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Sweetwater Blue - SweetWater Brewing Company

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906 Ratings
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Ratings: 906
Reviews: 264
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 18.75%
Wants: 10
Gots: 119 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-11-2002)
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Reviews by TechTriumph:
Photo of TechTriumph
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes on 06/12/12:
Best by: 08/20/12; Poured in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - One inch of white creamy head that doesn't stick around for too long; Clear appearance with a shimmering gold color; Some, but not much lacing left behind

S - Very light and fairly refreshing; Cracked wheat, blueberry, and light floral and soapy notes; Blueberry notes are reminiscent of Fruity Pebbles cereal

T - There's a lot more of the floral, soapy, and Fruity Pebbles blueberry character in the taste; At times, the blueberry flavor comes off as artificial, but in other tastes, it's much closer to blueberry pie; Wheat, grains, and cereal flavors are also present and a bit more in the background, with increasing presence towards the end of the taste

M - A bit over moderate carbonation; Light to medium bodied; Crisp mouthfeel with a slighty slick film left on the tongue, allowing lingering flavors to endure

O - After trying a handful of blueberry themed beers over the years, I've decided that it's a flavor that's hard to incorporate into a beer without it seeming artificial. However, this particular offering is actually one of the better ones I've had, if not the best. Oddly, the blueberry character seems artificial at times, but very close to blueberry pie in subsequent tastes. This certainly qualifies as a refreshing and crisp beer, and while I might not have been completely won over by the flavor, I would have no problem drinking a few of these in succession.

TechTriumph, Jun 17, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
2.98/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Filling Station here in G-boro.Poured a very light slightly hazed golden with a 1/2 finger white head atop.Aromas are mainly toasty cereal grains with a light smattering of blueberry.Toasted flavors and very light sweetness,the bluberry is light and in the finish.Well I gues if you are lookin for a no brainer with a hint of fruit this would be for you,not me.

oberon, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of mojohawk21
2.25/5  rDev -33%

mojohawk21, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of OhioBobcat
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

OhioBobcat, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of Zakk
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Zakk, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of tbryan5
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

tbryan5, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured form a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light golden honey color with a very thin white head, diminishing quickly to just a very thin ring of bubbles. Zero lacing.

S: Fruity fresh blueberry mingling with light flowery hops. There some malts in there too but they are tough to discern through the blueberries.

T: Dry light malty flavors with an interesting blueberry presence. I'm not sure I would call it 'fruity' but definitely blueberry, with some very mild sweetness from the malt. The blueberry tends to linger after an otherwise clean finish. I don't know that I've ever had a beer anything like this before. Interesting.

M&D: Lighter mouthfeel and weight with very light carbonation. Smooth, goes down easy. At first this seems like a very nice easy drinking brew but by the end of the glass, one was enough for a while. Enjoyable just the same.

Thanks to Maria for picking this up for me in her travels.

SIRIUS2, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of markallmon
5/5  rDev +48.8%

markallmon, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of jonny1138
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

jonny1138, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of TheAdamConners
5/5  rDev +48.8%

TheAdamConners, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of Jared14
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Jared14, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of Kurt1326_
4/5  rDev +19%

Kurt1326_, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of merlin48
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I should mention that this one is one month past the "best if enjoyed by" date. It pours a slightly hazy pale yellow color with a shortlived white head. Leaves very little lacing, but lots of tiny bubbles rush to the top of the glass, trying to get my attention. Aroma is tart berry, but only slight blueberry. Some biscuit and earthy yeast are also present, as are some faint citrus and piney hops. Taste is well carbonated, very tart with berry, and has some earthy yeast notes and wheatgrain. This isn't so bad, but is not one of Sweetwater's better offerings. I look forward to visiting my old haunts in Atlanta, this summer when the state of Georgia, hopefully, will allow their microbreweries to turn out some bigger beers. I'm certain that Sweetwater will be one of the leaders of the unchained.

merlin48, Feb 06, 2004
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

henryclay_, May 10, 2014
Photo of tigg924
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, gold in color, 1/4 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: dried blueberries

Taste: sweet and tart blueberries

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium-light bodied, sweet but not overly so

Drinkability: A solid fruit beer that I could see myself sessioning. The blueberries have a real not artificial taste. Nothing extraordinary, just a solid fruit beer.

tigg924, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of locckdown
4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

locckdown, Mar 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Freehouse, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of jaminjohnson
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

jaminjohnson, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of dankjohn
3/5  rDev -10.7%

dankjohn, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of Fast169
2/5  rDev -40.5%

Fast169, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of KWally
4.68/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sweetwater Blue is a crisp and tasty desert beer. Very few places keep this beer on tap, but it is a must after a full round of wings or seafood. The blueberry taste is natural and crisp. Not artificial in any way. Blueberry is an easy fruit to fake, but Sweetwater keeps it real with natural blueberries.

This beer smells and tastes like an orchard of freshly picked berries. I am not a fan of fruit flavored beers, but this one is natural and pure and doesn't taste fake.

Try this if you are looking for a good desert beer that won't send your palette into confusion.

KWally, Dec 30, 2011
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1/5  rDev -70.2%

jmbraxton, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of chinchill
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Canoe at Sweetwater sponsored CRK event.
Slightly hazy deep golden with very little head.
Fine aroma features blueberry: think fine fresh preserves. These is some wheat and barley malt base evident too.
The flavor has good balance, with prominent blueberry but a solid malt base. Only lightly sweet due to a good bit of tartness.
Medium-light body with near medium carbonation.
O: recommended

chinchill, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of Ice_cyclops86
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Ice_cyclops86, May 28, 2014
Photo of ByTor2112
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a darker yellow not yet gold color. Small white head forms.
Aroma has just a hint of the fruit, not overbearing but you know what it is. Taste is good, the blueberry is subtle, and I can get some sweet malt flavor also. Hops are very mild. Sweetwater makes great beer, this one is good. Would be very refreshing on a hot summer day and I could quaff two or three but would need to switch to something heavier. This is the way a beer with fruit should taste.

ByTor2112, Jan 23, 2007
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Sweetwater Blue from SweetWater Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 906 ratings.