Blueberry Wheat Beer - Ellicottville Brewing Co.
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2.88/5 rDev -20.9%
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.
03-08-2009 09:24:37 | More by wiseguy142
2.9/5 rDev -20.3%
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.
06-06-2009 22:51:03 | More by jwc215
2.95/5 rDev -19%
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.
07-09-2009 22:10:01 | More by beerthulhu
2.95/5 rDev -19%
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.
05-25-2011 17:39:43 | More by yesyouam
3/5 rDev -17.6%
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.
01-13-2009 08:12:52 | More by JerzDevl2000
3.15/5 rDev -13.5%
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.
11-18-2010 01:52:01 | More by mdaschaf
3.25/5 rDev -10.7%
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.
09-10-2009 03:17:42 | More by ClockworkOrange
3.25/5 rDev -10.7%
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.
09-13-2010 18:29:50 | More by thekevlarkid
3.28/5 rDev -9.9%
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.
06-12-2008 00:47:14 | More by joekfsu
3.28/5 rDev -9.9%
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%!
01-02-2011 17:27:49 | More by gskitt
3.4/5 rDev -6.6%
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.
05-15-2009 23:53:48 | More by NJpadreFan
3.4/5 rDev -6.6%
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.
02-08-2010 05:43:17 | More by matty
Blueberry Wheat Beer from Ellicottville Brewing Co.
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