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Wild Blue - Anheuser-Busch

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BA SCORE
54
awful

1,338 Ratings
THE BROS
42
awful

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Ratings: 1,338
Reviews: 546
rAvg: 2.19
pDev: 42.47%
Wants: 13
Gots: 105 | 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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Photo of InkedinRi
2/5  rDev -8.7%

InkedinRi, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of DrMindbender
1/5  rDev -54.3%

DrMindbender, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of lzepplin01
1.75/5  rDev -20.1%

lzepplin01, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of Mike412
2.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Mike412, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of gonzo000
3.55/5  rDev +62.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is not a 2.18 beer. Even if you do not like sweet beers, it cannot be that bad. The purple color is interesting and the fact that this is an 8 abv is impressive in and of itself. Flavor is good. If I can point to a flaw it might be the lack of head and carbonation.

gonzo000, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of morourke14
2/5  rDev -8.7%

morourke14, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of AJ17
4.75/5  rDev +116.9%

BA score 53? The BROS 42??? Really??
As other good folks here with taste have commented, this beer is great. Yea, it's owned by the Bud
but it's actually brewed in upstate NY (Syracuse), my old stomping grounds. A respectable part
the city too; very well to do. They always had the best sports teams that kicked our ass back in
the day. Granted, this has nothing to do with the beer quality but it helps give me confidence
that this wasn't a creation out of the St. Louis vats in quantum.
Burns well, tastes good-and actually has real blueberry syrup added. Don't drink too much -
this is an 8% beer that has a KICK. I know, I sound like an AB whore, but was surprised that it was
owned by them. Very sweet, so if you don't like a sweet kick in your ass don't buy it.

AJ17, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of unimatrix1
1/5  rDev -54.3%

unimatrix1, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of ncstateplaya
2/5  rDev -8.7%

ncstateplaya, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of exl_90
3.32/5  rDev +51.6%

exl_90, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of EstebanH
3.75/5  rDev +71.2%

What can I say? I like blueberry.
Wild Blue is one of the better fruit-flavored beers that I've had and will get you where you're going--if you aren't going too far.

EstebanH, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of wonothesane42
2.65/5  rDev +21%

wonothesane42, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of BrandonGarden
4.36/5  rDev +99.1%

BrandonGarden, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of Nathan1169
3.5/5  rDev +59.8%

You can really taste the blue berry in it. It is very fruity

Nathan1169, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of bnes09
3/5  rDev +37%

bnes09, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of Dency
5/5  rDev +128.3%

Dency, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of foghornleghorn22
2.75/5  rDev +25.6%

foghornleghorn22, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of Iamjeff6
2/5  rDev -8.7%

Iamjeff6, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.19/5  rDev +45.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | 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, Sep 19, 2014
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2.1/5  rDev -4.1%

Mark-Leggett, Sep 18, 2014
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3/5  rDev +37%

gater_ade, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of Colin32
2.28/5  rDev +4.1%

Colin32, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of ENogueira
2.15/5  rDev -1.8%

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 -8.7%

ColSanders123, Sep 11, 2014
Wild Blue from Anheuser-Busch
54 out of 100 based on 1,338 ratings.