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

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Reviews: 80
Hads: 173
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 22.87%
Wants: 0
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: SurlyDuff on 10-06-2008

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Reviews: 80 | Hads: 173
Photo of kristenspaintings
1.23/5  rDev -58%
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. (435 characters)

Photo of ALBuff
1.68/5  rDev -42.7%
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. (481 characters)

Photo of NOLTERN
1.8/5  rDev -38.6%
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. (859 characters)

Photo of rodney45
1.8/5  rDev -38.6%
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. (542 characters)

Photo of whatthehull
1.92/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip

A - a very golden color, half finger white head and no lacing

S - artificial blueberries, vomit, sour yeast and a little more vomit

T - artificial blueberry, sour grass, a hint of sugar and a funky wheat and yeast

M - No body, tons of acidity, no complexity, no finish, not at all balanced

D - if you like artificial blueberries and bud light, this shit is for you!

Final thought - Wow, I did finish it (429 characters)

Photo of whiteskittlz
1.96/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

bought at Trader Joe's UCIrvine

looks: head gradually goes from 1.5 inch to nothing. light carbonation. clear. light amber.

smells like Smirnoff Ice Blueberry. bad memories. but realistically, it smells like some artificial or concentrate flavours going on.

taste: kind of tastes like light beer, with a very light blueberry aftertaste.

mouthfeel; leaves my motuh kind of dry with that blueberry aftertaste

drinkability: though it is pretty light bodied, i think that blueberry flavour would haunt me if id rank too much. moreover, i jsut dont feel satisfied drinking it

verdict: judging by the clarity and smell, I would bet money that blueberries never touched this beer...and whatever form did is quite some measure removed from the actual fruit.

i wonder how a blueberry beer could work...either something along the lines of lindemans or maybe a hefeweizen would work best. this bland crystal wheat beer (though oddly dark) does not do the trick. (957 characters)

Photo of marcpal
2.05/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Pilsner like color on this wheat beer. Thick white head that drops off. Doesnt look like a wheat beer but the appearance of this one is best aspect- not good for the beer as a whole.

A: Faux blueberry syrup or something of that sort. Just a sweetness that seems fake in all ways.

T: Not much beer taste or wheat taste, just that nasty fake blueberry biting taste. Not an easy drinker, like sucking on candy corn gone bad.

M: Carbonated and bubbly body that has that skunked tinge. Not good.

D: My wife likes this one, had to try it out. Not going back to this one, cant even compare to the quality blueberry wheats that are actually out there.

This is not a good beer. Had this one after a Chimay blue, what the hell was I thinking. (779 characters)

Photo of Overlord
2.13/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Trader Joe's has become a bit bereft of notable brews, as they continue to push their stuff. I bought a bunch of Kennebunkport beers just to try them out.

Pours a light golden color. Foamy white head. The mouthfeel is disturbingly thin and overly carbonated.

Wello, it certainly has some blueberry to it. There's some wheat backing, but the beer smells and tastes like a carbonated blueberry beverage. It definitely isn't that drinkable over the long haul with such a one-note, definitely non-beer flavor, but for a one shot deal it was refreshing. (552 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.15/5  rDev -26.6%
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. (680 characters)

Photo of beveritt
2.16/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label depicts a suspended barrel, surrounded by hops, barley, and blueberries. Best by March or April 2009.

Appearance: Pours with 1 finger of big bubbled, soda like, white head. This settles quickly to almost nothing, just the thinnest ring of white around the glass. The beer itself is pale yellow, completely clear, and shows moderate activity. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: The aroma of blueberries is intense, you pick it up as soon as you crack the cap. Unfortunately, it smells fake, almost candy like. Blueberries? Yes. Real blueberries? No.

Taste: Artificially sweet blueberry flavor.

Mouthfeel: average carbonation level. Body is decent.

Drinkability: If this were intended to be Kool-Aid, I would give it high marks. But as far as beer goes, not so good. No malt backbone. No wheat twang to offset the artificially sweet blueberry. Easy to drink, but not good. (956 characters)

Photo of AlexJ
2.16/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Clear light amber with a sodalike head of white that immediately fizzles to nothing. Very sodalike appearance.

Aroma is sweet candy blueberry with slight metallic wheat notes.

Flavor is some grain sweetness infused with artificial blueberry. Not quite as vile as the apricot but close.

Mouthfeel is razor thin, watery, and highly force-carbonated.

Drinkability? Ask my kitchen sink! (386 characters)

Photo of wedge
2.17/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

$1 single @ TJ's. Best Enjoyed Before: D/11

Crystal clear pale yellow-gold with a thin, soapy white head. Smells like straight-up blueberry juice...very candy sweet. Clean, watery, much more mild blueberry flavor. The lingering artificial sweetness is not sitting real well with me. Light, crisp, and refreshing, but even at Trader Joe's there's a number of beers I would choose over this for summer thirst quenchers. Not truly awful, but there's no reason to ever buy this again. (481 characters)

Photo of nsmartell
2.19/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 120z bottle to a standard pint glass. Best if drank by March, 2010.

Appearance: Pours a shade slightly darker than straw yellow with a decent bubbly white head that didn't last long.

Smell: By far the best part of this beer. Nice smell of blueberries. The smell was better from the bottle than the pint glass. It all seemed to leave pretty quickly.

Taste: Flat. Pretty shocking considering this beer had an alleged shelf life of another 7 months. No taste of blueberries.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and crisp.

Drinkability: Difficult. Besides the initial smell and the crispness of the mouthfeel, this beer did not have anything else to offer. Probably the worst beer I've reviewed. A real let down after being at a great beer festival 2 days earlier. (822 characters)

Photo of mmmbeer
2.2/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It says Kennebunkport Brewing Co., yet the beer (as per the label) is brewed by Pugsley Brewing LLC. It's tagged here as being from Federal Jack's and it is distributed through Trader Joe's. Sounds like an Alan Smithee brew - no one wants to take credit for this lame beer. It pours a crystal-clear dark gold, with light carbonation and two inches of nearly-fluffy, whitish head. In the nose it's blueberry and a macro backing. Taste follows suit with blueberry and a faint hint of wheat - way too clean and watered-down. Tingly and light on the palate, with medium carbonation and a fleeting finish. Too flavorless and processed; pass on this one. (648 characters)

Photo of smcolw
2.22/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This is a clear miss. After having the mediocre Apricot Wheat, this is a serious step down.

The beer pours with a modest head that completely disappears. No head, no lace. The liquor is a dark gold with a slight chill haze.

The smell is not blueberry. In fact, it doesn't have any of the smells that I would expect from a beer. It smells most closely to a SweetTart. In short, I find it appealing but I nothing I'd expect from a beer.

The beer is surprisingly dry. There is little aftertaste. The body of this beer is thin. The carbonation is too great for the weight.

Without the blueberry flavor, this really lacks any redeemable qualities. (647 characters)

Photo of theopholis
2.25/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance- Crystal clear, amber with a small white head that quickly dissipates. No lacing at all. Just like the apricot, I have to ask "This is a wheat? ".

Aroma- Wow. This smells...no....reaks of blueberry. No other beer aroma.

Taste- Taste better than it smells. Still has an over-powering blueberry taste, but there is hints of malt in there. No hops whatsoever.

Mouthfeel- Fairly light body. Carbontion level is quite good. Not as dry and puckering as I'd expect from a wheat, but quite pleasant all the same.

Drinkability- This might be a good beer for people who don't loike beer, but other than that, it's pretty dismal. (633 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
2.3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle from Trader's Joe. Pours golden with a soda like head. Looks like soda in general. Aroma of spoiled blueberries and some sugar. Medium, crisp body. Taste is blueberries, sour apple and sugar, some hints of hops. Drinkable and goes down easily after a soccer game (274 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
2.33/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a pale golden color with a really thin head that disappears very quickly.

S: Smells like blueberry, but there's something very artificial about it. I'm getting butter and a sugary smell as well, almost like a buttered up blueberry muffin.

T: Very buttery and grainy. There's barely any blueberry in the taste and the buttery flavor is way too much. It's almost an oaky butter flavor. I'm not a fan. (409 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.46/5  rDev -16%
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.

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11.11.14: Nabbed a second bottle at Trader Joe's by mistake. Truncated impressions:

Underwhelming generic appearance. Surprisingly filtered for a purported wheat ale...

Abundant juicy blueberry notes. Evocative and pleasant, if artificial and fake. It's hard to do blueberry right, and I've no doubt they used some kind of extract or syrup. A pleasant but suspect aroma of mild strength.

Yeah, it's sugary and artificial alright. And the wheat base? Nowhere in sight. Just clean barley and neutral helles malts. Some might find it medicinal, even.

Average flavour duration. Mundane flavour intensity. Shallow depth of flavour.

Smooth, wet, and somewhat supple. Overcarbonated. Medium-bodied.

It's drinkable, sure, but I didn't get the authentic blueberry I hoped for, and it isn't much of a wheat ale even without the blueberry. It's a good premise for a beer, but the execution just isn't there. I'll finish the bottle with ease, but this is the kind of thing I'd expect as a one-off in a Sam Adams seasonal box.

Low C- (2,438 characters)

Photo of beertunes
2.5/5  rDev -14.7%
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. (833 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
2.52/5  rDev -14%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a twist-off 12-ounce bottle into a NOLA pint glass.

A: Extremely pale, transparent yellow with a fizzy head of short-lived bubbles. Very carbonated looking and leaves no lace.

S: Weak cereal grains and a very faint blueberry extract aroma. Wheat? I think not.

T: Fizzy, slightly sweet grains hit the palate first with a rush of carbonation and snappy, metallic hops. Again, no wheat here. A light blueberry flavor comes into play before washing away with a very dry, minimal aftertaste.

M: Very light, over-carbonated, nothing to grab at the palate but harsh grains and dry hops. Goes down like water.

O: I've yet to experience a blueberry beer outside of possibly Blue Point that even remotely interests me. Artificial blueberry extract flavor doesn't go unnoticed and it's a poor light lager to boot. I'll say thanks but no thanks. (850 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
2.56/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Picked up a 12 oz. bottle at the local Trader Joe's. Twist-cap, poured to a pint glass, 'best before' notched at: 'M(ay), (20)10'.

A: Moderately clear golden, the faintest haze cut by a modest bubbling. Head is a boring 1/4 finger of whitish cream, dwindling to a film without ever quite fading away. A little lace, hanging in droopy bands

S: Aroma is 'blueberry', and by that I mean the sweet and sugared kind that's placed as a shriveled nugget into cereal and called 'blueberry'. A bit of malt/sweet grain, otherwise it's a artificial-smelling fruit mess.

T: Unlike the aroma, blueberries are secondary behind a mushy grain/wheat. Porridge-like, a bland representation of 'wheat', and flavored with a less-sugary, more-earthy blueberry essence. Not awful, but not very tasty either.

M: Weird thinness, light body with a hanging fruit/malt. Far too thin, has an oily/slick feel that's unappealing. Refreshing? Not really. Gas-inducing? Yep.

D: My try was intended to see what certain brewers are producing; thank god TJ's sells as a single. Not worthy of anything more than a 'curiosity' taste; one I won't return to. (1,124 characters)

Photo of daliandragon
2.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This seems to be the blueberry version of the Kennebunkport Apricot Wheat; same abv, same brewer, same spot on the shelf at TJ's in Cary. Also shares a thin yellow body with absolutely no head. Nose is artificial blueberry with a hint of weak malt.

This tastes almost the same as its apricot brethren. Flat and flavorless except for some weak malting. Sweet overtone and dry, grainy finish.

This seems to be produced by the same people that make the ubiquitous, uniformly lousy Sea Dog and Shipyard products. That's the last they're getting of my dineros. (563 characters)

Photo of mwagner1018
2.58/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Very pale light brass color, very little head, no lacing, no cap.

S- The blueberry aroma that comes out pretty strong as you pour, disappears very quickly, just a trace of blueberry, probably a sugary syrup of some sort was used, based on the character of the aroma, seems fake and unreal.

T- Blueberry up front, no discernible wheat texture, tastes like blueberries in a bud light, very odd. Very mild malt with some diacetyl finish, bubble gummy texture and flavor on tongue.

M- Very highly carbonated, light texture, no real body at all.

D- I wouldn't want to have another of these, tastes like cheap blueberry syrup, added to a pale lager. (651 characters)

Photo of Hunter
2.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Copper body, zero head, light carbonation.

Smell: Actually quite pleasant. The blueberry is present without being overwhelming. Soft undertones of wheat.

Taste: Pretty flat. Fruit comes in at the end, otherwise akin to a light beer on par with Bud Light (shudder).

Mouthfeel: Light and sharp. Aftertaste reminds me a bit of a blueberry flavor Pop-Tart.

Drinkability: Easily drunk, easily forgotten, easily passed over next time for something with more character. (478 characters)

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