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Sweetwater Blue - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Ratings: 971
Reviews: 274
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 18.75%
Wants: 11
Gots: 151 | 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 Chadpaq
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
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
4.1/5  rDev +22%
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
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
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
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
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
3.83/5  rDev +14%
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
2.98/5  rDev -11.3%
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
2.45/5  rDev -27.1%
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
2.23/5  rDev -33.6%
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
3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
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
1.93/5  rDev -42.6%
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
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Photo of projectflam86
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a thin white foam head. Scattered lace.

S- Blueberry muffins is the first thing that comes to mind. Some faint grain sweetness with a bit of citrus.

T- A bit of sourness initially with a wild blueberry finsih. Sweet with some bready malt backbone. Alcohol is well hidden. A few other citrus flavors are present as well but the blueberries are center stage.

M- Light/medium body with a surprisingly creamy feel.

D- Certainly an interesting brew. I've had a handful of 'blueberry' beers and this one is easily the best. Not something that I would get often but worth trying.

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.

Sweetwater Blue from SweetWater Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 971 ratings.