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Sweetwater Blue - SweetWater Brewing Company

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283 Reviews
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Reviews: 283
Hads: 1,091
Avg: 3.37
pDev: 35.61%
Wants: 24
Gots: 259 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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: 283 | Hads: 1,091
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of Foyle
2.82/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

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Photo of Goosehunter75
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a bright yellow. Lots and lots of bubbles. small 1/2 finger head that is pretty bubbly. Less than average retention

S - Smells very sweet. The blueberry is present and rules the beer. Smells like a blueberry pie

T - Not nearly as sweet as the smell would indicate. The blueberry is present but balanced nicely by the malts. Another good note is the blueberry tastes like real blueberries and not a fake addititive

M - very light and bubbly in the mouth. Easy to drink and smooth as can be

O - This would be a good summertime poolside beer. I wouldnt want to drink it all the time but its a nice change every once in a while

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Photo of gopens44
3.16/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice and crisp. Blueberry isn't wicked overwhelming and has just the right bit of tartness to be intriguing outside of the blueberry taste. Smell is somewhat missing, as there's just a hint of aroma of blueberry on the nose in front of a nearly nonexistent, faint, no - strike that; there is no other smell. Appearance is. Pretty pedestrian as well, with virtually no lacing or head sitting on a mundane gold liquid with a few overachieving bubbles trying to escape. But, for what it is from a style standpoint, it is pretty good and could serve well as a BMC alternative at summer parties.

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Photo of barczar
3.61/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Press a brilliant golden straw with a foamy white head that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Real blueberries dominate the aroma, with lightly bready malt underlying.

Flavor is more cracker-malt dominant, refreshing, with blueberry sweetness appearing briefly, and finishing slightly tart/fruity. A beer with fruit, rather than vice versa.

Body is fairly light, with moderate to a touch high carbonation. It's crisp.

Better than most fruit beers, in that it still tastes like a decent brew. Good aroma.

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Photo of delta490
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear and effervescent medium gold with a fizzy white head. The head has minimal retention but does leave a modicum of lacing. There is a pronounced blueberry aroma with a slight hint of the wheat beer base. The taste follows closely with distinct blueberry notes and mild wheat beer characteristics. On the plus side, the blueberries aren't overwhelming or cloying. There is a slight carbonation feel but it doesn't go too far towards fizzy. Not a bad beer and if you like fruit-based flavors in your beer this might be right up your alley. I was hoping for more wheat beer flavors than this provided.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

A nice brass to very light bronze colored body, super crystal clear and nice thin rising carbonation. Head is only about a finger and a fluffy consistency, off white in color and looks ok otherwise.

A real nice fruit character, very noticeable blueberry but also some off putting aromas. A bit of bile, acrid grain senses, but for the most part passable it seems.

A very surprising light palate and much more tolerable and enjoyable than the nose would indicate. Hints of light crisp malt, and a quick carbonation feeling on the finish with tight bubbles on the tip of the tongue. Nice fruit blueberry, doesn't come off cloying, sickly sweet, syrupy, or horrifically tart either. Good clean finish with some almost pils like crisp dry character, but not much chewy wheat backbone.

Overall though pretty tasty for a fruit brew.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden color bright white 1/2 finger head. Smells of blueberries, some fruity pebble notes from the wheat, a bit of graininess.

Blueberry flavors a little light, but surprisingly complex for a light fruity blueberry (not that it's a complex beer, just for what it is it's complex) Some lightly kilned grains up front with a touch of blueberry sweetness swept up by a bit of sweet wheat and balanced by a dry cereal graininess. Dry finish but with some lingering blueberry sweetness. Medium bodied good briskness. Not bad for a fruit beer.

Refreshing with a bit more to it than fruit

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Photo of watermelon
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass date on the bottle says 12/11/13

A: Dark straw with a weak light head.

S: Strong blueberry and wheat smell, it smells exactly like a blueberry muffin.

T: The taste is the same as the smell. There is a metallic after taste but its not to bad.

M: This has a fizzy mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation. It is an easy drinking beer though.

O: I would say this beer is worth a try. I wouldn't really want to drink a 6 pack but its a nice beer. I pick it up every now and then when I have a craving for it.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

SweetWater Blue has a thin, white head, which fizzes right away, no lacing, and a mostly clear, golden appearance, with an enormous amount of white powdery sediment suspended throughout. The aroma is of blueberries, with an underlying bread smell. Taste is of blueberry, white bread, sweetness, and a slight bitter note. Mouthfeel is medium, and SweetWater Blue finishes semi-dry, refreshing, fruity, and highly drinkable. Overall, this is good.


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Photo of Mikecap
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Poured a golden straw like color into a standard pint glass. Two fingers of white head fade quickly, no apparent lacing.

Smell: Definitely some blueberry but more artificial blueberry than say...blueberry pie. A bit of corn and malt in there as well.

Taste: Blueberry, a slight tartness and what you'd expect in a fruit beer. Still a bit too much lager flavor for me but this isn't bad.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a some off flavors, decent carbonation. Somewhat refreshing I suppose.

Overall: Eh, I used to like fruit beers back in the day, this one isn't great but not terrible. Not something I'd drink too often but worth a try if you like fruit beers.

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Photo of chinchill
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
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

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Photo of KYGunner
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Crystal light yellow coloring with a wispy light and loose head.

The scent is primarily blueberry but a blueberry muffin aroma seems more dominant. A combination of the blueberry and grain must create this illusion.

The taste is a light blueberry flavor with an even lighter barley malt. The taste is incredibly soft and needs some amperage.

The feel is bubbly, airy and light, with mildly refreshing effervescence.

I'm one to score fruit beers relatively high as I tend to enjoy them but this simply fell short in most categories.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy amber with a white head which disappears in seconds.

The smell is musty, blueberries, sweet.

The taste is grainy and slight blueberry.

The mouthfeel is light with quite high carbonation.

This isn't terrible but it's pretty average. Tastes like a lager with some blueberry thrown in.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a nonic pint glass

A - It is golden with a chill haze. It had virtually no head. The little bit that was there was white.

S - At first I got a soapy smell. That smell seemed to dissipate. Then I noticed fresh blueberries.

T - The blueberry taste is not in your face. It is subtle. It tastes like a lager with blueberry flavoring.

M - Moderate

O - It is not a great blueberry beer. The base beer taste is too prominent and bland.

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Photo of Amalak
3.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had at sharkys in Raleigh.
A. Extremely bubbly with a god colr and it is fairly clear. A good foamy white head with some lacing.
S.a very mild pine scent.
T/m. It has a strong soapy taste with a tang sweetness. Some lemon and citrus. A bit of smokiness. Light body.
O. It is refreshing but a bit too soapy.

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Photo of stript
2.9/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased a 12 oz bottle at a Publix in Macon, GA. Sure can taste the blueberries, but it's just too sweet in the wrong way. It's not a complex sweet that you might get from a lambic or even from other fruit beers. It's just sugar. In my extremely limited experience, SweetWater beers seem to be sweeter than is standard for the style (e.g., the 420)--it must be the name.

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Photo of Mojo
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle -> snifter

A - pours up a medium gold with a very thin one half finger head, no retention, and no lacing.

S - Nice subtle aroma of fruit.

T - This is a mild indistinctive beer that is notable only for a nice pleasant blueberry tasting finish, not overpowering though.

M - about average

O - Pleasant easy to drink beer that I wouldn't turn down if offered, but I doubt I'd choose it over legions of other offerings.

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Photo of metter98
3.46/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear pale yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down, leaving a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of blueberries are present in the nose.
T: The taste very much follows the smell and has lots of flavors of blueberries and doesn't seem artificial. No sweetness is detectable.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not watery) on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an easy to drink beer that would probably be appealing to the masses.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This pours a clear, light amber color with a slight, off-white head. The aroma is very grassy and grainy. The taste is fairly decent for its style as it’s light in body and flavor. It’s perhaps a little thinner than I would like, but than again it is made for a warmer climate than where I am from. Hints of grass and grains in the flavor. Finishes pretty clean with just the slightest hint of blueberries.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.71/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium golden yellow in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some light golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall frothy white head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat with some slightly stronger aromas of blueberry.

T: Upfront there are light flavors of wheat with some slightly stronger flavors of blueberry - the blueberry tastes fairly natural and there is not a lot of artificial sweetness.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly creamy.

O: Would probably be better enjoyed on a hot summer afternoon while out in the sun but it is definitely an enjoyable blueberry beer with very little artificial flavors or aroma. This is easy to drink and could easily be sessionable. Pretty refreshing.

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Photo of rudzud
4.2/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a light, crystal clear golden hue. A hard pour results in a one finger white head that fades to leave a thin halo and light wisps.

S - Nice wheat notes with good blueberry skin. Very aromatic and inviting.

T - Like the nose, more of the wheat qualities and aspects come through followed by nice blueberry notes. Tasty blueberry notes here. Very clean.

M - Good carbonation here, very crisp clean and refreshing.

O - Overall, not a bad blueberry beer. Actually grew on me as I drank it. Quite enjoyable and would be excellent on a summer day.

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Photo of fischerking
4.51/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweetwater Blue from Atlanta, GA. Says 4.6% ABV on bottle, not 4.9%.

This beer has a great blueberry smell and an awesome blueberry wheat taste. Not as sweet as you'd expect with the smell (in a good way). Lots of carbonation. Very refreshing, especially in the summer. One of my favorites.

I drank it out of a bottle from Food City in Knoxville, TN on 12/22/2012 from a create your own 6-pack.


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Photo of Immortale25
3.54/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Ninkasi Brewing pint glass. Label says Best if Enjoyed by: 12/28/12

A- Pours a light golden color with a 1/2 inch white head that soon fizzes away to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and scattered light surface foam. Lacing is non-resilient.

S- Nice blueberry aroma that's not too powerful with some mild wheat smell in the back.

T- The blueberry isn't as pronounced in the flavor but that's not a problem since it allows the wheat characteristic more room to shine. There is a bit of a weakness in the aftertaste as more sips are taken.

M- Light, crisp, actually borderline watery. Medium-low carbonation.

O- Not a great beer, all things considered, but I prefer it to Sea Dog Blue since the blueberry flavor doesn't overpower. Better on draft.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into CCB pint glass.

A: Pours a very clear, light gold with good visible carbonation and a small white head.

S: Cloying, artificial berry aroma with some pilsner malts.

T: The berry flavor (that still gives a very artificial impression) overlays the light & pilsner malts. Clean, lager-like in finish.

M: Light mouthfeel, not very carbonated. No alcohol presence.

O: Not offensive, but berry flavor doesn't taste natural at all. I won't be having another.

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Sweetwater Blue from SweetWater Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 283 ratings.