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Sweetwater Road Trip Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company

Sweetwater Road Trip AleSweetwater Road Trip Ale

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347 Ratings

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Ratings: 347
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.66%

Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: CNeilP09 on 05-09-2007)
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Photo of chefhatt


3.64/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 01:23:10 | More by chefhatt
Photo of barleywinefiend


3.94/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 16:16:55 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 01:05:17 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 00:57:32 | More by Immortale25
Photo of woosterbill


3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
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.


Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 02:02:46 | More by woosterbill
Photo of silverking


3.24/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 10:00:31 | More by silverking
Photo of John1985


4.04/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 21:45:24 | More by John1985
Photo of godlessape


3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 02:49:14 | More by godlessape
Photo of shand


3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 23:54:17 | More by shand
Photo of pixieskid


2.85/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 06:39:37 | More by pixieskid
Photo of Ryan011235


3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 02:36:03 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of Jadjunk


4.09/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

"Road trips are carefree adventures that usually take unexpected twists, like when we crafted this beer. It started out as a pilsner recipe, but halfway through it blew a tire and ale yeast was put on as the spare. The result was so good, it never could have been planned!" Brewed in the style of a German Pilsner/Ale. Released as SweetWater's Spring/Summer Ale release.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass served north of º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a thick creamy white head with good retention over a slightly hazy golden yellow body. Lacing is thin and streaked. Carbonation is plentiful. Appearance is solid for the style. 4

(Smell) A clean pale malt base with a mild grassy hop character. No offensive adjunct aromas here. Mild aroma overall; the beer is not very potent but approachable and smells enjoyable. 3.5

(Taste) Tasty pilsener malt flavor is a key element to this beer. It's simple and enjoyable overall- clean, a touch tart, but with a sufficient body of flavor. Crisp, grassy hop bitterness on the end accents a mild dry finish. Highly quaffable, very enjoyable. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) Light carbonation, really ideal for the style. Texture is very mildly chewy with a touch of biscuit malt and a very mild dry finish. Body is a well-balanced with a subtle sweetness and moderate bitterness to pair, alcohol is well concealed. Ideal pairing, no notable texture or body flaws that I can find. 4.75

(Overall) Local pilsner beers are somewhat of a rarity these days and SweetWater proves that these deserve much more recognition than they receive. Amongst German Pilsners, this one has a lot of flavor and character and is one of my go-to beer choices for a light option during the spring months. 4

SweetWater Brewing Company's
Road Trip Ale


Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2013 21:02:40 | More by Jadjunk
Photo of blackie


3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

single from WF Raleigh

a: lager cylinder, golden straw color, nice thick white head with good retention and some lace

s: bready pils malt nose - crisp and clean, dried cut grass hops, lightly herbal, a touch of yeast, soft lemon aroma, simple but nice

m: carbon around medium - small, smooth bubbles, body light

t: white bread lager malts, crisp with a clean grain flavor, mostly dry but with just a touch of sweetness, ale yeast seems to add a touch of yeasty flavor - but the beer remains mostly in-line as a whole, dried grass hop flavor, finish clean with a touch of bitter

o: a nice if unexceptional pils, good flavor set with a nice refreshing structure

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 03:53:57 | More by blackie
Photo of BlueMoon10


3.21/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I had this one while touring the brewery. In fact you get 3-4 tickets to test the beers there and get to keep the pint glass at the end. I think the the tour is $7. The brewery is a really cool place that I would highly recommend to any beer lover.

A: Light yellowish color with a small amount of head.
S: Malty, earthy smell
T: Had a hoppy bitterness to it but with malty flavor with spices
M: Smooth, medium bodied
O: A nice, drinkable beer. Perfect for a day outside

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2013 20:07:29 | More by BlueMoon10
Photo of babaracas


3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hoppy pils with ale yeast. Pours a slightly hazy (sediment) gold color with one finger thick fluffy white head. Smell: light pils malt sweetness, floral and spicy. Taste: spicy, grassy, lemon, biscuit. Medium body, feel is prickly into creamy. Nice quaffable pils-ish beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 05:03:28 | More by babaracas
Photo of jlindros


3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to JonnyGalt (Reddit) for this interesting beer. Best by 7/23/12... oops, looks like it's been in the fridge a bit too long, although I don't think I've had it THAT long, so it may have arrived a bit past its prime as well, so I'll have to take that into consideration.

Pours a light fizzy pasty white almost 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, with some soapy looking lacing, over clear slight chill hazed golden straw honey colored beer.

Nose has a light toasted malt, light straw and pilsner toasty malt with a touch of sweet malt, overall fairly light on the nose, light ale aroma, fairly clean with a touch of what could possibly be described as a hop aroma.

Taste starts with a big malt wallop, some pilsner, almost overly malted, vegetative, earthy raw malt straw and a bit of wheat, almost imperial pilsner like flavor that gets too much for the beer. There are some flavors that almost make it want to seem like unhappy yeast, light esters and a slight phenol like flavor. Then hops, that's where the herbal vegetative flavor is coming from, herbal earthy hops, a light sticky sweetness through all that, and a light fruity flavor probably from the yeast esters. Finish is fairly bitter with more earthy like hops, little grassy as well, with some light over done pilsner flavor again.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, decent carb.

overall not quite my cup of tea. It's more like Americanized pilsner halfway between regular ale version of a pilsner and imperial pilsner, overdone in most of the things it tried to do. Not sure how much of that is age as it seems overdone and not attenuated too much on anything, maybe hops. I'll take most of the flavors with a grain of salt as it is a bit older, but still not a great beer IMO.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 23:34:10 | More by jlindros
Photo of ArrogantB


3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle . Bright yellow color, fizzy, small head. Smells a little sweet oddly, bit of malts. Flavor is crisp, slightly sweet (very slight), mouthfeel is a little slick which kind if makes it less drinkable. Overall not bad but not the most refreshing pilsener and not one I would buy again, glad I got a single.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 20:47:34 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of rangerred


3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear light gold with not much of a head at all. A tiny amount of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smells lemony and orangy with a decent bready-ness underneath. Maybe a touch of cereal grain.

The same citrus from the hops comes through on the taste but there is a nice, thick malty backbone propping it up. A fairly strong bitterness, more than I was expecting, takes hold at the end leading to a dry finish.

This is a really nice and unique take on a pilsener. It isn't as "clean" as a lager might be but the ale yeast adds a little extra character. A perfect summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 23:32:23 | More by rangerred
Photo of mscudder


3.2/5  rDev -8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 05:54:03 | More by mscudder
Photo of busterwhite


3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a straw yellow with a 1 finger head. Small amount of lacing on the glass.

Smells of malt, some spice from the hops and a little yeast.

Malt flavor up front with a little pepper and citrus following. A nice dry finish.

Good carbonation with a decent mouthfeel.

This is an easy drinking, refreshing springtime beer. Great for warm day.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 00:18:39 | More by busterwhite
Photo of LiquidBread219


3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A golden yellow, looks like a normal pilsner, not to much head and it disappears pretty fast and no lacing.

S - Citrus and grassy, a bit of hops I kind of smelled onions also.

T - Taste pretty much like the nose not a lot going on in this beer as far as taste you get more earthy or grassy notes in the taste.

M - Light bodied good carbonation.

O - Very drinkable decent beer while doing some yard work.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 23:02:19 | More by LiquidBread219
Photo of thedoubler55

New Jersey

2.98/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - A golden yellow, looks like a normal pilsner, not to much head at the top and no lacing.

S - Citrus and grassy, a bit of hops but nothing crazy.

T - Just like the nose this brew, a nice refreshing taste.

M - Medium bodied, mid carbonation, a nice earthy taste.

O - Very drinkable in large amounts, a nice refreshing brew,but not to extravagent.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2012 19:42:47 | More by thedoubler55
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 01:38:26 | More by tdm168
Photo of FosterJM


3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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App- A very clear yellow with a nice mid forming one finger head. Had a huge cling all the way down the glass. Very creamy looking.

Smell- A mixture of light malts with a little lemon and a bit grainy. Had a gentle pilsener note to it but not offensive as some are.

Taste- A very nice and smooth pils. Want overly grainular or wheat like in the taste. A small bit of grassy earthy with a small bitter note and a little but of malts.

Mouth- A nice full medium body with a medium carbonation. A bit creamy on the finish.

Drink- Well it's not the best beer in the world, but I do think I have found my favorite pils.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2012 00:37:22 | More by FosterJM
Photo of aepb1


3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- light yellow body with a fluffy white head

S- wheat and citrus and some spices

T- citrus and wheat start out with a bready middle and a spicy pepper finish

M- light body and moderate carbonation

O- a solid takon the style and an enjoyable brew

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 22:56:51 | More by aepb1
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Sweetwater Road Trip Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
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