Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale | Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ

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Bar Harbor Blueberry AleBar Harbor Blueberry Ale

Brewed by:
Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ
Maine, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A light fruit ale, made with Maine wild blueberries. As opposed to many of the sweeter fruit beers on the market, our addition of fresh Maine wild blueberries in this light ale yields a subtle blueberry aroma, without the sweet aftertaste. A mixture of the following Mutton malts, pale, crystal, and Munich, are combined with wheat to give this ale its lighter body, and we only use minimal amounts of Target and Willamette hops.

Added by Jason on 12-13-2001

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Reviews: 269 | Ratings: 465
Photo of TheAlumnus
4.78/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

By far and away my favorite beer ever
a- pedestrian pale and yellow, don't let the look leave you behind
s-awesome, blueberries are an essential part of being a Mainiac and this nose leaves an authentic feel vs. extract
t- unbelievable the blueberry is not overpowering but effective. Has a solid malt background which yields a great mixture of the fruit beer that has a solid beer finish
m- medium to light on feel and carbonation goes
d- Beerhalla. Each one satisfies to the last drop

If you ever in Portand, the best pour is 3 Dollar Deweys. This beer is a seminal brand if you are living the "Way Life Should Be".

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Photo of bigpatvoodoodad
4.77/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer. The first time I bought it, I was a bit skeptical, but I was glad I did. The taste and the smell are quite pleasant. I even have a friend who drinks this now after sampling one of mine. A couple of weeks ago we were at a party and I had brought Red Stripe. After 2 red stripe (which tasted terrible I might add) I was able to get a couple of these from my buddy and I was in heaven. Want something different? Try this.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.64/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer almost every which way, but out of the tap is always the best, especially if you get it right from the brewery in Bar Harbor.

The appearance is a typical golden/amber color, nothing really outstanding, some head and patchy lacing.

The smell doesn't indicate too much even considering its a fruit beer, only a slight whiff of blueberries, very balanced though, there is a blueberry presence meld with malt and some hop backing.

But the taste is amazing. Unlike most blueberry beers, this beer is more subtle in the taste, it isn't overpowering but mixes just the right amount of sweetness. It's hard to compete with the original blueberry beer in my book.

Can easily get in 12oz bottles in Maine, some 22oz bottles, but try to get it on-tap, highly recommended.

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Photo of Applesauce1
4.59/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got the Blueberry Ale on-tap at Skipper's in Athens, OH.

I drank a bottle of this a few months ago and reviewed it. This serving on-tap was definitely better.

Appearance: copper-amber color with a half inch head off the tap
Smell: great, the smell of blueberries is really nice
Taste: great also, taste of blueberries with nice texture; Bar Harbor does a great job of getting the blueberry flavor (not a fake taste like some fruit beers)
Mouthfeel: real good
Drinkability: awesome, can drink this all night; the flavor or texture doesn't tire you out

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Photo of quikfish13
4.58/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First fruit beer I think I have ever actually taken a liking too. But it is very reminiscent of Leinenkugals Sunset Wheat.

A: Excellent looking beer. Pour a clear copper with a tannish white head that was highly carbonated. The foam dissipated quickly.

S: Very strong blueberry aromas with an almost wheat scent. Im getting smells of toast in the morning with blueberry jam.

T: Superb taste, the blueberries really pack in at the end with a nice lemony flavor that hits first. However this does taste exactly like Lienenkuglas Sunset Wheat.

M: Smooth and extremely easy to drink. I feel like I'm actually cheating at the act of drinking beer.

D: I could definitely pound these down on any occasion. Excellent quality beer.

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Photo of nrpellegrini
4.5/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tasted like fresh blueberrys. Better yet. Blueberry syrup on pancakes... where do the pancakes come from? I dont know? But its amazing. A smooth refreshing beer, that tastes like blueberrys. Real blueberries. No tartness or bland stale taste. Easy to drink. Its an all around great beer. Definitely drinkable with any season. TRY IT!

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Photo of irishevans
4.42/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

if you like blueberry muffins, than this is far better than just a "good call" for this is liquid blueberry muffin. it pours a medium translucent brown, with a finger and a half thick creamy head. it smells strong of the berry for which it is named. it tastes like a blueberry muffin, exactly like one and the taste lingers. the moouthfeel is crisp bitey but not overly carbonated, it is however a thick beer and it is ment to take your time with. another of my lovely girlfriend Sarah's favorites, and she does have some damn good taste in beer, picky as hell, so that says something when she falls for a beer. drink and enjoy.

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Photo of clvand0
4.42/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kmpitz2 for this one. Pours an amber color with a small head that dies off quickly and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is really nice. Lots of blueberry aromas in there. A little caramel malt. The flavor is very similar to the aroma. Lots of non-tart blueberry flavor with a moderate malt backing. Finish is slightly bitter from the hops, but the blueberry flavor lingers a bit. Drinkability is very nice and the body is fine for the style.

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Photo of altgeeky1
4.37/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased refrigerated from Market Basket, Merrimack NH and labeled Best Before March 2008.

Pours a light amber, with quick head that falls quickly.No lace, just light carbonation bubbles up the glass.

Major blueberry notes. I've tried a few blueberries before, but none had quite the aroma as this one. You can literally feel the blueberry rise up from the glass and reach you, without holding up the glass. Nice. There's some hop aroma but it seems there to support the blueberries. They got the fruit smell down perfect, although I had expectations of malt smell based on the deep color.

Tastes wonderful - blueberry bite carried to the front of the tongue by the light-medium carbonation. Body feels appropriate for a pale ale, although it finishes not exactly weak, but a tiny bit dry. Still this is the best blueberry pale ale I have tried. I would have liked this a tad sweeter, maybe by adding unfermentable sugars or filtering the yeast. This is still very good as it is.

Mouthfeel is very good - not overcarbonated, and sits well with you. There's a bit more body than the dry finish first suggests.

Makes a good session beer; because I'm actually on my second. :-)

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.27/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours an amber color with a finger of head that falls to a half finger. The nose is all about blueberry, with some sweet caramel behind it, but just to accentuate the fruit. The flavor is up front blueberry followed wtih caramel and finishing with a light hop to keep it true to beer. I like it. The feel is a light moderate. Nice and refreshing with the blueberry flavor. Dinkability on this beer is very nice. I think that the flavors are good, with the blueberry and hop going well together. Overall, this is a nice beer.

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Photo of Higravity
4.27/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally a blueberry beer that is not a mess. This is a slightly light amber beer with a tinting of blue/purple. The head is white and sticks around leaving some lace. The smell has a nice blueberry quality to it but there is still a maltyness and even a touch of the noble hops. The first sip was quite impressive, a very deft touch of blueberry present without being overbearing letting the malt have a say and even a slight bitterness from the noble hops. Very well done overall. BTW the local store is all out since I bought the last 12'er please send some more ASAP.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.26/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber-mahogany hue, with good clarity. Semi-dense white head, only 1/2 finger in hieght that leaves no lacing. Toasted crystal malt nose, with just a hint of fresh fruit. Tastes like an english pale ale with a soft blueberry flavor just coming through to compliment the rich caramel taste. Slightly drying aftertaste with a mild bitterness(northern brewer hops?) and sweet blueberries that linger but are not overdone. Extra smooth mouthfeel, medium in body and carbonation with a clean finish. A highly drinkable session ale with a pleasent fruit character and very well balanced flavor especially for the style.

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Photo of BillyBrew
4.23/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The only worthwhile blueberry beer I have ever tasted. Had this at the brewery's on-site tavern.

Beautifully copper color with a velvety, white head that thins slowly and sticks upon the glass.

Tight blueberry nose, very sweet.

Deliciously sweet blueberries, not artificial tasting. Richly malted and not forwardly hoppy, but balanced.

Mildly bubbly, medium body. Finishes clean with a blueberry essence.

A great beer as the lone appetizer or even better with dessert, but not for with dinner. Also a fine treat.

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Photo of drperm
4.22/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From old notes.
Bottle, May 2005.
Granted, I was on my honeymoon, so everything tasted great. Brought a bottle back from Maine to savor later, and had the same experience again, so it must have been quality.
Marked as the best blueberry ale I've had. Not too over-the-top fruity, not too sweet. Very well balanced, with a wheaty twist.

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Photo of Tallboy
4.22/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Out of all the themed blueberry ales on the market to me this is my favorite,
if given the chance please try some of Maine's finest.
A 12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a vigorously deep copper color with three fingers or so of head. The smell is refreshingly fruity but not too overwelming. There is ample lacing still clinging to my glass. Subtle hints of blueberry appear under the lush yet malty nut brown ale backbone. The taste is a blast of orchard fresh Maine blueberries. The mouthfeel is nice and strong, but uncomonly smooth. The drinkability is excelent. A really nice blueberry ale regardless of the season.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.14/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from a mixed six-pack at Frontier Liquors. Nice label, hoping this one's refreshing on this hot, muggy evening.

Appearance- Pours a clean pale amber, like that fruit iced tea from Cheesecake Factory... you know, the one brewed with the flower petals. The head was enormously carbonated and actually fizzed loudly, like a Coke might. Moderate lacing, no real retention.

Smell- When blueberry yogurt was a staple in my diet years ago, it smelled exactly like this. Even a little bit of cream. With my eyes closed, I would swear a quart of fresh picked blueberries was before my schnozz. Pure, clean, nice. Way above average on the nose.

Taste- A well balanced performance of malts and fruit, with a solid medium body almost like a fall seasonal would have. No off flavors, just the blueberries and malts. You can taste the pure water and the ripeness of the berries without a doubt.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Smoother than you'd expect after watching the explosive pour, but definitely alive in the mouth. Once again, an awesome fruit beer; one of my favorites to date.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.13/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a hazed copper with really no bubble life in the body. Head is thin and leaves speckled lacing spots on part of the glass. With the mix of the ton of blueberries and the malty, bready base, this smells about like liquid blueberry muffins. I think I even pick up a touch of spice as well (some ginger and cinnamon). Taste, again, is very much blueberry muffins in beer form, although the overall toasty malt comes out more than in the smell. Hops give this an herbal, almost minty, quality in the finish that is pleasant and refreshing. Mouthfeel is rather lively and the body is moderately weighted on the tongue. Good drinkability, and even though I think this beer is delicious, I couldn't see this as a session. It's odd. This beer has everything I don't like about fruit beers (sweet and with the fruit taking center stage), typically, but I love blueberry muffins, so, therefore, I love this beer.

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Photo of Owl-Head
4.12/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Overall the best fruit-beer I've ever had. Enjoyed this at the Bangor Brew Fest and have savored a six pack at least once a month since. Very robust blueberry taste and freshness, but i don't think this flavor would mix well with a stout as it is just too powerful. Great for beginners starting on craft/micro-brew beer looking for a delightful mix of seasonal flavors and costal brews. I have really enjoyed it, I'm sure you will!

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Photo of ndekke39
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank this from a 12 oz bottle with no freshness date on it. Pours a clear, reddish-gold color, with a thin white head. Little retention on it. Smells very clearly of warm toasted barley and blueberries. Tiny bit of hops in there. Taste is much of the same: the barley-center and blueberries are quite strong. While the aromas and flavors aren't terribly complex, I'm surprised at how strong they are. A lot of blueberry ales I've tried come off weak and gimicky. But this one is full-bodied. Mouthfeel is thin, but not at all watery, making this a very drinkable beer. If you're in the mood for this style, I would highly recommend this one.

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Photo of Carolvs
4.08/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My favorite blueberry ale; one of the most authentic fruit beers to be had. And as with all authentic offerings, the genius is in its simplicity and subtlety: Unlike other fruit beers that rely on artificial flavorings, this one is has only traces of blueberries in its taste and smell - noticeable but not overpowering enough to be fake. It's beer with a hint of blueberry, not the other way around; the kind of ale that even a no-nonsense ale traditionalist would enjoy.

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Photo of Generik420
4.07/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden yellow with a hint of blue/purple in the right angle. No head at all and no lacing.

Fairly strong aroma of blueberry, but not too excessive.

Taste was light and pleasing, a good hint of the blueberry flavor, but again, it was not hitting you over the head.

This is a lighter bodied beer that is very drinkable if you limited it 2-3 bottles. I don't think I would want more then that.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.07/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale is a very clear deep amber ale with a blue tinge to it. It has a thin, off white head that fades and leaves very nice, solid lacing on the glass. It has a toasty aroma with a blueberry note. It's pretty light bodied; very smooth and crisp. The flavor is a nice, semi-sweet malt that's toasty with some juniper bitterness and blueberry at the finish. I love it. It's reasonably complex enough to keep my interest. It's all there to solidly support the blueberry. I love blueberries.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep copper color with three huge fingers of head. There is a good amount of sticky lacing left on the glass. The smell is fruity and refreshing. Subtle hints of blueberry slide in under the sweet malty backbone. The taste is chock full of blueberries. The malty sweetness combined makes this beer almost taste like a blueberry pancake, not too shabby! A touch of hops on the finish to boot. The mouthfeel is nice and strong, but really smooth. The drinkability is good too. A really nice blueberry ale!

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Photo of marcpal
4.01/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up for the wife in her tour de blueberry beers that she loves so much. Personally found this one to be a sleeper of a winner.

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Amber with a thin eggshell head.

N: Nothing but pure blueberry muffin. Best smelling blueberry beer I can remember- inviting. Some malt as well, nice.

T: There are blueberries here but not overkill like many of the fake flavors that come through in these (see seadog/wild blue). It tasted like an ale and tasted strongly like the aroma- tasty blueberry muffin.

M: Awfully crisp and not cloyingly sweet. Again, left the aftertaste of eating fresh homemade muffin.

D: Very drinkable and enjoyable. I do not like the style but can appreciate this one on a hot summer day.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy auburn with reddish & orange highlights. The creamy ivory head holds quite well, buoyed by an effervescent carbonation. It maintains a full surface covering throughout the glass and leaves solid sheets of lace that rise a half inch or so above the surface. These short "mountain ranges" do drop respective to the surface level, but stick around throughout almost the entire serving. The aroma, although obviously from extract, is quite nice with a rich and sweet blueberry note. The body is light/medium with an exceptionally fine and effervescent carbonation that's crisp at first but becomes quite creamy in the mouth as it warms. The flavor starts with a light touch of blueberry up-front but reveals more of the lightly caramel maltiness as it crosses the palate, a quick flash of blueberry returns but is immediately flip-flopped back to maltiness and a touch of bitterness at the swallow. It finishes dryish with a short lingering blueberry-tinged maltiness. Very nicely done. Well balanced. An interesting, refreshing and enjoyable beer.

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