Blueberry Wheat Beer | Ellicottville Brewing Co.

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3.58/5
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Blueberry Wheat BeerBlueberry Wheat Beer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ellicottville Brewing Co.
New York, United States
ellicottvillebrewing.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Shiloh on 03-02-2006

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Ranking:
#39,361
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
165
pDev:
14.25%
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3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ellicottville Brewing Co. "Blueberry Wheat Ale"
12 fl. oz brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON 09/14/17 B235 11:00" and sampled on 04/08/18
$1.83 @ Cherry Hill Liquor, Wine & Beer (Wegmans), Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: So this is a "malt beverage"? What makes it that? And it says "...brewed with blueberries" so does that mean there's nothing "artificial" about it? No extracts or "natural flavoring"? Hmmmm, I kind of doubt that, but whatever. It's just too golden to have had real blueberries in it, they turn it kind of pink, and the aroma is quite bright. I call bullshit, this is made with extract and no real blueberries - or, at the very least, just a few tossed in. Moving forward, it's somewhat hazy and yellow-gold beneath a short head of white - which has already dropped, so right off the bat the head retention isn't very good. There's no lacing either. The aroma is artificial in my opinion, and it's not like I don't have experience brewing these beers professionally. With that said, I don't mind it, but there's no real fruit there either. The flavor is sweetish with a straightforward golden/wheat malt and I wonder why it's labeled a "malt beverage". Are there not enough hops to call it a beer? That I can believe, but why would they not just lie about that as well if they're already going to lie about the blueberries? A TTB audit would show the lack of blueberries immediately but they'd have to dig around and do some math to find the missing amount of hops. Anyway, back on track, it sweet with golden malt, blueberry flavor, and no hop flavor. It's not that sweet though, and although the malt lingers in the finish it's far from cloying. The moderate carbonation helps with that a little bit, but for the most part it's soft and smooth with a medium body. At 4.8% ABV with this much residual body and sugar they're definitely going for that, mashing fairly high. Which also points to the use of flavorings. It would take a fair amount of real fruit to get the amount of flavor they've got here, and that has to be fermented out (or sterile filtered) or you get exploding bottles, and that would raise the ABV by a fair amount. With all of that aside, it still works. It's very much like so many other blueberry ales that have come and gone over the past 20 years or so. It's a pleasant and easy to drink beer for spring, summer, and warm fall days. I think there are better versions out there but I'd certainly buy this again. Worth trying.
Review# 5,935

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Photo of EMV
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear light golden pour with 2 fingers of fizzy white head. Falls fast... solid lacing.

S: Simple but fragrant... strong blueberry and fruit.

T/F: Light grains.. surprisingly crisp. Blueberry present with mild sweetness but not overpowering as expected from the smell. Not unpleasant which is a surprise as I don't usually care much for blueberry brews. Mild hopping for bitterness. Fizzy carbonation... clean... no off flavors. The finish is blueberry and grains.

O: A rather pleasant blueberry beer. Nothing all that special, but also not bad. One I'd revisit on a summer day. Light enough to drink a lot of it.

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Photo of Idrink
4.47/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent version of a fruit beer. Good nose, good full mouth feel.

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Photo of RonM5xho
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light color w/one finger head. Very light lacing.
S: Blueberries upfront but not overpowered
T: Of course Blueberries, then some faint sweetness.
F: Very good carbonation and light feeling in the mouth.
O: For a fruit designated beer, it is what it is... Blueberry's. It does a good job for a refreshing mid Summer porch beer.

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Photo of ShepardCommander
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Waveoff
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AJmon13
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of danlovaa
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of DaveCash
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of RyanKininger
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mdecross
4.11/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ScanRautli84
4.21/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stotch
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6 pack of 12 oz bottles purchased from the brewery. No age statement on the bottles or the packaging as far as I could tell.

L: Pours light gold with a quarter-inch of white head.

S: Blueberries...duh. Nothing else really going on but it's a pleasant smell nonetheless.

T: Malt sweetness with blueberry in the finish. Again pretty simple, not getting the complexities typical of a wheat beer which is a bit of a bummer. However the blueberry taste is very nice, it's not overpowering and it doesn't taste artificial.

F: Light body with a good amount of carbonation. Crisp, dry finish that offsets the blueberry sweetness.

O: Not really what I look for in a wheat beer but this is a well made, light and refreshing blueberry beer. I could see someone who is typically not a beer fan enjoying this. Try it on tap at the brewery where it's served with fresh blueberries.

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3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chackman151
2.59/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of nater919
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ikidunot
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rgibson1218
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SkeletonBitch
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rock_Glenn
3.29/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thin bodied, lacks the cloudiness I expected from a wheat beer. Not over powered by the blueberry flavor. Served with blueberries in the glass at the brewery, so that's cool. I usually hate fruit beers, but this one isn't bad.

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Photo of robebo44
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Blueberry Wheat Beer from Ellicottville Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 165 ratings