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Sweetwater Blue - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Ratings: 999
Reviews: 279
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 18.45%
Wants: 18
Gots: 185 | 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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Ratings: 999 | Reviews: 279
Photo of beerprovedwright
3.02/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got the big 22oz mug of this brew. Not a very big head, about a finger. Some broken lace, but good cling. Looks to be about a 6 on the SRM chart, but I don't have the chart with me, so I may be wrong. Smell of blueberries, raspberries, some honey, and wheat. Taste is overwhelmingly blueberries, with a touch of raspberry, and malt. Just sort of sickening sweet, lacking any tang, and crispness. Some body and creaminess in my mouth. Just to sweet and fruity for my palate.

Photo of mattkoon
4.22/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

my neighbor turned me on to sweet water blue. I really like fruit beers and I really love blueberries. Can you say somebody spilt their chocolate on my peanutbutter? But seriously, this is a great beer. The color is a light gold with a touch of haze. The smell is of blueberries. The flavor is more fruit than beer, which isn't bad. I like the drinkability with the finish of blueberries. I think the combo is executed well. I will be drinking more of this.

Photo of NODAK
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden color in the glass with minimal head. Rather standard.

Aroma is of a light blueberry quality. Not too heavy, and somewhat pleasant really.

Taste is basically what you would expect if you were to make a beer from blueberry muffins. It is a fairly light and far from cloying taste, but it dominates what is a pretty monotonous flavor profile. Very easy drinking, smooth beer. Kudos for making it not very sweet and over the top, but it isn't all that interesting.

Photo of Urbancaver
3.37/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow... a bit of white head. Not ugly but not great. Smells strongly of blueberry... a very potent scent. Tastes... weird. Too much blueberry for me. It overpowers everything and really makes it not a good beer. The mouthfeel is ok but its fairly drinkable. Overall, not something I would drink again

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.12/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A. Pours clear with a small creamy white head that dissipates quickly.

S. Tastes like blueberry pancakes. Blueberries with yeast and some sweet malt.

T. Not too good. Light blueberry on top of a light malt Bud Light-esque background.

M. Medium with fairly high carb.

D. Eh. I wouldn't pick it up again.

Photo of brew3crew
3.22/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-very clear pale yellow look. Slight head.
S-smells of blueberry and a little hops
T-not bad. Tastes of blueberries, but no suprise here. Very suprising...
M-very light and crisp
D-nicely drinkable. Again, very suprising but wouldnt drink it very much...

Photo of ColdPoncho
3.47/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - some floaties. Clear yellow. Small white head.

S - blueberry pancakes. ' nough said.

t - kind of tart. Not very good. That smell is brilliant but the taste doesn't even come close. Bland malts and nondescript fruit flavor.

M - light and dull. Meh.

D - if it was all the smell it'd be great. But it's just not that good.I

Photo of lespaulrocker
3.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Light yellow, no head, no lacing.

S: A lot of blueberry.

T: Good, a little sweet for me but enjoyable nonetheless.

M: WAY too much carbonation.

D: Decently drinkable.

Overall it was okay. I wouldn't seek it out again, but I wouldn't avoid it either.

Also just noticed that the bottle I drank had a best if drank by date of December 20 2010 and it's currently January 26 2011. Looks like I'll be trying this one again later to give it a fair chance.

Photo of boudreaux
4.62/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - thick white head with good head retention; light color; very good crisp clarity

S - strong blueberry aroma; smells like wild fruit as apposed to artificial flavourings which is a very good thing; gives the aroma an almost feral quality that you don't expect in such a crisp, light beer

T - the primary flavor is a strong taste of fresh blueberries; at first this fruity taste is a little too sweet, but it is soon balanced by a hoppy bitterness which cuts through the sweetness and balances the flavor profile perfectly; the surprising thing about this beer is the fact that the blueberry taste does not at all overpower the beer; it manages to balance the sweetness of the blueberries with the bitterness of the hops perfectly

M - high level of carbonation; a little rough on the tongue for a beer with such a delicate flavor profile; when the fizziness subsides the beer has a very syrupy body which is to be expected from a fruity ale; perhaps is a little too syrupy for such a crisp, light beer; overall the mouthfeel is not unpleasant, it just seems to take something away from the blueberry flavor

D - Give me more.

I absolutely bloody love this beer.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

#25. The big quarter review, and my fourth SweetWater review overall. The BBD is coming around the corner soon (1/18/11), so best to enjoy this while it's still guaranteed fresh!

Poured from a 12oz. bottle to a pint glass at room temp.

(Appearance) Pours a 2 finger depth thick foamy head that retains rather poorly, sinking down to a thin blanket within a short few minutes. Not much lacing left behind either. Beer is very clear medium amber color without much highlighting. Carbonation is average. The beer is not super exciting looking but doesn't look toxic. 2.5

(Smell) Smells of faint blueberries are dominant here, it smells similar to the Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat. Citrus zest is in the background, hints of lemon and orange peel are among the most discernible smells and wheat is also there but not in the foreground. The beer smells fruity and inviting. 4

(Taste) Blueberries paired on an even level with wheat, but wheat takes dominance in the finish. A touch of orange peel complements both halves subtly. The blueberries aren't weighted nearly as heavily as in Sunset Wheat (and it's fruity pebble-esque tones) and especially Wild Blue, but are still here. They taste real, but some of the tartness that comes with the fruit is lost from the product. Big swigs reveal some alcohol flavors on the finish that are not well masked by the beer's light flavors. No big deal, however. The positives here are that this beer has a pretty fair balance of blueberry and wheat, neither one taking the reins. It is very light and easy to drink, a good quality for some, a bad one for others. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Carbonation feels right in this beer, giving it a spot-on crisp edge without being overbearing. The beer is very light-bodied without much else beyond the basic flavors of blueberry and wheat plus some citrus peel. The beer is a touch thin and slightly watery, but the mouthfeel is largely right. The finish consists of a wheat base with faint blueberry tones on low and an high tone orange peel. Easy on the palate. 3.5

(Drinkability) Very drinkable. It's not a bad beer at all, and easy to drink for any casual drinker. None of the flavors are overwhelming and it is smooth and light and easy. If I had another of these, I would drink it now. 4

Verdict: This beer is easy enough for to drink for any casual drinker but isn't very bold on any level. Beyond some basic flavors there's not much else that draws this beer out above the others that are much like it. With that in mind, it's about on the same level as many other wheat and blueberry beers, but more subtle. Not half bad. B- (3.45)

Photo of thedoubler55
3.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- A golden orange that has about a one finger head that leaves little lacing around the glass as you drink

S-All blueberries to me, slight hint of some citrus hops but nothing crazy

T-This beer taste like blueberry water with lots of carbonation.

M-Light beer, lots of carbonation.

D-Not a beer for me, to fruity in my eyes. Definitely a good beer if you like blueberries though.

Photo of Domingo
3.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Atlanta airport brewpub location.
Standard golden color. Fair amount of head. Lots of lacing.
Muted nose. Faint blueberry, a little sour fermented note. As it warms, the nose is still never very potent.
Sweet grains initially fade into a huge (but not bad) blueberry extract wave. Not overly sweet, but pretty omnipresent.
Like blueberry flavor? That's really what this brew comes down to.
Goes down like water and I don't really mind this one at all. For what it is, not too bad.

Photo of harpus
2.68/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear gold color with a small white covering. Head all but disappeared quickly and left no lacing on the glass.

Aroma is mostly blueberries although they have more of the fake concentrate aroma. Taste is big on blueberries as well, they taste a little less artificial but not quite real. It's very sweet and light as well.

Mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is average, it had too much artificial blueberry sweetness for me to be very drinkable.

Overall I wasn't really impressed with this beer, average blueberry beer at best but i can see some non-beer lovers liking it.

Photo of thagr81us
3.12/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Pours straw yellow with a one finger pure white head that subsides to a minimal amount slowly. Maintains decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma is comprised of sweet malt, stale blueberry, and muffins. The flavor is of sweet malt, blueberry, and stale muffins. It has a light feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall not really sure about this one. I mean, I know what they were 'trying' to do, but seriously?!? Aroma is better than the flavor, but that's not saying that much... Could be a lot better, but could be a lot worse.

Photo of JayS2629
2.89/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A- hazy pale orange with thin white head, no retention and slight lacing.

S- Slightly bready with a background of blueberries. Fruity.

T- Light malty taste with hint of citrus and a subtle blueberry taste. The good news for this beer is the blueberries are not overly sweet.

M- Thin, watery, and slightly over-carbonated.

D- If you like blueberries this is easy to drink. The fruit is subtle and the beer is watery. Light, refreshing, and weak.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light amber color with a bit of a white head. The nose brings some strong blueberry characteristics. The taste is overly dominated by the blueberry, although there is some light bread underneath as well. The feel is pretty light with good carbonation and the blueberries are carried well. Drinks really quite well and is a nice, sessionable summer brew.

Photo of beersensei305
3.04/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours an unremarkable clear gold with no dissernable head. As with most fruity beers the aroma is great malty with a hint of blueberries. The taste is light, almost watery, with a hint of malt and faint blueberries. Good carbonation but an average fruit beer at best.

Photo of mikereaser
3.12/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle on 12/23/09.

A - pours a clear light orange yellow with very little foam at all

S - nice, not overpowering blueberry aroma with light malts

T - light malt, blueberry, some lemon and orange citrus, something seems off though

M - clean, crisp with good carbonation

D - decent blueberry, not too chemical tasting though unlike alot of other blueberry beers, i'd like to have again

Photo of wisrarebeer
2.76/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Best if enjoyed by 01 Sep 08

A: straw colored, clean and crisp
S: definitely blueberries, not much else, appealing but nothing else is apparent
T: light, watery, with a hint of blueberries, I'm not a American fruit beer fan but not a bad attempt
M: diacetyl (probably age) but held up well
D: watery, light, not much flavor, not my style at all

Photo of abrand
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle received from my mother on a recent trip to FL. Poured into a pint glass.

The Sweetwater Blue pours a hazy orange color with a fizzy white head that quickly fades and leaves no trace behind. Not much to the nose. Some subtle malts and bready aromas. Very hard to get any fruit smells from the aroma. Taste is quite watery with a very subtle fruity finish. Up front there are some malts and pines. Mouthfeel is very thin and quite watery. Drinkability is mediocre and this is solely due to the low ABV and not overpowering characteristics. The taste is ok just not much too it.

Photo of AgentZero
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Medium golden color, almost looks kind of dirty or muddy or something. Small head, no lacing.

S - Malty, and some blueberry notes, smells kind of like canned blueberries that have had some of the sweetness knocked out of them, it's not a bad thing, but it's not all that good either.

T - Mostly malty and some blueberry flavor, just like the smell, it tasted like canned blueberries that had some of the sweetness sucked out of it. I actually think the best use for this beer might be making blueberry pancakes with as a water substitute, would be curious to try it.

M - Smooth, heavier bodied than I would have guessed, finishes pretty cleanly.

D - Not hard to drink, but it's just kind of sweetish and odd tasting so I can't do a ton of it. Interesting take, honestly feel like blueberry beers are just really hard to do.

D - Pretty easy to drin

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've always thought blueberry is a difficult choice for a fruit flavored beer because the flavor can so easily overwhelm all other beer aspects and you wind up with a blueberry candy malternative. Sweetwater does a really nice job of moderating the blueberry flavor - it is certainly pronounced but not overwhelming with a fresh fruit, quite natural blueberry flavor.

Photo of Lacesoutcody
4.09/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I grabbed one of these when I made my own six pack at World Market.

A: A nice, extemely light amber, almost golden, a small frothy head that doesn't stick around long at all. No lacing to speak of.

S: Like fresh baked blueberry muffins, pleasant and surprising, but not much else to speak of.

T: Blueberry with a side of blueberry, and me being a fan of the flavor I was pleased, although if you're looking for complexity beyond the obvious, slight grain and blueberry, there really isn't too much to be found.

M: Smooth, with a nice amount of carbonation, that isn't overwhelming to the pallet.

D: I would definitely recommend this as a dessert beer or for a hot summer day. Although, the flavoring of fruit beers tends to wear thin for me after a few bottles.

Photo of mullenite
3.89/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear amber color with a short white head with poor retention and no lacing.

Smells strongly of blueberries and some grain in the background. The blueberry scent is muffin-like and pretty good.

Taste is similar to the smell. Not really complex at all, just blueberries.

Thin body with lots of carbonation.

Overall, I don't really dig it. Its a good beer, but its just not my style.

Photo of kdawg105
4.49/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It is a really enjoyable beer. The appeance wasn't all that. It did not have much head and no lace on the glass as it goes down. The smell is interesting you can definetly smell the blueberries but you can still smell some of the hop. The taste is a lot better that what I expected I was suprised. The mouthfeel is there and finishes smooth and refreshing which makes for a wonderfuld drinkability. Good beer even though I am not much for a fruity beer. I did not read the label before I drank the beer so it was kind of a suprise.

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Sweetwater Blue from SweetWater Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 999 ratings.