Wachusett Blueberry Ale | Wachusett Brewing Company

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Wachusett Blueberry AleWachusett Blueberry Ale

Brewed by:
Wachusett Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This ale defines the style. A slight aroma of blueberry, balanced by a subtle flavor that gets fermented into this delicious wheat ale.

Added by Todd on 11-28-2001

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Photo of billybob
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

light golden in color with a three finger white head that held fairly well and a small amount of lace. faint but pleasant blueberry aroma. taste is mild blueberry with some bready malt, clean and light on the palate with a light carbonation. better than some i have tried. good for more than one beer.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass. For Freshest Taste Enjoy By Dec notched on the label. Poured a pale, translucent yellow with a half-inch, loose white head that eventually settles into a solid skim. Some slashes of lacing revealed during the session. Nose was blueberries (duh) and a little peppery towards the back - not really getting a lot of sweetness off the nose (not a bad thing). Taste consistent with nose with some wheat qualities coming out towards the back. Mouthfeel is light and sparklingly effervescent, perhaps a little gassy, with a fairly clean and dry finish. This is probably one of the best blueberry beers I've had. Not too sweet, quite sessionable at 4.40% abv and fairly refreshing. Well worth your time.

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Photo of masterbruewer
3.84/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a dark golden color with a moderate white head and solid lacing with light carbonation.

The smell was blueberry and a creamy/buttery scent. Kind of like a blueberry pancake.

The taste started out with a creamy malt flavor with the blueberry flavor slowly becoming more pronounced. In the the end the flavors balance very well and this ale is quite tasty.

The mouthfeel is average, but a little tart.

This is a pretty drinkable beer. The fruit flavor is present but not so much as to be sickeningly sweet after a couple.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- It is a good looking beer. Great gold color, head and lace.

Smell- It has a strange hard to explain berry like odor. Like hops and berries.

Taste- Not overdone at all a great blend of hops, malt and berries.

Mouthfeel- Light with a sharp aftertaste. There is a little fizz bite but it is pretty weak.

Drinkability- A great example of this style beer.

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Photo of CHickman
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear yellow gold color with very active carbonation racing up the brew to a creamy white colored head that faded average time and left excellent lacing coating the sides and a layer on top. They added blueberries and the blueberries dropped up and down like frogs dipping to the bottom and then popping slowly back up. A great looking fruit beer.

Smells of blueberry, corn, light citrus hops, biscuit, mixed berries, light caramel and grains. Perhaps the real blueberries floating in it give it the great aroma, but this smells like a handful of real blueberries - very nice either way.

Tastes like it smells with fresh blueberries, light citrus hops, biscuit, mixed berries like raspberry or strawberry, light caramel, bread crust and grains. Smells better than it tastes, but it's still better than most fruit beers.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery, with a very light body, very minimal carbonation which fades off like a lager with a nice fruity finish. Overall it was very tasty, easy to drink and enjoyable.

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Photo of jneiswender
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought as a single bottle at the grocery store.

Poured into a 4oz sample glass.

Poured very pale, white grape juice look. Very few bubbles and a fast dying lace.

No hop smell, some sweet malt. The blueberry smell is quite apparent but not fake or extract smelling.

In spite of little visible carbonation, the beer is quite fizzy tasting. Sweet malt taste followed by a nice fresh tasting blueberry flavor. I am kind of surprised by the taste. No fake berry flavor, or overly sugary. Actually tastes like real blueberries. Sweet, tart and a little tannic. Just like the the berry itself.

Overall, not bad for a fruit beer. The ale part of this is actually quite good. Certainly makes the overall product very nice. I guess my only reservations what to drink it with. I don't think I could take drinking it all night and don't know what I would eat it with. I feel its limited in how much of it you can drink and when. Maybe a good appertif beer.


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Photo of StevieW
3.82/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Sparkling golden color. Some sticky white lacing. Blueberry smell was evident from the pop of the cap. Big Fresh blueberry smell with lots of bubbling carbonation presence.
Taste was loaded with blueberries, and fairly refreshing. Hints of malt and grain under there. Kinda like a golden or blonde ale. Nicely done blueberry beer, lots of fruit flavors.Light bodied, lots of carbonation. Refreshing and drinkable at least. I kinda like the blueberry beers, and look forward to trying this one again next summer. This one is right up there with Atlantic Brewing Bar Harbor Blueberry version.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This will be the first of many New England salutes by The CANQuest (TM) this weekend, following Winter Storm Nemo. I was in Rhode Island last weekend, visiting my buddy, attending the Albany Devs/PVD B's game and getting my picture taken at the Inaugural RI Brewfest, held at the Pawtucket Armory. I am glad that it was last weekend and another trip is in the offing this spring.

From the CAN: "Ale with Natural Blueberry Flavor Added"; "100% Endlessly Recyclable CAN"; "Pack It In, Pack It Out"; "Enjoy with friends [undersigned the brewer]".

The Crack & Glug released a cloud of blueberry odor into the air. As I was sitting in my kitchen, I was put in mind of blueberry pancakes. I had a brief finger of fizzing bone-white head with low retention. Out, out, brief head! Color was a bright sunshine-yellow with NE-quality clarity. There was really no need for me to hold it up to my nose, but I did anyway and got a whiff of full-on blueberry. Yum! Moutfeel was medium and the taste was nowhere near as sweet as the nose had led me to expect. Frankly, I was thankful as I am not big on sweet anything, especially beer. It tasted more like blueberry pie, slightly biscuity with a mild berry tartness. I love blueberry pie and so by extension, I really liked this beer. It would probably be better on a hot summer's day, but still ... The other thing that I might recommend is something that I have seen at BOS Beew Works - thaw some frozen blueberries and put them into the beer for an added shot of blueberry.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have not really found a blueberry ale I enjoy yet, so I'll give this one a chance. 12oz bottle, freshest by October 2011...

A: A perfectly clear very light yellowish / white brew that is almost as light as water. A tiny white head that fades quickly to a small white ring around the top of the brew. Decent.

S: I get blueberry sweetness upfront with some mild malt and hop in the middle. Not much else. Ok.

T: A mild sweet malt starts upfront with a nice balance of blueberry quickly followed. A very nice clean light malty middle with a very good grainy backend. Good.

M: Medium body with a great carbonation. A nice clean malty finish. Very good.

O: All in all, this is a good beer. Not amazing, but very solid. I really enjoy that the taste is very balanced and not overwhelming blueberry. It has a nice malt backbone. Good to try if you want a light, well balanced, fruit beer.

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Photo of generallee
3.72/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. There is a best before the month of Oct. notched on the label.

Appearance: It has a pale yellow body with a slightly hazy appearance. The pour yields a tall bright white head that fades down to just a ring of bubbles. Lacing is slick and slides right down the glass.

Smell: The aroma has hits you with notes of blueberry as soon as the cap is popped off. Natural blueberry, grain and some mild spicy hops are all noticeable in the nose.

Taste/Mouth: The flavor is a copy of the aroma. There are light blueberry notes mixed into light pale grain and biscuit malt with a touch of spicy (peppery) hops. It finishes a little tangy and with some hops bitterness and spice. The palate has a light to medium body with some active, almost fizzy carbonation.

Notes: It has a decent blueberry flavor but it is just a little bit on the thin side. Still, its not bad at all and very refreshing.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.72/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at slightly warmer than fridge temperature.

L - Pale gold color with a 1 finger white bubbly head. Good retention, very good carbonation, nice lacing.

S - Lots of blueberries (like the actual fruit, not artificial blueberry juice), maybe a tiny bit of citrusy hops, and cereal and bready maltiness.

T - The sweet and bready maltiness followed by the tangy taste of blueberries. Nicely balanced, not too sweet and not artificial with the blueberry flavor at all. A little bit of a metallic taste but not bad.

F - Light-to-medium bodied, lots of tingling carbonation, sweet and dry finish. Mouth-coating and dry feel. No sign of any alcohol throughout.

O - This is a very nice fruit beer. This is one of the only blueberry beers that I've had that actually tastes like real berries instead of manufactured juice. On the sweeter side but very sessionable and very fit for a nice, hot summer day.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A best by Feb notch so I'd better hurry!

Pours a chill hazy straw topped with a settle ivory skim head cap and loaded with a suds army rising to the surface.

Aroma is full of blueberry and light leafy grain. Some Earthiness to boot!

First swigs: Refreshing clean blueberry middle and some lemon zest. A slight linger of sweet berry.

Body is light and lean. Great crips clean feel. No argument from this beer. Maybe could use some deeper body, but fruit beers are always welcome here.

Last swigs: It's February but this makes me want to bust out the mower and grill! Easy swiggin' pleasureable ale. I haven't had this one in a while. Glad to try again. Aquired i a trade with masterbruewer.

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Photo of UncleFlip
3.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The way it looks in a glass, it could be any of the big macro brews... light white head topping a pale golden yellow.

Where it gets different is the aroma. There's a definite blueberry overtone- but sort of a slightly artificial tone. It's not what oyu;d expect with fresh blueberries- but rather, blueberry flavouring. There's also a slight banana tone in the smell.

A bit hoppy at the start, with a spicy bottom. The top flavour is all blueberry- but again, not so much fresh blueberry as blueberry flavouring. However, it is not unpleasant.

Ths one is fizzy and crisp, very light- yet sometimes bordering on being just a touch watery.

Not a bad session beer- particularly in warmer months. I don' know I' seek it out, but I wouldn' turn it down, either.

Be well

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Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry pale malt scent along with a light blueberry aroma. The taste is decent also. It has a dry, yet fruity flavor that boasts of pale malts and blueberries. The fruit content is good, but I'm not sure that blueberry is my favorate beer fruit. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good fruit beer. It has a light and refreshing flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and fruity; a good drinker.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have had this on several occasions and it has varied. I will stick with my original review though. Pours a slightly hazed straw with minimal head. Nose is pure beautiful blueberry. Flavor is a good mix of beer and the flavor. Mild blueberry tones, but it actually tastes like a real blueberry and not some horrid imitation of it. Feel is nice with a thick carbonation to it. Very drinkable, if this is your thing. I am on a quest to find the best blueberry beer as I am a blueberry addict and this is the best I have tried so far.

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Photo of Huffs
3.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a sam adams glass and a nice dense white head developed which had great retention and lacing for a lighter beer. Appearance was a golden / straw color with a slight haze. Aroma was very fruity and definitely of blueberry. Almost a cake like aroma. Tasted of blueberry with hints of wheat and grain. Very light mouthfeel with a light, almost sweet aftertaste.

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Photo of zdk9
3.66/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Ithaca Ale House. Pint glass was topped off with some fresh blueberries which was a great addition- you could really compare actual blueberry flavor to the beer's blueberry flavor.

A- Came out a light golden with a fingers worth of head and fairly strong lacing.

S- Some fruitiness, mostly blueberry on first impact followed by some sweet maltiness of white bread and sweet cinnimon buns.

T- Right on in my opinion of the balance between fruit and beer. The fruit flavor is there but not dominating, allowing the flavors of both the malt and the hops to come through. The malt is sweet and milky while the hops are light and slightly lemony. I found the combination to be right up my alley.

M- Here the sweetness was just too much though I debated whether or not I would really like more bitterness in a fruit beer. It's kinda nice to get a change from the bitterness of IPAs and roasted malt beers.

D- I really enjoyed this beer for what it is. You're not going to find a ton of malt or hop flavor but you will find a distinct blueberriness that combines with standard beer flavors to create a delicious combination.

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Photo of MattFrenzy
3.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Oh man... I bought a six pack of this on a whim to contrast my Victory Imperial Stout for the night, and what a nice surprise. This beer is quality, if you like fruit beers, that is. The blueberry taste is right out in front and can be a bit fake at times, but the aroma is heavenly. Sweet as can be, almost soda like. Extremely refreshing. I'll be buying more of this on hot august days.

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Photo of RoadLizard
3.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very golden, light color with a carbonated, fizzy head that goes away quick. Smell is mainly of blueberry with a little grain mixed in.

Ive tried several blueberry ales and this one is about par for the course. The blueberry flavor is subtle but thats OK since its not supposed to taste like blueberry juice. There are a few other flavors trying to get through, like some general malty sweetness but thats about it. No hops or bitterness to speak of but I dont expect that from the style. The carbonation is slightly higher than Id like but it mellows out about halfway through the glass. Its a decent example of the style. Nothing more, nothing less.

It seems people get confused about these beers - they want complexity & lots of mixed flavors or they get upset because the blueberry flavor doesnt jump out like a monster in a horror movie. Neither approach is correct. Its a better summer beer served cold than a winter beer. If you like this style, go ahead and try this. If you are looking for it to be some complex, multi-layered beer....dont bother.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.62/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a good looking, crisp light golden colour with a foamy white head atop the liquid. Head leaves a smattering of residue on the glass after each sip, and also has decent retention time before settling into a thin lace.

The aroma is mainly blueberry, but I picked up a bit of citrus as well as a bit of spice. Reminds me somewhat of Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat with a blueberry twist.

Flavour is very much in line with the aroma: blueberries once again steal the show, but they are cut with a fair amount of citrus flavour and once again seemingly with a touch of spice. There's a bit of a graininess/grassiness here as well. Mouthfeel is light bodied and makes for a refreshing change of pace.

I enjoyed this one more than I expected to. As mentioned, it reminds me a bit of Leinie's Sunset Wheat and perhaps a bit like Long Trail's Blackbeary Wheat, although this one is much bolder than the latter. Don't think I could drink this one often but would easily enjoy it when I did, especially in the warmer months. I'm surprised to say this, but this one's definitely worth a shot...

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Photo of buschbeer
3.62/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes June 2, 2011
12oz bottle
Served in a pint glass

A - It pours yellow in color and clear. It is capped with three inches of white head.

S - Blueberries. Enough said.

T - The taste is dominated by blueberries but I also get some wheat malt.

M - Thin with lots of carbonation.

O - It is an average offering.

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Photo of LarryV
3.62/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not normally a fan of fruit flavored beers, but I do think Wachusett did a good job with this brew. Pours a pale golden color with a pleasant, but not overwhelming aroma of blueberries. The head is minimal and dissipates fairly quickly. The taste is well balanced, the blueberry flavor doesn't overwhelm but mingles well with the maltiness of the beer. Quite refreshing on a hot summer day, and easy to down a few of these without getting tired of the blueberry flavor.

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Photo of sethmeister
3.62/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into pint glass; served slightly chilled.

Big fuzzy white head atop sparkling clear straw-gold body.

Scent is immediately blueberries from the moment the cap is cracked. A hint of toasted wheat.

Taste is obviously blueberries. There's a warm toasty flavor as well and a sweet finish. A blueberry muffin if you will. The taste does not become cloying, medicinal or artificial. As you get further into the glass a very slight citrus hop presence makes itself known.

Mouthfeel is crisp to start but ends a bit watery. Carbonation is low to moderate.

Drinkability is good. I can certainly imagine enjoying a few of these on a warm summer day.

Not my favorite blueberry beer (I prefer Bar Harbor's version) but certainly not a bad one.

Think I'll top the rest of this with a stout and make a black and blue!

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.62/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This ale poured a clear, yellow color with white foam. The smell was a strong, blueberry "Poptart" kind of smell. The taste was a sweet blueberry taste with malt and a bit of hops in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with medium-light body and a mildly hoppy, blueberry aftertaste. This was a pretty decent blueberry beer, but a bit on the sweet side to want to drink much more than one.

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Photo of Bassetdawg
3.62/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle

Appearance: light golden color, thin white head with little retention, and some lacing.

Aroma: a wonderful blueberry aroma –

Taste and Mouthfeel: crisp mouthfeel. Light taste of blueberry perhaps a bit too light.

Drinkability: Not bad, but I probably would not go out of my way to drink it again. It smells better than it tastes.

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Wachusett Blueberry Ale from Wachusett Brewing Company
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