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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 TheEclecticGent
2.59/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had this beer on tap at my favorite watering hole. It pours nearly the same color as Sweetwater’s signature brew 420 Pale Ale, a clear straw yellow color. However, the head fades faster and give some lacing on the early part of the mug. The smell is a blast of in your face blueberries. Smells like “Boo-berry” kids cereal. The taste is of blueberries but the berry flavor tastes too refined to me. It has a bit of a bite and the blueberry flavor doesn’t seem to blend with the beer to me. The mouthfeel is light and fizzy. I think I will stick to Purple Haze when I feel the need for a light fruit beer. I love everything Sweetwater makes, however this one falls short for me (680 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.42/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled through the efforts of DeaconBluez and the BCG BIF.

I must confess that blueberries are my favorite flavor of pie so I am always interested in trying a new blueberry ale when I find one.

Pours a clear golden beer with a fast fading white head.

Smell is on the sweet side with a light honey and bread malt aroma. The blueberry scent is clean and pleasant and not artificial smelling.

Taste is sweet and a little tart at the beginning with a fair flavor of blueberry and piecrust. Light and spritzy ale here with a stronger hop bitterness than I would have expected. An interesting take on the blueberry ale, it uses carbonation, tartness and a firm hop bitterness to balance out the blueberries and sweetness.

Mouthfeel is a bit light and I am pretty sure that was intended.

No a half bad blueberry ale here. Definitely light and spritzy and a warm weather and summer beer. A good choice for a light meal of fruit or salad. Not a complicated beer just something good to drink when it is hot. (1,016 characters)

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.54/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle provided by DeaconBluez

Pours a clear straw color with a thin white head that disappears. No real lacing to speak of.

Mild aroma of blueberries with a malty background. The smell is quite pleasing.

Fresh blueberry taste upfront followed by a nice malty/grainy flavor. Finishes rather crisp and clean.

Body is average, could stand to have more carbonation.

Nice drinking blueberry brew. A nice offering if you're in the mood for a fruity ale. (469 characters)

Photo of Enola
2.89/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer looks like an American Macro. Poured with a small head. The smell is fair. Of course it smells like blueberries. The taste is of blueberries with a bite. The mouthfeel is diminished because of this bite. I don't think I could drink many of these. There are much better offerings from Sweetwater. I will choose one of those next time. (343 characters)

Photo of BurnsTau
3.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First thing noticed is the smell, it really smells like blueberry, not too overpowering though.

Appearance is nothing special, typical golden ale look, no real head retention or lacing.

Tasting this beer was a surprise, I wasn't expecting much since I'm not a fan of fruit beers, but this one is actually good. The fruit taste isn't very overpowering, in fact I don't even notice it much at all. A malty taste which isn't too malty, it's a well balanced and suprisingly good beer. (486 characters)

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

Pleasantly suprised with the appearance. A darker gold than I expected with a solid finger head. Blinked. It's gone.
Smell is of blueberries, more mild than I expected.
Taste is smooth with mild blueberry flavoring.
Mouthfeel. Weak, but at least it feels like a beer somewhat.
Drinkability. This is a thirsty beer to further dehydrate you on a hot day.
Great alternate to a macro on those hot summer days fishing, mowing, or out by the pool.
If you're looking specifically for a blueberry beer, I think Sea Dog is a better option. It taste more like blueberries, this taste more like beer. (596 characters)

Photo of finepaws
4.27/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok, I know, another fruit beer. But is good, I promise. Pours a clear yellow, with white small carbo head. Not very impressive, but it's an ok looking beer. Smells yeasty, with good scents of blueberry. Has a sweet yeasty profile, with lots of blueberry flavor. Slighlty tart. Mouthfeel is medium body. Very good drinkable beer. Next to sea dog, this is one of my favorites. Hate that it's not distrubuted to Charlotte, what's that all about? (442 characters)

Photo of mentor
3.16/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle provided by UncleFlip, thanks for the opportunity! Freshness notches read month 10 week 2. Pours a half finger nearly white head over a crystal clear light straw colored liquid. Looks like a macro or light lager. Smells like blueberry skins, but also a bit mediciney. Tastes of blueberry meat, cherry (without the sour), a hint of winey, and acrid from carbonation. I'll be kind and say there's a hint of honey sweet from the malt. But, honestly, this beer is all about the blueberry...and it's not quite natural tasting. It's not completely medicine, like a homebrew I once flavored with cherry extract. Light body and overly carbonated. An interesting beer. Not bad, not one to that's going to make you salivate. (721 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
3.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazed golden tone. Slight off white head. Lacing is minimal. Nice blueberry nose. Jammy and sugary. A little malt in the background. Very sweet nose. The flavor profile is pretty one sided (wth blueberry) and the blueberry aspects are really not that remarkable. A little fleshy. Pulpy. Sweet. Not a lot else going on here. Medium body and light carbonation. Nothing wrong with this beer, just nothing that grabs my attention.

Thanks for the blue cokes. (457 characters)

Photo of Backer2004
3.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Even though I've had a few sips of one of my brother's favorite beers and did not care for it, I went ahead and ordered a bottle myself last night while staying dry from Tropical Storm Cindy last night in Atlanta. It's better than Middlebury's counterpart, but still just okay. Could this not be a touch of blue in appearance for aesthetic purposes? Too clear and crisp in my opinion. not too overwhelming in smell or taste. The ladies at my table did enjoy it however. You may be able to get a few converts with this one. (522 characters)

Photo of cokes
3.72/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

You know, sometimes, it's all about setting. I had 5 of these while lounging on the beach on Jekyll Island and turning through Gary Jennings' "Aztec". And I loved it. The moment could not have been better.

Take away the fabulous read, and replace the deserted beach with my stuffy apartment, and this loses a bit of appeal.

Pours gold, lightly smogged with a thin white rim.
Scented foremost of blueberries, offset only partially with a pale graininess.
Begins with a pils like maltiness, cracker dry, and light. Perhaps a minor flourish of wheat-induced lemon, then it's onto blueberries and spun sugar. It's far from oversweet, it's body so light it's nearly frail, and for those that enjoy the fruit (as I do), it can be a voracious quaff. But's it's seems that it is better enjoyed while preoccupied with other pleasures. It pales when taken alone. (862 characters)

Photo of AlexJ
2.78/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale cloudy yellow in color with nondescript fluffy, loose head of pure white that is dissapointingly short lived for a wheat beer.

Immediate assault of blueberry sweetness in the nose. Complete lack of tartness to balance. Mild spice and wheat smell in the back somehere. Definately doesn't smell 100% natural. To sweet smelling to be real blueberry in the nose.

Flavor is more subtle, thankfully, but displays the precise characteristics of the nose. A faint bit of lemony, grainey, wheat beer flavors, but way too lite.

Body is bordering watery, thin and lifeless. I would however quaff this on a hot afternoon when something very light is called for. Drinkable, just not overly desirable. (701 characters)

Photo of sweetwaterman
4.19/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sweetwater Blue is a lighter wheat beer with a fruit addition. The first thing that hits you when yoiu pick one up is the smell. It smells exactly like blueberry pancakes! Interesting for a beer. The beer is not itself blue, but rather a clear mid-yellow color. It holds a reasonable head of about an inch. The blueberry taste of the beer is not as strong as the odor is. The blueberry expresses itself subtlely instead of being an overpowering syrup. The medium carbonation and relatively low ABV make this a light ale, suitable for a session drink or a quick one at lunch.

Sweetwater Blue would be a great choice if you wanted to have a beer at a brunch or something. It also goes well with a snack. I feel that other fruits would compliment it nicely. Light and cool, with the slighty hint of fruit, it is also popular with the ladies that I know.

Get a six pack for your girlfriend and snag one or two for yourself. (926 characters)

Photo of bditty187
2.92/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Slightly hazy, yellow gold in hue with no further color development; damn, I wanted the liquid to be blue! Oh well. The head was white in color; at the zenith the foam was one finger in height. In a split second it dissipated to a very thin collar that was basically naked in the middle. There was no subsequent lacing. Disappointing. This beer is nothing special to look at. The nose is dead on… if this was uncooked blueberry muffin mix. The blueberries don’t smell fresh or real yet they don’t smell so fake I’m repulsed. Soft grainy notes are also in play. The potency is low and so is the complexity. The bouquet doesn’t say much at all. It is not offensive but it is not inviting. Rather ho-hum. The palate is more rounded than the nose. Maltier too, I get a big blast of grains just like I did in the bouquet. Interestingly the blueberry flavor is very weak, I can find it at the back but it gets lost in this beer. What does it get lost in you may ask? I’m not sure because there isn’t much going on here. This is a brewpub quality, throwaway fruit beer. Ubiquitous. The palate has some flavor but it is odd and not that special. There is a cake-like sweetness that, while soft, is not working for me. Also, I’m burping blueberries, which is not as cool as burping hops. The palate is inoffensive and undeveloped. Lackluster. Medium-light in body with low but natural carbonation, the mouthfeel is pleasant and very fitting for this beer. I could see this beer being liked by a good number of people (maybe not BA types). I could also see this beer being hated by a good number of people (maybe BA types). To me this beer is just okay. I guess it would work on a really hot summer day but a glass of water might work better. Maybe this beer would be nice on a 4th July picnic with some fruit pie. Maybe that would be futile, it is more “beery” than fruity. Thanks to au1sec for the bottle, I’ve want to try is oddity for a while. My curiosity is quenched… one was enough for me. (1,998 characters)

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

Pellucid sunset amber topped by a large, frothy head of pale ivory colored foam. The cap sports an actively bubbly surface, but it doesn't have the look of a good lace maker. Good call; there's very little glass coverage in the end.

I smelled fresh blueberries as soon as I popped the cap, despite the fact that the beer wasn't that close to my nose. The 'berry cloud' has since dissipated, but this is still a very good fruit beer nose with plenty of power. It smells uncannily like warm blueberry muffins with minimal, if any, added spice.

Tough call on this one. Blue has more fruit flavor than most fruit beer, with the blueberriness exploding in the mouth akin to the bursting of the actual berries themselves (well... not quite). The only thing is, the flavor tastes artificial. A little sugar would help to cut the saliva-sucking dryness and the surprising bitterness. The finish is nice and long with a blueberry linger that lasts until the next sip. The body/mouthfeel just does reach medium and the beer contains a fraction too much carbonation.

I had high hopes for Sweetwater Blue after giving it a few sniffs. Although it isn't the killer blueberry ale that I'm in search of (and have yet to find), it isn't a bad little summer brew. A little sugar and a little spice would spiff it up considerably. Thanks to au1sec for the bottle. (1,348 characters)

Photo of abcsofbeer
3.72/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this one from the bottle with a 1st week of March freshness date. "Don't Float the Mainstream" is printed at the top of the label, and this is not a beer from the mainstream.

Pours a very pale yellowish gold color. The head is created from ample carbonation about 3/4 inch, white in color. There are a great deal of bubbles rising to the surface, allowing you to hear the crackle of the foam. The is very little lace, as the head dissipates quickly.

Brewed with blueberries, the aroma reminds me of either a blueberry Poptart or a muffin.The taste is breadlike and blueberry muffin tasting with hints of banana and mild hops in the aftertaste.
This is a good one to quench your thirst with as it is very smooth and easy to drink. (743 characters)

Photo of craftbrewer
3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great blueberry aroma. Pours to a dark straw, golden color. Fizzy head. Nice balance of fruit flavors, malt and carbonation/acidity. Very drinkable

Pleasant. If Lindemanns made a blueberry lambic this is what I imagine it would taste like, albeit a bit less tart. (266 characters)

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
2.69/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy yelow gold with a frothy white head. Smells of blueberry. Sweet blueberry. Like blueberry pie. Like a crappy aromatic blueberry candle.

Taste is of light wheat malt. Blueberry flavors and only lightly sweet and a tartness the smell did not hint at. Light bodied, a bit thin. Sweet in the aftertaste but again not as cloyingly sweet as I would have guessed. Not a bad blueberry ale, better than I gave it credit for but still just a dull wheat beer with some extract in it. (488 characters)

Photo of Southernbrew
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours amber, small head that dissapates quickly.

Strong blueberry aroma, not excessive though, crisp and not too sweet.

Light body, medium carbonation. Medium blueberry flavoring with crisp flavor. Slight citrus flavor blends with the blueberry in the finish.

Not the greatest fruit beer and not my favorite from Sweetwater but it's refreshing on a hot day. (366 characters)

Photo of SilentSabre
4.15/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a slightly cloudy, staw yellow color with almost no head to speak of. Nice ring of "head" around the circumference of the glass, though. The fact that this beer is made from/with blueberries is INSTANTLY noticeable in the smell. It won't knock you down, but you can definately tell it's got blue berries in it. Very lightly carbonated, which makes for really easy drinking. The taste is, well, of blue berries, and then a slightly biscuit-y aftertaste. Man, I could pound these damn things ALL night. Good taste, easy drinkin'. This is certainly a session beer, and I will buy more of this in the future. (621 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
2.87/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured out crystal clear pale yellow similar to a pilsner. Faint aroma of blueberries. Tastes crisp and refreshing, but with a funky blueberry perfumy quality that is annoying. Also can taste grainy maltyness. Unfortunately they forgot to put much hops in here to create any semblance of balance. This is definitely the worst from Sweetwater I've had. (351 characters)

Photo of merlin48
3.47/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (802 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
4.42/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy straw color with a full pillowy white head, active carbonation, and suspended sediment. Big blueberry aroma ! Nice balanced grain-wheat-blueberry flavor; fruit is subdued but noticeable. Light bodied and refreshing -- a bit airy from carbonation but not a problem.

Pleasantly suprised as blueberries are not my favorite.

Per label: "light bodied ale enhanced with fresh blueberries" & "Blueberries and natural flavor added"

Per B.A.B. book: Pale and Wheat malts

Enjoy By: 4th Week Jan ('04)
Tasted: 01/10/04 (525 characters)

Photo of jlervine
2.48/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy yellow with a finely carbonated white head that recedes in a minute or two and remains on the top of the beer for the duration. The aroma is very perfumy with a hint of blueberries. The carbonation hits the tongue and blocks out any intricacies in the maltiness. A slight hint of blueberries manages to sneak in there before disappearing again. It reappears even more faintly in the finish. Mouthfeel is thin and light-bodied. Drinkability is below my average for Sweetwater Brewing Company. If you accidentally allow the beer to warm greatly, the perfuminess of the brew is overpowering, and in my case, stomach-turning. (636 characters)

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

On tap at the Mill in Birmingham, AL. Fizzy, cloudy yellow body. Tight fizzy white head. Noticable fresh picked blueberry and cut grains smell. Nice blueberry taste, crisp and clean. Plenty of hop snap to the finish to clean things out. Nice fruit taste without the fuzzy tongue coating of some other fruit beers. Blueberry taste is pretty good. Light bodied and highly charged carbonation. A decent version and right up there with Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale. (457 characters)

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