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 biggred1
2.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, obviously filtered copper color with a fine white head. Smell is raspberry candy and wheat with a slight savory smoked paprika quality present. Tastes of syrupy raspberry flavoring and wheat, not much else. Watery feeling mouthfeel. Not something I would seek out again.

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Photo of CrellMoset
2.68/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle, courtesy of dkachur - thanks!!

Appearance: Pours a transparent, light pale golden yellow, replete with fast, relatively fine-bubbled carbonation, topped by a surprisingly steady, stable, nearly white head.

Aroma: Overwhelmingly fruity - prominently, surprise, raspberry - with - also a surprise - a sweet, slightly shallow, pale wheat backbone. Not too much goin' on here at all.

Taste: Oh lord. A mere two or three sips and I already can't quite take anymore. The raspberry is just so artificial, so cloying and sweet, and the accompanying lightness and saccharine overtones contributed by the pale wheat malt don't help things at all. Raspberry fruit juice meets bud light. Or at least some kinda of wheat malt bud light?

Mouthfeel: Incredibly soft and airy, almost like it's not even there. Doesn't really feel like I'm drinking anything really. Thin and cloying.

Drinkability: This beer is not good. In fact, it is bad. Do not drink this beer. Seriously though, this one's just an artificial-tasting, light, unpleasant mess with few redeeming qualities. Avoid.

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

12 oz. bottle tried 1 Mar 2009. Courtesy of R&S, thanks again!

Poured in a Sea Dog Blueberry Wheat pint. Medium sized whit head quickly dissipates. Moderate carbonation. Clear deep golden color. Smells like raspberries and strawberries, muffins. Lightly sweet, floral and fruity, raspberries and strawberries. Some caramel malt. Finishes fairly sweet with a slight bit of bitterness and tartness in the finish. Medium light body. Minimal alcohol.

A liked this one quite a bit better than me.

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Photo of Rayek
2.82/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Deep gold with a slight chill haze and semi-active carbonation. Fizzy orange tinged head clears the area quickly, leaving me with fizzy gold water. Left zero lace.

S: Cherry juice sweet on top of a mild straw scent.

T: Slightly fruity overall, with a mild generic berry flavor. The fruitiness rides along on a dry malt flavor that's balanced with a completely flavorless bitterness. Finishes with a slightly medicinal berry flavor.

M: Light body is sticky and has too much fizz.

D: This beer was a bit of a disappointment to me. It was dull, somewhat medicinal, and rather macro-like underneath. Certainly not offensive, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of cdizinno
3.45/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz twist off brown long neck bottle with a freshness date on the side of the label(Dec '08), so I'm drinking it a little late.

Appearance: Golden colour with a sight cloudiness.

Smell: Raspberry aroma that overpowers any hop or malt.

Taste: Light body with mile carbonation. Slight tartness from the fermented wheat, but very weak. Some graininess and malt sweetness. Semi dry finish.

Decent fruit beer. Sea Dog's Blueberry on tap is much better. The fresher the better on this mass produced stuff.

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Photo of DIPAbrewer
2.9/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Strawberry blonde color with a minimal head and no lacing.

Very little aroma to this beer, mild hints of berry but no noticeable hop aroma

Strong Raspberry flavor comes through with this beer. It covers the minimal hop and malt flavors. Decent example of a fruit beer but nothing speacial.

Overall a decent beer but I wouldn't buy more, just found this one in the fridge. Wheat malt base lets the fruit come through.

Very drinkable beer. It could also serve as a good chaser after a shot of liquor :-)

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

A: Poured a bright gold with a slight creamy white head that left no lacing.

S: a fruity/tart raspberry aroma with a nice wheat scent. Overall the aroma was quite soft and not overpowering.

T: The initial flavor was juice-like with some tart raspberries that left a nice thin film lacing on the tongue after the swallow. A nice fruity tang of berries that was clean, soft, and fairly well balanced.

M: thin, smooth and a tad sweet.

D: Drinkability was moderate, not my first choice, one would be plenty to get the jest of this, after that would be mundane.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.54/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle this beer was a perfectly clear gold color with a small off-whitehead. The head faded quickly but the retention of the ring was ok but there was no lacing. The aroma was dominated by raspberry syrup but there was some wheat twang and dry grains in the background. The flavors were good, but again dominated by the raspberry element. Underneath that one can find the wheat and hops, but you have to go looking. The mouthfeel was a little rough, over-carbonated in my opinion. The body was light which along with the flavors makes it very summery but it lacks depth and refinement.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
1.86/5  rDev -38.6%
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 cvstrickland
3/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12-ounce bottle poured into a weizen glass yields a clear golden body capped with a finger of snappy off-white foam that retreats quickly into a fizzy ring that leaves no lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink is a tart and fruity load of raspberry, way over-the-top.

The taste is mellow and wheaty with an overbearing raspberry Kool-Aid note. Dryish malts and savory wheat try in vain to keep the fruit in check, but it is, after all, a raspberry brew. Really not all that bad of a wheat beer underneath all the fruit, of which there is plenty.

Smooth and drinkable, if a bit overcarbonated. Much better if berries are your thing, for sure.

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Photo of ectomorph
2.15/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Dark gold in color with very small/thin head that fades fast. No lace.

S - Mild fruity notes with some light bread. Not horrible.

T - Raspberry up front (artificial for sure)with some watery hop finish. Weak

M - Watery and almost flat, not good.

D - Not for me I'm afraid..

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Photo of changeup45
2/5  rDev -34%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Well what do you expect from a fruit beer. No surprises here. Golden colored, thin head and a beer with a whole lot of raspberries. Shocker. Sorry but raspberry is really all I come up with. Tastes is very carbonated as well. Yeah, I didn't really like it.

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Photo of armock
2.25/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that fades quickly to barley cover

S - Is of raspberries and wheat malt

T - Well raspberries tastes like one of those flavored waters with a bad finish

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation

D - This is a beer that you can passover its just not drinkable to me this is going to find the drain after I click review

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Photo of ibashmuck
1.26/5  rDev -58.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a medium foamy head on a decidedly uncloudy light amber body. Taste and smell were exactly the same: all raspberry, all the time. Couldn't spot anything, including any wheat ale characteristics (this is listed on the bottle as a wheat ale). Medium carbonation, but that really doesn't matter unless you can get past the raspberry, which I couldn't.

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Photo of whynot44
2.87/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy apricot color with a thin fizzy white head that disappears immediately.

The aroma is raspberry with a mild wheat background.

The taste starts with a bit of tart raspberry, then some more raspberry, finishes with a dry, slightly sour wheat note followed by an odd somewhat artificial raspberry aftertaste.

Light bodied, drinkable, especially ice cold on a hot summer day but somehow just not satisfying.

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Photo of Onslow
3.27/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

found in the back at Specs.. $2.... pours an orange rust colour .. uplifting aroma, berries and such ... surprisingly tasty, some very easy drinking here .. "it's good right? it's just a shame they have to kill all those raspberries to make it"

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Photo of beeragent
3.02/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - The beer pours a medium gold, forming a thin 1/2 inch white head which quickly faded. Very light spots of lace are visible.

S - Strong raspberry aroma up front, followed by the slightest hint of wheat. Its hard to detect any more due to the strength of the raspberry.

T - Very much the same as the smell. The taste starts out with a strong raspberry syrup flavor, coating the palate, leaving very little room for much else. There is a noticeable wheat flavor in the finish, but not enough to enjoy by any means.

M - Smooth finish and carbonation allow this beer to go down a bit easier.

D - IMO this almost seems to be the norm these days, to take a beer and overload it with fruit flavoring, therefore masking any characteristics of it being a beer unnoticeable. From a flavor point of view, not too bad, but as a beer not too good. I couldnt even begin to think of having more than one of these at a time.

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Photo of AJFitz
2.58/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: clear golden color with a very thin head that fades quickly. almost no lacing on the way down.

Smell: fruity raspberry smell, almost artificial. slight smell of the sweet maltiness, but not at all strong.

Taste: sweet fruity flavor to start off, then finishing with more of the fake raspberry taste, a bit sour.

Mouthfeel: thin, some carbonation, nothing impressive.

Drinkability: could drink a lot of these in one sitting, not a terrible summertime beer, not one I would buy again though.

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Photo of audirs4s
2.36/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I really wasn't too crazy about this beer. I might try it again if I had it, but I'd probably go for just about any other beer available. The taste at first started out nice but then completely overwhelmed you with an artificial raspberry flavor.

After thinking about it for a while and debating if I wanted to finish it or not it finally dawned on me what this beer reminded me of. A wine cooler! The kind that you would find in your parents fridge as a kid growing up, before you knew what a good drink was. So, if you're still trying to move up from wine coolers then this is the beer for you but, if you have a seasoned palate, move along, nothing to see here.

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Photo of brdc
3.07/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Small capped bottle pured into a weizen glass.

It is a pale yellow beer with a very small amount of head for a wheat beer. Aroma is pleasant but unidimensional, raspberries as expected.
Thin and refreshing, but it tastes like a fruit punch of some sort. I can see thig going down rather easily during summer, but it certainly does not offer a lot of flavors.

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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 jasonjlewis
3.91/5  rDev +29%
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 clayrock81
3.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my pint glass and received a nominal head that left decent lacings on top of a pale gold body that was see thru somewhat. A rather faint raspberry smell is prevelant, rather tarty and not much else in there (hops and malt aromas few and far between). A rather watery brew, it has a sharp raspberry so it is real smooth but the hops give it a little backbite. Not like raspberry sode like some other raspberry wheats but there is nothing special here. I would pick the blueberry over this anyday from Sea Dog.

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Photo of hwwty4
2.09/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Chimay Chalice. Pours a hazy off straw with a nice white head but leaves no lacing, but probably because I'm drinking it too cold. Wow, if Fun Dip had a raspberry flavored sugar, that's what it smells exactly like. Reminds me of A.D.D. Taste is like a Sweet and Low version of the raspberry Fun Dip. Yuck, but its saving grace is that some of the wheat comes through on the finish. Mouthfeel is thin at best. Not recommended.

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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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