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
Reviews:
355
Ratings:
948
Avg:
3.48
pDev:
18.1%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
180
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 355 | Ratings: 948
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 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 justintcoons
3.49/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance
Pale gold with a short head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity with light carbonation.

Nose
Blueberry, raspberry, and Splenda.

Taste
Tastes like blue-raspberry soda with the addition of some bready grains and caramel.

Mouthfeel
Medium-light bodied, clean, and refreshing.

Overall
It's a nice blueberry beer.

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Photo of seedyone
4.07/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

08/25/11 I am liking this one a lot. Spot on summertime taste. Not to much of anything, just a good balance of the wheat ale with some very upfront blueberries.

The folks at Sea Dog say: "delightful aromatics and subtle flavor contributed by Maine wild blueberries." I found the blueberries to be right out front, not that I minded that one iota. Not to sweeten but to balance the tang of the wheat. Great for a hot summer's day.

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Photo of thefullmontiii
3.39/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Could have sworn this was called Blue Paw, but nothing came up under the search. Maybe the bar had it mislabeled on their menu.

Hazy color, no head when brought to my table. Very intense blueberry smell bursts off the top. Tastes about as sweet as it smells, a little on the sweet side, but not what I'd call overwhelming. Doesn't have that syrupy taste of some other fruit brews I've had. I have to say, the blueberry tastes like it's well blended in the malt, doesn't taste artificial or like it was added after the brewing process. If you're looking for hops, though, look elsewhere. I personally enjoy this one, I'm a bit partial to blueberries. Great choice of a dessert beer, or paired with fruit.

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Photo of FLima
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy golden color with a thick white head with medium retention.
Unique aroma with notes of guaraná soda and definitely blueberries.
Likewise flavor of rose petals, clearly blueberries, core of pineapple, ginger and wheat.
Light body with good carbonation. Elegant tartness.
Decent fruit beer, extremely easy to drink. Subtle as the blueberry itself, it sure feels real.

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Photo of JAFoley
3.09/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A - Pale clear yellow body with one finger of bubbly white head. Not too much retention and no lacing to speak of.

S - Just as you would expect, massive amounts of blueberry and nothing else.

T - Very dry and strong blue berry flavors rush in. Slight doughiness in the aftertaste.

M - Light body with moderate carbonation. Very slick and refreshing. Drinks like a soda.

O - While I appreciate having unique varieties of beers to suit different palates, this isn't a beer for me. I used to love this beer around the time I came of drinking age, but my tastes have changed. The beer is very drinkable and certainly not difficult to throw back, but is incredibly one note. I'd love to see variations off of this with a strong malt backbone or possibly an IPA variation. Anyway, this kind of beer is polarizing. It's a great beer for some and a terrible beer for others.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.96/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz on tap at The Porch in Key West, FL 5/27/2014.

A- typical hazy straw yellow body with a nice wheat beer style retention and great lacing.

S- straight up blueberries and pale malt. A bit of banana. But this is the most blueberry forward nose I've ever had the chance to smell.

F- blueberry juice, biscuits, cloves and banana. A bit of a letdown compared to the nose but still very drinkable and flavourful.

M- thin bodied but packed with blueberry jam. A nice banana finish. Very fruity and disappears very quickly.

O- best blueberry nose I've ever smelled. It's like blueberry muffins in a beer. The flavour isn't as packed with blueberries as the nose suggests but this is definitely a good brew.

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Photo of Batsu
2.86/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

I have had a blueberry microbrew before which was quite good, so I was looking forward to this one. However, I ended up quite disappointed.

Appearance is not bad, with a medium gold color and average head that disappeared quickly.

The smell was very nice, with a pronounced blueberry smell with underlaying hops and wheat.

However, when I tasted the brew, all the blueberry taste was hidden under a salty, bitter flavor that stayed on my tongue long after the beer was gone. Very disappointing.

The mouthfeel was okay, with a little heft that was appropriate for the coloring.

Overall, I was upset that the beer flavor did not live up to the name or smell.

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Photo of Mojo
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can -> wheat beer glass

A - pours up a very clear gold with minimal head. The is no retention and no lacing.

S - very fruity blueberry nose with some banana notes as well

T - Taste follows the note. There is a nice big sweet blueberry taste giving way to a mild dry finish. As most wheat beers, there is some banana, coriander, and spicy flavors as well.

M - average with average carbonation. No real aftertaste

O - This is a good beer for a hot summer day. It's very easy to drink and while not a big beer, it isn't bad at all.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden amber color with a two finger head of fizzy white foam. The head fades quite fast leaving only a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – As may be expected, the beer’s aroma is big of a nice blueberry smell. The blueberry, while strong is not artificial, but actually smells rather authentic of blueberries. This blueberry aroma is mixed with some aromas of a light wheaty nature as well as a bit of a floral smell, with the overall aroma being very sweet and fruity.

Taste – The taste begins much drier then the nose would have suggested. It begins with a semi-sweet blueberry flavor mixed with a decent sum of a wheaty flavor. These two flavors create a base for the brew, both remaining relatively constant throughout the flavor profile. As the flavor advances some light earthy and floral notes come to the tongue along with some more grainy like tastes. At the end of the taste, a grassy flavor comes to the tongue, leaving a rather interesting blueberry in a field (wheat/grass/hay like) flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather thin and light with a carbonation level that is rather high. Both are quite nice for the style and make for a more crisp and refreshing brew, which match well the wheat and fruit flavors of the brew.

Overall – A rather easy drinking fruit beer. It is nothing outstanding, but in terms of making for a not overly sweet, but moderately blueberry fruited flavored brew, this one has it right. Not too bad.

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Photo of Hendry
3.96/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Straw colored pour,minimal white head,minimal lacing.

Blueberries are the most prominent aroma here with typical wheat beer properties.

While on the sweet side, there is a time and a place to enjoy this blueberry bomb of a wheat beer. SDBWA is a nice Summer beverage when you want something light and refreshing.

Mouthfeel relatively thin, lots of carbonation.

Guilty of enjoying this one every once in a while: nothing stellar, but a nice change of pace. Some find the blueberry flavor artificial, but I think it is pleasant and worth trying once or twice.

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Photo of BierJager89
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light copper with a small white head.

S: Nose is loaded with blueberries, and a touch of wheat.

T: Strong wheat backbone, with solid blueberry overtones and a decent malty finish. A bit tart.

M: Medium bodied and on the smooth side.

O: Pretty good. Not as dry as their raspberry beer, but I think that's more apt for the blueberry admixture. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes fruit infused wheat beers.

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Photo of 57md
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a dark straw with a half finger of fizzy head. The nose has distinct blueberry notes. Blueberries are upfront in the flavor profile as well. The finish is slightly tarty and slightly sweet from the fruit. The wheat is hardly discernible throughout.

This would be a great beer to serve with a summer brunch featuring blueberry pancakes.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.29/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours translucent gold with faint white head that quickly disappears and leaves very little lace.

Smell is of grainy malt, blueberry and faint biscuity bread.

Taste is earthy, grainy malt with blueberry added.

Mouthfeel is water and light bodied with medium carbonation.

Somewhat disappointing. Watered down and thin. The blueberry flavor comes across as artificial.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.32/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy Orange/amber with moderate foam and decent lacing.

Smell: Blueberry muffin. The blueberry is very strong and lingers in the air even after the beer is gone.

Taste: Wheat, malt, and blueberry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, very little aftertaste.

The Verdict: Not bad. While the blueberry aroma is over the top, the taste is actually muted. This may be the best blueberry brew I’ve had, though the bar is admittedly low.

*PRO TIP: A shot of berry flavored vodka gives it a really nice kick. **This may be one of the best uses of berry flavored vodka.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.72/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 1004-0804. Sampled on September 5, 2013.

It has a slightly cloudy pale yellow pour with a white head the erupts at first but settles down in seconds.

On the nose there are plenty of fresh Maine blueberries but at the same time the wheat is a bit more forward than some of their other fruity-wheat ale. Yeast and bitter also in the aroma.

Light to medium body.

In the taste there is also a good blueberry note but then I get something else akin to pale and wheat malts. But none of that is front and center. It is more subdued but noticeable. For a fruit beer this is not bad.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Surprise find at Trader Joes!

This poured a nice golden tan color.

The blueberry aroma strikes you at first, gently, with a delicate note of fresh aroma. The flavor has a nice blueberry note to it. It’s crisp with a sweet tinge and a pleasing carbonation. Not sure where the wheat comes from--hefe?--as it's more of a flavored blonde ale. Still, I’d have another on a summer day.

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Photo of B0dacious187
3.69/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Was quite impressed by this beer, took me by surprise. Tastes like a liquid blueberry muffin. Strong blueberry flavor up front followed by a biscuit/bread flavor at the end. Definitely will buy again and look forward to trying Sea Dog's other fruit beers.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz pour on-tap

light and airy wheat with a hint of blueberry that expands to dominate the aftertaste at times. the smell is heavy on blueberry as well. its got sweet malt, not too sweet, but not much for hops. feel is okay, pretty average on the whole here.

nice easy drinking fruit beer, good intro beer for people not into craft brew

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Photo of SpasmWaiter
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I cant explain it with this beer. I don't usually care for fruit beers in general, but there is just something about this beer that I very much enjoy. Its ALL about the blueberry with this beer. Its very much the dominating flavor. If given the chance try this beer ice cold on a hot day.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another offering from Sea Dog - this one, their Wild Blueberry...I found it a bit better than their Raspberry.

The beer wasn't as sweet or overpowering than the raspberry offering. Although it wasn't much to look at or feel, it was good. Unlike the raspberry, which tasted more like a wine cooler than anything else, the wild blueberry mixed well with the hops and malts both in taste and in the smell. Overall, it's good, refreshing, and quite crisp - a good summertime brew to share with friends and family.

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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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Photo of scratch69
3.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear golden color with a fingers worth of head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Blueberries and wheat malt.

Taste- Wheat malt and fresh blueberry flavors

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and smooth with an average amount of carbonation.

Overall- Very enjoyable beer. One of the better blueberry flavored beers that I've had.

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Photo of DeFaz
3.86/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

More tart than most blueberry beers and with a greater wheat presence, this beer still manages to have a fresh blueberry taste, an inviting smell, and near-perfect mouthfeel. The carbonation is not excessive (a mistake of many fruit beers) and the beer goes down very, very easily without being too thin. It doesn't contain artificial flavors.

Overall, a great summer beer that tastes almost as good as Sam Adams Blackberry Witiber.

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Sea Dog Blueberry Wheat Ale from Sea Dog Brewing Company
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