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Wachusett Blueberry Ale | Wachusett Brewing Company

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Wachusett Blueberry AleWachusett Blueberry Ale

Brewed by:
Wachusett Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

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 donkeyrunner
3.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, dark straw color. Fizzy white head with struggling lace and retention.

Smells of blueberries and with juicy hop backing. Not horribly artificial like many blueberry beers.

Tastes of blueberries and light malt. The Juicey Fruit hops from Wachusetts IPA make an appearance here, albiet much milder. Blueberry flavor fairly reserved and favorable to drinking multiples. Medium body and crisp mouthfeel.

The archetypical blueberry beer IMO. I was a gateway beer for me so I am unabashedly biased.

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Photo of Damian
3.57/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Drank on-tap at Penguin Pizza, Boston, MA

Poured a pale straw yellow with no head but only a thin film of white froth. Rather macro-like in appearance.

The aroma was astounding. Blueberries, blueberries and more blueberries. I could smell the beer from nearly two feet away. Freshly pureed blueberries, to be specific. There might have been other subtle aromas in this brew but they were most definitely overshadowed by the overwhelming fruitiness (and that was perfectly fine by me).

The taste however was disappointing. Some husky maltiness came through up front, along with a faint, artificial blueberry flavor. Crisp, lemony and tart in the center. The beer finished quite sour and dry with some noticeable skunkiness.

Mouthfeel was very thin with an excessive amount of carbonation. The beer turned to instant froth once it hit my tongue.

Drinkability was good. This is a light and refreshing brew, perfect for drinking on a hot summer day. It may not be the most flavorful beer in the world, but it is rather quaffable.

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Photo of EkimGram
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very light and thin amber/wheat colour. Translucent. Thin head, pretty carbonated.

Smell: Much blueberries, almost instantly when poured into a pint glass.

Taste: Very slight hint of blueberries, definitely not as much as found in the smell. There is a slight bitterness to the aftertaste, maybe a little bit of hops.

Mouthfeel: Very clean, light, and refreshing. There is a decent amount of carbonation that lingers.

Drinkability: Definitely drinkable. This was consumed at room temperature, may be tastier and more refreshing at a cooler temperature. Would be great during the warmer part of the year.

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Photo of erosier
3.54/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a golden yellow color with a white head that laces the glass OK. The aroma is of sweet malts and then blueberry. The taste delivers just that. The light but sweet malt backbone is good but the blueberry flavor is the main flavor and kind of takes over the beer. The blueberry is really sweet like a blueberry pancake sweet, kind of like a blueberry syrup. The mouthfeel is nice - very smooth and the drinkability is OK but a little sweet.

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Photo of aestrivex
3.54/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An acceptable, reasonably good fruit ale but nothing to write home about. Mild smell with a hint of blueberry. The beer lacks a bit of taste, straddling the line a bit between wheat beer and tasteless light beer, perhaps leaning a little bit towards the latter. Leaves an enjoyable but not overpowering blueberry aftertaste. A perfectly acceptable selection when a mellow summer beer is desired.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)


A clear golden yellow with a quickly forming white head and plenty of visible carbonation. Falls away quickly but leaves nice lacing down the glass.

Aromas of fresh blueberries and some mild grain. Simple, sweet, and fresh.

Taste follows the nose as this tastes more like fresh blueberries than it does of any hop or malt character. As a fan of blueberries, I'm fine with this, but it's not much more than blueberry sweetness and a hint of bready grains to go along with it. Simpe, sweet.

Pleasant enough, a touch syrupy, but good carbonation.

A simple and sweet blueberry treat. I couldn't drink more than one, but it's certainly tasty and the blueberry flavor seems authentic and fresh. A pleasure to drink one, but I wouldn't think of having more than that.

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Photo of plaid75
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Lark, East Northport, New York.

Poured a dark straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a full on blueberry muffin.

The taste consisted of upfront blueberries with a light malt and a lingering sweetness.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty but overly sweet ale.

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Photo of DrJay
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear light gold colour with a short white cap of moderately sized bubbles. Decent head retention with a bit of short-lived lace. Strong blueberry aroma with a bit of malt, kind of reminds me of blueberry pancakes or dried blueberries with cereal. Tastes about the same, but with mild bitterness as well. Carbonation would have been rough if it was higher, but since it was on the low side it had a soft texture. Light bodied. I enjoyed this. It was fruity without being cloying and fairly refreshing.

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Photo of Brew_42
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear golden color with a moderate sized white head.

Smells like a blueberry muffin. This is the best part of the beer.

Tastes- As advertised. Blueberries is the main flavor and there is a hint of bready malts but subtle in comparison to the blueberry.

Mouthfeel-This is my problem with this beer, great smell, decent taste, but it is for the most part kind of watery and light.

Overall- Decent fruit beer. Nothing that will knock your socks off but a dect beer if you want some fruitiness and its easy to find on tap.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer was usually served at the bar with blueberries in the glass. Needless to say, I asked for it without the blueberries. I hate it when a place serves you a beer with something added, without asking you.

This beer was a clear yellow, with a half-finger head with good lacing.

The aroma was very mild, with light blueberries and light malts, and a very mild floral hop fragrance.

Taste was of light malts and bready, with a very light blueberry flavor. It was slightly bitter. Overall it was quite mild... if it was cheaper and if I hadn't been driving, I would have tried it with blueberries.

Mouthfeel was average overall... not chewy but not too thin.

Drinkability was quite good. You could down quite a few of these without problem.

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Photo of Gavage
3.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a clear pale yellow color with a 1" head that falls quickly. No lacing develops. Very light carbonation levels.

Smell: blueberry is easily detectable.

Taste: malt levels are light and the blueberry is not offensive all. Mild bitterness, bit of grass, and an overall dryness rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: mildly crisp at the start, smoother towards the finish. Very dry throughout. Light in body.

Drinkability: not voerly exciting, and I found this to be a bit to dry and not as refreshing as expected. Fruit flavor is nice, but one of these in a session suffices for me.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a wheat ale glass in Seekonk MA. From notes consumed on 10-8-2012.

A fourteen carat gold body, quite clear, with lively carbonation. Head is presented about a finger deep with a very bright white and also a real creamy appearance. Beer is also served with floating blueberries in the glass though.

Nose brings some light blueberries sort of canned smelling, even a little bit of a powdery yeast bent also. Not too bad.

Palate hits with very light malts, but not much beer like backbone. Creamy blueberry fruit character hits in the finish just barely, but with some toasty grain qualities. Mouthfeel actually has a bit of pleasant creamy character as well, but a little thin.

Overall not too bad, a fairly enjoyable fruit beer, although I wish they would stop serving these things in places with blueberries in them.

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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a growler of this at Skibbo's Discount Beer & Soda in the Bronx on 5/3 and waited till the last glass(4) until I penned this here review.

A: Poured a slightly hazed copper with minimal head.

S: Nose was a subtle blueberry boquet.

T: Good mix of medium hops and namesake flavor.

M: At first is thick but becomes waterery with time.

D: Quite easy on the pallet but would like to try again to see if sharper.

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Photo of linusbwell
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first ever fruit beer!

Very light yellow. White head.

Smells like, well, blueberries with a mild yeast aroma.

Flavor is blueberry as well, but somehow artificial.

Very drinkable, but not sure I could really drink a LOT of this beer over the course of the night.

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Photo of Andy
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly darker than straw color. Quickly disapating head. Deep but distant blueberry aroma. Not sweet like flavor extract beers. Slight blueberry flavor upfront quickly subsides to tasteless, wheaty middle, drawn out wheat on palate. blueberries reappear in finish and mix with some bitter to balance

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pale straw color. One finger head.

S- Grainy, grassy, and (yes) blueberries. Sweet as well. Fruit smell is the difference maker from this just smelling like an American lager.

T- Sweet, tart blueberries, with a grainy, malty backbone. Just like a blueberry pancake! Not bitter. Very clean tasting.

M- Light to Medium mouthfeel; not too dry. Initial sip is watery. It's easy to drink for sure, but just a little too much carbination is my only complaint.

*Overall this is a nice beer that is easy on the drinking and pleasant in taste. This is good with a few fresh or frozen blueberries to enhance the flavor. They also look cool and they move up and down in the glass.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.47/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had the Wachusett Blueberry Ale out of a 12 oz bottle. Oct was notched for "freshest taste enjoy by". It tasted fresh.

The beer poured with a minimal head, but on par with this type of ale. I noticed some serious carbonation bubbles. This beer had a slight yellow color to it.

The taste is clean and crisp. The sweetness is right up for from the blueberries. There is a syrupy finish.The blueberry presence is righ there. It's not overpowering like some interpretations of this style, but its also not missing like some blueberry ales.

Not the best blueberry ale I have had to date, but good. Very drinkable beer in hot weather.

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Photo of Durge
3.46/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very pale yellow gold brew with a full fluffy white head and a great coat of lacing poured cold into a glass mug. The aroma is strictly a delightful blueberry, not much more than that. The taste is very light and effervescent with white bread and light blueberry and biscuit. For blueberry's sake this is alright but as beer goes I have had a little better fruit combos. But definitely not a bad option for a hot summer day with something a little different. Very drinkable.

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Photo of BlueHammer
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I really enjoy tasting blueberry beers. As this one goes, it's not bad, but it wouldn't top the list as my favorite. Served in a bottle, it poured a sharp, translucent golden color with a fine white head. It smelled citrusy and a little floral. First taste was also citrusy, the blueberry flavor was just an undertone. The flavor ended with a bit of a hoppy bite that ledt an almost smoky aftertaste. It was a refreshing beer, coming in from the heat of summer, drinkable and fairly smooth.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance - Clear yellow color. Poured a large head, but then went down to a pond of foam. Left some lace.

smell - blueberry smell , not much going on.

taste - Taste of blueberries, and some light hops. Very watery. Not one of the better blueberry ales I have had.

mouthfeel - Light, watery.

drinkability - I added some actual blueberries to the mix. See if it would improve the taste, was not impressed on the taste. I have had better.

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Photo of PaddyDragons
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Wachusett Blueberry is an acceptable beer overall, it has a very light feel, comparable to bud light with a just a hint of blueberry flavor but a huge hit of blueberry aroma. A good summer beer that is easy drinking but not anything fantastic, a would recommend beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is bursting with blueberries, some sweetness. Taste is slightly tart, the berries not nearly as strong as the aroma, pretty refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of Admiraldinty
3.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Pickadilly Pub. Unfortunately this beer was about two months past its prime. The waitress claimed it wasn't a big seller. Poured a pale amber with a minimal head. Blueberry smell (just a blueberry flavoring) is quite strong. That's really the only aroma that's detectable apart from the grainy beer smell. Tastes mildly of blueberries - not overpowering. Fairly crisp. Ends on the dry side. Of the two blueberry flavored beers I've reviewed this is the better. Nonetheless, it's nothing to write home about. Just tastes like an average beer with a bit of fake blueberry flavoring.

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Photo of Tbn2
3.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to pint glass

A-Body pours clear and golden in color with no head to speak of.

S-A powerful smell of blueberries hits you off the bat. Some sweet malt aroma is also present. No hop presence to speak of.

T/M-Tastes a lot like the smell. Blueberries hit you off the bat and the taste changes to a balance between the blueberries and a sweet malty flavor. No hops present. The mouthfeel is a little watery and I feel like the carbonation is too high. It certainly tingles (almost burns) on the way down. This is more like a sparkling wine or champagne.

Overall....this is a good beer for those that like lighter beers or would like to try fruit beers. Wachusett makes some other great styles as well. Give them a try.

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Photo of gentlebubbles
3.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

on tap at Redbone's bestowed by the beer wheel

Very pretty pale gold with creamy, fluffy white head that leaves lovely laddering on the glass.

Overwhelming blueberry aroma, and taste? Lemme guess: blueberry, blueberry, blueberry, blueberry...I want a bowl of Froot Loops.

Somewhere buried in there is a perfectly decent pale ale, with a light toasty malt and lemony hops that support the fruitiness quite well.

Thin-bodied with crisp carbonation.

Erm. Not for me, thanks. But if you like blueberry flavor without excessive sweetness, you might like this a lot.

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Wachusett Blueberry Ale from Wachusett Brewing Company
3.35 out of 5 based on 445 ratings.
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