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Sweetwater Blue - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Reviews: 281
Hads: 1,069
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 23
Gots: 250 | 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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Reviews: 281 | Hads: 1,069
Photo of Wasatch
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to MSchae1017 for this one.

Pours a clean/clear pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slightly grassy, very nice blueberry notes. The taste is malty/grassy, with some nice blueberry notes. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew. (336 characters)

Photo of aasher
3.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Someone left this in the fridge after our wedding. Tick!

This beer pours a very light bodied pale gold in color with a one finger white head. The nose is light and features light blueberry muffin and has a light cereal, wheat aspect. It's subtle. The flavors too are light and approachable. There is a moderate amount of blueberry muffin followed by pale malt and a yeastiness that leads into the aftertaste. It's ok. It's somewhat artificial. I can see this as being extremely female friendly. It is very light and overly drinkable. If you're looking for an outside or pool beer with a light fruity punch this could be your beer. (631 characters)

Photo of harpus
2.68/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint 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. (645 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of sweet blueberries. Taste is crisp, malty, blueberries, not nearly as sweet as the smell would indicate. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer. (266 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
3.32/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (457 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
2.88/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear and pale yellow color with a one finger head and a nice foam that holds strong. Good bubbling.

Very faint blueberry powder and some toasty, adjuncty bitter smelling malt.

The taste starts out fruity and blueberry-y. The middle has lightly toasted and on malted barley flavors along with some lightly bitter adjunct malt flavors.

Palate is crisp and refreshing. Easy to drink, but lacking in teh flavor and aroma department. (433 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a straw-golden color with a very thin head that fades to almost nothing, showing an ample amount of carbonation.

Aroma is light and wheaty with a decent whiff of blueberries in the nose. A bit of sweetness as well.

Taste is light and smooth upfront with a decent kick of blueberries with a bit of malt sweetness. Reminds me a bit of No.9 but with blueberries.

Mouthfeel is very light and fluffy and fades to almost nothing on the taste buds. Only the essence of blueberry remains.

Certainly seems like an easy-drinking type of beer to introduce to someone who doesn't like beer. It's light, inoffensive and it has blueberries. Certainly can't go wrong with this on a hot summer day. Feels a bit odd to be drinking it in early winter in the northeast. (761 characters)

Photo of glid02
3.89/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this on tap at Sweetwater Brewery.

Pours a dark yellow color with a one finger head that disappears quickly. Lacing is almost nonexistent.

Smells awesome if you know what you're drinking. Like a fresh blueberry pie.

Tastes almost just like it smells. The blueberry is easily the most prevalent taste, there's a faint malty taste at the end. The blueberry taste isn't too sweet, it's done quite well.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin, but the carbonation is good, it brings out the flavors very well. Could be smoother.

This isn't all that drinkable unless you're in the mood to go blueberry picking later that day. It certainly goes down easy, but the blueberry flavor could get old after a while.

This is a very well done fruit beer. The blueberry is infused very well. Definitely worth a shot if you're into fruit beers, and even if you're not it won't be a bad decision. (875 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.2/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a light, crystal clear golden hue. A hard pour results in a one finger white head that fades to leave a thin halo and light wisps.

S - Nice wheat notes with good blueberry skin. Very aromatic and inviting.

T - Like the nose, more of the wheat qualities and aspects come through followed by nice blueberry notes. Tasty blueberry notes here. Very clean.

M - Good carbonation here, very crisp clean and refreshing.

O - Overall, not a bad blueberry beer. Actually grew on me as I drank it. Quite enjoyable and would be excellent on a summer day. (620 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour a hazy lemon yellow color, the head mastodonic, frothy, brilliant white in color, the lace is silky sheets, which cling to the glass. The nose is citrus, sweet blueberry tones, clean and fresh. Start is sweet, the top light in mouth feel, the finish excessively acidic, minimally hopped, sparingly dry, and not something that "excites" me much. (353 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a light yellow color and a somewhat cloudy consistency. Not much head, but some decent lacing.

S: Strong smell of blueberries, though you do get a whiff of some hops.

T: Tasted mainly of blueberries and hops. Very fruity and flavorful.

M: Highly carbonated with a smooth finish. Fairly full-bodied and zesty.

D: I don't usually gravitate towards fruit beers, but Sweetwater is a good brewery. This is a solid and refreshing beer. Not something I'd drink all the time, but well done nonetheless. (543 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (531 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (252 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a clear, light gold color with a small cap of white head. Not much in the way of retention and lacing.

Nose is pleasant blueberry, bright and strong...albeit a little artificial smelling. Not much else, as far as malt or hops are concerned.

Grain comes out much more in the flavor and even flashes some grassy hop. Blueberry is prominent, but not overwhelming and does not really take the sweet route. What does that all add up to? Unfortunately, a decent but not excellent, fruit beer that is quaffable but forgettable. All the components fight each other and the hop aspect rarely seems to work well in a fruit beer. Im a sucker for a good fruit beer, but Im not sure how soon Id want to roll with this one again. (736 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
2.26/5  rDev -33.1%
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)! (521 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.61/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Press a brilliant golden straw with a foamy white head that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Real blueberries dominate the aroma, with lightly bready malt underlying.

Flavor is more cracker-malt dominant, refreshing, with blueberry sweetness appearing briefly, and finishing slightly tart/fruity. A beer with fruit, rather than vice versa.

Body is fairly light, with moderate to a touch high carbonation. It's crisp.

Better than most fruit beers, in that it still tastes like a decent brew. Good aroma. (502 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a pale yellow, pretty clear and bright overall with just a light haze. The head is a pillowy pure white one that manages about half a finger and sustains itself moderately well, leaving light patching in similar moderation through the session.
The aroma showcases sweet blueberries very strongly, showing some bread, wheat, and sweeter malts while allowing the blueberry to be the main feature. The smell remains strong all the way through, never fading.
The blueberry shows in the flavor, just not as well as the aroma, and comes out with a little more tartness. It gives off more wheat than is noticeable in the nose, and the crackery taste gives it a grainy sense in the middle.
The body is right, and it's light without needing to be heavier, but there's something a little slick in the middle, though it doesn't get carried away. It's nice and soft with a good carbonation and light bite of crispness. (923 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.12/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Pours straw yellow with a one finger pure white head that subsides to a minimal amount slowly. Maintains decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma is comprised of sweet malt, stale blueberry, and muffins. The flavor is of sweet malt, blueberry, and stale muffins. It has a light feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall not really sure about this one. I mean, I know what they were 'trying' to do, but seriously?!? Aroma is better than the flavor, but that's not saying that much... Could be a lot better, but could be a lot worse. (582 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
3.51/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very passable fruit beer. Thanks belgianhomebrew! Aroma was sweet and fruity. Pale gold with a medium bone white head. Flavor was reminiscent of a Witbier like Blue Moon. I honestly did not detect any blueberries in the flavor. On the scale of light, thin summer beers I couldn't find much wrong with it. (304 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Medium golden color, almost looks kind of dirty or muddy or something. Small head, no lacing.

S - Malty, and some blueberry notes, smells kind of like canned blueberries that have had some of the sweetness knocked out of them, it's not a bad thing, but it's not all that good either.

T - Mostly malty and some blueberry flavor, just like the smell, it tasted like canned blueberries that had some of the sweetness sucked out of it. I actually think the best use for this beer might be making blueberry pancakes with as a water substitute, would be curious to try it.

M - Smooth, heavier bodied than I would have guessed, finishes pretty cleanly.

D - Not hard to drink, but it's just kind of sweetish and odd tasting so I can't do a ton of it. Interesting take, honestly feel like blueberry beers are just really hard to do.

D - Pretty easy to drin (856 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
4.42/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy straw color with a full pillowy white head, active carbonation, and suspended sediment. Big blueberry aroma ! Nice balanced grain-wheat-blueberry flavor; fruit is subdued but noticeable. Light bodied and refreshing -- a bit airy from carbonation but not a problem.

Pleasantly suprised as blueberries are not my favorite.

Per label: "light bodied ale enhanced with fresh blueberries" & "Blueberries and natural flavor added"

Per B.A.B. book: Pale and Wheat malts

Enjoy By: 4th Week Jan ('04)
Tasted: 01/10/04 (525 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
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. (371 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.54/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Ninkasi Brewing pint glass. Label says Best if Enjoyed by: 12/28/12

A- Pours a light golden color with a 1/2 inch white head that soon fizzes away to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and scattered light surface foam. Lacing is non-resilient.

S- Nice blueberry aroma that's not too powerful with some mild wheat smell in the back.

T- The blueberry isn't as pronounced in the flavor but that's not a problem since it allows the wheat characteristic more room to shine. There is a bit of a weakness in the aftertaste as more sips are taken.

M- Light, crisp, actually borderline watery. Medium-low carbonation.

O- Not a great beer, all things considered, but I prefer it to Sea Dog Blue since the blueberry flavor doesn't overpower. Better on draft. (776 characters)

Photo of cokes
3.72/5  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. (862 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
2.87/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My brother brought me back a bottle of this from his trip down south. I remember having this a couple years ago but I can't remember whether I liked it or not, so I am going to give it another try and see what the verdict is. It had a best by date of February 21, 2011, so it's a little past it's prime. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, I tend to like labels with nicely drawn fish themes. It poured a clear pale golden yellow color that had two and a half fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down fairly quickly to a thin ring.

S- The aroma is a nice and simple mixture of malts and blueberrys. The aroma is on the sweet side and it resembles Sunset Wheat. There was a good balance in the aroma and it smelled ok.

T- The flavor is pretty light and subdued, not nearly as bold as the aroma lead me to believe. The flavor is a little too sweet for my liking and almost acts as a third flavor in this beer. The blueberry is there and tastes natural its just a little too muted for my taste.

M- Thin, light bodied and slightly watery. It had a semi crisp finish with an average amount of fizzy carbonation.

Overall this fruit beer was average at best. The blueberrys were there but were much more muted then they were in the aroma while still keeping all the sweetness, which was just too much for how light and thin this beer was. This beer may hit the spot on a hot summer day when you want something light and easy drinking but the flavor wouldn't keep my attention. I am glad I gave it a second try but I wouldn't buy it again. There are many other better and more flavorful fruit beers out there for the price. I hope the other Sweetwater beers I have are better then this one. (1,746 characters)

Sweetwater Blue from SweetWater Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.