Kennebunkport Blueberry Wheat Ale - Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
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4.03/5 rDev +34.8%
Served out of a growler bought from Whole Foods into a standard pint glass.
A: light golden color, negligible head, not lacing, very clear
S: intense blueberry aroma, almost smells sweet
T: powerful blueberry flavor at first, ends up with a sweet aftertaste
MF: light body, moderate carbonation.
Drinkability: for a fruit beer, not bad. the blueberry aroma and flavor really stand out. it would be good with a blueberry muffin or pie.
05-25-2009 22:26:19 | More by porterwoobie
2.63/5 rDev -12%
Ok, being totally honest, this is probably the best way to make a blueberry beer. If you like blueberries, or fruit beers you might like this.
It is crisp,pours a nice gold color, has blueberries in the smell. The taste is crisp with a lot of blueberries in the exhale. It's not overpowering... well... okay to ME it is overpowering but in all honesty I don't think they over did it. I just personally don't like blueberries.
So. In short if you don't like blueberries this is not for you (duh, I should have guessed that. I think I would have preferred it a bit heavier, not quite so clear and crisp, maybe a bit of belgian influences would have brought this beer into a new level of appreciation.
05-01-2009 00:33:25 | More by cadenwhitaker
2.7/5 rDev -9.7%
hmm. I'm not sure whether or not I like this beer. it's done in the wheat style. So for color, it's gold colored and perfectly clear with a low white head no lacing.
Smell is strange, I can smell the alcohol and maybe a solventy smell? Not much blueberry smell, it smells to me a bit fake.
The taste is of blueberries, but more of a blueberry pie flavor. There is a nuttiness coming from the wheat malt, so that's not bad.
I could use more body and more head, personally, so the mouthfeel took a bit of a hit, which is odd, I've never noticed that trait so much.
It's drinkable, but then I'm a blueberry addict so fake or no I'll still drink it.
03-12-2009 01:04:06 | More by Reneejane
2.15/5 rDev -28.1%
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.
01-04-2009 04:11:12 | More by beveritt
3.2/5 rDev +7%
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.
12-04-2008 23:16:26 | More by Tone
1.98/5 rDev -33.8%
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.
12-02-2008 22:42:03 | More by whiteskittlz
3.93/5 rDev +31.4%
upon some research, this 'could' be the same as Sea Dog Blue Paw Wheat: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/137/345 it appears like its a contract brew
Pours a crisp crystal clear golden and just from pouring into the bottle i got some huge blueberry wafts. I'm in for it!
Aroma is incredibly intense blueberry muffin and some light fresh graininess.
I'm not a huge fruit beer fan, but have been impressed in the past month with a couple killer fruit beers. This one tastes like a liquid blueberry muffin, with the malt profile being light and sweet cake like.
It's not overly sweet or anything, and the hops and bitter crispness put on a good show. It's plenty drinkable, and perhaps just a bit over the top on the berries, but not enough to ruin it. Overall quite a tasty beer, and i'd recommend anyone pick it up for a try if they see it. Picked mine up at Trader Joe's. There's a good chance this brew was contracted just for them?
10-06-2008 01:08:28 | More by SurlyDuff
2.83/5 rDev -5.4%
Appearance: It has a good bronze copper color with not much for head or lace.
Smell: It has super strong blueberry smell with not much else to it maybe a little bit of wheat malt aroma in there too.
Taste: There is a very strong blueberry flavor to this beer. It is somewhat tart as well with some minuet hops tones.
Mouthfeel: I Thin and flat for the most part.
Drinkability: An alright beer to sample maybe it would be nice on dog day.
10-04-2008 06:02:19 | More by MTNboy
4.08/5 rDev +36.5%
Golden color with active and heavy prickle. Wispy foam in the center of the surface. Blueberry nose. Celan attack with a faint blueberry flavor. Clean finish. Mild character of a wheat beer. Closer to a wheat than a "blueberry" beer in my opinion. I was surpised to learn that this bottled beer I found at a Trader Joe's in Woodbury, MN had come from Federal Jack's pub (or at least the same parent company) as my father always raves about Federal Jack's after his vacations up there.
08-07-2008 15:22:03 | More by Ragingbull
3.48/5 rDev +16.4%
Appearance: The pour is a rich golden color topped by too small of a head for a wheat beer.
For a fruit beer to work, it must meet two criteria. The fruit can't be fakey-fake and beer has to taste like a quality beer. This one delivers on both.
Smell: The nose has a mix of fresh blueberries and blueberry jam in front of soft wheat.
Taste: The flavor profile is blueberry muffin. As I let it sit on my tongue, the muffin flavor fades away, evolving into a blend of blueberry jam, a floral component, lemon zest, and mild wheat. The latter is nice, but it's not as delicious as the blueberry muffin element.
Mouthfeel: It's light to medium-bodied with soft, but lively carbonation.
Drinkability: It this the best beer in the world? No. Is a blueberry muffin beer fun to drink? Yes!
06-17-2008 07:24:08 | More by goschool
2.53/5 rDev -15.4%
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.
05-08-2008 00:51:11 | More by Hunter
3.03/5 rDev +1.3%
A: Golden color with very little haze at all (filtered wheat?). Strong 2-finger white head that is sure to go fast with all the bubbles I see floating to the surface. 3.5
S: Blueberry smell is strong, reminding me of blueberry pie or ice cream. Earth, lager spice aroma pairs nicely with the sweet blueberries. 3.5
T: Despite a strong bb smell, the flavor is much more subdued. Arguably, the blueberry is lesser here than in the Sweetwater blue. Wheat flavor is very mediocre with zero notes of banana or clove. Oddly, the blueberry tastes somewhat fake, like the freeze dried blueberries in a bar of white chocolate I ate recently. 3.5
M: Less texture than I would expect from a wheat but a nice summer feel. Too bad the taste lingers flatly and dryly on the tongue. 3
D: I am not particularly blown away by this beer but I am happy I tried it. I could see it being quite refreshing after mowing the lawn. 3.5
04-26-2008 20:15:52 | More by Big78CJ
2.1/5 rDev -29.8%
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.
04-22-2008 08:01:55 | More by Overlord
3.3/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
04-11-2008 21:34:27 | More by russpowell
2.85/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
04-03-2008 02:08:33 | More by barleywinefiend
2.2/5 rDev -26.4%
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.
03-13-2008 22:57:47 | More by mmmbeer
2.2/5 rDev -26.4%
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.
02-10-2008 22:06:31 | More by smcolw
District of Columbia
2.63/5 rDev -12%
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
01-26-2008 19:55:50 | More by yourefragile
2.13/5 rDev -28.8%
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!
01-05-2008 16:13:11 | More by AlexJ
2.03/5 rDev -32.1%
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.
12-31-2007 03:24:28 | More by marcpal
2.68/5 rDev -10.4%
I took a flier on this beer today because I'd never heard of it before. Grabbed a single of it and the pumpkin ale at Trader Joe's this morning.
Pours a very clean looking, light amber color. Frothy white head that fades fast. Lots of carbonation. Nice and clean, but otherwise very underwhelming. The nose is, well, very berry. Blueberry, that is. Not a bad scent, though, for a blueberry ale. The nose does not warm well, however, so it's best smelled fresh. The taste is interesting. The label says it was infused with "natural flavor," whatever that means (hopefully it means real fruit, rather than real fruit flavoring), and there is a distinct blueberry-ness to it. But it's also got a funky maltiness to it that just doesn't meld well with the blueberry. Leaves a terrible aftertaste. Still, the mouthfeel isn't bad; it's not great, and is a bit watery, but it's not bad.
This beer just doesn't do it for me. I think blueberries might work better in a different style (maybe) but the other ingredients in this beer aren't contributing enough to even things out. It's more like drinking a beer-influenced fruit water. Give it a try if you're really a fan of blueberry ales, but otherwise this is a fruit beer you can skip without feeling sorry.
10-20-2007 17:50:02 | More by Atlas1
2.28/5 rDev -23.7%
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.
10-08-2007 01:12:02 | More by theopholis
2.55/5 rDev -14.7%
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.
10-04-2007 08:16:40 | More by daliandragon
2.68/5 rDev -10.4%
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
09-27-2007 04:17:01 | More by blackie
3.65/5 rDev +22.1%
Bottle says "Kennebunkport Brewing Company" however a quick search of the brewers site shows that it is brewed by Federal Jack's for trader joe's.
A- Dark yellow in color, almost apple cideresque. Small 1.5 finger head that fades quickly with no lacing. Looks very carbonated.
S- Smells deeply of blueberries. Underneath is a hefeweizen wheat smell.
T- Tastes of wheat and grain. Semi sweet malts with a hint of blueberry, but not nearly as much as I expected from the nose.
M- Mouthfeel is very carbonated with about medium viscosity.
D- This beer goes down really easy but I think I would get tired of the blueberry sweetness pretty fast, none the less its worth a try if your looking for a fruit beer.
09-07-2007 01:01:40 | More by Lothore
Kennebunkport Blueberry Wheat Ale from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
70 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.