BluCreek Blueberry Ale - Pioneer Brewing Company

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BluCreek Blueberry AleBluCreek Blueberry Ale

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Reviews: 33
Hads: 34
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 19.74%
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-14-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by Murph:
Photo of Murph
3.62/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright amber color with a quickly fading tan head. Smell is completely dominated by blueberries, not too artificial smelling either. Nice blueberry tones to start the brew off before it goes to a straight up toasty maltiness and then heads on over to a dry finish. Some hops would definitely do this beer some good. Also, there seems to be a slight medicine taste as the beer finishes. Decently crisp and refreshing mouthfeel but the lack of hops makes it a bit too sweet and cloying. The sweetness combined with the medicine taste definitely bring this otherwise enjoyable beer down a bit in drinkability. (620 characters)

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Photo of sponberg
3.85/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A deep amber color with a tan/white head that formed a thin persistent bead.

Ever eat a blueberry Pop-Tart, unfrosted, and perfectly, lightly toasted? That is the signature flavor of this beer - a toasty, malty, blueberry flavor that is just this side of sweet, just this side of cloying, and a few hops away from being a hugely drinkable brew. As is, the blueberry is persistent but never syrupy. Very nice, but oh-so-close to greatness. (443 characters)

Photo of ADR
2.38/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Amber color, deep and clearish appearance overall. Head is dull and minimal, and the lacing is very scant, slight and incomplete rings. The smell is powerfully blueberry/huckleberry, but ringing somewhat artificial. The taste follows suite here, much too much sweetener accompanies the fruit and it wanders into pie filling in a can flavor aspects. No sense of natural astringency. In contrast to Leinie's Berry Weiss, this has a tiny amount of carbonation and comes off Gatorade in mouthfeel at the finish. Can't say this was a winner. (536 characters)

Photo of cokes
2.49/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Swampy golden-brown with a ring or two of white lacing.
Blueberry nose. It's nearly exclusive, aside for a bits of grain and solvent notes on stronger inhales.
For such a bright blueberry aroma, very little transitions over to the flavor. It's here, for sure, with a candied sweetness and gentle pulpy tartness. But mostly, this is just yeasty and bland. Hardly any malt sturucture to speak of, and no hops at all. Traces of vinegar around the finish.
As it warms, blueberry comes out more and more. At this point, it hardly matters.
Mouthfeel is washed out, thin and watery. Carbonation settles out after a minute or two.
Not so special. It hardly seems like a finished product. (687 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.94/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear peachy-amber with a short creamy white head that dissipates momentarily. It keeps an average collar but leaves no lace. The blueberry aroma is quite clear but also very extract-like. Unfortunately, extract is the only way to really get a blueberry aroma. Fortunately, however, it's not distracting and the flavor comes through with a much more natural characteristic that's very nice. A gently sweet, honey-ish, toasty and lightly buttery maltiness is laced with authentic blueberry fruitiness although it does come across as somewhat candy-ish. The hops are well restrained, letting the sweetness of the malt and fruit come through, but keeping it dry enough so as not to become cloying. Clearly a one-sided beer that's all about soft, sweet malt and blueberry flavor - but it's also very well done and enjoyable! The maltiness aloe is interesting. A refreshing change of pace that makes a good apertif of after-dinner drink during the summer months. (965 characters)

Photo of swamiswamu
3.14/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- deep reddish hue
Smell- totally incredible scent of blueberry pie. this is really the beers saving grace
Taste- not too much of a taste, no hops to speech of, some blueberry flavor dominates
Mouthfeel- meh, nothing special
Drinkability- pretty easy to drink (273 characters)

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
1.7/5  rDev -45%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I'm leaning toward the negative side on this review. Pours an almost nonexistent head on an amberish body with a slight blue tinge. Has a light ale taste, but the blueberries taste like syrup, or more precisely, cough syrup, with a "processed" aspect. I've got other bottles, so I'll try it again, but this just didn't sit right with me. Beer should make you feel happy. (370 characters)

Photo of jackndan
1.3/5  rDev -57.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

BluCreek: Oh, what a sad day. The last beer left in the fridge is this nasty piece of work. I gamely attempted to enjoy this “beer” yet I was very unsuccessful. This is, I believe, the second beer I have poured out in the last year because it was undrinkable and it was.

Upon opening, I noted very little release of carbonation, and the beer itself poured virtually flat. The color was not bad, very deep amber. The aroma was dominated by blueberries, which is as one would expect.

The taste was simply awful. It tasted like stale eggo waffles, with three day old blueberry jelly mixed in. But worse, because it had an unpleasant/sharp bitterness sourness as well. I could handle the waffles and blueberries, but the mix of all the tastes was decidedly unpleasant.

As noted, it was drained. (801 characters)

Photo of hotstuff
2.66/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Blueberries, blueberries and blueberries.That's all I could smell and taste with this beer.Yuck.This beer had a very small head that quickly diminished.The body was carbonated and slightly hazy.The hue was orange and there was very little lacing.The nose was what else? Blueberries!The flavor was? Blueberries!The mouthfeel was smooth, slightly tingly and light bodied.No thanks. (379 characters)

Photo of granger10
3.64/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There's no denying that this is a blueberry beer. Quite intense flavor of blueberry. No head or lacing which hurt this beer's appearance and drinkability. The flavor was actually quite good. It was still enough beer taste not to be called a wine cooler but definite blueberry also. Reminded me of a blueberry muffin with the sweetness mixed with some breadiness. Then the blueberries took over and were simply tarty in taste without the sweetness. It was good for a change from the usual but I couldn't drink it too often. (522 characters)

Photo of Gaisgeil
2.79/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Well this is an interesting attempt at something different. This is a deep amber beer, 1 finger head that disapates with a little time. The nose is gorgeous, plump blueberry and not much else. The initial taste is of malt and a certain astrigency followed quickly by a tart/sour note, at the end the blueberry is apparent and that lasts prominently through the aftertaste.

I'm not going to say I particularly dislike this brew, it's a valiant attempt at something different, but in the end it falls fairly flat, the blueberry flavor just doesn't work with the rest of the components of the brew leaving it tasting disjointed.

I wouldn't go seeking this one out again, but it's not horrid and was at least interesting. One was enough. (740 characters)

Photo of karst
2.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours amber orange with a 2 fingered off white head- fair retention and some lace. Aroma dominated by berry-like fruits but not the same as in my home brewing experience. Label claims 'natural flavor added'. I am disappointed.

Weak malt flavor and little evidence of hops. Out of balance. Blueberry flavor becomes artificial and candy-like. Good extracts taste better. Light body and near watery mouthfeel. Some dryness in the slightly bitter finish. Disappointing but drinkable.

At least twice a year we brew blueberry beer with fresh picked berries. I am a little critical of this style as a result. (607 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.02/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Brewed with wild blueberries and wild blueberry juice from Maine. Hm.

No head on this one. An orange-copper color, rather attractive. Very blueberry on the nose, very sweet smelling. Uh-oh, who dumped Kool-Aid into the beer???

Turns out it's really not a bad beer, it just ain't that great. Average to slightly below average carbonation. Light malt character, less than I figured given the copperish hue. I'm no blueberry expert, all I can tell you is I can taste them in there. Not overpowering, just the definite presence.

It was worth the try to say I'd had one for $1.50, so what the heck.

I don't know what else you could do with brewing blueberries in an alcoholic sense, maybe whip up a lambic or something? Is that weird? Anyway, if you've got a late night sweet tooth munchie attack, try this one with a blueberry Pop-Tart, you'll be just fine. (865 characters)

Photo of stegmakk
3.13/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nice looking beer. Dark amber color (darker than I expected)...very little off white head...
Aroma was all blueberry...woulda like a hint of something...anything else...but still alot more blueberry than most so called blueberry beers...
Taste...again...about 90% blueberry...maybe a hint of bitter in there...
Mouthfeel was a little watery...
Overall this is a good blueberry tasting beer...compared to many others you can taste it here where others you wouldn't know it was a blueberry ale unless you read the label...however they might have gone a bit over the top...Good but not great (592 characters)

Photo of Suds
2.77/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Well, this beer certainly lives up to its name. As soon as you open the bottle you're hit with an intense aroma of blueberry. It's like a blueberry pie overload. The beer pours a clear, brownish-amber with a thin white head. Mostly soft mouthfeel, with a tingly effervescence in the back. The blueberry sensation is overdone, and after the first few sips seems plastic and artificial. Finish is dry and slightly bitter, and full of a lingering blueberry. This is not for me.. (475 characters)

Photo of John
3.65/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color, creamy tan head. Some toasted malt is detected in the aroma that's dominated mostly by blueberries. A solid malt backbone offsets the fruit. Add just a touch more hops to the aroma and flavor and we'd have a winner here. Pretty good as fruit beers go...not a bad changeup brew for summer. (301 characters)

Photo of Winter
3.07/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a murky brownish amber in color with no head. Very intriguing blueberry aroma. Mouthfeel is thin. Blueberry flavor isn't as dominant as the nose seems to indicate. Initial flavor is uninspiring. Fruity maltiness with some undesired bitterness. Very little tartness. Berry flavor is washed out and nearly non-existent until the finish, where it comes back and reminds you that this was suppose to be a blueberry ale. Not that it has to be dominant, which is isn't, but this is just blander than it should be. (513 characters)

Photo of jayb
2.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured an amber brown color. Head was non existent after the first three seconds. No lacing. smell was sweet and tart, the blueberries in your face. Taste was a little grainy. more malty than bitter. the aftertaste is where the berry kicked in again. finish was dry. Maybe a littel bit of that stale, cardboard taste. (how much cardboard have i actually eaten?) I think i got an old bottle. A fresh one may very well up my opinion of this beer. Not a bad beer. Its something different and i appreciate that. (507 characters)

Photo of Brian700
3.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nice try...Blu Creek. It's not bad but well, it's not that great either. It has a nice amber color and is nice and clear. It doesn't really have much head but the aroma is obviously there. My girlfriend was drinking a pint the other night and I could smell her beer over my vanilla porter. It has a very strong bluberry aroma. I wasn't that impressed with the taste. I thought it was more like an alcoholic bluberry tea than an Ale. Aside from the taste of blueberries I thought it was lacking in any kind of flavor. The carbonation level was low which made it seemed that much more Non-complex. Once again, it wasn't bad but it could be so much better. (653 characters)

Photo of drifter
4.19/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought this beer because of all the ones I saw in the aisle, I was intrigued by the name and label. I'd never had a blueberry beer before so I didn't have anything to compare it to, but hoped it had some reminiscent qualities that would make me think of blueberries. The quality I most admired about this beer was the aroma. It strongly smelled of blueberries, which i was very pleased to discover. After smelling the beer i was hoping the blueberry taste would be as strong. While it wasn't as intense it did have a nice blueberry flavor and an overall taste that I found to be quite enjoyable. It also felt smooth on the palate, however, I'm not sure I would want to drink more than a couple of these at one sitting. I would love to try this one out of a tap if I ever got the chance! Would definitly buy again! (815 characters)

Photo of marburg
4.04/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm sure the goal was to create an intense blueberry experience, and so this beer cannot be called anything but a success.

Reddish-amber in color, the only "downside" here is its lack of head. Despite the rather weak-looking film atop the brew, the aroma is intense and potent. Because of the malt, I'd guess, rather than just blueberry, this is really more of a blueberry byproduct or a baked good with blueberries. Blueberry cobbler or muffins more than the actual fruit.

Begins bready sweet with the blueberry flavor emerging from underneath. The sweetness subsides as a fairly intense melon rind-like bitterness washes over the palate. It lingers as an aftertaste and is really the only displeasing part of this brew -- aside from the lack of carbonation and subsequent mini-head. Could certainly pair well with blueberry foods or fruit salad. (853 characters)

Photo of ZAP
3.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Definite Blueberry smell on the nose...pretty clear and clean looking...not a bad taste...some blueberry evident..not my bag of tea but one of the better efforts from this Brewery. This in no-way-shape-or-form even draws close to being in the same league as the New Glarus Cherry and New Glarus Raspberry...I'd say worth trying one or two if you like experimenting with beers but that's about all I can handle, and I love Bluberry...Personally, I think Blueberry would fit better in a flavored porter... (504 characters)

Photo of lampkins
3.35/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I will admit that I am a fan of fruit beers and that I will seek them out to try them. I was eager to try this beer since I have yet to try a blueberry beer.

As one would expect this beer smells like blueberries and tastes somewhat like blueberries. However, the beer does not look like blueberries, it pours a clear golden lager like brew that gives way to a decent head.

Beer is not overly carbonated and that leads one to have more than one. Although I am a fan of this beer, I could not see myself drinking a 6 pack in a session of drinking.

Not a bad beer contract brewed by pioneer brewing, one of their better beers. (632 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
3.72/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark amber with a very thin head. Within seconds, there is no head. This has got a nice smell. It smells a little like a blueberry shake from DQ. And also some slight spicy hop accents. Taste is pretty refreshing. Nice subtle malt background with blueberry being the main player of course, but not too dominating. Hops are negligible. All in all, I could see throwing back a few of these on a hot July day. (Maybe it will actually break 60 degrees by then here in MN.) Decent brew. (506 characters)

Photo of Ricochet
3.52/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was an odd one. Raspberry, Pumpkin, but never blueberry. Had to try it. Well, it smelled as advertised, very blueberry, almost like a blueberry pop-tart with no hint of beer anywhere. It poured like a better than average pale ale, dark orange, good head. Mouth is a foamy, better beer experience, like a standard pale ale. Taste is really something different. It starts out sweet, and ends sour. The natural ale in the beer is struggling to come out but is beaten down by the blueberry. There was a stong wheat flavor mixed with the blueberries but somehow, this beer left a flatter taste when it was all said and done.

Unique is all I can say. Not bad, not offensive, a bit surprising but still all the average of other beers. I won't be getting this again preferring fruity beers to mesh with porters rather than standard ales. (838 characters)

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BluCreek Blueberry Ale from Pioneer Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.