of these folks claim it to be. I have to laugh when they talk about German and American hops in the beer. Really? Where did they go? A ratio of 99% malt and 1 % hops doesn't really equate to much. There are no hops to be detected.

The-Adjunct-Hippie, Friday at 06:14 AM
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3/5  rDev +37.6%

gater_ade, Wednesday at 02:01 AM
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2.28/5  rDev +4.6%

Colin32, Tuesday at 08:17 PM
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2.15/5  rDev -1.4%

12 oz bottle in a glass. Pours purple like a grape soda, head and all. Head and lacing are non-existent after a few seconds, though. Surprised to see it was Anheuser-Busch that brewed such an experimental beer. In my opinion, a true craft beer pushes the limit against tradition, and this blueberry "lager" seems to aspire to do that. But the smell is more on the artificial grape side than natural blueberry. Surprisingly, the taste is light, sugary, and juice-like even with 8% ABV. Reminds me of those nasty fruit flavored MD 20/20 liquors they sell at the gas station. Lots of carbonation, very sweet, fruity, and no hops. Strange aftertaste. There is definitely room for improvement, and this style is not for everyone. Perhaps they should have put the blueberry flavor in the background and brought out more wheat and hops to the surface so that it actually tastes like a beer. I won't buy another one.

ENogueira, Sep 11, 2014
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2/5  rDev -8.3%

ColSanders123, Sep 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +106.4%

I don't understand the hate on this beer . It's an 8% blueberry beer .
It is very sweet and that's why I didn't rate it a 5. I usually don't like fruity beer but this
I love . I also heard that the UFO raspberry is another good one and that's
Going to be my next beer . If you want any blueberry beer ,
This is what you're gonna want !

Bretwink, Sep 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +72%

longisland1983, Sep 09, 2014
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2/5  rDev -8.3%

mediumrare, Sep 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +83.5%

GNRoofDawg, Sep 07, 2014
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1.25/5  rDev -42.7%

HoppyBastard2, Sep 07, 2014
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1/5  rDev -54.1%

tykechandler, Sep 07, 2014
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2.08/5  rDev -4.6%

gjc05003, Sep 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +60.6%

InsaneBeerLover, Sep 06, 2014
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2/5  rDev -8.3%

TylerHagler, Sep 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +106.4%

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4/5  rDev +83.5%

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1/5  rDev -54.1%

TheDudeAbides14, Sep 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +106.4%

I think people on here are being absolutely unfair to this beer. Yes, I can see why you might say this is not a real beer. However, why do Lindeman's Framboise and Kriek get better reviews then? Because they weren't brewed under Anheuser Busch? Wild Blue has the same fruity color, same sweetness, same lack of similarity with "real beers" as the Lindeman's lambics. The only difference is that Wild Blue has a significantly higher alcohol content than Lindeman's which is masked very well.
Another thing people bring up that's unfair to Wild Blue in these reviews is how they label it as "completely artificial" when that's actually not true at all. Wild Blue is made with real, natural blueberries. I realize that this beer is extremely sweet which is why it does not get 5 stars from me. I can only drink one Wild Blue in a night. I do appreciate coming across something that's completely different though. Bottom line is that this beer should not be rated lower than Keystone Light.

By the way, at first I thought Wild Blue was brewed by Flying Dog because of the artwork and font on the bottle and pack.

B-Sweets, Sep 04, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev +3.2%

birdsellam, Sep 03, 2014
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Wild Blue from Anheuser-Busch
53 out of 100 based on 1,299 ratings.