Sea Dog Brewing Company

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Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #965
Ranked #49,412
3.07 | pDev: 20.52%
Sea Dog Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Notes: Sea Dog Apricot Wheat Beer is a crisp and quenching wheat ale with a subtle essence of fresh apricots.
Reviews: 121 | Ratings: 292 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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superspak from Ohio

3.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 1/27/2016. Pours crystal clear golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of apricot, peach, pineapple, wheat, cracker, and light herbal/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of fruit and light-moderate pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of apricot, peach, pineapple, wheat, cracker, and light herbal/grassy earthiness. Minimal herbal/spicy hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, peach, pineapple, wheat, cracker, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good robustness and balance of fruit and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and light body; with a very smooth, crisp, clean, dry, and slightly grainy mouthfeel that is okay. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is a decent fruit beer. All around solid robustness and balance of fruit and light-moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. Watery/lacking in mouthfeel, and pretty one dimensional in flavors; but this was still fairly tasty and enjoyable.

Sep 26, 2016
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

1.88/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Pours a clear amber color with a large fluffy white head. The head is gone in a hurry and doesn't leave much lacing.

The aroma is apricot covered in sugar. Cloying and unpleasant.

The taste follows the nose. Sickly sweet apricot and some sort of candy note I can't quite make out. This tastes like really bad fruit juice.

Mouthfeel is watery with high carbonation. The sweetness coats the mouth like syrup.

Overall, this is a very poor beer that is simply too sweet for my liking. There's absolutely no depth or complexity here. It's just apricot and sugar. The wheat is nowhere to be found.

Jun 06, 2016
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bmeehan from Pennsylvania

3.02/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Whereas Sea Dog's blueberry beer tastes a little too fruity, this apricot beer tastes a little too tart and bland. I forgot what it really was like almost immediately after drinking it and know that it wouldn't be worth going to again.

May 31, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.52/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Yellow beer, looks aal all over it, 1/5" white head. Sweet sugars and apricot in the aroma.

Too much sugar in the taste. The apricot smell and taste wasn't bad, it was just drowned out by the sweet stuff. Can't discern much beyond that. Just artificially sweet to its detriment in terms of perceiving hops, malt etc. . .

Feb 03, 2016
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FLima from Brazil

3.12/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden color with a somewhat fluffy two fingers head with short retention and lots of apparent carbonation.
Nice predominant and bold aroma of Apricot or peaches in syrup or even strawberries. Hints of bread and floral hops.
Flavor with notes of apricot, gum, some orange-lemon citrusy, wheat bread and fairly neutral hops in the background.
Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness. Apricot is very present, but not as strong as the nose.
Light bordering watery body with strong carbonation (could be a tad lower).
Fruity and refreshing ale, not overly sweet once it is enough dry, but still not wishing to have much more than one or a couple. Somewhat lackluster.

Dec 22, 2015
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PA-hunter from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 4.7% abv.

Appearance- Pours a mostly clear amber orange with 2 finger head quick to dissipate.

Smell- Fresh, strong apricot aroma, wheat malt.

Taste- A light biscuity malt lends a sweet flavor with a sweet apricot that builds up. The apricot flavor is more than subtle, yet not overpowering. The finish is very clean, not too sweet, and ends with a great balance of apricot and wheat. Sweet finish, not bitter in the least.

Mouthfeel- Light body with good carbonation.

Overall- Despite the low reviews this is a very good and nicely balanced fruit beer. Good fruit and malt use. Very easy drinking and highly agreeable. I would get this again in the future.

Aug 29, 2015
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drpimento from Wisconsin

2.63/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is about the best thing here, although I suspect there're foaming agents. Aroma is faintly apricot extract. Flavor is also not like fresh apricots, more like an apricot soda pop with some beery flavorings added. Body is thin. This is a one and done.

Mar 20, 2015
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REVZEB from Illinois

2.83/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

So take what I thought of the blueberry sea dog, i.e. artificial smelling and feeling but a sweet treat for new england summer, and remove the good smelling part. Woof sea dog! This apricot is acidic and not in a good way and super sugary artificial tasting. Feel is obliterated by lollipop cloying sweetness.

May 10, 2014
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.67/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden amber color with a one finger head of fizzy white foam and tons of carbonation bubbles seen streaming up through the brew. The head fades quite fast leaving only a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – A strong peach and apricot aroma is the bulk of the smell. These are combined with a bit of a wheaty and grassy smell producing a nice sweet, fruity aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a wheat bread and apricot flavor right from the start. These flavors create a base for the brew with the wheat remaining relative constant and the apricot gaining strength as the flavor advances. Along with the slight increase in the apricot, comes some flavors of a peach nature, accentuating the fruity nature of the brew as the taste advances. A very light grassy flavor joins the taste at the end of the flavor profile, leaving one with a medium sweet, but rather crisp, fruity apricot and peach flavor, to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. Both are fantastic for the fruity flavors of the brew and make for a very refreshing and more crisp brew overall.

Overall – A not overly sweet and quite drinkable apricot ale. Rather refreshing and easy drinking.

Apr 10, 2014
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BeerWithMike from Nebraska

3.54/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Sampled tonight on 2/2/14 though I tried it once back in 2012. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees in my beer cooler and poured into a classic pilsner flute glass.

Pours a clear golden yellow in color with tiny bubbles on the side of the glass. Just a small thin white head is seen with some very light spotty lacing as well. The aroma is faint of apricot and wheat, and not as fragrant as say a 'Pyramid Apricot' which is full of aroma & flavor. The taste of apricot is there but not overpowering and same with the wheat taste. Light and refreshing that leaves your tongue and mouth tingling some due to the high carbonation.

Feb 05, 2014
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Boto from Connecticut

3.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Draught @ So. Portland Pub: This one ours a clear golden color. There was almost no head: just a wisp of a white head. There was no lacing. The aroma is lighter. Faint apricot and wheat. Apricot taste, but not overpowering. Wheat in background. Refreshing.

Nov 19, 2013
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.19/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Stamped 0234P. Sampled on September 5, 2013.

The pour looks like it should with a pale yellow tone and a white fizzy head. Good clarity.

The aroma is all apricot and little to no wheat. There might be a slight clean crisp hop note in there as well but the fruit is the main thing.

The body is light and refreshing which seems to fit the style.

The taste is like the aroma - mainly of apricot and the slightest pale malt note. I pick up little to no wheat here either. Basically a routine fruit beer. But it keeps selling around here so there must be a big enough following.

Sep 05, 2013
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guityler83 from Wisconsin

1.88/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

A: Almost non existant head when poured into a standard pint glass. The foam that is produced is a bright white ring around the edge of the glass made of fine bubbles. A peachy orangy yellow color thats near crystal clear.

S: The nose is ripe with strong sweet apricot not real fruit smelling but more candy or bubble gum. thats it.

T: Very sweet artificial flavor from the apricot. A wheat flavor is detected but subtle, no hop bitterness or flavor that i pick up. Very one sided flavor.

M: High carbonation leaves a prickly mouth feel as you drink the beer. The body is light but the carbonation makes it more filling and less drinkable you might think for a 4.6% beer (even with the sweetness)

O: An overly sweet artificaly flavored fruit beer. I don't mind fruit beers on occasion but they need to be balanced and still taste like beer. this feel far from that mark.

Sep 05, 2013
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twiggamortis420 from Texas

3.46/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a hazed gold color with a small, rapidly diminishing white head. Not much retention or lace.

Nose smells exactly like those sugar coated Haribo gummi peaches. Isnt necessarily a bad thing, those candies smell freaking delicious...though artificial as hell.

Taste is a little more beery, with a light grain bill fleshing out some serious dried apricot flavor. Pretty tasty actually...kind of like a Nehi Peach soda blended with a crisp American Wheat. Not sure if Id buy it again, but I enjoyed my 12 oz sample well enough.

Aug 10, 2013
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json83 from Ohio

3.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

138 calories per bottle at 4.6% ABV. The initial smell is very strong apricot but not too much to be unsatisfying. The taste is buttery with a medium compliment of apricot but the aftertaste is quite different - I get a sense of old warm apricot. That's the main thing that has me rank this so low. I could probably drink this 5 straight before getting sick and might try again sometime, it's just not a real favorite in my personal opinion. The buttery popcorn taste might be the reason? unsure...

Aug 07, 2013
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

2.11/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden color with plenty of evident carbonation. The head is a creamy one finger off-white shade. It doesn't fade so much as slowly settle after a while.

S: I do get a little bit of apricot...but I also get something else. BUTTER. More specifically, buttered popcorn. Hey, this is brewed by Shipyard, so I guess it's not really a surprise. While I don't like the aroma, I can't help inhaling this - it's like a car crash for the olfactory senses.

T: Can you say diacetyl bomb? It really opens the brew up in a not-so-pleasing manner. Give it a few more sips, and the buttered popcorn flavor gradually turns into a generic apricot one. About the only good thing here is that it's not (massively) cloying. All that diacetyl doin' it's job, I s'pose.

M: Carbonation is strong, but not harsh. It still makes me gassy, though. Nor did I expect it to be this dry - or maybe I should say less dry than the typical fruit beer. Like I said, at least it's not cloying.

O: This one is no good, but not horrible enough to drainpour. Basically a case of right idea, wrong execution. Next!

Jul 22, 2013
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EarnestEating from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

We paired this beer with our Shrimp Po'Boys with peach, mango salsa. The beer was perfect for our intention, to compliment the salsa and tone down the spiciness of the shrimp. I would definitely recommend pairing this bear with similar summer style salsas but would limit my consumption to one of two beers, the flavor can begin to overtake the flavor of the food.

Jul 12, 2013
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keeganfrank from Ohio

3.19/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Golden beer with a very thin, bubbly head that's gone almost immediately. Aromas of apricot, florals, and faint traces of vegetable. Pleasing apricot flavor with some notes of breads and florals. Like the raspberry version, this is an easy drinker but nothing extraordinary.

Jun 25, 2013
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schoolboy from Ohio

3.73/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I tolerate this style better than most beer drinkers. I love a change of pace with a little fruit but still having a great beer taste. This is pretty typical of fruit beers.

The color is weak and beer like. It is pretty clear. The aroma is a distinct sweet (apricot) smell, with beer.

The taste works, is is a great blend of fruit with wheat ale. The aftertaste is odd, but appropriate. Beer plus fruit. Overall, this is like manhy others. I have several other Sea Dogs to try this week. I hope I don't get sick of them.

Jun 03, 2013
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Shagdog-Jammer from Florida

3.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not a big fan of Fruit / Vegetable beers however this one wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.

Out of the bottle the pour was nice and head was average, which quickly dissipated.

Appearance: was golden to almost amber and carbonation on the average side.

Smell: was pure apricot with a slight beer aroma in the background.

Taste: was apricots with a beer flavor. I expected it to be much sweeter than it actually was, which was refreshing to find.

Mouthfeel: was average and taste lingered like an ale should.

Overall it was a decent Fruit / Vegetable beer not my favorite and probably won't revisit anytime soon.

May 22, 2013
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Auraan from Arizona

2.61/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Scents of apricot. That's about all I picked up. Flavor is mostly of apricot, but an off sort of apricot, with a slight hint of malt. No bitterness, no wheat. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation. This combines with the flavor to make it drink a lot like a fruit soda. It's refreshing I suppose, but not really at all what a good fruit beer should taste like. The fruit is there, but it doesn't taste quite natural and the wheat is non-existent, though the bottle only calls it "Apricot" so maybe they changed something. It's nothing special, and fairly mediocre as far as fruit beers go.

May 20, 2013
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TappaKeggaBrew from Virginia

2.6/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Clear, pale amber, with a small finger of head that vanished quickly.

S: The apricots are definitely there, up front an pleasant. Malted grain is distant in the background. There's not much else -- no depth/complexity to the aromas.

T: Mildly sweet malt, with mild, slightly tart apricot flavors. Maybe a little hops bitterness, but just enough to notice. Basically, it's pretty meek in the taste department, with no strong flavors, pleasant or otherwise.

M: Moist at first, with decent carbonation and crispness. The finish was rather dry.

O: A fruity version of the session beer, best drunk cold and quickly. It wasn't bad in the sense of unpleasant flavors, but it was just so bland. I wish the brewers would have had the guts to put some real apricot and beer flavor in it -- they might have had a much better product.

Dec 24, 2012
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metter98 from New York

3.32/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at Rattle n' Hum, New York, NY

A: The beer is clear yellow in color with some hints of amber hues and no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that eventually completely faded away.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of apricots in the nose, similar to what you would get if you sniffed a jar of apricot preserves.
T: The taste prominently features flavors of apricots without any associated sweetness. No wheat is detectable.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems a little one-dimensional with all of the apricot flavors, but is easy to drink, especially for a novice craft beer drinker that likes things that are fruity.

Nov 03, 2012
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socon67 from New York

3.47/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden pour with a beige foam that shrinks quickly.

S - Smells like fresh apricots, though after a while it does seem like the scent of artificial flavoring.

T - Tastes like a light drinking ale with some fruit flavor. A bit gimmicky, but pleasant anyway.

M - Easy to drink and feel slight. But the sugary fruit flavor would make me want to try aomething else.

O - This would be a fun beer for people who are wine cooler\cocktail drinkers and you wanted to offer beer. I get that the craft community would find this as a bad attempt at a fruit beer, but I thought it was okay.

Aug 19, 2012
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours a clear apple juice gold, eggshell head dissipates to a ring quickly.

Smells of sweet apricot and oranges.

Tastes of mild apricot and orange over soft wheaty malt.

Medium body with a coarse tingle of carbonation over the roof of the mouth.

Light, tart and refreshing. Very easy to drink. Nothing special, but good for what it is and thirst quenching. Would be pretty easy to session too. Not especially "beer"-ish though.

Aug 07, 2012
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