Swill Beer - 10 Barrel Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 21.47%
Wants: 1
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
10 Barrel Brewing Co. visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 05-18-2013

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Ratings: 103 | Reviews: 25
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Photo of i_Trav
2/5  rDev -41.2%

I for one found this beer to be one of the most terrible tasting things that has ever crossed my palate. I don't mind 10 barrels other offerings but this one did nothing for me. I couldn't even slam it without wanting to gag.

Photo of mudbug
1.98/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

From the bomber into a Sam Smith perfect pint glass results in a hazy orange body topped by a bubbly head that quickly escapes notice, small bubbles continue to rise to the top.
Aroma is clean wheat beer with a slightly astringent quality not overpowering.
Taste is....Well this train ran off the tracks, Cloying sweetness reminiscent of orange soda pop maybe a little tinge of sour on the front but nowhere near enough to balance out the sickeningly sweet sugary sliminess that comes later, a prickly effervesnace attempts to cut though the heavy sugar bill but fails. Thick sugary aftertaste lingers and needs washing down with something, anything that will remove it.
I didn't know "Soda Pop" was a beer style.
Swill indeed. Extra points for the truth in advertising.
Note: I do NOT like sugary soda pop

Photo of Fatehunter
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured a finger and half of head on a hazy straw colored body. The aroma is grapefruit, like a Squirt soda. The taste is like squirt with some light beer flavors. Still a good drink. The texture is crisp with low to moderate carbonation. It is a nice, easy drinking and refreshing beer.

Photo of Spikester
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Very hazy gold with a small white head, leaves quickly.
Smells like lemons.
Tastes like beer and lemonade, in other words, a Shandy.
Mouthfeel is fine and just enough carbonation.
Overall a tasty light drink for a hot day. If there were any hops in this beer the lemons blocked them from my tastebuds.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The base beer is a Berliner back sweetened (I believe) with a grapefruit/citrus soda... Think much more refined than the Stiegl Grapefruit Radler.

6-pack picked up tonight at the 16th St. Albertsons.... Paid about $8.... Poured into my goto tulip... the brew is a softly hazed dark golden orange with a short lasting white head with no real lacing or cap.

The Berliner presence comes through nicely on the nose... so does a fairly abundant sweet citrusy essence... but still the Berliner is the bigger player.

The flavor mirrors the nose flawlessly... very tasty and very drinkable.

Body is a bit heavier than expected, probably magnified by the residual sugars... carbonation is also lighter than I hope for, but it is not a game changer.

Very refreshing.

3.5/3.75/3.75/3.75/3.75

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with coppery tones. Half finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of lemon-lime soda with light biscuit malt and a hint of grassy hops. Flavor leans towards a light wheat beer with distinct lemon (reminiscent of lemon concentrate) and other light fruit juice. Slight sourness in the finish. Light bodied. An interesting fruit oriented beer, which is not as puckering as a Berline Weisse, which I appreciate, but balances sweet and mild sour well. A great idea for a summer beer; refreshing.

Photo of IPAguy2009
4.26/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I heard that this was a sour ale, but I don't think it's called one technically. It's based off a Berliner Weiss, which is an actual sour, me loving sours i decided to see if it would scratch the sour itch (haha) and pick a 6 pack up for 9.39.

A- pale straw rich gold color.

S- smells honestly just like some domestic mass produced pale lager. Or the taste of a pale lager more like. Sweet like yeasts.

T- starts off grapefruity sweet and then dives into a mellow sourness. Fricken delish! Then another touch of grapefruit on the long finish and then super pale malts linger for quite awhile. This tastes almost like a sour but then typical beer flavors kick in, such a perfect mix!

M-quite carbonated, makes for it being pretty refreshing.

O- well, I was sceptical. But this beer blew me away! This will be my beer for summer 2013. If you like sours, I'm sure you will LOVE this one as I do! Sours tend to get pretty spendy so for a 6 pack of this costing 9.39ish, I'm very willing to pick this stuff up all the time. Get yourself some!!! Prost!

Photo of Reidrover
4.03/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bought from Roths Sunnyslope Market in Salem. $3.99 After a very rambunctious pour things settled down and now can see hazy yellow beer with a good sized pure white bubbly head. Very fruity..pineapple,papaya,mango aromas..very nice on a HOT night. Taste is the same very tropical fruit forward..almost like a smoothie..i love it! Great palate..well drinkable. Going against the grain on this one..a superb very hot weather beer.

Photo of vkv822
3.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz : tulip

Hazy, golden yellow with a thick, billowy white head.

Pulpy grapefruit, light Berliner Weisse tartness.

The sweet soda notes come through more in the flavor, blending nicely with the grapefruit and just a light tartness in the finish.

Medium body, foamy carbonation.

A very refreshing beer, the soda is certainly noticeable, but not overdone. Not something I would drink a lot of, but something, tasty, fun and different.

Photo of Redrover
3.99/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10 Barrel Swill - on draught at the First National Tap House in Eugene, OR. - served in an imperial style (but not sized) pint, the beer is a dark chill hazed yellow; it was filled to the rim, so very little room for a head.

Aroma of citrus (grapefruit)

Beer is extremely refreshing and crisp. Slightly sour with grapefruit layered over some whole grains. Beer becomes more puckering mid-glass.

The mouth is crisp with sharp carbonation. Well done, would buy this on a regular basis if available at home.

Photo of harrymel
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled; unk

Pours golden with a few streams of bubbles, but no foam, look is meh - touch of haze. Smells of pear, some apple juice and a little grapefruit juice and sugar. Flavor is sweet with lots of peach, pineapple, apple, pear, and some sugar. Really sweet. Thin with low carb and a wet finish. This is a beer for those with a sweet tooth. I would actually drink this again, over ice and be able to slam back a good ten of these on a hot summer day. Tasty beer, unusual.

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.07/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a becker glass

A- Poured a light yellow color, clear, tons of streaming carbonation, with soapy white head that left no lace.

S- Ruby red grapefruit juice, lemon-lime soda, and huge fresh minty notes.

T- Huge minty and lemon-lime soda notes, ginger ale, citrusy notes, and other fruity notes. Some nice refreshing tartness, but not much.

M- This really drinks like soda with a little more body, high carbonation, and super refreshing.

O- This is a weird beer to review as it is some kind of unique hybrid style cocktail beer. However, I find it amazingly refreshing and am really enjoying it.

Photo of flagmantho
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: on first pour, my large 20-oz imperial pint glass has about two fingers of beer on the bottom with easily six or seven fingers of foam on top. Clearly something is amiss here; I'm guessing an unexpected bottle refermentation. Color is a medium gold with a light haze and a strong effervescence (surprise!).

Smell: citrusy and grapefruity, but not in a hop-character way -- more like, in a fruit juicy way. I also had this beer at Portland Brewers Fest a couple months ago and there it was marketed more like a radler -- they started with a strong Pilsner base and mixed it with fruit juice. It certainly seemed to be the case then, and that impression is certainly not diminished now. I feel like in the bottle, though, it's not as fresh-smelling as straight out of the keg.

Taste: sweet and refreshing like a radler should be -- kind of like candied grapefruit. I actually kind of like the style. Runaway carbonation notwithstanding, this beer certainly doesn't taste infected or anything; we're probably just seeing the effects of added juice at bottling. Aside from the inconvenience, I like the overall effect.

Mouthfeel: quite light. Not much going on here.

Overall: this stuff is incredibly drinkable. I mean, it's nice now, sitting in my office late at night, but in the 90-degree Portland sun it was indispensable. Aside from that, f you like fruity candy beers, this is probably for you; otherwise, stay away.

Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bomber into shaker pint.

A: hazy straw color. Looks like uh nfiltered apple cider. Lots of sediment left in the bottle too. Light bubbely head dissipated fast and left nothing on top.

S: citrus and musky wheat smell. Pretty appealing and very simple. As the name of the beer suggests.

T: wow that is citrusy they really hit that hard with lemon. The wheat and yeast funk is very present. Opens citrusy like lemon juice, becomes funky, ends citrusy and crisp. Lingering lemony flavor is excellent.

M: light and crisp as expected.

O: a german style whest beer with the lemon already added instead of putting a wedge into your glass after the pour. Really tasty even if it no longer qualifies as a Berliner Weiss. Hell even if it falls short of what a good Berliner should be this beer is still tasty. It does EXACTLY whst it set out to do, be a sessionable refreshing beer thst tastes good.

Photo of captainwerd
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice summer beer, as advertised. In my opinion if you are gonna blend beer and soda, whatever ratio they used hits the sweet spot. Also I thought the use of a Berliner-Weisse style as the base was fantastic. Easy to drink but still high enough ABV to get a little buzz. Can definitely taste the sweet citrus soda, but thankfully it does not dominate everything else.

Photo of brentk56
3.71/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Looks just like what you would expect a beer/soda hybrid to look like - clear golden liquid with a massive, soda-like head; not one to leave much lacing, but the retention was surprisingly good

Smell: Lemon soda aromatics, with just a hint of bready wheat underneath

Taste: Tart lemon flavors dominate, with soda sweetness building in the middle; a nice balance between the tart and sweet flavors linger into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light body with soda-like carbonation

Overall: This would be a great lawnmower beer but is a bit too light for the winter chill; darn good for what it is

Thanks, JohnGalt1, for the opportunity

Photo of outskiing
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have to admit that this is not my favorite style of beer. To me its more like a shandy and the taste is like flat soda pop. The carrier boasts that you will either love it or hate it and they are not far wrong. In some ways it comes off like a cheap champagne, just dry enough to give a sense that it has some beer to it, but heavily overpowered by what seems an artificial sweetness. I think it would be worth a try on tap and maybe pairs with some foods well, but once is enough for me.

Photo of ZRBE
2.78/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Single 12oz just to try this stuff. Love me some of the Stiegl grapefruit radler, so I thought this would be right up my alley. And while it definitely is a nice refreshing drink, I just can't get past the sticky syrupyness of it all. Even the smell is thick with it. Lemon and a citrus flavor somewhere between an orange and a grapefruit dominates this thing. Having this very cold on a very warm day would be great, but otherwise it's too cloying for my taste. Flavor is good, just a bit too much of it.

Photo of ccrida
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Almost all lemonade, not digging this. There's a little berliner weisse on the back-end, which is nice, but the sugar is like an immediate hangover. Also, the body is heavier than I'd like. This is easy to guzzle, because it tastes soda, but I wouldn't want to.

Photo of DaveRinn
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Served in a 12 oz bottle

The appearance is that of any lager or pilsner, golden and bubbly, very little head

the smell---the worst part, like rancid budweiser left in the sun, in a sock...

the taste - getting past the smell is hard, but it tastes GREAT, kinda sour, a nice fruity kinda sweetness, and a light sweet aftertaste...

Mouthfeel - smooth and light, highly carbonated, like drinking ginger ale

Overall the label is correct - you'll either love or hate it.. I kinda love it

Photo of ricke49
2.68/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

This concoction makes you really appreciate the real thing (radlers from Germany). It's simply too sweet and cloying. As an experiment I mixed a 22 oz Swill with a 12 oz. Sierra Nevada Summerfest and it was pretty drinkable. B4 the "mix", not so much. To 10 Barrels credit(and they are a fine brewery) I've heard they are going to discontinue this 'stumble'

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.8/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Poured a hazy straw color with some floaties. Lots of carbonation presenting a nice white cap

S: Musty wheat, citrus and spoilage. Smells sour.

T: Not sure what is going on here. I like Berliners but this is just odd and rather unappeaning for me. Funky sourness not attributed a Berliner. Funky, wheat, lemon.

M: Light and crisp as expected.

O: This beer was rough around the edges.

Photo of beertunes
3.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Despised 22oz format bottle poured into straight pint glass. Poured a clean, very lightly hazy bright gold color, with no head, thus no retention.

Some grain showed through in the nose, with a bit of sweetness. The grain was a bit more subdued on the tongue, with a notable sweetness dominating. body was medium-light, but had a sticky-sweet finish.

Drinkability was good, though I'm not sure I'd want more than a couple in a row. Overall, not the best Radler I've ever had, but solid. Worth a shot on a hot day.

Photo of snaotheus
3.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. 114 A-1 0316 is the bottle code on the bottom.

Pours clear, golden, medium head that fades quickly into little or no head, almost no carbonation. Smell is mild, slightly spicy, slightly fruity.

Taste is fucking sweet. I went into this not knowing what to expect, but expecting a beer. I tasted it and recoiled at the sweetness. This is the first beer I've had that has been labeled "radler", so I don't know. I'll take it as intentional, and reset my expectations.

So yes, it's sweet, like pop, but much flatter. I get mostly an orangey sweetness, but mild, so like a mild orange soda. Not bad, kind of refreshing, good for a hot summer day.

Mouthfeel is flattish, medium, slightly sticky. Overall, if this is what to expect from a radler, likely I'll not be a fan of the style in general, but I'll still keep my eye out for a couple more and try to give it a fair chance.

Photo of Scotchboy
3.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into my Sam Smith oversized nonic.

A: Hazy yellow/orange body with a significant amount of carbonation slowly rising; a huge, fluffy & soapy white head fades away relatively fast.

S: Fruit flesh, a bit funky and almost rotten at times. Lemonade, tart, sugary essence, bready sweetness. Not a great nose to me...

T: Taste follows the nose, but is a bit better; carbonated lemonade meets a hefeweizen. Somewhat tart and somewhat sugary-sweet. Finish is clean with more lemon. Refreshing and pretty highly drinkable.

MF: Not overcarbed, medium to high carbonation is appropriate. Lighter medium body but not quite 'light'.

O: Definitely tastes better than it smells to me, this is pleasant and a good change up. I could see this being very popular on hot summer days. On the other hand, it really doesn't taste much like beer.

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Swill Beer from 10 Barrel Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.