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BluCreek Blueberry Ale | Pioneer Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Pioneer Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
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Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 33
Reviews by NeroFiddled:
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.94/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear peachy-amber with a short creamy white head that dissipates momentarily. It keeps an average collar but leaves no lace. The blueberry aroma is quite clear but also very extract-like. Unfortunately, extract is the only way to really get a blueberry aroma. Fortunately, however, it's not distracting and the flavor comes through with a much more natural characteristic that's very nice. A gently sweet, honey-ish, toasty and lightly buttery maltiness is laced with authentic blueberry fruitiness although it does come across as somewhat candy-ish. The hops are well restrained, letting the sweetness of the malt and fruit come through, but keeping it dry enough so as not to become cloying. Clearly a one-sided beer that's all about soft, sweet malt and blueberry flavor - but it's also very well done and enjoyable! The maltiness aloe is interesting. A refreshing change of pace that makes a good apertif of after-dinner drink during the summer months.

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Photo of Murph
3.62/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright amber color with a quickly fading tan head. Smell is completely dominated by blueberries, not too artificial smelling either. Nice blueberry tones to start the brew off before it goes to a straight up toasty maltiness and then heads on over to a dry finish. Some hops would definitely do this beer some good. Also, there seems to be a slight medicine taste as the beer finishes. Decently crisp and refreshing mouthfeel but the lack of hops makes it a bit too sweet and cloying. The sweetness combined with the medicine taste definitely bring this otherwise enjoyable beer down a bit in drinkability.

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Photo of John
3.65/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color, creamy tan head. Some toasted malt is detected in the aroma that's dominated mostly by blueberries. A solid malt backbone offsets the fruit. Add just a touch more hops to the aroma and flavor and we'd have a winner here. Pretty good as fruit beers go...not a bad changeup brew for summer.

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Photo of ZAP
3.12/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Definite Blueberry smell on the nose...pretty clear and clean looking...not a bad taste...some blueberry evident..not my bag of tea but one of the better efforts from this Brewery. This in no-way-shape-or-form even draws close to being in the same league as the New Glarus Cherry and New Glarus Raspberry...I'd say worth trying one or two if you like experimenting with beers but that's about all I can handle, and I love Bluberry...Personally, I think Blueberry would fit better in a flavored porter...

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Photo of Bighuge
3.72/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark amber with a very thin head. Within seconds, there is no head. This has got a nice smell. It smells a little like a blueberry shake from DQ. And also some slight spicy hop accents. Taste is pretty refreshing. Nice subtle malt background with blueberry being the main player of course, but not too dominating. Hops are negligible. All in all, I could see throwing back a few of these on a hot July day. (Maybe it will actually break 60 degrees by then here in MN.) Decent brew.

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Photo of maxpower
2.69/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear golden amber with a small off white head that quickly fades, absolutely no lacing either. Sweet blueberry pie aroma, all I can taste are the blueberries. Light body with a watery mouthfeel, finishes sweet, this one has a funny aftertaste just like the herbal ale, I don't want more than one of these either.

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Photo of sponberg
3.85/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A deep amber color with a tan/white head that formed a thin persistent bead.

Ever eat a blueberry Pop-Tart, unfrosted, and perfectly, lightly toasted? That is the signature flavor of this beer - a toasty, malty, blueberry flavor that is just this side of sweet, just this side of cloying, and a few hops away from being a hugely drinkable brew. As is, the blueberry is persistent but never syrupy. Very nice, but oh-so-close to greatness.

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Photo of ADR
2.38/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Amber color, deep and clearish appearance overall. Head is dull and minimal, and the lacing is very scant, slight and incomplete rings. The smell is powerfully blueberry/huckleberry, but ringing somewhat artificial. The taste follows suite here, much too much sweetener accompanies the fruit and it wanders into pie filling in a can flavor aspects. No sense of natural astringency. In contrast to Leinie's Berry Weiss, this has a tiny amount of carbonation and comes off Gatorade in mouthfeel at the finish. Can't say this was a winner.

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Photo of cokes
2.49/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Swampy golden-brown with a ring or two of white lacing.
Blueberry nose. It's nearly exclusive, aside for a bits of grain and solvent notes on stronger inhales.
For such a bright blueberry aroma, very little transitions over to the flavor. It's here, for sure, with a candied sweetness and gentle pulpy tartness. But mostly, this is just yeasty and bland. Hardly any malt sturucture to speak of, and no hops at all. Traces of vinegar around the finish.
As it warms, blueberry comes out more and more. At this point, it hardly matters.
Mouthfeel is washed out, thin and watery. Carbonation settles out after a minute or two.
Not so special. It hardly seems like a finished product.

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Photo of jackndan
1.3/5  rDev -57.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

BluCreek: Oh, what a sad day. The last beer left in the fridge is this nasty piece of work. I gamely attempted to enjoy this “beer” yet I was very unsuccessful. This is, I believe, the second beer I have poured out in the last year because it was undrinkable and it was.

Upon opening, I noted very little release of carbonation, and the beer itself poured virtually flat. The color was not bad, very deep amber. The aroma was dominated by blueberries, which is as one would expect.

The taste was simply awful. It tasted like stale eggo waffles, with three day old blueberry jelly mixed in. But worse, because it had an unpleasant/sharp bitterness sourness as well. I could handle the waffles and blueberries, but the mix of all the tastes was decidedly unpleasant.

As noted, it was drained.

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Photo of Suds
2.77/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Well, this beer certainly lives up to its name. As soon as you open the bottle you're hit with an intense aroma of blueberry. It's like a blueberry pie overload. The beer pours a clear, brownish-amber with a thin white head. Mostly soft mouthfeel, with a tingly effervescence in the back. The blueberry sensation is overdone, and after the first few sips seems plastic and artificial. Finish is dry and slightly bitter, and full of a lingering blueberry. This is not for me..

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Photo of BitteBier
3.07/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Amber with some haze, quite a bit of suspension, but virtually no head. In terms of smell, the most balanced fruit beer to date--not overly sweet and with a detectable malt base. Taste is decidedly ho-hum, though. Blueberry is detectable but tastes neither distinct not natural. Even basic grains are hard to discern. A watery quality permeates both the flavor and the mouthfeel. This one goes down easily, but why bother? This tastes as much like fruit-spiked sparkling water as it does beer.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.02/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Brewed with wild blueberries and wild blueberry juice from Maine. Hm.

No head on this one. An orange-copper color, rather attractive. Very blueberry on the nose, very sweet smelling. Uh-oh, who dumped Kool-Aid into the beer???

Turns out it's really not a bad beer, it just ain't that great. Average to slightly below average carbonation. Light malt character, less than I figured given the copperish hue. I'm no blueberry expert, all I can tell you is I can taste them in there. Not overpowering, just the definite presence.

It was worth the try to say I'd had one for $1.50, so what the heck.

I don't know what else you could do with brewing blueberries in an alcoholic sense, maybe whip up a lambic or something? Is that weird? Anyway, if you've got a late night sweet tooth munchie attack, try this one with a blueberry Pop-Tart, you'll be just fine.

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Photo of Winter
3.07/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a murky brownish amber in color with no head. Very intriguing blueberry aroma. Mouthfeel is thin. Blueberry flavor isn't as dominant as the nose seems to indicate. Initial flavor is uninspiring. Fruity maltiness with some undesired bitterness. Very little tartness. Berry flavor is washed out and nearly non-existent until the finish, where it comes back and reminds you that this was suppose to be a blueberry ale. Not that it has to be dominant, which is isn't, but this is just blander than it should be.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.69/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm having trouble discerning the brewer from the label: "made with Maine blueberries", in Wisconsin, for "HMS World Supply", whoever that may be.
Aroma is intense, incredible, overpowering. What's in that nose? Blueberries, of course, and nothing else, but it's a very pleasant, tasty flavor. Color is a dark amber, head is small.
Carbonation feels a bit high, and very little malt is detected, with an insignificant amount of hops. A very slight ale, with enormous flavoring. Does it taste like drinking a blueberry muffin? No, but it smells that way.
Quick finish. I appreciate it for the novelty, but I can't see myself returning to it with any degree of sincerity.

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Photo of stegmakk
3.13/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nice looking beer. Dark amber color (darker than I expected)...very little off white head...
Aroma was all blueberry...woulda like a hint of something...anything else...but still alot more blueberry than most so called blueberry beers...
Taste...again...about 90% blueberry...maybe a hint of bitter in there...
Mouthfeel was a little watery...
Overall this is a good blueberry tasting beer...compared to many others you can taste it here where others you wouldn't know it was a blueberry ale unless you read the label...however they might have gone a bit over the top...Good but not great

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Photo of Brian700
3.19/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nice try...Blu Creek. It's not bad but well, it's not that great either. It has a nice amber color and is nice and clear. It doesn't really have much head but the aroma is obviously there. My girlfriend was drinking a pint the other night and I could smell her beer over my vanilla porter. It has a very strong bluberry aroma. I wasn't that impressed with the taste. I thought it was more like an alcoholic bluberry tea than an Ale. Aside from the taste of blueberries I thought it was lacking in any kind of flavor. The carbonation level was low which made it seemed that much more Non-complex. Once again, it wasn't bad but it could be so much better.

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Photo of marburg
4.04/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm sure the goal was to create an intense blueberry experience, and so this beer cannot be called anything but a success.

Reddish-amber in color, the only "downside" here is its lack of head. Despite the rather weak-looking film atop the brew, the aroma is intense and potent. Because of the malt, I'd guess, rather than just blueberry, this is really more of a blueberry byproduct or a baked good with blueberries. Blueberry cobbler or muffins more than the actual fruit.

Begins bready sweet with the blueberry flavor emerging from underneath. The sweetness subsides as a fairly intense melon rind-like bitterness washes over the palate. It lingers as an aftertaste and is really the only displeasing part of this brew -- aside from the lack of carbonation and subsequent mini-head. Could certainly pair well with blueberry foods or fruit salad.

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Photo of hotstuff
2.66/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Blueberries, blueberries and blueberries.That's all I could smell and taste with this beer.Yuck.This beer had a very small head that quickly diminished.The body was carbonated and slightly hazy.The hue was orange and there was very little lacing.The nose was what else? Blueberries!The flavor was? Blueberries!The mouthfeel was smooth, slightly tingly and light bodied.No thanks.

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Photo of lampkins
3.35/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I will admit that I am a fan of fruit beers and that I will seek them out to try them. I was eager to try this beer since I have yet to try a blueberry beer.

As one would expect this beer smells like blueberries and tastes somewhat like blueberries. However, the beer does not look like blueberries, it pours a clear golden lager like brew that gives way to a decent head.

Beer is not overly carbonated and that leads one to have more than one. Although I am a fan of this beer, I could not see myself drinking a 6 pack in a session of drinking.

Not a bad beer contract brewed by pioneer brewing, one of their better beers.

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Photo of granger10
3.64/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There's no denying that this is a blueberry beer. Quite intense flavor of blueberry. No head or lacing which hurt this beer's appearance and drinkability. The flavor was actually quite good. It was still enough beer taste not to be called a wine cooler but definite blueberry also. Reminded me of a blueberry muffin with the sweetness mixed with some breadiness. Then the blueberries took over and were simply tarty in taste without the sweetness. It was good for a change from the usual but I couldn't drink it too often.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
1.7/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I'm leaning toward the negative side on this review. Pours an almost nonexistent head on an amberish body with a slight blue tinge. Has a light ale taste, but the blueberries taste like syrup, or more precisely, cough syrup, with a "processed" aspect. I've got other bottles, so I'll try it again, but this just didn't sit right with me. Beer should make you feel happy.

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Photo of Skidz
3.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a pale organge and sits an orange-brown in the glass. Little to no head here, and a clean slate on the surface.

Smells of a rediculous amount of blueberries, like the ones that you get in your packaged oatmeal or cereal; a bit starchy and sugared up. Nice bready aromas float around....mmm..blueberry-nut bread. I want to eat this beer.

Tastes of washed out blueberries, and a good load of malts. Banana-like hues and an overall estery flavor dominate this beer that's got fruit all over. It's a decent tasting beer, but overall, it's a bit watered-down in taste.

Smooth and clean tasting, but a bit thin. Easy to drink, but it's dissapointing in flavor. The nose is what really wins with this beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Rich, rustic orange; looks exactly like a filtered IPA. The body is perfectly clear and there's a fair amount of carbonation within. Off-white with a slight yellowish tinge, the head begins life at a solid two-fingers. The cap is descending at a snail's pace since it's being rejuvenated from the bottom almost as fast as it's entering the atmosphere. Acceptable lace, no more.

The fact that this beer is brewed with 'wild blueberries and wild blueberry juice' is obvious to anyone with a functioning nose. I do wonder though what 'natural flavor added' entails. No shortage of berry-like, fruity aromas, but it all smells a trifle artificial to me; like Sweet Tarts, or Booberry breakfast cereal. If the flavor follows suit, I'll be disappointed.

Upon tasting, it's evident that the base ale isn't up to snuff (a mistake that too many fruit beers make), which means that no matter how perfect the amount and character of the fruit flavor, the beer as a whole has no chance at greatness; or even goodness. It's undermalted by a considerable degree and lacks proper flavor and mouthfeel as a result. I know that an abundance of hops might get in the way of the fruit flavor, but some hops would have been nice.

As far as the blueberry flavor goes, it isn't anywhere close to perfect in amount or character. For starters, it's much more muted on the palate than it was in the nose. That might not be such a bad thing because, for finishers, it has that same artificialness. It still tastes almost candy-like, but it's a quart low on sugar. Slightly sour and slightly bitter with a finishing dryness. The body is light/borderline watery and is acceptably carbonated.

Blucreek Blueberry Ale commits the two major fruit beer sins--- lack of a sturdy base ale and lack of sufficient and sufficiently natural fruit flavor. Even so, it's still drinkable even if it isn't tremendously enjoyable. Unless you have a hankerin' for a light blueberry ale and nothing else is available, I'd suggest passing this one by.

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Photo of drifter
4.19/5  rDev +36%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought this beer because of all the ones I saw in the aisle, I was intrigued by the name and label. I'd never had a blueberry beer before so I didn't have anything to compare it to, but hoped it had some reminiscent qualities that would make me think of blueberries. The quality I most admired about this beer was the aroma. It strongly smelled of blueberries, which i was very pleased to discover. After smelling the beer i was hoping the blueberry taste would be as strong. While it wasn't as intense it did have a nice blueberry flavor and an overall taste that I found to be quite enjoyable. It also felt smooth on the palate, however, I'm not sure I would want to drink more than a couple of these at one sitting. I would love to try this one out of a tap if I ever got the chance! Would definitly buy again!

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BluCreek Blueberry Ale from Pioneer Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.08 out of 5 with 34 ratings