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Sweetwater Blue - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Ratings: 904
Reviews: 264
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 18.75%
Wants: 10
Gots: 116 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-11-2002)
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Photo of everetends
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I get this one on tap at a local Jacksonville pub, The Vault. Served in a pint tumbler.

A: A nice clear, golden with very little head on draft. May have been the bartender, but may just be the beer.

S:If the color blue had a smell, this would be it. Blueberry is not overpowering and you can smell the actual beer grains.

T: Once again blueberry is not overpowering but present. A little fruity but you can still taste the beer grain. A good balance of fruit and beer.

M: Cool, crisp and clean. No problems with carbonation.

D: Great summer beer. Refreshing on a hot day while sitting on the porch after some yard work. Very drinkable.

everetends, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - pours a golden yellow, a thin wispy head like a macro fades pretty fast but is trying its best to hang on to a partial cover. Nice bead coming up.

Aroma - an initial wave of blueberry out of the bottle is very aromatic, fragrant, and fresh smelling. Very 'blue' and even the settled aroma is pleasant, not overpowering.

Taste - nice easy-to-get-along-with blueberry flavor. It's sweet and fruity but doesn't have a cloying syrupy feel. Some good grain presence and a recurring fruitiness at the end that reminds me of bubblegum and/or candi sugar.

Mouthfeel - crisp, light body, just fine.

Drinkability - I could see this wearing me out after a few, but a nice change of pace beer.

brewdlyhooked13, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of DefenCorps
3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received from SaintNathaniel

A: A shade darker than golden with a thin white head that recedes quickly

S: Blueberries. A hint of blackberries? No real hop aroma to counter the sweetness. There's a little bit of a biscuit aroma to this

T: Blueberries to start with that quickly disappears with a little bit of malt. Very thin in body and the finish has a hint of bitterness but is mostly non existent apart from more berry

M: Very pleasant carbonation which enhances the drinkability - this is a fairly easy quaffer.

DefenCorps, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of JamesS
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice light amber color, although with very little head and no lacing. Has a nice blueberry scent, with a little bit of malt undertones, although the real 'beer' scent is overpowered by the fruit. Nice taste, a very fruity ale, but again, the blueberry overpowers the ale. There is a nice berry aftertaste, with a hint of maltiness. Goes down fine. This is an excellent fruited ale, if you really want a berry taste as opposed to a berry enhanced ale.

JamesS, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of Jayli
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I was in the airport in GA, I decided to stop in to the Sweetwater Brewhouse. During my trip to GA, I had tried their IPA and 420 and wanted to see if I could grab something new. I enjoy blueberry beers, but have only had them from Northern Breweries. This is a decent blueberry beer, honey colored, with very little blueberry scent (compared to other blueberry beers). The taste of blueberry seemed to be merely a hint. It was pleasant and drinkable - the only improvement I would add is to add blueberries to the beer. I know - fruit the beer, I said it, but it's true!

Jayli, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured form a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light golden honey color with a very thin white head, diminishing quickly to just a very thin ring of bubbles. Zero lacing.

S: Fruity fresh blueberry mingling with light flowery hops. There some malts in there too but they are tough to discern through the blueberries.

T: Dry light malty flavors with an interesting blueberry presence. I'm not sure I would call it 'fruity' but definitely blueberry, with some very mild sweetness from the malt. The blueberry tends to linger after an otherwise clean finish. I don't know that I've ever had a beer anything like this before. Interesting.

M&D: Lighter mouthfeel and weight with very light carbonation. Smooth, goes down easy. At first this seems like a very nice easy drinking brew but by the end of the glass, one was enough for a while. Enjoyable just the same.

Thanks to Maria for picking this up for me in her travels.

SIRIUS2, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of oconman
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah, the challenge of reviewing a style you don't really care for. It's a blueberry ale so reliable that it's one of their year-round brews, yet their far better ESB and porter have died undeserved deaths. I'd blame it on the girls but my wife refuses to even drink it when it's free.

The nose is blueberry and some malt, very little hoppiness. It's rather pale and uninspired, of course it's not blue at all. The blueberry flavor and aroma is quite balanced and authentic (one flavor that's easy to make chemical and candy-like). The flavor is simple and very clean, not overpowering or off-balance.

I can admit that as fruit beers go I like it, and would drink it again if it was free. But as far as beers from Sweetwater go it's my fourth or fifth choice, depending on if there's a seasonal available.

oconman, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Color is a typical golden yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is not strong, but good for an ale with a decided blueberry overtone. Blueberry flavor dominates the taste, which is otherwise average but tasty and refreshing. A smooth and delightful ale.

Cyberkedi, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of armock
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that dissipates quickly

S - Is of sweet blueberry malt

T - Its a lot like drinking a blueberry muffin thats malty

M - This is a medium bodied beer with medium carbonation

D - Fruit beers aren't my first choice of beer but this one is very good for the style and I'd say its worth a try

armock, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of jdubjacket
1.98/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2


I'm not the biggest fan of fruit/vegetable beers, with maybe cherry stouts and pumpkin ales as the exceptions, but I thought I would give this a try since I pass by it everyday on the beer store shelf.

Turns out that's where it should have stayed.

Definitely not the beer for me. Way too sweet. Tastes exactly like blue berries and it's almost a contrived, artificial taste, like malt liquor and blueberries.

Overall, this might be good on a hot summer day after cutting the grass. Aside from that, I can't say that I can recommend this beer.

jdubjacket, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of Boto
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle: This one pours a pretty clear, golden color. There was a small white head on it that didn't linger. The aroma is definitely blueberries, and not really anything else. Fortunately, they are not overpowering. The taste is pretty good. The blueberries are evident, but not overly done. There is a hint of dryness in the finish. Overall, decent and refreshing.

Boto, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of dnichols
2.73/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I received a bottle to sample from my beer buddy imacoug...thanks. I poured the 12 ounce capped bottle into a pint glass.

A: It poured a pale yellow body with active carbonation and a white one finger head. The head disappeared quickly but a light cover remained and supported a scattered and thin curtain.

S: There were clear and dominant light sweet malts and white bread yeast.

T: There were a variety of fruity flavors including a creamy citrusy hop base tangy taste as well as a modest flavor of blueberries. The creamy malts and yeasty flavors remained long after I swallowed each sip.

M: It was creamy yet light bodied with a tangy carbonation that lingered. However, the low ABV did little to clean the palate leaving a slightly malty fuzzy feeling on the tongue.

D: I am torn by this brew. It is unremarkable, lacking character and features that would recommend it. It's selling point...blueberry flavors...are so recessive as to not be distinct enough to encourage a berry lover to order a second bottle. It has a nice creamy, tangy mouth feel but lacks a clean aftertaste. I would pass if offered it in the future.

dnichols, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of jnelson54
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light and crisp not as sweet and sugary as other blueberry beers I have tried. I would recomend it to anyone who has never had a good example of a blueberry beer. Sweetwater is a great regional brewery I have never had a bad beer from them if you see it give it a try

jnelson54, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of shivtim
2.98/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, looks a bit like a macro pilsner but slightly darker. Decent bright white head. Nose is intense sweetened blueberry juice and corn. Taste is mild blueberries, and thats about it. Very one dimensional. Mouthfeel is average, and drinkability is pretty high. Just not that interesting of a beer.

shivtim, Nov 20, 2007
Photo of tastybeer
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light gold, amber color, clear with a small white, tight bubbled head. The head fades fast leaving an apple juice-like appearance behind. Aroma is packed full of blueberries. It brings to mind freshly made blueberry bread. Light crisp hops fit under the fruit among some doughy malt. Taste isn't bad. There's a surprising dryness after the sugary blueberry flavor explosion. Its almost too sweet for me as far as beer goes. Texture is slick and gritty and is followed by pointy bitterness at the finish. This is certainly well carbonated also. Easy to drink but I don't think I would want too many of these because of the sweetness.

Not a bad fruit beer but doesn't really do it for me.

tastybeer, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of scottyshades
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Definitely a good fruit beer compared to some others..picked one up from ABC in a mix n' match for $1.52 with an ABC card

A: Pale and transparent gold color with a good head that leaves little to no lace

S: Very, very, very blueberry-y...it smells like blueberry muffins made with artificial blueberries, but that happens to be a smell that I like...there are some other spices that I cant quite put my finger on

T: Blueberries, thats everything that you can taste

MF: Nice and clean, disappointingly light

D: If the blueberries were not overwhelmingly present, this would be one of the most drinkable beers

Overall, it is worth a try for sure...definitely an interesting beer

scottyshades, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of SetarconeX
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear orange color. Blinked twice, and all the foam seemed to have mysteriously vanished. Oh well. Smells...just like a package of blueberries. That's actually rather nice. This is one of those beers you really wouldn't mind just sitting around and sniffing for a while.

A grainy taste, however, doesn't mesh perfectly with the blueberries, but well enough to be quite drinkable. The two flavors seem to mesh increasingly less well as the brew warms up, so this might be one to keep ice cold.

SetarconeX, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of atsprings
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a SABL glass a slightly hazy pale gold with a decent off-white head. The aroma is of sweet fruit with slight blueberry and mild hops. The taste is an extract-like blueberry mixed with sweet malt dominating some very subdued citrus hops. The beer is rather crisp and very light with a normal level of carbonation. This is certainly a crisp refreshing beer, but the fruit flavor of it could stand to be a little fresher.

atsprings, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of micahgoldfus
2.73/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tried this one at the brewery's Friday afternoon happy hour while visiting Atlanta (a great time, I highly recomended stopping by if you are in the ATL). Looks fairly non-distinct, just kind of a thin, golden color with little bit of white head that quickly dissapeared. Smell packed a punch: blueberries and wheat. I could catch a whiff of it from 2 feet away. The taste, however, was much somewhat muted. It was malty and fruity, but not as fruity as I thought it would be after the smell. There was also some light hoppiness to give it a more rounded taste than just fruit juice, but for the most part, this beer was one-demensional. Mouthfeel was light and well carbonated. I liked this beer enough, and it was light enough to be a session beer, but I didn't really want another one after I was done.

micahgoldfus, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First chance to try Sweetwater in South Carolina! Very nice, had to go into Barleys to find it as it was no where to be seen outside, but I may have just missed it. Anyway it poured a fairly bright golden yellow with a large fizzy white head. This gradually faded and was replaced by a thin film of lace and copious amounts dripping down the side. Ample carbonation could be seen in the somewhat hazy interior of the glass. The aroma was very light, not overwhelming with the fruit at all, but rather very subtly blueberry with hints of yeast and a somewhat muted hop presence. A touch of bread like malts in the back. The taste was lighter then what I had thought. A typical yeasty pale with a significant touch of blueberry in the front. Ample carbonation again gave it a very nice and light feeling along with keeping it from going flat. There was a decent enough dry finish and the flavor did linger for a decent amount of time. I put the first one down in no time flat, but as far as how many I could have, the sweetness may limit this, as I find after too many I start to get a little queasy. Now overall this was not bad by any means, I thought it to be a rather nice light fruity brew. However I will stick to my IPA's in the future.

mikesgroove, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoy at the Mellow Mushroom in Kennesaw, GA for $2.00 (it was Sweetwater Sunday). How could I have possibly passed up a steal like that?

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with a small, suspiciously creamy-looking white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling aroma of blueberries. Just what you'd expect, really.

Taste: Vaguely grainy, wheaty flavor with a pop of sweetness. A burst of blueberry flavoring kicks in a second later along with more sweetness. Finishes, as expected, with a dose of sweetness and more blueberry flavoring.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: It's alright, but as with most fruit beers, one helping is more than enough for me.

ChainGangGuy, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of wedge
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed pale yellow color under a thin, quickly vanishing, bubbly white head. Smells like blueberries, not artificial, but like the real deal. Very much like blueberry pancakes actually only with a faint citrus note and a musty whiff here and there. Luckily, the flavor of the berries does not dominate. There's enough grain and mild sweetness to balance it out nicely, leaving you with a beer that is unmistakably a fruit beer, but not in an overwhelming, syrupy kind of way. Pretty light in body with a refreshing amount of carbonation. Hopefully this will make it to the Eastern half of the state by next summer as this would make a great summer thirst-quencher.

wedge, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of chilidog
3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While passing thru Atlanta, this was one beer I was on the hunt for. I tried two years prior and they were not to be found.

It poured a well carbonated gold. White head that left no lace. Body was about medium/lite.

The aroma carries beer like grassy malt with yes, a faint blueberry hint.

The taste hits you off the bat with blueberry. Faint and suttle the the blueberry sweetness followed by a crispness of malts and faint hop. Good spiceing with a finish of black pepper.

Drinkability; yes. Nothing over-powering here. A good, crisp, clean brew with mild complexity. Good on a hot day or if you want something to stand out with mild but direct good flavors.

chilidog, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of fsunole
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am typically not a big fan of fruit / vegetable beers, but Sweetwater Blue has a suddle taste of blueberry which is refreshing during the summer months in Hotlanta. It is a good compliment to the hot wings and blue cheese I enjoyed during the tasting.

fsunole, Jul 26, 2007
Photo of shererjt
3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a clear straw color with a thin, light-to-medium head. Looked like a macro. Smell was really, really awesome--like blueberries straight from the field, but not cloying or overpowering. Some sweetness surrounded the wonderful berry aroma. Body was light-to-medium. Flavor was of a pretty nondescript beer with a pleasant blueberry taste. Little malt or hops to speak of. Mouthfeel was about average, though the drinkability was good.

Smells much better than it tastes, though still a pretty yummy beer. I'd trade a bit of drinkability for more body, but I bet it'd be great on a hot summer day.

shererjt, Jul 24, 2007
Sweetwater Blue from SweetWater Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 904 ratings.