Bluebeery Flavored Ale - Marin Brewing Company

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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 18.21%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-12-2002

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Ratings: 51 | Reviews: 28
Reviews by JayTheFinn:
Photo of JayTheFinn
2.55/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I haven't tried a blueberry beer before, so I've got nothing to compare this to. Going on my own personal tastes...

Surprisingly (as just about everyone else has mentioned) this one is not blue at all, regardless of the "artificial color added". It's a cloudy yellow with a slight orange tint. The head disappeared fast. It definitely smelt like blueberries and beer. The taste mixed those two flavors a little more harmoniously than the smell. It reminded me of a weak fruit wine. Kinda fizzy. Overall pretty drinkable, but I don't think I'll be trying this one again. It wasn't bad, just not great and not my sort of thing.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ironlung
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Yellow haze w/no head.

S: Can't smell much on this one maybe just a little fruit.

T: Good, totally light and fruity. Great alternative to a hefe on a summer day me thinks. Also, I bet chicks will dig this beer!

M: Like a soft drink. Leaves a fizzy/fruity flavor.

D: Very high. I'd have never ordered it but the bartender poured it by accident and offered it to me free, so I figured what the heck...I was pleased. I'm going to pick some up for the gf.

Photo of Dukeofearl
2.97/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The label proudly states "Bluebeery" even though the name here says Blueberry. The label states in large font under the name: "Ale with Natural Flavor and Artificial Color Added".

Pours a cloudy unfiltered pale yellow, more golden than a typical unfiltered wheat ale, but overall pretty pale color. No head at all- just a very thin whitish cover that doesn't do much.

Aroma is very grainy (wheat) with a light hops touch, and yes, definitely blueberries. And it seems to be real blueberry flavor, not artifical.

Flaovr is overall very light, which I would guess is necessary to allow the delicate berry flavor to be present. If there were any substantial roasted malts or hops of any substance, it would kill the light, gentle berry presence. It's actually fairly nice, but this is a quiet, gentle beer with little to grab me.

Mouthfeel is very thin. Yes, it's even watery.

This would do on a hot day, I guess, but overall not impressed. I did it, ok, it wasn't terrible, but I don't see myself drinking this one again.

Photo of StevieW
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours pale straw color with very little head. Smelled like blueberries and damn sure tasted like blueberries, alot. Not overwhelming though. Blueberry taste lingers on your tongue with noticable hop flavor. Very refreshing and drinkable. The guy at the beer store suggested mixing it with San Quentin breakout stout, which I will do next. Probably is a good idea, tastes like a liquid blueberry pancake. Nice summer beer. Comes in a 22oz bottle. Might just be a seasonal offering, not sure.

Photo of cbarrett4
3.54/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tasted from tap next to Boulder Kinda Blue. This won.

A - rather uninspiring copper hue with lackluster carbonation and not much head so to speak of.

S - Smells like wheat with a little blueberry going on, sweet cereal malts too.

T - It actually tastes good, like blueberry pancakes or muffins, rather nice.

M - medium to light bodied but with good textural balance.

D - ehhh... it's good but only in moderation

Photo of Murchmac
2.3/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Beers pours a golden straw color with an upfront smell of blueberries. Not a very complex beer, cant taste much hops, can only taste water, pepper, and blueberry finish. I've never been impressed with many of Marin Brewings beer. This one feels like it's been sprayed with pepper mace. If you like spicy beers with a hint of blueberry, this one's for you.

Photo of Zorro
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy light yellow brew.

Smell is sour and full of blueberry and spice smell.

Taste is a bit sweet with a tart finish. Mild wheat doughiness and blueberry flavor complete the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is light.

Well you can certainly drink this but it isn't a good example of a Blueberry beer. It is plain in the color and taste that they just added blueberries to an American Wheat beer.

Photo of marc77
3.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy light golden hue. Thin, but persistent porcelain white head. Muddled lace trails. The aroma is comprised of cooked blueberry and doughy dextrin malt, with an herbal hop twang. In flavor, upfront is an impression of sugary blueberry cobbler. Dries significantly mid palate, with flinty hop bitterness and cracker - like malt providing balance. Unfortunately, blueberry flavor is exaggerated and not entirely integrated, as if one simply dropped blueberry extract into a blonde ale. Light in body overall, but with a passably dextrinous mouthfeel. Grassy hop undertone is discernible late. Finishes mostly dry, with lingering notions of biscuit and dilute blueberry jam. Certainly a drinkable fruit beer, but the lack of distinct malt character leaves the flavor profile one dimensional. On the other hand, the blueberry overtones are not cloying. An innocous brew overall.

Photo of guitarmage
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Vibrant pale yellow, green tint, very pale, nice white rocky head, about an inch thick, dissipates fairly quickly. I don't know why they point out the artificial colors, the beer looks pretty normal.

Smell: Blueberry and blueberry muffins, a faint malt and yeastiness, blueberry.

Taste: A yeasty spiciness that's saturated with blueberry, fades into a super biscuity finish. Blueberry, to biscuit. It's really a simple brew, two distinct stages.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, a piercing carbonation hits and fades away. Clean and very crisp.

Drinkability: I'm new to this style and brewery. The beer is very drinkable and the blueberry is very present, but it's not sugary or artificial tasting. I like it, it'd be great with fruity pancakes or brunch.

Photo of mzwolinski
1.25/5  rDev -62.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Cloudy yellow in color with very heavy carbonation and a huge white fluffy head. Aroma is...

Oh my freaking god what the crud is that???

There might be some blueberry in there, but geeez. Strikes me as mostly lemony, acidic, a bit tart. More like some kind of household cleaning product than a beer.

Wow. Wow, wow, wow. The taste is just as bad. Harsh, rough-edged, sharply tart. I *like* blueberry muffins; I eat blueberry pancakes; I am no enemy of blueberries. And this beer, my friend, is no blueberry beer.

Given the favorable reviews other people have given this, I wonder if I've simply gotten a bad bottle. But this beer is simply horrible. 2 sips of a 22 oz bomber and I'm done.

Photo of DogFood11
2.49/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm not expecting the beer to pour a perfect blueberry dark blue color but this pours like a blonde. Says on the label there is artificial coloring added. Seems they went with a yellow extract when Blue would seem more appropriate if your going to do it at all. Natural color is what I'd like to see personally. Puckering and sour at points, a nice addition to an otherwise average performance.

I remember the day well. My first blueberry beer served up on tap at Atlantic Brewing in Maine. First thought was what is that musky smell. I had a similar reaction with this Marin offering.

Photo of emmasdad
3.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brought this one back from San Diego for my wife. Pours a hazy yellow color, with quite a few floaties and a decent finger of white head. Very nice blueberry aroma is immediately evident, along with a little bit of yeast. On the palate, this is mostly blueberries, with just a hint of sweet malt. Not a great fruit beer, but decent.

Photo of dmarch
3.72/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale straw color with a slight haze and a huge white head. Aroma is the obvious blueberry and slightly peppery. Taste isn't as sweet as one would expect from a fruit beer, but it is well balanced and more drinkable than I expected. Definately not among the top of my list, but worth trying, especially for fans of fruit beers.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.12/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet Another Fruit Beer from the Marin Brewery Company, Larkspur, California.

Blueberry Ale is labeled as an “Ale with natural flavor and artificial color added”, which is 5.0% ABV. Comes in a 22 fl.oz. Bottle.

Pours a light golden straw color with a slight haze. Good inherent carbonation aids head formation whilst being poured but this soon settles to a thin white collar. The white head is smooth and helps the overall attractiveness.

Aromas are definitely of Blueberries, the fresh strong smells are detectable long before your nose is placed over the glass.

Tastes are slightly sweet in the beginning but not overtly sickly. The blueberry flavor is very dominant, but is well-balanced and adds to this refreshing offering. Has a short lived flavor. Quite drinkable for a fruit beer.

This so reminded me of the Blueberry Wheat Beer I drank recently at the Boston Beer Company in Canal Street – this effort is so good I was continually expecting a mouthful of blueberries at any moment.

A great effort from Marin, and probably the best of three fruit beers from them that I have had to date.

Photo of jletts
2.34/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This beer poured a strong golden amber with a very attractive sugar-white head with some lacing, and smelled primarily of blueberry with other berry fruits, some strawberry, maybe cherry. The taste was a completely different story; the flavor was very disappointing. It started a bit bitter with some hop notes coming through and sweetened into a blueberry-like flavor with an artificial blueberry taste at the end. In fact it finished very flat and water-like with a bubbly, watery mouthfeel. When I burped I was revisited by the artificial-like aftertaste of the beer. In fact, this beer reminded me more of flavored seltzer water than of beer. The label stated that it was made with natural blueberry flavors, but I think Marin Brewing failed to harness the awesome power of the blueberry. Being that blueberries are my favorite fruit in the world, I was excited to try this one. But I found it to be unpalatable. I dumped the remainder of the 22 down the sink.

Note: I did notice a slight bluish tint to the beer as I poured it down the sink. I guess that's the artificial coloring mentioned on the label; it didn't show in the glass at all. I had to cleanse my palate after this beer with a Wipeout IPA.

Photo of beerguy101
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light gold color, medium head, with a slight berry nose. A light bodied ale, nicely malty and medium hopped. Blueberry flavoring subtle, not very sweet. Mild smooth taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is slightly fruity, yet slightly bitter.

Photo of clvand0
4.3/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a yellow color with a small head that has nice retention but doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is really nice. Quite a bit of blueberry with a belgian beer base. The flavor is much the same. Nice blueberry flavor with a peppery belgian style ale. Very well blended. Drinkability is good and the body is slightly light.

Photo of guinness310
3.04/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

poured into a pint glass...

A: pours a hazy yellow-orangeish body with a tiny head that dessipates very quickly.

S: light hints of blueberry and a mild malt scent come out.

T: the first thing i notice is that its got alot of carbonation. not so familiar with this style, so im not sure if this is common in fruit ales. Its go a bit of a chemical/artificial taste to it.

M: mouthfeel is light-medium bodied.

D: might be ok on a hot day for my girl, but definitely cannot replace a good weizenbier for me.

Photo of BeerRun13
3.07/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Kind of a murky golden orange with a purple kind of highlight. A small off white head leaves a little lace. I don't think I like this artificial color concept.
Tons of blueberries hit the nose.
Flavor is much the same. Blueberries are strong, but there is also some sort of pungent flavor as well.
Light bodied, creamy and a touch dry.
This one's just barely okay to drink, but I just can't seem to get past the artificial coloring.

Photo of Gueuzedude
2.9/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Simply 'Blueberry,' not a very inspired name on this beer. This beer has a hazy, pale, straw-gold color and is topped by a frothy, initially one-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The aroma smells definitively of blueberries as soon as I start to pour this beer. Reminds me of blueberry pancakes. Underneath the blueberries, or perhaps part of their character, is a touch of acidity. If you smell really intently, you might notice a touch of clean, yet thin, malt character, but you really have to dig for it underneath the blueberry notes. The aroma is pretty one-dimensional, but at least it smells like the beer's name.

Quite dry tasting, yet the blueberry character is noticeable from the get go. It actual tastes of concentrated blueberry flavors, perhaps like you would find in a blueberry syrup, but without any of the sweetness. The dominant blueberry flavor actually adds a perception of sweetness to the finish that in actuality does not exist. The blueberry flavor is not over the top, in fact it is probably at a good level. It is certainly the largest component of the flavor though, as the base beer hardly musters any contributions to the flavor profile. The beer is very light in body and quite refreshing actually. Not horrible and it would certainly appeal to those who like fruit beers that are not very heavy on the beer taste.

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Picked up a bomber from Hi-Time in Costa Mesa, CA just to try something different. "Ale with natural flavor and artificial color." 5.0% ABV.

Pours with a light cloudy golden apricot hue containing suspended particles topped with an off white collar ring settling down to nada.

Scents are overtaken by the blueberry aspect with a blueberry syrup like aroma revolving around blueberry yogurt.

First swigs: A blank canvas ale infused with blueberry...nada mas nada menos. Air and water diluted ale. Slightly metallic.

Feel is thin and gentle like flat club soda with a touch of blueberry fruit. Feel is diluted and weak.

Last swigs: An entry level fruit beer at best. Compliment: Nothing egregious except the feel. Curiosity killed the cat. This Marin stared at me for to long. I should have looked the other way.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Photo of SacoDeToro
2.54/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is the second fruit beer I've had from Marin Brewing and sadly, I wasn't impressed. My skepticism began with the label noting that artificial color was added - I don't get that one.

Anywho, the beer poured a pale cloudy yellow with a small with head that quickly dissipated. The aroma was full of blueberries with mild hops present. The beer had a dry and bland flavor with a hop level that battled with the blueberries. The mouthfeel was thin. This beer was not very good and I didn't finish the 22oz bottle.

If you want to try a superior blueberry wheat beer, seek out Sweetwater Blue. It's much more blanced and fuller in flavor.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.19/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to clvand0 for sharing this bomber with me. It pours a pale hazy yellow color with a finger of head that falls to coat the beer. The nose is really awesome. The first wiff is big blueberry sweetness, but after visiting it a second time, there is a really nice and strong peppery quality. I really like the interaction of the two aromas. The flavor is right there. The blueberry swetness hits first, followed by a burst of peppery spiceyness and a slight lemony twist on the finish. Wow. The feel is lighter than I would like, just a light moderate feel. I find drinkability is very good. I think I would keep this around in the summer. Highly quenching.

Photo of mickeymac
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not being a big fan of fruit beer, I was pleasantly surprised by this beer, which I bought for company. The color is clear yellow: similar to American lagers. The smell of blueberry is understated, with the hops mixing in nicely. The taste of blueberry is quite strong but, surprisingly, it isn't sticky sweet or cloying. It's rather dry and the sweetness seems to dissipate, leaving just a trace of fruity aftertaste. Because it's not overly sweet, it's also very drinkable for a fruit beer. Brendan Moylan knows how to do it right.

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.62/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The blueberry pours a hazy straw color. The head is foamy and then takes off pretty quickly.

I enjoyed the smell of this beer. You really could smell a great citrus with blueberries. Deep in is a little hint of a maltiness.

The taste was good. It is definitely a refreshing type of a beer. Not a lot of complexity to it.

Since the beer was so light to me it didn't leave much for mouthfeel.

I would drink this beer once or twice a year during the summer months of July, August or September.

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