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Wild Blue - Anheuser-Busch

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587 Reviews

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Reviews: 587
Hads: 1,524
Avg: 2.15
pDev: 70.7%
Wants: 20
Gots: 250 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 09-27-2005

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.
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Photo of beeragent
1.51/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

I always hate giving beer a bad review, but jeez this isnt even beer. The beer pours a dark raspberry color, forming a 1/2 inch light raspberry colored head. Light hazy lacing. The aroma is all berry, and thats it. The taste is completely dominated by a syrupy berry flavor. This is exactly what St. Ides Berry flavor malt liqour tastes like. Light mouthfeel. Drinkability, its a struggle to get through one, so two is way out of the question. Overall, I bought this for my girlfriend, since she likes the fruit beers, but even she couldnt stand this. Avoid!!!

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Photo of clayrock81
1.62/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Not to sound condescending/rude, my non-good beer drinking friends went to Busch Gardens and said they liked this at the sampler. The appeal - tastes like blueberries and 8% alcohol! (the ! is their excitement, not mine).
So they let me try one and I was shocked that this shit came out purple with no real carbonation. It's like grape juice. A blueberry smell is somewhat prevelant, but it is weak and a tad medicinal. Unfortunately, that is the best part. There is no blueberry flavor. In fact, this reminded me of some bad, cheap red wine I have had in the past. The ABV is extremely noticeable as it slightly burnt my tastebuds on the backend. It goes down watery and chunky, with a very sharp, astringent taste of faux fruit and alcohol. Not enjoyable at all and I couldn't finish the brew my buddy gave me, despite trying to be a nice guy.

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Photo of happygnome
3.08/5  rDev +43.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: pours a dark blueberry type blue color with about a quarter inch of head that dissapears very fast leaving a very ultra thin ring of lace around the edge of the glass
s: is this wine or beer? smells sweet and fruity hints of vinegar no hops just sweet and fruity
t: sweet and fruity mainly blueberries no hop bitterness sour flavor other berry like flavors present
m: light bodied beer with a lot of carbonation

overall, this isnt a very good brew but i have had worse from this style and this brewer

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Photo of KeefD
1.7/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Pours an interesting purple color, with little foam/lacing. Yes, it definitely has a blueberry aroma, but it's extraordinarily fake. Taste is super-sweet, like a winecooler. I get no indications of any beer qualities in this "lager." I dunno, it is what it is. I'm sure some women who claim to "hate" beer would enjoy this one. With high alcohol content, I think this one was brewed for the soul intention of shady college guys getting high school girls drunk.

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Photo of Baileyuk
3.18/5  rDev +47.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Would not have thought this was an AB beer and I feel duped although in this case happily.
Was a very unique purple color including a decent head that did fade fast. Lacing was minimal.

I was originally worried that this was off it smelled a little like on the edge wine that may be vinegaring. I almost stopped there.

I thought this beer was good, especially at first. It was very sweet and there was a lot of tartiness to it. It is sweeter than i usually like but it was for some reason acceptable. Blueberry bomb for sure.

The sugar level on this must be high and the sugars on the tongue left a below par experience for the feel of the beer.

D - I feel bad for this one but I thought it was very wasy drinking and refreshing. I put a couple back which I often do not do. I may not order this often as it is not my ideal style but I did enjoy it. For 8% it is very easy to drink.

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Photo of Boto
1.46/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Bottle: I had this at a beer tasting at a local large beer store. I sought this out, because I like this type of beer. The aroma is blueberries. VERY strong blueberries. The color definitely has a blueberry tint to it. The taste is blueberries. Not in a good way. It is a sickly sweet, syrupy blueberry taste. No subtlety to this at all. As with some of A-B's other offerings in the micro world, they are heavy handed and overdone. I'll stick with Sea Dog's version.

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Photo of marcpal
1.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into pint glass. Not looking forward to this one but it was just as bad as I had feared. But, my wife loved it. Go figure.

A: Poured a purple red with a bright pink head.

N: Definitely smells like fake blueberry and not pleasant. Had this one compared to a Bar Harbor after which was one of the better Ive had. This smells borderline toxic.

T: I tasted no real fruit here. More like a bad malt cocktail. A lot of graininess, this was not a beer.

M: Far too much carbonation, fizzled and fizzed non stop. Felt like a zima with the jolly rancher dropped in from high school days.

D: I doesnt taste good at all but the alcohol I find to be well hidden. Surprised at that. Even so much that my wife asked me to get more- wouldnt have thought that given the booze.

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Photo of allengarvin
2.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Very dark red color with a bright purple-pink head. Very sweet, berryish aroma, though is smells more like Boo-Berry cereal than fresh blueberries, to me. Ugh, the flavor is almost a parody of a good fruit beer: it's everything people say they don't like when they say they don't fruit beers. Cloyingly sweet fruity flavor, with no complexity or indeed any other flavor. I can't detect a bit of hops or malt. Ugh.

I was told there was a good new blueberry beer out in Texas: and indeed, there were two at the store, this one, and another that had a dog in a rain hat. I am assuming I picked the wrong one, because this is wretched.

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Photo of joshwlt
1.56/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Had a single one of these floating in a tube down a river recently so I can't really account for its appearance but this stuff was pretty rank... Very phenolic almost pepto-like mouthfeel and taste, chalky, medicine, artificial blueberry and alcohol... didn't taste anything like beer or fruit beer. Don't waste your time or money on it.

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Photo of whynot44
2.78/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice purplish red color with a decent foamy pink head that hangs around fairly well and even makes a bit of lace.

The aroma is blueberry with a somewhat carbonic undertone, no noticeable malt.

The taste is similar - sweet blueberry, with some odd tart undertone, barely a trace of malt, no hops, but an odd metallic note which lingers into the aftertaste if you let it warm up at all.

Light/medium bodied, easily drinkable if you keep it cold and like blueberry. This really comes across more as a blueberry malt liquor or wine cooler than as a beer, but in that light, it's not bad at all. If you like blueberry koolaid with a little more kick, give it a try.

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Photo of toolbrew
2.54/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Didn't know this was AB when I bought it.

Poured a plum red color - clear. Some lacing and light foam. Small reddish head.

Smells like fruit - lots of fruit!

sweet taste as well. High carbonation.

Sensation on front of mouth and roof of mouth.

Too sweet for me - brewed from juice, not extract. Won't be having this again.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.78/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Picked this beer up with hiankingI had come across a beer that has just become available in Illinois frm the east coast. Oh well, still can't hurt to give an A-B beer a try.

Pour a purpleish burgund with rose highlights. Good bubbling and a light film of foam at the top of the beer. Doesn't look like a beer at first glance color wise, but I do recall lots of other great fruit beers having very thick, deep colors. The aroma is a strong blueberry with hints of grapes and prunes and just a touch of corn mixed ith cheap alcohol. Very juicey from th first sip, blueberries, blackberries,and some grapes. Juicey, fruity, but the alcohol is well hidden. Not what I expected, but you can't let this beer get warm at all. The boozy taste gets a bit overpowering. Very fruity, a bit adjuncty, and does not get better as it warms.

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Photo of Bookseeb
2.1/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance has a reddish blueberry hue with a simple blueberry foam head that dissapates quickly. Smell has not much, just a little fruity blueberry aroma to it. Taste has a sharp artificial fruit (blueberry I quess) flavor followed by a acidic bitterness. Mouthfeel is light - medium with a good bite of carbonation. Talked up a lot by co-workers, but I just don't taste what they see in it.

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Photo of jeffmonarch
2.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Looks like grape juice, really purple with a lavender head that disappears quickly.

S - Really strong blueberry smell.

T - Really sweet almost like drinking blueberry syrup that's thinned out a little.

M - Good carbonation and light bodied.

D - Bad, my wife really likes it though.

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Photo of theghost3
1.82/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Wild Blue is a grape juice purple with a lavender head. It smells incredibly sweet, kind of like a wine cooler. The taste is very sweet, but not quite as sweet as it smells. The blueberry or whatever artificial flavor in it overpowers any taste of beer. It usually takes several gulps to finally taste a hint of lager. The overwhelming fruit flavor is a lot like a light wine mixed with a malternative, say, Smirnoff Ice. Not much aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was not great, but not awful--not horribly acidic like a lot of fruit beers. This is simply not a very drinkable beer. In fact, I'm not convinced this is beer and would classify it as a malternative with a little beer in it. This has to be a blueberry version of Hooch with some Bud Light in it, right? Is somebody joking with this?

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Photo of BWMKappaSig
1.6/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Red wine look to it with a pink foamy head. Reminds me of a framboise poured into cheap wine.

Smell: Grape juice and rubbing alcohol. Almost like Night Train.

Taste: Like bad fruit wine. This is pretty bad. Strong astringency with

Mouthfeel: Way too fizzy to be enjoyable. Cidery taste.

Drinkability: Not the slightest bit enjoyable.

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Photo of Shaw
3.4/5  rDev +58.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm going to buck the trend and say this beer is actually decent. I bought the six-pack before checking here on BA and once I did I thought I was screwed. But this isn't a bad brew.

It pours a deep blue/purple in color with a light purple head that foams like soda.

It has a dry aroma that's big on blueberry notes. My wife, who hates beer, actually like this beer's aroma.

The flavor is all about fruity blueberry. But this doesn't taste like artificial flavor, even though it may be. It is quite sweet and tastes like fruit has been added to this beer, unlike another blueberry beer I've tried. There really isn't much more flavor to this beer than the fruit. I'm not noting any malt or hop characteristics, not that that's a bad thing in this style. I also don't notice the higher alcohol level.

The body is very clean and crisp.

Overall this is a fine beer. If you're a fan of fruit beers I'd say this is worth checking out. I don't know why everyone else seems to hate it.

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Photo of micahgoldfus
1/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Simply the worst beer I think I have ever had. Poured a bright, unnatural blue-pink color with a big, fizzy head that quickly disappeared. Smell was nothing big sweet, processed, sugary blueberry. I was not looking forward to the taste, and my hunch was right. The taste was nothing but syrupy blueberries, so sweet that it actually stung. The mouthfeel was incredibly fizzy. I've had some bad beers in my day, but I couldn't finish more then 4 sips of this one. It was more like a novelty soda gone bad than a beer. It's beers like this that give other fruit beers a bad, bad name. Stay away!

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Photo of bashiba
1/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured an awful grape juice color with a touch of soda pop head

smells exactly like flintstone vitamons.

Taste like bad tart grapejuice. where is the beer?

mouthfeel is thin and watery, no carbonation or body at all.

just plain awful not beer at all, avoid this at all costs.

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Photo of Blakaeris
1/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours cloudy purple with pink highlights. Head is slight and quickly dissipates to a thin sheen.

Aroma is tart, with generous artificial fruit sweetness.

Taste is tangy grape soda with an artificial sweetener aftertaste. Powdery sugary feeling reminds me of kool-aid.

mouthfeel is light and thin. Could be kool-aid.

Don't bother. This isn't beer.

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Photo of smcolw
1.23/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This pours purple! With a purple hued head! Only the slightest of lace on the glass. Appears to be clear.

The smell reminds me of children's aspirin--the kind that was "orange" flavored. In this case it's closer to powdered candy--mostly sweet and artificial.

Okay, imagine grape juice poured into a Bud Light. You can't, then go out and buy this beer! I'll wait here for you to curse me out. If you would like to have a melted slushie styled beer, this one may be for you.

I'm off to dump this one.

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Photo of jenbys2001
1.23/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

If I had noticed this was a Busch product I probably would have steered clear, but I didn't and had the unfortunate experience of drinking this beer. In the glass it looks exactly like red wine, and smells like blueberry syrup. It hits your tongue with a nauseating, overpowering faux blueberry taste - with no beer flavor at all. If I didn't know this was beer, I would have mistaken it for blueberry punch. Also it's sweeter than a soda. This is a wretched, vile beverage that you should avoid.

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Photo of nniicckkww
1.15/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I just brewed a blueberry ale and saw this in the store, so I decided I'd give it a go. Needless to say, I was excited to try it.

Upon opening and pouring the beverage, the color was dark purple and very bubbly. Grape soda? The smell did not resemble that of a beer, but of a beverage more akin to Mikes Hard Lemonade.

Very fizzy. Soda like. Is this really a lager and not a grape soda? No malt or hops flavor or aroma whatsoever. Mouthfeel was thin and fizzy. Disgusting. Sweet. I think this is a soda.

This is not beer. Very disappointing. I actually poured the last half down the drain after my girlfriend and I struggled to drink the first half.

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Photo of pmcadamis
1.89/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A - It's not blue at all! It's purple with a pink head. Oh my god....what am I drinking?

S - Smells like Welch's grape juice, malt liquor, and a bowl of blueberries with sugar piled on top.

T - Tastes better than I thought it would, but it's still not really good per se. This tastes like grapes and blueberries straight up.

M - Full bodied and highly carbonated. This is a heavy beer with a high ABV, and that's one thing I like about it! The thick and boozy feel kinda reminds me of a tropical gooey sugary drink.

D - Not for me. Chicks might dig this, but the high ABV could be a disaster for lightweight little girls (like my fiance) who feel crazy after one wine cooler. This stuff really shouldn't even be considered beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.26/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

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Wild Blue from Anheuser-Busch
53 out of 100 based on 587 ratings.