Sea Dog Raspberry Wheat Ale | Sea Dog Brewing Company

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Sea Dog Raspberry Wheat AleSea Dog Raspberry Wheat Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sea Dog Brewing Company
Maine, United States
seadogbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
318
Reviews:
161
Avg:
3.02
pDev:
19.54%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
23
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 318 |  Reviews: 161
Photo of kylehay2004
3/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.72/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Knapp85
2.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer reminded me a lot of Great Divides Raspberry Wheat. The color is a semi opaque golden with a white fluffy head. The aroma is strong with Raspberries which is really good. The flavors are packed with wheat and has just a slight taste of Raspberries. It's very minimal could use just a bit more. I understand they want to retain the beer flavor but I think that it could use just a bit more on the tongue. Mouthfeel is light and smooth, pretty refreshing for a summer brew.

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Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
1.86/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The worst offering Sea Dog has. This one is just a tad more horrible than the Apricot Wheat, as this one doesn't even have a raspberry taste to it. It's just an odd mix of fake fruity flavors in a malted beverage. I could only drink half of one and threw the rest out. Bad stuff right here.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A pretty timid base beer (where's the wheat?), with a Kool-Aid type raspberry flavoring.

The beer begins with a quite clear (to be a wheat beer) appearance. Straw in color with fair head and retention.

The base beer is quite light and meager with a thin bready, wheaty taste that seems empty at times. Raspberry flavor easily dominates the beer- not saying that it is high but it doesn't take much to overshadow the wheat beer foundation. No much else here, just a one-dimentional and bland taste.

Light and sweet with soft powdered-sugar textures. Follow up with light bitterness and mild astringency just before the beer tries to dry out and fade into a raspberry aftertaste.

The beer sides too far to the wine-cooler side for me to give it much creadit as a beer. The balance just isn't there. But it will likely get much love from the sorority clubs.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.17/5  rDev +5%
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 brentk56
3.42/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a small head that leaves no lacing

Smell: Smells like raspberry kool aid

Taste: Bready raspberry flavor up front, followed by a vague bitterness after the swallow; finishes fruity but not sweet although there is a perfumy quality at the end that is a little intriguing; the wheat makes its presence felt in the finish as well

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and fizzy

Drinkability: Fruity without being cloying; not a bad way to beat the summer heat

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Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of zeff80
2.73/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out a clear golden color with orange highlights. It had a small, white head of fizzy, bubbly foam. It left no lacing to speak of.

S - It smelled of sweet raspberry. Some caramel and that's it.

T - Sweet raspberry up front with some caramel and wheat flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and very smooth. A light bodied ale with a very clean finish.

O - This just doesn't do it. It could use some tart to balance the sweet.

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Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of dmorgan310
2/5  rDev -33.8%

Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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Photo of Boone757
2.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of oberon
2.72/5  rDev -9.9%
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 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 dbrauneis
3/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, yellow body with a bubbly, white head. Let's just jump right in!

Smell: Raspberry-scented nose akin to some Fruit Roll-Ups stolen from a child's lunchbox. Modest hints of malted wheat beneath.

Taste: Starts in with that artificial-tasting, lightly tart raspberry flavor. As with the other fruit beers in the Sea Dog kennel, the base beer is pretty weak and flimsy, just bare minimum enough to carry the faux fruit flavoring. Teensy weensy bit of bitterness. Lingering raspberry flavoring tartness into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Encroaching on being watery. Medium-light carbonation.

Drinkability: Yawn. There're plenty of other better fruit beers to be had out there. Let's go try some of those, shall we?

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Photo of russpowell
3.26/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BBD of Dec 07

Pours an effervescent golden honey with 4+ fingers of cream colored, fluffed up head. Great lacing & above average head retention

S: Berry syrup & a bit of wheat tartness

T: A little dry & tart, then raspberries pile on up front. Tastes a bit like raspberry gum, but the dryness & tartness help as this warms. Finishes crisp, tart without a lot of sweetness, but berries none the less

MF: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinks okay, just doesn't blend well taste-wise for me. More malts would help. Worth a try, my wife will enjoy this, I predict

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.92/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bright sunflower gold beneath a cotton white lid that looks way too soft and unsticky to last or to leave much lace. Enough bubbles are being added to the head that it's still a fat one finger at the several minute mark, but it's now beginning to give up without a fight. Sure enough, the glass is virtually untouched.

The nose is decent. It's hard to say if the raspberry essence smells real or fake. It has an odd, perfumy, almost soapy, quality that makes me want to say fake. Still though, it isn't that bad and is actually sort of pleasant in a low expectations sort of way. No hint of any wheat maltiness whatsoever.

For some reason, even though I suspect that they're all the same basic beer with a different fruit extract added, I don't like this offering as much as I liked Apricot Wheat and Blueberry Wheat. That isn't to say that I loved those other beers, just that they seemed more palatable (at the time anyway) than this one.

The biggest reason might be the fakeness of the raspberry flavor. The label says 'natural flavor added', but it sure doesn't taste like it. As in the nose, it strikes me as floral, perfumy, air freshener-like. Again, as in the nose, there's no trace of wheatiness to be had. As a result, there's very little to enjoy once I succeed in getting past the artificial fruitiness.

Given that a fruit wheat doesn't need to have a mouthfeel that would rival an IPA... who am I kidding? It's no excuses time. The mouthfeel on this beer is unacceptably light and unexitedly carbonated, even for the style.

I'm a little surprised that Raspberry Wheat Ale came out with a lower set of scores than its Apricot and Blueberry brothers. Maybe it's my mood, maybe it's the season, who knows? What I do know is, this beer isn't worth the purchase price, whatever that happens to be. See dog. Skip dog.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.82/5  rDev -6.6%
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 Jason
3.06/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Sea Dog Raspberry Wheat Ale from Sea Dog Brewing Company
3.02 out of 5 based on 318 ratings.
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