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Sweetwater Blue - SweetWater Brewing Company

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998 Ratings
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Ratings: 998
Reviews: 279
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 18.45%
Wants: 16
Gots: 180 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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: 998 | Reviews: 279
Photo of BigGingDrinker
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jshusc
3.22/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lanstrum
3/5  rDev -10.7%

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 HardyA
3.84/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of wcudwight
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of freduardo
1.5/5  rDev -55.4%

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 psmith161
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of zrab11
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of brpendergast85
2/5  rDev -40.5%

Photo of cbcrunch
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of tastybeer
3.47/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of Lemke10
3.31/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This pours a clear, light amber color with a slight, off-white head. The aroma is very grassy and grainy. The taste is fairly decent for its style as it’s light in body and flavor. It’s perhaps a little thinner than I would like, but than again it is made for a warmer climate than where I am from. Hints of grass and grains in the flavor. Finishes pretty clean with just the slightest hint of blueberries.

Photo of Iamjeff6
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Cheers to limesmut on this one.

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear golden straw with a one finger white head that dies down pretty quick. Lacing is non-existant. Crazy amount of bubbles racing to the top of the glass. Smell is of young blueberries with a nice wheat background. No hops or malt in the nose. Taste is pretty weak on the blueberry, kind of disappointed about that. Wheat and a bit of spice as well tingle the tounge. Very light bodied, fresh, crisp, clean. I could enjoy a couple of these on a hot summer day. This is one of two blueberry beers I've had, the other being Wachusett Blueberry and if I had to choose between the two I would go for Wachusett. Good attempt at this type of beer Sweetwater, but could tweek the flavoring a bit to make this even better.

Photo of drdiesel9483
2/5  rDev -40.5%

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.54/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of bmjivi221
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden color bright white 1/2 finger head. Smells of blueberries, some fruity pebble notes from the wheat, a bit of graininess.

Blueberry flavors a little light, but surprisingly complex for a light fruity blueberry (not that it's a complex beer, just for what it is it's complex) Some lightly kilned grains up front with a touch of blueberry sweetness swept up by a bit of sweet wheat and balanced by a dry cereal graininess. Dry finish but with some lingering blueberry sweetness. Medium bodied good briskness. Not bad for a fruit beer.

Refreshing with a bit more to it than fruit

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
2.69/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy yelow gold with a frothy white head. Smells of blueberry. Sweet blueberry. Like blueberry pie. Like a crappy aromatic blueberry candle.

Taste is of light wheat malt. Blueberry flavors and only lightly sweet and a tartness the smell did not hint at. Light bodied, a bit thin. Sweet in the aftertaste but again not as cloyingly sweet as I would have guessed. Not a bad blueberry ale, better than I gave it credit for but still just a dull wheat beer with some extract in it.

Photo of rrski198
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of user785335
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

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 Mphis
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

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Sweetwater Blue from SweetWater Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 998 ratings.