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Sweetwater Blue - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Reviews: 281
Hads: 1,068
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 23
Gots: 250 | FT: 1
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SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-11-2002

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Reviews: 281 | Hads: 1,068
Photo of schoolboy
3.49/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I am a fan of ambitious attempts at fruit and vegetable brews. This one is OK but not great.

It pours to a gorgeous little head and quickly goes down to a tiny fizz. The aroma is fresh and fruity.

The taste is slightly sweet, slightly tart, and ever so slightly bitter blend overwhelmed by blueberry. The aftertaste is fruity but it goes away fairly quickly.

After some special experiences with Sweetwater special limited runs this is a disappointment. Not at all recommended, even for the fans of this style. (513 characters)

Photo of dukeandduke
3.47/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

(8/7 Bottle) Golden pour, thin head, mild carbonation. Mild aroma, wheat sweet taste, hint of blueberry and malt. Good offering by Sweetwater Brewery! (150 characters)

Photo of aaya
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nothing like my ultimate, Wachesett Blueberry BUT it's light, summery and blueberry with a slight lemon aftertaste. Smooth but a hint more of blueberry would make it amazing. (174 characters)

Photo of FrothFanatic
2.51/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Not a fan of blue berry so obviously this isn't my type of brew but I tried it anyway and it isn't bad but it isn't good either. It's fair, and for it being a blue berry hinted beer with that creamy sweet water style it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Nonetheless I wouldn't be picking up a case of this any time in the near future, but for those who enjoy a good blue berry aroma beer, pick this up for sure. (417 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure we are giving this one enough credit, it's very good beer, on tap at the Atlanta airport spot these guys have. A touch sweet, no blueberry color at all, and under carbonated for the style, but it has a lot going for it too. It's really light in body, and the fruit is real authentic. Very very drinkable and nice for summer or with spicy food. I know these fruited blondes are predisposed to be cheap and lousy, but this is far better than the average for the field, so revisit it in an appropriate context and be pleasantly surprised. I'm not always real jazzed about sweetwater beers, but this one is better than it's ratings, especially if you like or can at least tolerate the residual sweetness with notes of blueberry juice. Easy down and not watery, hefty even as it warms. In a hot humid summer setting, it's delicious. (836 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
2.78/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear brass with a thin head. Smells like a blueberry muffin. Tastes like a grainy pale lager with blueberry muffin. Mouthfeel is medium body and a little sticky. Eh. (168 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.7/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Must...resist...urge...to quote...Eiffel 65... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises sweet blueberries covered in butter. The taste holds notes of cereal grains and biscuit covering a layer of vague and slightly vinyl-y blueberry syrup. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, this just did not do anything positive for me. The blueberry flavor, whether authentic or not, comes across as fake, and there seems to be a diacetyl thing going on. (591 characters)

Photo of ilikebeer03
2.95/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: pours a crystal clear light gold with a decent head. not much retention / lacing.

S: artificial blueberry.

T: not terrible, but certainly not great. traces of slightly tart blueberry.

M: average

O: wouldnt seen it out again. (231 characters)

Photo of JamieDuncan
2.98/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Umm, no thank you. Generally like fruit beers but did not find this one enjoyable. Very light gold, almost no head, barely any lacing. There is just an off smell with some strong blueberries in there. Taste is similar, blueberries, but not much else other than something off. Very light, not much substance. Overall not a beer that I will revisit. (353 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of sweet blueberries. Taste is crisp, malty, blueberries, not nearly as sweet as the smell would indicate. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer. (266 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a pale yellow, pretty clear and bright overall with just a light haze. The head is a pillowy pure white one that manages about half a finger and sustains itself moderately well, leaving light patching in similar moderation through the session.
The aroma showcases sweet blueberries very strongly, showing some bread, wheat, and sweeter malts while allowing the blueberry to be the main feature. The smell remains strong all the way through, never fading.
The blueberry shows in the flavor, just not as well as the aroma, and comes out with a little more tartness. It gives off more wheat than is noticeable in the nose, and the crackery taste gives it a grainy sense in the middle.
The body is right, and it's light without needing to be heavier, but there's something a little slick in the middle, though it doesn't get carried away. It's nice and soft with a good carbonation and light bite of crispness. (923 characters)

Photo of Bezy901
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Not a bad brew at all. It reminded me of Sam Adams Blackberry Witbier but not as sweet. It was was surprised a bit by the toasted notes and expected it to be a brighter more floral beer. (186 characters)

Photo of DavidGross
2/5  rDev -40.8%

this wasn't good. had from keg but not sure if lines were dirty or what. place I was at had 40+ taps on line and claimed to have solid cleaning process and schedule. Don't think I would try another. (201 characters)

Photo of mooseisloose
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%

Popping the top to this brew it has a smoky type smell for reasons unknown as it is a wheat beer with blueberry. Pouring into my SAPP I get a brew with a bright golden color and a thin foamy white head. On the taste this brew has a spicy smoky flavor more than a sweet blueberry taste. Mouthfeel is good and the aftertaste is consistent with the upfront flavor. Nothing too spectacular here. Won't seek this one out but would drink it if offered one. (455 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

Deep golden hue filtered blueberry ale, not a fan of synthetic fruit beer this is one of those generic golden ales with fake blueberry flavor in the finish. Light speckled head leaves a fine trail of lacing. Aroma has that fruity pebbles blueberry manufactured food additive nose. Flavor is slightly tart with blueberry/citrus notes and even earthy dry grains. Mouthfeel is light bodied meant to be consumed in the warm weather, this beer has probably found it's audience already, sorry I can't do this regularly. (517 characters)

Photo of UTvols05
4/5  rDev +18.3%

My guilty pleasure beer... Blueberries are my favorite fruit so this is my go-to beer when I'm hungover, drinking early in the morning for some reason, or need to switch from high ABV beers to something more sessionable. (221 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle best by 12/23/14 poured into a pint glass
A: Yellow color with a one-finger head that settles quickly
S: Wheat and blueberries
T: Wheat and blueberries again
F Light-bodied with light carbonation
O: If you like blueberries give it a try, otherwise only okay (269 characters)

Photo of EHopkinsi
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%

A very pleasant surprise. Figured I hate it, as it isn't big and dark and malty-caramelly-roasty. The blueberries I was pretty sure I'd dislike in there.

I poured it into a regular ol' pint and it produced a two finger head, which settled down quickly and went away. Noticeable but not overpowering smell of blueberries, which also fades as beer warms. When at its coldest, blueberries are subtly but definitely tasted first, and then a rather light but refreshing beer makes itself known. By the end of the glass, the beer taste is coming first and the blueberries are finishing.

I thought the beer managed to strike a nice balance of fruit and beer taste. I can see grabbing a couple more of these in the heat of next summer. (736 characters)

Photo of ArchimedesSox
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Pours a slightly murky slightly orangeish to straw color with a big white fluffy head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing on a 16oz mason jar.

Smell is really heavy of blueberries and maybe a slight lager yeast smell. I may be getting a little bit of a metallic smell to it as well but it could be just the way the smells blend together.

Taste is very subtle. I get the blueberries right away then a little bit of malts then it goes away into with a crisp finish that is dry and has a slight blueberry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is watery. To me it is too loose. I would benefit from a little more body here to go with more taste. Carbonation is a little flat once the head dissipates.

Overall, it is not my favorite fruit beer. I know more malty taste could possibly mask the blueberry taste that they want to shine through but this beer needs a little more to it. I dont mind an American Adjunct Lager every now and again but this one is only slightly better than that. (990 characters)

Photo of jfhrtn92
4.2/5  rDev +24.3%

Very light almost honey colored with hints of a cereal or toasted grain with a nice upfront blueberry aroma. After poured the head diminishes quickly to about a half finger width. Also very light on the hoppy side. Has a real light feel to the mouth and its very smooth. If fruit beer is for you this one is worth a try (319 characters)

Photo of JLSIV
3.81/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Have tried this both in bottle and on tap

Nice clear golden color, pours a nice two finger head that lasts.

The blueberry aroma is very sweet and pronounced, but i was pleasantly surprised with the background banana bread aromas

likewise i went into this one skeptical, and came out with a smile. Beats adjunct competition hands down, noticeable blueberry almost overwhelms the wheat taste, I would scale it back some, but it has it's following.

Mouthfeel is a great change-up from typical craft beers….very drinkable.

Overall I would not hesitate to get this one again, I think there are a lot of closet Blue drinkers in the ATL (636 characters)

Photo of SVan007
4.04/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.5

Pretty tasty, not six pack beer. Prolly one or two glasses, and you'll wanna switch to something else, but a lot less thick and consuming then blueberry beers out there. The blueberry flavor is just right . I really enjoyed this coming from a brew company that does more IPA then anything else (294 characters)

Photo of jaredtp
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a decent beer, it has a blue berry taste to it which is really good. The taste is not too strong or too weak. The smell is a really good smell as well. You can taste the blue berry in it as well, and I like that. If you have not had this beer before and you like the taste of fruit in your beer than you need to try this one. (334 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden color. There's slightly less than a finger worth of white-colored head; it's nicely creamy yet underwhelming in retention. Only a thin ring of lacing is left behind.

S: Does anyone know how Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat smells like Fruity Pebbles? Well to me, this hits a note closer to actual blueberries, but there is a slight presence of that great Fred Flinstone-backed cereal. There are also vague touches of wheat, but this mostly shows off the fruit foremost. Genuinely not bad at all.

T: The first flavor that hits the tongue is the sensation of tart blueberries. It's not that sugary, thankfully. I'll give it some more credit - the blueberries seem natural instead of artificial (suck it Leinie's!) That and a wheaty finish are just about all the flavor profile offers. I can't give it a high score due to that, but it still does its job (being a warm weather refresher) admirably.

M: Creamy yet well carbonated, with a surprisingly neutral (not too sweet or dry) finish. It's just dry enough to be refreshing, and just sugary enough to hit that sweet tooth nicely. Very well carbonated, too. Only complaint is that it could be a touch less slimy on the palate.

O: It is what it is. It's a dead simple yet refreshing fruit beer that's panacea during 100 degree weather. I like how it isn't as cloying as certain fruit beers, also. Not great, but it'll still find a place in my fridge during the summer months. (1,475 characters)

Photo of Foyle
2.82/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a 1” white head that recedes rapidly with light lacing. Color is light golden and clear with a few carbonation bubbles streaming.
Aroma: blueberries are the dominate smell. Can’t really detect anything other than that, maybe a little grassy aroma.
Mouthfeel: light, watery, refreshing with a mostly dry finish.
Flavor: a very mild hop bitterness lingers at the end. Other than that there is some sweet bready malt flavors and a grassy wheat taste. If you like blueberries, you will enjoy this beer. It truly has blueberry flavor without being cloyingly sweet. (584 characters)

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Sweetwater Blue from SweetWater Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.