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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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423 Ratings

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Ratings: 423
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.16%
Wants: 7
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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 scottyshades


3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of the "tackle box" sampler pack...a pilsner made with ale yeast? OK

A: Pours a clear straw color with a big, soapy, fluffy white head. Awesome retention in the snifter

S: The nose is wheaty, grainy, hints of German yeast, followed by tart orchard fruit. Interesting for sure

T: Grassy/earthy hops giving a small bitter bite, more notes of German yeast, grainy, and slight fruit to finish

MF/O: Prickly carbonation, light in body, with a fruity and wheaty finish

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 19:20:00 | More by scottyshades
Photo of HuskyinPDX


3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A - Light, honey colored with a thin white head that quickly fades.

S - Wheat and corn.

T - Wheat and barley, some slight banana.

D - Low carbonation. Light and thin in the mouth.

O - Uhg. Not much here. Pretty bland.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 04:51:45 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of EgadBananas


3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale, straw in color. White head that leaves a lot of spongy lace.

Aroma was lightly malty, nutty sweet. Unique and not bad.

Taste is bitter, hoppy, malty, nutty, sweet and rich. Balanced and hoppy.

Crisp, lighter, though creamy to a point. Slick with colid carbonation.

Overall, I really enjoyed this! Not hugely aromatic, but extremely tasty and yummy! A nice and unique German Pils!

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 03:48:46 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of boss302


3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A Clear pale yellow, nice head. 4

S A little yeasty, estery aroma, low hop aroma. 3.5

T German pilsner like in aroma, but czech pils like in flavor and hopping.  Sharp bite from hops. Some astringency at the end. 4

M Thin body, dry, carbonation seems a little higher than a typical Pils, but good. 4

D A very good drinking beer 3.5.   

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2011 03:08:33 | More by boss302
Photo of STKPICR0720


4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great brew. Not as bitter as I expected. Clean finish easily could finish a 6-pack on any given day. This brew has just enough bite to keep you on your toes. Sweetwater has yet to come out with a brew IMO where you say well it is sorta like... they are all different from each other. Another great brew from the best brewery in the south. Keep them coming guys

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 02:54:37 | More by STKPICR0720
Photo of theghost3


3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Pils glass. Appearance is translucent straw with a 2-finger, soapy white head. Moderate layered lacing.

The smell is blatantly herbal with grainy malts. The taste is more subtle than the smell--herbs, sour grains, floral with a hint of sweetness, perhaps vanilla. Mouthfeel is less carbonated than I expected, but still rather crisp.

This is refreshing beer. Nothing really stands out, but I could drink a couple of these in a session.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 02:52:04 | More by theghost3
Photo of BeerDawgs


3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A clear, golden straw color. It looks just like a Pilsner, not seeing the Ale side of it. A bit of head retention and slight lace on the glass.

S - Grain and slight citrus aroma. Not a very strong aroma.

T - Slightly bitter. I was expecting a little more sweetness. The grain malts dominate. Little hop flavor.

M - Highly carbonated.

D - It seems low ABV, and it is a fairly smooth beer. A decent 6 pack for a day on the lake, but nothing here is all that special.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 02:28:09 | More by BeerDawgs
Photo of Haybeerman


3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale gold color (deeper than straw). Poured a 2 finger fluffy white head that dissipated to a lumpy cap. Decanted lightly. Laced in thin wavy rings (not consistently).

S: Crackery malt. Faint fruit and citrus aroma with a little pepper/spice.

T: Sweet crackery malt and wet grains up front. Transitions quickly to a lingering bitter that's more dry than crisp.

M: Light body. Moderate-to-ample carbonation. Finish is dry and sharply bitter

O: Very drinkable. Good malt character. Not as crisp and refreshing as many of the style. Bet this would be good with dish if wanted a relatively "light" beer but still wanted to cut some spice or fat/oil.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 16:06:29 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of CrookedStill


3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very pale/transparent yellow with a one finger white head that quickly falls.

Lemon and grass notes upfront. Slight fruit in the background.

Taste of mildly bitter lemon with some grassy flavor towards the end. There's some malt sweetness there but it isn't dominant. As it warms more of the lemon flavor begins to be more prominent. Not sure of the ABV but there's no trace of any alcohol to be found here.

Much like the appearance, the body is fairly light. Medium/high amounts of carbonation make this a refreshing drink. Not so much in the way of complexity but nothing if not a decent refreshing drink for a hot summer night.

"It started out as a pilsner" reads the label. That may be but the end product is a decent lightly hopped pale with a slight bitterness against a light malt backbone. Sadly there wasn't much that stood out about this beer. While not "bad," I don't know that there's anything here that makes this beer memorable. If you're looking for something that's light, crisp and easy to drink, you can't go wrong here. If I had to pick just one word to describe this beer, it would have to be "inoffensive," and that's not always a good thing.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 02:30:20 | More by CrookedStill
Photo of OhYesILoveBeer


2.58/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

SweetWater Road Trip 12oz into pint. Pours yellow, like a bit of real beer into a glass of water.. Has a small 1/4" white head that doesnt stick around. Smells of steamed veggies and other adjuncts in the corn department. Tastes like a adjunct lager, honestly one of the lower grade ones. A touch of pale and crystal malts, and a bit of noble presence. This is another that I wont be getting again from SW, these summer creations just aren't up to par with the rest of the others. Overall, if you get it from a pal, or an extra in a trade its worth a shot, but if you see it in the store and are pondering on purchasing, your best bet is to grab whatever is sitting beside it, even if its a pack of swill in my opinion. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 23:32:59 | More by OhYesILoveBeer
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3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass @ Rooster's Beak.

A: It is light golden in appearance with a half-finger of white head.

S: Pale malts, light citrus, and a little hoppiness.

T: It is light and flavorful; citrus, cereal malts, and coriander.

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

O: This is a solid Summer beer all around.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 04:19:44 | More by bucklemyshoe
Photo of generalnotsew


4.55/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a decent head however is was pretty weak and died quickly. Coloring is light yellow that I didn't expect at first but now I see this is a pilsner thinking it was a pale ale. Smell is sweet and slightly citrusy. I always have trouble picking up what to describe the sweentess as in lagers and pilsners. I guess corn? Anyways has quite a nice pilsner smell. Taste is sharp and pleasantly bitter. Has a nice underlined sweetness in the aftertaste. Is this beer a hybrid? The label kind of suggested it was. But it really does have a pale ale quality to it. One of the more flavorful Pilsners I have encountered. Carbonation is cranked up pretty high but I actually like it in this style. This beer is solid! Hats off to Sweetwater for making such a tasty pilsner for the summer.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 02:09:35 | More by generalnotsew
Photo of beer2day

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light gold, very light gold, with decent 1-finger white fluffy head. Moderate retention. Thin lace. For the style, very attractive. Still can't get used to the color though.

Lemongrass, wheat, straw, and a light spiciness round out the nose. Again, very presentable for the style.

A bit of lemon greets you as you take the first sip. Light bready malt fills the middle and a bit of pepper finishes things out. Nice crisp feel, not too light bodied for the style.

Well done. Pretty good hot weather drinker.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 01:19:46 | More by beer2day
Photo of titosupertramp


3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear golden in color with a little more than a finger of soapy, white head. Good retention, nice cap and decent lacing left behind.

S: Crisp pilsner, lemony citrus and yeast type smell is what I get from this. Not bad for a pilsner.

T: Sweet malts up front that quickly give way to the bitter hops. Hops seems to be mostly herbal, but there is a citrus quality to the beer.

M: Lots of carbonation provide a full mouth feel for the style. Dry, bitter finish.

O: Very drinkable and a nice represenation for the style. If someone asks me to recommend an American made pilsner, this will be one that I mention.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 22:12:00 | More by titosupertramp
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I hope to be taking a road trip in a few weeks time so this seemed like a good choice, even if american made pilsners are usually not special. This looks different and fresh to me, with a bright yellow color and oodles of white head that quickly transitions to impressive lace. Nose is citrus and noble hops.

I am noticing the yeast discrepancy and the overall feel is thicker than a typical pilsner. Plenty of hop flavor, with a controlled bitterness clear through to the aftertaste. Some mellow sweetness, but this is all about the old world hops, which are really loaded on.

This is flavorful and a bit off kilter for the style, and I like it a lot. I could see banging these back on a hot summer afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 03:18:31 | More by daliandragon
Photo of ktrillionaire


2.35/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to McDiddypop for re-gifting this brew in my direction. It is least worth a tick, I’d think.

A - It pours with an identical appearance to any golden BMC brew. Not impressive; a plea for conformity marketed as a special take on a brew.

S - The nose is basically sweaty pils, with some off-flavors in the vegetal dept.

T - This is a bad excuse for a one-off special beer; about as lame as it gets. It tastes like they made a poor lager and decided they couldn’t just dump the batch, preferring to see if people are stupid enough to buy this. It was given to me, so I wasn’t stupid enough.

M - Not impressive. Felt flat after just a few minutes.

O - Just bad beer; I don’t know what else to say about it. This beer has diminished my view of Sweetwater’s standing as a brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 22:43:09 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of nickthegun12


3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 23:21:53 | More by nickthegun12
Photo of argock


3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear stemmed glass goblet. Available thanks to my friend Erinn.

A: Clear gold with 1-finger white foamy head with good retention but scant lacing.

S: Aroma is faint pale malt with oversour lemon citrus

T: The flavor is also a little on the overly sour side. Pale malt leads off but gives way quickly to herbal and light citrus hops with a strange and slightly astringent sour and soapy note in the dry finish.

M: Medium-high carbonation and light body works pretty well with the dryness.

O: Definitely not a keeper from Sweetwater although it matched pretty well with our freshly-caught trout for dinner.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 03:11:50 | More by argock
Photo of CsarNik


3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle in to a pilsner glass

A- Clear golden yellow with a somewhat thin head, leaving a similar lacing

S- Mostly citrusy with a subtle honey malt and hoppy aromas

T- Starts off with a slightly sweet malty pilsner taste that abruptly transitions to a newer style citrusy hop taste

M- Relatively light with moderate carbonation

Overall, it's sort of the "pilsner" you'd expect from a popular american microbrewery but definitely refreshing. This will be a common purchase for me during these upcoming summer months.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 05:38:53 | More by CsarNik
Photo of Kromes


3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: a standard crystal clear straw color with a thin soapy head.

S: Bready, honey malts with a citrus,earthy hop aroma.

T: The honey malt flavor is nice and then it is quickly taken over by a moderate citrus and searthy hop flavor which turn bitter immediately.

M: refreshing, bubbly, light mouthfeel.

O: A nice beer, especially for the summer months. This pilsner is definitely geared more toward hop heads

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 23:53:26 | More by Kromes
Photo of JesteR14


3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden yellow and white foarmy 1 finger head. Reminds me of all the german pilsners i have drank.

S- Wheat and grain, not much else.

T- The taste is good. pilsner/ale combo, everything you could imagine that tasting like, this is it.

M- Its got a weird aftertaste which lingers in the mouth, nothing bad but noticeable. That is why i graded it down.

D- Id drink again, bring it to the beach and enjoy it in the summer time for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 05:22:34 | More by JesteR14
Photo of harpus


3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured a golden yellow into a mug (didn't have a pils glass) out of a bottle with a good finger and half or so white pillowy head that quickly disappated and left a mild ring of lace on the side of the glass

S - I'm still new to this but I could pick up a floral, citrus smell but it wasn't very overpowering with a hint of the malts

T/M - The taste is clean with a taste of the malts and then giving way to a citrus, lemon type taste with a bite of the hops, mouthfeel is creamy with a good amount of carbonation

D - This would be easy to toss back several of these especially with the hot weather this is a good summer offering in my opinion. I will surely keep this in mind for a day on the lake or some such

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 03:31:13 | More by harpus
Photo of armock

New York

3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a yellow color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Has a very lemon citrus nose with some hops

T - Like the smell good amount of lemon with some decent hops in the taste

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation to it

D - This was a pretty enjoyable beer it hit the spot in the Georgia summer heat has a good refreshing flavor worth trying sometime

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 23:38:49 | More by armock
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 20:49:00 | More by thagr81us
Photo of mikedgt


3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Basically a pilsner with some lemon-esque tones. A bit of unexpected spiciness as well. Crisp, clear, goes down easy. Started getting a little harsh as it warmed. Nothing special here, but definitely not bad either. Sweetwater can (and has) done better. But not a bad choice at all to sip while sittin' on the porch in the shade in August.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 00:41:33 | More by mikedgt
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