Wild Blue | Anheuser-Busch

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch
Missouri, United States
anheuser-busch.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable 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

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1,626
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624
Avg:
2.17
pDev:
43.78%
 
 
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2.75/5  rDev +26.7%

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2.75/5  rDev +26.7%

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2.75/5  rDev +26.7%

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2.75/5  rDev +26.7%

Photo of Myotus
2.75/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured at 43°F from a 12oz bottle (no date) into a nonic pint glass. Consumed on 16Jan16.
LOOK: Pours with a half fingers worth of light lavender colored foam that shrivels into a line within 25 seconds. Dark purple in color. Rising bubbles are subtle in quantity and medium in size. Lacing is thin and moderate.
SMELL: Subtle of aromas of bittersweet blueberries are present and that's it. I can't smell anything that would tell me this was a beer.
TASTE: Mild bittersweet blueberry flavors first make their way onto the palate. For 3 seconds, that is the only going on until subtle corn adjunct flavors randomly enter and are then immediately followed by hints of alcohol as the blueberry flavors become less sweet and more bitter. The alcohol flavors aren't like the normal flavors that I am accustomed to in some beers. These taste more like what gasoline smells like. I'm glad they are barely present.
FEEL: Somewhere between light-bodied and medium-bodied. Carbonation is high. Goes down rough while also clinging to the back of the throat like syrup. Finishes with a mild dryness.
NOTE: I suppose this is an example of the "fusel" alcoholic beers that I sometimes hear about. This was bad, but I've still had worse.

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2.75/5  rDev +26.7%

Photo of Kevinpitts
2.75/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Lame flavored beer. Too artificial.

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2.75/5  rDev +26.7%

Photo of orion320
2.75/5  rDev +26.7%

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2.75/5  rDev +26.7%

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2.75/5  rDev +26.7%

Photo of TwinButte
2.73/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Having not drank many fruit beers, I don't have much to judge this beer on other than what others have said or the fact that A-B makes it. But its pretty darn good! Remove the fact that it says beer and pretend its an alcoholic concoction of some sorts and it is very tasty. It has no hop aroma or bitterness, very little head or lacing so just throw an ice cube or two in it and just enjoy a sweet fruit drink.

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Photo of hollydae77
2.73/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Didnt know what to expect. But thought - how bad can blueberry lager be? So I tried it out, and its OK...but not my favorite.

The color and aroma was nice, but it lacked somehow in flavor. I was expecting the blueberry to play a big part in the flavor, and really feel like it fell short. I was also expecting a tartness to it. Neither were apparent. Faint blueberry taste, not tart, no real hoppy taste. Just kinda fell flat. I'm not gonna say its terrible, but will probably not try it again. The lacing resembles a Lindeman's, but lacing means nothing if the flavor isnt quite right. To me its compareable to a mich ultra with a blueberry in the glass. Which was not what i was looking for. As for the alcohol content. It is 8%, but kinda gives you a kick in the pants. I agreed with another reviewer that said seemed more like 18%.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
2.73/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a semi-translucent, dark purple. Very much like blueberry juice. Little to no fizzy head. No lacing.

S- Sweet, sweet blueberry juice. Not much else, no hops, no malts.

T- Surprisingly not bad. It tastes mainly like sparkling blueberry juice, but has hints of grains and a slight bite like an actual beer. Not quite as sweet as a juice.

M- Really carbonated. Hides the alcohol content well. Very light and crisp. Could probably put many of these down at once if I liked it more.

Overall, an interesting foray into a flavored beer market, and surprisingly not too bad for an AB product. I'd like to see a real craft brewery do this.

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Photo of pep
2.72/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark blue color, sickly sweet taste. Its good when you just wanna get drunk and not drink beer.

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Photo of BigBry
2.71/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Mike and Brandee for bringing this one back. Strange, ugly cartoon dog kicking a blueberry on the label. "Blue Dawg Brewing, Baldwinsville, NY", would have never known this is an AB product if not for BA.
"Premium lager with natural flavors and color from fruit juice"
A big shock for everyone when it was bright purple, (high marks for the uniqueness factor alone) looks like grape soda, thin ring of foam on the pour, then nothing.
The smell is blueberry, no question. Actually was not as artificial smelling as I expected, but still quite strong. Tastes of strong, sweet blueberries. Not much other flavor ar aroma can be picked up over the sweetness. 8% alc is hidden well. Thin to medium body, lots of carbonation keep it light and from becoming overly syrupy.
More of a beer cooler or wine cooler, than a fruit beer. Interesting to say the least.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.7/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a reddish-purple with a pink head. The aroma is heavy on the blueberries and cherries. The only notes I get in the aroma are fruit, no malt or hops are present. The flavor is more of the same. There is a ton of blueberry and some alcohol in the flavor. You can tell it is 8 percent. Overall the beer tastes a bit medicinal and quite a bit like blueberry cough syrup. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of richkrull
2.7/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a dark dark reddish color. That surprised me. Light pink head on it. Smells like blueberry, no surprise there. Also some alcohol smell thrown in. Taste is not too good. Tastes like communion wine to me. Light-medium body. I probabl won't go for this again.

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Photo of flagmantho
2.7/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Kind of a purpley-red with a pinkish head. Not very traditional, but we're talking about a fruit beer here.

Smell: pretty much just blueberries.

Taste: very sweet. A little bit of malt flavor and quite a bit of blueberry, but mostly just sweet. It sort of tastes alright ... it just doesn't taste like beer. Maybe that's intentional.

Mouthfeel: medium-light bodied with a medium level of carbonation.

Drinkability: being mostly inoffensively flavored, it has a pretty reasonable drinkability.

Saw this at the store and it looked interesting. It was clearly one of the "mock micros" that seem to be popular among the BMC marketing groups, but I thought it might be worth a try. Frankly, I should have been well-warned by a beer that has its 8% ABV so prominently placed on the label. I'm sure this is popular among the college crowd.

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Photo of jbdpsu82
2.7/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Why do I have to give it a review?

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Photo of RandalFlagg
2.69/5  rDev +24%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Pranksterbeer
2.69/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of albern
2.68/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer looks like a lager beer with lots of grape/blueberry juice added. It is the most purpley beer color I think I've seen. The beer has a bit of head, some lacing, but this dissipates pretty quickly. The aroma is bubblegum, sweetner, fruit juice, but there is a mustiness in the background that gives this thing away.

The taste is just way too in your face grape juice and lager mixed. It is not that interesting until the finish where there is a nutty, slightly drying taste. The back end also suffers from a throaty ABV burn, that is just unbalanced with the rest of this beer. This beer is hard to digest after awhile and it really isn't that good. This is a beer with adjunct sweetner, but in this case, it was just over the top and badly compromised any integrity this thing may have had.

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Photo of WEBBEER
2.68/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

If it's natural flavor .. why does it taste like a popsicle ?

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
2.66/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I have to admit I was not expecting this when I first tried it. I have had several blueberry-infused beers in my day but none this prominent. It pours deep blue-ish/purple just like blueberry juice with a light purple head, and the aroma of blueberry overwhelms your olfactory senses. On first taste I thought I had bought a soda, not a beer due to the overwhelming flavor of fruit and lack of beer. I don't know what all ingredients were used to make this but it tastes as if a couple gallons of blueberry juice were dumped into a batch of brew. On the plus side it is 8% alcohol so you won't regret the decision of buying it for very long!!

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Wild Blue from Anheuser-Busch
2.17 out of 5 based on 1,626 ratings.
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