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Sweetwater Road Trip Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company

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456 Ratings

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Ratings: 456
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.2%
Wants: 8
Gots: 37 | 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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2/5  rDev -42%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of aepb1
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
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

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

On tap in a shaker pint. See-thru straw body with a soft white head that leaves plentiful sticky lacing. I'm borrowing some notes from my bottled review for comparison. It's worth noting again that this is more of a hybrid than a strict pilsner. As a golden or blonde ale, this would have score bumps all around.

Bottle: Straight out of the fridge, the aromas are mainly husky and toasty. Only as it warms up do grassy and floral notes emerge. Pleasant if subdued.
Noble hop character seems stronger, everything else is more or less equal.

Bottle: Hop flavors are more pronounced, with a certain spicy quality joining in. Fairly bitter, fairly crisp, fairly tasty. A touch more carbonation would up the quaffability factor. Lacking "oomph". [Edit: Lacking "oomph" as a pilsner, but quite flavorful and tasty as a blonde ale.}.
Tap: This comes closer to true pilsner territory. Crisp and grainy with a stronger noble hop character. More bitterness, more herbal and spicy bite, kept somewhat in check by a smoothish, lightly sweet body. Not an actual pilsner, but certainly a step above your typical golden/blonde ale. Good stuff.

Photo of suspect
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Thanks to my buddy Audi for bringing this up from the ATL.

A: Pours a very pale cloudy yellow. Aggressive pour leads to a huge 3 finger head that overflowed! Left a nice ring with strong lacing that lasted for the length of the drink.

S: Some lemon, some grain, nothing too overpowering (or even nostril filling). Some hop, some malt, but all very faint, yet complex.

T: Grainy and zesty all at the same time. Hop presence is there, if not subtle.

M: Dry, lightly carbonated, crisp, refreshing and really a nice feel. Leaves a nice aftertaste that keeps me reaching for more.

O: A really nice summer beer with good flavor and a crisp feel. A solid Pils.

T: Nice

Photo of iadler
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Russian River stemmed glass. Another bottle from jsanford.

A- Clear light gold with a fluffy two-three finger head that slowly dissipates and leaves some nice lines of lacing.

S- A subtle aroma consisting of biscuit malt, grain, apricot, floral and citrus hops with some lemon and orange zest.

T- Biscuit malt, apricot, grain, green apple, mandarine. lemon notes as well as some minerals. Pretty clean with nothing standing out too much.

M- Medium carbonation and light body. Very crisp mouthfeel.

O- A refreshing pilsner. Well balanced and some nice citrus notes. Nothing really stands out, but a decent brew.

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A:Pours a very light straw yellow. It has a fizzy head with large bubbles, nothing spectacular.

S: Smells grainy along with biscuit maltiness, some cut hay and a dash of apricot as well. It’s quite pleasant.

T/M: Has a medium amount of carbonation and the flavor is lightly hoppy up front with some grapefruit and orange citrus, accompanied by that graininess afterwards.

It’s light and refreshing and altogether unorthodox. It’s an innovative brew that just tastes good.

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 kylehay2004
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Single finger, frothy, rapidly dissipating head with hazy golden color.

S: Very earthy. some malty and grainy aromas. Not getting the sweet smells others describe.

T: Taste follows the flavor with a very earthy hop taste. Mild bitterness in the aftertaste. Pepper notes.

M: Libght bodied with moderate carbonation. Thicker than a typical pilsner

Overall: This beer blurs the outer boundaries of what I am familiar with for a pilsner. I like that it is different, especially since I am not as much of a pilsner fan, it mixes things up.

Photo of sommersb
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 07-06-2011
Freshness: Best by 08-22-2011
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Pilsner glass
Purchased: Single from J. Barleycorn, Nashville

A: Mostly clear, straw-colored beer with a creamy white head 4 fingers high. Fair lacing on the glass. Lively carbonation.

S: Aromas are dominated by citrusy hop characteristics; also spicy and fruity notes.

T: Crisp, bitter flavors are up front, with little malt presence. Also detected some sort of off flavors that were unappealing.

M: Medium to high carbonated feel with a bitter/sour after taste.

O: An interesting beer - I think the ale years gives it a unique twang, but the taste was not something that would make me seek it out again.

Photo of Crabbicuss
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

TY 2 Betsona for this one!

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a HS Pint Glass

A - Pours a golden straw color with rapid carbonation forming a nice pillow'y' head.

S - Nice Floral/Earthy hops with a mild whiff of sweet malt. Some grain (bread) but mostly mild grassy with a hint of heat.

T - Very mild working towards an aggressive finish with great carbonation. Some spice (pepper) maybe a nice light touch of roasted malt. Semi-strong citrus flavor through out. Well balanced having the hops not leading malt, vice versa.

M - Almost jubilant with exceptional carbonation. Fine, thin lacing but still "brewing" off the bottom of the glass. Fair retention affords this beer a lively approach to one's palate.

O - Easily a session beer which holds it's own in the Pils category. This beer doesn't take you to any extreme as it is a simple version which delivers a great balance of Hops and Malt, with whatever chemistry they used to hold the edge. IMHO, this is a very medium to light and easy drinking beer which won't let the buyer down

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 NODAK
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has an aroma of citrus along with a grassiness and a bit of grain. Pretty standard stuff for style.

Starts off a bit citrusy and peppery spicy in the body. Turns into a nice bit of sweet grassiness....finishing with a bitterness piercing at the back of the tongue with moderate intensity.

Average...a little spicy, but otherwise nothing that strays too far from your typical pils. Drinkable.

Sweetwater Road Trip Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 456 ratings.