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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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Photo of Ryan011235
1.35/5  rDev -60.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured into an A-B flute on 8/15/12

Best if enjoyed by: 08/30/12

Courtesy of PDXHops

Light, straw golden yellow color. Looks fairly watery. One thumb of bone white foam dwindles to a smooth, diminutive layer. Hardly any lace.

The blueberry notes in the aroma are wont to change; I'm picking up alternating notions of blueberry skin, flesh, Jolly Ranchers, cotton candy and War Heads. Soft tufts of wheat are timid. Hints of over-ripe berry rot every now and then.

This tastes like garbage water. Horrid, fake "blueberry," doughy wheat and metallic hops. The after taste is wretched.

The body is incredibly thin and plagued by overbearing, fizzy carbonation. The carbonation / body / flavor ratio is such that is feel like a fresh soda that has had water dumped in it.

Wow, this is undrinkable. Really, really terrible. (825 characters)

Photo of darkstar12
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a pint glass at the Mellow Mushroom, Marietta, GA

A: Standard gold color, clear body, one finger foamy head that lasted a while, lots of persistent lacing

S: mild blueberries

T: Tasted like blueberries but not overly so. Some hops but not strong. Aftertaste a bit bitter.

M: Really good feel; carbonation is mild and right for the beer.

O: good summer fruit beer (386 characters)

Photo of zeff80
2.66/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out a clear, pale golden yellow color with a small, short-lived head of fizzy foam. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of blueberry. Yup, blueberry. Maybe there was wheat there, too.

T - Tasted of blueberry. There were some beer-like flavors, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and fairly smooth. A light bodied brew with a dry finish.

O - This is what I expected. A Blueberry ale that is mostly blueberry and not particularly interesting. (457 characters)

Photo of mscudder
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. Fresh from GA.

A - A rich golden yellow with a fair sized white head. Retention is average.

S - Jesus this is a burst of blueberry! Lots of sweetness followed by a subtle presence of malts.

T - Soft and follows the nose with great precision. A large amount of blueberries (hence sweetness) overcomes any other note that I can detect. As it warms, the beer gets more modest and is not as intense as when it hits the palette initially.

M - Fair sized body for such a fruity beer. The malts actually give this beer a fair sized backbone that keeps it from relaxing into a mush of fruit. Carbonation accents the sweetness and intensifies the richness of the taste.

O - This is truly a good beer if you are one for blueberries. I have known a fair number of friends who have enjoyed this brew, but personally I cannot get behind drinking such a rich and blueberry-infused brew. For anyone who loves the fruit, this is one to be sought after. (965 characters)

Photo of donmonkey1
4.03/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beautiful golden color with a nice, but small (1/2") frothy white head. The carbonation is incredible. I don't understand how such a carbonated beer has such a small head.
The millions of inviting bubbles are begging me to drink this beer. Nice lacing also.

Smell: Very faint blueberry smell.

Taste: Really nice blueberry taste.

Mouthfeel: Watery and lacking in carbonation.

I'm not a big fan of fruit beers, but this beer hits the spot. It's a great tasting, refreshing session beer that's perfect on a hot day. I can tell that I'll be craving this beer bad from time to time. (593 characters)

Photo of aasher
3.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Someone left this in the fridge after our wedding. Tick!

This beer pours a very light bodied pale gold in color with a one finger white head. The nose is light and features light blueberry muffin and has a light cereal, wheat aspect. It's subtle. The flavors too are light and approachable. There is a moderate amount of blueberry muffin followed by pale malt and a yeastiness that leads into the aftertaste. It's ok. It's somewhat artificial. I can see this as being extremely female friendly. It is very light and overly drinkable. If you're looking for an outside or pool beer with a light fruity punch this could be your beer. (631 characters)

Photo of TechTriumph
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (1,478 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: thin white head on a clear pale golden body.

S: completely blueberry pie and little else.

T: again this is mostly blueberry. Some hint of breads and wheat.

M: light body and medium to high carbonation.

Overall: certainly drinkable and refreshing. Not a fan of the genre especially when all that is represented is the fruit. (330 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the brewery.

Pours a clear golden yellow with a thin head.

Smells strongly of blueberry pancakes. No hops at all and not really any malt either.

Blueberry all the way up front in the taste but this quickly transitions to a moderate grainyness. A quick light bitterness cleanses the palate to finish. Mouthfeel is quite watery.

While I am not really a fan of fruit beers and this one is no different, I must say it goes down like water and would be wonderful on a hot day. (489 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fills a Harp nonic clear, dark gold with a two-and-a-half inch fluffy white head that turns rocky as it slowly settles, leaving patches of webbed lace.

Blueberry pie filling dominates, leaving little else. I guess this is what should be expected from this style. Upon warming, a mild spiciness enters the background.

Closely resembles water with hints of blueberry flavoring, but there is really quite little going on here. I had expected more presence of fruit.

This is a light-to-medium bodied beer that is a little slick with modest carbonation and no alcohol.

While light on character, blue is thirst quenching and would make a fine session beer during a ball game. (673 characters)

Photo of StoutishDan
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a six pack for 8.99 at Total Wine in Kennesaw Georgia

A - pours an unfiltered hazy orange color with maybe a tint or purple color (blueberry color mixed with the other colors naturally present in beer). Fizzy head that disappears quickly leaving little to no lacing or head. Kind of a dead-looking beer.

S - Blueberries - but not really natural smelling. Smells like a blueberry biscuit - sounds kind of gross. Doughy. There's a papery smell there as well. Wheat hints are slight.

T - Blueberry. Biscuit. Wheat. Grainy. Pretty pleasant actually.

O - Despite its seeming lack of beer qualities, I like Sweetwater Blue. It's refreshing. It's unique. It's Georgian.

If I could rank it on a 0-100 scale I would rank this a 90, whether my actual rating equates to that or not. (786 characters)

Photo of aprila220
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For a fruity beer, it has a tiny bit of bitter after taste, but not so much that I can't enjoy it. Other than that, I really like this beer and have actually drank it on multiple occasions when there was nothing else on the menu that was on the fruity side (except for Blue Moon, which I now find boring). It has a mild blueberry flavor but the blueberry aroma is lacking. Overall, I like it and will drink it if I have limited choices. (436 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
2.88/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear and pale yellow color with a one finger head and a nice foam that holds strong. Good bubbling.

Very faint blueberry powder and some toasty, adjuncty bitter smelling malt.

The taste starts out fruity and blueberry-y. The middle has lightly toasted and on malted barley flavors along with some lightly bitter adjunct malt flavors.

Palate is crisp and refreshing. Easy to drink, but lacking in teh flavor and aroma department. (433 characters)

Photo of VaterRoss
3.47/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on-tap at Fat Frogg, 16oz tumbler

Appearance is a clear dark golden color that features a very small white head that completely disappears about halfway through. No lacing at all, very boring appearance. Smell is cooked (baked) blueberries with a hint of pale malt in the back. Taste is of sweet and bready blueberries, again the blueberries come off as cooked. Not a bad taste, the blueberries come out nice and strong, no hops detected. Mouthfeel is medium light and medium low carb, very mellow.

This is much better than I thought it would be and better than the other fruit beer I have had (#9). Ultimately this beer is a bit too sweet and could use a hint of hops to help the finish and make it taste more like a beer. The taste is most akin to a blueberry cobbler, definitely not fresh blueberries. (806 characters)

Photo of Steverus
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Looks like a beer.... can we get past this part now? Not much cling on the glass and a light head that dissipates quickly
S - slightly metallic smell to an otherwise pretty standard filtered wheat ale. One of those beers you are best to drink without a hearty sniff
T - Pleasantly subtle blueberry taste amended to a decent filtered wheat. Think Abita's Purple Haze with blueberry instead of raspberry.
M - rich, highly carbonated ale that dances a bit on your tongue but washes down clean. Not out of the ordinary for a filtered wheat.
O - While this is otherwise a standard filtered wheat, as I mentioned several times above, the addition of the hint of blueberries makes this Pacific Northwesterner miss the fresh berries found on high mountain hillsides. It's clean, strange, and smooth, making this otherwise average concoction just slightly above the norm. (866 characters)

Photo of MTNboy
3.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It had a light gold colored body with about two fingers of very white head. Great lacing.

Smell: It had a d bit of an overwhelming blueberry smell. It was very sweet.

Taste: The taste is not as strong as the aroma but is still pretty strong. It is very berry like with a drier hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: It mainly thin with some crisp carbonation bite.

Overall: It was alright. I thought that it was great for the style. (434 characters)

Photo of DCon
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Mellow Mushroom in Asheville, NC for $4. Tapped from an unknown tap handle (ordered from table) & received in a 16oz Pint Glass.

Aroma- The aroma is made up of fake blueberries (either in a smoothie or oatmeal. Blended.). Has a ton of wheat and grain in the nose as well.

Appearance- Received with a less than .5 finger head and dies immediately after the first sip. Has a golden colored body that is clear. Leaves suds behind.

Flavor- Very appropriate wheat taste but then what? Smooth and a dry finish. Makes me want to drink one of SweetWater's "bigger" brews.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, and has an extreme wheaty finish.

Overall Impression- Hearing it was a brew with blueberries within, thought it would be refreshing and worth it. It was, just nothing I would drink back to back. Enjoyed once and will check it off my list. Wouldn't go out of my way for it and like I said, MANY more brews from SweetWater that will keep your standards high! (1,000 characters)

Photo of KWally
4.63/5  rDev +37%
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. (571 characters)

Photo of forsakenpariah
2.83/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into pint glass

A - Very pale yellow and remarkably clear, way too clear for a wheat ale IMO. Aggressive pour works up a half inch of flimsy head that dissipates almost immediately.

S - Blueberry. That's it. It doesn't even smell like beer. Just blueberry.

T - More blueberries up front with a little bit of wheat hiding in the end and a small trace of hops throughout. The middle tastes pretty watery, like something is "missing," much like their 420 extra pale ale.

M - Thin-bodied and watery, with lots of carbonation. Drinkable and refreshing, but not very impressive.

O - My overall impression of this beer is really just a macro lager soaked in blueberries. It's not *bad*, it's just very unimpressive. Try it if you don't have any better choices, but certainly don't run to the beer store in any hurry to get this. (842 characters)

Photo of NickH07
3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

sturdy drinkable beer with a nice blueberry twist... I personally like blueberry so it was great! good carbonation but very light feel and the bitterness kind of overpowered the flavor for me... id drink it but probably wouldn't ask for it... good if your lookin for something a little different. drank from the bottle so no coments on visuals... (346 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.12/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden yellow with fleeting bubbly head. The nose has notes of blueberry, faint grains, and mild grassy hops. The taste is mild blueberries, faint hops, and pale malt. The mouthfeel is light, well carbonated, and crisp.

This is an easily drinkable beer, but the flavors are faint and mellow. There's nothing very spectacular here. (344 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.94/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy straw gold, with a fair amount of carbonation. Lace is thin, about a pinky in size. Spotty.

Nose is nice and blueberry. Reminds me of blueberry muffins, which makes sense as this is a wheat beer with blueberry infusion. Love it!

Taste is mild, but balanced. Nice mix of wheat and blueberry. Definitely a light body here, so this is an easy drinker. Solid, but not outstanding. I could drink more of these, no problem. (426 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a clear, light gold color with a small cap of white head. Not much in the way of retention and lacing.

Nose is pleasant blueberry, bright and strong...albeit a little artificial smelling. Not much else, as far as malt or hops are concerned.

Grain comes out much more in the flavor and even flashes some grassy hop. Blueberry is prominent, but not overwhelming and does not really take the sweet route. What does that all add up to? Unfortunately, a decent but not excellent, fruit beer that is quaffable but forgettable. All the components fight each other and the hop aspect rarely seems to work well in a fruit beer. Im a sucker for a good fruit beer, but Im not sure how soon Id want to roll with this one again. (736 characters)

Photo of Luigi
3.09/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear rich light amber color, I guess copper would describe it better. Mot much of a head or any retention at that. Has some carbonation bubbles swimming to the top.

The aroma is clean with a hint of Blueberries as I would expect. Almost lager like. Grassy hop and nothing offensive.

The taste is light. Not much going on but a hit of blueberry, some mild hops. The malts are light.

The overall feel is light, carbonated, and clean.

Well, this ale is not what I look for in a fruit hybrid, but!!! They description on the bottle does not really lie. It is described as light. I just think the blueberry flavor should have been more dominate. (655 characters)

Photo of siege06nd
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of IrishColonial, thanks Eric! Poured into a nonic pint...

A: Pours a clear, straw-golden color. Two fingers of crisp white head emerge from an aggressive pour and slowly recede to a quarter finger. Light lacing coats the sides of the glass. A nice, light appearance, which jives with what I expect from this beer.

S: I plunge my nose right into the glass and am welcomed by a moderate bouquet of blueberries. Very nice indeed. Not picking up much else, maybe just the faintest trace of bready malt in the background. It's a bit one-note, but the note is hits is a good one.

T: Mmmm, that's very nice. I'm enjoying this a bit past its prime (best enjoyed by date of late Aug 2011), but in this case, I think it's helped. Sweet, creamy blueberries balance well with the faintest of hops. It's light, crisp, and refreshing from beginning to mid. The watery finish leaves a bit to be desired. Still, this is one of the better examples of a blueberry beer I've found. It's not the most complex body, but it captures the blueberry essence perfectly, and in a neat < 5% ABV package.

M: Flavors are well balanced, carbonation is moderate. Loses points for a finish that lacks staying power...simply too watery.

O: It's one of Sweetwater's mainstays, and I can see why. On a hot afternoon, this would go down easy and the ABV would keep it an enjoyable experience. The blueberries shine in this beer better than most, which is surprising considering the fact that this is a relatively light beer. Very good job, Sweetwater. Will definitely make an appearance at my 4th of July party. (1,592 characters)

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