Sea Dog Raspberry Wheat Ale | Sea Dog Brewing Company

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Sea Dog Raspberry Wheat AleSea Dog Raspberry Wheat Ale
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Sea Dog Raspberry Wheat AleSea Dog Raspberry Wheat Ale

Brewed by:
Sea Dog Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sea Dog Raspberry Wheat Ale is a dry, crisp refreshing ale with the added essence of raspberries.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-21-2002

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Ratings: 317 |  Reviews: 161
Reviews by keeganfrank:
Photo of keeganfrank
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
2.72/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale yellow with a fizzy head that is gone pretty quickly this beer is pretty highly carbonated thats for sure faint aroma of raspberry a little tartness but very faint with an odd butteriness wich is hard to explain.Not much flavor wise the raspberry is there but it is very slight it coats the tongue and is gone,pretty flavorless.Uh well my wife didnt even like this one not much raspberry not much wheat malt taste not much of a beer.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
2.57/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Held up to light, this is more of a golden-red color. Smells good, like Lindeman's Framboise lambic. The flavor disappears suprisingly fast - almost as fast as it hits your tongue. Very strange. I suppose this would make for a light, refreshing hot weather beer, or a beer that you wanted to drink and forget that you were drinking.

The mouthfeel is the most bizarre aspect of this ale. It is simply not there. You taste (for about 1/2 second), swallow, and there is absolutely nothing in the back end of this beer at all. Its like eating a weak candy & washing it down with a swig of water. Not so much "awful" as that it just misses the mark entirely. I can't say I've really ever experienced a mouthfeel/body like this before.

Go for Great Divide's Wild Raspberry ale instead.

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Photo of Jason
3.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz twist off brown long neck bottle with a freshness date on the side of the label.

Appearance: Pale golden colour with an above average white lace that has really good retention.

Smell: Candy like raspberry aroma, faint malt and a touch of buttery and ale fruitiness as well.

Taste: Creamy moderate body with a smoothness from the middle of the road carbonation. Slight twang from the fermented wheat and a vague hop bitterness. Some graininess and malt sweetness comes through but the candy-like raspberry flavour is on top for the whole time. Semi dry finish and goes clean.

Notes: A “no frills” or “play it safe” fruit beer. Nothing remotely interesting about this beer, it is just a clean American fruit beer.

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Photo of tigg924
2.95/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear, no head, dark gold

Smell: light raspberry and wheat

Taste: light raspberry and wheat

Mouthfeel: sweet, light, and smooth

Drinkability: I had their variety pack, so all of these reviews are similar. This was my least favorite of the three but was still very drinkable...I have had better raspberry wheats before...Sea Dog does good fruity beers--this one just does not hit my palate like the others do

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3/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Milkysunshine
3.5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of bpfrush
2.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
2.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Duff_Man
2.9/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Foamy head, weak lace retention if any, quickly dissipating. Aroma is as advertised.

Taste, too sweet for my taste. Would like to have this with maybe half the fruit taste. Too much. Downward offers no relief. No hops. Wheat gives some grittiness to the beer, doesn't make it smoother. Weird hodgepodge of sweet cloying feel and earth. Lacks any bitterness. Its just one speed: sugar.

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Photo of williamjbauer
3/5  rDev -1%

Photo of tallfellapgh
4/5  rDev +32%

Photo of breedsimpsonville
2.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Brenden
3.17/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This raspberry beer is a completely clear gold that's just lighter than verging into amber territory. An off-white head fades straightaway and little is left; the same goes for lacing.
The aroma is all raspberries, nicely sweet with a tart edge rather than the other way around. There's just enough actual beer character comes out to make this above average as the wheat and then an actual malts presence comes out.
Less of that comes out in the flavor, and there's just enough dull hops presence to go a little sour in the finish.
The body is light with a moderate carbonation and a nice, crisp feel. A bit of slickness comes through at the end of each sip.

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

Reddish brown, rather clear for a wheat beer. Still, the reddish tint's pretty. Smell isn't as strong as I might expect, sweet and malty. You most definitely taste the Raspberry though. Not overly sweet and candy-like, as other Raspberry beers I've had tend to be, this one still tastes like a beer first, with Raspberry's second.

Unfortunately, because of this I don't think I enjoy it as much as the others. If I'm going to drink Raspberry, I probably really am in the mood for something sweet and candy-like. If I'm not, however, this is a remarkably drinkable fruit beer. Give it a try.

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Photo of maltyhops
2.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of biboergosum
3.17/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, best before Dec 2011, 4.7% ABV, and attributed to Pugsley Brewing LLC., Bangor, Maine. Perhaps I need to do some Anheuser Busch-level back-tracing...

This beer pours a clear medium golden colour, with one scrawny finger of fizzy white head, which doesn't have the courtesy of even asking for directions before disappearing in a flash, leaving nothing in the way of lace. It smells of sweet green raspberry puree, generic pastry malt, and mild earthy hops. The taste is somewhat acrid grainy malt, chemical-oriented raspberry fruitiness, and further nondescript drying, more hoppy that boozy, given the input parameters. The carbonation is moderate, and a bit zippy, the body approaching medium weight, aided by some sugary uplift. It finishes off-dry, the grainy, mildly pseudo-raspberry fruitiness carrying the day.

Not a bad fruit beer, if my barometer is widely-distributed US offerings. On its own, though, this is a mediocre, yet generally inoffensive fruit-forward pale ale.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.82/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours slightly orange with a small head, but decent lacing.

S: A lot of raspberries and some malt on the back end. Reminds me of a raspberry soda.

T: Starts off with a little bit of wheat, but then you get hit with the raspberry, but it is cloying. It ends abruptly and leaves an overly sweet flavor in my mouth.

M/D: Its light bodied with a lot of carbonation. Its not terrible, but I won't be searching for this one.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
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.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.19/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A - A 1/2 finger white head sits atop a golden/copper clear brew, and recedes to a wisp of haze within a minute.

S - Raspberry candy and raspberry/cherry syrup. Smells artificial a piece of hard candy.

T - Raspberry jolly ranchers, raspberry seeds, and raspberry cool-aide. Nothing very beer-like going on's pretty much like a boring lager with added raspberry syrup.

M - Foamy, light bodied, macro-lagery cheapness.

D - My fiance really likes the blueberry beer from this brewer, but the raspberry is no where near as good.

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Photo of tdm168
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.79/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Although it's obviously brewed with the addition of raspberry extract, it's not overdone and the delicate flavoring does alot to round out this soft, sweet beer.

It pours a clear dark-gold with a kind of tan cast, beneath a thin, short-lived head of white that leaves some minor lacing at the outset of the glass.

The nose is distinctly raspberry with a buttery note alongside.

In the mouth it's gently crisp and medium-light bodied.

The flavor offers a soft pillow of sweetish and mildly grainy malt for the raspberry to rest on. There's a buttery component as well that helps to add to its richness. Hop flavor is almost completely eliminated, and the bitterness is restrained. It starts with raspberry in the nose; tosses in a little at the start; widens to encompass a malty side across the middle; and then finishes clean and drying with even more raspberry in the finish.

It's basic but nice (reminding me of Oxford Raspberry from MD in the early 90's); and I think it's balanced well-enough that it could be enjoyed year-round - not just in summer or at special events. It's drinkability is limited, however, as it's kind of one-sided and tends to build on the palate a bit. Still, not a bad quaff for one pint at the pub.

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Photo of maguire1330
3/5  rDev -1%

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Sea Dog Raspberry Wheat Ale from Sea Dog Brewing Company
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