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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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Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub visit their website
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 GossageBrewery
3.65/5  rDev +24.6%
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! (470 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.27/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (430 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
4.01/5  rDev +36.9%
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! (356 characters)

Photo of u2carew
2.7/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (487 characters)

Photo of wowbagger
3.71/5  rDev +26.6%
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. (398 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 DoubleJ
2.75/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (1,103 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 JerzDevl2000
2.75/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (992 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 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 Rhettroactive
2.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 5/17/11
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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? (1,087 characters)

Photo of chicagobill13
4.44/5  rDev +51.5%
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. (321 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 Brunite
3.06/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (433 characters)

Photo of auxiliary
3.84/5  rDev +31.1%
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. (481 characters)

Photo of SuperSpy
3.92/5  rDev +33.8%
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. (1,169 characters)

Photo of JoKo
4/5  rDev +36.5%
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. (538 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.83/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (582 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 MNFirefly
4.38/5  rDev +49.5%
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. (250 characters)

Photo of tapman
2.69/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (1,140 characters)

Photo of perrymarcus
3.08/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (559 characters)

Photo of mralphabet
3.42/5  rDev +16.7%
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. (518 characters)

Photo of Insomnicat
3.27/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (395 characters)

Kennebunkport Blueberry Wheat Ale from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
70 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.