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Blueberry Wheat Beer - Ellicottville Brewing Co.

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Blueberry Wheat BeerBlueberry Wheat Beer

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39 Reviews
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Reviews: 39
Hads: 106
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 21.27%
Wants: 2
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ellicottville Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: toolbrew on 04-17-2008

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Reviews: 39 | Hads: 106
Photo of wiseguy142
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'd say about half the customers at the bar were ordering this beer so I wanted to give it a try. Served with a couple fresh blueberries on top, straw yellow with a frothy white head. Aroma of light blueberries, a very wheaty smelling. Taste is a bit of a let down. Thin and a little too watery. The blueberry flavor is a bit fake tasting. I think it needs a little more of a malt backbone. Either that or make it a totally dry and crisp wheat beer and bump up the blueberry just a little bit.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a bright golden-brass with a 1 finger bright white fizzy head that quickly settled. No visible lacing was left while a medium heavy shower of macro bubbles rose upwards in unison.

S: The blueberries appeared fresh with a sweet fruity nature. Light to medium in strength. The aroma was really nothing to get excited about, rather mundane, but unoffensive at the same time.

T: The flavor opens up with some sugary sweet berries then progresses to a dry tartness. There is a green vinery hopping on the fade as well a bitterness of dry blueberry skins. Overall moderately flavored, with a dry tart finish, but was safe (macro-like) that didn't make you care either way.

M: light bodied, slick with moderate carbonation detection. Overall much like the flavor there was not a lot here to sway you either way.

D: While I liked the fact the flavor and nose appeared fresh and wasn't overbearing or in your face, it did seem a bit under par with not much wheat character. Really didn't care either way for this, and certainly wasn't thinking about another one.

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Photo of jwc215
2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazed light golden with a white creamy head that thins. Strands of lacing stick.

The smell is of strong blueberries when the bottle opened. But, oddly enough, the blueberry is not as strong after the pour. Some breadiness gives it a bit of a blueberry pie aroma.

The taste of blueberries is not strong, but still dominates. Just a hint of tart. It does have an herbal bitterness that makes me wonder if they added more hops to make a firmer beer base, but it doesn't work so well, as it conflicts with the blueberry syrup character. There is a soapy character, as well, that I'm not fond of. It has a chalky dryness in the finish.

At first, I thought it had some creaminess, but as I drank more - second sip - the carbonation picked up to hit the fizzy level. Light bodied. All-in-all, though, about average for a light American fruit beer.

It's not too "artificial", as some others are, but it's still nothing I would desire again. The soapy character, though mild, did not help, and things seemed to conflict. Blueberry did repeat a bit after awhile. Different, but not too impressive.

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Photo of yesyouam
2.96/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Ellicottville Blueberry Wheat Beer is a crystal clear, pale straw colored beer with a small white head that quickly fades to a thin white blotch. It has an aroma of blueberry bubblegum. Lemon and wheat tones lie underneath. It smells a little artificial, but it's ok. It's light bodied and metallic with a slightly gritty finish. There's not that much blueberry flavor, really. It almost seems a touch salty. There's a noticeable amount of green bitterness to it, especially at the finish. The bitterness hangs for a while after the swallow. It's quite light and doesn't have a lot of personality, but it could make for a pretty good lawn mower beer.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up on Ohio along with all the other beers on my HoF run last week. I never heard of this beer, or this brewery, and at $1.50 a bottle, I figured this was worth a shot. Thankfully, it was cheap, because a beer just doesn't get much more typical than this. Typical hue, smell, mouthfeel, and taste. Since it's winter, I'm used to darker brews with more filling during this time of the year, so this is quite a change for me!

As I said before, this is typical - a goldenrod hue, a bit of head, and no lacing to be seen. Carbonation is light and the taste is that of a pils with blueberry (obviously) with some straw and grass behind it for good measure. The backbone is malt, hence the reason why I feel like this is close to being a pils. Only a bit of sour bitterness can be felt in the aftertaste. This is relatively crisp and easyooing and if it was warm outside this week, I'm sure that this would be a fine beer to enjoy during a cookout and a ballgame on the radio.

I couldn't even feel the alcohol in this and to say that this is a session beer would be a gross overstatement. It would probably take quite a few of these in me before I could feel it, but that's alriight. Sometimes, ya need a beer that's not cheap nor complex. This is it and if I can find this when the warm weather returns, I'll give it another go.

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Photo of joekfsu
3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours clear and golden, 1 cm of bubbly head, mostly diminishing. Aroma is terrible, beyond skunk, think porta-john. Flavor is pretty impressive though with obvious blueberry, malt, biscuits, and a hint of hop bitterness at the end. Minimal lacing, moderate carbonation, light body, and light alcohol is hard to pick up on. Overall, the smell really turned me off, gross, but it tasted good, so its iffy.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.17/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Cuzco for this one!

A: Pours a clear golden color with small head formation. It fades to a small layer of foam on the top. Tiny carbonation bubbles are released from the bottom.

S: Very sweet, there is a nice blueberry aroma as well as some wheat/yeast on the backend. As it warms the blueberry aroma lessens and the wheat takes over.

T: Starts off with a slight blueberry flavor that quickly fades to a dry wheat taste. Overall not much here, I wish the blueberry last longer.

M/D: Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Overall it was a slight disappointment. The nose led me to hope it was going to taste better than it did.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a 12 ounce bottle and into my standard shaker glass. Appears a clear medium amber color with about a finger of quickly fading off white head. Nose and flavor are of surprisingly mild blueberry notes, followed by lightly toasted bread grain, some caramel, cereal, slightly sweet and tart. Not a s thin bodied as the flavor would suggest with decent carbonation as well. Worth a try I suppose.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle this beer was a slightly hazy, banana-yellow/gold color with a thin white head that did not retain itself very well and left minimal lacing at first and then none towards the end. The aroma was of wheat, dry grains and light blueberries. The flavors were very similar, starting with dry grains and a little wheat tang I tasted the blueberries in the middle and some pale malt followed by an unusual aftertaste somewhere between hop bitterness and yeast. Not an off-taste, per se but I didn't care for the finish. The mouthfeel was ok, the body light and the carbonation average.

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Photo of gskitt
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled this on New Years with friends. Pours a light, hazy, pale gold color, fizzy head. Smelled of blueberries, what else? Tastes of mile blueberries and had some malty backbone, but everything about this brew is subdued. Mouthfeel wasn't my favorite part of this beer, did leave a bit of a sour aftertaste. If you like blueberries, you can drink many of these. 4%!

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ellicottville- Blueberry Wheat

A- Bright clear yellow with a small foamy white head. Soapy lacing.
S- Light sweet wheat with faint blueberries.
T- Sweet blueberries and sweet sugary wheat. Grassy hop bite.
M- Light and sweet. Fruity sweet body with sweet wheat and malt. Mild dry grassy hop finish.

Overall- Not bad for a fruity summer beer. 1's enough for me though.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blueberry beers seem to be a dieing trend these days. A few years ago I could easily nab 7-10, and now I only spied 3. I savor blueberries during the summer and love picking berries along the trail to bake with. This beer has nothing artificially blueberry about it. It also has a strong, crackery wheat body. This gives the bet a very dry feel, but also cab overwhelm the natural sweetness of the blueberries. Although some sweet berry tannin funk lasts awhile, the beer tastes like a superior AAL upfront. Approachable, squashable, and passable when you have a sudden hankering for blueberries and beer.

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Photo of matty
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Looks like a macro.Aroma is sour blueberries.Taste is blueberries,bread and malt with a hint of sweetness.Taste is a tad on the watery side but still a decent beer.Overall I think it's worth one try.The jury is out on whether I would purchase again.

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Photo of makdeco
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had it on tap at Fredonia location, nice taste the blueberry was not overwhelming, some fruit beers have a syrupy taste this did not... Nice summer beer for hot days, very light in color... Was served in a pilsner glass (correct glass??)with fresh blueberries added into it.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of Cuzco pours a slightly hazed, light yellow color with a small cap of white head. Not much for retention or lacing.

Nose is very sweet, and I am guessing here, artificial blueberry aroma. This has to have some sort of extract in it...I am not one to hate on artificial flavors, so in this case it smells good, though a little like Fruity Pebbles.

Taste is not as sweet as the nose would indicate, but tastes like what I imagine an "essence of blueberry" would be. The malts are light and barely even qualify as grainy...maybe a light wheat tang. Not bad, but is a fairly forgettable fruit wheat beer.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly hazy golden color. A finger of white head with a touch of lacing.

S: A tight nose but a little bit of real blueberries. Slight touch of wheat. Nice when it doesn't smell like chemically processed fruit.

T: Kind of on the bland side. The blueberry comes out more in the finish than anything else.

M: Super light. Well carbonated.

D: Perfect summer beer. This beer was a nice surprise. Not terrible and would be great on a hot summer day.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light straw/golden in color with a slight haze, this beer produces a very slight head of foam that fizzes into nothing in minutes. The nose on this beer is fruit/berry- like with a sweet wheat malt backing.

This beer offers a mild flavor of wheat and blueberries. The blueberry flavor is moderate and it does taste natural, which is good. The wheat malt backbone isn’t very strong, but it’s sufficient and it keeps the blueberries in check. There is little in the way of hop character, but this is expected for a style such as this.

I have to admit this is a very refreshing beer and it makes a good summertime drinking option. I would prefer a little more body and a little nicer appearance, but this beer is still good for what it is. It’s the type of beer that will go over well with the shandy crowd and others who like their beer to taste a little sweeter and more approachable. Some added blueberries would actually improve this beer but it’s still pretty good on its own.

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Photo of MLasoski
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served: In a bottle, poured into an ale glass.

A: Pours with minimal head and the body has a light tan color. Looks crisp.

S: Smells of blueberry and mild wheat, slightly malty.

T: Tastes like blueberries with a mild hop aftertaste.

M: Nothing too special about how it feels. Starts out with a blueberry flavor and leaves the mild wheat aftertaste in the end, but it's very enjoyable.

D: I've had other blueberry beers and this is favorable. Definitely beats out Wild Blue (especially since it doesn't pour a bluish color). I could kick back a couple of these.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: [4.50] Clear pale straw color. Very few bubbles in the glass. The head dissipated right away and left wisps of foam on the surface. The beer is 4.8% ABV and bottled on 11.03.14.

S: [3.25] I am not getting much blueberry on the nose. I get mostly wheat smells.

T: [3.50] The taste is really nice. A nice sweet wheat beer taste. Nice bready taste. then just a suggestion of blueberry. The blueberry is not dramatic or overpowering. Very subtle.

M: [3.75] The label says "Dry and Fruity" - I agree. Nice crisp dry finish. Nice carbonation level.

O: [3.50] This one has been rattling around for a while in the fridge. I have been passing it over for a while - but I was pleasantly surprised. It is a well made beer that doesn't try to over do it with the blueberry. This would be ideal out on a dock int he summer.

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Photo of Gavage
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a clear golden yellow color with a short one finger head. Some mild lacing develops.

Smell: loads of blueberry with some softer wheat tones. Very pleasant for a fruit beer.

Taste: the blueberry flavor dominates here and drowns out any other flavors. Some soft grass and wheat tones are in the background and bitterness is very mild.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout with some dryness late. Aftertaste is focused on the blueberry flavors.

Drinkability: this beer is a bit unbalanced and more than one glass would be tough to handle in a session.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden-yellow color with a two finger fluffy white head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a blueberry nature mixed with some grainy wheat aromas. The blueberry is quite potent, but not overly sweet and has a nice almost drier smell as there are only lighter notes of a more caramel and sugary sweetness.

Taste – The taste begins with a flavor of a light wheat and blueberry flavor. The nose is heavier then the taste however, with the flavors being relatively subdued in comparison to the smell. The blueberry gives way with the wheat growing slightly stronger as the taste moved on from the beginning to the end. All the while a lighter sugary sweet taste that is upfront fades to the end with a slight bit of acidic and light bitter flavor comes to the tongue at the end of the taste leaving a dry blueberry wheat taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is very light and crisp with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. Both are quite nice for the blueberry and wheat flavors of the brew and make for a refreshing style brew.

Overall – This would be a nice beer for a hot summer day as it is light, fruity and refreshing. Other then on a warm day in summer however this is one I would not go to on any great occasion as it is a little lacing in the flavor department.

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Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that quickly died down, leaving only a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Strong aromas of blueberries are present in the nose. The smell was so strong that I could pick up the blueberries as soon as the cap was removed off the bottle.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of blueberries with hints of associated sweetness. Notes of wheat are noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has lots of nice aromas and flavors of blueberries that don't seem artificial – it's kind of like dipping into the blueberries at the bottom of a cup of yogurt before mixing them in. However, the strong dose of blueberries can make the taste seem a little one-dimensional.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A very clear hazy yellow very light beer looking. Head is fairly decent at a half an inch that turns to a nice lace ring.

S - Hmmm smells kind of artificial but very sweet. A few sniffs later I can actually detect a good malt bill and some hops.

T - Tart and kind of acidic but very balanced. I get light blueberry taste then some decent citrus hops followed by a light malt flavor.

M - Light and bubbly it's not bad.

Overall one of the better fruit beers I have drank with constant fruit flavors, hops, and a bubbly bit of carbonation. Not bad at all.

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Photo of toolbrew
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear and golden with a thick foamy white head. Very carbonated.

I could smell the blueberry as soon as I opened the bottle.

Initially you get the blueberry taste - mild, not overpowering. Still some fruit flavor in the finish, but more of a pilsner-style taste.

Lots of carbonation makes this beer feel lighter in my mouth than other fruit beers. Get the 'bubble' sensation on the tip of my tongue and the rear of my mouth.

Easy to drink and would be nice on a hot summer day. I could have a couple of these per sitting.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes as I drank this the night before Thanksgiving. Enjoyed a 12 oz bottle of this at La Cave Du Vin. Poured into a standard pint glass. This beer pours a clear medium golden color. Not much head or lacing from the start. Aromas of blueberry and some malt and a bit of grain present. The taste was pretty much the same, blueberry malt along with a bit of hops at the end. This beer was a fairly crisp, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate to high carbonation. Easy drinkin' here. Not something I'd drink all the time, but certainly worth a try.


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Blueberry Wheat Beer from Ellicottville Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.