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

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Kennebunkport Blueberry Wheat AleKennebunkport Blueberry Wheat Ale

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BA SCORE
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160 Ratings
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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 21.52%
Wants: 0
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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:
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(Beer added by: SurlyDuff on 10-06-2008)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.15/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of kylehay2004
2.78/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of largadeer
1.5/5  rDev -50.3%

Photo of TMoney2591
2.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Devil's Backbone weizen glass.

I'm questioning my sanity after picking this up to finish my Trader Joe's mixed sixer. It pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises blueberries (no way!) and a vague sense of citrus and wheat in the background. The taste holds notes of wheat, lemongrass, and some mild blueberry flavor, which comes off as fake, almost plastic. The body is light, with a light carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, this is more proof that brewer's have yet to really get the hang of brewing with blueberries.

Photo of zeff80
2.92/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of russpowell
3.3/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Let me state up front, I love blueberries, so it doesn't shock me my review might be way on the high end. Picked this up at the Santa Fe Trader Joe's (their beer selection is starting to suck)

Pours peach tea color with 1 finger of white head. Below average lacing & head retention

S: Much blueberry & tartness

T: Blueberry jelly & lemony hops up front. Blue berries mellow out as this warms, along with honey malt. Finishes with a strong blueberry kick (reminds me of canned blueberries with sugar)

MF: Lively carbonation & light bodied

Drinks okay after 1 I was ready to move on. My wife dug this, I could do one on hot Summer's day or with dessert.

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of smcolw
2.2/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
2.53/5  rDev -16.2%
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-

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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-

Photo of yourefragile
2.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. I'm sorry, but these KBC beers are the first of Trader Joe's beers that I've encountered that I find it hard to enjoy any part of, let's hope this one is different...

A: Un-wheat beer like clear pale golden color with rising bubbles and a white head that quickly dissipates to a thin film
S: As soon as you open the bottle a strong smell of not quite natural blueberries. Like someone else said, smell is best fresh.
T: Hmm, actually not as sickening or sweet as I was expecting from the smell. Tastes more like a blueberry ale than a wheat. No hops, and a little malt sweetness. Of the KBC I've tried from TJ's this is somehow least offensive so far. I certainly like this taste more than Leinekugel's Sunset Wheat (I just don't get that beer)
M: Like it looks, thin, high carbonated, slightly sweet, bready aftertaste.
D: First KBC beer from TJ I wasn't tempted to pour out. This isn't by any stretch of the imagination a good beer but it is refreshing and non-beer enthusiast friends would probably enjoy it

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up from trader Joes for 6 bucks.Poured a light honey color but not as bodies of course. Had a decent white head to it. Nose was grainy, a bit of wheat and blueberry. Taste was good the first few sips, blueberry came through but the more you drink the worse ti got. The grain and piss poor quality just over runs what could have been a good fruit beer.

Photo of DoubleJ
2.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A warm day calls for a cold beer, and hopefully KBC Blueberry Wheat is better than the original. On to the beer:

Darker than gold, perhaps closer to an orangish gold color, translucent with lots of bubbles running through the body. The head is semi-creamy and whips fair lacing around the glass. Good blueberry notes in the nose, almost like a smelling blueberry muffin coming out of the oven. The wheat in the backdrop puts the piece together which reminds me fondly of those breakfast treats. However, warming does dull the nose and bring out traces of unpleasantness, which will be discussed.

The warmup was just a tease. While there are whispers of blueberries going on, much of the blandness of the original, uflavored wheat ale remain. Sort of chemically and macro lager like. Not particularly pleasant in the mouth; slick and firm, and I suppose the flavor isn't much to make my mouth excited either.

If you are to do outdoor activities on a day like this, I wouldn't put KBC Blueberry Wheat near the top of the list among refreshment options. Thank goodness I have other beers in my fridge.

Photo of tdm168
3/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Tone
3.2/5  rDev +6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden-yellow. There's very little head and no retention and also, no lacing. A strong fruity aroma (blueberry -duh) and a slightly odd wheat smell (too much like a wet dog). Tastes strongly of blueberry with a little of the clean lager. I think it was over-carbonated. Overall, not bad but that slightly odd smell put me off this beer.

Photo of Rhettroactive
2.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 5/17/11
*From notes

Best by date: November 2011

A: Really, you're calling this a wheat beer? Heavily filtered, it looks more like a pale lager. Brilliant light gold. A reasonable pour yields a 1.25 finger head and thin, mediocre lacing.

S: Sweaty foot odor. As it warms, I get a good bit of Captain Crunchberries and sweet blueberry conditioner.

T: Extremely light, with a hint of syrupy blueberry on the backside. Some traces of malt and grains are scattered throughout the mid-palate.

M: A little heavy handed on the bubbles. A wheat shouldn't drink like this, it's to be sipped and savored. This beer is simply too light and sharp for the style.

O: Kennebunkport's Blueberry Wheat is an odd beer. Too pale for a traditional wheat, and not enough traditional blueberry to really be a blueberry beer. If you're looking for a good blueberry ale, check out Sweetwater's Blue.

As for this: if I'm looking for a sessionable fruit beer, this will certainly fit the bill. But in reality, when's the last time I wanted a sessionable fruit ale?

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.13/5  rDev -29.5%
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.

Photo of beertunes
2.53/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.43/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of Brad007
2.9/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a golden color with a thin head into my glass. Looks like a typical american wheat to me.

Strong blueberry aroma that permeates the air. I can smell it only a few inches away. I can't tell right away if it's an extract or an artificial addition.

Weak blueberry flavoring makes it a chore to drink. However, it does have a clean footprint thanks to that solid wheat bill.

That solid wheat bill comes in handy for the finish. Inoffensive.

If you want to graduate from the $3.99 canned sixers at Trader Joes, for $2 more, you'll get this. They have other varieties though.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.23/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of blackie
2.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: Much like the pumpkin ale, white head over a golden body gives a macro-esque appearance. Retains for a minute and then goes flat.

smell and taste: Smells like one of those blueberry pies you'd buy at a gas station, and tastes about the same...not bad, but blatantly "flavoured". Clean wheat malts and even a spicy note on the nose. More clean wheats on the tongue...this would be a much better beer without the flavor. Very dry. Lightly hopped. Aftertaste of Fruity Pebbles.

m: medium-high carbonation and a light body

d: actually pretty good drinkability, but the flavor wears me down after awhile

best by June 2008, quite the shelf life, single bottle from Trader Joe's Cary

Photo of malfunxion
3.75/5  rDev +24.2%

Photo of msubulldog25
2.58/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Photo of barczar
3.18/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Kennebunkport Blueberry Wheat Ale from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
71 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.