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Sweetwater Blue - SweetWater Brewing Company

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799 Ratings
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Ratings: 799
Reviews: 261
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 18.69%
Wants: 9
Gots: 62 | 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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StevieW

Florida

3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Mill in Birmingham, AL. Fizzy, cloudy yellow body. Tight fizzy white head. Noticable fresh picked blueberry and cut grains smell. Nice blueberry taste, crisp and clean. Plenty of hop snap to the finish to clean things out. Nice fruit taste without the fuzzy tongue coating of some other fruit beers. Blueberry taste is pretty good. Light bodied and highly charged carbonation. A decent version and right up there with Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2003 01:27:52 | More by StevieW
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jettjon

Florida

3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2006 00:13:53 | More by jettjon
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shivtim

Georgia

2.98/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2007 19:48:01 | More by shivtim
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dsauter

Indiana

3/5  rDev -11%

12-06-2011 20:50:50 | More by dsauter
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jsurfs82

Ohio

3/5  rDev -11%

01-10-2012 17:30:36 | More by jsurfs82
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scottyshades

Florida

3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2007 01:22:30 | More by scottyshades
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Lanstrum

Ohio

3/5  rDev -11%

05-14-2014 00:19:56 | More by Lanstrum
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fishguyac

Virginia

5/5  rDev +48.4%

02-07-2013 22:06:22 | More by fishguyac
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mwar

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

12-01-2012 22:41:20 | More by mwar
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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
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)

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 01:55:50 | More by Jadjunk
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Boilerfood

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

02-14-2013 00:18:25 | More by Boilerfood
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mscudder

Georgia

3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. Fresh from GA.

A - A rich golden yellow with a fair sized white head. Retention is average.

S - Jesus this is a burst of blueberry! Lots of sweetness followed by a subtle presence of malts.

T - Soft and follows the nose with great precision. A large amount of blueberries (hence sweetness) overcomes any other note that I can detect. As it warms, the beer gets more modest and is not as intense as when it hits the palette initially.

M - Fair sized body for such a fruity beer. The malts actually give this beer a fair sized backbone that keeps it from relaxing into a mush of fruit. Carbonation accents the sweetness and intensifies the richness of the taste.

O - This is truly a good beer if you are one for blueberries. I have known a fair number of friends who have enjoyed this brew, but personally I cannot get behind drinking such a rich and blueberry-infused brew. For anyone who loves the fruit, this is one to be sought after.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 05:02:14 | More by mscudder
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Mistofminn

Minnesota

3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 23:54:44 | More by Mistofminn
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kushlash23

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

01-08-2014 18:29:18 | More by kushlash23
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MaddDogg84

Texas

5/5  rDev +48.4%

03-22-2014 06:36:51 | More by MaddDogg84
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cyrushire

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

05-18-2013 06:37:27 | More by cyrushire
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user785335

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

03-12-2014 13:43:14 | More by user785335
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barefootbrewer

Mississippi

3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2006 23:14:31 | More by barefootbrewer
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swgwilt

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -11%

09-04-2012 04:22:50 | More by swgwilt
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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

4/5  rDev +18.7%

10-10-2012 00:01:55 | More by M_C_Hampton
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Backer2004

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2005 01:35:51 | More by Backer2004
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everetends

Alabama

3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2008 23:05:16 | More by everetends
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mixed_master7

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

11-13-2012 00:25:20 | More by mixed_master7
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superdedooperboy

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2009 15:36:56 | More by superdedooperboy
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cbcrunch

Wyoming

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

01-17-2014 20:12:37 | More by cbcrunch
Sweetwater Blue from SweetWater Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 799 ratings.