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Sea Dog Blueberry Wheat Ale | Sea Dog Brewing Company

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Sea Dog Blueberry Wheat AleSea Dog Blueberry Wheat Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sea Dog Brewing Company
Maine, United States
seadogbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,042
Reviews:
359
Ratings:
970
pDev:
18.6%
Bros Score:
3.55
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
195
Trade:
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Photo of Sammy
3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Disgustingly sweet soda pop. Artificial essence blueberry. This beverage is often mixed with something else. Not so drinkable to me, but perhaps more appreciated by fruit beer lovers or children. Watery and light colour. Overly carbonated which may not be the fault at Underground Bluz in Orlando, but hey! it sells in Florida, not the greatest beer afficiando part of the world.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bier Academy in Canyon Country, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a 1 inch white head that fades to an oily film. Small spots of lacing slide back into the remaining beer on the drink down. The smell and taste of this beer is basically of whole wheat blueberry pancakes. A very bready/biscuit-like blueberry infused combo. Good carbonation level makes for a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very tasty fruit beer that lives up to it's solid B average. I have had this one in the bottle and there is basically no variation from the smells and tastes that the beer has on tap. Good stuff.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

let me just say, there is a time and a place for this one, and when it is the time, and you find yourself in the place, this really can be pretty awesome beer. now i know its not the next great west coast ipa or barrel fermented sour ale, not even close, but we have to step back and appreciate this one for what it is. the fruit is genuine, not over the top, and has some tartness with its natural sugars. the wheat base beer is light, well enough crafted, if a big generic, and in combination with high carbonation levels, a clean finish for the style, and a real low abv, this is pretty cool beer in a warm weather context. its excellent with seafood, especially of the fried variety, and is honestly a pretty underrated beer. ive heard it goes off pretty quick with age, and that the bottles are better than the cans, but my first and only impression of this is resoundingly more positive than the other reviewers here on BA. honesty better than not bad, which i dont think its scores reflect very well. refreshing and worthy of taking up a few spaces in my refrigerator, not ashamed to say so.

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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew was one of the first fruit beers I remember having. I wasn't sure what to expect at first but I felt that it ended up being a good experience. The beer poured out as a golden color with a fluffy white head on top. The smell of the beer was pretty good, some nice blueberry sweetness on the nose with a wheat softness in there as well. The taste of the beer kind of reminded me of a blueberry muffin which I really enjoy. The mouthfeel was drinkable and soft. Overall not a bad beer at all.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.67/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The best I've had from Sea Dog, which isn't saying much when you look at their other offerings but this one I would come back to. This is a pretty good fruit beer, it may be a tad overkill with the blueberry taste and aroma but I thought it was tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
1.5/5  rDev -56.4%

Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Kent Ale House, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high head that died down and left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of blueberries in the nose. When you hold your nostrils close to this beer is feels like you are smelling a freshly baked blueberry pie.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of blueberries—these seem natural and do not have apparent sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This would be an excellent selection for someone who likes fruity wheat beers. There’s nothing overly remarkable about the taste but it is quite easy to drink.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.07/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My impressions going in is not that good. The label makes me think cartoons, while I'm always skeptical of American made wheat beers with fruit added. Let's see...

No evidence of fruit in the appearance as the beer falls into the glass with a near fizzy look. Straw colored, timid head formaiton, retention, and lacing. This beer looks similar to most Blonde Ales. And, where's the wheat- the beer is quite clear.

Very fragrant blueberry aromas turn out to be very inviting and encouraging. Though a sweaty, wet dog character does emit, the bluberry aromas prevail. The fruitiness doesn't stop there- a Fruity Pebbles scent continutes the invitation- maybe from the yeast?

Flavor become much more one dimentional. The base beer proves to be too timid to make any meaninginful impact. Light graininess, light maltiness, but still no wheat character or significant body or malt boldness. Fruitiness takes on the blueberry taste but begins to leave the yeasty, complex fruitness behind.

Light textures approach a watery feel with some grainy texutres. Not bitter, malty, or creamy; the beer's body lacks quite a bit. The promised wheat doesn't give any body to the beer.

A basic Blonde Ale with ample fruitiness and an added blueberry punch. Though the fruits do as promised, the base beer falls short.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.49/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle - I presume that this brew is made by Shipyard, since it arrived in our liquor jurisdiction at the very same time as the Shipyard products?

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden amber hue, with two chubby fingers of tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves pretty much nil in terms of persistent lace as it quickly blows off.

It smells of sugary blueberry, a bit of strawberry candy, a hint of sharper cherry juice, an equally saccharine bready caramel malt, and faint earthy, weedy hops. The taste is thankfully much less sweet overall, though the flavours remain the same - blueberries, underripe strawberries, a doughy caramel malt, suggestions of neutered grainy wheat, a bit of earthy yeast, and still quite tame weedy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is fairly understated, barely seeming to fulfill its base support duties, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, in a plain juicy sort of way. It finishes off-dry, and not as sweet as I was initially led to believe - the fruit is more or less balanced, and some edgy old-school hops round things out.

An enjoyable enough fruit beer, the blueberry guest allowed to run rampant in many of its forms - confectionery to start, all the way to a decent intersection of fruitiness and acid by the finish. Easy to drink, I could see having a few of these in the sun of a seaside summer patio.

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of brentk56
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a decent head (after a hard pour) that descends rapidly and fails to provide much in the lacing department

Smell: Both wheat and blueberry pancake aromas waft upwards from the glass; the blueberry aroma is rich and resonant

Taste: The blueberry and wheat flavors swirl around the mouth from the first taste; after the swallow the blueberry flavors combine with the hops to keep the overall tone well-balanced; at the finish the blueberry flavor return to prominence

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with plenty of carbonation - works perfectly for a summertime fruit beer

Drinkability: A decent fruit beer for those who enjoy the style; very drinkable

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.29/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of zeff80
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, orange color with a small, white, fizzy head. It left no lacing.

S - It smelled of blueberries and some wheat. Not much else.

T - It actually tasted like a fresh blueberry muffin. Tasty but not very beer-like.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A light-bodied ale.

D - This is very easy to drink. Again, not very beer-like but it tastes good.

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of largadeer
2/5  rDev -41.9%
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 superspak
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of blueberry, wheat, cracker, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of blueberries, pale malt, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of blueberry, wheat, cracker, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of blueberry, wheat, cracker, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good robustness and balance of blueberries, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Not too dry after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is a nice fruit wheat. All around good balance and robustness of blueberries, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. I would have preferred to see some wheat yeast influence in the flavors for a bit more complexity; but it was still a nicely enjoyable offering.

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle at Kent Ale House in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow in color with hints of copper and significant visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall white head that reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass and a small thin patch in the middle of the surface. No amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of naturally sweet blueberry - very enticing.

T: There is a light amount of sweet caramel malt in the body of this beer along with moderate amounts of natural blueberry flavor and sweetness (reminds me a bit of homemade blueberry pie). There is also a moderate amount of wheat flavor.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation.

O: Refreshing, easy to drink, enjoyable, and sessionable. This is one of my favorite summer beers for cookouts - especially when I was living in NC and it was friggin hot in the summer.

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Sea Dog Blueberry Wheat Ale from Sea Dog Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.44 out of 5 with 970 ratings
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