Dooryard Summer Ale
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Wheat Beer - American Pale
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3.56 | pDev: 12.08%
Picaroons Traditional Ales
New Brunswick, Canada
Dooryard Summer AleDooryard Summer Ale
Notes: First brewed in the early days as “Picaroons Canadian Wheat Ale” and was only available on tap. Then it evolved into an all-organic recipe with added coriander and orange peel for this delicious hybrid Canadian-German-Belgian wheat ale.
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souvenirs from Canada (BC)

3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My mother raves about this beer, but to be honest, that could be just because she likes the name. "Out in the dooryard" is a phrase I often heard from her mother, who grew up in south-central New Brunswick and whose mother was of Irish descent.

A: Cloudy and straw-coloured.
S: Lightly floral, some honey, hay.
T: Conventional.
F: I'd like it to be crisper.

Aug 09, 2015
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A Dooryard is a garden by the door of a house. I had to look that up; I didn't know. The beer that bears that name, however, definitely looks familiar. Pale yellow, clear, flat offerings like this are dime-a-dozen and don't make a particularly exciting first impression.

I see orange peel and coriander on the ingredients list but I'm not really smelling them, which is odd since they are both especially aromatic. In truth, there's little to this aroma beyond the dry, plain scent of cereal grain. Smells a little like something you'd feed to a horse.

Beer is made from fermented grain. Barley is far and away the most common but really any will do the trick. Wheat is popular too and with good reason; it makes for a crisp, light quaff that still offers a tasty, wholesome flavour. Dooryard has a lot of that grainy, bready wheat presence.

'Farm to Fork' is a popular concept and, although I've no idea where the brewery sources its wheat from, this tastes remarkably farm-fresh. The spice and citrus notes being more or less absent, this has a very grainy, grassy mouthfeel that gives it a 'harvest time' kind of air.

Just as you'd expect, Dooryard Summer Ale is an uncomplicated, agreeable and conventional beer. The lack of character is a sore spot for me, personally, but likely won't bother mainstream drinkers. In fact, this makes a good candidate for nursing people off of industrial lager and into craft.

Jul 01, 2015
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PorterPro125 from Canada (NB)

3.99/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 500 mL

A- Pours a slightly hazy Golden topped by a 1 finger head that works down quickly to a thin skim.

S- Fruity (pear/apple) upfront with a wheaty maltiness in the background.

T- Pear, orange peel, and soft wheat up front. Slight hop bitterness comes in near the end to balance things out nicely.

M- Low-Medium Carbonation with a fairly hefty medium body. Easy drinking.

O- After hearing so much about Dooryard Summer Ale, I can say that I was not disappointed when I finally had the chance to have it.

May 27, 2015
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle. Just for fun, get a native Maritimer to pronounce the name of this brew to you - I still can't recreate in my mind how I heard it.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden straw colour, with two skinny fingers of puffy, rocky, and lazily bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some spooky haunted forest lace around the glass as it swiftly abates.

It smells of sugary pale and grainy wheat malt, applesauce, pear compote, lightly spiced orange rind, earthy yeast, and mild leafy, grassy, hay-like hops. The taste is more sweet orchard fruit - the usual suspects of apple, orange, pear, and lemon all representing their cause - alongside a decent grainy, bready, and somewhat crackery pale malt, a sort of separate yeasty wheatiness, and soft piney, leafy, and earthy noble hops.

The bubbles are quite understated, barely raising the hackles of any of my various palates, the body medium-light in weight, and actually fairly smooth, with a certain well-bred creaminess to boot. It finishes off-dry, the breadiness of the blended malt maintaining some hefty staying power, while the fruit, yeast, and old-world hops bonk heads on their slow, meandering way out.

Without the wheat on the malt bill, this would surely fall into the catch-all category of American Blonde Ale, which is strangely growing its own personality of late - sweet, fruity, bready, low alcohol and meek hops. Sound familiar? Yup, but this hardly a bad thing, in fact, it's what the doctor (should have, at least) ordered for days like this - unbearably hot in the rooms where the oscillating fan isn't, with some wafting Northern forest fire ashes to breath, just for fun. Yeah, give me one of these right now, no matter how you spit out its name.

Jul 17, 2014
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leaddog from Canada (AB)

3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a light amber with a finger of frothy white head. Pleasant lacing that sticks to the glass.

Smell - wheat, lightly toasted grains, citrus (orange/lemon), light spicy notes, and hint of noble hops.

Taste - Starts off strong with wheat and citrus flavours followed by the lightly toasted grains, spicy notes, and hint of noble hops.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Finishes dry with a light bitterness.

Overall - A refreshing wheat beer that is easily enjoyed on anyone's patio/back deck. A perfect compliment to this warm day in Cowtown.

Jul 06, 2014
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at St. John Alehouse

Appearance: gold in color, ½ inch head, medium carbonation, clear

Smell: orange, lemon, and apricot
Taste: orange, lemon, apricot, cardamom, cream, and wheat

Mouthfeel: sweet, medium carbonation, light body

Drinkability: If you like Blue Moon, you will like this pale wheat ale. To me this tastes like so many other standard pale wheat ales it is hard to separate this one out. Not a bad beer, but nothing I cannot get with a different label.

Sep 05, 2011
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crusian from Oregon

4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from awesome girlfriend...
Pours a nice light hay color with a finger of head.
review from my phone, so, shortened....
Nose is a nice saison... not sure why it is in this category... it is a saison. Nice, light flavor of citrus, with an extremely clean finish. Bit if earthyness to it... but cleanliness on the finish is prominent. Nice saison, for sure... but not an American wheat.

Aug 14, 2011
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spree92 from Canada (NB)

3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very pale, clear yellow topped by a 2" white head. Excellent lacing whole way around. I find that most of Picaroons beer have the same aroma. I know crisp isn't a smell but that is what I get along with wheat and straw. Taste is kinda bland. A bit of orange. Extremely light beer that is clean and almost to fast going down. Another good beer from a good Canadian brewery.

May 26, 2011
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Long813 from Canada (ON)

2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy orange body with two fingers of white head. Retention is poor and leaves little lacing.

S: Faint scent of yeast, some spice and fruit mixture. Quite week.

T: Some orange, other fruit, spice and yeast. The flavour is quite bland.

M: Light bodied and medium-high carbonation. Frothy texture and leaves a odd aftertaste.

D: Meh, another miss from Picaroons for me. It's not the off putting, but plain.

Aug 17, 2010
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PEIBeerGuy from Canada (PE)

3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a cloudy honey colour, with a fast-forming (and rising) head, the consistency of beaten egg whites. It sticks around for a bit, too.

The smell is kind of sweet... reminds me of a raspberry wheat ale I got on the Gaspe peninsula. It's not bad, but not my kind of beer.

The taste, again, is not my favourite kind of beer. It grew on me as the bottle went on, though. It's that sweetness or... I don't know what it is about a wheat ale... but I don't like it as much as other kinds of beer.

It feels OK in the mouth. Just don't like that sweetness / tartness.

If you like wheat ales, this would be very drinkable. For someone like me who doesn't enjoy them a lot, it's still fairly drinkable.

Jun 26, 2010
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Seanstoppable from Canada (NS)

2.81/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recently picked this up from Premier Wine and Spirits. In case you can't make it out in the picture, part of the label declares this "Atlantic Certified Organic".

Pours a hazy orange/yellow color with a fine covering of white head.

I can not detect any scent from this.

Taste is very light. Flavors are very muted. Some coriander and wheat.

Light and smooth, with a minor aftertaste, which is what I expect from a wheat beer. However, there is very little actual substance to the beer. While drinkable, there isn't a whole lot of enjoyment derived the drinking. A sub-par example of an APWA.

Oct 16, 2009
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remichoppers from Canada (NB)

3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tried this one several times. I drank it from a wheat beer glass, a pilsner glass, from a regular house glass and directly from the bottle.

I find that the best way to appreciate it is to drink it from either a wheat beer glass or a regular household glass. The beer have a pale golden-yellow color with a medium white head.

Really nice wheat taste with a hint of citrus / orange peel. A little hops-y compared to other kinds of beer of the same category, but just enough to give it a nice bitter after-taste.

Good beer to drink when you're cooking BBQ with some friends in the summer!

Sep 11, 2009
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berley31 from Canada (NB)

3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with an average-sized, white head; pretty good lacing. Body was clear and sparkling, with a nice, golden-yellow color. Very nice aroma of wheat... much more apparent than some other wheat ales I've tried. On the palate, the body was medium, thin yet slightly creamy, with average carbonation. Nice flavor with an average duration.. you can really taste the wheat here... this ain't no Grasshopper. Overall, a very enjoyable wheat ale that makes a great summer beer... I could easily have several of these.

Jul 05, 2009
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MeisterBurger from Canada (ON)

3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

First things first: Thanks to this beer I learned a new word. "Dooryard: The yard in front of the door of a house."

Huh. I will never use that.

(Must be a New Brunswick thing?)

As for what a dooryard summer ale looks like, it pours a cloudy golden straw color with a bright white head. There's some okay head retention and lacing but nothing spectacular.

The aroma is an almost butterscotchy caramel malt along side a predominate crisp citrus and an estery fruitiness I can't quite put my finger on. Pear maybe.

Taste is a nice sweet malt in the background with a hint of lemon. There's a mild bitterness in the middle and a tart citrus zest that gives this beer a nice, clean finish. Now that I have read the label it turns out there is orange peel and coriander in this. The orange peel is there for sure but the coriander is really subtle and you have to go looking for it.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery, but the carbonation keeps it crisp. It's very refreshing.

This is not a beer to rave about by any means but for some reason I kind of like it. As the name suggests, it's intended for consumption around the house on hot summer days and if you grade it based on its intended purpose it fits the bill rather nicely.

Jun 02, 2009
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nighthawk from Canada (NS)

3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle, no freshness date, poured into pint glass.

Pours a crystal-clear yellow, lots of carbonation visible, with a small foamy white cap. Retention's ok, little bit of lacing left behind.

Aroma has nice lemon and orange citrus.

Faint grainy sweetness followed by lemon and wheat grain tang. This lingers and is joined by a light honey sweetness. There's a light, vaguely peppery taste in the background throughout.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, with a good bubbly carbonation. Very refreshing and just on the sweet side.

While this beer doesn't seem to follow the usual wheat beer path, it's refreshing and light so a good summer beer no matter what category it finds itself in.

May 13, 2009
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mrmanning from Canada (ON)

3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle-Pours a hazy yellow topped with a creamy white foam. Little retention or lace. Mildly spicy nose with lemons, banana, and some yeast. Flavour profile is creamy lemon custard with corriander, grapefruit and fruity yeast with a touch of hops. Fruity, mildly hoppy finish with lingering spices. A bit thin on the finish. An enjoyable summer wheat.

Apr 04, 2008
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JustinBathurst from Canada (ON)

3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear pale straw gold, with a thick head of white suds. Not hazy at all.

The aroma is lemon, coriander, rhubarb, hops, celery, and a bit of maltiness.

The mouthfeel is crisp, with medium carbonation.

The taste is, as labeled, a nice mix of German and Belgian wheat styles. There's the coriander and wheat tang, with some bitter hops (not at all excessive), some lemon citrus, sweetish malt, and a sour tang (especially big in the aftertaste). A great beer, although it comes across as slightly watered-down.

Sep 24, 2007
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MMansfield from Canada (NS)

3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received this as a gift from a friend. It's an organic wheat beer made with orange peel and coriander.

Appearance: Pours a wild pale gold/white with a nice fizzy head. Dissolves to a fine lace. Quite hazy in appearance.

Aroma: Honey and spices. Orange peel is very noticeable as is the coriander. Heavy citrus and melon notes. The aroma is very salivating

Taste: Heavy citrus notes up front as well as strong spice similiar to a belgian witbier. Blunt bitterness is the finish, almost sour but not a turn off. Tastes very refreshing, would go down even better if it wasn't -2 C outside.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and refreshing, as one would expect from a beer called a summer ale. Light carbonation, quite pleasing.

Final Statement: Like said earlier, would be better appreciated in the summer months, but it's still a fine brew. I would buy this often in the summer if it was available. The fact it is organic is definately an added bonus.

Jan 03, 2007
Dooryard Summer Ale from Picaroons Traditional Ales
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 45 ratings