Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale - Atlantic Brewing Company

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Bar Harbor Blueberry AleBar Harbor Blueberry Ale

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415 Ratings

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Ratings: 415
Reviews: 264
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.7%
Wants: 13
Gots: 14 | 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 BitteBier
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, coppery amber color. Bubbly, off-white head is sparse given the active carbonation, dissipating almost immediately. The grains in the nose are inoffensive but nondescript. The blueberry, on the other hand, smells pleasantly natural and complex--not the suspect, artificial stuff of some fruit beers. That carries over less to the taste, where the blueberry flavor is weak, while the grains--though still nondescript--stand out relatively. Somewhat malty up front, relatively sweet and light in the middle, and hopped to a decent degree in the finish. Mouthfeel ranges from a little watery in the middle to crisp at the end. Goes down well enough but stands out neither as a fruit beer or as an ale.

Photo of heddar33
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of EatonHops
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Toddv29424
2.68/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Of course, there is not a whole lot of expectation when I purchase beer like this, but I'm always curious to try. The color is light yellow and pours with a moderate head. Smell is faint, and reminds me of malts with a hint of sweetness. The taste is dominated by malts, with just a hint of blueberry to it. I wish the taste were a little more dominent, but I guess there is a reason they make it understated like this. Not a terrible beer, but I know there are much better fruity beers out there to try.

Photo of brewdoc75
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Yellow-orange with darker hues, maybe some blue. Soft white head on top.

S: Blueberry aroma, but not too strong. There are some faint malts as well. Not a ton of nose here.

T: Starts out like a nice pale wheat ale but finishes with a nice touch of blueberry. Not overpowering, but just enough. I like the restraint. Fruit beers can be a bit too much at times. Just a slight bit of bitterness in the end, which makes this more of a beer and less of a dessert.

M: LIght to medium bodied. Smooth carbonation.

D: A slightly above average fruit beer. I like the fact that they don't try to hit you over the head with blueberries. The blueberry flavor is subtle. Unfortunately the rest of the beer is subtle too. Worth at least a try at some point. I'm not going back to it anytime soon though.

Photo of bshiban
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

Photo of moulefrite
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown bottle with a blue and yellow label featuring a lobster boat at high sea. Light copper/Autumn orange in color. Quite a decent foamy head with firm lacing. More serious than initially thought of. I figured this to be a mundane novelty beer. Aromas are of delicately perfumed blueberry up front, then a definate maltiness chimes in. A medium bodied ale with soft cleansing carbonation. The taste features very faint plump, sweet blueberry, not at all overdone. While certainly more than a kitchy berry drink, this is not something I'm dying to have another right away. Perhaps a pairing with a lemon, herb chicken dish would work.

Photo of TLove
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Most blueberry ales are a bit overpowering on the blueberry and way too sweet. This isnt at all. Its soft and feels incredible in the mouth and is nicely balanced for a fruit beer.

Color is a clear-ish, light amber with a very creamy head that thins out quickly and clings to the edges of the glass. Smells like blueberries (surprise!) and light malts.

Taste and mouthfeel are VERY soft and well-balanced. Full sweetness on the front, which rolls lightly and refreshingly to the back of the mouth. Finish is smooth and filling.

Drink this one slightly cooler than room temperature to grab all of those round berry and earthy flavors.

Photo of Southernbrew
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
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 JayKay412
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of irishevans
4.43/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

if you like blueberry muffins, than this is far better than just a "good call" for this is liquid blueberry muffin. it pours a medium translucent brown, with a finger and a half thick creamy head. it smells strong of the berry for which it is named. it tastes like a blueberry muffin, exactly like one and the taste lingers. the moouthfeel is crisp bitey but not overly carbonated, it is however a thick beer and it is ment to take your time with. another of my lovely girlfriend Sarah's favorites, and she does have some damn good taste in beer, picky as hell, so that says something when she falls for a beer. drink and enjoy.

Photo of pzrhsau
3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Nice rich golden color with a nice measure of head to go with it.
Smell: Nice blueberry scent to it, hard to call it fresh but it mingles well with the malt.
Taste: Here is where i get a nice real/fresh blueberry flavor to it. Not too sweet, great subtle flavor.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Light carbonation and very crisp. Goes down smooth and doesnt overwhelm the taste buds.

Photo of Mini4x
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of WheelsPSU
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of GrantBrennan
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of pwsoldier
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear amber with a small off-white head. Lacing is fairly light.

S - Blueberries dominate, as expected. There are also some caramel malt notes and grassy hops in there as well.

T - Again, dominated by blueberries. The fruit flavors are balanced nicely by the malts and a subtle hop presence.

M - Medium-bodied, finishes dry and clean.

D - Much better than some other fruit beers I've had (I'm looking at you, BBC), though I probably won't be having it again. It's easy enough to drink, but I just couldn't get into it.

Photo of murf1087
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of chrishensley
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of skydogpenn
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours a copper color with a small white head with not much retention and no lacing.

S: Very impressive strong scent of blueberries, smell like fresh blueberry muffins.

T&M: Malty with some hops upfront with a strong blueberry overtone all the way through the semi-dry finish. Pretty well carbonated and very smooth.

Overall: Pretty good for the style, I thought that blueberry would be a tough one to pull of but this beer did a great job. Pretty drinkable, I think it would be much more enjoyable on a hot summer day, a six pack might be hard to finish but if you see single bottles pick one up for sure.

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 bluegrassbrew
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Never been a huge fan of fruit beers but this is probably the best I've tried. From a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, this beer looked exceptional. Deep orangy amber color with a large head and very nice lacing.

Smell is blueberry's and a faint hoppiness.

Taste starts out quite sour, but turns sweeter with warming. Blueberry's or blueberry extract is the main taste. Some hoppiness and the malt backbone balance nicely.

Mouthfeel is a bit too thin, watery maybe.

Overall, well balanced and refreshing, but I couldn't drink too many of these before I got tired of it.

Photo of psdriscoll
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale from Atlantic Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 415 ratings.