Moat Blueberry Ale - Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co.

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78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 16%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co. visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mschofield on 09-17-2004

American-style ale, clean and crisp with a gentle fruit finish and a medium blueberry nose.
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Ratings: 78 | Reviews: 18
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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.74/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a sample glass.

Appearance: Orange/Copper color and cloudy with a white head.

Smell: Sweet honey smell and wheat. No blueberries really.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied beer. I could taste the blueberries and wheat.

Overall: I would have to say this was one of the better blueberry beers I have had so far.

Photo of puboflyons
3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at the brewpub on October 9, 2012.

I have to admit that blueberry brews are difficult for me to review because although I love blueberries by themselves, I am not fond of them in beer. In this case it poured a hazy looking straw-yellow tone.

The aroma tends to be more on the buttery side than bringing out a blueberry character.

The body was thin to medium.

Where the blueberry nose fell down it rebooted itself in the taste as the blueberries were much more notable there. But there was still a kind of slick, buttery flavor which ultimately ended with a slight hop note and a lingering astringency. As far as the style goes there are others I prefer.

Photo of rfgetz
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, dulled gold color with minimal cap of white froth. Scent is a balanced mix of tart blueberry and tangy wheat with faint notes of banana and bread yeast. Taste brings a stronger blueberry presence, more tart than sweet which is a plus. Solid tangy wheat and mild bread yeasts in the background. Lighter side of medium bodied, active carbonation. A decent beer with strong blueberry notes but could use a bit more in the wit/heffe front.

Photo of brunop
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

i usually (always) don't like stuff in my beer. like fruit ('cept for pumpkin). my girlfriend orders this when they have it (usually summer. duh) so one day i sipped a bit of hers and it wasn't bad. not bad at all.

i do like blueberries (i know where some good patches are on moat mountain itself). and this does taste of good blueberries.

i'll take sips of hers again.

Photo of jdhilt
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Hazy straw color. Light carbonation and light bodied. Light blueberry nose and flavor is light tart blueberry, balanced bitterness. A little watery, could use more blueberry. $8.99 for a 22oz bottle from Glen Beverage Glen, NH.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is a hazy, pale, orange-highlighted yellow coloring with a steady flow of carbonation bubbling and a tall, frothy, light, foamy white head that starts at almost two inches, but eventually settles out into a thin, filmy covering. Aromas are grainy, with a subtle hint of blueberry sweetness and an overall toasting quality. The flavors are muddled, with a light grain and cereal toasting in the background and a tart, light blueberry highlight. The flavors are a little light and unbalanced for my personal tastes, as there are some really good blueberry beers out there. The aftertaste is a little more balanced, with more of a fruit sweetness present. The finish is quick and clean, without much linger, which is good for a fruit based brew. Decent, but again, there are some really strong blueberry beers out there.

Photo of Damian
3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank on-tap at May Kelly's, North Conway, NH
Served in a weizen glass

A tight, creamy, one-finger tall, bright white crown topped the hazy, straw colored liquid. Solid head retention and nice lacing. Drippy streaks coated the upper portion of the glass.

Fresh blueberry notes dominated the aroma. Some doughy malts and cereal grains were detectible as well. Touch of wheaty tartness.

The flavor profile was similar to the aroma but a bit less blueberry forward. A bready, biscuity malt backbone led things off before the blueberries kicked in. The blueberry flavor was very fresh and natural tasting. Some lemon notes trailed on the the back end. The beer finished with a fair amount of earthy hop bitterness. Nice overall balance.

The mouthfeel was perhaps the least impressive aspect of this beer. It was medium bodied with a super fine and mild carbonation. Creamy and soft. The liquid almost seemed a touch flat.

I typically look for low-ABV fruited ales to be refreshing and to taste like they are made from actual fruit. Moat's Blueberry Ale definitely does both of these. This is an enjoyable summer offering that I would be happy to revisit.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.01/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy light golden color with a decent sized white head that slowly dissipates to a cap on top. Light bready malt base with faint blueberry and light earthy hops. The flavor is like a light lager with a faint blueberry twang to it. Light bready pilsner malt with a hint of spice and some blueberry syrup buried deep underneath. Light to medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet watery mouthfeel. Bland, unexciting but technically nothing flawed here. The blueberry is too faint and the beer too uninspiring. Why on earth this 22oz bottle of 4.5% abv beer retails for north of 9 dollars boggles my mind.

Photo of mschofield
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy dark purpleish amber, topped with a two finger off-white head. Leaves wide but broken bands of lacing.
Nice wheat aroma, the blueberry is there but not overpowering. Grass, touch of banana.
Strong blueberry taste, some wheat and a touch of fruitiness, but not much can get past the blueberry. After awhile it seems like more of a raspberry taste.
Light to medium body, wasn't as good as their regular non fruit flavored wheat.

Photo of Freakshow__
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

Love it. Easy drinker for summer nights.

Photo of Brad007
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A change of pace from the IPAs that I've been sampling all night. Picked this up at Ryan & Casey in Greenfield, MA. Also picked up Big Mike in a can somewhere in NH (not sure if Keene, Hinsdale or West Lebanon?).

Pours a slightly cloudy amber/gold mix with a small head into my glass. It looks like it would fit the profile. Wheat?

Most definitely wheat with only a hint of blueberry in the nose. What? That's all?

Let's just say that this is blueberry in the sense of au naturel. You don't get that fake ass blueberry essence. Also, it's very light and trends more towards a wit than a typical american wheat.

Ditto for the mouthfeel. The blueberry actually compliments things by sooothing the end result at the back of the throat.

Blue Dog, eat it. This is where it's at for light fruit beers.

Photo of charliedvrs
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap into a pint glass at May Kelly's, just down the road from the Brewpub.

A - Pours a deep violet with a very slight head with little retention.

S - Smell is typical of an american wheat with slight blueberry tones in the background.

T - Blueberry is more present in the taste than in the nose, but still not overpowering. Little bits of banana and tart. Pretty well balanced.

M - Smooth and medium bodied, bordering on lighter side.

D - Enjoyable, but don't see myself ordering again. I thought the blueberry's presence was very well done, not overpowering to the point it took away from the other characteristics in the beer like I find many in this style do.

Photo of brewandbbq
3.29/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served up cloudy,brownish burgundy. Thin white head, creamy.
Blueberries in the nose with a mild tartness from the wheat, no other decernable hefe character.
Thin to medium on the pallet, light malt and creamy.
Very slight blueberry flavors, with some hefe character in the background. Balanced bitterness.
I've tried this one several times over the years, and still not getting the blueberries.
More blueberries or essence would greatly improve this beer.

Photo of Boto
3.44/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught @ Brewpub: This one pours a cloudy, golden color with a tinge of blue. There is a small off white head that lingers a bit and leaves some lacing. It has a lighter aroma. Hint of blueberry and some faint earthy hops. Malts, but no real sweetness. The taste is pretty good. Malts with some wheat, earthy notes and very subtle blueberry. A nice summer brew.

Photo of JAFoley
2.76/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

I mistakenly picked this up since it was misplaced in the Oskar Blues section. I don't like fruit flavored beers but I figured if Oskar Blue made it, it had to be good. Realized it was Moat when I got home.

A - Clear yellow body with thin white head. Better retention than expected with some lacing.

S - Blueberries obviously

T - Blueberry and very slight citrus hop. Light doughy malt.

M - Light body with medium carbonation. Thin and slick.

O - Yep, just not for me. The blueberry flavor is just too strong. I don't know why I can't find a blueberry beer that handles the flavor more subtley. Aside from the blueberries, the beer has no teeth; no hop complexity or strong bitterness, no body, or malt backbone. If it weren't for the gimmick of blueberries this would just be a really bland ale.

Photo of SawDog505
4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a dark yellow, with a beautiful one inch white head, that sticks to the glass a bit. Smell is blueberries, wheat, and a little honey. Taste that, just a solid blueberry flavor, not over baring, actually perfect amount. Body is medium for the ABV, nice carbonation, lush not dry, and very drinkable on a hot day especially. Very good blueberry beer, wish it was more affordable $8.99 a bomber is a little much.

Photo of MDDMD
3.64/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-hazy light amber color with a decent white head and a little lacing

S-light citrus, malt, faint blueberry

T-blueberry, malt, orange,slightly grassy, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and refreshing

O-the blueberry comes across better than I thought it would, decent summer beer

Photo of pieface22
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I generally am not a fan of fruity beers, but Moat Blueberry Ale has a kiss of blueberry and is extremely declious. Perfect summer brew after hiking in the white mountains.

Best way to enjoy (and cost effective) is on tap or via grogs directly from the brewery.

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Moat Blueberry Ale from Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co.
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