Sweetwater Road Trip Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater Road Trip AleSweetwater Road Trip Ale

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510 Ratings

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Ratings: 510
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 11
Gots: 81 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: CNeilP09 on 05-09-2007

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Ratings: 510 | Reviews: 166
Reviews by Ryan011235:
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pilsner style beer with an ale yeast,hmm now thats different.Poured lighter lemony yellow with a fluffy egg shell colored one finger white head that left broken lace as it settled into a creamy mass.A mix of toasted bread dough with a bit of sweetness and iron/mineral,very pilsner-like.Flavors are crisp with that doughy character,a nice shot of herbal hop gives a nice spicy smack in the finish.A different kind of hybrid thats pretty good,I would buy again.

Photo of Duster72
2.78/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I like double pilsners....this isn't one of them.

Pours a clear straw color with a one finger head. Very mild aroma is primarily biscuits, grains, and earthy florals. Taste is very malty with grass and some hop bite. Astringency ruins the beer. A little too heavy for a summer seasonal for my taste. I didn't finish the bottle.

Photo of Jason
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle w/ a freshness date on the label.

Quick head rises to the top, bright golden yellow lays on the lighter side of color. Hint of fresh herbs, wild flowers and faint apple mixes with dusty graininess in the nose. Crisp and clean palate, moderate sized body. Grainy and biscuity with a snap with intensifies for a second as the hop bitterness chimes in. Flavor soon fade into the finish, a dry lightly grainy finish at that.

A tasty hybrid brew of sorts, good substitute of there are no authentic pilsners available.

Photo of southernmagnus
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Outward appearance points to a good craft pilsner. Taste is solid pilsner with a nice citrus hops bite to it.

Mouthfeel is really "wet", not dry or oil-slick- and with its flavors it adds up to something *very* refreshing on a hot day without giving up the full-bodied flavor I want out of an ale.

Sweetwater's seasonal ales tend to be either a hybrid style or something completley new, which makes them hard to objectivley review. As either a pilsner or an IPA alone, this beer would be good. Yet, it's not really either of those things, and it excels at the style that it creates.

I find myself buying it repeatedly because it's unique and really works with this typical Georgia summer.

Photo of Bamabrew22
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Easy-drinking, enjoyable beer. On-tap, poured clean, light-straw colored appearance with a big, frothy head. Aroma was light and woody, with a note of hops. This was a smooth, crisp, clean tasting beer, with a mild hop presence but a good bitter sensation. Would make for a great session beer.

Photo of ByTor2112
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Green's last month.
Pours a nice lighter yellow color with a decent foamy head. Active carbonation with bubbles constantly rising.
Aroma-Smells pilsnerish, lager-like. Sharper hoppy notes that are not very strong.
Mouthfeel-Medium hop bitterness hits the tongue and finishes clean. The label says it started as a Pilsner and by golly it sure retains almost all of the charcteristics. Crisp hoppiness, clean finish. A froth on the plate releases some sweet malt flavors. The ale yeast maybe took some of the bite off this one. Very tasty, thirst-quenching, a lawnmower beer for sure. Sessionable too.

Photo of glid02
3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this from a six pack from Green's in Atlanta.

Pours a yellow/gold color with a small white head that diminishes to a layer of bubbles almost immediately. There's some lacing there, but only after an aggressive pour.

The smell is not all that great. It smells like musty grass with a certain tang to it.

The taste is better than the smell - kind of like a smooth pilsner. There's a little bit of malty sweetness in there, along with some hop bitter. Pretty crisp.

The mouthfeel is alright, there's not as much carbonation as a normal pilsner, but the thickness (or lack thereof) is about the same.

The drinkability suffers because of the smell. Other than that it's pretty good - crisp and not too heavy.

Overall this isn't that good of a beer. There are better pilsners out there, and I can't really discern the purported ale portion of the beer. Worth a try, but I wouldn't buy an entire 6 pack.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Poured in a nonic)
Thanks to gunnerman for this beer best before 8/10/09 (and opened before that)
A- This beer pours a clear but very dense tangerine body with a snow white head that is bubble and is supported by a sea of micro-bubbles.
S- This beer has a soft musty but more fruity note to the raw barley and pale malt aroma. There is a field corn note that comes through as the beer warms. There is a green lemon hop hint that is slightly sulfury in the finish.
T- This beer has a soft mellow sulfury note with a light lemon hop quality. There is a pale honey malt note that turns a bit dryer as it warms.
D- This beer has some nice lager qualities that keep this beer mellow and smooth with some nice fruity ale hints as well. There is a nice flavor as the beer is cool but when it warms there is a bit of the bitey sulfur and field corn that comes through.

Photo of nickthegun12
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

one of my favorite seasonals....

the color is piss yellow....nice german pilsner smell but they def...used an ale yeast on this one....i think this year they changed up the recipe a little...the water taste a little more hard...and the malt bill seems less...the hops are right on german noble hops....saaz, hallertau....etc.. strong bitterness too...

overall i think this is a different beer from one year to the next!

Photo of tastybeer
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is bright golden orange, clear with visible carbonation bubbles rising up to the white head. Smell is interesting. Spice and light bread malt, nuts, dank and earthy, grassy and dry with grape and other fruits. Pilsner gone ale style indeed. Taste is entertaining also. A lot of earthiness again with lemon, fruit, and spice on smooth malts. There's a hefty amount of grassy dryness followed by bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, prickly, dry, and a little gritty. Drinkability is no problem.

Not bad and a rather interesting concoction.

Photo of Sammy
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A blonde with saaz hops. Starts neutral creamy, bitterness is understated, grassy and there's a little cutrus. Mouthfeel is above average and creamy. Its sessionable, its smooth drinking beverage, and it should appeal to lots of people. Creamy cloudy yellow.

Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pure golden yellow with a quarter of an inch of dense, soft, foamy, white head that has great retention. The nose is grassy, straw-like, and has a faint lemony aroma. The flavor is straw-like, grassy, lemony, earthy, and mildly bitter. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, smooth, and lightly carbonated.

This is a nice, easy drinking pilsner; perfect for the southern spring weather. It's flavorful enough to keep you interested but also light enough to be sessionable.

Photo of secondtooth
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a semi-cloudy golden, with a substantial head of white suds and detailed, frilly lace.

Aroma: A balanced blend of malty grains and floral hops. Subtle but nice.

Taste: Very much malty and lagery up front, and appropriately light in body and easy to drink. This initial taste is then followed by a rush of citrusy, bitter hops that leave a sharp taste on the back of the tongue. A wonderful blend of light lager body with extensive hopping. A superlative and enjoyable drink.

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

I once had a discussion with Michael Jackson (the bearded one, not the gloved one) about tasting beers stylistically vs. hedonistically. Basically the conclusion that we came to is who cares about the style? What really matters is simply how the beer tastes. Well I looked at the label for Road Trip and didn't see anything about style. I didn't bother to actually read the writing to the side that explained it, I just poured it and figured I'd figure it out. It was golden. OK. Slightly hazy. OK. Smelled a touch spicy. OK. I figured it was a witbier. But it wasn't. It was very dry. Not brashly bitter, but assertive for sure. There was a bit of fruitiness to it... kind of like grapefruit. And a subtle tartness in the background. I teetered. I kind of liked it, kind of didn't. I supposed I could take it or leave it, which basically means I'd leave it. Then I read the label, noting that it was intended as a pilsner and changed my opinion of the beer completely. I just didn't see it as a pilsner with an ale yeast. It seemed like American hops were used. Or maybe it was a bad bottle or off batch (it was within code). Hmmmm. How easily we're influenced. So, taking a step back, I can say that hedonistically I didn't really dig it. It was OK. I think it would go great at a back-yard barbeque. I might have one at a bar. But otherwise I wouldn't go for it. Just my opinion.

Photo of Mavajo
2.93/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a golden body with a mild white head. No lacing. Nose has a mild presence of hops with some fruitiness and lemon. Taste is a letdown, IMO. There's a bit of hops and a dash of lemon zest, but then there's a strong chemical/medicinal backbone to it all - it tasted like I was drinking some sort of cleanser or something. Did not enjoy. Mouthfeel is solid - fairly light, appropriate carbonation. Okay drinkability I guess.

Not impressed. Sweetwater continues to disappoint.

Photo of silver0rlead
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden, with a nice eggshell head the leaves pretty lacing. The aroma has some citrusy and floral hops upfront, along with biscuity malt, lemon zest, bread dough, and a little metallic note. The flavor is similar to the aroma with citrusy, floral and minty hops initially, along with some metallic notes, biscuit and hay, a corn syrup sweetness, and some alcohol.The mouthfeel is appropriately light and drinkability is pretty good. A tasty but strange beer, almost seems more like an American pale ale than a pilsner, but it doesn't have the esters or caramel malt character of that style. Worth trying, but probably my least favorite of Sweetwater's seasonals.

Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks go to Barscream for this bottle.

Pours a hazy pale gold, with a finger of brite-white froth. Retains with a thin layer of wispy foam, which leaves some decent looking spotty lacing back. The aroma has a heavier stickiness to it, of bready Pils malt and just a touch of citrus. Grass and spice add some hop presence to the nose.

The taste is grainy malt sweetness, with some zippy feeling spicy bitterness that firms the profile up nicely, leaving some steady lingering dryness in the finish. I also need to mention that as this warms, I'm detecting a smokey toastiness emerging from the malts, that adds an extra pleasant layer of complexity to this. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a certain amount of cripsness to it, that sits on top of a much mellower and creamy feel underneath. I'm not picking up any alcohol at all. Quite drinkable overall.

All around solid little offering here from Sweetwater, with a surprising bit of depth in the taste (for a Pilsner anyway). Tasty and quaffable. Perfect for summer imbibing.

Photo of thesyko56
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very light yellow. Typical pilsner look.

S: Nice lemon smell with hint of biscuit undertones. Very faint smell of hops.

T: Presently Hoppy. The malt sweetness and hop bitterness create an excellent balance of flavor.

M: Not highly carbonated and light feel.

D: Very drinkable. Perfect summer beer for anyone who does not particularly like wheat beers.

Photo of beveritt
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Shaker pint glass. Label is typical of Sweetwater. Label describes the beer as a pilsner recipe using ale yeast. Best by 07/19/10.

Appearance: Pours with 2 fingers of nearly white head. This settles slowly to a quarter inch coating with lacing extended part-way up the sides. The beer itself is bright yellow and crystal clear with plenty of activity. No sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Slight nose of medium bitterness hops with vegetal undertones and hints of lemon.

Taste: Mild citrus upfront, lemon-lime, reminiscent of a Sprite. Honey-lemon mid palate, finishing with a medium and long lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level with plenty of "spritz." Body is good.

Drinkability: Flavorful yet easy drinking. A good example of what this beer could beer instead of what you often see it becoming in the world of macros.

Photo of MMAJYK
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Very bright golden color and perfectly transparent. Head is 1/4" and leaves fast only leaving a thin ring around the top and minimal lacing.

S- Grassy smells with the smells of corn. Husky and fresh with a very subtle hop aroma.

T- Very close to the nose with the corn and grass. The bittering hop hits you midstream which is nontypical of a standard pils. The finish is sweet at first but finally a tad dry while lingering in the aftertaste.

M- Thin and high carbonation.

D- Best aspect of beer. It is highly drinkable on these hot ass GA days.

Photo of thagr81us
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into an Ommegang flute. Poured a hazy golden yellow-orange with a two finger pure-white head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of malt, wheat, and citrus. The flavor pretty much followed the nose with wheat, citrus, and subtle malt. It was light on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was not really that great, but not horrible either... I think it could have used a little more malt character to coverup some of the citrus. It was quite refreshing if that counts for anything.

Photo of richj1970
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Editing my review 05/29/2015 - must have gotten bad keg before. Today much more enjoyable.

Photo of alleykatking
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle. Thanks for the beer betsona!

A- Pours a semi-hazed golden straw yellow color. Two finger white head shows medium retention. Nice streaks of lace all over the walls of the glass.

S- The aroma was quite simple which I expected it to be. Pretty much from the get go there was a nice pils malt base with hints of grain to it. Light earthy grassy hops come in the ending and add a little extra to the aroma. Everything was light but not muted. Alcohol was also crisp and I liked it.

T- Pils malt right off the bat with hints of pepper in the mix. Middle shows a little grain bill to it but nothing that is screaming adjuncts to it. Ending is more of the clean pils malt with a fresh grassy hop that is light but balanced out the beer nice. Alcohol is crisp, clean, and light in the ending.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Pils malt, light pepper, and grassy hops are left on the palate. Aftertaste is light alcohol, pils malt, and grassy hops. Well balanced for the style. No off flavors at all in the beer. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer was a very nice simple pilsner. I enjoyed the fact that they didn't overdo the hopping this which lead it to be a very clean and easy drinking beer. Sweetwater I think has a balance on making both easy drinking beers along with huge over the top beers.

Photo of mscudder
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - A almost clear yellow, similar to bud light, with a fair sized pale head.

S - Some citrus, hops and grass. Nothing that I would ever enjoy subjecting to my nostrils to.

T - Smooth easy drinking pilsener. Nothing remarkable going on here, just some herbal/earthy notes with a nice malt backbone and some wheat inspired characteristics. Nothing crazy here, but not bad.

M - Nice big malt body for the style. Some solid carbonation compliments the hops. I would even go as far to say this is a creamy pilsener.

O - Sadly Sweetwater has yet to truly impress me with any of their brews and this is no different. An average pilsener with some fair balance is all to be had here.

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Sweetwater Road Trip Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 510 ratings.