Sea Dog Raspberry Wheat Ale | Sea Dog Brewing Company

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Sea Dog Raspberry Wheat AleSea Dog Raspberry Wheat Ale

Brewed by:
Sea Dog Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable 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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Photo of RBorsato
4.57/5  rDev +51.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear bright straw color with a moderate white head and nice carbonation. Nice fruity raspberry aroma and flavor. Not overly extract-like at all ... almost smells like real fruit; very nice. Light-medium bodied with refreshing fruitiness.

A very nice fruit beer - extract or otherwise.

Per Label: "Wheat Ale with Natural Flavor Added"

Per SDBC website: 4.5% ABV

Best Before: Nov '06 (notched)
Tasted: 09/07/06

($6.57 / 6-pack)

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Photo of WVRadar
4.42/5  rDev +46.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1/2 inch fizzy white head on a clear, sparkling deep gold body. Lots of bubbles rising to the top and good lacing slowly sliding down the glass. I'm not very good at describing the aroma, but the raspberry in this beer is unmistakable. Taste is a good match for the smell, light and sweet, and the raspberry is not subtle. Mouthfeel is medium, oily, fizzy. Probably too fruity for a lot of other beer drinkers, but I'm a sucker for this style. I could drink a few of these.

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Photo of NekotoNikku
4.32/5  rDev +43%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice amber color, hardly any head and what was there vanished quickly.

S - I love how this one smelled, smelled just like raspberries to me, the boyfriend thought it was more like raspberry jam, but either way, it was good to me! Also some nuttiness, but mainly the strong raspberry smell (similar to how the Blueberry Ale is with the blueberry smell).

T - Wonderful raspberry taste and a nice nutty/yeasty finishing tone.

M - Lightly carbonated, easy going down, nice and smooth.

D - This one was very easy for me to drink, loved the flavor, the smoothness and it wasn't over-carbonated; would definitely drink again. As a final note though - If you really don't care for raspberries, don't bother with this one, but if you love raspberries and you love wheat beer, I don't think you'll be disappointed!

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Photo of morayeel
4.25/5  rDev +40.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I put this Ale on tap and I am very pleased. This is a Ale that I put into my favorits.

Appearance- Very nice pale goldern color just what I was expecting.

Smell- Just a hint of Raspberry. I like it.

Taste- This has just a hint of raspberry at the end. I like it.

Mouthfeel- Nece and crisp. I like it.

Drinkability- This is is an ale I would dring all night long.

I know there are better raspberry ales out there but im not one for an over powering fruit taste. This is just fine for me.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.09/5  rDev +35.4%
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.

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Photo of pjkelley82
4.01/5  rDev +32.8%
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.

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Photo of BierJager89
4/5  rDev +32.5%
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).

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +32.5%
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.

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Photo of DuqTroops
3.93/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank this at my new favorite restaurant - Brewhouse Grill in Camp Hill, PA!

Appearance - yellowish orange in color. little head after the pour.

Smell - lots of rasberries. i am not a fan of fruit beers, but this intrigues me.

Taste - very sweet with some wheat there, then the aftertaste is the fruit and rasberries.

Mouthfeel - little carbonation and easy to drink. my mouth loved it.

Drinkability - excellent. probably couldn't handle more than 2 in a night though

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Photo of boatyard
3.92/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

if you like fruit beers, then this is a good one. pours like a bud or a coors just a little darker. it gets a head but doesn't last, and there is no lacing to speak of. what can i say it tastes like wheat, then rasberry. not that great, but if you are in the mood for something other than a beer beer this is it. i say give it a try

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.91/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a huge head with excellent retention. Pale yellow in color.

Smell is of wheat with a citrusy twang and raspberries. Not the most enticing aroma, but not bad.

Nice raspberry sweetness with a citrusy twang and wheatiness. I like this beer.

Crisp and refreshing mouthfeel makes this beer even more drinkable.

This beer is simple and straightforward, but it is good and well balanced. Raspberry and wheat make for a good pair.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev +28.5%
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.

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Photo of nukem5
3.85/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a wonderful golden color with very little head, slight lacing on sides of glass, small bubbles drift to top of glass.

S: Nice raspberry fragrance fills the nose with a light hoppiness to it.

T: Taste is somewhere in the middle of road wheat with a nice light taste of Berry and hop. I just made a raspberry wheat a while back and it just came ready for drinkage and mine was very close to this a little lighter on berry side and wished it was like this one.

M: Light on the tounge great for summer or at the beach not bloating or to light like some other beers. middle ground easily achived.

D: Quite drinkable and refreshing especially on a nice warm day as stated above.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.83/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass. Pours a crystal clear gold. There's very little carbonation rising throughout. Inch-sized white head rests on top. Some light lace sticks to the glass. Scents of tart raspberries, jam, light corn adjunct scent. The fruit smells cheap and artificial.

The body is crisp and refreshing. Flavors of tart raspberries right away. These taste fresh and less artificial. Very low bitterness. This one is all about the fruit. Light buttery flavor on the backend. Wheat is absent in the flavor.

This is extremely refreshing. I actually really like this one. I could see this becoming regular this summer. My wife would love this one. Not bad at all.

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Photo of nasty15108
3.82/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

A - Slightly cloudy orange color. The pour ws fizzy and produced a thin white head that lasted for about a secons. Well carbonated.

S - Aroma of raspberry jam or lambic.

T - Lots of raspberry with a hint of malt and a bit of sourness in the finish. No offensive in any way.

MF&D - Crisp, light and very drinkable. I'm not really into the fruit beers but I actaully enjoyed this one.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.79/5  rDev +25.5%
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 Brad007
3.72/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a golden blond color with a reddish hue. Aroma is strong with hints of raspberry. Almost too much. Hopefully not too sweet. Taste is much like the blueberry wheat except that it's more tart and pronounced. The mouthfeel is somewhat sweet and sour at the same time. Not too bad for the style but the raspberry was a bit too sweet for my liking.

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Photo of Runs_with_beer
3.69/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.67/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

While not as good as Sea Dog's blueberry, it is still a decent fruit beer.

Can easily smell the raspberry flavoring upon pouring.

The raspberry taste is not as prominent as one would think though. While there is a sweetness to this beer, it's not overwhelming and syrupy, like the blueberry offering from Sea Dog. This could be that the beer is a bit thin. Not too much carbonation but still retains a sharpness in taste.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.66/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one at the Pub in Amherst. The appearance was a bit lacking: dark, murky, pale gold color. It just was way too watery looking to be appealing. The smell helped though, however, I felt the raspberry flavor was A) not as strong as it could be and B) not equal in comparison to the strong fruit smells of the Sea Dog Blueberry. The taste was a stronger raspberry flavor than what was sensed in the smell. The body was good: a solid carbonation made it light and crisp. Overall, not the best fruit beer I have had and also after having the Sea Dog Blueberry, they just cannot compete with themselves.

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Photo of SetarconeX
3.63/5  rDev +20.2%
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 tone77
3.63/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.59/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one-finger white head that fades quickly and doesn't leave much. Clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Strong raspberry nose. Starts and finishes with the raspberry flavor dominating, looking for the wheat but didn't find it. Best by Jul 2005. $1.45 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of confer
3.59/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- A nice gold,but a head that falls flat as soon as the pour is done.

S- I love the smell, the faint raspberry aroma is delicious.

T- The taste is okay, weak raspberry flavor give way to a bland wheat taste.

M- light carbonation, something not quite right though.

D- As with the Apricot from these guys. Nice change of pace for the hot months, but nothing I would have more than one of.

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Photo of huxcrunner
3.58/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a-this beer is a light golden color with white head

s-this beer although it is a raspberry wheat it doesnt have a strong fruity smell, it has a good wheat beer smell to it

t-The taste of raspbeery is not overwhelming for this beer at all and has a good balance of wheat and fruit combination to it

m-good lighter feel to this beer that is refreshing

d-drinks like a good lighter beer not to heavy that makes you want to keep going back for more

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