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Bunker Hill Blueberry Ale - Boston Beer Works - Canal Street

Bunker Hill Blueberry AleBunker Hill Blueberry Ale

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86 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.85%

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Works - Canal Street visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-04-1998)
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Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.53/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a one finger white head that vanishes quickly leaving no lace. Nearly clear light straw color. Good carbonation and light bodied. Faint blueberry nose and flavor is a watery, tart blueberry, good lawnmower beer and not much else. $1.99 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Marlboro, MA.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 22:29:59 | More by jdhilt
Photo of ryan1788a5


3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Crystal clear and golden in color. Two fingers of white head sputter out almost immediately. No lacing.

S: Malt base is biscuity and slightly doughy malt base. Fresh and authentic blueberry aroma is the focal point. Very clean and neutral, not much else going on.

T: Grainy malts open. Biscuit. Blueberry flavor takes center stage, but is careful not to ham it up and ruin the performance. Hollow hop bitterness, not really any hop flavor. Very clean and neutral. Quick and dry finish of cracker and blueberry.

M: Light body. Slight firmness. Seltzery carbonation blasts through a creamy texture and adds a crisp bite.

O: It won't win the hearts of hardcore beer geeks, but it's simple, quaffable, and crowd pleasing. I think that's what they were going for too. It's a decent beer that doesn't overstep it bounds. This gives it a leg up on much of the blueberry ale competition.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 02:51:58 | More by ryan1788a5
Photo of Burlyn

2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ap - cloudy pale pink. Probably due to the berries floating in the glass. two inch white head speckled with bits of blueberry skins.

sm- blueberries. Only blueberries

t - malty hops and very overpowering blueberries. theres a slight bitter aftertaste after about half a glass

m - super light and very effervescent

o - this almost isnt a beer, its so sweet and fruity. Its very refreshing but not quiet what I am looking for in a beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2012 22:41:35 | More by Burlyn
Photo of vfgccp

New York

3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pale wheat gold. Very little head.

S - Pleasant blueberry fruit and bready wheat.

T - Light lemon into malt and an accent of fresh blueberries. The blueberry is light and struggles to push through the malt and citrus.

M - Light body. Medium carbonation.

O - Was way better fresh on tap than in the bottle.

**Note - At brewery this beer is served with fresh blueberries which really adds a lot of fresh berry taste, and really helps raise this beer to a higher level.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 17:56:39 | More by vfgccp
Photo of ExtraStout


3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On draught at Fenway: A very nice light, summer beer. The aroma is that of blueberries, no doubt helped by the addition of some blueberries to the beer.

The color is a slightly darker, golden color. There is a decent amount of lacing. The beer has amedium to lighter body. Actually not too much blueberry taste, except when you chew on a couple of them.

It’s always on my wife's list to drink when we go to Fenway Park (across the street!) One of the better done Blueberry beers out there.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2012 19:37:01 | More by ExtraStout
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a pint glass.

The color is orange with two fingers of foamy white head that leaves no lacing left on the glass and has blueberries floating in the glass.

The smell is of blueberries party due to them floating in the beer with a slight wheat and malt aroma. There is even a little hop bitterness there as well.

The taste is sweet with the blueberries coming out a little with some nice malt flavor. There is more of a nice biscuit flavor and some slight wheat flavor.

The feel of this beer is nice and light with a crisp feel that is good for taking it easy and just having a good session ale. The floating blueberries were an interesting feature of this beer but became a nuisance when having to pick blueberries out of my teeth but some may find this a highlight.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2011 22:50:15 | More by Duhast500
Photo of blacklabel67k


4.38/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious beer, actually tates like REAL blueberries. Had on tap at Boston Beer Works WITHOUT the blueberries added before the Celtics scrimmage which might I add WE GOT FRONT ROW SEATS, and was awesome.

A- A clear golden yellow

S- Smells of mmmm blueberries mostly and not much else

T- Same as smell, all blueberries but NOT overpowering. A perfect blend for a light beer. The taste is not overdone and mixes well.

M-Nice carbonation, fine and slightly bubbly.

O- One of the best fruit beers I've had. Can't wait to try it again, if I can get this in a 6 pack I just might do that.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2011 05:35:12 | More by blacklabel67k
Photo of womencantsail


3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beer Works Fenway

A: The beer pours a pale golden color with blueberries floating in the glass underneath the white head.

S: Big time blueberry aroma, a bit like blueberry pancakes. That's really pretty much it for the aroma. Very simple and quite sweet, but unmistakeably blueberry.

T: Essentially the same story on the palate. There is just a touch of sweet malt and bread. But otherwise, it's tons of blueberry and blueberry pancake flavor.

M: Light in body with medium carbonation.

O: A guilty pleasure of sorts. It's pretty simple, it's definitely artificial, but it tastes good.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2011 18:51:38 | More by womencantsail
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at Canal Street, and served in a pint glass. The beer is a bright, pale golden-yellow color with a low profile, quarter-inch, white, foamy, thich head that clings and lingers while you drink. They dropped a spoonful of blueberries into the beer, so there is a ribbon of deep blue coloring down through the middle of the beer. Toasted grain and light blueberry aromas abound, almost like a neighbor is cooking blueberry muffins. Increased carbonation keeps it light and crisp, with slight sour malt flavor and tart fruit sweetness. The aftertaste is musty, with a weak, tangy fruit sweetness, and a filmy, clingy finish. Meh.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2011 03:11:23 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of clayrock81


2.65/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Really looking forward to this beer and I was let down. Came w/ a very light body and just some rather puckered blueberries floating on top w/ some extract floating on the bottom. Obviously I got some blueberry aroma but even that wasn't strong. The blueberries were light in taste and I really didn't pick up anything else - not much sweetness or even a biting crispness or touch of sour to speak of. Just a boring light beer w/ blueberries for lack of a better term. Won't bother getting again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2011 17:32:25 | More by clayrock81
Photo of mlazzaro


2.68/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Beer Works blueberry ale is composed of their the golden ale with blueberry extract added to the keg, and blueberries added to the glass. I'm under the impression it's their number one selling beer. It appearance is awfully light in color to have blueberry flavors. It does smell appealing with a light malt/sweet blueberry aroma. Drinking it my first thought is that it's very soda like in both sweetness and mouthfeel. It's thin body make it somewhat refreshing, but really not beer-like enough for my taste. I'm honestly not hugely impressed. Kind of gimmicky with blueberries floating in the glass as well. They have some other good beers though. In general Beer Works is worth a visit, good food, pretty good beers.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2011 13:54:50 | More by mlazzaro
Photo of Brad007


3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on 3/11/11.

I've had blueberry ales before and usually, they're run of the mill. That being said, I decided to try this anyway.

Color is accentuated by real blueberries, which lend a blue-ish hue.

Aroma is full of blueberry with only slight hints of pale malt and hops underneath.

A mix of hops and blueberry greet the palate. Just a bit of sweet, buttery malt.

Coats the throat, leaving a good hint of blueberry on the throat. Not much else to write about.

An interesting light, refreshing blueberry ale, good for those who aren't usually inclined to drink beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2011 00:21:16 | More by Brad007
Photo of BennyL1


3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Bunker Hill Blueberry pours a nice amber color with a small white head. Purple tinge on the head due to the added blueberries that floated up and down from the carbonation.

S - The blueberries take the main stage up front in the nose. They smell really fresh as well. A bit of malt in the background too.

T - Juicy blueberries up front. Very crisp taste with a bit of malt in the back. This doesn't taste like artificial fruit either which is nice. The added blueberries were a nice touch.

M - Lighter body with a good amount of carbonation.

D - Very good, great beer that went well with my dessert. Could picture myself drinking these at Fenway for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2011 18:55:11 | More by BennyL1
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains blueberries, light caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a sweet blueberry flavor that isn't overly strong. Then a thin but complementary malt character comes in along with background flavors of caramel and citrus. The hops presence is mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very mild kick, good representation of style, there are others in the style that are better but it's still a decent beer.Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 23:55:19 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of cbutova


2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Hazy light orange with a small white cap. The head fizzes out after a short period of time. A small amount of fine lace sticks to the glass.

S- Kind of hard to pick much up but I get slight blueberries atop a malt profile with somewhat of an adjunct feel.

T- Starts pretty fruity with a mix of blueberry and general fruit notes. Finishes fruity and tart. Like blueberry mixed with a sour melted popsicle of random fruit flavor. Light malt and bread notes in there as well.

MF- Light body with high, palate-stinging carbonation. A slight tartness in the finish.

DB- All of the fruit beers with added "natural flavor" come out with the same feel. They cannot replicate beer with a heaping amount of real fruit in the fermentation. This is not very hard to drink but it does have a candy sort of feel to it. A one bottle deal for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 07:38:48 | More by cbutova
Photo of MMansfield

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Fenway location.

Appearance: Medium amber colour with a giant rocky bone white head. Looked very appetizing with real blueberries dancing up and down in the glass.

Aroma: Light blueberries, light malt, slightly floral.

Taste: Very mild blueberry flavour, slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Very light, thirst quenching.

Final Statement: Notes on this one fairly bad as I was more than half in the bag. However, it was probably the best blueberry beer I ever had.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Boston Beer Works - Fenway, 61 Brookline Avenue, Boston

08-03-2010 01:58:09 | More by MMansfield
Photo of tigg924


3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: minimal head, straw yellow in color, slightly hazy, high carbonation

Smell: blueberries and wheat--not an overpowering smell

Taste: wheat, grass--very pilsner like, the blueberries appear in the middle and last to the finish. They are present but not overly strong.

Mouthfeel: medium/light body and moderate carbonation, slightly bitter to borderline harsh at times

Drinkability: A pilsner with a touch of blueberries. Here the fruit is faint. A nice beer post lawn cutting, so long as you don't expect too fruity a fruit beer.

Serving type: bottle
@ Boston Beer Works - Fenway, 61 Brookline Avenue, Boston

07-02-2010 16:40:13 | More by tigg924
Photo of OtherShoe2


3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Received a clear, bubbly medium yellow pint with a decent white head. Good lacing. They put some blueberries in this one, which stains the head with some purple tinge, and the carbonation makes the berries rise in the glass.

You smell the blueberries, but I can't tell if it is infused in the beer or if it is the berries (in sugar syrup), that they spooned into the pint. I guess I give the benefit of the doubt for what I've been served, and it is definitely blueberry ale. Some brew-like scents in there (pils-like), but this is all fruit.

Mild beer-like qualities of a mild ale with a bunch of shitty over-the-top blueberry fruit flavor. The berry flavor is the real deal (no Boo-Berry elements here), but WTF -- where the hell is the beer? You get some pils-like elements, maybe some grain, but those are watery at best.

Carbonated and lighter-bodied. Good, palate clearing elements.

Not a favorite. A novelty. Easier drinking but you get bored about halfway thru. Worth a try, but you need to be into this type of stuff to really like it.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Lowell Beer Works, 203 Cabot St, Lowell

04-11-2010 19:43:26 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of smcolw


3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a mild haze to an otherwise straw colored beer. Not much head and it dies to a thin rim of bubbles along the glass. Almost no lace

Slightly sour smell with some definitive blueberry aroma. Little else to the nose.

More sourness on the tongue. I also detect biting ginger. It has the body of a pilsner with a corresponding crispness. This is flavorful but not that special.

Serving type: bottle
@ Lowell Beer Works, 203 Cabot St, Lowell

02-26-2010 23:47:56 | More by smcolw
Photo of jrallen34


3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap into a pint glass at the Fenway park location.

The beer pours a light gold that is fairly clear with a hint of pink to it that I think comes from the addition of real blueberries that float througout the glass. The head is white and creamy and laced with purple pieces of the berries.

The aroma is light with a combo of skunk and berries.

The taste is ok not much blueberry to it at all though. Its almost kind of skunky as well.

The biggest distraction on the taste is the feel. It was way overcarbonted. The whole time it reminded me of drinking a french carbonated drink.

The bartender told me this was the most popular beer, I don't see how.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Boston Beer Works - Fenway, 61 Brookline Avenue, Boston

02-21-2010 23:11:09 | More by jrallen34
Photo of jlindros


3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a big blueberry beer fan, but I liked the Boston Beer Works beers at the brewery, so hopefully the bottled ones are OK.

A: Pours a light fluffy head that fades quickly, reminiscent of a soft drink. Crystal clear pale yellow color.

N: Blueberries were pouring out and I could smell it as I poured it from a few feet away. Lots of fresh blueberry aroma, almost as if a bartender snuck in here and put frozen strawberries in it. Very light crisp ale aromas in the background.

T: Somewhat a golden ale taste, with crisp ale flavors, light malts, and again lots of blueberry. If you like the frozen blueberries, this beer is perfect. It even appeals to me slightly. Juicy blueberry flavor. Pretty light, crisp and refreshing, would be a great summer beer.

M: Lighter body, decent carbonation.

F: FInishes semi dry with some crisp ale flavors, and a slight lingering blueberry. Otherwise it finishes quickly and leaves the mouth ready for more. A good ballpark beer too.

Serving type: bottle
@ Boston Beer Works - Fenway, 61 Brookline Avenue, Boston

02-14-2010 00:32:59 | More by jlindros
Photo of deltatauhobbit


3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had it a few times when I've been in Boston and finally got around to actually reviewing it.

Pour is a golden color with an amber/orange color, but the best thing is the blueberries they add to it for show where they bounce up and down in the glass.

Smell is a good balance of malt and blueberries with a slight bitterness, although it does lean more towards the sweet blueberries, not as much as other fruit beers I've had.

Taste is more balanced with some bitterness that rolls off the tongue.

One of Beer Works more consistent offerings and can find it there almost every time I go in.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Boston Beer Works - Fenway, 61 Brookline Avenue, Boston

01-21-2009 02:18:49 | More by deltatauhobbit
Photo of Jayli


4.68/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this ber at the Fens location. 16 oz pint glass. This is by and far my favorite beer brewed by Beer Works. It is also the best blueberry beer on the market in my opinion. The color is a nice golden amber with very minimal head and decent lacing. It's topped off with blueberries that float in the actual beer. The scent is of blueberries (of course) with mild malts and hops. This is a nice light bodied beer, easy to kick several of these back - that is if you like fruitier beer, and lighter body.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Boston Beer Works - Fenway, 61 Brookline Avenue, Boston

09-04-2008 19:44:43 | More by Jayli
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gold with a slight brown tint. Nose is very strong with a smooth blueberry influence. Flavor is slightly bitter with an edge of the blueberries. The berries seem to hit you more at the end. Feel has a good level of carbonation and an above average liquid feel. Very drinkable. The bitter edge detracts from the overall drinkability, but the smooth and very natural blueberry flavor really make this a great blueberry ale. I am always on my never-ending quest to find the greatest blueberry beer and this one is definitely up there.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Boston Beer Works - Fenway, 61 Brookline Avenue, Boston

12-31-2007 01:44:43 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of Dogbrick


3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sample at Beer Works Fenway: As with the Watermelon Ale, this brewer makes up for weak Fruit beers with originality. This beer is served with a fairly substantial amount of fresh blueberries in it. The effect is similar to a lava lamp as they ride the bubbles to the top and sink down again. The beer itself is a pale golden color with a minimal white head and very little lacing. Blueberry aroma. Light body with a tart blueberry flavor along with a bit of wheat. The finish is fruity and sweet. Not a great beer by any stretch, but fun to watch.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Boston Beer Works - Fenway, 61 Brookline Avenue, Boston

10-11-2007 19:46:01 | More by Dogbrick
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