Raspberry Wheat Ale
Sea Dog Brewing Company

Raspberry Wheat AleRaspberry Wheat Ale
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #996
Ranked #49,265
3.03 | pDev: 19.14%
Sea Dog Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Raspberry Wheat AleRaspberry Wheat Ale
Notes: Sea Dog Raspberry Wheat Ale is a dry, crisp refreshing ale with the added essence of raspberries.
Reviews: 162 | Ratings: 318 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.49/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Bottle neck has a stamp of 'BO 09.18.2017'.
Clear, orange/bronze colored body. Thin fizzy head upon pouring quickly disappears. No lacing.
Aroma is raspberry and faint malts.
Taste is a first impression of sweet/tart raspberry, which is quickly followed by the sharp twang of the wheat malt.
Thin mouth feel. Rather low carbonation.
The label does not identify this as a wheat ale but the taste gives it away. There are two similar beer listings from this brewery - one for a Sea Dog Raspberry Ale and one for a Sea Dog Raspberry Wheat Ale. The brewer's website does not offer many beer listings but does include the Sea Dog Raspberry Wheat Ale.
The beer is okay and would be best for hot weather relief but the presentation overall is rather blah and without distinction. The best aspects are that the beer is refreshing and that the profile is clean and quick.

Nov 02, 2018
Photo of superspak
superspak from Ohio

3.58/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 5/5/2016. Pours fairly clear golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lightly tart raspberry, wheat, cracker, biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of raspberry, bready malt, and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of lightly tart raspberry, wheat, cracker, biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light herbal/grassy bitterness and fruit tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of raspberry, wheat, cracker, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice robustness and balance of raspberry, bready malt, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from carbonation and bitter/tartness as well. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly creamy/grainy balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a very good fruited wheat ale. All around good robustness and balance of raspberry, bready malt, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, and clean to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Jul 05, 2016
Photo of PA-hunter
PA-hunter from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +35%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 4.5% abv

Appearance- Pours a light copper color with high white head with good retention. Crystal clear.

Smell- Wheat, freshly picked raspberries.

Taste- Crisp and grainy wheat malt with a pronounced fresh presence of raspberries. The raspberry taste blends with the wheat malt base, not cutting through it. Has a sharp and quick clean finish.

Mouthfeel- Thin in body with active carbonation.

Overall- Not too complex, a big blast of wheat along with a good showing of raspberries. The blend together however is quite nice, making for a very refreshing flavorful beer. The fruit flavor tastes quite natural, and is not overpowering, yet not weak as in some fruit beers. This is a great Summer beer.

Jun 25, 2016
Photo of rodbeermunch
rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.49/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Head blows up quickly, but quickly recedes from its 3/4" zenith. Can't retain, can't provide lace. Aroma does indicate some wheat and raspberry candy.

Taste, whoa, way too sweet, lacking a body to carry such under attenuation. So much candy. Lacking hops or bitterness to counterbalance the sugary candy nonsense.

If you like Lindemens sugar added "lambics" maybe this beer is for you.

Jun 02, 2016
Photo of bmeehan
bmeehan from Pennsylvania

3.27/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sea Dog's raspberry ale is a little better than their blueberry ale in trying to taste like a fruity beer that didn't lose its way. It's sweet, a little tart, and overall refreshing, but it still lacks in a a memorable finish or in tasting like beer. Its sweetness is a little too fruity to really want to keep drinking.

May 31, 2016
Photo of lwillitz
lwillitz from Wisconsin

2.7/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12-oz bottle into craft glass

A - 3 fingers of white over a transparent golden body loaded with visible carbonation

S - artificial raspberry flavor; smells like candy

T - raspberry flavor with a touch of wheat; mild candy-like sweetness

M - light body with medium carbonation

O - unimpressive; rather boring

Apr 05, 2016
Photo of UCLABrewN84
UCLABrewN84 from California

2.72/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Best by 2/14/16.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy beige head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of grain, raspberry candy, and raspberry soda aromas. Taste is much the same with raspberry candy, raspberry soda, and sugar flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a below average beer that is extremely sugary and has artificial raspberry qualities in both the smell and taste.

Serving type: bottle.

Nov 20, 2015
Photo of BucannonXC5
BucannonXC5 from California

3.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss pint glass
From: Albertson’s in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $1.67 ($9.99 for a mix 6-pack)
Purchased: Sept. 30, 2014
Consumed: Oct. 1, 2014
Misc.: Best by Nov. 2014

Poured a honey, pale, clear color with two fingers of frothy, off-white head, which settles nicely. Good looking streams of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Minimal lacing along the sides of the glass. Average-to-below average retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 3.50)

Got lager/pilsner notes to start in corn, honey wheat and grassy notes, followed by some buttery malts. After some deep whiffing I got strawberry, raspberry jam and cherry. (Smell - 3.50)

Tasted a lot like what I thought I would, a lot like the smell. The fruit side dominates here with raspberry, strawberry and cherry coming through, giving way to the wheat notes - grass, honey, corn and buttery biscuit. Not that appealing. (Taste - 3.25)

Light body. Thin texture. Soft carbonation. Abrupt, somewhat refreshing finish. (Feel - 3.25)

I’m a sucker for fruity beers and this one just didn’t do it for me. Shock Top’s Raspberry Wheat is much better. (Overall - 3.25)

3.33 | 76 | B-

Oct 02, 2014
Photo of BeerWithMike
BeerWithMike from Nebraska

4/5  rDev +32%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled last night on 6/25/14 but had this one about 2 years ago. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a "Cheers-Boston" handled glass stein.

Pours a golden honey with a bit of a pink hue in color with a small white head. Some spotty lacing is seen which each sip but not a lot. The aroma is all raspberries right up front with a slight grassy-wheat aroma as well. The taste of the raspberries hits your tongue first with a dry start that finished with the wheat. Perfect balance as well as good carbonation. No harsh or bitter aftertaste at all. Overall a good brew for the warmer months.

Jun 26, 2014
Photo of BierJager89
BierJager89 from California

4/5  rDev +32%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent golden with a white head.

S: Nose is all raspberry, almost like a raspberry cider or something.

T: Taste is dry, yet sweet raspberry flavor, and just a touch of wheat.

M: Light bodied, a bit light on carbonation, which is nice. Definitely refreshing.

O: Recommended if you like fruit infused wheat beers (which I personally do).

Feb 07, 2014
Photo of Furlinator
Furlinator from California

3.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours translucent gold with thin white head that quickly fades to a thin film on top and leaves faint lace.

Smell is of grainy malt, strawberry (raspberry?), and faint apple.

Taste is malt, raspberry and apple.

Mouthfeel is watery and thin with medium carbonation.

Taste like a slightly alcoholic apple juice. Too thin, too tart and too sweet.

Nov 20, 2013
Photo of puboflyons
puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.49/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 0224P. Sampled on September 5, 2013.

It pours golden yellow. The white fizzy head erupts briefly but fades just as quickly. Good clarity.

The aroma brings out raspberries on the forefront but the wheat can also be found in the background along with a clean hop note. Sweetness.

Light body but slightly acidic probably from the natural raspberry flavoring.

Raspberries are more than evident in the sweet taste with a more downplayed wheat note but it tastes natural and that's a plus. Mild clean hop finale. Better than the Sea Dog Apricot in my opinion.

Sep 05, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
dbrauneis from North Carolina

3/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a mostly clear deep golden amber in color with some minimal amounts of visible carbonation as well as orangish amber highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall sudsy beige head that quickly reduces to a couple of very small patches of very thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of sugary sweet raspberry over a light hint of wheat. Kind of reminds me of early "craft" fruit wheat beers of the mid 1990s.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of wheat that is fairly quickly overpowered by overly sweet raspberry - which tastes slightly artificial. Not cloying sweetness overall but an artificial sweetener raspberry flavors with some light amounts of breadiness. Hints of bitterness in the finish which fades quickly.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Really reminds me of the early craft wheat/fruit beers that were available in the early to mid 1990s, refreshing and pretty easy to drink but nothing to get excited about.

Aug 24, 2013
Photo of KTCamm
KTCamm from New Jersey

2.88/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours light copper, fizzy white foam. Settles fully. Strong raspberry nose. Taste is thin. Watery. Light fruit in there. No body to speak of. Wholly unimpressive.

This just didn't work for me. I do like Sea Dog's blueberry offering, but this was a miss.

Aug 10, 2013
Photo of tone77
tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of raspberries, not overpowering. Taste is tart, raspberry, some wheat, very refreshing and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

Jul 30, 2013
Photo of jjamadorphd
jjamadorphd from Florida

2.89/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another Sea Dog offering - another beer that was simply okay.

Its appearance was okay, your run-of-the-mill amber color, but the smell did surprise me. Very strong, and sweet smell of raspberry, but unfortunately, nothing else. It sloshes around your mouth thick and syrupy, light carbonation, but it does leave you with an aftertaste that I didn't like too much. Its taste was just a little under okay - very overwhelming raspberry flavor, but like the smell, nothing much else. Overall, I rated it okay, it's a nice after dinner brew.

Jul 20, 2013
Photo of Runs_with_beer
Runs_with_beer from North Carolina

3.69/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The smell is almost as heavy as Wild Red, and very sugary. But once it is poured, you can tell there will be a big difference between the two. The swallow has an incredibly creamy mouthfeel, especially for an ale, and the taste is exquisite. At first, it tastes like your average lager, with just a little more bitterness, but as the beer moves from front to back on the tongue the raspberry flavor reaches your palate and stays, until the end, which is crisp and only leaves the slightest film in the mouth. It's like candy in a glass, but without all that extra sugar that usually comes in a cider. Definitely a sessionable fruit beer if I've ever had one.

Jul 02, 2013
Photo of keeganfrank
keeganfrank from Ohio

3.21/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Golden beer with a thin, bubbly head. Strong aromas of perfumy berries, can't detect much else. Flavors of sweet berry and bread. I was hoping for more tartness from the raspberry, but it's very sweet. This brew does go down smooth and easy, though.

Jun 25, 2013
Photo of pjkelley82
pjkelley82 from New York

4.01/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't know why this brewery gets so much slack. I must like bad beers.

This is by far the best raspberry beer I've had... hands down..

A big thing for me in fruit beers is it not to be overpowering and the raspberry and blueberry were neither. The apricot on the other hand was like drinking the actual juice.... but anyways....

Had a nice appearance and wonderfully smell to it... again not overpowering. The taste was smooth, clean and crisp with raspberries at the end dancing around on the front of your tongue. Not aftificial tasting at all... very clean crisp finish...

Picked up a Growler after eating at the restaurant... If you are a fruit beer fan just go out there and try it. It will not disappoint.

Jun 10, 2013
Photo of mfnmbvp
mfnmbvp from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with the label notches saying best before October 2012, so we're a little late to the party but oh well. Another random find off the mix a six pack shelf at the local beer store. My bottle is a little different than the one pictured, and says only Sea Dog Raspberry, with the bottle claiming at 4.70% abv rather than the 4.5% listed by BeerAdvocate. "Beer with natural flavor added". We'll see. This is review #200 for me!

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a nice bright golden orange colored body with about three fingers of tall fluffy off-white head; slightly cloudy. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising to the top. Fluffy lacing.

S - Nice raspberry iced tea bag type smell; the raspberries don't smell completely natural, although they don't smell sick or medicinal either. Has a berry juice concentrate type of smell to it. Bit of a grassy wheat presence in there also.

T - Taste is comprised of bready malt and wheat with a hint of raspberry tartness. Raspberry is subdued and isn't overwhelming, which may be because this beer is beyond it's prime. Either way, it works for me, and there is enough juicy fruit presence to keep things interesting, and the raspberry tastes authentic enough. Has a metallic / coppery sort of aftertaste.

M - Feel is crisp & carbonated, but not overly so. Sugary, a bit tart, & some metallic aftertaste.

Overall, it impressed me well enough, considering I was expecting cheap medicinal swill, like I have run into before. A pleasant surprise from a brewery that was previously unknown to me. Nice and light-bodied, with an easy sipping 4.70% abv, this would go good on a hot summer day. Definitely a beer I would have again, and I am interested in trying more from Sea Dog Brewing Co.

Sea Dog Raspberry ---4/5.

Apr 23, 2013
Photo of SaCkErZ9
SaCkErZ9 from South Carolina

3.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First of all, this one does not look like a wheat beer at all mit pours crystal clear with a smallish white head of okay size. Some lacing but nothing of note.

The aroma is more wheat like with some cloveiness and wheat yeast being apparent. Slight raspberry aromas but definitely not overdone withthe raspberry.

I am actually digging the flavor. It is light and refreshing. There is definitely raspberry, but it doesnt seem artificial, rather more like a fresh raspberry flavor. I wouldnt compare this to Wisconsin Belgian or anything, but I find the raspberry flavor quite authentic and tasty.

Mouthfeel is a little chewy with a nice finish. I do get some adjunct sort of flavors in the finish.

Certainly an easy drinker and probably a great beer for summer beach time. I may have to revisit this in the summer. I was actually surprised with the tastiness of this one. Who knew!

Dec 22, 2012
Photo of cbutova
cbutova from Massachusetts

2.48/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Fairly hazy golden-orange body pours into a pint glass with a silky white head. The cap builds to about one finger and has lackluster retention. No lace right away but a nice blanket of smooth foam covers most of the bottom of the glass.

S- A blast of raspberries comes off the beer right after the pour. The fruit aroma is inviting but has just a bit of an artificial feel. Beyond that is a hint of bread and light malts.

T- The good from the nose really doesn't hold up that well here. I mostly get just a diluted raspberry flavor that kind of reminds me of melted fruit popsicles. Also hints of light malts, sugars, vegetables and fruit soda.

MF- Very light body with high-end, foamy carbonation. The overall consistency is like a soda, not all that creamy and fizzy. Not sure hops are even used in this beer (sarcasm).

It is sort of hard to take these beers seriously sometimes. It really reminds me a ton of soda more than beer, you could easily trick me. Mostly tastes like watered down raspberries, meh.

Nov 07, 2012
Photo of microbrewlover
microbrewlover from Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours an orange-brown color with a half inch head which dissapates fairly quickly.

The smell is very sweet, full of raspberries as well as straw and wheat.

The taste follows the nose with a strong, sweet taste of raspberries follwed by straw and wheat. There were no detecable malts or hops.

The mouthfeel is crisp and clean, sweet and tart; very slightly chewy.

Overall this is a decent beer for a hot summer day; serve cold. Fruit beers tend to be simple but this one is too simple. It would benefit from some complexity; some malts and/or hops to distract from the super sweetness of the raspberries.

Jul 18, 2012
Photo of TheSixthRing
TheSixthRing from California

2.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a clear, golden orange with a fizzy half inch head which, if you blink, you might miss it. About a quarter size worth of lace remains in the middle of the glass.

Smell - Smells like raspberries, wheat and a hint of alcohol.

Taste - Starts with a touch of wheat on the tongue, followed rapidly by sweetened raspberry notes which then fade into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Watery, and poorly carbonated. There's a little bite, but not nearly enough; comes across as flat.

Overall - I feel like I'm drinking a diet raspberry soda that's been sitting out for several hours. Their blueberry offering isn't great, but it's better than this.

Jul 04, 2012
Photo of tdm168
tdm168 from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - copper with a big, fizzy, off white head that fades quickly to a thin lacing

S - artificial raspberries

T - sweet raspberry syrup

M - light bodied, crisp, a bit heavily carbonated, sticky

This is a rather mediocre beer. The artificial syrup dominates the aroma, flavor, and mouthfeel. I'll avoid this in the future.

Jul 01, 2012
Raspberry Wheat Ale from Sea Dog Brewing Company
Beer rating: 71 out of 100 with 318 ratings