Sweetwater Georgia Brown - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Ratings: 597
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 17
Gots: 54 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-13-2002)
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Photo of zebco
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber color. A tan sticky head. Kind of has a haze to it.

Smell: A nice roasty smell. But I'm picking up a little sweetness in there too.

Taste & Mouthfeel: A little bit of sweetness at first that rolls into bitterness. The roasty flavors are there throughout.

Drinkability: I thought these were pretty good to drink. The flavors of anything special really didn't blow me away but that's okay. I'd pick one up again. I'd like to try it on tap.

Photo of CHickman
2.93/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Came with the Beer of the Month Club. Pours hazy chestnut to amber brown in color with a 1/4 inch creamy beige head that disappeared quickly; smells of sweet malt, caramel, nuts like almond, roasted grains, coffee and maple syrup. The aroma is pretty sweet, but the roasted grains are strong and almost give off a light skunky odor.

Tastes of sweet malt, caramel, nut and roasted grains up front, followed by hops, coffee, bread and maple syrup, with hints of yeast and citrus towards the finish which lingers with the coffee taste, assumed from the malts. The carbonation is high, with a light crisp feel, although the beer feels medium bodied and on the creamy side in the mouthfeel. The finish is bitter, one that leaves a puckering sensation.

This is a strange beer in that it tastes very good up front, and it's light and highly drinkable, but it just that something feels strange the whole time I drank it and it leaves a strange copper/metal-like aftertaste. A decent beer overall, and that's mostly because of the tasty flavor up front.

The second bottle of this beer was better when I just drank it from the bottle and didn't sip and savor it as in the review style - it's just one of those beers that's just better to drink than analyze the taste and smell.

Photo of ZAP
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy deep chestnut color..cola like fizzy head

S-I like the aroma...toasted malt....nuts...a dusting of cookie crumbs...

T-toasted malts stand out but there is a nutty dimension as well....almonds....tastes good....a little caramel too..

M-Light to medium bodied....a little thin but that fits the style...an easy drinker with low carbonation.

D-I think this is a pretty solid English Brown Ale. I really like the aroma and taste. I could drink a lot of these during a hot summer BBQ of Indonesian Pork Satay.

Photo of dtivp
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

BOFTM Selection

Poured a reddish brown into a pint glass. Very small white head which dissipated very quickly. A malty aroma with a slight hint of nuts and a very sweet taste consisting of caramel and figs or raisins. Medium to light body with slight carbonation.

This beer is very drinkable, however, it didn't leave a lasting impression.

Photo of OneDropSoup
2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Another offering in my BotM club.

Poured into a shaker: a nice, dark, honey-ish amber with orange highlights. 2 fingers of head that's tapioca in color & texture. Head drops to a thick coating, leaving some lacing.

Smells of caramel & baked goods, like molasses crinkle cookies. Sweet but not real rich, a "cool" smell, if that makes sense.

Taste is not nearly as sweet: starts off with a thin but nice toasted flavor, then turns into a weak combination of bread & citrus, finishing with a kind of a rusty tap water taste. Not real enticing, & unfortunate given the smell. Swallow it quickly enough & you don't notice the rustiness.

Hmm, later on the smell's not so great either, & develops an onion-like funk. I'm not sure what happened to my nice cookie smell from earlier.

Mouthfeel is decent enough, light-to-medium bodied, & doesn't just lay there. This was a weird one for me; started off well enough, but I don't understand the transformation in the smell, & the taste was not blowing me out of the water anyway. Maybe I got a bad bottle, & I'd be happy to edit my review in the future if I find this was the exception rather than the rule with this beer.

Photo of GeezLynn
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is red-brown with a full white head that is very well retained.
Aroma is sweet malt, biscuit, and a little nutty smell.
Smooth toasted brown malt flavor. A little nutty like the aroma with a touch of bitterness in the finish. Could use a little more malt up front, but follows with some biscuit and nut character.
Medium carbonation with a lighter body. More smooth than watery.

I figured I have been in Atlanta long enough that I should give this beer a try and it definitely exceeded my expectations. Really a plain old, no frills brown ale that's a little shallow malt-wise, but is a nice smooth-drinking beer that goes down easy.

Photo of steelerguy
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Light translucent brown with mahogany tones, looks a lot like an amber. Small head that fades fast to a lacing on top.

S - Very "woody" aroma to me. Some toasted malt, but really does small like a stick to me.

T - Lots of toasted malt flavors with some caramel sweetness. Would like just a touch more hop bitterness to balance it out.

M - A little thin and definitely lacking in carbonation, was near flat.

D - Good session beer if you are looking to drink without really paying much attention to the flavor. Won't wow you or disgust you.

Photo of bonkers
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I got this as part of my BOTMC. Pale,clear brown in color with a fizzy white head, slight lacing. There is a breadiness? on the nose, maybe some damp hay. The beer is light and sweet. The beer finishes with a lingering bitter hop, very slight. The beer is on the thin side. A very easy drinking, non descript brew.

Photo of woosterbill
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Clear reddish-brown body beneath an inch of fine white foam. Average retention and good lacing.

S: Big toasted malt aroma with some light spice and some toffee sweetness towards the end. Nothing special, but no complaints either.

T: Much fruitier than the nose, with raisins, figs, and apples coming from the malt. Long, toasty malt finish.

M: Clear medium body with abundant (maybe a bit too much) carbonation.

D: A little sweet on the finish to be really quaffable. Still, not a bad session brew.

Notes: Solid malty offering, but not one that really excites me. Not quite enough complexity to excuse the sweetness.


Photo of billab914
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. Pours a dark amber color with a one finger off-white head. Head all but disappeared quickly but laced pretty well on the glass.

Aroma is crisp and sweet with some caramel, brown sugar and a little roastedness. Taste is also sweet with a decent amount of caramel flavor. The brown sugar and a slight roasty flavor is also there as it is in the nose.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is ok, a little sweet for my taste.

Photo of gford217
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, clear brownish amber with a big creamy beige head that recedes slowly to a soapy cap.

The aroma is pretty bland with some light sweet caramel malts, some earthy hops and a bit of roasted nuts.

The taste is more of the same with some lightly toasted nuts and caramel coming through. The finish is a little dry and has a lingering bitterness of citrus and grains.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with plenty of carbonation, though the flavors seem a tad watered-down overall.

This is a fair representation of the style, with a good flavor that would be even better if there was more substance to the body. Not bad.

Photo of ccrida
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is ruddy chestnut brown with an off-white head leaving some foamy lace.

Smell is some sweet maltiness with nice herbal British hop nose, fuggels probably.

Taste is similar, with a pretty heafty floral hop backbone, some generic pale malt notes. Decent balance, but I prefer a bit sweeter maltiness in an English brown, Northern rather then Southern.

Mouthfeel has a slightly sharp carbonation, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is okay, it's a generic American brown ale, good enough but forgettable.

Photo of dpodratsky3
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Handsome, not totally clear slightly brown amber, nice light airy/fluffy off white head, leaves some lace just above the level of beer is all

S: Has that crisp cold water and malt sweet grainyness of a traditional english brown ale, smells kind of like a lager, the maltiness is dominant

T: Pretty much like the smell, a distinct sweetness is dominant, sweetness lingers but isn't unpleasant, hop flavors are very mild in the traditional english taste, some nuttiness too

M: Just about medium, peasant and easy on the mouth, good because a thin mouthfeel would have made the mild flavors taste watery, a little too carbonated

D: High, very pleasant

Notes: While this isn't as good as an actual English english brown ale, it is a very enjoyable recreation. It stays true to the style of mild earthy hops. The mouthfeel is a little heavier than some light english style browns, but it makes this beer better.

Photo of Tone
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/3 inch head of a pale tan color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, pale hops, slight citrus, and slight yeast. Fits the style of an Englsih Brown Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, hops, pale hops, and slight citrus. Overall, a good body, blend, a little more like an Americna Brown Ale, but still good.

Photo of treyrab
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sweetwater is one of those breweries that doesn't make its way up to Pittsburgh as much as I would like. Their IPA is great and their Donkey Punch is magical. I took the Georgia Brown out of the fridge tonight and poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear ruby copper with a small head. The look is actually decent. The red, crimson, mahogany hues are really something else. However, the head is almost non existent it it leaves almost no lacing whatsoever.

S: Smell is pretty straightforward, which is what I was expecting, but I really had to dig my nose into the glass to get a whiff. Basic caramel, some toffee, and slight hints of dark fruit. A sweeter smell, as expected.

T: Very basic and sweet. The caramel and toffee flavors are nice, but not robust or bold. A bit thin in the flavors profile, but it is very drinkable as a result. Again, caramel, toffee, and sweet cereal and pale malts make this enjoyable.

Overall, a decent beer. Glad I tried it, but will not cry if I don't try it again.

Photo of Mavajo
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz bottle in a pint glass.

Pours a copper color with a two-finger thick head. Very enjoyable, balanced brew. I don't have too much to say - it's simply a pretty good beer. It doesn't take many risks, but it doesn't really do anything wrong either. Simply a well-rounded ale. If this on tap at a restaurant, it'll probably be my go-to.

Photo of projectflam86
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice copper color with an off-white foam head that leaves behind some lacing.

S- Some roasted grain and sweetness in the nose.

T- Nice roasted flavor with caramel, chestnuts, spice, brown sugar, and earthy hops throughout. A nice balanced finish.

M- Light and well carbonated. A bit thin and lacking a bit in the hops department, but well-balanced.

D- Nice easy flavor with just enough kick. Sweet, roasty, and balanced.

Photo of jadpsu
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Brown bottle with a best before date of 10/04/09.
I love Einglish Brown Ale and this one is an exception to that.
Pours clear with a off white head that receeds quickly leaving some side lacing.
Aroma: I'm just not picking up much . A little molasses malts but that is about it.
Sweet taste but not alot of flavor to describe, (this from a Brown?) Perhaps a little cocoa or coffee. Light on carbonation.
Drinkable, but for a Brown Ale - not up to expectations.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this brew from jyounger30 in the Local BIF, Thanks Jay!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Clear brown color with a small beige head that stayed for a while as a ring.
Sweet caramel malt aroma,
Taste follows the smell and it's good under the right circumstances.
Lighter bodied with a smooth feel.
Pretty easy to drink.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm in Atlanta on business and had the opportunity to have a pint of this Sweetwater offering.

My draft pint came with minimal head and what was there faded to a thin cap of beige foam. Yep, It's brown in color with some maroon/ruby tints.. Fairly clear, but a pretty dark beer. Give the lack of head I was surprised by the amount of sticky lacing that remained in the glass.

The aroma was somewhat muted, but what existed was malty and sweet.

Flavor is a mix of slight sweetness, brown sugar notes and some roasted bitterness. You can say brown sugar, molasses and/or caramel. I think at the end of the pint, I noted more molasses than the others. Fairly straight forward and without a great deal of complexity.

Not sticky or syrupy and basically a medium/light bodied beer.

Fairly drinkable and a fine beer. Just not that exciting nor one to chase.

Glad I got to try it, I doubt I'd have another

Photo of colts9016
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this bottle from jyounger30, thank you.

Poured this bottle into a pint glass at 47 degrees.

Appearance: A medium copper color with reddish tints. There was a two finger head that is ivory color and creamy. There is a lot of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is clear.

Nose: There is a nice malty sweetness that has some caramel and melanoid aroma. There is a light toastiness and some nuttiness in the background of the beer.

Taste: A good malty sweetness with some caramel, toastiness, melanoids and nuttiness. There seems to be some grassy notes in the background.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is not flat but not carbonated, although there is effervescence bubbles present. The body of the beer is medium and the finish is nil. This beer is different there are grassy/straw note in the beer that give the beer some harness to it. I really cant explain it.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - This is a clean looking light-brown ale that is perfectly clear and the color of thinned wood stain. The tiny head only lasts for a few seconds before reducing to a very small collar. After a minute in the glass, this looks like flat root beer.

S - Ok, now things are looking up a bit. Brown sugar, chestnuts, peanut butter, and Chic-O-Sticks. Remember those orange sticks that could be had at penny candy stores? This has that same sugary peanut butter note. Could use a bit more horsepower on the nose, but the aromas that are presented here are very pleasant.

T - The favors are very much an amplified version of the aromatics. Light nuttiness along with a bourbon-glaze brown sugar sweetness. Chic-O-Sticks keep coming to mind, along with marzipan and Mr. Pibb.

M - Light bodied and very gently carbonated with a sweet brown-sugar finish that could become cloying should you choose to enjoy more than two of these in one sitting.

D - I really like the flavors, but I can't help feeling that they went a little half-assed with this one. What I'm smelling and tasting is excellent, I just wish I could smell and taste more of those aspects. But, this is intended to me a mild brew based on the style so I really can't fault it for that. This is a tasty, but underpowered. A decent session choice though!

Photo of williamherbert
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is hazy ruby red. Finger of pillowy white head. Tiny bubbles. Nice color, nice-looking.

The smell is a complex malt character. Some of the more bitter elements of an amber, with dry German aspects. On top of that, a sweet, sugary brown. Likewise, a flowery hop on top. Odd, but good.

The taste is nuttier brown than in the aroma. Less sweet, more dry. A little bitter malt too; balance of German and amber flavors in the malt. The hop is strictly an accent here, takes a backseat. As it warms, roasted malts like a porter.

The feel is creamy and substantial, but not thick. Minor fizz, but smooth too. A good beer overall, easy to slug down but not wimpy. It's a complex, malty concoction.

Photo of cadizkyguy
2/5  rDev -44%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I had this beer before bedtime last night and I'm surprised it didn't give me nightmares. This beer was just plain awful. It had a freshness date of 5-22-09 so it wasn't out of date. But there wasn't very much good about this beer -- smell, taste, mouthful and drinkability were way under par for what I believe a Sweetwater brew should offer. I really felt I was sniffing the glass of a macro, and mouthful, I found to be very thin and unappetizing. I will definitely avoid this one in the future.

Photo of mday
2.8/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A :: Pours a deep brown with a red-orange tint with very little head that completes disappears.
S :: A little hard to place...at first it was a little like cookies, dark molasses but really faint overall. It was tough to place any specific smell.
T :: Extremely light flavor. There was a slight nutty flavor with a lot of sweetness. The flavors weren't as deep and nutty as I would like from a brown.
M :: Very thin and light with moderate carbonation.
D :: I'd say this was drinkable but it lacked any depth and I really wanted more from it. I didn't find this offering unpleasant nor pleasant. Not my favorite brown, but it is still drinkable and worth at least one try.

Sweetwater Georgia Brown from SweetWater Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 597 ratings.