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Sweetwater Georgia Brown - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater Georgia BrownSweetwater Georgia Brown

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Ratings: 557
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 15
Gots: 43 | 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 ckeegan04
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Nut brown in color with a thin light brown head. Head fades quickly to a thin layer. Beer leaves sporadic lacing.

S - Sweet caramel and butterscotch mixed with a faint hint of roasted nuts...maybe pecans? Very sweet smelling beer.

T - Very sweet. Almost taste like Cracker Jack. Caramel is the dominating taste with a light hint of roasted nuts. No sign of hops in the beer. Incredibly malt forward and very sweet.

M/D - Very thin, almost water mouthfeel. A little too sweet for my liking which knocks the drinkability down a step. Not a horrible beer, but nothing great either. The weakest offering I have sampled from Sweetwater.

ckeegan04, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of scoobybrew
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - deep amber color with a thick head that settles a bit, but is fairly well retained

S - malty aroma, very faint hops

T - sweet malt with a touch of roasted quality, hops are practically unnoticeable, slight metallic taste on finish

M - medium to light body with moderate carbonation

D - This is a pretty average English brown and a bit too sweet for my personal tastes for a sessionable beer.

scoobybrew, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of ectomorph
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Couldn't keep the growler sealed...

A - Dark brown with a thick tan head (aggressive growler pour...) that fades slow.

S - Nutty and sweet aroma, lots of malt goodness here.

T - Nut brown, with roasted grain and earth taste. Some caramel also noticed.

M - Little weak in the body but the carbonation is still around.

D - Very high drinkability with the moderate alcohol and balanced taste.

ectomorph, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another sample poured by the busty black girl at the Juke Joint in that Atlanta airport. Off the tap this beer displayed a mediocre tan head of mid-size bubbles and a copper colored liquid leaning towards the red side. It laced like a jigsaw puzzle all the way down my glass too. No visible carbonation rising in the beer. As for the aroma... where is the aroma? Musty malt and faint grains; too subtle in my opinion. Malts are the most distinct flavors in the beer with a bready quality in particular, some nuttiness and again that horse-saddle mustiness. A farmhouse style flavor palate. Feisty carbonation neutralized some of the flavors. Not as deep as it could be for a brown but above average for an airport beer.

thekevlarkid, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of DefenCorps
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle received from SaintNathaniel in a MONSTER trade. Best before 6th May 2008

A: Crystal clear brown with a thin, off-white head that quickly recedes to a disk. Some carbonation.

S: Sweet with nutty, caramel and toffee aromas and a hint of earthy hops in the back.

T: Pleasant caramel flavors to start off with a pleasant toast and nutty notes coming through. Unfortunately, there's a mildly chalky feel that follows before a drying finish comes through

M: Well carbonated but a little drier than i'd like on the finish

D: Fairly easy to drink, one i'd seek when i head down south

DefenCorps, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of glid02
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this on tap at Sweetwater Brewery.

Pours a decent brown color with a good one finger head. Pretty good retention, lacing isn't too great.

Smells nutty, with a good amount of malt sweetness and a tiny amount of hops. There's also a slightly metallic aftertaste. Not bad, but not that good.

Tastes much the way it tastes. The nutty taste is hardly there however, and the biggest thing is the sweetness. There's a tiny amount of hop bitterness at the end as well. Like the smell, not bad, but not that good.

Mouthfeel was a bit thin and overly carbonated. I would have liked it to be a little thicker and smoother. The carbonation did bring out the flavor however.

This beer's drinkability is alright. I have a lot of other beers I'd like to have over the course of a night, but if I was presented with a bunch I wouldn't complain.

Overall it's not worth seeking out and there are a lot of other Brown Ales out there that are better, but it is by no means a bad beer. Don't buy too many, but don't turn one down.

glid02, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown ale isn't the most exciting style of beer I can think of, and this beer was not the most exciting brown ale I've ever had. So, I didn't think anything really wrong with it; it was just a little ordinary. Still, I drank on a nice day when a number of things had gone well for me, so I can't say too much bad about it (so much of reviewing is context and situation).

It poured a translucent brown that was somehow still brilliantly colored. There was very little visible head. Aroma was some caramel and brown sugar. Flavor was more caramel, a slightly sweet maltiness, and a touch of metal. Mouthfeel was typical. Not bad.

I would weakly recommend this beer. I got this bottle from the Microbrew of the Month club folks.

BeerBelcher, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of smcolw
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed this beer on tap on 10-24-2005. This is my review of the bottled version.

Dark amber/light brown color and clear. Mild head with some stickiness to the lace.

Another farmland beer of barn-like aromas. Some nuttiness--definitely a malty beer.

This has elements of a porter, but overall it is a crystal malt tasting beer. There is balancing hop in the swallow and aftertaste. Good rich body with a high level of carbonation.

smcolw, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of tugdriver7
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasty brown. Deep leather brown (some have suggested "chestnut") color in the glass (slight haze); small head that disappeared quickly. Malty nose, with just a hint of something (hops?) that, when tasted, leaves a veggie/ caramel/ nutty aftertaste. Nothing bad, just difficult to classify. Carbonation is mild, with decent mouthfeel. All in all, a decent brown, but the more you sip the more you wonder what you're tasting. Probably better on tap.

tugdriver7, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of Domingo
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty good day to day brown ale.
Pours a slightly darker color than I expected, with a head that came out thick like a draft would.
Smells nutty and bready.
The taste is subdued, but is VERY clean. Milk chocolate, hazelnuts, and mild caramel come to the front, but it's not too sweet. Finish is dry and actually reminds me a bit of a thicker dunkel lager.
Went down easy enough and I see no reason I couldn't have several of these on a hot day.
Nothing amazing, but the clean finish and mild but good flavors make this a pretty solid brown.
For a hot muggy day in the southeast, this could be good.

Domingo, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of aubuc1
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to an imperial pint glass.

Pours a clear, tea-like with a thin just off white head.

Light bready malt smell with a little bit of fruit hiding in there.

Nice light malty flavor that is very easy to drink. Nothing too exciting here, but very quaffable.

aubuc1, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of AgingWarrior
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium brown color with about a finger of tan head. The head dissipated, but provided some lacing.

Smells like sweet caramel malts, grains and nuts. Very pleasant smell.

Tastes like it smells. Malty and nutty, with a semi-sweet finish.

Light body and light carbonation.

Easy drinking brown ale due to the lightness of the brew. It's okay, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

AgingWarrior, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of Goliath
2.93/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish brown with amber colored edges. Produces a large inch and ahalf of off white head on the pour with good retention and some spotty lace.

Aroma is fairly malty, almost reminds me of a dopplebock. Kind of grainy with some bread.

Taste is alright. Malty for sure, with notes of bread and grain. A slight hop bitterness, but very subtle. It's like drinking oats and hay.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and rather smooth with a gentle carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate. Low alcohol makes this brew easy to consume, but flavor is lacking and uninspiring.

Goliath, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured a light chestnut color with a two-finger frothy tan head that retained less than ideally and left some hints of lace.

S: Sweet malts galore. Caramel malt with some light nutty aromatics as well. Zero hop presence. Aroma could be more powerful and complex (greater diversity within the "sweet" realm, rather than just caramel and some light nut smells).

T&M: Lighter caramel malt flavors are emerge and are balanced with slight amounts of bittering hops. Caramel malt flavor re-emerges in the finish, though this time slightly toasted and with some slight earthiness present, too (hops, I would guess). As far as the feel goes, I would characterize it as medium to light bodied, with a bit too much carbonation that deflates the sweeter flavors that really need to emerge. Bump down the carbonation just a bit and this one could have some real potential.

D: It would be more drinkable if the mouthfeel was a bit improved, but this is still a decent brown ale. The flavor has some real potential, it just needs to be allowed to develop better without all the carbonation. Still a good beer that would make a nice casual session.

BamaBeerBuff, May 18, 2008
Photo of Misfit138
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A- Nice brown color, somewhat transparent. Small inch head that dissolved quickly.

S- The smell is light, I detect caramel and malt.

T- The taste is much like the smell, but bolder. Caramel and perhaps maple, with some malt. No real bitterness at all.

M- Moderate, not too heavy or too light. Rather balanced, and not overly carbonated.

D- A good brown ale no doubt, I prefer Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar over this but it is something I would buy again.

Misfit138, May 12, 2008
Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweetwater Georgia Brown
12oz. brown bottle

A: poured into a straight pint glass. Georgia Brown pours a nice and rich medium brown color that is slightly opaque. Nice light tan head rests on top of the beer, but not for an extended period of time, as the retention level is relatively low. Light lacing as well.

S: As the name states this beer smells sweet. I am picking up maple syrup, molasses, some sweet nuts, like cashews and almonds. Very malty, but not much of a hop bouquet.

T: Very nutty flavor, like hazelnuts or pecans. Nice solid malt backbone with some brown sugar and molasses hints, but the nuttiness is the primary flavor. No hoppy flavors.

M: medium body, with a good carbonation level. Very smooth brown ale, but body could be a little better.

D: the best beer by Sweetwater in my opinion. Good brew for a southern brewery, and worthy of a try.

paulthebeerguru, May 09, 2008
Photo of jdubjacket
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Another so-so brew from Sweetwater. Terrapin is passing Sweetwater pretty quickly in my opinion. Anyway, onto the review, pours a murky brown without a much in the way of carbonation. Sweet smell. Can't pick anything out of it though. Taste is mediocre at best. A watery, sweetish mixture that doesn't deliver. Overall, a watered down brew that is pretty drinkable. Not my favorite style or brew.

jdubjacket, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a very a nice chestnut color topped off by a decent head that left a trail of lacing all the way down the glass. The aroma is sweet malt with some nuttiness and a very slight hint of hops. The flavor is again malty and nutty. Not much in the way of hops. The flavor comes across as a tad weak, but not too bad. Smooth and medium bodied, one could easily stick with this beer for the entire night.

BeardedBoffin, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Clear chesnut brown with minimal off-white head, about 1/4", which quickly dissipated to smattering of bubbles on the surface and thin white ring around the edge.

S: An earthy nutty aroma nests nicely on a bed of medium toasted malts. There is the slightest bit of hoppy citrus if you look carefully.

T: Very well balanced malts that start just a touch sweet and finish just a touch dry. Nice solid malt flavors with a slightly nutty tone and just the slightest hint of peat. Finishes with a touch of sweet and lingers a bit dry. Complex and smooth.

M&D: Medium weight with light carbonation and a smooth disposition makes this a very enjoyable brew.

Thanks to Maria for picking this up for me during her travels.

SIRIUS2, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of russpowell
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ding for this one! BBD of 11/28/07 so we'll how this rolls

Pours caramel with 1+ finger fluffy sand colored head. Good head retention & above average lacing

S: Slight roastyness & some leafy hop once warm

T: Roasty malt, caramel, some leafy hops, & slight chocolate notes up front. Hops start to assert as this warms ( metallic & leafy tastes) along with dryness & a bit of biscuitty malt. Finishes dry with a bit of leafy hop & some caramel & roastyness at the back of the throat

MF: Light/medium bodied with low carbonation. A bit more body would make this work a lot better, verges on the edge of thin & watery, just enough malt & dryness to pull it back

Drinks fairly easy, a decent not great brown ale. Was looking for roastyness or some nuttyness. I could put 2 or 3 down before boredom set in

russpowell, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of Boto
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle: This one pours a fairly clear, brown color. Mine had a pretty good size off-white head on it, but didn't leave much in the way of lacing. The nose is malty with a little nuttiness in there also. The taste is also pretty decent. Malty with a bit of nuttiness . Very drinkable. Another good beer from these guys.

Boto, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of nickfl
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - One finger of off-white foam on a crystal clear, amber brown body. Settles down pretty quickly and leaves virtually no lace.

S - Nutty, malty aroma with a little bit of caramel.

T - The aroma is echoed by the malty, nutty flavor. There is, again, some caramel and a slight roasted note this time. Hop bitterness kicks in towards the middle with just enough force to balance the malt. The finish is a combination of caramel malt and lingering bitterness with some nondescript hop flavor.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

D - Not particularly interesting, but well balanced and easy to drink. It has plenty of malt, but I was surprised to find that it is fairly bitter as well. If there are any flaws here, they would be a slight harshness to the bitterness and flatness to the hop aroma, but neither are a big deal in a brown ale.

nickfl, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of Sammy
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the brewpub. Another sweet brown beer, clearly a malt play.Caramel,and on the sweet side, even a bit thin though sitable carbonation. Some soapy head and lacing was nice. Kind of a root beer, with licorice. Unnnecessary as the blue gives all the sweet beer drinkers their fill.

Sammy, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of tpd975
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful hue of chestnut brown. Head was average for the class, and died rather quickly. There was a sparse amount of lacing. Overall not bad.

S: Nice sweet caramel, coffee, hazelnuts and cream.

T: Sweet buttered toffee, and caramel. Hints of oak and hazelnuts. A hint of hops just enough to make them noticed. A nice brown ale.

M: Medium bodied and well balanced.

D: A rather drinkable brown ale.

Overall: My first Sweetwather brew and it is pretty drinkable. I am not a huge fan of brown ales, but this one was rather enjoyable. If I ever saw it on tap I would order it without any reservations.

tpd975, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of witster18
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ok...what to say...this beer pours a fading copper brown with minimal head...there is some lacing and the beer appears to be a little high on the carbonation. Appearance is alright. Nose? not alot here....a little buttery toffee, nuts and malt on the nose...but barely detectable which could be a sign of conservatism(happens alot with this style)...taste...yep....not alot going on here....like the nose a little butter toffee...a little sweet roasty maltedness ...unfortunately, it all leaves like a leer jet and ZERO aftertaste.. and not so high on the mouthfeel.. Not all negative though... not much taste but also not any bad stuff in here... just not enough character. A very clean tasting, highly drinkable Brown Ale that is light, in every way, for the style. You could go through alot of these but style-wise I prefer a flavorful lager...just as underwhelming I know, but for the same price, I'd rather have a Red Stripe. Overall-above average for cleanliness and drinkability but nothing to write home to ma about. I can smell and taste the slightest hint of a MrGoodbar with this but if you want a no-holds-barred but still yet drinkable for the style brown try Columbus Nut Brown Ale...thin like this....clean like this...but much higher on appearance and taste and it tastes like the Mr.Goodbar is actually in there! ahng.

witster18, Jan 22, 2008
Sweetwater Georgia Brown from SweetWater Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 557 ratings.