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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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386 Ratings

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Ratings: 386
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.7%
Wants: 12
Gots: 8 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: Jason on 12-13-2001)
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Photo of GoodKnight1220


3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle to a glass.

This was a good to average looking brew, deep golden copper with little to no head or lacing.

Smelled heavy of malt and blueberries. Review before me said it was a syrup smell and I highly agree. It is like the blueberry syrup at like an IHOP.

Taste is identical to the smell with the fruit flavor dominating at the end.

Mouthfeel was a bit to carbonated.

But could drink one or two of these.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 00:03:11 | More by GoodKnight1220
Photo of Atricapilla


2.75/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer pours a light copper color with a two finger frothy head. It smells like blueberry and syrup; fruity but sweet. The taste is relatively light, with blueberries predominating, but with a cloyingly sweet aftertaste. This left a slight stickiness in my mouth. After starting my second one, the stickiness started wearing on me a bit. Definitely a one and done beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 21:26:57 | More by Atricapilla
Photo of nrpellegrini


4.53/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tasted like fresh blueberrys. Better yet. Blueberry syrup on pancakes... where do the pancakes come from? I dont know? But its amazing. A smooth refreshing beer, that tastes like blueberrys. Real blueberries. No tartness or bland stale taste. Easy to drink. Its an all around great beer. Definitely drinkable with any season. TRY IT!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2008 05:36:43 | More by nrpellegrini
Photo of orcasteve

North Carolina

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

a bit bitter for my taste, the blueberry is nice though. this is just to dark for me, i prefur a golden color for a blueberry, this one is an amber, it was nicer the warmer it got and after about 3 bottles it went down smother, this would be nice after mowing the lawn or a round of disc golf or any outher activity in the hot sun.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2008 17:51:15 | More by orcasteve
Photo of IronCitySteve


3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had in a bottle with a freshness date of Dec 2008.

A: Bright amber color, with lots of carbonation. One finger off white head with minimal head.

S: Didn't get much of a smell, even after letting it warm just a bit. Faint hint of berries (blueberries, I figured that out all on my own).

T: Tasted better then the smell. Some berry and caramel blended together.

M: A bitter beer aftertaste, with some tinges of berries.

D: I am trying to explore different genres of beer. Some of the fruit beers are too sweet for me to enjoy more than one in a sitting. Overall, it was worth the shot. I probably would have another, trying it on tap if I could.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2008 12:32:26 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of SLeffler27

New York

2.68/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fills a pint glass with a violet-red liquid and a large frothy head which immediately dissipates to a thin shadow of its former self.

The blueberries are on steroids and overpower everything beery within this glass.

Blueberries dominate, but less so here than with the aroma. The fruit flavors are stronger than my preference, but perhaps this is an entry port for those less enamored by beer flavors.

Blueberry Ale is clean up front, but leaves an undesirable film middle to end.

Okay...some would reach for more of this; however, one was enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 21:06:07 | More by SLeffler27
Photo of marcpal

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up for the wife in her tour de blueberry beers that she loves so much. Personally found this one to be a sleeper of a winner.

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Amber with a thin eggshell head.

N: Nothing but pure blueberry muffin. Best smelling blueberry beer I can remember- inviting. Some malt as well, nice.

T: There are blueberries here but not overkill like many of the fake flavors that come through in these (see seadog/wild blue). It tasted like an ale and tasted strongly like the aroma- tasty blueberry muffin.

M: Awfully crisp and not cloyingly sweet. Again, left the aftertaste of eating fresh homemade muffin.

D: Very drinkable and enjoyable. I do not like the style but can appreciate this one on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2008 21:00:33 | More by marcpal
Photo of Brad007


3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: Pours a nice copper amber color with a two finger head and lacing.

Aroma: Mild blueberry aroma with malty undertones. Standard fruit beer.

Taste: Blueberry shows through upfront and in the middle. Tastes like it's a wheat beer. Smooth and some hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Blueberry taste is "fade to back" which means that it starts out decent upfront and fades towards the back of the throat. I feel that it's not strong enough to actually mean anything.

Drinkability: Very drinkable with cold cuts. Heh. Refreshing. Simple. Gotta give it points for that. Just don't expect anything groundbreaking and you'll be fine.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 19:47:14 | More by Brad007
Photo of Stimack

New York

3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brew pours to a dull copper color with a fair sized head that has very good retention The aroma has a clear blueberry aroma that is actually quite inviting. The flavors while having a strong blueberry flavor is not over powering and quite good especially when mixed with a nice amount of carbonation. The end has a nice amount of caramel toasted flavor that wraps things up very nicely. I will admit that fruit brews are not normally my cup-of-tea but this one really seems to hit the spot. Not sure when I would have the chance to get more of these but if I could I would. Nice brew for the summer.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 00:51:55 | More by Stimack
Photo of katan


3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, undated

A - An amberish color with very little haze. The head is initially large but fades very quickly.

S - More of a malt flavor than the blueberrys - but it finishes with the light fruity notes I would expect from a fruit spiced beer.

T - The first flavor is some very light sweet malt flavors. The middle is very light bitter hops balance to the sweet malt. Very light blueberry flavor - which is only present in the late aftertaste of the beer.

M - Has some sharp feel to it, which is probably due to its heavier carbonation.

D- Easy drinking beer - although I can find this one being more filling than some of the other beers in the collection. A nice change of pace though.

For a fruit flavored beer, I'd like the background it brings to be more pronounced. Otherwise, very good.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 23:36:51 | More by katan
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A. Poured into a pint glass, slight white head with decent retention.

S. Definately hints of blueberry and malts going on.

T. Very crisp, sweet blueberry notes dominate this beverage. About what you would expect from a blueberry ale.

M. Light crisp mouthfeel. Leaves a fruity aftertaste.

D. Highly drinkable, fairly impressive ale. Maybe I just love blueberry ale, but this one is a winner.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2008 20:31:44 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of drperm


4.2/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From old notes.
Bottle, May 2005.
Granted, I was on my honeymoon, so everything tasted great. Brought a bottle back from Maine to savor later, and had the same experience again, so it must have been quality.
Marked as the best blueberry ale I've had. Not too over-the-top fruity, not too sweet. Very well balanced, with a wheaty twist.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2008 15:08:03 | More by drperm
Photo of Drew966


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

Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale pours a copper color with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. There is a nice blueberry aroma. Hmmm, in some ways this beer does a really nice job of capturing a real blueberry flavor. Overall though, I'm not overly impressed by this beer. It's not bad though, and certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 01:14:53 | More by Drew966
Photo of americanwolfdrea


3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is another trade show beer for me. I wantedto try something different and based on the salesman's recommendation I gave it a whirl. It poured a nice purplish color and a creamy head. The flavor was a bit too sweet for my taste. It almost reminded me of a very heavy very strong wine cooler. It didn't have much of an after taste or a strong bite(which I personally prefer). It did pack quite a punch, which made somewhat of a difference. All in all, just in my own pewrsonal taste, I did not care for this beer. It may have been better paired with a chocolate or berry dessert, or even better what maine is known for, lobster.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 22:39:41 | More by americanwolfdrea
Photo of MaltyGoodness


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

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear amber color with a small wghite head that thins. Mild lacing on the glass.

Light, fresh blueberry aroma on top of a largely malty base. Kind of a blueberry muffin smell as it warms. Not a huge blueberry presence, but it does small like real fruit was used in lieu of blueberry flavoring - which I will take over a faux blueberry bomb any day.

Light, fresh blueberry taste upfront that fades quickly into a rather plain amber ale. Finishes quite clean and dry with a bit of lingering blueberry flavor.

Medium-light body, well carbonated.

I appreciate that this brew tastes like fresh fruit was used, and isn't a mess of artifical flavorings. But, the base beer is a rather average American amber and has a much larger presence in this beer than the blueberries. I rarely suggest upping the fruit flavor, but I'd be curious to see this with 25% - 50% more blueberry.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 03:14:25 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of Risser09


3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottled poured into a snifter - 2007? Bottling - Cellar temp

Appearance: Pours a semi-cloudy brown color with orange highlights. The head is monstrous for a glass like this. 2" tall with varying bubble sizes. Craterous surface with gobbs of stick lace. Excellent retention.

Smell: An immediate blueberry smell hits my nose as soon as I popped the cap. Dense, sugary malt and floral hop bouquet.

Taste: Earthy and dense. Hop bitterness surfaces over the malt backbone. There is a blueberry flavor but it's loaded with a tannin quality. I suppose it is an authentic blueberry flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, ample bitterness, lots of tannins. Alcohol is there but isn't cloying. Dry finish.

Drinkability: If the taste matched the aroma, we'd be discussing an impeccable brew. A decent quencher and a reasonable session beer. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2008 14:02:28 | More by Risser09
Photo of ryrust5301


3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle. Blue label with a sailboat on it, and a gold cap.

Apperance - Pours a amber color, with a half finger white head. The head dissiapted rather quickly and was just a thin white ring around the top about a minute after the pour.

Smell - Blueberries, malt, and some hops. Smells kind crisp and appetizing.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Smooth malt hits you upfront. Very tight crispness on the tounge, followed by a sweet blueberry taste. Very refreshing!

Drinkability - It's pretty mush as advertised. A sweet, slightly malty, blueberry beer. The crispness makes it a great beer for the spring or a hot summer day. Nice change of pace brew if you're looking for something flavored.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 07:16:51 | More by ryrust5301
Photo of SpencerT


3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale poured a crystal clear amber with a thin white head. Would have liked to seen more body in the head. The scent of Blueberries is about all that was noticeable. The taste is of blueberries with the malts taking care of the muffin portion. If you are a fan of blueberry muffins this is the ale for you. The mouth-feel was clean and fresh with little aftertaste. I expected a perfume aftertaste but it never came.
I would drink a few of these with dessert or as a nightcap.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 02:25:09 | More by SpencerT
Photo of jordanmills


3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz into a cold pint glass with a thick amber color and a thick but small white head. Has a beautiful smell of blueberries with some beer, very nice if you're expecting blueberries, not the best if you wanted beer. Tastes of light roast malt and blueberries with a hint of hops. Feels light and bubbly with enough effervescence to keep the blueberries from being overwhelming unless your glass is old. Could drink three or four if you really like blueberries, one or two otherwise. Overall a pretty decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2008 04:13:43 | More by jordanmills
Photo of JDV


3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich nice amber color with a tiny white head. Smell and look is really nice actually. Smell is mostly of a very obvious blueberry, with little else. Just the tiniest touch of bitterness in the 1st taste, with a touch of sweetness and blueberry flavor following. A bit of malt taste is noticeable after it sits for a bit. Body is a touch watery unfortunately, and it has a short finish. Decent overall, and not a nauseatingly sweet fruit beer that makes it hard to finish or anything, but I wish it had a touch more oompf to it.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 19:04:14 | More by JDV
Photo of tpd975


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

Came in my package of Maine greats courtesy of deltatauhobbit.

A: Pours a Beautiful copper hue with a fluffy white head that thins slowly and provides just a smidge of lacing

S: Light blueberry notes with hints of biscuit and yeast. Lightly sweet and very nice.

T: Nice balance of fresh deliciously sweet blueberries, and light biscuit malt. There is nothing artificial about this one when it comes to the blueberry.

M: Slightly bubbly with a medium body. Finishes sort of dry.

D: One bottle and done type of beer, though it is a pretty enjoyable bottle.

Overall: A real nice offering. It is not one you would session, but is a great appetizer brew or dessert beer to finish off a nice meal. A buddy of mine loves these fruit beers, and I wish I had shared this one with him, as it's the best blueberry beer I have had to date.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2008 17:35:06 | More by tpd975
Photo of hiikeeba


3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer boured up a bronze/gold with a thing head that dissipated quickly.

S - As soon as I opened the bottle, I could smell blueberry pancakes. The aroma filled the air around the glass. After a couple of moments that aroma faded, and the beer had hardly any blueberry smell, and what there was reminded me of BooBerry cereal: slightly sweet blueberry.

T - Surprisingly, there was little blueberry flavor in the beer itself. I am afraid that once I got the BooBerry thing in my head, I couldn't get it out. There was a sweetness with a hint of blueberry and some probably self induced cereal flavor.

M - It's got a good mouthfeel. Not too thin, not to thick.

D - Actually I think it's pretty darn drinkable. The understated fruit flavor doesn't get cloying or overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2008 02:28:53 | More by hiikeeba
Photo of timericka

North Carolina

2.85/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beer poured as a redish amber with quick, thin, white head. Bar Harbor had a nice blueberry smell but not enough character to really intrigue me. Flavor was very pleasant at first but overall both it and mouthfeel were not lasting. I would say that on a very hot day this would be a perfect beer but on a January night watching football ... not so much.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 04:06:25 | More by timericka
Photo of jdmorgan


3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This ale poured an amber hue with a medium white head that dissipated.

The smell had indisputable aromas of blueberry which actually reminded me more of blueberry muffins than actual blueberries. The taste had a regular malt body with a slight biscuit flavor as well. The blueberry flavor was there as well with it's fruitiness and slight sweetness. I noticed that this flavor tended to merge unpleasantly with the hop flavors and the two seemed to affect one another in a negative way. Personally, I did not enjoy the blueberry/hop pairing. The consistency was medium and the carbonation was medium as well.

All in all, it's not a bad beer... definately respectable. I just had a hard time enjoying the conflicting tastes present, and thus I can not see drinking any more than a few of these for sheer novelty factor. Worth a try, nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2008 05:37:38 | More by jdmorgan
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3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was greeted w/ a copper brew that held a small head w/o lacings throughout the entire drink. The blueberries overpower the nostrils, so that is all I smelled. The blueberries mesh well with the hops, so one gets a taste of blueberry w/ a smooth drink, yet there is a dry, hoppy aftertaste. Unfortunately, that is about all. This is one of those beers that if you want an ale, or a pale ale at that, you can do much better, and in my opinion you could do better w/ a Sea Dog Blueberry Ale right off the top of my head. I didn't mind this beer, I just don't see myself picking it up again.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2008 00:33:39 | More by clayrock81
Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale from Atlantic Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 386 ratings.