Sea Dog Apricot | Sea Dog Brewing Company

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Sea Dog ApricotSea Dog Apricot

Brewed by:
Sea Dog Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sea Dog Apricot Wheat Beer is a crisp and quenching wheat ale with a subtle essence of fresh apricots.

Added by Jason on 06-06-2006

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Ratings: 292 |  Reviews: 120
Photo of therica
3.32/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

If you know someone who is an apricot freak, they'll probably love this and be impressed that you thought of them. Also a great "try it once" beer, but you'll probably move on to others after the one try.

Nice appearance but little head, typical of fruity wheats in my experience.

Smell is like one of those gift shops that sell all sorts of scented candles and soaps-- very very apricot and not much else.

Taste is very much apricot but with a sour note, otherwise a mediocre wheat beer, almost as though the wheat beer could be any beer as an excuse to carry this apricot overdose. Nice apricot taste though, not fake like many fruit beers.

Mouth has the bitter residuals during the early gulps but finally settles out after the beer sits and warms. Basically not noteworthy as far as mouth-feel.

Drinkability is limited by the overwhelming apricot and one's ability to tolerate same in one sitting.

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Photo of confer
3.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Solid gold with a head that is gone in no time.

S- I really liked the aroma. The apricot is very sweet smelling without going overboard.

T- Apricot taste immediately but doesn't hold and give way to a a dull wheat taste.

M- Smooth with a good level of carbonation.

D- I can say Okay, nice change of pace but nothing I'd look for. It looks as though I appreciated more that most.

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Photo of beergirlblog
2.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

We have this beer on tap at the restaurant I work at, so I tend to drink it during long grueling summer shifts. It's not great, it's not terrible, its just good. Looks average, not much of a head, smells pretty much as expected. Taste is obviously apricots, although there's a dryness at the end that doesn't fit and makes the beer finish on a bad note. I actually had someone argue with me that it couldn't possibly contain alcohol because it tastes so much like fruit. It's not sweet though, like a lambic, and there's not enough beer flavor for it to taste like a beer, so it ends up just tasting like watered down apricot soda. And it's only good really cold- once it warms up even the slightest bit it tastes terribly funky.

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Photo of ILikeGoodCider
2.8/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on 06.22.09. From a 12oz brown bottle poured into a 14oz pint glass.

A: Clear golden pour. Initially a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

S: All apricot, barely malt. That's it.

T: Less apricot, more bland cookie-cutter fruit beer. No too memorable, but I found it worked well on a warm sunny day.

M: Crisp. Light bodied.

D: Nice and easy to drink, I could drink a 12-pack on the beach...

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark gold body with a small-sized, white head.

Smell: A scent of apricot flavoring with a distant, far off note or two of tangy wheat.

Taste: Lightly tangy, lightly sweet wheat malt. Fruit flavoring added provides an apricot taste. Just a touch of bitterness, though no appreciably hop flavors. Dry, thinning finish with a lingering taste of apricots. Eh, it's a fruit beer.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A fruity beer that's not too fruity, if you know what I mean. There's enough beer underneath to remind you you're not just drinking a spiked cup of fruit juice. Still though, it's pretty far down on the list of fruit beers for me.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear pale yellow color. Poured a 1 finger bubbly white head that dissipated to a quarter inch. Laced in thin briken rings.

S: Apricots; lots of fuzzy apricots. A hint of citrus well into the background.

T: Very consistent with smell. Beginning with apricots and lingering apricot flavor through a lightly bittered finish.

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation keeps it from being a soda like feel.

D: Very easy to drink. Smooth and crisp, but apricot lingers.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.03/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Got from a friend while watching the game at his place. I had already had a couple, so this was just something to drink and sip for the rest of game.

The appearance was clear yellow without much lacing. The aroma was completely and totally apricot. Not even a hint of anything else. While there was little depth, the smell was by no means unpleasant. The taste followed this pattern. The flavor was straight apricot, almost like an apricot soda or a wine cooler. The taste was actually somewhat refreshing, but nothing else. The mouhtfeel was light, but had heavy carbonation, also like soda. Drinkability was good because of the low ABV and the unoffending flavor. I can see many casual beer drinkers and girls enjoying this.

Overall, a cookie cutter, bland, lacking in depth beer that doesn't cut it for anything more than a nice option for a cold brew on a warm, summer day. Anything more than that is a stretch. That being said, I didn't hate it, but it was not good.

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Photo of selecter70
3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I can not slam this offering from Trader-Joe's/Kennebunkport aka Sea Dog, although I have not had the best of luck with them (especially their cat-pee aroma Blueberry). For some odd reason I had a crazy craving for an Italian sub and apricot ale. I have no idea why, but this came through and quenched my odd need. So, while a fairly basic & bit sweet ale, it somehow did exactly what I needed it to do. Simple Need. Simple Beer. Simple Solution.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Weizen Glass....

A: Yellow just a tad cloud but not much.... less than a fingers worth of head and it disappeared quickly.

S: Apricots, Apricots and maybe some more apricots.... I catching a little yeast and some floral notes.

T: Taste like it smells.... there is a crispness to it, but it starts with apricots and ends with apricots.... not bad.... Just reminds me of Apricot soda water

M: Very light almost soda like carbonation...

D: It is very easy to drink if you don't mind a good amount of sweet fruitiness. I could down a few of these after mowing the lawn.... It is not a beer for someone who wants a strong hoppy or malty beer. Pretty good a for a fruity beer.

Over all not as good as Magic Hat #9... but it doesn't stink...

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Photo of cnjohn19
3.54/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a promising white head which completely disappears seconds later...very clear, orange color...Smells of apricots, peaches...Typical fruit beer with a slight wheat taste...very light and crisp and refreshing on a very hot summer day...beyond that, nothing too exciting and fairly typical for a fruit beer...

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Photo of tigg924
3.4/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, no head, dark gold

Smell: peaches, apricots, and wheat

Taste: I think it tastes like a beer version of peaches and cream

Mouthfeel: sweet, light, watery, and smooth

Drinkability: I had their variety pack, so all of these reviews are similar. This was my second favorite of the three and was very drinkable especially in the summer..My experience is Sea Dog does good fruity beers..I could drink a lot of this in the summer, especially as an overall drink.

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Photo of davexisxrabid
2.68/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

This brew poured a clear yellowish-gold color with a small white head that fizzled down quickly and left good lacing on the glass as the drinking progressed.

Aroma was faintly perceptable, although it did have a honey apricot scent with a slight hop bitterness aroma roaming around in there.

The taste was not really consistent with the aroma, however. It tasted like carbonated water or club soda with stale apricots, and even then very light apricot flavor.

This beer is pretty smooth, light on the palate, and doesn't stick to your tounge.

This beer is very drinkable but I don't think I will be having more than one because of the somewhat bland flavor and the high carbonation makes it very filling. If you want to try a better apricot beer, try the offering from pyramid.

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Photo of HappyBivouac
1.32/5  rDev -57%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Picked up in a mixed 6-pack on a whim.

a- looks like orange kool-aid with carbonation and a boring white head. completely transparent. no redeeming qualities here whatsoever it seems.

s- smells of dried apricot, and I am struggling to find anything else. Very very faint bready wheat also shows up when I try really hard.

t- wheat bread and apricot turned into a flavor extract of some sort and mixed with carbonated water. This does not even taste like a beer in any way and tastes terrible regardless of what you would call it. Bad stale apricot taste left behind.

m- watery light mouthfeel and weak carbonation. I don't know what else to say.

d- well I guess if you don't really like beer and don't want to be filled up this might be okay. I myself am pouring the rest down the drain, not out of snobbery of any sort, but because my mouth and belly will be happier if I stop drinking this right here.

Well when you pick out beers sponateously and without prior knowledge of any sort you have to expect this kind of thing to come up. I'm glad I picked out a few greats in my 6 pack to go along with this.

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Photo of Rennpferd
3.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

It poured a clear yellow with lite activity and a one finger head that quickly disappeared.

It had a very fruity apricot smell. There was no sign of the wheat base of the beer.

It had a good initial flavor of apricot which gave way to a nice wheat inspired bread dough finish. It was watery and lite.

It is a drinkable beer. But it is just too neutral to pull me back for a second.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.3/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Swing and a miss here. Tastes like sort of apricot juice/soda mixture which isn't a good thing to be thinking while drinking a beer. Just tastes way too fake and reminds me of a terrible Magic Hat #9 (really makes you appreciate good beers like that after this one). Steer clear of this guy.

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Photo of Winter
3.06/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden amber with a short-lived white head. Aroma has a sweet apricot nose to it, along with some feint wheat malt. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with fizzy carbonation. Apricot dominates the flavor, but it's not overly sweet. Wheat malt is present toward the back. This is an "ok", but not great fruit beer. It goes down easy but without much afterthought. Overall, not very exciting.

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Photo of cvstrickland
2.6/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12-ounce bottle poured into a weizen glass yields a clear golden straw body briefly capped with a finger of white foam that fizzes out quickly and

The smell of the drink is apricots, big and little, fake and real.

The taste of the drink is fake-ass perfumey fruit, with apricot preserves, ruining an otherwise passable wheat beer. I keep thinking of 'suntan lotion'. Ick.

I'm not even going to pretend I drank all of this one.

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Photo of brentk56
2.37/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a clear(!) golden color with a head whose bubbles disappear as if it were a ginger ale rather than a wheat

Smell: Distinctively apricot, but smells very artificial; almost floral

Taste: A mouthful of artificial apricot from start to finish; little wheat bear character; more like an alcopop

Mouthfeel: Light and fizzy

Drinakability: Not at all enjoyable, and I kind of like certain fruit beers

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.15/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this in a summer beer sampler. Golden amber and pretty damn clear. Not much of a head, but theres carbonation here.

Apricot and peach in the aroma.

Light body, crisp sweetness at first, which turns into watery peach iced tea, bitter and thin in the mouthfeel. Apricot tastes fake, sweet artificial sweetener aftertaste.

Not a great fruit beer, but its drinkable. Finished the whole glass easily. I bought 1 bottle at a mixnmatch place, glad I didnt spring for sixer.

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Photo of AJFitz
2.08/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle.

Appearance: golden with reddish/orange hues. decent head but fades away very quickly to nearly nothing in under a minute. minimal lacing.

Smell: apricot, that artificial apricot flavor though, not too much else.

Taste: not much other than the fake apricot taste. very little taste of the beer.

Mouthfeel: thin, but with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: easy to put down, can drink a lot but not sure I'd want to.

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Photo of jwc215
3.02/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours golden amber with a thin white head that fizzles away. Very active carbonation makes vanishing small patches appear.

The smell of apricot is very strong. Only other aroma is a perfumy touch.

The taste is of apricot juice/syrup with the slightest touch of wheat tang. Sweet - a bit perfumy. Thin finish. Aftertaste akin to apricot-flavored Pop-Tarts (if there is such a thing.)

The feel is watery and fizzy.

This is a mediocre American fruit wheat beer (at best).

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Photo of auxiliary
3.89/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - Poured a golden color with nice white head that mellowed out.

smell - Apricot, peach, sweet fruits.

tste - Apricot present here some sweet fruits like peach. Some lemon present.

mouthfeel - medium body.

drinkability - For me it was a nice beer. I read a few reviews that said it was beer with some juice. I can see that. It was refreshing beer, and tastey, nice summer time beer. I don't like most fruit beers, but I liked this one.

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Photo of orangemoustache
2.32/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This pours a pitiful gold with some slight hazzieness and a white head that leaves in the blink of an eye.The smell is of peach and apricot jelly,but sort of artificial.The taste is similar to the nose,but not much better,its fruity and sour with no real beer qualitys,it tastes like a Clearly Canadian.The mouthfeel is beyond thin and could use a lot more carbonation as well.This is'nt deserving of the word beer on the label,sorry dawg!!!

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Photo of brdc
2.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

It is a very pale yellow beer, with a very thin head that goes away almost instantaneously.
Aroma is mostly apricot, but you can get a whiff of the wheat underneath.
Very thin on the palate, refreshing but rather boring; some wheat, bready like taste, and apricot, and not a whole lot else.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a dirty peach color with a small quickly dissipating white head.

S: sugary sweet and fruity with artificial apricots dominating.

T: The initial flavor was much the same, sweet, fruity apricots with light creamy wheat. The flavor was crisp and clean ending abruptly.

M: thin and heavily carbonated with a fizzy seltzer/wine cooler feel.

D: Drinkability was average at best, one that would most likely appeal to the young wine cooler crowd more then the fine craft drinker.

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Sea Dog Apricot from Sea Dog Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.07 out of 5 with 292 ratings