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Sweet Heat - Burnside Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 18.56%
Wants: 7
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Burnside Brewing Co. visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A wheat ale with an addition of 200 pounds of Apricot puree, then dry hopped with imported Jamaican Scotch Bonnet peppers.


(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 04-07-2011)
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Reviews by Murrhey:
Photo of Murrhey


3.35/5  rDev -7.2%

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- One finger white head with low retention. No real lacing. Cloudy apricot color, very very little clarity. Not looking very keen.

S- There certainly are peppers and apricots in here. Grassy smells and no malts to speak of.

T- Holy cow this is a different flavor. Definite peppers that warm the chest. Not unflinchingly bitter like you get from really spicy foods as well. Apricots are here to balance it out. Pretty nice.

M- Nice feel, somewhat watery, but crisp and full-bodied none the less. Chest warming.

O- Really is an enigma of a beer. I enjoyed it.

11-22-2012 20:39:13 | More by Murrhey
More User Reviews:
Photo of chossboss


4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

03-30-2014 03:26:22 | More by chossboss
Photo of intoxabroad


4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

09-01-2013 02:43:17 | More by intoxabroad
Photo of mudbug


3.66/5  rDev +1.4%

Bought this one on an impulse which almost never ends in a good thing, but wait.
From the freshness dated bomber into a standard pint glass results in a hazy yellow body with a small cap of foam, no lacing evident and no bubbles seen rising. mediocher heffe, not bad, just normal.
Aroma is , well a little strange, obviously a wheat beer with slight soapiness and grainy husk but with a slight tart note.
Taste is... well this is unique, starts out as a fairly dull heffe then a slight tartness creeps in, all nothing unusual, then. heat in the back of your mouth and throat. I love Habanero and Scotch bonnet peppers, this beer has captured the heat of those peppers perfectly. unlike Jalapenos or Serranos which have a slowly building level of heat the Chineeses variety of pepper is known for it's intense burn that doesn't linger forever.
Medium bodied with what can only be described as a very warming aftertaste this beer is a good choice for those of us that can handle capsicum.
If you think Tabasco sauce is too hot stay far far away, as for me, I'll have another.

08-01-2013 07:42:56 | More by mudbug
Photo of henrisimo

New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

08-01-2013 18:10:10 | More by henrisimo
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

07-14-2014 06:27:47 | More by PretzelCity
Photo of jmccraney


3.25/5  rDev -10%

12-27-2013 05:54:21 | More by jmccraney
Photo of ThisMoonlife


3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

10-11-2013 18:58:09 | More by ThisMoonlife
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

07-08-2013 16:00:30 | More by jason_nwx
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2/5  rDev -44.6%

07-07-2013 10:09:32 | More by GRG1313
Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.46/5  rDev -4.2%

Appearance. Pours a hazy yellow gold with two fingers of white head.

Smell. Apricots, pungent hot peppers and a bit of sweet wheat.

Taste. Those spicy peppers I smelled without much heat, apricots and some wheat.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with medium+ carbontion.

Overall. The flavour of the peppers was a bit strong, but the mild heat was just right. Original for sure. I'd drink it again.

08-20-2013 02:18:12 | More by Rutager
Photo of Docer


3.9/5  rDev +8%

My first beer from them on tap.

- Light pale cloudy wheat, light yellow, great layer of foamy head..

- Smell was bready, biscuit, thin sugary malts, fruity apricot sat lightly underneath, and the peppers aroma sat nicely with the fruity touch.

- Great light touch of peppery heat to a pleasant wheat ale. The fruit road along nicely with the wheat malts. and bready quality.. the peppers are not so hot, but more flavorful which I like.

- Light to medium bodied, sweet, slightly stick, and wets the palate.

- Overall this is a fantastic peppery wheat brew. It's a very nice regular offering, and I can see myself filling a few growlers of this which are only $10 to fill!

06-06-2011 03:24:58 | More by Docer
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

11-03-2013 16:04:52 | More by jaydoc
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

01-23-2014 22:28:05 | More by foxyaardvark27
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New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

10-30-2013 03:51:44 | More by Chugs13
Photo of CookstLiquor

British Columbia (Canada)

3.79/5  rDev +5%

Poured from a 650ml bottle. Pours a hazy yellow. An interesting nose of stone fruits, spice and honey. The taste follows suit with a nice dry fruitiness--peaches and apricots--followed by notes of hot peppers and a nice spicy pepper heat on the finish. A very interesting combination that is well-balanced and tasty. It's medium bodied and hearty and would pair well with food.

08-24-2013 03:59:18 | More by CookstLiquor
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

02-08-2013 17:47:04 | More by mendvicdog
Photo of danwho


4/5  rDev +10.8%

03-15-2013 18:30:53 | More by danwho
Photo of cbarrett4


3.03/5  rDev -16.1%

A rather forgettable pepper/spiced beer but points for the effort.

A low IBU wheat brew with some peppers added in (theoretically) for heat. I was expecting something a with a bit more heat.

Instead this drinks like an average unfiltered American wheat ale. Really up front grain on the nose, some citrus notes. Palate confirms with more of the cereal grain flavors. Very faint pepper influence, not enough to really do justice.

I think they are onto something here, but just need to ratchet it up a notch on all levels.

09-07-2011 18:28:36 | More by cbarrett4
Photo of Etan


3.51/5  rDev -2.8%

Mahlik sent this to me a few weeks ago. Hope these Scotch Bonnets weren't too hot...
22oz into a tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy straw-gold with a nice white head. Nice looking wheat ale.

S: Aroma of sweet apricots, light unmalted wheat, and a bit of green pepper. Pretty mild so far.

T: Mildly vegetal pepper taste, light cream, crisp wheat, a hint of apricot. A tiny tingling of warmth, but it's barely there.

M: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: This was sort of a let-down, as the pepper didn't give off much heat. I've heard that there's major bottle variation in terms of spiciness - I guess I got a very mild one.

02-09-2013 00:12:09 | More by Etan
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

3.96/5  rDev +9.7%

Pours a cloudy, gold color with a small frothy white head that recedes slowly to leave some decent lacing.

Aromas begin with the slicy raw peppers up front and some pale malt sweetness and . As it warms up I get more of the fruity apricot sweetness with some semi- tangy wheat malt.

The tastes begin with the same full bodied tangy wheat with a complementary light heat that comes in soon after. The apricots provide a smooth and somewhat sweet balance. The finish is fairly clean before leaving an aftertaste with a decent amount of peppery heat.

The mouthfeel is light to medium boided with moderate carbonation. Finish is lightly sweet from the fruit but mainly end with the light heat in the background.

Overall, I have to say this is my favorite beer besides Hunahpu that has a spice profile. I know they are completely different beers but this one shares the same quality of not over or under-applying the peppers and they spice/heat really complements the beer as opposed to be overpowering or completely lost as most pepper beers do. I feel the wheat base was a good choice because such a low ABV beer with just pilsner or pale malt would have been too spicy most likely. I've hears some good things out of this new Northwest brewery so I look forward to sampling more in the future.

01-06-2013 14:44:21 | More by claspada
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

02-21-2014 21:27:25 | More by Birdlegs
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5/5  rDev +38.5%

02-05-2014 21:02:28 | More by Kkbeep
Photo of Reidrover


3.55/5  rDev -1.7%

22 oz bottle from "Lifesource" in Salem. $4.99 Hazy golden body with a large thick and frothy white head. Fruity slight apricot aroma among he hay and bready tones..slight pepper. Taste is unusual i get the apricot..more like an apricot jam and then the tingly and certainly heated pepper..pepper heats the back of the mouth quite well. Good mouthfeel with an ever present peppery heat.. Overall a very interesting beer.

12-01-2012 01:17:49 | More by Reidrover
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

08-04-2013 17:41:43 | More by Braz
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Sweet Heat from Burnside Brewing Co.
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