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: 80 | 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:
Beer added by: CNeilP09 on 05-09-2007

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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
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
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
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
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
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
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
3.45/5  rDev 0%
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
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of JayS2629
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A slight notch above your everyday pilsner. No adjunct corn sweetness and a light floral hoppiness that differentiates it. Its a pale hazy yellow with thin white head that fades fast and leaves minimal, spotty sea foam lace. The smell is crisp, dry biscuit malts with faint floral and earthy hops. The taste is dry biscuits and floral notes. Crisp, dry, and refreshing. Nicely done pilsner, but nothing that stands out.

Photo of rrski198
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy yellow similar to a hefe. SMall white head that disappeared quickly. Huge slow rising bubbles make the beer look enticing.

S: Crisp straight forward pale malt. Mild but sharp hop scent. Crisp and clean.

T: Citrus, spicy, dry up front followed by a great crisp apple like sweetness from the malt. Nice balance here.

M: Spicy and full. Great carbonation and very clean and crisp.

O: Great session beer. Nice clean and crisp. Great beer for a hot summer day.

Photo of JamnesCameron
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from OhYesILoveBeer in a homebrew trade. Thanks Van!

Poured into a Le Cheval Blanc pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy straw gold with a two fingered stark white head that drops to near nothing after a few minutes.

Aromas of grainy malt, earthy hops.

Flavors of classic grainy malt, classic earthy noble hops. Finish is short, with a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium/light, with a nice light bitterness and good level of carbonation.

Overall, a good representation of a classic german pils. Very nicely done.

Photo of Treebs
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the Tackle Box Mix Pack

Bottle: Best by 08/14/11

Poured from 12oz. bottle into Stone pint glass.

A: Pours a very clear yellow with a .5 finger white head. Very frothy but subsides at medium pace.

S: I'm picking up some zesty floral hops with a little funky yeast. Seems pretty dry though.

T: Light bitter hops with a malty dryness. No real floral notes that I picked up from nose and the yeasty isn't exerting itself. A little citrus peeks through the more my palate gets adjusted.

M: Very light bodied. Crisp and smooth with a high carbonation. Average dry oat malts left on the tongue.

O: Meh. I think it's pretty average and no real notes on taste or smell really jump out.

Photo of Reaper16
2.58/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle served into a pint glass

Pours a pretty typical golden yellow for a pilsner. It looks fairly bubbly like a pils should, but the amount and activity w/r/t the head is unimpressive. Barely a finger at its peak, the white foam dissipates very quickly. Average looking pilsner.

This seems like an average pils on the nose as well. I can make out a generous portion of Saaz hops, and some biscuit like crisp malt aromas. That's about it. Well, there's some unexpected yeast aromas coming up. I say unexpected because usually pilsners don't come across as obviously yeasty. This is less clean than most proper lagers, and it suffers in score as a result.

OK, I'm not crazy. There's a definite ale yeast flavor here. This beer tastes like a pale ale that's been single-hopped with Saaz. Despite the pilsner malt base, it tastes like its been fermented with American pale ale yeast. It's got the proper hop level of a pilsner, but there's fruity esters that shouldn't be there. As a pilsner, this beer is too muddy and confused to succeed.

Road Trip feels fine enough on the tongue, though it does nothing to distinguish itself. Overall, this is a below average pilsner, primarily because of the spurious decision to ferment the beer with ale yeast of some kind. This is a fine enough summer drink when it comes in the Sweetwater variety pack, but this is certainly nothing to seek out on its own.

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

I had this one on tap at Tap in Atlanta….. Served in a standard pint, the beer is a hazy straw yellow with a clingy white head.

There are spices, malt and citrus in the nose.

The taste tracks the smell. Pepper, slightly grainy hops and more hop spice..

It has a slightly slick mouth. I thought it was an easy drinking representation of the style.

Photo of rebel1771
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pale gold color with a frothy head that fades quickly.

S: Aromas of lemon, orange, straw and a bit of honey mingle together.

T: Sweet citrus flavor shows up right away fading into dry cracker flavor. Finishes with just a hint of malty aftertaste.

O: Good solid brew here, this one is going to be a summer staple.

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

A - A crisp golden hue with a fairly nice head.

S - Citrus, hops, and very earthy. Although it sounds odd I can almost sense a little dirt, in a good spring garden way.

T - Much like the smell this is dominated by earthy tones. I can almost hear this beer telling me to go mow the yard or work outside as I drink it. Citrus kicks in as it goes down.

M - Very thin, but in a good pilsner way. Very drinkable.

O - A pretty good pilsner by sweetwater. I could drink multiple of these in the spring and summer.

Photo of scottyshades
3.9/5  rDev +13%
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

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
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!

Photo of boss302
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
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.   

Photo of STKPICR0720
4/5  rDev +15.9%
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

Photo of theghost3
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Sweetwater Road Trip Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
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