Wild Blue | Anheuser-Busch

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Missouri, United States

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Wild Blue is a blueberry lager that fuses the juice of nature’s perfect fruit – blueberries – with premium American and German hops, two row and six-row barley malt and cereal grains. Wild Blue has a full taste with a pleasant blueberry aroma and flavor, and contains 8% ABV.

Added by Todd on 09-27-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of kylehay2004
1.75/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of acurtis
1/5  rDev -56.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.89/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

yeah this is pretty bad, but its nowhere near as bad as it is rated on here. a deep royal blue hued purple drink with a stained purple short white head, great looks, more like a grape juice or red wine, but still, deep and inviting. the nose is a mix of cheap high gravity lager and blueberry puree. its like that blueberry syrup you get at dennys for your pancakes, sweet and sticky, but not super artificial. the flavor isn't that bad either, all blueberry on the front end, at the expense of being beer, which is okay, because the base beer is pretty brutal. i get some metal and some extract sweetness, corn sugar, nothing real pleasant from the base beer, and the finish is extremely boozy, but the combination of the alcohol and sugar really charges me up. i would never buy this, but i can see its appeal, and unlike the clamato stuff they do, this one doesn't make me cringe and hurl every time i even look at it.

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Photo of jaydoc
2.25/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.65/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Texasfan549
2.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of kjkinsey
2.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of GRG1313
1.05/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours a dark red rasberry color - like no color I've ever seen in a beer, with a light pink but firm head. Looks like raspberry soda.

Nose is of sweet non varietal bulk red wine with a grape/blueberry "new wine" smell.

Mouthfeel is strictly grape/blueberry soda. I would guess this as a grape/blueberry soda, not a beer, in a blind tasting. No hint of alcohol, none the less 8% abv!

I would give this to a child if I didn't know better (assuming one believes the bottle label) since it is purple/pink, smell like soda, is sweet to a fault and tastes like soda-nothing else. Finishes like a grape soda...period. I would believe that this is an alcoholic beverage and a beer only if I am forced to believe the label.

Best use? Reduce it and pour it over vanilla ice cream; such would be its only purpose. Please, this is a joke....no?

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Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm give it a C because I'm on the fence with this beer. I won't buy it but I still take samples of it at festivals and such. This beer pours out as a blue-ish purple color. Looks like a kids juice or something. The smell of the beer is fruity and sweet, more like a wine cooler or something. The taste of the beer is super sweet, it's actually much better if it's blended with a Shock Top. The guy giving out samples at last years Allentown Brew Works Beer Fest got creative and was making beer cocktails those two beers. Anyway, the mouthfeel is pretty smooth and it almost medium bodied. Overall this beer I feel is too sweet on it's own to drink more than one. I won't buy it, but it's worth trying.

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Photo of spycow
1.25/5  rDev -45.7%

Photo of djrn2
1.75/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of nmann08
2/5  rDev -13%

Photo of metter98
2.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is crystal clear dark red in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dark pink head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of blueberry juice are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has somewhat stronger flavors of blueberries with a slight bit of sweetness. No alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This drink doesn't taste much like a beer and seems to be more like a carbonated version of blueberry juice. While there's nothing overly interesting in the smell and taste, it does have good drinkability because the beer masks any traces of alcohol.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.01/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bought a single of this for a little over a dollar.

WOW, is all I can say. First off, the dog on the label looks like its kicking some blue feces to the side, which is not a good way to start. Pours a dark purple with a bright pink head.. I never thought I would see the day. Smells overly fruity and tastes like a cranberry juice cocktail. Way too fruity here, had trouble even finishing it. The appearance is pretty cool looking and the 8% ABV is well hidden, but thats about all it has going for it. If you can drink two of these in one sitting you deserve an award.

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Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev +30.4%

Photo of biboergosum
2.65/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm seeing this more and more from the big brewers - the release of beer under different brand names, usually ones that sound more like small craft breweries would, in order to obfuscate, inveigle, and deceive, as far as I'm concerned. There is surely nothing about AB on the label of this sucker...

This beer pours a perfectly clear reddish purple hue, with two fingers of chunky, soapy pink head, which dissipates fairly slowly, leaving some random swaths of lace around the glass. It smells strongly of sweet blueberry/cherry/blackberry juice, with a decent acidic edge. The taste is pretty much like a fruit juice blend - blueberry, plum, blackberry, with a mild graininess stuck in the background. There is a very tame warming from the elevated ABV. The carbonation is on the low side, the body light, sugary, and smooth like gin and juice. It finishes sweet and a bit tangy, cementing the likeness to Tropicana's finest...

Well, I can't say I don't like this - it tastes like a fruit cooler, with real fruit flavours, and is fairly refreshing, especially on a hot, sunny day. However, judging this as a beer is damned near impossible, as I can discern very few non-fruit characteristics in this alco-pop.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.25/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Westvleteren Goblet in Denver, CO. Reviewed live.

A: 1.5 finger head of fair cream, decent thickness, and good retention. Dark red colour. Looks like Welch's juice.

Sm: Blueberry and prune. A mild strength aroma.

T: Decent blueberry esters, overpowered sugar, koolaid, and syrup. Badly built for a blueberry beer. Better suited as a children's sports beverage. Simple and crap, but decently balanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Doesn't suit the flavours of the body.

Dr: Like a bad gatorade flavour mixed with blueberry fun dip. In Slovenian, the word for this is "fucking shite". High ABV, especially for the brewery (if we can call it that), and of poor quality and even availabilty. The deceptive marketing just pisses off consumers. Ignore this one.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2/5  rDev -13%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Shouldn't you be put in beer-jail if you print a false brewery name on the lable and not the actual brewery where the beer is made? It's as if Anheuser Busch thinks that if they tell the truth about the beer's conception that people will automatically assume it is a bad beer. Imagine that?

Another reviewer has it right -- this beer is much more akin to a wine cooler than a beer. Syrupy sweet with more candy-grape flavor than blueberry. Fizzy soda-like appearance and texutre. No obvious malt character at all-- all sugar. Not a hop character in sight. Artificial fruitiness and flavor and not much else. Everything about this beer screams advertisement to an under-21 audience, right down to the cartoonish logo and junior-high wording on the package. This is Kool Aid at 8%.

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Photo of emerge077
1.76/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Tailgaiting in Kenosha, pre-gaming a wedding reception... someone hands me this. "Try this it's not too bad..." trailing off into knowing contemplative shame.

Smelled the bottle, huh... kool aid and grape juice. At 8% it's low grade krunk juice more specifically. Took a couple swigs to get acclimated, and first impressions are that it's basically a grape juice wine cooler with some artificial blueberry flavoring added. Heavy and sweet aftertaste like cheap wine, perceptible alcohol. Syrupy slick feel that coats the palate, and demands a chaser or sandpaper to scrape it off my burdened tongue. Gross. This is more a wine cooler/alcopop than anything resembling beer at all. Just not something i'd ever drink again. Poorly made and worse than flavored malt liquor to be honest. Even Four Loko doesn't taste this bad.

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Photo of zeff80
1.24/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I had low expectations for this one and (amazingly) it still came up short! Purplish color with a pinkish head. It smelled like a blueberry muffin which isn't a bad thing but there were no beer-like aromas at all. It tasted like blueberries and water. Again, lacking beer-like qualities. Mouthfeel was watery and thin. This is not drinkable. I could not finish it. My wife loves blueberries and she didn't like it either.

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Photo of Boone757
2.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of LXIXME
2.37/5  rDev +3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Small pink to red head quickly dies above a clear full red colored beer.

Aroma of breakfast juice.

The taste of this beer is very similar to a grape and fruit punch.

A dryish aftertaste that brings along with it a lot of berries taste with this light to light medium bodied beer.

This might be a good breakfast drink if you want to get a early start drinking.

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Photo of dbrauneis
1.74/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A: Pours a clear dark garnet red with purple highlights in color (not dissimilar to blueberry pancake syrup) with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall creamy purplish pink head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer evenly. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of berry sweetness over the top of something that is quite chemically.

T: Super sweet flavors of blueberry that almost taste like you are drinking the syrup before it was mixed with anything... Very artificial tasting. Moderate flavors of alcohol are present in the finish of this beer.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Not the easiest beer to drink, with the kool-aid like flavors and the not so well hidden alcohol I'm not sure I would enjoy another of these (ever). There is also something very artificial about this beer even though it claims to have natural blueberry flavoring.

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Wild Blue from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 2.3 out of 5 with 1,677 ratings