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Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale - Atlantic Brewing Company

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Bar Harbor Blueberry AleBar Harbor Blueberry Ale

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424 Ratings
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Ratings: 424
Reviews: 265
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 13
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Atlantic Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 12-13-2001

A light fruit ale, made with Maine wild blueberries. As opposed to many of the sweeter fruit beers on the market, our addition of fresh Maine wild blueberries in this light ale yields a subtle blueberry aroma, without the sweet aftertaste. A mixture of the following Mutton malts, pale, crystal, and Munich, are combined with wheat to give this ale its lighter body, and we only use minimal amounts of Target and Willamette hops.
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Ratings: 424 | Reviews: 265
Reviews by CharlesRiver:
Photo of CharlesRiver
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have seen this beer for awhile but never got it. I am normally not a big fruit beer fan. Light reddish-tan in color with a small head that goes away quickly. The smell is very sweet with hints of different berries, not only blueberry. Tastes a bit like a homebrew I did last year. Plastic and metallic in the beginning and then a much smoother berry flavor takes over. Finishes a bit dry.

All and all an okay beer, just not really my thing. I wouldn't mind trying this on draft to do the comparison.

More User Reviews:
Photo of illpass78
3.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber with a finger-width cream head. Reasonable carbonation and some lacing.

Aroma: Smells of blueberries, wheat, a touch of hops, and a little faint spicy zest.

Taste: This beer starts out mild, with more of an accent of blueberry than a dominant flavor. It has the characteristics of a nice wheat pale ale. Blueberry gets more noticeable as it warms, revealing a slight syrupy taste. Wheat taste stays present throughout.

Mouthfeel: Pretty decent body for a fruit beer. Good for spring or fall as well as summer.

Overall: This is a pretty decent blueberry beer that is complex and interesting enough to keep you engaged. Some of the citrus and lemon of a traditional wheat butts up against the blueberries in a slightly odd way, and the taste does get syrupy as it warms. It's a nice offering, though.

Photo of steelerguy
2.62/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Pours a deep amber with some hints of orange. Very clear, lightly carbonated, little head that become none within minutes.

S - Blueberries, in fact way more blueberry smell than I would have thought possible. Some biscuit aroma and sweetness really give this a blueberry muffin smell. Certainly unique, but quite nice.

T - Oops, that blueberry smell doesn't come through in the taste. Tastes more like an artificial blueberry syrup and it quite tart, like a blueberry sweet tart if they make such a thing. If this is hopped it is so light as to be almost non existent and the sweetness is cloying.

M - Thin with little feel, for being sweet it has very little body.

D - One is plenty, more of a topic of conversation beer than something you want to drink. Worth trying to know what blueberry beer is like, but after that...you won't need another.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kind of on the reddish side for a blueberry beer. No real head or head retention at all to speak of. Smells interesting. Sweet and acidic and biting. I dont know that I really pick up on the blueberry taste in the beer. I let it warm up a bit, and still not much. I think its lurking around there in the aftertaste, very subtley. Still, I like this beer. Its much smoother than the other blueberry ale I've had. I'd probably like it even more if it was hot out and I was drinking this while sweating.

Photo of lordofthewiens
2.98/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought this beer for my wife, who likes fruit beers. She didn't like this one, so I got to finish her glass, as well as the remainder of the 22oz bottle. It was a dark amber color with a small head. Aroma was all sweet fruit. It had a berry taste, with the tiniest bit of hops coming through at the end. Far too sweet for my taste.

Photo of Jason
3.34/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown long neck twist off, hmmm … the same bottle that Shipyard uses. Even the freshness date is the same format of Shipyard … the assumption is that it really is contract brewed.

Appearance: Clear and tawny brown, the thin bubbly lace holds virtually no retention at all.

Smell: Blueberries, what else? Light spicy hop and some malt sweetness … that is about it.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Ample crispness within the light to moderate body. Slim maltiness limply throws a sweetness on the palate. The blueberry flavour is nice and even throughout. Good spicing with the hops, just enough to balance and not get in the way of the fruit flavour. Touch of dextrin and blueberry sweetness in the finish.

Notes: An all around good blueberry ale, nothing that jumps out and surprises the senses … after one I had enough for the day.

Photo of merlin48
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This 12 oz bottle pours a hazy, rust colored body with a small, silky head supported by lots of active carbonation. Head retains quite well and deposits a moderate amount of patchy lace.

Aroma is subdued, with a light note of fresh blueberries atop pale ale malt.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with moderate carbonation.

The taste is well balanced, and very tasty, but the blueberry flavor is not intense. I'm thinking that this was the intention of the brewery, as there is no cloying, berry sweetness. There is just enough berry to make this a unique and very quaffable pale fruit ale.

At $9.99 a sixpack at the many stores where i saw this on the Maine coast, it's no bargain, but it's a nicely drinkable, berry ale without an intense fruit flavor.

Photo of BlueHammer
3.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours deep amber and translucent. There is not an overwhelming smell of blueberries at in other fruit beers. It smells just slightly of blueberry overtones. I wasn't too impressed with the first taste which was just slightly bitter. As the beer warms it starts to taste better. It becomes a little sweeter and the blueberry taste comes through naturally.

The bitter first taste gave took away from the initial drinkability, that too improved as time went on becoming a much smoother beer.

Photo of Billolick
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, with "best enjoyed before" dating. Pours a cloudy, muddy shade of darker amber. Fluffy white head, leaving some lacing. Nose is faintly of blueberries and some toasty malt. Faint fruity notes, malty, not much hops. Not anything heroic here, just a middle of the road, somewhat fruity ale, plasant summer quaffer, thats about it.

Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: medium head, amber orange in color

Smell: lots of blueberries

Taste: very blueberry--there is also a hint of wheat

Mouthfeel: sweet, tart, and crisp

Drinkability: This one is very sessionable for a fruit ale. It hits the blueberry taste perfectly. It does not go out of the box, but if blueberry and wheat is what you want, this is place for it.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear copper color with an off white head and medium lacing on the glass.

Smell: Blueberries and pine notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Light to medium bodied, not as well balanced as I had thought. Taste of light blueberries and a bitter sweet taste on the end.

Overall: Not a horrible brew, but I have had much better blueberry beers.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.34/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears an amber body with an off white head leaves behind thin lace after the cream head dwindles. Aroma has a strong air of blueberry and a touch of earthiness with the caramel malt presence weighing in pretty light overall a nutty stem characteristic weighs in. Taste has a creamy semi sweet herbal tea leaf matched with blueberry from the earth type flavors, also contains mild malt s with more leafy bitterness. Mouthfeel has medium to light body with an even smooth carbonation that comes off very straight up ale like versus the typical fruit beer marketed by most beer companies. Drinkability ha an easy going flavorful yet not overly fruity profile.

Photo of Shovelbum
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a short-lived fizzy off-white head over an amber-colored clear body. Large bubbles make their way upward. Moderate blueberry aroma, nearly overrides a faint trace of caramel in the background. The light caramel has a bit more presence in the flavor. The blueberry is the lead flavor, but it isn’t overbearing and lets the other flavors come through. A light hop bitterness, but not a major player. A light body with moderate carbonation.

I was expecting a bit more in the flavor department. The blueberry flavor is done with moderation—and rightly so, as I think if there was much more in here it would be offsetting. A bit more backing sweetness from the malt, or some more earthy hop aromas could have added a little more complexity. Still, its light body and fruit esence would make a refreshing summer ale after a day of inhaling smog on Cadillac Mtn.

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.77/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a crystal clear warm amber colored body with a thin ring of white bubbles. There is a super strong carbonation of big bubbles launching from the base of the glass.

S- This beer has a big chemical blueberry note with a hint of sugary blueberry cereal note to it.

T- This beer has a dry field corn and pale malt note with a noble hop bitterness in the finish. There is a light sulfur hint to the hop bitterness. There is a caramel malt hint and a slightly sweet blueberry hint buried in the background.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

D- This beer has all the qualities of an American light lager with some hints of blueberries that are very light. There are no real ale qualities to the malt or and blueberry flavor that really enhance this beer.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Atlantic- Bar Harbor Blueberry

A- Golden orange with a decent frothy head. Light lacing of the glass.
S- Caramel malt with a big dose of ripe blueberries.
T- Blueberry tainted caramel malt with a slight earthy grassy hop finish. Blueberry dominates throughout, obviously.
M- Sweet and fruity with a decent malty backbone.

Overall- The best blueberry beer out there. For what that's worth.
Can only drink 1 though.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.06/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a beautiful light amber color, totally clear with robust carbonation and many tiny bubbles to create and support an all-white, 1/4" deep, smooth and even head that seems to have plenty of support.

A tangy blueberry scent pops on the nose with some herbalness and wheat notes down deep.

A semi-sweet malt with raspberry-like tanginess and bluberries is tasted first, but then becomes very wheatie and herbalized, the balance is pretty good and the blueberry flavor is not overpowering and maybe not strong enough, still the overall flavor works and is enjoyable. The after taste is strange though, with a soapy taste lingering on.

Light bodied, crisp and clean mostly, and for the style is pretty easy to drink.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Label has a best-by date of April 2007, so this has collected about all the age it should.

Pours a rusty golden color that sports a big fluffy head. Very healthy carbonation. Nice rounded lace splotches as the glass empties. Just looking at this makes me thirsty.

Aroma offers only very faint blueberry, otherwise it smells like an American Macro: candy-like corn sweetness and overcooked vegetables.

Blueberry is incorporated very well in the flavor, coming in right at the beginning and staying all the while, even remaining strong in the finish. But it's never overdone, and that's a fine line when it comes to fruit beers. There's a healthy malt roundness to this beer as well, and a crisp little kick from the hops. But it seems to drink way more like a lager than an ale, as it also sports a slightly metallic sheen, and brings up the nasty flavor of overcooked vegetables that lots of macro lagers possess.

The good outweighs the bad here, and the blueberry is definitely fun and well-done, but even though I'm glad I tried it, this isn't so interesting or superior that I would go out of my way for it.

Photo of sullysbeer
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Aroma: Bucket full of Blueberry's. Freshly baked blueberry pie, toffee almost like Kool-Aid or even a wine cooler. Powdered sugar.

Appearance: Clear golden with a reddish hue and a white head that falls back into the beer.

Flavor: Wine cooler type flavor, blueberry. The ending of the swallow finishes with a lingering bitterness which reminds you that this is not a wine cooler but a beer. Hints of caramel malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and an extremely light carbonation.

Overall Impression: More of a wine cooler than a beer to me. Not enough carbonation. A bit more carbonation and less blueberry and you have a perfect Red Ale as the color is stunning!

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy auburn with reddish & orange highlights. The creamy ivory head holds quite well, buoyed by an effervescent carbonation. It maintains a full surface covering throughout the glass and leaves solid sheets of lace that rise a half inch or so above the surface. These short "mountain ranges" do drop respective to the surface level, but stick around throughout almost the entire serving. The aroma, although obviously from extract, is quite nice with a rich and sweet blueberry note. The body is light/medium with an exceptionally fine and effervescent carbonation that's crisp at first but becomes quite creamy in the mouth as it warms. The flavor starts with a light touch of blueberry up-front but reveals more of the lightly caramel maltiness as it crosses the palate, a quick flash of blueberry returns but is immediately flip-flopped back to maltiness and a touch of bitterness at the swallow. It finishes dryish with a short lingering blueberry-tinged maltiness. Very nicely done. Well balanced. An interesting, refreshing and enjoyable beer.

Photo of ElGordo
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled with copious tastes from my fiance's pint over lunch at the brewery last month. Pours a light copper color with a very small white head. Nose of pure blueberries, plain and simple. Palate is sweet malt, blueberry, and light fruity hops. Aftertaste has a strange hint of black pepper. Smooth, slightly creamy body. Very refreshing.

Photo of cjgator3
3.61/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a nice amber color with a huge off-white colored head that possesses excellent lacing and retention. Very impressive appearance.

S- The aroma is some malt and a good dose of blueberries with some yeast as well.

T- The taste like the aroma features some malt with blueberry flavoring as well.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Not bad, especially for a fruit beer. Not overly sweet like I was worried. Not something I would want to drink all night, but it is something different that is a nice change of pace.

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was quite skeptical purchasing this bevarage, but it worked out. Nice hazy amber color, and a good head. First thing that hits you as you taste it is the unmistakeable taste of blueberries. They taste like the good wild ones, not the commercial ones from New Jersey, but the little wild ones from Maine. I was quite impressed, instantly liking this beer.

Photo of Southernbrew
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich amber with a gigantic head. This is my 3rd bottle of six and everyone has had huge heads, something may be off. Oh well.

Nothing but blueberries in the nose with a touch of spice.

Light bodied and quite crisp. Very full and consistent flavor. There's a bit of spice that I can put my finger on but it does make this beer stand out a bit compared to other blueberry ales. Finishes with a light blueberry flavor.

Not a bad blueberry beer, probably one of the better ones I've had.

Photo of Infamous7100
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am typing this review while enjoying this surprisingly good beer. While not one to usually enjoy fruit themed beers, this one was pretty good. It was poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Poured an amber brown color. Only about a one finger head at the conclusion of the poor, no seditment, lots of bubbles, indicating some carbonation.
S: Fresh blueberries were present from the start. I could barely smell the alcohol trying to sneak through. A little malt was detected as well.
T: The taste continued right along with the blueberry theme. While not over-powering and making the beer "fu-fu", the blueberries and alcohol mixed quite well. The blueberries were noticable enough to prevent a lot of alcohol taste from coming through. A hint of malt, no noticable hops.
M: Nothing special here, light and easy on the palate.
D: I could see this being a session beer. While not very high on the alcohol content and too themed in its taste, one could get used to having a couple or three these while bellying up to the bar or sitting on the patio. Very crisp and easy going down.

Photo of Generik420
4.07/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden yellow with a hint of blue/purple in the right angle. No head at all and no lacing.

Fairly strong aroma of blueberry, but not too excessive.

Taste was light and pleasing, a good hint of the blueberry flavor, but again, it was not hitting you over the head.

This is a lighter bodied beer that is very drinkable if you limited it 2-3 bottles. I don't think I would want more then that.

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Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale from Atlantic Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 424 ratings.