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Sweetwater Blue - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Ratings: 870
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 18.75%
Wants: 10
Gots: 99 | 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 jettjon
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours yellow clear color with just a few bubbles beneath a small white cap. Head fades quickly leaving no lacing and only a ring of foam. Nose has a good scent of sweet blueberries and sweet malt. Blueberries up front on the flavor, not as much sweet malt as expected, though. Not bad, though, kind of a mildly malty fruit ale. No real hops presence. Mouth is watery and has a mild amount of carbonation. Finishes on a somewhat cloyingly sweet/dry note. Drinkability is fine for a lawn mowing beer.

Overall: An OK blueberry-flavored ale. Worth a try.

jettjon, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of GPHarris
2.98/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a - poured into a tumbler. no head and no lacing. color is light golden and clear.
s - light blueberry nose but nothing else.
t - slightest of hop bitterness with blueberries.
m - crisp bite.
d - not a lot going on here. i love sweetwater but they should have gotten rid of this instead of exodus porter in favor of the new summer hummer. this is my girlfriend's favorite craft beer because it's "not bitter." that should tell you all you need to know.

GPHarris, Oct 23, 2006
Photo of jwc215
3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

best by November 19, 2006.

Pours somewhat hazy light golden yellow (not blue, of course) with a nice one-finger head that becomes, and remains, a thin lid. A little lacing sticks to glass.

The smell is of blueberry muffins. Fresh blueberries with a bready undertone. A bit of a crisp tang is mixed in.

Crisp, fresh blueberrry taste upfront. Not overwhelming blueberries, but enough to make itself known clearly. Like the smell, it tastes of blueberry muffin. Blueberry, which is not syrupy as is unfortunately the case with the style, is not the only characteristic of this beer.There is also a light breadiness that gives it support and flavor. A subtle grainy malt gives it some body, though the body remains intentionally light. A touch of earthy hops staves off some of the natural sweetness so that it doesn't become cloying at all.

It's a light-bodied, smooth drink with some unexpected creaminess to it.

The blueberries taste fresh. A bit more complex than others of had of the style. Not overly watery. Not bad at all for style. Goes down easily. Still, for me the one was enough (though I could have had a second if I had one) - not much more, only because I'm not a huge fan of blueberry muffin, just as an ocassional treat. This is rather good for a style that usually disappoints me.

Thanks to SilentSabre for including this one!

jwc215, Oct 19, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

With dead on aromas of blueberry pancakes, this vibrant fruited ale allows the ripe berries to take center stage while offering the most supple of wheaty support for a clean and characterful thirst quencher.

Impressive blueberry aromas even while the beer is being poured at the bar. Delivered to the nose, the blueberry additions are unmistakable, taking on proportions of "Boo Berry" cereal and blueberry pancake- equipped with light syrup. Light doughy scents and caramel help to accent the sweetness of fruit and give rise to the wheat base.

Canary yellow in color and with a soft wheaty haze, I kinda expected the color to represent the purple fruit, everso slightly but that doesn't happen. A firm initial cottony white head falters midway through the session as the maltiness seems to fall apart a bit.

Cracker-like pilsner breadiness and light raw barley taste begins to shape the softer and sweeter base of the beer while blueberry tartness and only moderate flavor begins to emit. Finishing with acidic and citric fruit flavors along with a linger of bready wheat, I wish that the blueberry character of the nose was better founded in flavor as well. But it doesn't, but favors a crisp and refreshing finish of fruit and wheat.

Soft and creamy at the onset, a quick transition past crispness and cleanliness lands the beer a bit thin, lightly grainy, and carrying the astringency of blueberry skins or seeds in finish. Interestingly the extended and fleeting finish adds to the refreshing quality of the beer as much as it repeals its character.

Ideal for summertime thirst quenching, this beer offers a lot to whet the whistle, but lacks enough character to appeal to the serious craft beer enthusiasts, at least after the aroma.

BEERchitect, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of spiffylubes
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. Appearance is very plain golden poured with little head, dissipated quickly. No lacing. Smell is where this beer does very well, smelling very strongly of blueberries (which is obviously what it's going for). Taste follows suit, strong blueberry flavor, which I think is quite delicious. Still has a good amount of malt and hoppiness. Mouthfeel is smooth, average, nothing special. A little too sweet to drink more than 1.

spiffylubes, Sep 19, 2006
Photo of BamaScholar
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tried on-tap at the Saucer, as I missed it at the Brewer's Fest.

An interesting beer...not much stand-out except the aroma, which easily carried around the entire table. It is obviously blueberry, and a honey element too. If the aroma carried over further into the taste, it too would receive higher marks. However, the taste was too sweet without discernible hop bitterness.

Give it a shot if you can find it, but don't waste time seeking it out exclusively.

BamaScholar, Aug 17, 2006
Photo of kimcgolf
2.25/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This was a tough one to rate...it was a very good blueberry pancake syrup. Unfortunately, I was drinking beer. Initial aroma of blueberries is strongly present the second the bottle is opened, and stays throughout the glass. However, at mid glass, I also detected a slight soapy aroma. Appearance is golden yellow with thick white head and decent lacing. Flavor was more of the blueberry taste, and finish was so strongly blueberry, if I hadn’t known better, I would have sworn I just finished a good breakfast, instead of an after work drink. Sadly, like with pancakes, a little of this beer goes a long way, and I couldn’t have many.

kimcgolf, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of barefootbrewer
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a light straw color with a small head. There was very little head retention. Smell was sweet and like a floral/berry smell. Taste is a sweet blueberry that balances well with the light malt flavor. Mouthfeel is light, crisp without lingering. As for drinkability - I would surprisingly like another right now!

barefootbrewer, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of brentk56
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a pale golden color with a decent white head; unlike others who complained about the retention and lacing, I got plenty of both - perhaps my bottle was fresher

Smell: Smells like blueberry muffin mix with a touch of grain

Taste: Starts out with a blueberry flavor that dances across the palate of cracker malt; the flavor never really develops but that is not the point as this is clearly a fruit beer designed for those who don't like challenging beer flavors - from that perspective it meets the bill; the finish is rather bland

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation; watery at the end

Drinkability: Fruit beers don't bother me the way they do some others so I would give this good marks as a drinkable beer for those who like a fruity twist without much else going on - one of the better examples of this style

brentk56, Jul 26, 2006
Photo of boblog
2.83/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Saw this in Atlanta recently I didn’t buy it since I most often hate fruit laced beers but I tried one anyway. The beer is a light golden color with virtually no head. It smells mainly of blueberries. It tasted mainly of blueberries with slight hop taste. Pretty decent for a blueberry beer ill give it that. I would not drink more than one a week though.

boblog, Jul 06, 2006
Photo of Graebner
1.73/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

This is an interesting beer, but that's about it. "Interesting" in the sense that the mold formations on your month-old cheese are "interesting"; it makes you say "whoa", but not in a good way, and you definitely don't want to put it in your mouth.

It pours out a pale amber color, nothing to write mom about, but not bad looking. It develops almost no head, and quickly goes down to exactly no head.

It smells fruity like the blueberries it's made with, barely discernable hops, and a slight sour smell.

Tastes like blueberries that have been soaked in sugar syrup. It's really only moderately sweet, but the blueberry is so overpowering that it drowns out all other flavors, as well as all semblence of balance.

The mouthfeel is truly awful. It feels like one has just downed motor oil. Not because of the viscosity (it's a very light beer), but because you just know you can't hope to digest what you just swallowed. It simply wasn't meant for drinking. Maybe I can compare it to drinking zippo fuel...that's a bit more like the consistency of this stuff. It sits on your stomach like a ton of bricks.

Drinkability is also horrible. I can drink one of these, and after that I feel like any more and I'll be needing a railing to vomit over. It sits on your stomach, and on top of that it sours *very* quickly. This is not a good session beer, or (in my opinion), a good anything beer. If you want a fruit beer, get some Purple Haze.

Graebner, Apr 30, 2006
Photo of BeerRun13
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to DeaconBluez and BIF Across America.

Pours a light golden color with a white head that falls quickly leaving a thin ring around the glass. Not much lacing.
Smells like blueberrys all the way. Not too sweet. Nice smell.
Tastes mostly of blueberrys, but has a slght malt and hop presence that balances out nicely. Not too berry sweet like I thought it might be from the smell. A little bitterness that seems to wash away immediately.
Light boddied. The blueberry presence washes the entire palate. Very clean and refreshing.
I'm not normally a fruit beer fan, but this was good. This is also my first blueberry beer. I like it!

BeerRun13, Apr 26, 2006
Photo of MSchae1017
2.48/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from a bottle.

This beer pours a dull gold with not much head that doesn't hold or lace well. The smell is all blueberries and a little overpowering. The taste is a little watery, mostly blueberries with very little "beer" taste. There is a decent carbonation but its a little watery. Overall, its too fruity and sweet and not enough of a beer.

MSchae1017, Mar 20, 2006
Photo of MichaelMeister
1.98/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

It's real simple - if you like carbonated, alcoholic, kid's cereal, you'll love this beer! It pours out with the color of Kix, smells like Fruit Loops and tastes like Trix.

Summary: it's a very fruity beer!

Honestly, it might be rather tasty on a very warm day, when you are really thirsty or as an after dinner beer with dessert.

It's just not my cup of tea (so to speak). I've got a few left over (5 out of 6 to be exact) if anyone would like to try one....or 5!

Michael - crying in my cereal...

MichaelMeister, Feb 28, 2006
Photo of TheEclecticGent
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had this beer on tap at my favorite watering hole. It pours nearly the same color as Sweetwater’s signature brew 420 Pale Ale, a clear straw yellow color. However, the head fades faster and give some lacing on the early part of the mug. The smell is a blast of in your face blueberries. Smells like “Boo-berry” kids cereal. The taste is of blueberries but the berry flavor tastes too refined to me. It has a bit of a bite and the blueberry flavor doesn’t seem to blend with the beer to me. The mouthfeel is light and fizzy. I think I will stick to Purple Haze when I feel the need for a light fruit beer. I love everything Sweetwater makes, however this one falls short for me

TheEclecticGent, Feb 08, 2006
Photo of Zorro
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled through the efforts of DeaconBluez and the BCG BIF.

I must confess that blueberries are my favorite flavor of pie so I am always interested in trying a new blueberry ale when I find one.

Pours a clear golden beer with a fast fading white head.

Smell is on the sweet side with a light honey and bread malt aroma. The blueberry scent is clean and pleasant and not artificial smelling.

Taste is sweet and a little tart at the beginning with a fair flavor of blueberry and piecrust. Light and spritzy ale here with a stronger hop bitterness than I would have expected. An interesting take on the blueberry ale, it uses carbonation, tartness and a firm hop bitterness to balance out the blueberries and sweetness.

Mouthfeel is a bit light and I am pretty sure that was intended.

No a half bad blueberry ale here. Definitely light and spritzy and a warm weather and summer beer. A good choice for a light meal of fruit or salad. Not a complicated beer just something good to drink when it is hot.

Zorro, Jan 27, 2006
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle provided by DeaconBluez

Pours a clear straw color with a thin white head that disappears. No real lacing to speak of.

Mild aroma of blueberries with a malty background. The smell is quite pleasing.

Fresh blueberry taste upfront followed by a nice malty/grainy flavor. Finishes rather crisp and clean.

Body is average, could stand to have more carbonation.

Nice drinking blueberry brew. A nice offering if you're in the mood for a fruity ale.

MaltyGoodness, Jan 10, 2006
Photo of Enola
2.85/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer looks like an American Macro. Poured with a small head. The smell is fair. Of course it smells like blueberries. The taste is of blueberries with a bite. The mouthfeel is diminished because of this bite. I don't think I could drink many of these. There are much better offerings from Sweetwater. I will choose one of those next time.

Enola, Nov 20, 2005
Photo of BurnsTau
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First thing noticed is the smell, it really smells like blueberry, not too overpowering though.

Appearance is nothing special, typical golden ale look, no real head retention or lacing.

Tasting this beer was a surprise, I wasn't expecting much since I'm not a fan of fruit beers, but this one is actually good. The fruit taste isn't very overpowering, in fact I don't even notice it much at all. A malty taste which isn't too malty, it's a well balanced and suprisingly good beer.

BurnsTau, Oct 08, 2005
Photo of wcudwight
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pleasantly suprised with the appearance. A darker gold than I expected with a solid finger head. Blinked. It's gone.
Smell is of blueberries, more mild than I expected.
Taste is smooth with mild blueberry flavoring.
Mouthfeel. Weak, but at least it feels like a beer somewhat.
Drinkability. This is a thirsty beer to further dehydrate you on a hot day.
Great alternate to a macro on those hot summer days fishing, mowing, or out by the pool.
If you're looking specifically for a blueberry beer, I think Sea Dog is a better option. It taste more like blueberries, this taste more like beer.

wcudwight, Sep 12, 2005
Photo of finepaws
4.3/5  rDev +28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok, I know, another fruit beer. But is good, I promise. Pours a clear yellow, with white small carbo head. Not very impressive, but it's an ok looking beer. Smells yeasty, with good scents of blueberry. Has a sweet yeasty profile, with lots of blueberry flavor. Slighlty tart. Mouthfeel is medium body. Very good drinkable beer. Next to sea dog, this is one of my favorites. Hate that it's not distrubuted to Charlotte, what's that all about?

finepaws, Aug 29, 2005
Photo of mentor
3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle provided by UncleFlip, thanks for the opportunity! Freshness notches read month 10 week 2. Pours a half finger nearly white head over a crystal clear light straw colored liquid. Looks like a macro or light lager. Smells like blueberry skins, but also a bit mediciney. Tastes of blueberry meat, cherry (without the sour), a hint of winey, and acrid from carbonation. I'll be kind and say there's a hint of honey sweet from the malt. But, honestly, this beer is all about the blueberry...and it's not quite natural tasting. It's not completely medicine, like a homebrew I once flavored with cherry extract. Light body and overly carbonated. An interesting beer. Not bad, not one to that's going to make you salivate.

mentor, Aug 19, 2005
Photo of Bighuge
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazed golden tone. Slight off white head. Lacing is minimal. Nice blueberry nose. Jammy and sugary. A little malt in the background. Very sweet nose. The flavor profile is pretty one sided (wth blueberry) and the blueberry aspects are really not that remarkable. A little fleshy. Pulpy. Sweet. Not a lot else going on here. Medium body and light carbonation. Nothing wrong with this beer, just nothing that grabs my attention.

Thanks for the blue cokes.

Bighuge, Jul 31, 2005
Photo of Backer2004
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Even though I've had a few sips of one of my brother's favorite beers and did not care for it, I went ahead and ordered a bottle myself last night while staying dry from Tropical Storm Cindy last night in Atlanta. It's better than Middlebury's counterpart, but still just okay. Could this not be a touch of blue in appearance for aesthetic purposes? Too clear and crisp in my opinion. not too overwhelming in smell or taste. The ladies at my table did enjoy it however. You may be able to get a few converts with this one.

Backer2004, Jul 08, 2005
Photo of cokes
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

You know, sometimes, it's all about setting. I had 5 of these while lounging on the beach on Jekyll Island and turning through Gary Jennings' "Aztec". And I loved it. The moment could not have been better.

Take away the fabulous read, and replace the deserted beach with my stuffy apartment, and this loses a bit of appeal.

Pours gold, lightly smogged with a thin white rim.
Scented foremost of blueberries, offset only partially with a pale graininess.
Begins with a pils like maltiness, cracker dry, and light. Perhaps a minor flourish of wheat-induced lemon, then it's onto blueberries and spun sugar. It's far from oversweet, it's body so light it's nearly frail, and for those that enjoy the fruit (as I do), it can be a voracious quaff. But's it's seems that it is better enjoyed while preoccupied with other pleasures. It pales when taken alone.

cokes, Jun 11, 2005
Sweetwater Blue from SweetWater Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 870 ratings.