Sea Dog Raspberry Wheat Ale | Sea Dog Brewing Company

Sea Dog Raspberry Wheat AleSea Dog Raspberry Wheat Ale
317 Ratings
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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Ratings: 317 |  Reviews: 161
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 Treyliff
3.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Nice Golden-red color. Poured about a half-inch head that lasted about a minute.

S- You can definitely smell the raspberries but substantially fades quickly.

T- Raspberry taste is more obvious than similar beers that I have had, although it taste somewhat candy-like.

M- Average, a little thin for a wheat beer.

D- I could definitely down a few of these on a hot summer day.

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Photo of therica
2.9/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A= medium golden with a slight orange hue to it, modest head, plentiful rimming and lacing.

S= raspberry, plentiful hops florals, sweet malts.

T= slightly more sweetness than I would prefer, almost like Splenda, some mild bitterness and light astringency, modest malt, disappointing after the more enticing nose.

M= light bubblegum, astringency, light Splenda sweetness.

D= probably not exciting enough for drinking much of it, also the raspberry would get tiring quickly. Not sure what it would go with, maybe popcorn.

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Photo of nukem5
3.85/5  rDev +27.1%
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 RickS95
2.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks like a typical wheat beer, straw colored, not cloudy, but not clear either. No head.

Smells like you would expect form a berry infused drink.

Again, no surprises with the taste...think Leinie Berry Weisse.

Not bad in the mouth. Crisp, not bitter, but not overbearingly sweet.

Zero lacing. Not something I'd want every night, but good for the summer.

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Photo of mklinger
2.32/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a shaker pint. Thin wisp of head that was gone quickly. Color is pale with a slightly pink coloration. Clear. This beer looks like standard BMC but with a pink hint.

Smell is all artificial raspberry aroma. It smells like raspberries, but not naturally so. No malt or hops to compete.

This is the least characterful "craft" beer I may have ever had. Just bland, like BMC it has the character of drinking water. So thin and light. No hops, no wheat character that I can detect. Some raspberry flavor, but this beer is so dry & non-tart that the fruit character isn't very characterful.

Mouthfeel is thin, thin, thin, not pleasant, like BMC.

Drinkability -- well I won't seek out another.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.83/5  rDev +26.4%
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 Parrotbeak
2.54/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Straw color with a light, golden hue. Eighth-inch white head that remains.
Smell is raspberry and slightly skunky malts. Not much else going on.
Taste is raspberry flavoring with some watery malts. Finish is quite lackluster, with some more faint raspberry flavoring.
Mouthfeel is watery and flabby, with an inadequate amount of carbonation.
Average drinkability due to a lack of anything that is really that enticing. There is nothing overly off-putting about this beer; rather it is a bit too unexceptional.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.68/5  rDev -11.6%
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 rtratzlaff
2.62/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden body with a faint crackling head that shouts "I am fizzy and light." The look is a disappointment. The aroma has some faint maltiness along with, yes raspberry. The flavor is not all too pleasing with not enough character to keep one interested. If they used much wheat, it is hard to tell as it doesn't really show up much if at all in the flavor. In fact, it seems they didn't use much at all when they made this beer. The body and mouthfeel are a disappointment as well. Way too light and a bit overcarbonated. Overall, the beer could just use way more in regards to the malt profile.

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Photo of kneeland
3.47/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love the Blue Paw What Ale by Sea Dog, so I had high hopes for this one. It's not nearly as good as the Blue Paw, but probably better than most flavored beers. I was disappointed, but I didn't hate it. I don't think I'll try it again, but how often can a real beer drinker go the flavored route?

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Photo of SimplySinister
2.52/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Golden in color with moderate to high carbonation. Displays a fizzy two inch off-white head, which is quickly dissipating, no lacing.

S- Smells of raspberries, somewhat sour and tart. Bready notes.

T - Lingering bitter/sour raspberries. Taste is synthetic and flavorful, yet far too sweet.

M - Thin, crisp, cool, and dry but not all that refreshing.

D - Poor. The overall presentation of this beer is not deplorable, but the taste is far too sweet and synthetic. All in all, I think I'll have to pass on this one.

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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 huxcrunner
3.58/5  rDev +18.2%
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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Photo of mcann2pu
3.07/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle best by date of Jan 2010.

Appearance: pours into glass a yellowish color with not much head, minimal lacing left on the inside of the glass, very clear.

Smell: the dominate smell is that of the raspberry, not much else as far as smell goes maybe a slight light beer aroma but its incredibly subtle.

Taste: the first taste is that of raspberry, but it is a bit too sweet and not all that genuine, the after taste of wheat is not nearly wheat-y enough.

Mouthfeel: a bit watery for a wheat ale in my opinion, but not too bad.

Drinkability: its light, but that's about it.

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Photo of mooseisloose
2.64/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Part of an assortment received as an Xmas gift, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top this brew has the distinctive wheat beer smell and a strong smell of raspberries like raspberry jam. Poured into a pint the brew has a nice two finger head and dark golden color. Upon tasting the taste is nowhere near as good as the smell. I was expecting a sweeter wheat brew but this brew has a good wheat backbone with a "off" fruit taste. The fruit taste is all tang but no sweetness. The aftertaste shows a little more of the flavor how it could be, but this one is no keeper. Tough to drink it all down.

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Photo of jamiesessions
3.39/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow colour with an off white head that disappears so quickly I question whether or not it was ever even there at all. The sweet smell of raspberries invades the nose, and while I enjoy the scent, I once again get the "fake" smell from sea dog. overly homogenized raspberry extract is okay, but as Marvin Gaye said "aint nothin' like the real thing baby". The taste is also very sweet, and the syrupy overly-produced nature of the raspberries is a bit of a detriment, though still tasty. Fells okay, but nothing special, and while I do like this beer, I get the feeling that if I have too many more i may swell up like a raspberry, Violet Beauregard style

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.8/5  rDev -7.6%
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 mtbbaboon
2.4/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Aggressive pour left very little head that doesn't last long. A few bubbles remained along the rim. After a few sips, the head was completely gone with no lacing. The color is clear gold. I'd expect a little cloudiness with a wheat beer. The smell is rather weak. Faint hint of raspberry and hops. I really had to take a deep whiff to register the smell. It tastes better than it smells. Some fruity wheat up front, then raspberry sweetness. The taste is good, just not real strong and flavorful. Unfortunately, it's got sort of a funky aftertaste. It's got a light mouthfeel and leaves no stick. It's drinkable, but not the greatest beer for a developed beer palette. This came in a 12 pack I bought for a gathering at my house. Non beer drinkers enjoyed it a lot, which kind of tells me something.

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Photo of NekotoNikku
4.32/5  rDev +42.6%
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 Risser09
2.62/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter - fridge - 2008

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy copper orange color with a 1/4" ivory head. It recedes quite quickly and leaves no lace behind.

Smell: Sweet & tart raspberry with a mustiness that reminds me of a lambic. Wheat aroma lies beneath but is competely ancillary.

Taste: A wheat sweetness quickly gets taken over by raspberry tartness. There isn't much else to this brew. The sweetness gets cloying towards the end of the glass.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated, tart, sweet and sticky with sugar. I can't remember a beer that was so coating in the mouth with sugar.

Drinkability: A decent brew that is cloyingly sweet. It could only be consumed one at a time, unless you want the cavities.

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Photo of confer
3.59/5  rDev +18.5%
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 u2carew
3.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A) Pours with a frothy head, then settles pretty quickly. The lacing is thin and somewhat weak. Transparent. Gold to copper in color.
S) Just like the label: raspberry and wheat.
T) Very sweet up front with the raspberries. Some lingering wheat flavors in the finish.
M) Closer to raspberry juice in consistency. Light bodied. A small bit of wheat grittyness.
D) Meh. Cold and wet, a good combination for a hot day.

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Photo of luvGoldenMonkey
2.52/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This starts out as a good beer as you drink it, but has a 'chemical' aftertaste that ruins an otherwise fruity, good beer.

Smell is good, as well as mouthfeel, but I cannot get past the aftertaste.

I cannot recommend this beer, and will not be purchasing again.

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Photo of Pegasus
2.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Hazy. light golden brown in color, with a very small white head, scattered faint lacing, slight carbonation.

Aroma: Deep aroma of raspberry preserves, or raspberry hard candy, seems somewhat artificial, some spicy wheat notes are present as well.

Taste: Opens with modest raspberry flavors and wheat malt. The wheat lends a bit of spiciness, and there is some mild hop bitterness midway through the taste to the end. There is a bit of washed out raspberry at the close of the taste as well.

Mouth feel: A bit thin, with slightly rough carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A rather mediocre example, Abita Purple Haze is much more well-crafted.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass longneck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Sea Dog Raspberry Wheat Ale from Sea Dog Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.03 out of 5 with 317 ratings
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