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Sweetwater Road Trip Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater Road Trip AleSweetwater Road Trip Ale

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482 Ratings

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Ratings: 482
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 9
Gots: 59 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: CNeilP09 on 05-09-2007

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Ratings: 482 | Reviews: 155
Photo of JSBuckeye
3.29/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Kind of your generic spring/summer ale. Nice crisp flavor, but not a whole lot happening here.

Photo of Davidstan
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Decent beer, more like a pale but you can feel the Pilsner in the finish. It is different enough to get a second try in my pils rotation.

Photo of SirBrandonofMaltANDHops
3.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Light orange wheat beer appearance with light fruit & spice.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.39/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, corn-yellow coloring with a ton of slow carbonation in the body, and a fluffy, dense, small bubbled, white head. Aromas of citrus sweet, bubblegum, toasted grains, subtle herbal notes, and some nutmeg and clove spice. Flavors are sweet and herbal forward, with a subtle cracker and bread backbone, and lemongrass, clove, and all-spice highlights, with subtle tart citrus characteristics. The herbal tones overpower a bit, and there is subtle hops bitterness that enhances that imbalance. Light, effervesced body, that moves close to astringent as the beer leaves your palate. The aftertaste is lemon-citrus and heavy spice, still. Dry, again almost astringent, finish.

Photo of BrettMRogers
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a glass.

A-cloudy gold color, well carbonated with a 1 inch white head forming, looks good.

S- creamy peach/orange aroma. Hints of what seems to be pineapple? Probably not but thats the best description I can think of for it

T-broad citrus flavors present, not much in the aftertaste, kind of a dry finish

M-medium bodied, very smooth

O-Everything was there for me but the taste didn't seem to correlate with the other features. I like it.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

its time for the megalithic brewers to take notice. There's some really great German-style beers being made in American and none of those come from mega-marketing brands. Sweetwater is one of those doing it right with full German lager maltiness, ale-like completeness, spicy hops and a rich body to pull it all together.

Sweetwater's Road Trip takes the taste buds and olfactory sense on quite a journey of Northern German taste, starting with a deep and juicy pilsner malt character- bready, cookie-dough sweetness and peps of grain and husk give the early impressions a sense of rustic and refinement.

What follows is a spicy display that hovers over the middle. Floral hops trend spicy with elements of lemongrass, honeysuckle, straw and the aroma of a freshly mown lawn. Even as the common lager fruit of apple, lemon and pear play out in nearly estery tones, the bulk of taste is still commanded by those bready-sweet malts.

Closing with growing hop spice, the hybrid beer's stemmy and leafy character is greeted with mild sulfurs that highlight those apple tones late. A flinty mineral character ensures crispness and snappy texture as the lager finishes, just in case the hops didn't dry the taste adequately.

And with that full golden haze, one thing's for sure- Sweetwater isn't about to over filter the beer for eye appeal when the removal of its cloudiness would also remove flavor. After all, taste appeal wins in the end!

Photo of jaredtp
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a good beer. It has a sweetness taste to it. You can tell it is a pilsner. The golden color it has is a great look. I like the sweetness to this beer. It does not have an after taste like some beers have. It go`s down smooth. It does not have an after taste like some beers have. I liked this beer, I know that I would not mind having it again.

Photo of Tone
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, strong pale malt, hint of wheat, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of a German Pilsner. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, strong pale malt, slight wheat, and a hint of hop. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma and decent body.

Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange color with a nice 1 finger head that leaves nice lacing in a 16 oz pub glass.

Smell is really nice. Orange, malts and a little pine hoppiness.

Taste is more hoppy than I expected. It is categorized as a German Pilsner but it has the hops of a pale ale, didn't see that coming.

Mouthfeel is good with a decent amount of carbonation.

Overall, not at all what I expected but still a good brew. Bottle says it started as a pilsner but ale yeast was added as a spare. Sounds like an experiment that went right.

Photo of Mojo
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle -> pilsner flute

A - pours up a clear medium gold with a foamy two inch head, awesome retention, and incredible lacing. Beautiful beer!!!!

S - very weak nose, mostly grass and bread

T - honey like sweet malt profile with a pine flavored finish that is not horribly bitter. Well balanced between hops and malts.

M - a little thin, well carbonated

O - decent enough, well made, if unspectacular.

Photo of JayQue
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

As the proprietor of my favorite beer store would say "Its a Pils"....big deal. Not an exciting beer style but a good "go to" in the summertime, especially for mass quantities. I had this one with bratwurst for dinner and it went down easy, if uneventfully.

Pours a slightly hazy dull gold color with a medium sized white head. Head retention is fair, lacing is thick and plentiful.

Mild grassy hops aroma, nothing exceptional. Taste is grassy hops (mild) with a slight floral hops presence and a little yeast flavor.

Mouthfeel is about average richness, somewhat crisp and light with no alcohol presence.

Overall, not a bad Pils but nothing I would seek out on my own.

Photo of richj1970
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Road trip

Poured draft into shaker pint glass

A: A clear pale yellow with soapy two finger white head that settled slowly. Heavy lacing.

S: Some hops mixed with buttered diacetyl.

T: Toasted bread, bitter hops, buttered popcorn. A little diacetyl in the back.

M: Fairly high carbonation and maybe a bit heavy body the style.

O: Pilsners are not my favorite style, and this one is probably an average pilsner. Glad I tried it once but would probably not buy again.

Photo of zac16125
3.04/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pilsner glass
Best before: 7/1/14

A: Crystal clear, golden yellow, 3 fingers width of bright white head, tons of carbonation bubbles racing to the top of the glass. Head has good retention before settling down, and leaves lots of lacing.

S: Spicy hops, some fruity esters, buttery diacetyl, pale malts.

T: Follows the nose with hop spice and diacetyl buttery notes. Pale malts and some bitterness as well.

M/D: The body is pretty heavy for the style, carbonation is appropriate, drinkability is average.

O: Its alright, I expected more though. Dont think its something I would purchase again.

Photo of lewzer99
3.29/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A: It pours a golden straw color, with a thin white head and visible carbonation
S: Pine, citrus, with some faint straw and cloves
T: Grassy hop bitterness, slight citrus, followed by a breast malt and a nutty finish
M: some carbonation, a little slick
I: it's okay

Photo of chefhatt
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass,it has a golden color body with a small head to it. The aroma has that pil smell of floral/corn to it. The taste has a sweet maltyness to it with some spice to it. The mouthfeel is nice, very drinkable and overall a really good take on mixing styles.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice deep yellow, clear, with good carbonation and a nice white head. The head has some staying power providing a few curtains of lacing and foam

S: I smell pils all the way...some light corn and floral/grassy notes with a dab of honey

T: Pils notes upfront, the ale yeast provides a bit of "wetness" to it along with some light citrus and a wee bit of Earthiness and spice. Mid palate I get more of a light sweet tough and some floral/grassy notes. The finish has a nice easy going hop bitterness and a little dry

M: The body is light with medium-heavy carbonation and a refreshingly crisp finish.

O: Nice hybrid of styles. Easy to drink, no major flaws.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow in color with some fine particulates in suspension, a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation, and some faint slightly apricot colored highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy off-white head that quickly reduces to a small patch of extremely thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of bready malts with some lighter hints of earthy hops.

T: Similar to the smell, the beer starts out with a moderately strong malt body with bready flavors which is followed by some light flavors of earthy hops. Light amounts of bitterness which fades almost instantly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp.

O: It did not look like what I expected for the style (I expected it to be clear, practically crystal clear) but it was easy to drink and would be a nice beer to enjoy at a cook out during the summer.

Photo of Immortale25
4.11/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Label says Best if Enjoyed by 07/22/13.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a sheer sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing.

S- Refreshing aroma of light hops and bready malt.

T- Surprisingly firm hop bite of the earthy variety and a decent amount of malt backbone. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

M- Very crisp and semi-sharp. Medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- A very straightforward and simple, yet impressive pils.

Photo of woosterbill
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle.

A: Clear pale orange body topped by a finger of fine off-white head that settles slowly into a solid cap and leaves plenty of delicate lace. Very nice.

S: A little dull, with some herbal/spicy hops and chalky yeast. Not bad, but less than inviting.

T: Mild and balanced, with herbal hops up front and toasty malt behind. A little fruity toward the tail end, with some moderate bitterness and a bit of minerality on the finish. Dry, slightly astringent aftertaste. Tasty, but a little rough around the edges.

M: Creamy at first but then immediately spritzy as the carbonation explodes upon a swish of the tongue. Medium-bodied, which feels thick for the style. A bit much.

O: Solid but uninspiring. Relatively mild in terms of flavor, but the aftertaste and mouthfeel both make it less than easy to quaff. There are better Pilsners available, but this is still worth a shot if you're a fan of the style.


Photo of silverking
3.24/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

A- Clear golden with 2 fingers of white head. Head retention is good and there are well defined rings of lace.

S- Biscuit, grassy, herbal hops.

T- Bread, herbal and earthy hops. Astringent hop bitterness on the finish.

M- light bodied. Refreshing.

O- its good, but its not a German Pilsner. It's finished with ale yeast.

Photo of John1985
4.01/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ale pours a cloudy yellow with a white two finger head. Pleasant herbal hop aroma. Brisk hop forward taste balanced nicely with bready malts and a crisp aftertaste. Very refreshing, quenching summer ale. Not sure if it is a true pilsner but I enjoyed this very much.

Photo of godlessape
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this one in a Samuel Adams pint glass. The crystal golden body reminds you of most American pilsners, lagers, and adjuncts but unlike a lot of them, the creamy white head stays for keeps.

The aroma is bready, and yeasty, with just a faint touch of lemon zest. I had to get 2 thirds down the glass before I could discern any malt.

The flavor is crisp, clean, and all about the hop bite--which is less than subtle, and rather formidable.

The mouthfeel is light, with medium carbonation and very refreshing.

Overall a great summertime brew. An interesting twist on a pilsner from the brew wizards at one of my favorite breweries.

Photo of shand
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Road Trip is a bright tasty beer. Bright citrus and spicy hops are the rulers of the roost on both smell and taste here. There's some pilsner malt that isn't quite as sharp as is typical, but the spicy hops make up for that. The mouthfeel is light and moderately carbonated, and the drinkability is solid - but probably not sessionable. Overall, Road Trip is a solid pilsner-style beer.

Photo of pixieskid
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm down with Sweetwater and German Pils but not with this beer.

Not sure if this beer is really supposed to be considered a German Pils considering that they state this beer was brewed as a lager but finished with an ale yeast. If anything it should probably be listed as a Cali-Common.

Pours a pale ale color, slightly hazy (doesnt look like a German Pils).

Nose; bready and somewhat hoppy.

Taste; pretty much the same with a nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel; some slickness (diacetyl) as well as way too full bodied; think keller bier but even more-so.

Overall; was hoping for something crisp, refreshingly, and hoppy enough to make it interesting; this wasn't that.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.76/5  rDev +9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Olde Hickory glass on 4/9/13

Recommended by PDXHops

Light, hazy pale yellow/dull gold. Fizzy head with minimal retention. Scattered lace.

Punchy noble hop aroma; lemongrass and prairie grass. Clean, toasted grains behind the hops. The taste and feel are comparable crisp and lively; grassy hops aplenty with a hint of pine and citrus underneath. Not much in terms of malt; that is, it doesn't really come across in comparison to the nippy hops and ample carbonation. Slightly grassy on the finish, but pretty clean overall.

Road Trip is a nice little treat after a six mile bike ride.

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Sweetwater Road Trip Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
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