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Sweetwater Blue - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Ratings: 984
Reviews: 278
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 18.45%
Wants: 14
Gots: 167 | 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 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.

Photo of PorterLambic
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank this 2/13/10. Bottle said best by 11/11/09. Take it for what it is worth.

Pours like ginger ale including all the fizzy noises. Clear light amber, fizzy head and like soda, it was gone in 5 seconds.
Smell is malt ,blueberries, light hops and pepper.
Taste is similar, malt, pepper, hops and blueberry.
Lightish body, medium effervescence focused on tongue's tip. Bitter at the swallow mellowing quickly. Smoothish finish, good malty aftertaste with some blueberry note. Good overall but would like more of the blueberry to show up. Picky, huh?

Photo of Kemmerlin
3.22/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: medium gold color with an extremely thin head little carbonation and lack of lacing.
S: has a lightly sweet blueberry aroma and malty finish
T: has a light malt flavor very sweet and a faint blueberry aftertaste.
M/D: light feel that lacked carbonation making it a little easier to drink and offers a refreshing experience.

Photo of DosBeerigos
2.97/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

C. Clear
H. Pee yellow
N. Blueberry

Well I got this from a beer trade from North Carolina. I was told this was one of the better SweetWater Beers. Well it wasn't half bad. Nothing that I am jumping on the phone with my mother saying I just had this amazing beer. Amazing it is not, drinkable yes. Very light ale, which smells wonderful, the taste is just ok, and the after taste is pretty pleasant. Blueberries are definitely in the beer, but not over powering like the Sea Dog version. Great beer for the summer time.

Photo of Chadpaq
3.22/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a 6er from my local Harris Teeter, as per usual. $9 for a 6-pack so I had high expectations. I was promised by a good friend that this was a premier blueberry beer, so I had high hopes.

Poured out cleanly. Looked a little watery to be honest. Golden-yellow; no blue hues like I'd hoped. I smelled a faint hint of blueberries in the air as I poured. The head itself was somewhat impressive, probably about two fingers. However, it receded to reveal minimal to no lacing. Because of the lack of hops, I expected as much. Still, it was a disappointment.

Took a big whiff over the glass. Pure blueberries. Reminded me of blueberry muffins. Took a little swig at first, assessing the carbonation. Adequate. Probably better than average. Very bubbly, which I like. Felt really smooth in my mouth.

It was definitely easy to drink, but all in all, a little watery. The blueberry taste wasn't too artificial like my last blueberry beer, Wild Blue. So that was nice.

All in all, not too bad, but I know there are better blueberry beers out there.

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

A: Pours a crisp gold, with about an inch of head that hang around for a few minutes.

S: Not a very strong smell(Though I am getting over a cold), but there is a hit of hops and a clean fruit smell.

T: Refreshing, not overpowering. Definitely a blueberry presence, and a nice balance of grains and hops.

M: Goes down super smooth, with a clean finish.

D: Super drinkable. I would love to have these on a hot summer's day with the grill going (If I had a grill, that is).

Photo of ThaBobfather
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a high golden color with a healthy sampling of pure white head on top.
Smell has a berry/dark fruit note with some yeast.
Taste is interesting-dark fruit star with a smooth ending to a one-hit taste.
Finish is ok-smooth, dry, and with a bready after-taste.
Drinks well-definitely a good hot afternoon drinker, refreshing.

Photo of mwa423
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear golden color with a slight amount of frothy head.

S - Sickly sweet blueberry, very close to blueberry pancake batter.

T - Too much fake fruit flavor to be good, an ok beer with lots of blueberry extract flavor. I would change the name of this to Sweetwater Blueberry Pancake, a more catchy name and would probably get some more looks on the shelf.

M/D - Mouthfeel has a slightly artificial taste but very similar to other sweetwater beers. It's a reasonably drinakble fruit beer, but nothing I will seek out in the future.

Photo of tigg924
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, gold in color, 1/4 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: dried blueberries

Taste: sweet and tart blueberries

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium-light bodied, sweet but not overly so

Drinkability: A solid fruit beer that I could see myself sessioning. The blueberries have a real not artificial taste. Nothing extraordinary, just a solid fruit beer.

Photo of billab914
2.97/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into my Southern Tier tulip 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 bamadog
2.51/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Review is from the bottle poured to a pint glass. Thanks to Onenote81 for putting this in as an extra.

Appearance: Pour is a pale lemony yellow/coppery color; starts with a one finger head that is white and fades quickly to a thin, uneven skim; body is a little hazy and shows strong carbonation; leaves no lacing behind.

Smell: Tons of blueberries, kind of smells a little fake though...; A bit of saccharin sweetness and slight, raw graininess; blueberry is almost overpowering...

Taste: Blueberry flavor is dominant at first, then there is a light graininess and almost like a stale black pepper flavor; slight hoppy bitterness followed by more blueberry...

Mouthfeel: Very lively with the carbonation; mouth is left quite moist once it goes down -- the MF is one of the better aspects of this beer.

Drinkability: I just can't give it a decent score here as I just can't get into the flavor -- it's not like I'm even drinking a "beer."

Photo of cpetrone84
2.26/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A-clear golden yellow with tons of bubbles. a relatively thick two fingers of a pure white head that does have a little retention and leaves a small amount of lace on the beer

S-big nose of blueberry concentrate, touch of roasted malt, hint of citrus hops at the finish

T-a watered down blueberrry concentrate that has alcohol in it and finishes bitter

M-light body, smooth and highly carbonated with an astringent property

D-all concentrate and still tasted watered down...drain pour (my first in reviewing history)!

Photo of theghost3
3.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep golden with a 1-finger white head that quickly disappears. Minimal lacing.

The smell is strong of sweet blueberries along with some wheat. The taste is sickeningly sweet. The blueberries are all sweet & no tart/sourness. Mouthfeel is crisp, not too carbonated.

This is a too sweet to be sessionable. Reminds me a lot of a sweeter Blue Moon.

Photo of PDXHops
1.97/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a see thru orangish gold with a bit of quickly disappointing foam. Swirling can't revive anything, and there is no lacing left.

Smells of whole blueberries (the dull outside, not the tangy, juicy inside) and very light malt. The blueberry flavor is similarly tame, at least the natural variety; there is an artificial, somewhat plasticlike fruitiness as well. Very lightly sweet. Finishes fizzy and dry with perhaps a nip of earthy hops.

Overall impression: Disappointing offering from a brewery I've enjoyed otherwise. Lacking in real fruit character.

Photo of dpodratsky3
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pale, clear, light gold, foamy film for a head, not great, but decent

S: Strong blueberry without even putting your nose in the glass, very evident, its an artificial aroma though, way sweet with no tart fruit notes, nothing else besides fruit, which is typical for fruit beers

T: Starts with blueberry candy sweetness, fades a little to some slight beer notes, light malt perhaps, hops don't add much specifically, but add to the overall flavor of the beer for sure

M: Good mouthfeel, decent carbonation to carry the sweetness, not really light or heavy, just kind of there, you almost can't notice a mouthfeel

D: A little sweet, but not too overwhelming like some, in a weird way the sweetness makes it hard to drink many of these while simultaneously making it easy to drink one glass

Notes: A good fruity beer, but nothing outstanding. This is a gateway beer for many of my non-craft drinking friends here in Atlanta. My girlfriend also happens to be a fan of this. Again, it isn't a bad beer by any stretch of the imagination, so don't let anyone tell you it is. However, it is a very fruity beer, so just know what to expect.

Photo of Mavajo
3.84/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow with a white head and minimal lacing. The nose is loaded with blueberries - it's like sniffing a warm blueberry muffin. Very strong smell. Taste is, as expected, blueberries. It actually reminds me quite a bit of Fruity Pebbles. Blueberry sweetness. No bitterness to speak of. Light to medium bodied, mild carbonation.

Sweetwater Blue from SweetWater Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 984 ratings.