Sea Dog Blueberry Wheat Ale | Sea Dog Brewing Company

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Sea Dog Blueberry Wheat AleSea Dog Blueberry Wheat Ale

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:
Our unique contribution to the fruit ale category features the nutty quench of wheat ale combined with the delightful aromatics and subtle fruit flavor contributed by Maine wild blueberries.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002

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Photo of EstebanH
1.5/5  rDev -56.9%

a travesty of blueberry-flavored beer and an uncalled for fiasco in my mouth, this blueberry wheat ale is lacking in taste when compared to many others--and the taste that is present is... kind of bad.

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Photo of Kwak
1.58/5  rDev -54.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Blue berry ale.
The head was good nice smell the taste tingeld a littel bit.
The taste was just bad blueberry was overpowering.Too much
in my book.
this was not a good taste. The blueberry just hung around to
The aftertaste was just too much,too sweet,too tart.

Say no to bluberrry ale!

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Photo of tapman
1.87/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Clear apricot body with a small head that yields very little lacing.

Blueberry is first, followed by a sour mustiness and proceeded by some thin American wheat malt. The mustiness is reminiscent of the dog on the label of the bottle. Meh.

Yeah, it tastes like blueberry, but in a children's Robitussin kind of way. Like candy flavor blueberry. And that's about it. A little wheat in there, a little hop bitterness in the finish, but mostly cloying, sticky blueberry.

Mouthfeel is thin and the clearity means filtering. If this had been unfiltered I would have enjoyed it much more as I bet some more wheat would have gotten through, as well as yeast and hops as well.

Not good. Its a beer, but it tastes unbalanced and feels watery. I might want an MGD before I have this one again. Blueberry flavor is so sticky that it isn't even that refreshing.

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Photo of DPauwels
1.89/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poor "artificial" smell and taste. Similar to blueberry candy flavor.

Low to no wheat notes.

Lingering unpleasant metallic taste.

Stock on shelf well past expiration date.

Not overly sweet but needs more sourness to round flavor.

Swing and a miss! Try again.

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Photo of nortmand
1.91/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours crystal clear and straw yellow with a fizzy white head with less retention than Coke.

Artificially sweet blueberry aromas dominate the nose.

Cloying artificial sweetener sweet blueberry. Tastes like diet pop. Not good.

Mouthfeel is reminiscent of soda water. Way too effervescent. This beer was way too fakely sweet. Could barely share a bottle with a friend. Blecch.

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Photo of waughbrew
1.92/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Nice clear straw with white head, a little R&L. Smells of fake or strong extracted blueberries. Certainly not subtle. Flavor is sweet and bubbly graininess. A hint of tartness. Finishes dry and bitter in a very unpleasant way. Bland and one-dimensional. Feel is fizzly and very dry finish. An annoying beer. Could have worked if it was more subtle and had a lasting sweetness that blueberries usually have. The dry graininess does not work with the over-the-top blueberry. I will not have this again.

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Photo of largadeer
2/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Carbonated like soda, with a nonexistent head. Pretty watery appearance.

S: Blueberry syrup.

T: Blueberry syrup, maybe a bit of really light wheat beer in there somewhere.

M: It has the mouthfeel of club soda. That is, fizzy and thin.

D: I'll take water instead, thanks.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.02/5  rDev -42%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Gold with a slight pinkish tint. A one finger head that vanished very quickly into nothingness. Very clear with only a few scattered rising bubbles.

S - Smells like blueberry pancakes with some metals (tin and nickel) underneath.

T - Tastes like an artificial blueberry pancake seltzer water would taste. The aftertaste is lightly bitter and lingers with artificial blueberry sweetness and some bland grain. It isn't terrible, just weird.

M - A thin brew, slick and oddly drying. It feels like it should refresh, but it dessicates the whole mouth.

D - It isn't hard to drink. The flavor isn't strong so it could even be sessioned. All around bland and uninspired. Well maybe it was inspired by instant blueberry pancakes.

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Photo of francisfilion
2.1/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

My dad brought me one back from a recent trip to Wells in Maine. The name of the beer had changed to Sea Dog Wild Blueberry and had a 4.70% ABV. The beer was golden with no hint of blue whatsoever. I Expected it to be blueish since the other blueberry beers I had were (Folie Douce from Brasseurs RJ , and La Tourelle from La Tour à Bières).
It smelled of blueberry Jam/filling and was very overpowering. It was hard to find any other aromas. The taste was just the same, blueberry Jam...It was impossible to taste the beer behind the blueberry flavor that was added.
It was altogether very disapointing and not a good example of the style. I had much higher expectations since I had enjoyed other blueberry beers.

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Photo of AMoceri7
2.16/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

By far on the top ten worst.

A: Wonderful appearance, got my hopes up. Two finger head, crystal clear golden hue.

S: Very pungent almost too sweet blueberry mango? smell. Tasted like the tropicana fruit juice I had earlier that week.

T: Intriguing at first, took another sip. Repulsive. The sweet BACKBONE of this puppy sat in my throat for hours after I tossed the rest.

M: My Golden seemed to have enjoyed it.


Is this a beer? Enough said...

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Photo of scriabin
2.19/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I've had some fine beverages from Sea Dog, so I was excited about this offering. Unfortunately, Sea Dog needs to go back to the drawing board for this one. It certainly has a lovely amber color, although it pours a bit thin. The feel is slightly overcarbonated for my taste, kind of like having one too many pop rocks. The blueberry style is what attracted me to begin with, however it seems like Sea Dog concocted a wheat beer, added some blueberry concentrate, spent a bit of time in the board room trying to think of a clever name and voila! Blue Paw Wild Blueberry Wheat Ale! I admire the effort, but this one needs a bit more work.

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Photo of nriech
2.2/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Got this from a friend in Florida. Poured a soft amber. Little head, quickly disapating. The blueberries are evident from the aroma the moment you pour into your glass. Its almost sickeningly sweet already. And I like sweet beers, i.e. Fort and high ABV stouts.

Its hard to describe the taste of the beer as the blueberry syrup seems to overpower anything else. There is some carbonation which helps if you think of it more as a blueberry soda, that kinda tastes weird. As a beer though its terrible. I'm not sure about the wheat part, if its there the fruit has gobbled it up. It was difficult to finish. No thanks.

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Photo of Hagbard
2.25/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A tremendous blueberry aroma hits your nose the moment you pop the cap off the bottle. The color is a dull pale orange with a very small white head. The aroma stays strong as it sits in the glass, smells like blueberry syrup or blueberry jam. No hops aroma, reminiscent of a blueberry soda. The blueberries assault your taste buds. Cloyingly sweet...I'm pouring blueberry flavored syrup into my mouth. In the middle of the taste, more traditional beer tastes assert themselves, namely hops, but are quickly chased away by the sickingly sweet blueberries in the finish. The aftertaste is like sucking on a blueberry. Drinkability is horrible due to the overwhelming blueberry sweetness. I've had blueberry beers that I've really enjoyed (Bar Harbor, for one), but this is not one of them. I like the blueberry flavor to stay in the background as a nice subtle flavoring. This one hits you over the head and you mistake it for beer flavored blueberry soda.

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Photo of JDV
2.3/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice rich golden color, with a bit of white head. Smell is almost exclusively blueberries and a light metallic smell as well. Crisp taste, but watery and very lightly flavored. Noticeable blueberry taste, but also a bit cardboardy/bland. Perhaps it wasn't the freshest... Not good but drinkable.

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Photo of gonzo138
2.35/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- pours a clear amber color with very little head that did not retain well or lace whatsoever

S- a noticable blueberry smell, not really any other smells or complexity to it

T- pretty much same as smell, strait forward blueberry flavor, very little else

M-overly carbonated, unpleasant fizzy feeling on tounge

D- cant say I really care for this one, a good idea, just not made very well, probly wouldn't drink again

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Photo of ratrod53
2.38/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

S- Blueberry with a second scent that I could not put my finger on.

T- Blueberry cough syrup not the best if you want to try a great blueberry try Mad Anthonys blueberry ale. My girlfriend was not even a fan.

M- Dry after drinking it I wanted some water.

D-I let it get warm because it was not the best.

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Photo of IntriqKen
2.45/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

It appears that Sea Dog can't really decide what to call this beer. First Blue Paw, then Wild Blueberry, now Blueberry Wheat Beer.
pours a medium orange/yellow with a small head that disappears completely within a minute.
Aroma is candy sweet blueberry.
Taste is Very sweet at first, then a powdery blueberry flavoring followed by a mixture of the blueberry and citrus bitter hops.
A very strange combination to me, but i suppose they get what they are seeking. To me it is too much like an alcopop.

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Photo of crookedhalo
2.45/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smelled blueberry as soon as I uncapped it. Poured a golden pilsener color with a short lived white head. Smells like artificial blueberry flavoring. Not picking up on much wheat ale characteristics because the blueberry is that overwhelming. Very sweet, again in an artificial way, like they made a batch of beer and dumped a ton of blueberry flavored gourmet jelly beans in it. Can't say I'm enjoying this one too much, and I love blueberries. If I want to reproduce this sensation in the future, I'll just buy a pack of blueberry Hubba Bubba and chew a piece while drinking a cheap hefeweizen.

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Photo of asabreed
2.52/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle. Bought a six-pack out of curiosity and the fact that it's a wheat beer and it's hot as hell here. I can't wait for winter.

Appearance: I think Miller Lite may have a better head than this. Absolutely falls to nill immediately, along with absolutely no lacing. Hardly any bubbles in the dull yellow color of the glass. How is this possible?

Smell: Artificial, blueberry sugar-coated gum. Maybe nice for a candle for someone's apartment that may not smell up to par, but this becomes a bit too artificial and cloying to be anything worth really being able to stand. I was hoping for much more. But for someone who digs that blueberry smell, you may like this.

Taste: I don't get any traces of wheat at all in here, but rather the blueberry is too strong, overpowering everything that could possibly be redeemed. Not only that, but it stays on the palate, whether welcomed or not; its tenacity confuses and bothers me at the same time.

Mouthfeel: This, surprisingly -- I think? -- is the best thing about this beer. It's average, but it's crisp, has decent carbonation levels, a light to medium body, and is basically the only thing remotely writing about concerning this beer.

Drinkability: This could go over well with the ladies maybe; since it doesn't have the fullest body, or a great amount of flavor, the blueberry could be enough to make a session out of. And I don't mean that to rip on women at all, but for a girlfriend / wife who may not be the biggest beer fan, they make like this. Or, if you like fruit beers you may like this also, but I imagine, surely, there are better ones out there than this.

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Photo of Skidz
2.52/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours out a bright, crisp light gold and sits a light orange amber with a good sized white head, fading to a sparkling clean surface of beer, nearly no lacings to speak of.

Smells intensely of freeze dried blueberries and a dusting of whipped topping. Crisp wheaty aromas underneath the blanket of a powdery fruit nose. Hints of lemon also reside.

Tastes initially of a dry grain sack then picks up a few minor notes of blueberries. It's like they pulled the flavor out of a box of cereal; not a good thing. Mild wheat presence taken over by a bit of citrc-like sourness. Finish is drying, and nicely bittered, though I would say it's a bit overboard for the style.

Crisp, semi-refreshing with sharp and agressive carbonation. Light body all the way, not entirely watery, but a close call.

Fake-ish blueberry flavor, and mediocre wheat beer character. Reminiscent flavors of a certain brewery within my own state and follows suit in a bland and uninteresting build. Might be suitable for those seeking a somewhat refreshing beer with a touch of fruit flavor, but don't expect to be blown away.

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Photo of RickS95
2.53/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks like a dark version of ginger ale. Head is thin with no retention.

Blueberries dominate the nose, nothing else is noticeable.

The berry flavor is dominant, but not overpowering, marking its territory mostly in the finish.

Crisp in the mouth, with bitter notes in the swallow.

Drinkable if offered to me, but wouldn't be my first choice.

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Photo of KajII
2.56/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

[Best served in a Flute glass]

Poured a sparkling clear light amber with a small white head that was fully diminishing and had no lacing. The aroma was heavy of blueberry's and had a mild sweet yeast and a light bread malt scent. It tasted sweet with an abundance of blueberry's at first and finished lightly sweet of blueberrys and not much else with the flavor only lasting a very short time. Mouthfeel was extremely light in body and watery in texture and had a lively carbonation. Overall nothing more than a blueberry soft drink and not a good one at that.

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Photo of bishopdc0
2.58/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Blueberry, that's what this beer is. The aroma is overwhelmingly blueberry with some malt. It starts sweet and becomes a blueberry flavor. There is no bitterness and finishes slightly dry. This is very drinkable if you like blueberry and don't like beer taste you'll like this.

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Photo of HattedClassic
2.6/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a light head that disappears quickly. Beer is a nice, clear copper from top to bottom.

Smell: Heavily dominated by what appears to be artificial blueberry or an extra concentrated blueberry that dominates the nose. The blueberry is not as bad or as overwhelming as that ungodly Wild Blueberry by A Busch.

Taste: The blueberry pretty much overwhelms the palate but the taste is bearable for people who don't mind a very sweet taste. Fortunately, the taste is somewhat balanced by the wheat but I think the taste is a little unbalanced in favor of the blueberry.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is light to medium with a crisp feel.

Drinkability: While it's certainly better than the apricot or raspberry, I have problems finishing this bottle. For me, the blueberry tastes too artificial and too powerful for the whole drink. I can see it being drinkable but I think the sweetness from the blueberry might be too much for some people.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
2.63/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Okay. I know I have had this beer before but never reviewed or rated it. I have tried it again today. I will say that the beer is about a year old, so I can't really remember if it is representative of what it should taste like. Pours hazy golden color with small foamy head that quickly dissipates. Lacing is minimal. Well, it definitely smells like blueberries. There is a slightly acidic aroma as well. Malty taste when you first sip, followed by strong acidic taste and heavy blueberries. There is not much else but blueberries to taste. Not really my style. If i remember correctly, I didn't really like it the first time I tried it either.

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