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Sweetwater Sch'Wheat - SweetWater Brewing Company

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131 Ratings
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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 6
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: elgiacomo on 03-21-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 131 | Reviews: 52
Reviews by 08Deltadawn8:
Photo of 08Deltadawn8
5/5  rDev +45.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

what a great wheat beer. had this at several bars and i have to say that absoutely love this beer. the pour is nice and shows a clean light brown color kind of honey brown, the head is about 11/2 fingers thick, the smell is ofcourse wheat but also honey, nuts, and a little barley/rye, the taste is great with a nice aftertaste that isnt too sweet nor too bitter. i buy this beer every time i see it on tap.

More User Reviews:
Photo of glid02
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewery.

Pours a clear straw color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of grassy wheat with mild amounts of light citrus and leafy hops.

Tastes OK. Wheat flavors with light amounts of citrus - orange and lemon rinds - kick things off. Midway through the sip the flavors turn more toward hops - grassy and earthy - and carry through to a crisp finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I finished my glass without a problem but I'm not sure about another.

Overall I wasn't a huge fan of this beer - I thought it was kind of a stripped down version of their Hummer which wasn't the best beer in the world to begin with. Not worth avoiding but certainly not worth seeking out.

Photo of richkrull
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy golden color with a bit of off-white head.

Smell is wheaty. Not too bad. Not amazing.

Taste is malty with a bit of bite to it in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light bubbley refreshing.

Overall a decent wheat beer. I wouldn't mind trying it again but I probably won't seek it out.

Photo of nickthegun12
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pretty decent stuff for a hot summer day!

cloudy and unfiltered...fast fading head....nice lacing...

smell is of wheat...clean esters....low hop profile...

it taste very similar to the smell....has a slight fruity profile....that really comes out in the taste...

feel is very balanced...thirst quenching....

overall this beer is a pretty decent american wheat ale

Photo of Mavajo
2.46/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow color with significant haziness, and strings of carbonation bubbles rising to the top. Bright white head - not very thick and disappears almost immediately. To be honest, this thing looks a lot like a light American Adjunct, but more haze. Strong wheat aroma with a helping of citrusy lime. Decent nose. Taste is very lackluster - the wheat is there...and a slight hint of hops with cirtus/lime. All in all though, the taste is weak. My chick had a sip of it and said "It tastes like water!" My thoughts were along similar lines - wheaty water. Mouthfeel is thin with heavy carbonation. Can't help but think of Budweiser as I drink it.

In sum, disappointment. But I've started to expect that from Sweetwater. C'mon Sweetwater, what are you guys doing? You have it in you to make top notch brews - do you just not care?

I will say though that this is refreshing and easy to drink. But so is water, and that's a lot cheaper.

Photo of alleykatking
4.17/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle. Thanks to betsona for this one!

A- Pours a hazy pale straw color. One and a half finger white head shows good retention. Nice ring and streaky lacing on the glass with each sip.

S- Wheat makes up the underbody to the aroma in this beer. The front of the beer though has the added help of orange and lemon to help balance out all the wheat aroma. Back of the beer has an interesting yeast aroma which I quite enjoy along with light alcohol.

T- With the first sip of the beer I get a nice apricot and orange blend that dominates over the wheat in the front. There is a light lemon hint but it only really shows toward the ending of the front. Middle of the beer shows off the wheat which kind of blands out the beer but balances it at the same time. Ending of the beer show the wheat in the distance with a light cracker like taste to it. Citrus and hints of ginger comes out as well. Lemon comes up on the final part of the beer with hints of dry alcohol as well.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Light wheat, orange, and lemon are left on the palate. Aftertaste is light dry alcohol, wheat undertones, and hints of lemongrass, ginger, and orange. Flavors I felt were well balanced for the style with nothing being over the top. No off flavors at all when drinking this one. Medium light alcohol drying on the palate with this beer.

O- I thought this beer was wonderful. I don't think Andrew cared for it that much but I thought it was a well made summertime sipper. Nice job Sweetwater!

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.81/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: It looks like mello yello with small bits of floating sediment and two fingers of frothy white head.

S: Citrus, apricot, some sweet malts, and some yeasty smells.

T: Lemon, grassiness, a little ginger, and a finishing taste of crackers.

M: The body is light and the finish is thirst-quenching.

O: It is just as tasty and "quaffable" as the label suggests!

Photo of jsanford
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

Pours a hazy gold with a creamy white head that fades to a slight ring and haze. Pleasant aromas of crisp wheat, toasted bread, and citrusy hops. Taste is similar to the nose, fairly hoppy for a Wheat Ale, lots of pungent pine and orange peel. Mouthfeel is crisp and light, with a medium-thin body and good carbonation. Overall a very solid, sessionable Wheat Ale, great on a Summer day!

Photo of STKPICR0720
3.92/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this brew. I got the brew in a variety pack that had the 420, ipa and the road trip in it. Not my favorite of the 4 but I enjoyed the beer.

This beer poured a cloudy color sorta like an unfiltered brew.

Very hoppy but light tasting.

I had the 3 which were in the variety pack when it was 88 degrees and the humidity was around 95. So I would encourage anyone to drink this brew when its nice and cold for our hot southern conditions.

I am waiting on the 6-packs which should be arriving soon.

Photo of wedge
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mostly clear golden-yellow with a small, creamy white sheet of a head. Some strings of lace. Tart wheat and citrus aroma...powdery-sweet floral notes. Light, fresh grainy wheat, leafy hops bitterness, and a flash of lemon. Light bodied, tart, well-carbonated, and refreshing. I don't mind it being in the mixed 12-pack, though I would never buy it on its own. A very mild, but not terrible, version of a typically bland style.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bright golden yellow, huge white billowing head, decent retention. Nice side glass lace, good cloudy appearence, lots of carbonation.

Very light, lots of yeast with a touch of some lemon maybe, light in aromas, not in overall strength of smell. light palate with a big time yeast presence. Lots of grain with a hint of lemon or some other kind of bitter hops, great flavors. Crisp, clean. very nice carbonation. Great overall feel.Superb, could drink this all night long. Was great when first cold, even better as it warmed up.

Photo of wcudwight
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear pale golden color with a thin white wispy head. Good retention and spotty sticky lacing. Strong aroma of yeast, wheat and lemon zest. Aroma is not very complex but it is a good strong aroma. Biscuit flavored with lemon peel, some spice and mild hoppiness. No off-flavors. Good crisp clean mouthfeel. Excellent summer thirst quencher.

Photo of generalnotsew
2.06/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Good soapy head but body is very milky with tons of floaties. Coloring is very weak yellow and has that macro feel to it. Smell is faint sweetness and I am only picking up a bit of the wheat. Smell is very much lacking. Taste is quite sour and very weak. No aftertaste at all. Ho hum. Carbonation is a bit thin and this beer tastes weak in my mouth. Well you know the rule of thumb is that one beer out of a mixed pack is going to suck. This is the black sheep.

Photo of scottyshades
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the "tackle box" sampler pack

A: Pours a cloudy pale straw color with a white frothy billowy head. Good retention on this one

S: Tons and tons of peach and orchard fruit (cantaloupe?) right off the bat, wheat, and an interesting yeast strain. Very subtle and delicate nose

T: Again, subtle. Tart fruits, tons of orchard fruits, wheat and that yeast again - not sure I've come across this one

MF/O: Light, clean finish, peachy finish, mellow carbonation giving a nice feel to it

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

American Pale Wheats are a hard sell for me. The vast majority of this style that I've come across are bland and insipid. While the style certainly isn't a whack you in the face sort of beer, it seems many brewers use this as their offering for the "beer drinkers who don't like the taste of beer" crowd. I rant on only to point out that Sweetwater defies this trend and made a darn tasty American Pale Wheat - clean and crisp without losing a nice malty mouthfeel. Poured a bright straw - just a bit of haze. Some very faint lemon notes, touching on tart but not going sour. Cleans up nicely.

Photo of JayS2629
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light orange with creamy froth that settles slowly and leaves nice rings.

The aroma is of toasted wheat bread with a touch of caramel, lemongrass and citrus.

The flavor follows the nose with wheat, toast, caramel, lemon zest, orange peel and peach. A touch of black pepper in the finish.

Light with a creamy feel, smooth

Easy to drink, nothing extraordinary

Photo of beerprovedwright
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Average look as I poured it in my glass. Small head of white, which evaporated quickly, leaving a thin ring of clinging lace. Color is that of a pale ale, rating a 5 on the SRM chart. Light smell of citrus, wheat, and barley. I like the light crisp taste of this beer, having a hint of lemon, sweet malt, browned wheat, and hops. Well balanced flavor. Although a little weak in body, this brew is creamy in my mouth and sooths my throat as it passes. Not bad for the type and price. Not one of my favorite styles, but I would buy it again if I got the urge for a light, sweet brew.

Photo of whiplash3825
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a Tackle-Box mixed 12-pack.

Pours a pale straw with a decent 2-finger head. Slightly cloudy but I forgot to swirl the last bit to get some of the yeast out of the bottle.

I'm getting more hops than wheat in the nose, muted but definitely the scent of grapefruit.

The hops are the main taste I get, very floral and citrus-y. I'm not used to hops featuring so prominently in a wheat beer, but it's good. Light but a good mix of flavors going.

Mouthfeel seems pretty thin, but makes it an easy-drinker for this very hot summer day.

Overall pretty good and refreshing; the hops add an unusual spin to this wheat beer.

Photo of cliffhagner407
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm usually very impressed with Sweetwater brews, but this one doesn't live up to the rest of their stable. It pours nicely into a glass, builds about 1/2" foam which dissipates quickly, and leaves behind a beer that looks like it has great potential. Color is a straw-like cloudy. The smell is where things start to go wrong, it's just not nearly as strong on fruit as I'm accustomed to in wheat ales.

Unfortunately the taste also isn't there. While it's got a hint of hops, a bit of citrus and the requisite wheat flavor, it's just not as good a variation on its category as, say, the Sweetwater IPA. It does feel great in your mouth; I don't think the carbonation is overdone, and I could drink it all afternoon, so that's a definite plus in its corner. Unfortunately, the taste isn't quite there to make it worth me picking up another 6-pack.

Photo of Paincane
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Yellow in color with white head leaving some lacing.
S: Wheat and citrus hit the nose immediately. Harbingers of flavors to come.
T: Hint of grapefruit with dominant wheat flavor. Hops add nice touch.
M: Thin, light-bodied with moderate carbonation.
O: Refreshing on a hot summer day. Hoppy wheat beer that is quite good. Would enjoy another.

Photo of DCon
3.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received a 12 FL.OZ. bottle of this in a trade w/ CurtisMcArthur & enjoyed before STL vs. TX (Game 1 of the World Series). Poured from the busy looking bottle with people fishing for a green bass on the front into my 0,47l New Belgium "Oversized Snifter" Glass & has on the side "Best if Enjoyed By: 09/22/11".

Aroma- Has a good wheat character from the beginning but then strong hops for the style! Very nice to see some different smelling Hefe's out there. Very clean still and citrus plays a big part in the aroma.

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger head that lasts for surprisingly good time. The body is a bit cloudy behind a deep golden color. Leaves light lacing behind.

Flavor- Good wheat brew with tons of grain flavor and light malts. Easy drinking, no real bitterness and doesn't have much character to it but good for style.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Smooth, Easy drinking, and goes down like water.

Overall Impression- Thanks for this easy, refreshing brew CurtisMcArthur! Keep em coming! I would definitely get this again if it was available in the MO market... I'm interested to see how these others taste by SweetWater! Wish there was a bit more character to this one because the aroma was fantastic but then the drink is a bit to simple. Try for yourself!

Photo of BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An ultimate summer time thirst quencher with refreshing lemon notes and a supple bready body. This wheat beer is no frills, no fuss, and designed for hot weather activity.

A pour of the expected hazy golden rod hues yeilds a froathy whiteish head of airiness and structure holds on for the majority of the session and provides intermitten pockets of lace on the glass. Probably a better appearance than most American Wheats and more akin to traditional German Hefeweizens.

Crisp lemony notes are backed by the aroma of fresh baked breads and dough. Lightly grainy and mostly caramelly, the nose is refreshingly zesty and firm.

Flavors of wheaty bread and grain provide a very light caramel taste as well as a lightly starchy powdered sugar sweetness. Over laid with lemony esters and acidity the beer also invites a soft citrusy complement of hops for roundness of orange zest and light straw. The malty flavors are balanced well with the acidity and light grassy bitterness in finish. Not overly complex, the simplicity of the recipe leads to its refreshing conclussions.

Medium bodied, the beer retains much of its carbonated creaminess until very late in the finish, just before the acidity and hop bite help to clean the ending textures and allow for a minty warmth from alcohol and a zesty snappy feel. A return of malty wheat offer a whisper of taste to linger into the next.

A very appealing, and one of the better examples of the inferior American Wheat style, this beer excapes the handicaps and becomes a formitable hoppy and simple wheated ale with merrit all of its own.

Photo of thedoubler55
3.02/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Thick lace
not to much of an appearance

S - Floral with gentle hints of citrus

T - Spicy beer with tastes of citrus and hops

M - Light wheat beer, not strong of a mouth feel

D - Good summer beer, but not something I would like to have more than 2 of.

Photo of kdawg105
4.48/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Don't know much about wheat brews but hey this beer is pretty good. It does have a hazy yellow color with an interesting smell. The taste is nice though you taste wheat you also taste a bit of hops. The only other wheat beer I have had is budlight golden wheat and I hated it. I don't know what it is supposed to taste like but it reminded me of the budweiser clamata or how every you spell it. The one with the tomato or whatever. I didn't like it at all. Oh well!! Like I say I don't know much about wheat brews but I must say that this beer is easy to drink and very refreshing!

Photo of joepais
2.86/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Kirkpjr for this brew.
A very unique brew I poured it into a hefe glass and was greeted with a big pillowy white head. It was a strange clear yellow colored body with huge bubbles coming up in the glass. I will say that for being as strange sounding as the appearance was I did find it to be appealing.

I got a sweet wheat smell coming from the brew. I also got a light banana aroma as well. The flavor was sweet and bubbly with a touch of citrus. The brew had a light feel with tons of carbonation.

After sitting here writing this review I finally figured out what this brew reminded me of, Citrus flavored club soda but yellow in color. It did drink real well but not what I expected

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Sweetwater Sch'Wheat from SweetWater Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.