Blueberry Wheat Beer | Ellicottville Brewing Co.

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Blueberry Wheat BeerBlueberry Wheat Beer
BA SCORE
3.58/5
Good
165 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Shiloh on 03-02-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,284
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
165
pDev:
14.25%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
32
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 165 |  Reviews: 67
Photo of Phyl21ca
1.42/5  rDev -60.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a light yellow color beer with a small pure white bubbly head with no retention or lacing. Aroma of blueberry syrup is pretty gross with some faint wheat also noticeable. Taste is totally gross with too much bad blueberry syrup (shouldn’t blueberry beer be blue instead of golden yellow?) and some weak wheat with a big watery finish. I am usually quite fond of fruit beer but I had to pour this one down the drain.

 456 characters

Photo of Miket13
1.8/5  rDev -49.7%

Photo of czfreeman
2.38/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

this was a free gift from a friend at my beer store, so what the hell.Pours out a hazy light straw color, no wheat beer sediments,very faint carbonation.
Smells like Eggo Blueberry Waffles..I kid you not, I love blueberry waffles but not sure if I want to drink one. Light biscuity undertone, blueberry overtones...blueberry waffles.
Taste is...blueberry waffles. Light breads again, lots of blueberries...blueberry waffles, or now that I think of it Boo Berry cereal,take what you will from that.
Mouthfeel is light, too fruity and kinda-not-so-good. I don't believe I will ever purchase this one or take free samples ever again. Leineinkugel's wheat tastes like Fruity Pebbles, this tastes like Eggo's,whats going on here? maybe someone will come out with a Cinnamon Toast Crunch brown Ale, or a Cocoa Pebble Milk stout, that could be good. As for now, Im not diggin' this theme.

 881 characters

Photo of Milkysunshine
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of AleWatcher
2.53/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cuzco sent me two of these a while back... I drank one and couldn't bring myself to crack the other one... Here's why:

This looks and pours like a BMC adjunt lager. Clear gold and fizzy. There is a little yeast at the end that turns the glass slightly cloudy, but it is just barely so. Weak retention. No lacing.
Smells weak. Very bland. Some light notes of blueberries remind me of frozen blueberries. Just barely a hint of wheat...

Taste is extremely watery. The body is thin. Not really wheaty or blueberry, so it is a total failure in terms of living up to its name.

Overall, this is not much better than a BMC lager, and as a result, the only people I see being impressed by this are those people that are just crossing over to craft.

 744 characters

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 Dogbrick
2.68/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draught at Gallo’s Tap Room in Columbus. The beer is a clear bright yellow color with a thin white head that dissapears quickly. Spotty lacing. The aroma is wheat and blueberries. Light body with mild sweet blueberry, wheat and grain flavors. Flavor starts off alright but there is a definite off flavor of soap and metal here and there. The finish is sweet blueberry with a touch of hops. Slightly below average overall.

 425 characters

Photo of rorjets
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of sliverX
2.79/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poored a golden amber much like the average macro's lager what little head there was dissipated to just a film on top no lacing... says its a blueberry wheat beer but under that says malt beverage brewed with blue berries... lacks the wheat beer cloudiness
Smelled overwhelmingly of blueberry not much else there
tastes like blueberries were steeped in ___ light ( your fav. macro)
not much going on in the mouth
drinks fairly easy due to the fruitiness and very commercial beer look

 483 characters

Photo of BrunEngr
2.86/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of SadMachine
2.86/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of wiseguy142
2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'd say about half the customers at the bar were ordering this beer so I wanted to give it a try. Served with a couple fresh blueberries on top, straw yellow with a frothy white head. Aroma of light blueberries, a very wheaty smelling. Taste is a bit of a let down. Thin and a little too watery. The blueberry flavor is a bit fake tasting. I think it needs a little more of a malt backbone. Either that or make it a totally dry and crisp wheat beer and bump up the blueberry just a little bit.

 493 characters

Photo of beerthulhu
2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a bright golden-brass with a 1 finger bright white fizzy head that quickly settled. No visible lacing was left while a medium heavy shower of macro bubbles rose upwards in unison.

S: The blueberries appeared fresh with a sweet fruity nature. Light to medium in strength. The aroma was really nothing to get excited about, rather mundane, but unoffensive at the same time.

T: The flavor opens up with some sugary sweet berries then progresses to a dry tartness. There is a green vinery hopping on the fade as well a bitterness of dry blueberry skins. Overall moderately flavored, with a dry tart finish, but was safe (macro-like) that didn't make you care either way.

M: light bodied, slick with moderate carbonation detection. Overall much like the flavor there was not a lot here to sway you either way.

D: While I liked the fact the flavor and nose appeared fresh and wasn't overbearing or in your face, it did seem a bit under par with not much wheat character. Really didn't care either way for this, and certainly wasn't thinking about another one.

 1,070 characters

Photo of jwc215
2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazed light golden with a white creamy head that thins. Strands of lacing stick.

The smell is of strong blueberries when the bottle opened. But, oddly enough, the blueberry is not as strong after the pour. Some breadiness gives it a bit of a blueberry pie aroma.

The taste of blueberries is not strong, but still dominates. Just a hint of tart. It does have an herbal bitterness that makes me wonder if they added more hops to make a firmer beer base, but it doesn't work so well, as it conflicts with the blueberry syrup character. There is a soapy character, as well, that I'm not fond of. It has a chalky dryness in the finish.

At first, I thought it had some creaminess, but as I drank more - second sip - the carbonation picked up to hit the fizzy level. Light bodied. All-in-all, though, about average for a light American fruit beer.

It's not too "artificial", as some others are, but it's still nothing I would desire again. The soapy character, though mild, did not help, and things seemed to conflict. Blueberry did repeat a bit after awhile. Different, but not too impressive.

 1,097 characters

Photo of yesyouam
2.96/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Ellicottville Blueberry Wheat Beer is a crystal clear, pale straw colored beer with a small white head that quickly fades to a thin white blotch. It has an aroma of blueberry bubblegum. Lemon and wheat tones lie underneath. It smells a little artificial, but it's ok. It's light bodied and metallic with a slightly gritty finish. There's not that much blueberry flavor, really. It almost seems a touch salty. There's a noticeable amount of green bitterness to it, especially at the finish. The bitterness hangs for a while after the swallow. It's quite light and doesn't have a lot of personality, but it could make for a pretty good lawn mower beer.

 650 characters

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.97/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Minimally hazy maize with a sparkling appearance due to a generous amount of carbonation. The pearl colored cap is currently filling more than half the glass after what I thought was a controlled pour. It's on the poofy, airy side, but still manages to leave a few clumps of suds behind.

The nose is classic for the 'blueberry wheat' style. I smelled lots of fresh berries on crown cracking and have been enjoying the aroma over the past several minutes, even though the glass is more than a foot away. Any blueberry beer that smells this much like bursting berries is okay by me.

I'm not so thrilled with the flavor. My first impression is that Blue Berry Wheat tastes like a fruit beer than was cut with tonic water and a dash of bitters. I like beer of this style to have a little sweetness to go along with the fruit. Absent that, it shouldn't be as bitter as your average 80 IBU IPA (without the hop flavor that makes the bitterness worthwhile).

The unfortunate thing is that there's a decent amount of good blueberry flavor trying to fight through the less than pleasant characteristics. I can't think of anything (other than hops) that would impart such a quinine-like bitterness, but something major needs to be changed before BBW can be considered average. Since Southern Tier is the contract brewer, I'd suggest having their guys tweak the recipe.

The mouthfeel is light (perhaps too much so) and is too bubbled. Maybe this was a bad batch, who knows? Things are settling down somewhat as I enter the bottom of the bottle, but the word 'fizzy' still applies.

Ellicottville Brewing Company Blue Berry Wheat falls well short of most similar offerings that I've had in the past. I would have thought that Southern Tier could work their usual magic, but there's nothing the least bit magical to be found in this bottle. I'd suggest passing this one by.

 1,863 characters

Photo of Lanstrum
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Eastside151
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Greggory
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of timmy2b
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of jpuetz
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up on Ohio along with all the other beers on my HoF run last week. I never heard of this beer, or this brewery, and at $1.50 a bottle, I figured this was worth a shot. Thankfully, it was cheap, because a beer just doesn't get much more typical than this. Typical hue, smell, mouthfeel, and taste. Since it's winter, I'm used to darker brews with more filling during this time of the year, so this is quite a change for me!

As I said before, this is typical - a goldenrod hue, a bit of head, and no lacing to be seen. Carbonation is light and the taste is that of a pils with blueberry (obviously) with some straw and grass behind it for good measure. The backbone is malt, hence the reason why I feel like this is close to being a pils. Only a bit of sour bitterness can be felt in the aftertaste. This is relatively crisp and easyooing and if it was warm outside this week, I'm sure that this would be a fine beer to enjoy during a cookout and a ballgame on the radio.

I couldn't even feel the alcohol in this and to say that this is a session beer would be a gross overstatement. It would probably take quite a few of these in me before I could feel it, but that's alriight. Sometimes, ya need a beer that's not cheap nor complex. This is it and if I can find this when the warm weather returns, I'll give it another go.

 1,339 characters

Photo of Selderkin
3/5  rDev -16.2%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Blueberry Wheat Beer from Ellicottville Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 165 ratings