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Sea Dog Raspberry Wheat Ale | Sea Dog Brewing Company

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Sea Dog Raspberry Wheat AleSea Dog Raspberry Wheat Ale
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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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Ratings: 317 |  Reviews: 161
Photo of fitzy84
3.66/5  rDev +20.8%
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 Dodo2step
2.41/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I purchased this beer at Malones Bar and grill in Harrisburg, PA.

After pouring the beer i though that it was gonna be great because it look terrific.

The smell was also very nice and seemed like it would taste good.

The taste was ok but it felt like i was drinking vinegar to an extent. it was too acidic and i dont feel that would want to drink more than just one in a sitting or in a month.

It was something different but not my type of beer.

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Photo of biggmike
3.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deepen golden color with a little white head that dissipated quickly. Aroma was definitely dominated by the raspberries as was the taste, but some wheat flavor comes through also. This beer had a nice mouth feel to it and was easy to drink and refreshing. I think two would probably be my limit, however.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.67/5  rDev +21.1%
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 russpowell
3.26/5  rDev +7.6%
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 HardTarget
2.52/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle Inspection: Best before D 07 (sampled O 07)

Aroma: Slightly artificial raspberry, but not unpleasant, like a Jolly Rancher candy. Slight lactic acid/citric edge. Some earthy wheat undertones as well.

Appearance: Bright yellow gold glass is very clear, the finger head was large bubbled and short lived and failed to lace.

Flavor: The raspberry is a little overwhelming, and not terribly sweet. The effect again to me says “artificial” despite the bottles “Natural Flavors Added” claim, funny how they didn’t say “With Natural Raspberries Added”. The wheat beer under it is a little thin, not enough to support the fruit note.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and light.

Overall Impression: Not my cup of tea.

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Photo of Gusler
3.42/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Upon its pour from the 12 ounce bottle, the beer shows off a deep gold body capped by a snow white head that has a creamy texture, after it erodes the lacing provides a nice coating to conceal the glass. Nose has a nice Raspberry aroma, tart and sweet, and fresh. Start has a nice malt presence, the Raspberry extract provides a bit of sharpness, the top light to medium in feel. Finish as a modicum of hop spiciness, acidity as expected, the aftertaste dry and long lasting, a drinkable beer.

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Photo of musicjustintime
3.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not bad...not "beer" either. Poured a golden/yellow...more yellow than anything. Weak smell with a hint of raspberries...imagine that! Nice smooth mouthfeel, typical of a wheat. A tad "flat" but at least not overcarbonated. Nice hint of real raspberry flavor, but not too strong. I find the Blueberry Wheat to be much stronger with the fruit flavor than this one. Not too bad, but not something I could buy a case of. The wife didn't "mind" this one...and she hates beer...so that tells ya something. For something different, maybe in the summer....this would be a good one to throw in a cooler along with the blueberry, and Leinenkugel's Summer Wheat too! All very different "flavored" beers, but well worth a try...and again, especially in the summer, or a warm day. Not a "football beer" by any means. Serve this to your football buddies and you're liable to get your ass kicked! HA! Worth a try... Cheers and SAAAALUTE my BA friends!

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

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a bland golden, clear body with some good carbonation. A thin, ephemeral head leaves behind no lacing. The aroma is pretty simple: wheat, raspberry, and vanilla. It's not extravagant, but it is enticing and heavy on the fruity side.

The taste is as bland as the appearance, but some wheat and berry do show up. No definite malt or hop presence, though, making for a weak palate overall. Body is crisp & refreshing, with a semi-creamy vanilla finish. This isn't a bad beer, persay, but it's nowhere near great or even good. But at 4.5% ABV, it's easy as hell to knock back, and the women/non-good-beer-drinkers sure seem to enjoy it.

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Photo of daliandragon
2.42/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a lifeless golden with almost no head or even hint that the beer is carbonated at all. Sweet raspberry syrup is the only thing in the nose. If blindfolded I'd think I was sniffing jolly ranchers or something.

Raspberry flavor overpowers almost anything beer related in this taste. Miniscule hop bitterness in the finish but really, this is raspberry juice with alcohol. It's making me slightly nauseous. Mouthfeel is thin and unimpressive. This is lousy, even for my low expectations. Will not be trying this one again.

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Photo of jwc215
3/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by Oct. '07:

Pours golden yellow with a white head that descends to a vanishing patch.

The smell is of raspberry syrup with a hint of wheat dough.

The taste is of raspberry with subtle wheat dough in the back. Has a certain crispness to it. Slightly buttery.

Typical light-body - This is a typical fruit wheat beer with a touch of butter.

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Photo of gpcollen1
3.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden amber with an orange hue. Head gets up a bit and settles quickly to nothing. Aroma is lightly citric with a faint raspberry nose. Taste is a bit flat in the mouth but it has a crisp flavor behind it that has not completely overdone the raspberry flavors.

This one is decent enough to drink but not top shelf. A few tweaks and I may just really like this one...

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Photo of bboven
2.3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This 'wheat' beer looks like a macro lager, barely copper and bubbly as all get out.

All I smell is raspberry. I really sniffed deep, but that's it.

There is a bit of malt at the very back of my mouth, but mostly it tastes like a raspberry freezy-pop; the kind of thing that's neon-blue out of a slushy machine at 7-11

Fizzy and harsh, none of the wheat mouth I'm familiar with.

I'm going to assume this is very drinkable to a lot of people because I make an apricot wheat in this vein and the wifes/girlfriends drink it up, so...

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Photo of BitteBier
3.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear, golden orange color with a finger's worth of fine, bubbly, white head that quickly collapses into a collar. While there's a touch of wheat in the nose, the smell is dominated by a raspberry scent that doesn't seem entirely natural. That carries over into the taste, where the raspberry is more in balance with the grains but still isn't particularly pleasant. Mouthfeel is light and a bit watery with at least an appealing bit of crispness. Unfortunately, this is a pretty typical example of a fruit beer and a reminder of why it's a style that's seldom done particularly well.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown bottle, served in a tumbler.
Best enjoyed before 07.2007.

Weak straw color with lots of active carbonation. Foamy, white head that recedes to an intact sheet. No sturdy lacing to speak of.

Light, juicy raspberry and cranberry esters; lingering, stiff musty wheat character.

Initial tones of artificial, fruity esters: raspberry, cranberry, apple. Mildly toasted malt character; airy, stiff wheat. The tame carbonation gives this ale a smooth finish leaving an aftertaste of weak, artificial fruit.

Light bodied; smooth, almost creamy in texture.

A light and fruity summer offering. I'd rather have a Wit, Kolsch, or Hefe but this one is par for the style.

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Photo of Brad007
3.72/5  rDev +22.8%
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 barefootbrewer
2.7/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured a clear golden color with a thick head. The aroma is definitely of raspberries and somewhat sour. The taste is fruity and a bit too sour. The mouthfeel is thin and somewhat carbonated. This would be a bit more drinkable if it wasn’t as sour.

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Photo of SetarconeX
3.63/5  rDev +19.8%
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 BuckeyeNation
2.92/5  rDev -3.6%
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 JohnnyM2002
3.35/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass at 47 degrees.

A - Pours a clear golden color with a 2-inch head. Lots of carbonation.

S - Malty berries...good fruity aroma.

T - The wheat characteristics come off very strong as it blends with the berries and crisp malt. Goes down very smooth and with a hint of grassiness.

M - Thin, bubbly mouthfeel.

D - I used to enjoy fruit beer much more than I do now, but I'm still a fan of the Sea Dog lineup. I'll probably leave a few around the house, more for my wife than anything. Not overpowering or too sweet.

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Photo of morayeel
4.25/5  rDev +40.3%
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 RBorsato
4.57/5  rDev +50.8%
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 jettjon
2.82/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours into the pint glass a clear orange color with few bubbles. Not what I was expecting, looks more like a colored, transparent hefe than anything. Thin, white “spit” head that rapidly fades to nothing, leaving no lacing. There’s an odd fruity scent on the nose, more akin to lemon than to raspberry. Some malt evident. There’s kind of a vague raspberry smell there if you hunt for it. Taste is first of all tangy, sweet/sour and a kind of artificial raspberry flavor, like maybe a residual or afterthought of flavor. Not a really good raspberry presence. Sort of perfumy, it might even be described as rose petals. Malt-liquor like flavor dominates and detracts. Mouth is thin and watery. Drinkability? Pheh… not so great. I wouldn’t drink more than one.

Overall: I had hoped for more, but this brew comes across as a macro lager weakly flavored with raspberry syrup. I tried this one alongside Great Divide Raspberry Ale, and while not an outstanding beer, the Great Divide blew this one away.

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Photo of brentk56
3.42/5  rDev +12.9%
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 mattpetti
2.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a straw color with very little head. Smells of artificial raspberry, with some kind of sour, citrus wheat, and tiny bitterness. Tastes the same, but with alittle more sourness than i was anticipating. The raspberry hits first and last with lemon in the middle. There isn't alot of wheat character in there. It has a thin and watery mouthfeel. This beer is very light, but not really sessionable. The flavors just dont seem to meld and its almost like they just poured some raspberry syrup into the beer. There are some much better examples of this, ala abita purple haze, and this is def someting i wont pick up again.

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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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