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Sweetwater Blue - SweetWater Brewing Company

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720 Ratings
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Ratings: 720
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 18.69%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-11-2002)
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: thin white head on a clear pale golden body.

S: completely blueberry pie and little else.

T: again this is mostly blueberry. Some hint of breads and wheat.

M: light body and medium to high carbonation.

Overall: certainly drinkable and refreshing. Not a fan of the genre especially when all that is represented is the fruit.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2012 19:48:05 | More by kylehay2004
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 17:33:14 | More by Cyberkedi
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 01:18:18 | More by avalon07
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.58/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 22:35:16 | More by twiggamortis420
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2008 01:10:12 | More by DefenCorps
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scruffwhor

Illinois

2.85/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 23:31:32 | More by scruffwhor
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2005 04:09:09 | More by cokes
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Canoe at Sweetwater sponsored CRK event.
Slightly hazy deep golden with very little head.
Fine aroma features blueberry: think fine fresh preserves. These is some wheat and barley malt base evident too.
The flavor has good balance, with prominent blueberry but a solid malt base. Only lightly sweet due to a good bit of tartness.
Medium-light body with near medium carbonation.
O: recommended

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2013 23:51:05 | More by chinchill
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -8%
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

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-26-2010 16:19:52 | More by AgentZero
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Brent

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've always thought blueberry is a difficult choice for a fruit flavored beer because the flavor can so easily overwhelm all other beer aspects and you wind up with a blueberry candy malternative. Sweetwater does a really nice job of moderating the blueberry flavor - it is certainly pronounced but not overwhelming with a fresh fruit, quite natural blueberry flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 21:07:40 | More by Brent
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden yellow with fleeting bubbly head. The nose has notes of blueberry, faint grains, and mild grassy hops. The taste is mild blueberries, faint hops, and pale malt. The mouthfeel is light, well carbonated, and crisp.

This is an easily drinkable beer, but the flavors are faint and mellow. There's nothing very spectacular here.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 22:29:53 | More by tdm168
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 22:00:49 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +24.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 03:16:00 | More by rudzud
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I should mention that this one is one month past the "best if enjoyed by" date. It pours a slightly hazy pale yellow color with a shortlived white head. Leaves very little lacing, but lots of tiny bubbles rush to the top of the glass, trying to get my attention. Aroma is tart berry, but only slight blueberry. Some biscuit and earthy yeast are also present, as are some faint citrus and piney hops. Taste is well carbonated, very tart with berry, and has some earthy yeast notes and wheatgrain. This isn't so bad, but is not one of Sweetwater's better offerings. I look forward to visiting my old haunts in Atlanta, this summer when the state of Georgia, hopefully, will allow their microbreweries to turn out some bigger beers. I'm certain that Sweetwater will be one of the leaders of the unchained.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2004 23:32:58 | More by merlin48
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Vancer

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 22:05:10 | More by Vancer
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

2.23/5  rDev -33.8%
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)!

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 02:17:10 | More by cpetrone84
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - pours a golden yellow, a thin wispy head like a macro fades pretty fast but is trying its best to hang on to a partial cover. Nice bead coming up.

Aroma - an initial wave of blueberry out of the bottle is very aromatic, fragrant, and fresh smelling. Very 'blue' and even the settled aroma is pleasant, not overpowering.

Taste - nice easy-to-get-along-with blueberry flavor. It's sweet and fruity but doesn't have a cloying syrupy feel. Some good grain presence and a recurring fruitiness at the end that reminds me of bubblegum and/or candi sugar.

Mouthfeel - crisp, light body, just fine.

Drinkability - I could see this wearing me out after a few, but a nice change of pace beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 04:46:37 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2010 15:50:10 | More by tigg924
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billab914

Virginia

2.98/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 23:04:05 | More by billab914
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Boto

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle: This one pours a pretty clear, golden color. There was a small white head on it that didn't linger. The aroma is definitely blueberries, and not really anything else. Fortunately, they are not overpowering. The taste is pretty good. The blueberries are evident, but not overly done. There is a hint of dryness in the finish. Overall, decent and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2008 00:35:03 | More by Boto
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Chaney

District of Columbia

3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Special thanks to GatorBeerNerd for giving me this one as an extra in person at Sexual Chocolate Day. Thanks Donnie!

My wife and I drank this one around every corner when were were on vacation to the Smokies this last summer. Just to please her, I put some blueberries in the beer... just like they served it while on vacation.

A: Poured a crystal clear straw color with a nice 1.5 finger blindingly soft white head that withered away within seconds.

S: A malt blueberry bomb for sure... very bready and lager-like.

T: A bit thin in body, which was especially evident on the finish. However, I admit that I did really enjoy this for what it was. I've tried a could of "heavier" styles involving blueberry, but I've never thought it worked. It works here....

M: Bubbly, crisp, and not in the least bit sweet. The blueberry taste in the brew is subtle, and when you add a few to the liquid, it enhances the flavor two-fold.

D: Everyone I know hates this beer and maybe I have a bit of nostalgia because my wife and I have fond memories of our vacation where this brew was always around. I even looked for big flaws but couldn't find them.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 00:00:58 | More by Chaney
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atsprings

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a SABL glass a slightly hazy pale gold with a decent off-white head. The aroma is of sweet fruit with slight blueberry and mild hops. The taste is an extract-like blueberry mixed with sweet malt dominating some very subdued citrus hops. The beer is rather crisp and very light with a normal level of carbonation. This is certainly a crisp refreshing beer, but the fruit flavor of it could stand to be a little fresher.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2007 02:35:25 | More by atsprings
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bditty187

Nebraska

2.93/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Slightly hazy, yellow gold in hue with no further color development; damn, I wanted the liquid to be blue! Oh well. The head was white in color; at the zenith the foam was one finger in height. In a split second it dissipated to a very thin collar that was basically naked in the middle. There was no subsequent lacing. Disappointing. This beer is nothing special to look at. The nose is dead on… if this was uncooked blueberry muffin mix. The blueberries don’t smell fresh or real yet they don’t smell so fake I’m repulsed. Soft grainy notes are also in play. The potency is low and so is the complexity. The bouquet doesn’t say much at all. It is not offensive but it is not inviting. Rather ho-hum. The palate is more rounded than the nose. Maltier too, I get a big blast of grains just like I did in the bouquet. Interestingly the blueberry flavor is very weak, I can find it at the back but it gets lost in this beer. What does it get lost in you may ask? I’m not sure because there isn’t much going on here. This is a brewpub quality, throwaway fruit beer. Ubiquitous. The palate has some flavor but it is odd and not that special. There is a cake-like sweetness that, while soft, is not working for me. Also, I’m burping blueberries, which is not as cool as burping hops. The palate is inoffensive and undeveloped. Lackluster. Medium-light in body with low but natural carbonation, the mouthfeel is pleasant and very fitting for this beer. I could see this beer being liked by a good number of people (maybe not BA types). I could also see this beer being hated by a good number of people (maybe BA types). To me this beer is just okay. I guess it would work on a really hot summer day but a glass of water might work better. Maybe this beer would be nice on a 4th July picnic with some fruit pie. Maybe that would be futile, it is more “beery” than fruity. Thanks to au1sec for the bottle, I’ve want to try is oddity for a while. My curiosity is quenched… one was enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2005 16:57:22 | More by bditty187
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +31.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2004 21:32:32 | More by RBorsato
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this one years ago but this review corresponds to a sample on tap at the airport. Classy! Poured a gorgeous golden/straw hue but very little head and no retention. No lacing either. Aromas clearly of blueberries, bananas and wet straw. Flavors are sweet and fruity with the unmistakable blueberry character out front. A graininess in the malt gives this beer further tang. Wheat is subdued beneath the sugars. Perfect carbonation and a light body helps this beer be very sessionable and probably a great brew for the girls. Smooth but slightly zippy on the tongue. Some hops at the very end provide a clean finish. Good example of a fruit beer and one of the best blueberry beers I know of.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2008 15:24:53 | More by thekevlarkid
Sweetwater Blue from SweetWater Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 720 ratings.