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 rab53
3/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of brandoman63
3/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Burt
3/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of jmbranum
3.1/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cute bottle with a dog on the label.

Aroma is the best part of this beer. Tons of raspberries.

Pours a clear light amber/dark gold with a white head.

Flavor is... well rather cloying. Way too sweet and not enough tartness. Strange aftertaste.

Medium to light mouthfeel.

I ended up throwing in some raspberries to improve it. Not sure if it helped but it is pretty in the glass. Overall though, this beer just isn't very interesting.

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Photo of waiting4lunch
3/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of bpfrush
2.5/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +32.5%

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 BEERMILER12
3.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear straw yellow with almost no head that fizzles out quickly

S: Raspberry, some malts, and possibly some light grassy hops

T: Raspberry overtones along with some malts and light hops. The aftertaste brings them together the most, and the beginning is just a slam of raspberry followed by the malts and hops. Fairly unbalanced until the aftertaste, and even then it's still quite a mess and all over the place

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

O: This is an average fruit beer that will satisfy your girlfriend and not much else. The raspberry is definitely there, it just isn't very well balanced with the other elements that make this a beer

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Photo of Tastybeer007
3.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

i have tried a couple of "blueberry"/ "raspberry" beers and i havent liked much.

The appearance is nothing to be excited about, the foam doesnt last more than two seconds....

The smell was good. It smelled a little bit like fruit/berries but you could still smell the hops and malts and the beer-like smell.

It wasnt too carbonated, and it was not too sweet either. It had a hint of raspberry flavor, which did not taste artificial to me, but I could still taste malt and beer.
It was a tad watery, and I am sure some will not like, but I can say I could drink this again..

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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 K9AleingPiss
3.16/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This bottle has no expiration marked ,the appearance was very nice. A trasparent gold,very clean looking,thought it was a pilsner,howver,not much head or lace. The odor almost adnauseam,as if you picked up someone's beer that had been chewing a big wad of dime-store bubble gum. The taste surprisingly was good,still could tell it was beer. I wouldnt ask for one,but if given to me,Id drink again. With all the fruit,no after taste, very smooth.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked this up at Cost Plus World Market.

Appearance- golden color, thin head that dissipates quickly

Smell- raspberries, malt

Taste- artificial raspberry flavor right off the bat and strong flavor of it

Mouthfeel- light bodied

Drinkability- ok but artificial flavor was too strong, probably would not buy it again but I would drink it again.

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Photo of Brenden
3.17/5  rDev +5%
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 Portertime
2.2/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sea dog is a female friendly beer. I know this because when I poured it at the tasting at my store, all the college girls loved it. Poured a blasé, thin amber color. They could have at least put a hint of red. This makes believe this will be a fake raspberry taste. Smell was thin and dominated by that faux raspberry puree sweetness. The taste was surprisingly tame and not oversweet but did not offer any complexity and actually took a turn for the worse with a flat maltiness and say, rasberry flavored Cheerios in the finish. Not the beer for me.

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Photo of JohnnyS17
2.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Maybe a finger thick of head after the pour. It doesn't matter because it did not last long and left no lacing. I was surprised the beer had no hints of red in the color, just a clear amber.

It smells like stale wheat with sweet undertones. The taste is a very sweet raspberry. However, it tastes like artificial flavoring and not actual raspberries mixed in during the brewing. That probably explains the lack of a red tint to the color.

Light body and medium carbonation. Overall, "it is what it is" I guess. It is really sweet and tastes like raspberries. Maybe a good beer to start someone off on who is just beginning to drink beer. However, for me it lacks complexity and originality.

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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 shaunb81
2.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

At my local pub, I had tried almost everything on the menu, except this one.

Appearance - It pours golden brown with a dismal 1/4" foam head. Lacing is about the same. Ugh...

Smell - Obviously there are raspberries right off the bat with a slight apple nuance. Pungent grassy hops and a slight medicinal odor.

Taste - The fruit comes through in the front with a quick bitter middle. It finishes with long lasting berries. There are subtle bready malts. This beer gets a little skunky after about 15 minutes.

Mouthfeel - There is a major sting in the beginning. A little too much carbonation for my liking, but it goes away pretty soon. There is a creamy feel on the palate after a bit.

Overall - This is a decent wheat beer. It's decent because it's flavorful, but isn't overbearing with the fruit. It borderlines a cider and I'm not sure if I like that, but I'm willing to give it another go.

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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 KajII
2.56/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

[Best served in a Flute glass]

Poured a sparkling clear amber with a very small white fizzy head that was fully diminishing and had poor lacing. The aroma was extremely strong of raspberry's with a mild sweet yeast and a light bread malt scent. It tasted sweet and very light with healthy notes of raspberry in the beginning and finished about the same with the flavor disappearing quite rapidly. Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a nice lively carbonation. Overall not a brew worth drinking again.

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

Aroma is strongly of raspberry and semi-sweet. It pours a clear yellow with a fairly fluffy white head. Flavor is malty with a raspberry overtone and a bit wan but still palatable. Texture is fairly fizzy, leaving behind a nice tingle and a surprising woody hint.

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Photo of alleykatking
1.88/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a golden color with light red hue to it. One finger white head shows poor retention. Light spotty lace on the sides of the glass.

S- Sickly artifical raspberries on the overall aroma. This might actually be the worst artifical raspberry aroma I have actually smelled. Some malted wheat in the background with a light adjunct cereal tone to it as well.

T- Raspberry and when I say that I mean artifical raspberry all around the flavor. I couldn't really taste much of anything else..maybe a little malted wheat in the backend with more of a alcohol finish.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is higher than what it should be for the style. Raspberry is all I can taste with some sweet alcohol in the aftertaste. Light drying on the palate from the alcohol. Flavors are raspberry overload and not balanced. No off flavors except for the artificial raspberry.

D- This beer was a artifical raspberry mess. The ABV was low on it but it could almost be like drinking Boones Farm. Watery at times and a mess of flavors. Not a good beer at all in my opinion.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.35/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a very small 1/2 finger head that dissipates quickly. Dark gold/copper clear with no head staying power, and no lacing. Medium carbonation and very watery looking.

Smell is predominant vegetative with a candy gummie bear fruit bouquet. Smells like penny candy with no wheat or chew biscuit components. Not that great.

Taste is flat, but a faint chew on after taste. However it's mouthfeel and bigger cheap gummy fruit taste is weak, stale, extremely wet, not even that fruity virtually no body in this beer at all.

I will never have one of these again and Sea Dog has done much better but this is really not good.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear straw with a thin head.

S - Lots of raspberry in the nose, with a background of wheatiness.

T - A little bit of tartness up front and a good dose of raspberry flavour. There's some husky grain, light hopping.

M - Kinda hard on the carbonation. Not too light bodied.

D - OK drinking fruit beer. Nothing special.

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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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