Sweetwater Blue - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Ratings: 958
Reviews: 272
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 18.75%
Wants: 10
Gots: 138 | 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 mklinger
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Innisfree Pub.

Pale yellow beer with a tiny head, not much lacing, and some suspended bubbles.

Smell is like a pale blonde ale mix with just a hint of blueberry aroma.

Taste is just like the aroma -- slight bit of malt and hint of hops mixed with some blueberry extract flavor. Clearly all the flavor is extract derived, no realk blueberries in here -- this is a pale blonde ale.

This is a great lawnmower beer, perfect for a hot Southern day. It's a great alternative for BMC drinkers in the South where there are lots of BMC drinkers, but it's rater unsatisfying on an early November evening. It is an easy to drink beer though & in spite of its foibles, I was ready for another when the first was finished.

Photo of feelmefoam
4.05/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a glass mug.

Not too much retention of the white head, but did pour a nice light amber color that was very clear. Not much lacing to be seen.

Smells nice, lots of blueberries with a little bit of malt coming through as well.

Tastes first of some slight malts with the blueberries coming in late and restrained, which is good. Definitely not oversweetened or artificial tasting.

Sort of a light, clean mouthfeel with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a very drinkable beer. It's by far my favorite fruit beer that I've tried so far; it doesn't taste like a bowl of Fruity Pebbles. The fruit flavor is subtle and restrained, but still there. Another good beer from a solid brewery.

Photo of Mistofminn
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ben (beernerd81) for the chance to try another beer.

Pours a clear straw golden color with a white head that doesn't have great retention. Eventually dissapears all together. No lacing to be found.

The nose is very strong on the blueberries. It's almost as if I'm smelling a blueberry muffin. Not much of a beer base behind it. I'm not sure if that is a bad thing, as I have no experience with blueberry flavoured beers.

The taste isn't as strong towards the blueberry flavouring as I thought it would be, but it's still there. The base beer shines through here, and it's an average tasting ale, nothing more.

The mouthfeel is light, and there is a significant carbonation bite. Possibly over carbonated. Drinkability is pretty good.

Overall, an interesting beer and one that I'm glad I got the chance to try. I don't think I would ever buy this but I feel Sweetwater has much better offerings. Thanks Ben for the chance!

Photo of bonsreeb85
2.85/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A = clear straw color with absolutely no head to be seen. this beer looks like a bid light!

S - blueberry muffin...'nuff said

T - wow, here it is 2009 and someone figured out how to liquify my grandmothers BB muffins, for my drinking pleasure. science has come a long way. i wish that i could say more but...this is really just blueberry juice w/ alcohol in it.

MF - lots of carbonation, light body and a crisp feel

D - if you are in the mood(and you HAVE to be "in the mood")for something sweet and fruity, than it's Blue FTW! if it's beer you want, avoid at all costs.

overall, as I previously aluded to - great if you need a sweet tooth fix -bad if you are looking for subtlety. this beer is uber-sweet and packed full of Blueberries. take it or leave it.

Photo of botham
4.08/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tasting glass. pours a crystal clear, light amber color with minimal white head adnd poor retention.

aroma is of fresh, ripened blueberries with a touch of bready yeast. little else, though quite pleasant.

taste is well composed. the blueberries are more restrained on the palate with notes of pale malts in the background. nicely done without much sweetness, allowing the blueberries to be presented in an authentic fashion.

mouthfeel is light bodied with a very crisp finish and light overall character. the beer is composed very intelligently withuot overdoing the fruit. the blueberries are restrained on the palate.

drinkability is good. what a good fruit beer should be; very aromatic and not too sweet with a fresh character. not overdone, but just right. cheers!

Photo of ndillon45
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pop the cap and blueberries fill the room. Blueberries don't smell this good by themselves. Thin halo of a head, very light, lime type color. Moderate carbonation. So, expecting a lot of blueberry flavor from the aroma, you certainly get it when you turn it up. I have a hard time deciding whether I'd rather eat blueberries or drink this beer. I think I'll go for the beer. Blueberries when you pop the cap, blueberries in the nose, blueberries in the mouth, blueberry after taste and blueberry dreams.

Photo of CoolJosh
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to gford270 for this one!

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an oversized Duvel Tulip. Pours a chill hazed golden orange that clears up as the beer nears room temperature. No head from pour.

The smell reminds me of 2 things. First, Leinenkeugel Summer time wheat. Second, Fruity pebbles. There's an artificial blueberry scent matched with tons of malt sweetness.

The taste is blah. Not much there and fairly one dimensional. Again, the malt sweetness is the primary taste. There is some trace amounts of blueberry, but nothing worth bragging about. This is an incredibly drinkable, and would drink this as a lawnmower beer if I had regular access to it.

Photo of Vancer
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golf buddy showed up with these from a trip, and I was lucky enough to bum one from him. Thanks Alan!

Pours a golden yellow into the Bitburger pilsner glass, decent white head, but almost no lacing lingering about.

Aroma, of course, is blueberry. But light and nice. Same with the quaff - bits of malt backbone sturdy up the mix. Firm carbonation supplement the body. Easy drinking beer, nice to have had the chance to try one.

Photo of mralphabet
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pour into pint glass

A: Pretty clear and golden yellow... very little head and it disappears quickly. Nothing special..

S: Blueberries but not as bad as I had thought.... Just enough to know they are there ...and a little mild hops. Very mild

T: Lit Blueberries right up front then some mild hops and a nice blueberry finish with a touch of malt.... Very pleasing, even if you don't like fruity beers.

M: Light, sweet and crisp .... very refreshing.

D: Could drink many of these... great summer time beer, if you like something on the sweet side...

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at The Pizza Joint in Evans, GA. Presented in a George Killian's Irish Red pint glass.

Nicely clear golden amber hue with a thin whispy head that leaves virtually no lace on the glass. Undoubtedly this was due to the pourer's lack of care than to the beer's lack of head-retaining virtues, but nothing's certain.

Nose is nice and pleasant, with a wonderful aroma of fresh blueberries laid over a layer of mildly earthy hops.

Quite light in body, even perhaps a bit watery, with a mild-to-moderate carbonation. Pale ale characteristics introduce themselves to the palate first, with lightly biscuity malts and a slight hop bitterness with lightly grassy and earthy hop flavor, mashing together toward the back with just a light brushing of sweet blueberry and finishing a little dry with a bit of lingering hop bitterness.

Balanced and easy-drinking, with a blueberry character that is complementary rather than dominating, which is just the way things should be. A nice beer for more novice drinkers, with no outlandish characteristics battering the palate or vying for dominance. Quite a nice fruit beer, but one that could do with more body.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this brew from jyounger30 in the Local BIF, Thanks Jay!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Slightly murky golden yellow color with a small fizzy white head that thinned to ring in a hurry.
The smell is filled with blueberry, yummy.
The taste is a little sour/bitter upfront before sweet malt and blueberry flavors take over.
Light bodied with a fizzy feel and the drinkability is good.

Photo of PhillyStyle
2.6/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On-tap: 4.9 ABV, per the sign at Sweetwater Draft House & Grill in Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport, Terminal B:

Appears a golden, clear, thin white head that was not retained.

Light malty aroma with a very light hint of the blueberry.

Taste is similar to the aroma with slight blueberry taste, but very light.

The beer has a light body, smooth and decent drinkability. Felt like it was a little over carbonated. Overall, less than average beer. I doubt that I would ever order this beer again.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pleasant enough, Sweetwater's Blue is simply a golden ale infused with blueberry extract. It's clearly fruity in the nose, but the flavor is a bit more restrained; although it is balanced towards sweetness. It never builds on the palate however, and it finishes fairly dry with just a light dollop of blueberry and honey left on the tip of the tongue.

It's obviously a good cross-over beer, or at least one that gets attention from those who normally don't enjoy bitter or hoppy beers; and I think it would fit in nicely at a wide range of events, especially those in the outdoors during spring and summer.

So, if there's any drawback or defect to this beer it's that the head simply doesn't last that long, and the lacing is limited. Otherwise it's quite nice.

Photo of NCSUdo
2.95/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle

A: Fizzy yellow body under a nearly non-existent white head. No lace, no retention.

S: Malty and maybe a hint of blueberry. What I would expect out of a plain, blonde ale. If they are going to put blueberry in the beer, it would be nice if it showed up in the aroma.

T: Blueberry is more apparent here at the beginning, before the beer turns back to its malt backbone and finishes with a bit of earthy hop. Even though the blueberry is bigger here than the aroma, it could still bring more to the party.

M/D: Light bodied, prickly (but not as much as you would imagine from the appearance). Mouthfeel is probably on par with what the brewers wanted. Drinkability is good if all you are looking for is something wet, but a this beer is very plain outside of that.

Photo of DoctorDog
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Thanks to beveritt for passing this along. 12 oz. bottle into a nonic glass. "Best if enjoyed by: 11/17/08"

A- Crystal clear light gold/yellow. Pours with 1 finger of white head, which fades quickly, leaving a thin and incomplete cap. Very little lacing.

S- Cold blueberry muffins probably does this justice.

T- Slightly sweet blueberry taste, with a bit of wheat and bread. Bitterness minimal.

M- Fairly crisp with moderate carbonation. Fairly light bodied.

D- Not too shabby. Good flavor, low ABV, and a light feel. I could see drinking a few of these, but as with most any fruit flavored beer, probably wouldn't want to make an entire night of them.

Future outlook: For a low ABV beer that is past it's prime, this has held up remarkably well. I'd love to try it fresh, and am intrigued to try some other brews from Sweetwater if/when I get the chance.

Photo of spointon
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this one on tap at the Broadway Brewhouse in Nashville the other day. From my notes:

A= This ale poured a faintly cloudy straw yellow with a thin white head. The head dropped to zero in short order and left zero lacing.

S= This beer was full of bready malt and sweet blueberry aromas. The berry smell was somehow strong but not overpowering. Some mild sulfur in the end of each sniff.

T= What can I say, it tasted like an American wheat beer with a crap load of blueberry muffin sprinkled into it. The sweetness was almost too much, but it stopped short of being cloying.

MF= Light side of medium bodied for sure, with a moderately crisp mouthfeel.

D= A pleasant surprise for sure. Though its sort of a one trick pony, and I wouldn't want more than 1 or 2 in a day, this is pretty solid for a fruit flavored wheat beer!

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep piss yellow color with a small white head. Nose is hops, malt and blueberrybut with a soapy, astringent smell. Taste is of light blueberry, astringent, soap and hops with a hint of blueberry but finishes with a grain/wheat style similar to a wheat beer.

Photo of cdizinno
2.85/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear orange/yellow.

S: Very light sugar and fruit aroma.

T: Ever so slight blueberry taste, if at all.

M&D: Smooth and crisp. Watery but not bad at all. I prefer a stronger taste of fruit in a fruit beer, but this is decent.

Very similar to the bottle version I've tasted in the past.

Photo of PatrickJR
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Light golden/yellow with just a smidge of haze. A quick 1/4 inch head forms and dissipates quickly leaving nothing. No lacing.

S - My first thought is a blueberry muffin. This actually smells good and balanced for a fruit beer. Very distinct blueberry with bready, almost cinnamon and raisin notes.

T - Blueberry is the top note again with minimal sweetness. Breadiness and slight spice from the nose begin to develop on into mid palate, but strangely enough it drops off and morphs into a strange soapy flavor. Though not entirely unpleasant, this isn't at all where I was expecting Blue to go. A touch of sweetness and the whisper of blueberries make it to the finish.

M - Light bodied with carbonation on the low end of high. Refreshing.

D - For a fruit-focused brew, this is pretty good. Although the blueberries don't have any complex interplay with the malt or the hops, at least it doesn't taste like blueberry seltzer. One of the best ways I can describe this beer is as a better, more rounded, more focus, version of Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat. Sure, it tastes like blueberries but for what it lacks in complexity at least the fruit flavor never becomes overwhelming. A decent refreshing brew for the right occasion.

Photo of Onenote81
3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale clear orange/yellow. Decent carbonation rising through. Small white head that pops and fizzes to nothing rather quickly. Some very minimal light lacing webs on glass edge.

Smells of sweet sugar cookies, blueberry muffins, mixed with a touch of floral hops. Decent. Mouthfeel is a little watery, but this is a thirst-quencher, so a little slickness is not bad at all.

Taste is of corn adjuncts, slight blueberry twang, though more subdued than I had thought. Finishes with just enough of a hop presence to let you know that this is indeed, a beer. Bitterness is low.

I could drink these all summer. I like it. Check it out...

Photo of Proteus93
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: After having had Wild Blue, I almost expected something pink to pour from the bottle. I was happy to see the standard amber tones that I'm used to. Head is a little fizzly and doesn't stick around long

S: Soft pale malts and a pleasant blueberry that has been tastefully added... it's very modest when compared to some other fruit beers, and adds a nice touch to it.

T: As with the scent, the blueberry flavours are softer and just offer enough to give it a pleasant fruity flavour. Aside from that, there's the subtle malty taste... though that's about it.

M + D: A pleasant beer, with a lighter and rather crisp body. It's an easy drinker, and I could do a few of these without complaint, though it may be something I'd need to be in the mood for.

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a clear lager-esque light straw yellow hue with a thin fizzy soda-like head that begins to disappear nearly as soon as it's poured. It fades to a thin film that leaves no noticeable lacing.

aroma is unbelievably blueberry. Smells of dried blueberries - the kind baked into muffins and pancakes. A bit of light malt and a touch of citrus are in there too... but blueberry muffins dominate - if not overwhelm. Good - an the blueberry is delicious smelling - but a bit to one-dimensional for a high score.

Taste follows aroma, with a bit more pale malting, a bit of wheat, and light citrusy hops to augment the dominant blueberry flavors. Clean and natural blueberry flavor makes an interestingly light, crisp and refreshing beer. No where near as artificial or unbalanced as I was initially anticipating.

mouthfeel is simple: highly carbonated with a mild and light body makes a crisp, clean, and smooth brew that goes down easy. a bit watery, a bit fizzy. not bad.

Not bad. drinkable? yeah. refreshing? yeah. tastes like a liquid blueberry muffin? yeah. If i'm in the right mood, I could see this one really hitting the spot.

Photo of saintwarrick
3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale straw gold, a sudsy head forms but quickly disappears. Aroma is unique and top-notch, blueberry pancakes or doughnuts and blue berry syrup stand out with a little grape soda thrown in; a lot like the blueberry breakfast bars I eat; it's all very sweet.

Taste reflects the same, a dry but sweet blueberry tang hits, not too sweet like candy, more like a blueberry muffin or biscuit. Only a hint of bitterness at the end, but it does keep the beer from being cloying.

If there's a beer to go with pancakes, this is it. I wonder if you can make pancakes with the help of this brew, hmmm? Very tasty.

Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Sweetwater pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a crystal-clear dark golden-yellow, with one finger of white head that subsided very quickly. Left sporadic lacing.

Smell: Mmm...blueberry pie. That's the best way I can think of to describe the beer. Maybe biscuit malt providing some of the breadiness? Doesn't really smell like...well, beer.

Taste: Smooth, crisp, and easy to drink, with a hint of bready/blueberry finish. Very mild wheat flavors. Would have liked a little more blueberry flavor, but it still has a very nice finish.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated, reasonably thin, crisp, and dry. Goes down very easy.

Drinkability: An exceptional session beer, and one I could easily drink a few of. It's mild enough to keep it sessionable, and while I would have liked to see a little more blueberry flavor, there's enough of it in there to keep it interesting. Solid beer.

Photo of Kegatron
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear gold with 2 fingers of fizzy eggshell-white head. This shrinks down to almost nothing, just a few thin wisps that leaves a tiny smattering of lace. The aroma is bready sweetness, light floral hops, and some prominent, but not overbearing, blueberry character.

The taste is much the same. Biscuits and malt sweetness with a firm (almost Pils like) hop profile that helps pulls things back. This is all permeated by a pleasant blueberry taste that keeps from feeling artificial and gives the profile a solid fruity smack. The mouthfeel is lighter medium bodied with a lower but still slightly prickly carbonation that is overall extremely easy feeling.

A enjoyed this. Very quaffable, with a nice blueberry taste that doesn't overdue it. I could kill a couple of these easily.

Sweetwater Blue from SweetWater Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 958 ratings.