Kennebunkport Blueberry Wheat Ale | Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub

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Kennebunkport Blueberry Wheat AleKennebunkport Blueberry Wheat Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
Maine, United States
federaljacks.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by SurlyDuff on 10-06-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
200
Reviews:
86
Avg:
2.99
pDev:
22.74%
 
 
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22
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Photo of smartens
3.58/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden yellow and clear...which may confuse some as being a "wheat" beer, some may think cloudy, but not here!

Smell: Blueberry esters pretty much sums it up...whether natural or artificial; no idea, but one thing for sure...its blueberry!

Taste: Fruity blueberry taste, the taste has the potential to be something great but falls short, not the greatest build!

Mouthfeel: Thin, watery...medium light carbonation

Overall: Its the perfect "hide-a-beer" beer...a beer you can drink which others will think that you are drinking/eating something else...in this case they will think that you just finished eating a blueberry muffin! Not the greatest beer in the world but definitely fun to taste!

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Photo of MyMagicalPants
3.5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of beertunes
2.5/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grabbed this at my local Trader Joes. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a clean, slightly hazy, medium amber color with a very thin cap of of light tan head that immediately dissipated to a ring, thus zero retention and no lacing.

As soon as I uncapped this beer, I smelled the unforgettable scent of BooBerry cereal. Just an overly sweet blast of artificial berries that dominated even at arms length. There was no grain or malt, just syrupy sweetness. On the tongue, there was just a bit of grainy malts, other than that, just more Booberries.

The body was a bit thin and very sticky. Drinkability will depend on your tolerance for the over the top sweetness. I can only recommend this beer as a tick. If you're in the mood for this style, do yourself a favor and grab some Abita Purple Haze, a similar brew that is leagues better.

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Photo of Lockedin
2.81/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Had while sailing with my Family. Choices were this, Bud Light, or Black Cherry Soda.

A: Poured into a plastic pint mug (boat ware). Nice deep Amber color with great clarity. Normally a good thing, but I thought this was a wheat ale - guess I was expecting something else. 1 finger off white large bubbled head recedes to a thin ring quickly, no lacing visible (could have been the plastic...)

S: Blueberry syrup - like they have at the International House of Pancakes. A bit of malt and grain, but really dominated by the syrupy blueberries. A bit musty as it warmed.

T: Follows the nose at first - overwhelming artificial blueberry pancake syrup. I really thought this was going to be horrible, but since I was occupied with steering, the beer warmed and opened up a decent malted wheat twang that melded nicely with the blueberry flavoring. Dad agreed & set the rest of the sixer in the galley sink to bring it to cabin temp. Taste improved nicely, but still stayed "OK" as opposed to GREAT!! Finish is a bit overly sweet and lasts.

M: Thin & watery, yet manages to leave a bit of a slick on the tongue - not so nice - I think I'll go brush my teeth.

O: Actually not bad - Better than others I've tried. I still found it more interesting than Bud Lite. My Wife & Mom really enjoyed this (as we discovered when Dad went below for more). Wife swears it goes great with salad & crumbled blue cheese.

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Photo of Mikecap
3/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of BostonHops
3.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours a clear amber tone with a finger, finger and a half of puffy white head that dissipates fairly quickly; decent lacing though.

nose is malty, wheaty, and blueberries, although some of the blueberry aroma has an artificial note to it. flavor follows the nose; no big surprises there. i'm reminded of the cereal boo-berry. slight bitterness to the finish. light-bodied and crisp mouthfeel, if somewhat watery. it's not a bad beer, especially if you're into blueberry wheats, just a bit lackluster for my money.

original review on: 08-27-2010

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Photo of joshtrich
4.25/5  rDev +42.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.17/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before 11/2012.

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a 1/2 inch foamy tan head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of blueberry pankcakes or muffins, but more of an artificial or extract aroma than the real deal. Taste is pretty much the same but a bit watery flavor wise. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average fruit beer that reminds me of a Sea Dog Blue Paw but just not as good. Definitely not as bad I was expecting based on word of mouth though.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.72/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden amber color, with just a touch of haze. Head was 1 finger of white foam, but faded rather quickly with scant lacing remaining.

S: Blueberries dominate (true to the name). There's also a citrus aroma, hints of the wheat and yeast, and a faint whiff of pepper.

T: Initially flavorful, with a nice balance of wheat, tart citrus, and blueberries, but the finish is a bit empty (there's a background of hops bitterness mixed with blueberry fruitiness, but nothing impressive).

M: Nice carbonation, and equal measures moist & crisp.

O: Above average for a fruit-infused American wheat ale. I like that the blueberry flavor doesn't taste like they poured in blueberry syrup (like some I've tasted). Still, it just didn't quite come together. It's decent, but not at all complex or exciting.

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2.25/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of kojevergas
2.46/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

4.7% ABV. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at Trader Joe's and served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are low; it looks and sounds disgusting.

A: Pours a one finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and decent retention. Colour is a clear yellow-copper. Not very appealing. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Artificial blueberry syrup. It made me cough to smell this (twice). Musty molded-over blueberry that's been in the fridge too long. Too sugary. A moderate strength aroma. Not at all appealing.

T: Artificial blueberry syrup. Intensifies in the finish. Overly sugary. No alcohol comes through. Not at all fresh. Unrefreshing. Where's the wheat? Foundation is clean barley. Not at all full-bodied. Boring and bland. Simple. Not at all subtle. No layering. No yeast comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Entirely too artificially smooth. A touch overcarbonated. Too slick. Doesn't suit the flavours well. A bit too thick for the lack of flavours.

Dr: Drinkable but boring and unremarkable. Bland and of severely limited quality. It's priced well for what it is, but I wouldn't get it again, or would I recommend it to friends. The blueberry is handled okay, but I have no idea how much wheat was used. The alcohol is low and well hidden. Leave this one on the shelf.

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11.11.14: Nabbed a second bottle at Trader Joe's by mistake. Truncated impressions:

Underwhelming generic appearance. Surprisingly filtered for a purported wheat ale...

Abundant juicy blueberry notes. Evocative and pleasant, if artificial and fake. It's hard to do blueberry right, and I've no doubt they used some kind of extract or syrup. A pleasant but suspect aroma of mild strength.

Yeah, it's sugary and artificial alright. And the wheat base? Nowhere in sight. Just clean barley and neutral helles malts. Some might find it medicinal, even.

Average flavour duration. Mundane flavour intensity. Shallow depth of flavour.

Smooth, wet, and somewhat supple. Overcarbonated. Medium-bodied.

It's drinkable, sure, but I didn't get the authentic blueberry I hoped for, and it isn't much of a wheat ale even without the blueberry. It's a good premise for a beer, but the execution just isn't there. I'll finish the bottle with ease, but this is the kind of thing I'd expect as a one-off in a Sam Adams seasonal box.

Low C-

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Photo of kylehay2004
2.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: three finger frothy head without much lac surprisingly on a clear golden with a garnet hue body.

S: lots of blueberry with a subtle wheat and lemon note.

T: again blueberry heavy with the background of wheat and lemon.

M: light bodied and high carbonation.

Overall: A little too heavy on the blueberry. Its more like an artificial blueberry flavor than natural which turns you off a little.

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Photo of JNKYes
3.75/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of Unchi
3/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of OldTime
3/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of rodney45
1.8/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Note: found at trader joes for a buck a bottle.

A: Clear golden yellow, with a paper white head that quickly dissipates.

S: Big notes of medicinal blueberry and wheat malt.

T: First profile is of sour blueberry muffins and robitussin. Secondary notes are wheat and pils malt, with a cloying sweetness. Sour dry finish.

M: Light body with mid high carbonation. More sweet than bitter.

O: I didnt really enjoy this beer. It wasnt a drain pour, but the last third I almost couldnt finish. Would not recommend, even for a buck a bottle.

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Photo of OleJohnnieAle
3.82/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- very light clear golden pour with fluffy white head.

S- BLUEBERRY MUFFIN! Nice sweetness that is not overwhelming. Nice subtle malt to soften the blue berry.

T- blue berry sweetness up front and finishes it off with some nice malty body in the middle.

M- well balanced light bodied.

O- can I have this for breakfast? Blue berry muffin in a bottle, great change of pace beer.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.65/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this Blueberry Wheat Ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. It poured a clear golden color, produced a below average head, poor retention and it did not leave much lacing. The aroma consists of soft wheat, blueberries and lemon. Light in body, a base of malted wheat, lemon and blueberry. Decent session beer, something unique- I will say that of the few beers that I have tried that have been brewed with blueberries, this one is my favorite thus far. Prost!

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3.5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4/5  rDev +33.8%

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.27/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Strong aroma is overwhelmingly blueberry, with a wheaty hint. Hey, what can I say - I LOVE blueberries! It pours a clear amber with a fluffy white head. Flavor is wheaty with a subtle blueberry tone, but a bit on the thin side. Not so good - but not horrible, either. Texture has average body and a fair amount of fizz. If you really like fruit beers, and really like blueberries, go ahead, pick this one and give it a fair shake.

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Photo of beerme411
3/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of secondtooth
4.01/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clean, clear golden in complexion, with fair carbonation and no lace.

Aroma is pleasing and hinting at delicious...blueberries!

Taste is a well-blended mix of wheat and blueberry -- like a tasty blueberry muffin (thanks cbe@)! That may sound disastrous among serious beer snobs, but this works.

A treat, and one of only 2 blueberry ales I enjoy. Worthy!

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Photo of u2carew
2.7/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a big, two finger white head that settles quite quickly. Clear, golden body. Thin and barely sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) A bold blueberry aroma, but not like authentic smelling but rather artificial. Hints of wheat and grainy notes.
T) Bold blueberries at first, then fades quickly moving toward a sugary sweet flavor with a linger grainy aftertaste.
M) Light body. Fizzy.
O) Not a great beer. I'd drink one in a pinch but not one I would return to.

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Photo of wowbagger
3.71/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To qualify, I'm a big fan of blueberry beers, but I've definitely had good, bad excellent, and terrible specimens. Very pale yellow pour. This one is lighter on the blueberry than many,but it doesn't have a lot more flavors going on. It tastes a little watery, very light fading flavor on the tongue. Overall, it's a decent wheat beer with a nice blueberry add. Ideally a summer cooler I would say.

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Kennebunkport Blueberry Wheat Ale from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
2.99 out of 5 based on 200 ratings.
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