lucklys (62) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 4, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Before I knew Wild Blue was made by Anheuser-Busch, I took lots of notes on it, so these are pretty much as unbiased as they can get. I was shocked to see it pour into my tumbler flashing a cranberry juice/burgundy red body with blueberry purple shadows and ruby red raspberry highlights. This was the first point where I contemplated whether or not I should pick another beer to review, but I soldiered on for the sake of saying I had tasted it. There was a slight cloudiness from the blueberry sediment (apparently they used real blueberries), otherwise it was mostly clear. A pale creamy rose-stained blushing head formed and fell very quickly with small popping soda bubbles, and it managed to reach just about 2-fingers thick before it disappeared. It left minimal tracks of lace that closely followed the liquid down the glass, but refused to stick around for long.
The nose was a ridiculously strong concoction of blueberries and sweetened cranberry juice. I could smell it the second I opened the bottle and even standing a few feet away, it was obvious what made up this fruit beer. Up close, there was a slight wine-characteristic to it, with light traces of tart hops in the background and hints of barley malt that just barely emerged as it warmed to room temperature. It was rather dry in my nose despite all of the fruitiness and it was really quite difficult to discern any other smells over the powerful blueberry. It is a blueberry beer though, so I guess itís nice that they stuck to their advertising. For once.
The taste was pretty much exactly what I expected, besides the suggestion that regardless of whether or not the blueberry flavor was slightly syrupy, it held a more "fresh blueberry" tartness than a "from concentrate" thickness. There was a definite lack of high fructose corn syrup, which I liked - though I doubt Iíll ever really know if they use real blueberries like they say they do. Nestled up close to the blueberries were some cranberries and raspberries as well, but they tasted like theyíd been cooked down to the bare minimum of flavors. There may have also been a few dark grapes and a very faint maltiness that lingered way underneath, but my tongue was so over-burdened with blueberries that it was hard to find anything else, much like the nose. So, obviously with all of that fruit, it was very sweet and it also managed to keep the carbonation going for most of the beer, despite the bubbles being like tiny champagne bubbles - which made the whole drink reminiscent of a fruit cider. Also, it had a very thin mouthfeel and a rather dry, crisp ending even with all of the big juicy fruit flavors, and tasted something like a slightly carbonated juice beverage that was on its way to going flat. It carried no aftertaste and in the end, I couldnít bring myself to finish it. A fruit beer like this just isnít my style, itís too sweet with not enough sour, and Iím beginning to think that even though I tried not to be a snob about it being a product from Anheuser-Busch, the knowledge (unfortunately) definitely tainted my experience.
Blairgus (2190) - California, USA - DEC 8, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
8 dec 2013, bottle. A little more pinkish that grape juice, clear, no bubbles. Nose is dry white wine or champaign. Med body and moderately fizzy. Slightly medicinal grape lollipop. Very sweet. I'd rather drink normal grape juice.
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greenhorn1 (731) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 7, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Eh, not so good. Pours the color of grape juice. Smells horrid. However, flavor is sweet and blue berry.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
AbbeyRoade (188) - Missouri, USA - NOV 7, 2013
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Ouch. This is pure blueberry juice. Cloyingly sweet. Horrible...shouldnít be sold legally.
VegasWorldInc (4) - Somerset, New Jersey, USA - OCT 27, 2013 does not count
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 9/20
Two or three of these and you will be nice. Great flavor. Maybe more blueberry syrup than actual blueberries. Best served extremely cold.
BeerandBlues2 (8454) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 18, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle at home. Pours clear blueberry with a small, fizzy purple head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is blueberry, biscuit malt and earthy hops. Flavor is malt and heavy blueberry with a sweet finish. Medium body and carbonation.
HarleyGirl (1) - - OCT 16, 2013 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
My favorite of all time ! Itís rare and hard to find so I stock up and save it for special days !
Nero55 (247) - Leeds, Alabama, USA - SEP 21, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Purple with small light purple head. Strong aroma of blueberries. Light body with a medicinal blueberry flavor upfront and a sweet finish. Overly sweet and juice like.
Radek Kliber (6287) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 17, 2013
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Where and how: bottle 355 ml @ tasting
Aroma medium intense, not too sweet, fruity blueberry notes. Alcohol very muted for 8% brew.
Top: medium lighter pink cap.
Base: clear, ruby.
Palate : soft, smooth with lighter carbonation. Medium bodied.
Taste: surprised to see how this brew is so easy going. It is 8% right? Alco-pop like but done well. Fruity sweetness is main theme
rumproasts (1842) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 14, 2013
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
bottle. Blue with small head. Boozy blueberries in a syrupy mess. As an avenue to getting drunk, this is probably effective. However, itís not beer. Itís better than Mad dog.
rosenbergh (5550) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 10, 2013
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
12 fl oz bottle. 13197BC05. (Anheuser-Busch Brewery Gift Shop) St Louis, MO.
Dark purple colour with a small pink head.
Blueberry and some sweetness in the aroma.
The flavour is... sweetness and unpleasantness. Yuck!
Very bad flavour. Some alcohol there to crown the experience.