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Wild Blue - Anheuser-Busch

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54
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1,380 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,380
Reviews: 549
rAvg: 2.2
pDev: 42.27%
Wants: 14
Gots: 117 | 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 +36.4%

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1.25/5  rDev -43.2%

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1.75/5  rDev -20.5%

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1.75/5  rDev -20.5%

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1/5  rDev -54.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
1.58/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a clearly artificial bluish purple without much head or lacing. Smell is fake blueberries, like a bad candle. Taste doesn't really improve things much--they actually get worse. Like the worst blueberry candy I could imagine in liquid form. Feel is like and grossly fruity. Very bad. Very, very bad.

Photo of nmann08
2/5  rDev -9.1%

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2.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of GRG1313
1.05/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours a dark red rasberry color - like no color I've ever seen in a beer, with a light pink but firm head. Looks like raspberry soda.

Nose is of sweet non varietal bulk red wine with a grape/blueberry "new wine" smell.

Mouthfeel is strictly grape/blueberry soda. I would guess this as a grape/blueberry soda, not a beer, in a blind tasting. No hint of alcohol, none the less 8% abv!

I would give this to a child if I didn't know better (assuming one believes the bottle label) since it is purple/pink, smell like soda, is sweet to a fault and tastes like soda-nothing else. Finishes like a grape soda...period. I would believe that this is an alcoholic beverage and a beer only if I am forced to believe the label.

Best use? Reduce it and pour it over vanilla ice cream; such would be its only purpose. Please, this is a joke....no?

Photo of metter98
2.4/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is crystal clear dark red in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dark pink head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of blueberry juice are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has somewhat stronger flavors of blueberries with a slight bit of sweetness. No alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This drink doesn't taste much like a beer and seems to be more like a carbonated version of blueberry juice. While there's nothing overly interesting in the smell and taste, it does have good drinkability because the beer masks any traces of alcohol.

Photo of kjkinsey
2.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of BEERchitect
2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Shouldn't you be put in beer-jail if you print a false brewery name on the lable and not the actual brewery where the beer is made? It's as if Anheuser Busch thinks that if they tell the truth about the beer's conception that people will automatically assume it is a bad beer. Imagine that?

Another reviewer has it right -- this beer is much more akin to a wine cooler than a beer. Syrupy sweet with more candy-grape flavor than blueberry. Fizzy soda-like appearance and texutre. No obvious malt character at all-- all sugar. Not a hop character in sight. Artificial fruitiness and flavor and not much else. Everything about this beer screams advertisement to an under-21 audience, right down to the cartoonish logo and junior-high wording on the package. This is Kool Aid at 8%.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.13/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Fluorescent mulberry with bright cranberry highlights and a pastel blueberry crown. Wild Blue looks like grape juice with a head and is one of the oddest looking beers that I've ever seen that didn't use artificial coloring. On second thought, I'm not sure how adding blueberries alone would result in colors this psychedelic. The head is actually praiseworthy in terms of persistence and lace. The appearance, although odd, is pretty cool if I take my geek hat off for as long as it takes me to type this sentence.

The nose is berryish, but I'm still not sure that something artificial hasn't been added. The label says that the beer contains 'natural flavors'. There's no rule, however, that says they have to tell us *everything* that it contains. Otherwise the beer smells industrial to me. Not metallic exactly, but along those lines. I'm amazed that there isn't much evidence of alcohol given the ABV.

Wild Blue tastes like vodka-spiked grape juice. I'm not talking about the top shelf stuff either, but the mass-produced rotgut that tastes more like Sterno fuel than Stolichnaya Cristall. Why on earth would any brewery give their blueberry lager an 8.0% ABV? To be gonzo? Big Beer is not made by alcohol alone.

On the other hand, it's hard to ruin a beer that was probably ruined at the blueprint stage. I'm no marketing genius, but it seems to me that the color and the flavor won't appeal to those who might want the booziness, while the booziness won't appeal to those who won't be embarrassed by the color and might enjoy the flavor. I'm sure that A-B knows what it's doing. Or not.

As always, it's hard to divorce the mouthfeel from the flavor when the beer is this nasty, but I'll give it a shot. All of the added sugar results in a mouthfeel that is actually pretty enjoyable for someone who likes beer to be on the full side of medium (in most cases). The more I drink, though, the more the stickiness, in combination with the vodka, is turning my stomach.

Wild Blue is both wild and blue, so I have to give Blue Dawg Brewing (a small, hardworking brewery in upstate New York that is dedicated to earning your business!) props for truth in advertising. That's where the credit giving ends though. This is an abomination of a fruit beer that had no business seeing the light of day. How can so many master brewers be so wrong, so often, about so much?

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1.75/5  rDev -20.5%

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2.25/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of mikesgroove
1.15/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Why oh why did I do this one to myself, I have been asking that question more and more lately as I go through the worst of the worst, but hey I got to do it. Bottle served cold and poured into a footed pilsner glass, this one was consumed on 08/16/2010.

The pour looked liked something out of my childhood memories as the purple colored liquid with the bright pink top just seemed wrong. Lacing held up for a little while, but it was not long before it faded to leave a weird grape soda looking liquid. Small aroma of alcohol and faint, fake fruit notes come through the air, this was enough to almost make me sick. One sip was all it took. The overly carbonated, thick, artificial fruit flavor was too much to bear. It was like taking a colt 45 and mixing it with grape soda. Just wrong.

Overall I have been going after some real winners lately but this may be hands down the worst I have had.

Photo of womencantsail
1.65/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

One of my friends brought this to a party recently and was ridiculed to no end (with good reason). I humored him and took a bottle, mostly to see if my girlfriend would like it (she didn't).

A: The pour is a dark red-purple with a big pink colored head to go with it. Hey, looks just like Blabaer! Right...?

S: This is certainly a blueberry beer. It's also one that smells more like a soda, and certainly has enough artificial character to make one thing this is a blend of all sorts of different chemical flavor and aroma compounds.

T: God is this beer sweet! This one pretty much tastes like sugar and blueberries (perhaps like blueberry syrup, extra syrup). Some definite alcohol notes too, and damn, not a surprise at 8%.

M: The body is light and this beer is terribly overcarbonated. You've got to love that scouring effect on your palate.

D: One word: diabeetus. This beer is beyond cloying and I don't think there's any way I could finish a bottle of this.

Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm give it a C because I'm on the fence with this beer. I won't buy it but I still take samples of it at festivals and such. This beer pours out as a blue-ish purple color. Looks like a kids juice or something. The smell of the beer is fruity and sweet, more like a wine cooler or something. The taste of the beer is super sweet, it's actually much better if it's blended with a Shock Top. The guy giving out samples at last years Allentown Brew Works Beer Fest got creative and was making beer cocktails those two beers. Anyway, the mouthfeel is pretty smooth and it almost medium bodied. Overall this beer I feel is too sweet on it's own to drink more than one. I won't buy it, but it's worth trying.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.25/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks (I think) to Andy for sharing not one but two bottles of Wild Blue. Is this really appropriate? After we've been close friends and beer colleagues for so many years?

Appearance: Pours a Juicy Juice-looking, red-purple body with a tiny, pinkish head.

Smell: Blueberries through and through. You can smell them the minute you open the bottle.

Taste: Very berryish with a strong taste of blueberries. Middling sweetness. Dash of wine cooler. Small kick of acidity. Warming finish. The unrelenting artificial blueberry is ceaseless, never countered by any other flavors, and gets a bit tiresome.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not altogether terrible, but certainly not for me. Like a blend of Hawaiian Punch and Wine Cooler plus 8% alcohol!

Photo of biboergosum
2.63/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm seeing this more and more from the big brewers - the release of beer under different brand names, usually ones that sound more like small craft breweries would, in order to obfuscate, inveigle, and deceive, as far as I'm concerned. There is surely nothing about AB on the label of this sucker...

This beer pours a perfectly clear reddish purple hue, with two fingers of chunky, soapy pink head, which dissipates fairly slowly, leaving some random swaths of lace around the glass. It smells strongly of sweet blueberry/cherry/blackberry juice, with a decent acidic edge. The taste is pretty much like a fruit juice blend - blueberry, plum, blackberry, with a mild graininess stuck in the background. There is a very tame warming from the elevated ABV. The carbonation is on the low side, the body light, sugary, and smooth like gin and juice. It finishes sweet and a bit tangy, cementing the likeness to Tropicana's finest...

Well, I can't say I don't like this - it tastes like a fruit cooler, with real fruit flavours, and is fairly refreshing, especially on a hot, sunny day. However, judging this as a beer is damned near impossible, as I can discern very few non-fruit characteristics in this alco-pop.

Photo of emerge077
2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Tailgaiting in Kenosha, pre-gaming a wedding reception... someone hands me this. "Try this it's not too bad..." trailing off into knowing contemplative shame.

Smelled the bottle, huh... kool aid and grape juice. At 8% it's low grade krunk juice more specifically. Took a couple swigs to get acclimated, and first impressions are that it's basically a grape juice wine cooler with some artificial blueberry flavoring added. Heavy and sweet aftertaste like cheap wine, perceptible alcohol. Syrupy slick feel that coats the palate, and demands a chaser or sandpaper to scrape it off my burdened tongue. Gross. This is more a wine cooler/alcopop than anything resembling beer at all. Just not something i'd ever drink again. Poorly made and worse than bad malt liquor to be honest. Even Four Loko doesn't taste this bad.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.3/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Off I go into the Wild Blue... This stuff pours a clear cranberry sauce topped by a short-lived finger of light magenta foam. The nose comprises sweet blueberry (surprisingly not all that artificial) and some light cranberry sauce (strange theme...). The taste reprises the blueberry, but not it's sweeter and decidedly more artificial, like ancient sno-cone syrup or something like that. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and an oily feel. Overall, a pretty sad fruit beer, probably the worst of the Wild bunch AB puts out.

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.86/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

yeah this is pretty bad, but its nowhere near as bad as it is rated on here. a deep royal blue hued purple drink with a stained purple short white head, great looks, more like a grape juice or red wine, but still, deep and inviting. the nose is a mix of cheap high gravity lager and blueberry puree. its like that blueberry syrup you get at dennys for your pancakes, sweet and sticky, but not super artificial. the flavor isn't that bad either, all blueberry on the front end, at the expense of being beer, which is okay, because the base beer is pretty brutal. i get some metal and some extract sweetness, corn sugar, nothing real pleasant from the base beer, and the finish is extremely boozy, but the combination of the alcohol and sugar really charges me up. i would never buy this, but i can see its appeal, and unlike the clamato stuff they do, this one doesn't make me cringe and hurl every time i even look at it.

Photo of zeff80
1.2/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I had low expectations for this one and (amazingly) it still came up short! Purplish color with a pinkish head. It smelled like a blueberry muffin which isn't a bad thing but there were no beer-like aromas at all. It tasted like blueberries and water. Again, lacking beer-like qualities. Mouthfeel was watery and thin. This is not drinkable. I could not finish it. My wife loves blueberries and she didn't like it either.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.43/5  rDev +55.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Ruby red and purple body. Very pink, almost dark pink, head. Holds well and leaves some nice lace.
S: The nose is delicately fruity. Like a small bowl of fresh crushed berries, more raspberry than blueberry.
T: The flavor is all juice, bright and tart. Like "Juicy-Juice"; and again, more raspberry than blueberry. No signs of malt or hops except for hints in the lingering, mostly berry-ish finish. Steady underlying bitterness. Some alcohol becomes apparent halfway through. One-sided except for the underlying alcohol.
M: Medium bodied. Dextrinous edge. Delicately bristling carbonation.
D: Well, I'm not even sure you can call this beer. Not really. It's like a fruity malternative on steroids... the beer equivalent of Boone's Farm. Drinkable? Well, yes, but why not just add some grain alcohol to fruit juice?

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Wild Blue from Anheuser-Busch
54 out of 100 based on 1,380 ratings.