Blueberry Lager | Rivertown Brewery & Barrel House

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Brewed by:
Rivertown Brewery & Barrel House
Ohio, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
uicy, crisp, clean and invigorating, this American Fruit Beer pours a brilliant golden hue as bright as the summer sun. With a sweet, malt-tinged, fruity aroma, our Blueberry Lager strikes a refreshing balance between its American 2 Row malt base and vivid Blueberry flavor resulting in a beer that is the perfect pour for the long, lazy, hazy days of Summer.

Added by cosmo4u on 08-12-2011

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Ratings: 86 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by DeFaz:
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2.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

"Lager with artificial flavor added" reads the bottle.

There are some very negative reviews on this beer, and while I didn't love this, I didn't think it was terrible by any means. Perhaps they have changed the recipe over the last couple years. The main problem is that the blueberry doesn't taste natural (and it's not). Another problem is that there are some strange flavors, like corn and grain, which just don't work so well with the blueberry. The blueberry, which is not overpowering and not too sweet, tastes alright. There's nothing about it that tastes fresh, but there's nothing really offensive either. It's not hard to find a better blueberry beer, and I recommend Sea Dog.

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Photo of tbryan5
2.57/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This one comes off as a little too artificial for me. It is a good beer but lacks complexity and body. I'm glad I was able to try it. Blueberry flavoring but not a whole lot else.

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3/5  rDev -3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

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

Typically not my cup of tea, but let's try it anyways just to see how this version came out. Pours a slightly hazed golden hue, with a bright white head forming thick. Dwindles pretty quickly, leaves behind speckled lacing down the sides of my pint glass. Aroma has tart blueberry notes, pretty artificial a lot like Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat, not a bad beer and has definitely caught on as the Fruity Pebbles beer. Flavor has a syrupy blueberry note, amongst a pale bread like malt backdrop, nothing cloying about it actually quite refreshing a bit of dry chalk yeast flavor. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied sturdy carbonation, these short stubby bottles look great the labels are attractive but so far their beer has been sort of lackluster. Overall, not the most impressive offering but a solid summer beer that leaves out off flavors like band aid/wet cardboard that I've experienced in some of their other offerings.

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Photo of JMA-DAD
3.54/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LXIXME
3.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big white head falls into a thin lacing above a clear straw golden colored beer.

Initially has a very strong blueberry aroma but as it sits the grain malts start to come out as well as some light sourness.

Artificial blueberry is there but it's not overbearing like some fruit beers end up but you can tell that it is the Kool-Aid kind of taste as opposed to a cooked in taste. I also should mention that you can taste light grain malts coming through in the taste which also helps to make this beer palatable.

A light grain malty dryish aftertaste on this light bodied blueberry lager.

This is a middle of the road fruit drink which is almost a reason to try it, you won't end up pouring it out like some of the lesser fruit beers and that's a big plus.

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Photo of wildcatboy
2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

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3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of secondtooth
2.12/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This cloudy, pale yellow light lager pours with a nice head, but no lace to note.

The aroma is definitely blueberry, but more in line with a Nehi soda than fresh.

Taste is very light, and not at all complex. There's a sure blueberry-like character, but it's a weird and funky sweet that clashes with the lager grains. Maybe I'm swayed by the bottle stating prominently that there's "artificial flavor added", but this just seems wrong. The finish is despicable and chemical-like. Awful.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.36/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Visiting Cleveland for a youth Hockey Tourny and the local beer store was carrying RiverTown BlueBerry I tried it. The beer pored a haxy yellow and had a nice head but did not lace. The scent and taste were definitely dominated by BlueBerrys. The mouthfeel was light in body and had good carbonation. Overall it was a tasty beer and probably best served in the summer time.

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Photo of Lanstrum
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of StevenMilligan
2.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bluejacket74
3.47/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear gold color with a half inch white head that fizzled away quickly. Pretty much no lacing at all. Aroma is nice, the brew smells mostly like blueberries (mostly artificial) and some sweet malt/grain. I think the taste is the same as the aroma, it's all blueberries and grain. I do like blueberries, so I'm a little biased. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's easy to drink, it's refreshing, and has low/medium carbonation. I think this is a good summer beer, it would be pretty good on a hot day. Worth a try. Got this as a single at Kroger.

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2.69/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Immediately after opening the bottle I get a whiff of something that reminds me of Boo-Berry cereal. Once poured you get a hazy golden straw colored body. Head stands at an inch and a half of off white small crackling bubbles. Nose is juicy and fruity almost like blueberry gum, kind of synthetic. Flavor is short and hollow. It lacks fruit and has only a creamy hint of wheat. I was shocked it didn't even live up to the nose. This one really needs retooled if it is to go forward.

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2.25/5  rDev -27.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of buschbeer
2.57/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

12 FL OZ bottle
Served in an imperial nonic glass

A - It is a light shade of amber in the middle and pale yellow around the sides. It has a haze. A mountain of white head sits atop it.

S - Blueberries.

T - It has a soapy taste that gives way to some blueberry flavor. The blueberry flavor is less intense than the smell.

M - It is highly carbonated and has a champagne-like feel to it.

O - It smelled good, and then I tasted it. There is nothing good about a blueberry soap taste.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.64/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When this beer was first introduced, it used to be served at The Holy Grail in Cincinnati with a handful of blueberries dropped inside the glass. For reviewing purposes, I simply poured it from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter (sans blueberries). The pour is light gold, crystal clear, and (like every beer Rivertown makes) undercarbonated. The nose does have strong notes of tart blueberries. It even has a bit of funk.

The beer has a light to medium body and a fairly firm feel (firmer than I expected, given the light color). It is crisp and grainy on the front of the palate with lots of breakfast cereal notes. The blueberries which are dominant on the nose are rather subdued and lend just a bit of tart, earthy flavor. The overall beer is rather refreshing, though light in flavor. One place where the blueberries do announce their presence is on the finish, which is a little dry and fruity, but rather short-lived.

I liked this beer, and that's saying something. The only other blueberry beer I've had (Sea Dog) I found absolutely repulsive. The blueberries do not contribute any objectionable qualities to this beer. I think a bit more carbonation in this beer would wake up the palate and intensify the flavor. Also, I have no idea what the malt bill is, but if I were making a blueberry beer, I would supplant some of the malted barley with wheat so as to lend a bit of refreshing tartness. I hope to drink this particular beer again someday. When I do, be advised that I intend to drink it with a handful of blueberries in the glass.

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Photo of elkinbrown
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

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3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of Razonulzer
2.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Jesse13713
3.21/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single bottle at 101 Bottles in Kent

Appearance - Looks like your traditional lager. Golden straw yellow. Appears light and crisp. Laces to the glass very nicely.

Smell - Mostly a watery-lemon smell. Very faint blueberry in the background.

Taste - A fairly average lager with light blueberry in the aftertaste. The blueberry lingers on your tongue for quite awhile. Slightly hoppy with delicious fresh malty grain throughout.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Very light and refreshing. Crisp on the tongue. Definitely more of a summertime beer. Average carbonation with light carbonation. For a fruit and vegetable lager, it's not too shabby. I always like supporting local beers too.

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Blueberry Lager from Rivertown Brewery & Barrel House
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