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 pjkelley82
4.12/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great blueberry beer that is not overwhelming with blueberry flavor. what sea dog does well is have the fruit pop out towards the end but before you swallow. Very well balanced and refreshing. This is the perfect beer to hang out in the backyard and is drinkable enough to pound down a few and not get tired of it

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Photo of schoolboy
3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I think this is the second Sea Dog I've tried. The first was an odder fruit to put in a beer (but what fruit isn't odd to put in a beer?) - apricot - but this one doesn't work quite as well. Maybe the blueberries were over-ripe.

The brew is a nice color - nothing odd. It has a fairly weak head.

The aroma is over the top. It smelled like a jar of preserves as I poured it. The taste is almost not over the top, but it is excessively fruity. The fruit taste is out of balance and over powers everything else. It also is a little off. This is especially evident in the aftertaste, but it's everywhere, the aroma too.

While still refreshing, I hate to say that I liked the apricot better.

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Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is bursting with blueberries, very fruity. Taste is tart, wheat, some berries but not overwhelming with them, easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of MarkQ617
2.87/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I had this on tap at Jerry Remy's Seaport. I was looking to try something new, and somehow didn't realize that this would be a blueberry beer from how it was labeled. I actually like fruit beers probably more than most on this site, but generally try to stay away from blueberry. As far as blueberry beers are concerned, this one is slightly better than others I've had (for instance, it didn't have actual blueberries floating around in it when it was served to me). Anyway, the color is pretty enticing with a deep gold and a short, soft head. The berry flavor is a bit strong for my liking, though. Just a little too sweet.

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Photo of Jonada
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle. No freshness date. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden yellow in color with less than a finger of a bone white soapy head. Head dissipated quickly to a very thin collar. Slightly hazy in the glass, but mostly clear.

Smell: Blueberries, wheat, apple. The aroma is not very complex, but is pleasant. Blueberry definitely dominates the nose.

Taste: Same as the nose. Blueberry, sweet malt, wheat, with a hint of graininess in the finish. Blueberry tastes artificial, as opposed to actual blueberries.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a relatively soft mouthfeel. Carbonation on the higher end of medium.

Overall: When it comes to these fruited wheat beers, it seems like if you've had one, you've had them all. This one is no different. Not bad but not at all memorable either.

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Photo of Ford
4.47/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Ok, this is way better than the only other blueberry beer I've tried.. which was a Buffalo Bills....

Plenty of blueberry in the smell and the first taste... but you get the wheatiness in there also.

This beer is very smooth and very easy to drink... man.. I can't wait to have this on a hot summer day.

I really like this beer. I'll be picking up a six pack here and there to enjoy.

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Photo of Hunter
3.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Light amber in color, dense head of white foam that hung about longer than I would have expected.

Smell: The smell of fruit dominates utterly. There's some background of malt, and maybe, just maybe I can get a hint of hop every now and again. But it's really all about the fruit.

Taste: Very sweet. Reminds me of eating Booberry cereal as a child. But perhaps blueberry muffin is a more apt analogy, because one does manage to pick up a little taste of grain.

Mouthfeel: Clean, unoffensive aftertaste of fruit lingers after the swallow.

Overall: So far as fruit beers go, it's not bad. But people who aren't normally fond of the style will likely find the blueberry overwhelming. People who think the only real beer is Belgian, German, or as thick as motor oil will despise it. But if you're open to various styles, it's worth a look. I myself have a soft spot in my heart for it, because it reminds me of a recent trip to Ogunquit, Maine.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured this Blueberry Beer from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a clear yellow golden color, produced a thin white head and left little lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of malted grain and blueberry. Light in body, this ale had a foundation of malted grain, white pepper and blueberry. Overall, not a huge fan of "blueberry" beers but this one was not horrible. Decent session beer...Worth a try!

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Photo of IsaacCraft
4.13/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Oddly enough extremely nice combination of blueberry and beer. You can most definitely taste a strong blueberry flavor, but it doesn't overpower the wheatiness of the beer. The smell sort of reminds me of a blueberry pop-tart. Very happy with this beer.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz twist-off bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
4.7% ABV, "Beer with natural flavor added" Best Enjoyed before J 13 notched on label.

A - Crystal clear golden yellow in color, Sea Dog Wild Blueberry is much darker than one's standard fruit-infused light beer. The tall column of white foam subsides quickly leaving little lace behind.

S - An eruption of blueberry aroma comes from this beer, more artificial than natural, but not syrupy or overburdened with sugar. It's aroma reminds me of the filled Twizzler bites which I'm now craving. Soft wheat and smooth pale malt provide a balancing, hop-less base.

T - Blueberry changes becoming, oddly, more artificial feeling while actually tasting more like real blueberries. Trying to wrap my head around exactly what's going on with the blueberry addition is exhausting, especially since I enjoy it. Moving on, Wild Blueberry has a rather plain, nonintrusive base of pale and wheat malt.

M - Medium-light bodied, Sea Dog Wild Blueberry has a strange "normal" level of carbonation, not a prickly over-carbonated level one might expect. It actually makes the feel a little thin as the beer finishes rather clean, lingering with a hint of the fruit.

O - I immediately feel in love with this beer at World of Beer on Brady Street in Milwaukee, served with a few small blueberries at the bottom of the pint. I find the tap version a bit more elevated than this bottle, but it's quite a refreshing, easy drinking fruit beer with good blueberry taste and wheat smoothness nonetheless.

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Photo of Immortale25
2.87/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a 3/4 inch fizzy white head that immediately dissipates to a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Little to no lacing.

S- Sugary sweet blueberry is detected as soon as the can was popped. In fact, all you can smell is blueberry. There's hardly any trace of wheat malt or alcohol and zero hop aroma.

T- Blueberry syrup and a touch of wheat but there's so much sugary blueberry sweetness, the wheat might as well not bother. Barely any alcohol detected and no bitterness.

M- Medium-low carbonation leaves the beer lame and boring. Body isn't incredibly light but light enough to add to the lack of excitement. The blueberry leaves a light syrupy coating on the tongue.

O- I used to like this beer when I was first getting into "craft" but now I find it way too heavy on the blueberry to the point that it just tastes like blueberry flavored seltzer water. Obviously one that's mainly for the ladies.

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Photo of Murrhey
2.89/5  rDev -17%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured on-tap at the Yardhouse in Costa Mesa, Calif. Reviewed from notes.

A- Two finger white head. Weak retention. Semi-cloudy, pale golden color.

S- Strong with the blueberries. Some light malts as well, but the smell is obviously skewed toward the berries.

T- Wheaty and strong blueberry flavor. Kind of stale and bitter, but doesn't overpower anything.

M- Lighter, very wet and attacking carbonation.

O- Pass on this one. Nice novelty, but grows old very quickly.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.72/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden yellow color with a thin white head, no lacing.

Smell: Blueberries, honey, and wheat.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light bodied. Taste of mild blueberries, alcohol and maybe some honey on the aftertaste.

Overall: Good, average blueberry beer. Nothing special, but not bad. Worth a try if you have the chance.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a very light golden color with white foam. Some violet tinting. Malt nose that evolves into a fruity berry scent. Fruity flavor, first and foremost. Very balanced though, with a mild tart berry finish. Creamy-ish. Good balance between fruit and beer. Quite fruit forward, but never overbearing.

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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 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 tdm168
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - copper with a fizzy white head that fades to a loose, thin lacing

S - sweet blueberry syrup and faint wheat

T - blueberries

M - light bodied, crisp, well carbonated

This is one of the better Sea Dog offerings. They use syrup to add the blueberry flavor, but it doesn't come through as a sticky, syrupy mess. The flavor also doesn't come across as artificial. If you enjoy blueberries then you should give this a try.

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Photo of BOSMECH
5/5  rDev +43.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This stuff is super good it tastes just like a Blueberry milk shake.
Over all it extremly smooth going down and the after taste is soo soo good.
You have to taste this beer, and Maine is also known for it's Blue Berry's (best in the world)
All can say is this beer is just down right great and so smooth, and enjoyable.


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

Appearance - Pours a clear golden color with a good finger head. Average retention. Leaves behind a sparse lacing.

Smell - Predominant blueberry aroma, backed by a subtle bready malt.

Taste - Follows the nose. Heavy blueberry character backed by a lightly toasted, bready malt. Simple, consistent; finishes as it starts.

Mouthfeel - Light body. Modeerate carbonation.

Overall - An easy drinker. Simple and flavorful, but redundant. A treat from time to time.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

OK, I had a little trepidation about this beer, but it was cheap and in the single bottle section of BevMo at Sunnyvale, CA.

Despite my fear this would pour a bright blue colour, instead we get a deep golden hued body, with a slight-bubbled ring of white around the top of the glass. Some patchy lace, but the body is fairly weak. I mean, overall, it's pretty average, but at least it's not actively worrying or offensive.

Nose is very sweet, and very strongly flavoured with blueberry; in its favour, it's a genuine blueberry fruit character, not, as I suspected it might be, a fake flavouring agent to match the feared electric blue body. It's a little one dimensional, but it delivers what it promises at least.

Taste is less sweet than expected, pretty much all the way through the body, until the end, when the blueberry character burgeons again into a earthy berry bite, and the malt gives a battery fullness that mingles into a character that is truly like a blueberry muffin. Closer the front, there's a touch of copper that doesn't quite work, and there's a faint hint of some sort of mealy adjunct early on, but it manages to save itself with some hard swerving back to the centre of the road.

Overall: Not That Bad. And much better than my expectations for it. It manages to pull off real blueberry character rather well in a beer that doesn't have a lot else in its make-up. It's not great, but it does a solid job given its genesis.

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Photo of bluHatter
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice golden wheat color with a smooth white head about one finger high. Lots of rising bubbles.

S: Very strong blueberry without a lot else. Smells slightly fake from afar, but close up it's really fresh and nice and real. Its aroma does spread out quite a ways. Nice.

T: Blueberries. Fruity, sweet. A slight malt flavor. The blueberry is really distinct and clean.

M: Descent carbonation. Light bodied texture, not a lot of 'pop' though. I think it would benefit from just a bit more tingle.

O: A very nice blueberry ale. I'm not usually a fan of fruity ales, but blueberries are an exception when done right - and I think this comes close.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.26/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle served with a tumbler glass at the Cloverleaf Tavern. The bottle had a "best by" date of June 2012.

Blue Paw Wheat Ale pours a crystal clear goldenrod. There's a wispy bit of white foam topping the beer, but it dissipates quickly. No sign of blueberry in the appearance. The nose has plenty of blueberry aroma, with a light bit of wheaty grain to keep things interesting. The flavor profile features the wheat a bit more, and the blueberry tastes very artificial. There's plenty of it there, but it noticeably comes across as being a bit fake. I'd be shocked if all the blueberry here come from anything besides some kind of extract or artificial flavor added right at the end of the brewing process. The mouthfeel is fairly decent, with just a little bit of fullness to the body and enough carbonation that the word "sparkling" comes to mind while drinking it. There's definitely an audience for Blue Dog Wheat Ale, but having had several beers brewed with real fruit, and made one of my own, something like this just doesn't cut it for me.

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Photo of Pegasus
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Slightly hazy medium brown, with a modest white head, thin scattered lacing, slight carbonation.

Aroma: Strong note of blueberries, quite pleasant, with underlying notes of wheat malt, a bit of earthiness, quite pleasant.

Taste: Nice blue berry note at the open, a touch wine-like, with a solid wheat malt backbone. Bread notes play off against a very solid blueberry presence. A bit of bitterness at the close of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft pleasant and full.

Drinkability/notes: Very pleasant and drinkable, quite good.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle, served in a Sam Adams Boston lager sensory glass.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a chalice. May 2012 notched on the bottle.

A: Pours a slightly hazy gold with a 1 finger white head. Head dissipates to the sides within a minute. No visible carbonation or lacing on sides of glass.

S: Heavy hit of blueberries. Fairly one dimensional. I love blueberries so I find it quite inviting.

T: Like the smell it starts off with loads of blueberry. Can pull out some of the wheat in there. Could have some better malt to it. Are there hops in this beer?

M: Fairly crisp. Drinkable.

Overall a great introduction to craft beer for people. On the mark as a blueberry beer but can see how it may be overpowering for some.

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Photo of Oktoberfest
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Lighter yellow and not a lot of head.

Aroma: Not quite a fresh from the oven blueberry muffin but awfully close.

Taste: I'm not a huge fan of fruit beer and yet this one's very drinkable. The blueberry flavor is present, not overpowering, and not artificial. Some fruit beers feel like the berry taste was added by chemists after the fact using beakers full of god knows what. This tastes organic.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated, a little sharp on the tongue, but smooth enough for one more. Or you, know, maybe two more.

Overall: This one's worthy of a try, especially as Winter gives way to Spring. It's light and it's very tasty.

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Sea Dog Blueberry Wheat Ale from Sea Dog Brewing Company
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