I got sucked in by good marketing (label) and $2 off the list price as this was on sale. When I picked this up I thought it was from the same brewer that does Sea Dog Blue Paw Wild Blueberry Wheat Ale. I was wrong. Sun Dog is part of Anheuser-Busch's (AB) seasonal collection of beers such as Anheuser-Busch Jack's Pumkin Spice Ale which I tried last year.
According to AB:
“Our take on the American amber wheat ale is a luminous deep amber color with a slight caramel sweetness and refreshing citrus note.”
Sun Dog poured a slightly hazey amber-gold with a very weak head. It sort of looked unfiltered.
The aroma was laced with vanilla and caramel notes. There also was something wheaty about it but not the characteristic banana like notes I was sort of expecting. There were also some light spice notes.
For the most part this tasted like a very light JW Dundee's American Pale Ale with some citrus along the lines of Sprite or 7-Up. This beer was dry with just a bit of sweetness at the end. There really was not a lot of flavor and it certainly did not taste like a wheat.
The body was medium to light with a fair amount of carbonation. It was more watery than I was expecting from the unfiltered appearance.
I have to say this was a lot better done than AB's Jack's Pumpkin Spice beer. However this was not a premium beer or comparable to Coors' Blue Moon series of beers. Retail, this beer is $7 for a 6-pack at a big box beer store. However, if I has a choice between this or Bud I would get this without thinking twice. For an AB product I would recommend this. As a beer it was not that bad.