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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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
Maine, United States | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by SurlyDuff on 10-06-2008

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Reviews: 85 | Ratings: 190
Photo of mmmbeer
2.2/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
2.22/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

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Photo of yourefragile
2.62/5  rDev -11.8%
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

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Photo of AlexJ
2.16/5  rDev -27.3%
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!

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Photo of marcpal
2.05/5  rDev -31%
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.

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Photo of Atlas1
2.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of theopholis
2.25/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

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Photo of daliandragon
2.57/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of blackie
2.68/5  rDev -9.8%
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

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Photo of Lothore
3.67/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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