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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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DoubleJ

California

2.7/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 23:32:16 | More by DoubleJ
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whatthehull

California

1.95/5  rDev -34.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 22:57:43 | More by whatthehull
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

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

Picked this up in Trader Joe's down in Westfield. Never had this and at $6 a six-pack, I figured that I'd give this a go. Sure enough, I got what I paid for but besides that, there wasn't a lot to write about when it came to this beer.

The pour had a decent golden hue with a fluffy head that faded fast. No lacing to be seen and not much of an aroma to write home about either. You want blueberries? They're here, with a somewhat malty base underneath it. The mouthfeel didn't have a lot of carbonation and there was a lemony and soapy feel to the beer. No tartness here either, but with something as bland as this, that was to be expected.

Lawnmower beers don't come any cheaper than this so if you're looking to down a few on a hot day like today, look no further. This wasn't the worst brew that I've had in a while but there's nothing to stand out here either. Worth a try once and it'll go into the rotation during the summer, until I run out and move onto something more enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 21:19:06 | More by JerzDevl2000
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

2.53/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 22:20:23 | More by Gambrinus1184
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notchucknorris

California

2.3/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 04:56:17 | More by notchucknorris
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

2.7/5  rDev -9.7%
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?

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 16:31:46 | More by Rhettroactive
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chicagobill13

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +50.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I picked this up as a sampler six pack from Trader Joe's. I have to be honest I am a little stun that it got bad reviews. I am not a wheat beer, white, or hef beers. I really love this beer and for the price. I will be picking up a six pack in the future. There is some people on here that just bash a beer because it is.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 21:32:26 | More by chicagobill13
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wedge

North Carolina

2.15/5  rDev -28.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 23:27:08 | More by wedge
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Brunite

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Light straw yellow...crystal clear....white head.

S: Pretty intense blueberry aroma. Smells as though it will be sweet.

T: Dominant flavor is blueberry. Not as sweet as one would think. Basically a BMC lager with blueberry extract flavor.

MF: Light body, moderate carbonation.

O: OK. Average. Drinkable since it is a wheat beer. Blows away Wild Blue...not enough to convert me. Maybe paired with pie or a muffin. One and done.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 23:22:26 | More by Brunite
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auxiliary

Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance - Nice golden color, small head that faded out.

smell - Lot of blueberries here and some wheat.

taste - Blueberries, wheat, refreshing crisp taste that goes down easy.

mouthfeel - Medium-light body.

overall - This is not mow your lawn beer, but more like working in the garden, and i don't have a garden. Nice refreshing beer, I have a bunch of blueberry beers, but not in a long time. Surprised about the low review score, i liked this beer and would buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 19:20:49 | More by auxiliary
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SuperSpy

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A very clear, pale straw color. A little under one-finger of white foamy head that settles to a nice cap after about a minute. Some active carbonation keeps the beer looking alive.

S - A mix of American light lager and blueberry. There is light malt, a hint of bread that I suspect comes from the wheat, and blueberries that completely dominate. The blueberry aroma is sweeter than any natural blueberry aroma that I have encountered, but manages to not smell completely artificial. For being a blueberry wheat ale this is about what I would expect.

T/M - Very thin, light bodied and watery. Not as overly sweet as the aroma would suggest. The flavor is blueberries up front, followed by a pale malt/blueberry mix. The blueberry then dominates once again with a bit more sweetness that roles into a finish where the wheat makes an appearance. There is a well balanced aftertaste that allows the blueberry flavor to linger but not be overpowering. I'm not a big fan of fruit beers but the flavor of this beer is very well done.

D - I could use a more medium body on this beer, but all in all, if I liked fruit beers this would probably be one of my go to brews.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 20:29:58 | More by SuperSpy
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JoKo

Connecticut

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

Appearance: Pours bright golden color, slightly hazy, with lively carbonation. The head is about an inch thick that fades in about half a minute.

Smell: Blueberries up front, not really getting anything else.

Taste: Blueberries up front, as expected, some graininess going on and a fresh wheat flavor. Reminiscent of a summer ale.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, goes down smooth, flavor stays on the palate shortly after each sip.

Drink ability: Smooth, very refreshing summer styled ale that would be good after working outside or just relaxing.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 19:23:12 | More by JoKo
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.8/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 22:45:55 | More by TMoney2591
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mikeg67

New Jersey

2.33/5  rDev -22.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2010 19:13:40 | More by mikeg67
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MNFirefly

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +47.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love the blueberry taste to this beer. It's a light and smooth beer. The aroma was very pleasant and improved the taste. I ended up buying another 6 pack after I finished the first pack. I totally recommend anyone to buy it if you like fruit beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 03:15:29 | More by MNFirefly
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tapman

Illinois

2.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Ah yes, the brewery of many names. Kennebunkport, KBC, Federal Jack, Pugsley Brewing, etc.

Light golden yellow with a thin head and watery lacing. Filtered and clear. Shouldn't wheat give it super head retention abilities?

Not too artificial smelling and, as I believe that there is no real way to get fruity flavors in ber from fruit without adding extract, this one does a decent job of not being to candy-like, though still pretty sweet smelling. If you swirl it good enough you get some yeast aroma with a little bit of hop earthiness, but you really gotta shake the sucker.

Medicinal and plastic-like, the blueberry flavor morphs from off-brand candy to off-brand cough syrup. There is a little 'real' blueberry taste at the end when it mixes with the light toast character of the malt bill. Is the bitterness from hops or the "natural flavoring"?

Light, crisp and sharp. Carbonation is closer to a ginger ale than a wheat beer for me.

Eh, it's a cheap wheat beer. I think I bought a single bottle a la carte for a dollar at the local liquor store. I'm always disappointed in fruit beers and yet there isn't one that I won't try.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 19:36:06 | More by tapman
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perrymarcus

Massachusetts

3.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | 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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 06:25:18 | More by perrymarcus
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mralphabet

Virginia

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

Bought at Trader Joe's part of a mix pack... $1 a beer
12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Clear Golden with a hint of orange, about a finger & 1/2 of head that settle to nothing.

S: Sweet blueberries aroma and not much else... but I like blueberries.

T: Just like the smell... blueberry flavor right up front, a touch of wheat at the finish.

M: Light bodied with good carbonation.

D: Not a bad little blueberry beer, the ABV is low and you could drink this all day. Good summer beer if you like fruit beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 01:51:22 | More by mralphabet
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Insomnicat

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - beautiful amber with constant carbonation and miles and miles of head that disappear rather quickly

S - Malt with a strong hint of blueberry tart

T - Same as the smell with a bit of blueberry sweetness

M - about the same as carbonated water

D - Though relatively drinkable as far as one's likelihood to become intoxicated, The taste would get old too quickly to make a good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 21:53:41 | More by Insomnicat
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jwinship83

Illinois

2.78/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle picked up at a local trader joes. best by date says september 2010. drank from a standard pint glass.

A- this one pours out a translucent straw colored body with a very small bright white head that fizzles away before my eyes. little to no lacing left behind. Lots of active carbonation bubbles.

S- faint malted wheat is the main thing here. a little bit of a metallic twang. very faint fresh blueberries.

T- the taste is loaded with that metallic twang that i could smell. the malted wheat comes through. the fresh blueberries i could barely smell are back and stronger tasting than expecting.

M- very thin and watery. way too much carbonation. it stings the tongue.

D- one and done for this one. not really a beer made for people that love beer. the weak flavor and cheap price tag would probably appeal more to the BMC crowd.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 15:55:42 | More by jwinship83
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mwagner1018

Minnesota

2.58/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 01:35:46 | More by mwagner1018
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msubulldog25

Oregon

2.58/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 06:17:19 | More by msubulldog25
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nsmartell

Wisconsin

2.1/5  rDev -29.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 03:57:46 | More by nsmartell
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OldSchoolGamer

Ohio

2.78/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Never seen this beer or heard of Kennebunkport before. Decided to give this one a shot. Here is the review:

A: Pours pretty much like a macro lager. Clear golden yellow. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Little to no head.

S: Artifical blueberries. Some sweetness. Maybe a touch of wheat. Thats pretty much it though.

T: Probably the best description is Fruity Pebbles breakfast cereal with a touch of blueberry flavoring. Sweet overall. Nothing offensive, but nothing great either. Pretty weak overall.

M: Light bodied and very fizzy. Again, very similar to macro lagers.

D: Well...drinks easily, but definently not something I would drink more than one at a time of. Overly sweet and artifical tasting. Just nothing worth while.

I don't mind fruit beers for the most part, but this is about as marginal as you can get. No complexity or character to speak of. Just very plain. Don't get me wrong, it is a drinkable beer, but just not up to the craft beer standards.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 19:08:34 | More by OldSchoolGamer
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porterwoobie

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 22:26:19 | More by porterwoobie
Kennebunkport Blueberry Wheat Ale from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
70 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.