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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

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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.31/5  rDev -4.9%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev +13.2%
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 +3.2%
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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Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
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 metter98
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
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 -11.8%
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 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 biboergosum
3.49/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Photo of brentk56
3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
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 oriolesfan4
3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
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 zeff80
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
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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Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours surprisingly clear--certainly a good hint that this isn't going to be he really tasty type of blueberry beer. Light head. The smell isn't too artificial, bringing forward some straight blueberry notes without much else. The taste might add a bit of malt sweetness, although blueberry is about it. This doesn't taste too artificial and is actually fairly refreshing.

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Photo of oberon
3.69/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well I bought this for the other half and she really liked it,me well it was ok.Poured light golden color with a almost non-existant head,aroma was Boo-Berry cereal in a glass artificial blueberry and toasted malt aromasNow saying its artificial doesnt really bother me it actually smelled decent I think,flavor was of malted wheat and blueberry not to overly bad but I wouldnt get again I dont think.

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Photo of jlindros
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tap at the brew pub in Northborough, MA.

Fizzy 1 finger head fades semi quickly with the fresh blueberries popping through and dispersing the head quickly, crystal clear pale wheat golden color.

Nose brings lots of blueberry, fresh, frozen, syrup, dried, etc. then light wheat aromas, light malt, blueberry overpowers everything.

Taste starts sweet with a blueberry syrup taste, some fresh blueberry, light frozen berry, light bitter blueberry skin and seed like taste, a bit thin and watery but a big flavor for that. Light wheat and touch of malts, light spice. Bit of syrupy sweet malts towards the finish with long sticky blueberry syrup finish thats still fairly sweet. Bit of bitterness and light metallic flavor that makes the finish a bit icky.

Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carb, bit watery and thin though.

Overall not bad at first, I had very low expectations and it wasn't too bad, a bit thin and watery, too syrupy, not much malt or wheat flavor, but blueberry is nice. Finish is a bit bitter and not so pleasant though.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.17/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Finnegan’s Wake in Providence, RI on 10/6/07, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves no lace on the glass.

S: I could smell the blueberries before the bartender even placed the beer in front of me, but I couldn't smell much of anything else.

T: Just like the smell, all I can taste up front is sweet blueberries. There's a light and thin malt character and a touch of hops, but very little more than that. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: A little tasty, doesn't go down very easily, not filling at all, decent representation of style, even thought this may not be a particularly bad beer, it just isn't the kind of beer I like very much. However, it's comparable with the majority of blueberry beers that I've had.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.74/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Depending on where the notch on the label falls, it's Best Before either June 2010 or July 2011.

Appearance: Pours out a very delicately hazed, dull-looking golden body. Scant, white head crackles and fizzles out of existence in an instant.

Smell: Fruity, slightly sweet-scented faux blueberry aroma layered over very basic, thin notes of malted wheat.

Taste: Sweetish, very lightly tangy taste of crisp wheat crackers. In comes the seemingly artificial blueberry flavoring. No more than a thin measure of hop bitterness, leaving this one to finish as lightly sweet as it began.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied bordering on being watery. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Snoozers. Blue Paw is a truly lackluster base beer dosed with blueberry flavoring. From time to time, I do enjoy a quality wheat ale or fruit beer. Sadly, this one is neither.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright brassy amber with multiple, vigorous bubble streams leading up to a head of lemon-tinted eggshell white. The cap is small and doesn't have much character as it deflates over several minute's time. Unfortunately, there's almost no lace.

I got a huge whiff of blueberry on crown cracking that smelled mighty good. It's a little less impressive now that I'm concentrating on it for real, but it's still better than the nose on the typical blueberry ale. Most importantly, it smells like fresh berries rather than artificial. A little spice would have been nice, but isn't essential.

This is good stuff. It has just the right amount of berry flavor mixed with what tastes like a decent base beer. If I wanted to be picky, I'd like even more fruit. The beer doesn't seem very wheaty to me. There's a little tangy sourness, but I attribute that to the berries more than the wheat.

Blue Paw is more bitter than sweet. Still, hop flavor is in relatively short supply. Blueberry echoes persist for a bit on the finish. Again, I find myself wishing that the delicious berry flavor was even more prominent.

The mouthfeel isn't as lush as it could be, perhaps because of the still kickin' carbonation. It wouldn't be so bad if it was fine-bubbled, but it edges over into frankly fizzy... and shows no signs of calming down as I enter the final third of the bottle.

SDBCBPWBWA is a pretty good version of the style that needs to be slightly more flavorful and a tad less fizzilicious. It can't hold a candle to my favorite blueberry ale (from another Maine brewer, Atlantic Brewing Company), but it's still a worthwhile brew that would be a good summertime quencher if I lived in the Pine Tree State.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.32/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: bottle at POPE, Philly, PA

Poured a clear copper with no head, apart from a few lonely, scattered bubbles. Obvious blueberry aroma, and not a whole lot more going on. Kind of reminded me of some kind of candy I had as a kid...which one, I can't quite put my finger on. Light malty taste, with blueberry and more blueberry flavor going on, with the most subtle touch of orange zest. A little bitter from some floral-seeming hops, giving a dry and somewhat bland aftertaste. Wheaty, but not too harsh or acidic, which is good. Light body, and pretty easily drinkable, but perhaps a bit too fruity for some. But if you order a blueberry beer, it's presumable that you don't mind fruit beers.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.48/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of russpowell
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours honey colored with a 2" white head with effervescence that stuck around the entire taste. No head retention or lacing

Smell: blueberry & honey

Taste: sweetblue berries, some hops bitterness on the back of the tounge, & a pretty nice clean wheat malt taste. Finushes sweet, but semi-refreshing

MF: Good balance, but more carbonation needed

Pretty easy to drink if you can get past the sweetness. Works well as breakfast or dessert beer. Fruitty beer lovers will enjoy this

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Photo of Jason
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz. brown long neck with the freshness date clearly marked.

Appearance: Clear light yellow gold with a very thin ring of lace.

Smell: Mild esters, subtle blueberry and some malt sweetness in the nose.

Taste: Crisp with a balanced blueberry flavour that fades quickly, some sweetness from the malt and a light spicy bite from the grain and hops. Hop bitterness is relaxed yet proportioned nicely.

Notes: A pretty good fruit ale with some character on the side.

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Photo of smcolw
2.88/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very clear for a wheat beer; honey golden in color. No sustainable head and no lace.

Initial aroma of blueberries in cream. The smell turns slightly sour. The wheat is barely noticeable and I cannot detect any hop.

The flavor is decent although it is more tart than I would expect--almost like a cranberry. The blueberry flavors are primarily sour. There is little, if any, counter balance in the malt or hop end of things. I really can't catch the wheat flavor. This is something of a one trick pony.

Being from New England and a lover of blueberries, I was really rooting for this one. Unfortunately, this one misses the mark.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

a - Pours a nice golden color with light carbonation and two inches of white head.

s - Smells of straight up blueberries. Also smells of wheat, bready malts,

t - Tastes of blueberries, bready malts, and

m - Medium body and high carbonation.

d - My girlfriend bought a 6er of this so I decide to try one and was pleasantly surprised. This is one of the better "fruity" beers I've had and if you like blueberries you'll probably love this. Very easy to drink and worth a shot.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Once again, my local, in-person trader tone77 has come through with another new CAN in the furtherance of The CANQuest (TM)! Many thanks.

From the CAN: "Sea Dog Wild Blueberry Wheat Ale features the nutty quench of wheat ale combined with delightful aromatics and subtle blueberry flavor. Our crew brews a full line of award-winning ales that capture the spirit of Maine's sea-faring history. Stop by one of our pubs or visit [their website]. Est. 1993."; "Beer with natural flavor added".

Today's review took place on Memorial Day, 27 Mai 2013.

I not only got a good Crack but the scent of blueberries was immediately apparent. An inverted Glug created a finger of frothy, bone-white head with relatively low retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy golden-yellow. Nose was redolent with blueberries underlain by a light tartness, courtesy of the wheat. It reminded me of blueberry pie when I was a kid and that was my favorite. Mouthfeel was thin, but fizzy, almost like drinking soda pop. The flavor was definitely blueberry and the wheat lent it a nutty, tangy quality to cut the inherent sweetness. Finish was sweet, perhaps too much so to make it sessionable for me, but to each their own.

My original, bottle review was from 07-07-2005 with scores of 4.0; 4.5; 4.0; 3.0 and 3.5.

This poured with a nice, bone white head that just evaporated. It had a huge blueberry nose, like blueberry pancakes. It was a very clear light yellow color. The mouthfeel was somewhat light and, dare I say it?, fizzy. Still, there was a light blueberry taste in the mouth and the finish is dry but with the same blueberry intenseness that I noted on the nose. This is a great summer beer, even for those of us that may not be huge fans of fruit beers.

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