poured a 12oz can into the official Sea Dog Blueberry Ale shaker glass.
It was canned on 9/14/13 and cost $4.99 for a six-pack ($0.83 per can
or $0.07 per ounce).
Appearance: Hazy shade of dark straw, plenty of carbonation visible.
Pours to a small, white, foamy head which leaves minor lacing and never
Smell: Strong aroma of blueberry flavoring. Doesn’t seem authentic.
Taste: Fruity wheat beers are great introductory brews for the craft
beer acolyte, but veteran drinkers like me tend to detect artificiality
easily. Sea Dog Wild Blueberry Wheat Ale is definitely a misnomer since
it’s not made with "wild" blueberries, and I doubt it’s made with actual
blueberries at all since the can and website simply say "natural
flavors." It’s a familiar flavor in mass consumer products like waffles,
cereal, cookies, and other sweet treats. I wouldn’t say this beer is
cloyingly sweet, just that the blueberry doesn’t seem authentic and is a
little stronger than "subtle."
Since it’s so strongly flavored with blueberry, this beer is for those
that like the taste of blueberry flavoring. It does have the generic
pale wheat ale base to it, with truly subtle wheat character that
imparts a slightly nutty, cracker-like taste. There’s no Bavarian
qualities of banana or clove or other spices, so the beer is rather mild
at the core. The blueberry flavor is strong, sweet and somewhat tart in
the finish. It’s enjoyable in a small, standalone serving, but I think
it would become abrasive on the palate after a while.
Drinkability: This is the kind of beer I would want to drink in the heat
of the summer, especially considering it comes in a can and is
portable. The body is crisp and refreshing with a fairly clean
aftertaste (though some blueberry does linger). At 4.7% ABV it’s
actually a little surprising there isn’t a little more taste since it’s
quite light in body all around. But at least it does what it’s supposed