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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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a crystal clear, bright, orange-gold coloring with no head whatsoever. Aromas of sugary sweet apricot, almost to the point of smelling like a Jolly Rancher. Flavors are light, but once again supersweet. A roasty wheat backbone is quickly overpowered by the previously mentioned candy-like apricot sweetness. Too much on the tastebuds. The aftertaste is left a cloying, sweet letdown with a slight effervescent feel from the carbonation and light body. Slick, light finish. Meh.

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Photo of KajII
2.92/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

[Best served in a Weizen glass]

The pour was a clear light amber with a large (2-3 finger) white rocky head that diminished rapidly, down to a small collar with fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was all about the apricots with a light grain malt and a sweet yeast and had a mild note of peach and a hint of berry.

The taste was sweet and just a tad acidic with a large apricot presence throughout with the finish having a slight sweet berry undertone. The flavor lasted a very short duration proceeding the swallow with a sweet watery ending.

Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a medium carbonation.

Overall a Wheat Beer with hardly any wheat flavor, in fact the apricot flavor was so engulfing that basically that was all you tasted...

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Photo of aprila220
4.91/5  rDev +62%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fruity beers are my thang and this is one of the fruitiest beers I've ever had. It's one of my favorites. It smells and tastes just like it's name, there is no mistaking the apricot. If you aren't a fan of fruity or dessert beers, this probably won't tickle your fancy at all...but if you do, you'll find this one pretty darn delightful.

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Photo of smcolw
3.28/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Modest, but sustaining, head. Leaves no lasting lace. Crystal clear liquid of slightly tarnished gold.

Sweet candy-like apricot smell. Very dessert like. Like a fruit lambic without the sourness.

This might be a good dessert beer. It definitely would go well with strong cheese. In short, this is a specialty beer that will work well in specific situations. I would not drink this regularly; it is far too sweet. But as a counterpoint to spicy/salty food, I think it works nicely. So, I say buy a single and serve it with some elegant cheese course and tell people you paired this up especially for them. You might just pull it off.

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Photo of jsisko01
3.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a clear copper/golden color with an inch thick head that dissipates pretty quickly. The lacing looks great.

Smell - The smell is completely apricot. I can't detect anything else.

Taste - Very sweet. Mostly just apricot in the flavor as well.. it's very strong and makes it hard to tell if anything else is in here. The apricot seems artificial too. Slightly bitter in the aftertaste, along with a little bit of corn. It kinda tastes like a Busch Light with apricot flavoring added.. lol

Mouthfeel - Foams up right when it hits the mouth. Light body with mild carbonation.

Overall - Not a very significant beer but it's nice to try something different. I'd never consider buying a full 6-pack of this though..

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Photo of Immortale25
3.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Kwak glass. Says best enjoyed before December '11. Just in time.

A- Pours a light gold color with a 1/4 inch head that retains for a minute and then slips down to an 1/8 inch head with pretty much no lacing.

S- Smells like tropical Lifesavers with a very mild wheat base that's barely noticeable.

T- The wheat is stronger in the flavor but gives way to a weak, stale taste that's common in macro-lagers. Otherwise, more artificial apricot flavor that doesn't do much else but provide a sweet, syrupy taste to an otherwise lifeless beer. Actually kinda smells more full than it tastes.

M- Thin and watery with medium carbonation.

O- Wow, what a strikeout. I grabbed a single because I thought their Blueberry offering was decent - not great, decent. This is much more pedestrian. Buy it for a girl who says she doesn't like beer.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.92/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear, bright yellow with a thin head and no lace. The aroma is of apricot, dough and lemonade. The flavor is apricot. There are notes of lemon and malt sweetness. The apricot is foremost but not overwhelming. The mouthfeel is light and bubbly. Sea Dog apricot Wheat Beer is a good beer, light, refreshing and very drinkable, recommended.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.54/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Yellow beer with no signs of apricot in it, very thin white head that immediately leaves this realm. Smells of apricot and sugar.

Apricot and cereal flavors, with added sugar in the taste. Not terrible, but tastes so unlike just straight up apricot the fruit. Can't finish dry or clean, that sugary kids cereal mouthfeel just hangs on throughout the beer. Not my cup of tea, like most of the Sea Dog offerings, this one is just a straight up unitiated chick beer.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew isn't too bad. It poured out with a typical hazy glden color, much like more wheat ales. The head was foamy and white. The smell of the beer had a pretty good amount of apricot on the nose. The taste of the beer was sweet, fruity, had a little bit of tartness in there too, and a slight creaminess also. The mouthfeel of this beer I thought was pretty good, pretty refreshing in the summer time. Overall this brew wasn't the worst I've ever had but no where near the best either. I would probably drink it again if I had too.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear straw yellow with almost no head that fizzles out rather quickly

S: Almost exactly like the apricot candy rings that you can buy at a gas station for a dollar a bag. A little malt behind that, but not much

T: The taste actually redeems itself from the smell. It actually tastes like beer and not like sugared candies. Pretty malty along with the apricot, and they actually balance out quite nicely

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly watered down

O: I'm surprised that the taste is as tame as it is given the smell. It's still fairly sweet, but if it was the same as the smell, it would be quite overpowering. Probably in the middle between the blueberry (better) and raspberry (worse) in terms of how I enjoyed their fruit beers

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Photo of bpw28
2.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Look: Two finger white head that dies very fast, light gold (about a 5 SRM), ok lacing, alot of carb.

Smell: Apricot (REALLY?!), strawberry, lollipop cherry smell, sweet of course, when swirled I get an animal feed-like smell, a bit of a lysol orignal off smell (could be a combo of the fruit with the animal feed).

Taste: Thank god the taste is better. A hayish yeast taste on the sip, then a clean apricot and wheat, strong carb, crisp, clean, refreshing, nice body for a wheat.

Final Thoughts: The taste was good, but I feel taste alone will not save this beer. The head was natty light-like, the smell was tons of apricot but when swirled odd smells came out. I suppose this beer is more geared to BMC/women(Yes ladies, I know women craft beer drinkers exist.)/people who dont care about head/people that don't swirl their beer. On the BMC level, this is a solid beer. On the grand scale of beers, this one comes up short. I wouldn't deny it if it was handed to me, but I'm not buying this again.

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Photo of Mit
2.88/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a-pours a clear straw colour with very little head. Very clear for a wheat.

s-smells of apricots right off the bat. Not bad smelling. Not much is balanced so far. The fruit is overpowering the traditional wheat smells.

t-def apricot flavour that isn't really that bad. Not much in the way of a traditional wheat which is kinda disspointing.

m-fine for the abv

o-Overall there are better apricot wheat beers out there for sure. But this will def do on a hot day.

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Photo of atr2605
2.7/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours almost yellow/very light amber color with a white head that disappears almost immediately.
S- Tons of apricot.
M- very light body with quite a bit of carbonation
F. More apricot. A bit of hop flavor but not enough to combat all the apricot. A little malt flavor comes through in the finish.
O- Meh. I know its an apricot wheat beer, but I would still like to see it be a little more balanced and have some subtle characteristics of other flavors in the aroma and taste. I think the apricot would become overwhelming after awhile unless you're a huge fan of fruit flavored beers.

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Photo of JRed
2.34/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Transparent mellow gold in body with absolutely no head to share the glass. An eyesore for sure. Bland and boring looking. A sweet aroma of apricot, artificial candy sweetener and a far away cry for help by the wheat in the background. Tastes of artificial apricot flavoring, some wheat, some light cereal notes towards the finish. This is light beer without the fizz and with some Capri Sun added. No complexity, no real natural flavors. Neat, light, boring.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.67/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of apricots along with some wheat, light malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of apricots and citrus up front. Then some breadiness comes in from flavors of wheat and a thin malt character. The hops presence is very mild and there is not much balance. The after-taste is likewise sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty if you're into the apricot flavor, goes down ok, not too filling, very mild kick, decent representation of style, overall it's just not a very good beer.

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Photo of seedsofchaos
2.04/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Alright... What the hell is this thing? Is this supposed to be a wine cooler or a beer. This thing smells of a fruity urinal cake with over-the-top apricot and floral and citrus perfume. The smell is so pungent that it's as if someone left apricot and peaches to ferment and then put them in a sock and duct-taped it around my nose. I could almost imagine "the ladies" enjoying this one. The taste is artificial and a complete chemical apricot mess. Hello, malt beverage from Club Jersey Shore...

If this were a malt beverage with simply low alcohol, I'd say they NAILED it... For a fruit beer... Oh god, KILL IT! KILL IT, NOW!!

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Photo of JerseyPaul
3.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, golden orange color with decent carbonation; thin, white head dissipates very quickly, leaving minimal lacing

Smell: Sweet apricot; very slight wheat note

Taste: Sweet malt up front, followed by overwhelming apricot with slight hints of wheat; finishes with no alcohol aftertaste or hop distinction

Mouthfeel: Light body (almost watery); decent carbonation; smooth & refreshing

Drinkability: Easily drinkable if you like apricots; as someone mentioned prior, it's almost like a wine cooler; light summer beer that refreshes

Overall, Apricot Wheat is average at best. The apricot nose & taste is strong, so if you're not a fan of the fruit, it's best to stay away. There's no real complexity to this beer; no other ingredients seem to escape the apricot. However, this beer is perfect for women who don't drink beer much (my wife loved it).

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Photo of smakawhat
2.93/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a real lazy tiny white ring of barley a fraction of a white head. Lots of elevator carbonation bubbles from the bottom of a solid butter gold color. Clear, but no lacing.

Smell is a straight up gummi bears with virtually no real fruit smell to detect. There is a faint rind of something apricot like but it smells syrupy and chemically.

Taste improves slightly with a realistic fruit forward and small chew consistency. Surprisingly the beer had some body and a good finish that isn't too wet either.

I could have another I suppose but not to crazy about the smell and look on this one.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
2.3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: dark yellow with a slight head
S: very heavy on the apricot; clearly, a syrup has been added
T: tepid wheat beer with an infusion of apricot syrup
M: watery, not lively

You might want to drink some apricot soda instead. Add a shot of vodka and you'll improve on this beer.

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Photo of jsprain1
2.91/5  rDev -4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a golden, almost orange caramel color. Head is quite weak and uneventful.
S- Smell is intensely of apricots. There is no denying that they got what they were looking for out of this one. Pretty sweet on the nose, some wheat aromas.
T- The taste is same as aroma, but there is a noticable sort of artificial flavor in there that doesn't fit in. it may be that the sweetness is just a bit out of place here.
M- Light body, perhaps slightly undercarbed for me to appreciate.
D- I understand what they were looking for out of this one. It certainly gets lots of apricot aroma and flavor. But the sweetness of it kinda dragged it down, especially the somewhat artificial sweetness in the flavor.

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Photo of tone77
3.69/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of sweet apricots. Taste is also dominated by apricots, not much else going on. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a different and enjoyable brew.

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Photo of tapman
3.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear caramel color and obviously filtered. Moderate carbonation produces a giant head that sinks to a decent1/4 finger lacing that is substancial, though not sticky.

Artificial apricot aroma, which might smell better than using actual apricots for the aroma. Keep in mind that Pliny the Elder and Younger both use hop extract to achieve their desired IBUs so a little help isn't alwyas a bad thing. However all I smell is artificial apricot. What about the rest of the ingredients.

Same as the nose with a little light toast in there.

Very average feeling for a beer.

Much better than the blueberry. Iwas ready to hate this one, but it has apricot flavor whereas their blueberry has Robitusin flavor. What do yiuo expect from the company. If you want good fruit beer grab a DFH Festina Peche. THis one I got while in line at the liquor store next to the gum for 50 cents. I would say that I got my moneys worth.

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Photo of jwalker37
1.51/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bought a 6 pack while in Maine along with a 6 pack of Gearys. The Gearys beer is clearly a better beer. I thought that the sea dog apricot had a perfume flavor to it. I was not impressed with the flavor, but the bottle looked cool! FFFjkdfsaflsajflasd

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Photo of RickS95
3.59/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orangey, gold, coppery color with nothing resembling a head.

Has a nice gentle smell. Apricot scent is obvious, but subdued and not overbearing like a lot of other fruit beers.

Taste is similar, it's sweet and fruity but not so much that it's disgusting.

Feels good in the mouth. Crisp and refreshing, with a splash of sweet in the finish.

Hides the 4.8% ABV very well. Goes down easy, very drinkable.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.74/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden like color with a slight head which gives way to no lacing. The aroma is of apricot and is strong and very sweet along with some floral aromas. The taste is of a sweet malt backbone and sweet almost candied apricot. The mouthfeel is low to moderate carbonation. Overall it is a very nice summer beer, the taste is slightly articifical but it is still inviting a easy to drink.

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