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Kennebunkport Blueberry Wheat Ale - Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub

Kennebunkport Blueberry Wheat AleKennebunkport Blueberry Wheat Ale

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BA SCORE
70
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132 Ratings
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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 2.99
pDev: 21.07%


Brewed by:
Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SurlyDuff on 10-06-2008)
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

2.86/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Yellow-tan and mostly clear, head dissipated quickly and no lace was present.

Smell was really, really blueberry, even upon first pop of the bottle cap. Not much else comes through, but the smell is pretty good, tho possibly a slight bit of a metallic note.

Flavor is mostly syrupy blueberry. Little wheat, little of much else besides blueberry, except the metallic taste is slightly more notable in the taste.

Body is thin and more carbonated like soda than the smooth carbonation of a wheat beer. Not especiallly impressed with this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 13:03:57 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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kcrosson492

Virginia

3.04/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle #2 out of the mystery pack from Trader Joe's. I was fairly excited to see a blueberry wheat since I have never had one before. Quite frankly that would have been okay with me.

A-The bottle has an interesting design but I did not pour it into a glass to give a review on color (lazy night).

S-It has a blueberry smell but it has a strange skunky smell that makes it unappetizing.

T-I am rewriting this portion because as I drink more and more the blueberry flavor starts to really come alive.

M-Weak and empty in the mouth but goes down very easily.

O-I could never imagine buying this beer on purpose.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 04:11:14 | More by kcrosson492
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NOLTERN

Oregon

1.79/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Do you remember grape kool-aid? This is very reminescent of that flavor and smell. Artificial, bland, and sickly sweet. I didn't know this was a beer until I looked at the label on the bottle. I would have been more inclined to believe it was a grape soda pop. If I could compare it to an alchoholic beverage...I would have to place it in the same category as mike's hard lemonade. Forget splenda, this is artificial, chemical sweetener at its best. Coming soon to a trader joe's near you. Kennebunkport Blueberry Wheat makes the perfect night cap to a hard night of drinking Trader Jose Cervesa. Because everyone knows that Trader Joe's has the best selection of fine ales. I thought I had found the best beer in the world when I discovered Simpler Times but then Kennebunkport Blueberry Wheat Ale came along and just hit the ball right out of the damn park.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 03:51:48 | More by NOLTERN
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TheMarkE

California

3.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a nice gold shade with good head and lacing. Carbonation creates plenty of bubbles.

Smell: Blueberry muffin.

Taste: Blueberry, wheat, caramel, and blueberry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Aftertaste is the same you get after biting into a blueberry muffin.

The Verdict: Drinkable. If you made a blueberry muffin using Jiffy (the cheap brand of muffin mix) and blueberry extract and then ran it through your juicer, you would have a good approximation of what this tastes like. If you're looking for a liquid blueberry muffin with 4.6% alcohol, this is the place to go.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 21:49:03 | More by TheMarkE
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kristenspaintings

California

1.2/5  rDev -59.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Hold a pint of this up to your nose and you will smell wheat and sweet berries. Unfortunately it smells like the sugary artificial berry syrup used in the cooking industry.

Take a drink and you will taste an incredibly bitter beer which leaves a soapy aftertaste in your mouth.

Rarely do I ever advocate not purchasing a beer. This is one time I must say, never buy it! KBC has a very good reputation and I was highly disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 14:44:57 | More by kristenspaintings
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ALBuff

Hawaii

1.66/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Hugely disappointing. Maine is known for its blueberries, so why this tasted like I just opened up a vending machine blueberry muffin then washed back with a Coors is beyond me. Pours a light gold with a thin bubbly head. Smell and taste is in your face with sickly sweet blueberries, but the kind that comes in fake syrup form, not the real deal. Finished somewhat bitter. Very odd and very poorly balanced. Although this beer is very light bodied, I couldn't possibly drink more.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 03:12:24 | More by ALBuff
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barczar

Kentucky

3.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear medium golden with a half inch ivory head that quickly dissipates.

Reeks of blueberry as soon as the bottle is opened. Wheat and bready caramel malt become evident upon further investigation.

Blueberry is dominant throughout the flavor profile. Tastes like extract, almost like a cheap blueberry muffin. There's a bit of wheat and caramel malt at the base. There's also a slightly sour character.

Body is moderate to light, with moderate to spritzy carbonation.

It is what it is...blueberry and wheat. Blueberry overwhelms the beer flavor and is a bit fake.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 22:09:16 | More by barczar
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.43/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light golden amber with a half finger white head with good retention and no lacing. Aroma of fresh blueberries and a hint of sweet malt and wheat. Flavor follows with light, pleasant sweet and biscuit malt, blueberry syrup, finishing abruptly and lightly sweet. Light bodied, as expected. I liked this better than I expected, the flavors are light but well balanced, perhaps a bit on the sweet side, but not cloying. Might go well with a blueberry muffin or crisp.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 00:32:49 | More by LiquidAmber
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a light to medium amber with no real white foam. Lighter berry nose. Strong blueberry wheat taste - light tartness throughout. Smooth, very little bitter. Tart close. Modest carbonation. Pretty good, but better blueberry beers out there for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 21:36:01 | More by KTCamm
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smartens

Iowa

3.58/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden yellow and clear...which may confuse some as being a "wheat" beer, some may think cloudy, but not here!

Smell: Blueberry esters pretty much sums it up...whether natural or artificial; no idea, but one thing for sure...its blueberry!

Taste: Fruity blueberry taste, the taste has the potential to be something great but falls short, not the greatest build!

Mouthfeel: Thin, watery...medium light carbonation

Overall: Its the perfect "hide-a-beer" beer...a beer you can drink which others will think that you are drinking/eating something else...in this case they will think that you just finished eating a blueberry muffin! Not the greatest beer in the world but definitely fun to taste!

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 01:46:56 | More by smartens
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beertunes

Washington

2.53/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grabbed this at my local Trader Joes. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a clean, slightly hazy, medium amber color with a very thin cap of of light tan head that immediately dissipated to a ring, thus zero retention and no lacing.

As soon as I uncapped this beer, I smelled the unforgettable scent of BooBerry cereal. Just an overly sweet blast of artificial berries that dominated even at arms length. There was no grain or malt, just syrupy sweetness. On the tongue, there was just a bit of grainy malts, other than that, just more Booberries.

The body was a bit thin and very sticky. Drinkability will depend on your tolerance for the over the top sweetness. I can only recommend this beer as a tick. If you're in the mood for this style, do yourself a favor and grab some Abita Purple Haze, a similar brew that is leagues better.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 19:03:15 | More by beertunes
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Lockedin

California

2.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Had while sailing with my Family. Choices were this, Bud Light, or Black Cherry Soda.

A: Poured into a plastic pint mug (boat ware). Nice deep Amber color with great clarity. Normally a good thing, but I thought this was a wheat ale - guess I was expecting something else. 1 finger off white large bubbled head recedes to a thin ring quickly, no lacing visible (could have been the plastic...)

S: Blueberry syrup - like they have at the International House of Pancakes. A bit of malt and grain, but really dominated by the syrupy blueberries. A bit musty as it warmed.

T: Follows the nose at first - overwhelming artificial blueberry pancake syrup. I really thought this was going to be horrible, but since I was occupied with steering, the beer warmed and opened up a decent malted wheat twang that melded nicely with the blueberry flavoring. Dad agreed & set the rest of the sixer in the galley sink to bring it to cabin temp. Taste improved nicely, but still stayed "OK" as opposed to GREAT!! Finish is a bit overly sweet and lasts.

M: Thin & watery, yet manages to leave a bit of a slick on the tongue - not so nice - I think I'll go brush my teeth.

O: Actually not bad - Better than others I've tried. I still found it more interesting than Bud Lite. My Wife & Mom really enjoyed this (as we discovered when Dad went below for more). Wife swears it goes great with salad & crumbled blue cheese.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 18:23:29 | More by Lockedin
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

3.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours a clear amber tone with a finger, finger and a half of puffy white head that dissipates fairly quickly; decent lacing though.

nose is malty, wheaty, and blueberries, although some of the blueberry aroma has an artificial note to it. flavor follows the nose; no big surprises there. i'm reminded of the cereal boo-berry. slight bitterness to the finish. light-bodied and crisp mouthfeel, if somewhat watery. it's not a bad beer, especially if you're into blueberry wheats, just a bit lackluster for my money.

original review on: 08-27-2010

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 22:16:48 | More by BostonHops
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.15/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before 11/2012.

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a 1/2 inch foamy tan head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of blueberry pankcakes or muffins, but more of an artificial or extract aroma than the real deal. Taste is pretty much the same but a bit watery flavor wise. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average fruit beer that reminds me of a Sea Dog Blue Paw but just not as good. Definitely not as bad I was expecting based on word of mouth though.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 04:49:03 | More by UCLABrewN84
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TappaKeggaBrew

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden amber color, with just a touch of haze. Head was 1 finger of white foam, but faded rather quickly with scant lacing remaining.

S: Blueberries dominate (true to the name). There's also a citrus aroma, hints of the wheat and yeast, and a faint whiff of pepper.

T: Initially flavorful, with a nice balance of wheat, tart citrus, and blueberries, but the finish is a bit empty (there's a background of hops bitterness mixed with blueberry fruitiness, but nothing impressive).

M: Nice carbonation, and equal measures moist & crisp.

O: Above average for a fruit-infused American wheat ale. I like that the blueberry flavor doesn't taste like they poured in blueberry syrup (like some I've tasted). Still, it just didn't quite come together. It's decent, but not at all complex or exciting.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 19:59:09 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
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kojevergas

Texas

2.53/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

4.7% ABV. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at Trader Joe's and served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are low; it looks and sounds disgusting.

A: Pours a one finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and decent retention. Colour is a clear yellow-copper. Not very appealing. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Artificial blueberry syrup. It made me cough to smell this (twice). Musty molded-over blueberry that's been in the fridge too long. Too sugary. A moderate strength aroma. Not at all appealing.

T: Artificial blueberry syrup. Intensifies in the finish. Overly sugary. No alcohol comes through. Not at all fresh. Unrefreshing. Where's the wheat? Foundation is clean barley. Not at all full-bodied. Boring and bland. Simple. Not at all subtle. No layering. No yeast comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Entirely too artificially smooth. A touch overcarbonated. Too slick. Doesn't suit the flavours well. A bit too thick for the lack of flavours.

Dr: Drinkable but boring and unremarkable. Bland and of severely limited quality. It's priced well for what it is, but I wouldn't get it again, or would I recommend it to friends. The blueberry is handled okay, but I have no idea how much wheat was used. The alcohol is low and well hidden. Leave this one on the shelf.

Low C-

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 07:25:41 | More by kojevergas
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kylehay2004

Florida

2.78/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: three finger frothy head without much lac surprisingly on a clear golden with a garnet hue body.

S: lots of blueberry with a subtle wheat and lemon note.

T: again blueberry heavy with the background of wheat and lemon.

M: light bodied and high carbonation.

Overall: A little too heavy on the blueberry. Its more like an artificial blueberry flavor than natural which turns you off a little.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 00:14:10 | More by kylehay2004
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rodney45

New York

1.78/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Note: found at trader joes for a buck a bottle.

A: Clear golden yellow, with a paper white head that quickly dissipates.

S: Big notes of medicinal blueberry and wheat malt.

T: First profile is of sour blueberry muffins and robitussin. Secondary notes are wheat and pils malt, with a cloying sweetness. Sour dry finish.

M: Light body with mid high carbonation. More sweet than bitter.

O: I didnt really enjoy this beer. It wasnt a drain pour, but the last third I almost couldnt finish. Would not recommend, even for a buck a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 03:23:21 | More by rodney45
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OleJohnnieAle

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- very light clear golden pour with fluffy white head.

S- BLUEBERRY MUFFIN! Nice sweetness that is not overwhelming. Nice subtle malt to soften the blue berry.

T- blue berry sweetness up front and finishes it off with some nice malty body in the middle.

M- well balanced light bodied.

O- can I have this for breakfast? Blue berry muffin in a bottle, great change of pace beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 00:57:23 | More by OleJohnnieAle
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

3.63/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this Blueberry Wheat Ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. It poured a clear golden color, produced a below average head, poor retention and it did not leave much lacing. The aroma consists of soft wheat, blueberries and lemon. Light in body, a base of malted wheat, lemon and blueberry. Decent session beer, something unique- I will say that of the few beers that I have tried that have been brewed with blueberries, this one is my favorite thus far. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 03:07:10 | More by GossageBrewery
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.23/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Strong aroma is overwhelmingly blueberry, with a wheaty hint. Hey, what can I say - I LOVE blueberries! It pours a clear amber with a fluffy white head. Flavor is wheaty with a subtle blueberry tone, but a bit on the thin side. Not so good - but not horrible, either. Texture has average body and a fair amount of fizz. If you really like fruit beers, and really like blueberries, go ahead, pick this one and give it a fair shake.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 03:12:21 | More by Cyberkedi
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secondtooth

Indiana

4/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clean, clear golden in complexion, with fair carbonation and no lace.

Aroma is pleasing and hinting at delicious...blueberries!

Taste is a well-blended mix of wheat and blueberry -- like a tasty blueberry muffin (thanks cbe@)! That may sound disastrous among serious beer snobs, but this works.

A treat, and one of only 2 blueberry ales I enjoy. Worthy!

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 04:07:32 | More by secondtooth
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u2carew

Massachusetts

2.68/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a big, two finger white head that settles quite quickly. Clear, golden body. Thin and barely sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) A bold blueberry aroma, but not like authentic smelling but rather artificial. Hints of wheat and grainy notes.
T) Bold blueberries at first, then fades quickly moving toward a sugary sweet flavor with a linger grainy aftertaste.
M) Light body. Fizzy.
O) Not a great beer. I'd drink one in a pinch but not one I would return to.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 00:29:55 | More by u2carew
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wowbagger

Virginia

3.7/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To qualify, I'm a big fan of blueberry beers, but I've definitely had good, bad excellent, and terrible specimens. Very pale yellow pour. This one is lighter on the blueberry than many,but it doesn't have a lot more flavors going on. It tastes a little watery, very light fading flavor on the tongue. Overall, it's a decent wheat beer with a nice blueberry add. Ideally a summer cooler I would say.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 21:31:43 | More by wowbagger
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.13/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Kennebunkport, jeez, why is this stuff still at Trader Joes?

Average beer colored beer, a little yellow, a little copper, lots of clarity (with a wheat and blueberry?). Couldn't really pick out blueberry as opposed to a sugary smell. Couldn't pick it out of the taste either, very sugar watery. Normally, this would make for a horrible experience, but I've had Kennebunkport's ipa, and this, by comparison, is not the same horrible experience.

Weird? Yes. I mean, the first things you would expect to taste in a wheat blueberry would be? Wheat and blueberry? yes. Here? no.

But you gotta give them points, as this one isn't their worst.

The Indian Wells of the East Coast.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 23:50:28 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Kennebunkport Blueberry Wheat Ale from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
70 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.