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Blueberry Wheat Beer - Ellicottville Brewing Co.

Blueberry Wheat BeerBlueberry Wheat Beer

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67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.7%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: toolbrew on 04-17-2008)
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jwc215

Wisconsin

2.9/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 22:51:03 | More by jwc215
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 21:36:53 | More by Gavage
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 22:10:01 | More by beerthulhu
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean pale yellow color with a small white head. In the aroma, fresh blueberries all day. In the taste, fresh dry blueberries, almost like a blueberry muffin. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a note of dry blueberry skin in the aftertaste. Fresh blueberries and not sugary at all. Quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 16:57:28 | More by OWSLEY069
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.43/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 00:05:25 | More by twiggamortis420
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 01:10:14 | More by DrDemento456
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billab914

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Went home to visit my parents the other weekend and brought this back a growler of this for the girlfriend (although i enjoy it too). We go to the brewery pretty much every time we are there and really enjoy their beers. I bought one of the fancy growlers with a pewter handle and swing top to get filled whenever I'm home.

Poured from a growler into my Portsmouth snifter. Pours a light, pale gold color with a thin white film on top of the beer. One interesting note on presentation is that they put fresh blueberries in the glass when ordered at the bar, and they put a handful of them in the growler. It's a nice touch and makes it seem fresher.

The aroma is very good, I really think the handful of fresh blueberries sitting in the growler for a week really comes through in the smell. It smells a lot more like fresh blueberries then I expected. I don't get blueberry extract nearly as much from this beer fresh with the blueberries then I do from a bottle.

The taste is pretty much all blueberry, but it really does taste like fresh blueberries more then an extract flavor I get from a lot of fruit flavored beers.

The mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's a light refreshing pretty good tasting drink. Having this on tap and from a bottle I can say I definitely prefer the tap version a lot more. Maybe it's a mental thing but the fresh blueberries floating in my beer really make it smell and taste a lot fresher and more of natural blueberries. As simple as it sounds the presentation with the fresh blueberries really helps this beer compared to the bottled version. I'd probably give the bottled version more like a B, B- score compared to the fresh version. One of the better fruit flavored beers I have had

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 01:12:03 | More by billab914
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2013 02:45:59 | More by Darkmagus82
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 23:53:48 | More by NJpadreFan
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2010 01:52:01 | More by mdaschaf
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2009 03:17:42 | More by ClockworkOrange
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 18:29:50 | More by thekevlarkid
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aerozeppl

New York

3.43/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 22:23:53 | More by aerozeppl
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yesyouam

New York

2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 17:39:43 | More by yesyouam
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MTNboy

Germany

4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- It is a nice straw yellow color. There are a lot of bubbles in the body and that forms a lot of head and lace.

Smell- You can smell the berries right away. It has little complex fruity smell past the initial berry blast as well.

Taste- There is more to this beer than the berries. You can still taste the malt and some very mild hops.

Mouthfeel- I a lot of fizz bite but for the most part light.

Drinkability- Very refreshing and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2008 12:01:51 | More by MTNboy
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schoolboy

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked a six of these up when our ski bus stopped at a grocery store in Ellicottville. This was a great refreshing beer after a hard day of skiing and several stronger beers earlier in the day. It is a pretty subtle, well balanced taste that I think is mostly designed for easy drinking. The fruit taste is subtle, but so are the hops, malt and yeast tastes,so it works.

The appearance is that of a flat, light beer. A pale yellow.

But even though I usually prefer bolder tastes, this one gets a thumbs up for what it is. I think they met their goals admirably

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 01:03:01 | More by schoolboy
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 08:12:52 | More by JerzDevl2000
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goblue3509

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden color with a nice white head that is about one finger. The smell is a blueberries, it isn't over the top blueberry though. There is also some wheat in there. The taste is of blueberries over a nice malt taste. The mouthfeel is of moderate carbonation. Overall this is a very drinkable beer, crisp and refreshing, you could have a number of these.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 13:19:52 | More by goblue3509
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neenerzig

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Eric

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 04:33:28 | More by neenerzig
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matty

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 05:43:17 | More by matty
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BDIMike

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden color with a lot of carbonation. A medium white head thins out very quickly, however the lacing throughout the drink is very good.
Smell has a slight bit of wheat, but an awesome amount of blueberry. The strong smell of blueberry smells so genuine and fresh that you would think you are actually smelling a bushel of blueberries. (Do blueberries come in bushels?)
Taste is good for a blueberry beer. There is a lot of blueberry taste and not much else on that. However, the blueberries do taste very authentic, like they use real blueberries.
Mouthfeel is really good for a blueberry beer. This is obviously a summer choice, so the fact that the beer has a very light feel and a crisp, refreshing bite makes the mouthfeel perfect for the season.
Drinkability is good. The genuine blueberry taste is strong at first, however it balances out with the wheat fairly nicely as you continue to drink. A great selection for a hot summer day on a patio in upstate New York!

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 02:07:32 | More by BDIMike
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iceball585

New York

3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Bright yellow color, clear, half finger thick head that faded to a thin ring around the glass

S- Strong auroma of blueberries, light malts, hint of citrus hops

T- Fresh blueberries, grains, wheat, sugar, hint of other berries near the end

M- Light/medium body, medium carbonation, crisp, fruity, sweet

D- Worth buying again

This ranks near the top end of the blueberry beers that I've tried over the years, although not a lot of complexity.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2008 00:13:32 | More by iceball585
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wiseguy142

New York

2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2009 09:24:37 | More by wiseguy142
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gskitt

New York

3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
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%!

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 17:27:49 | More by gskitt
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toolbrew

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 21:40:16 | More by toolbrew
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Blueberry Wheat Beer from Ellicottville Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.