1. Don't miss our 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers this May 30 & 31 in Boston, MA! Buy your tickets now!
  2. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Sweetwater Sch'Wheat - SweetWater Brewing Company

Sweetwater Sch'WheatSweetwater Sch'Wheat

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

126 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 126
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.81%

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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: elgiacomo on 03-21-2010)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 126 | Reviews: 52 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of 08Deltadawn8


5/5  rDev +44.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2012 18:32:39 | More by 08Deltadawn8
Photo of BEERchitect


3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2011 04:05:54 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2011 04:49:39 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of thedoubler55

New Jersey

3.03/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2010 19:43:36 | More by thedoubler55
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a crisp straw yellow with a thin diminishing head. The aroma is wheat and mild sweet fruit. The taste is a nice subtle blend of wheat and sweet fruits with mild citrus hops. The beer is quite light, crisp and smooth as expected for the style. This is a decent wheat beer, but not likely one I would have again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2010 23:40:01 | More by atsprings
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a slightly hazy golden yellow with a fine-bubbled snow white head. Yeasty, wheaty aroma has a fruity undertone, mainly banana. Crisp, wheaty, yeasty, slightly malty flavor has a hint of fruit. Fizzy, lively texture leaves a nice tingly finish.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2010 19:35:02 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of jabergess


3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank at Taco Mac on draft (20 oz mug).

Appearance - typical wheat/ hefe appearance, golden yellow, little head retention, translucent appearance.

Smell - sweet smell but nothing discernible

Taste - very carbonated, sweet, citrus flavors, light and refreshing.

Mouthfeel - effervescent due to the high carbonation.

Drinkability - on a hot day I could drink quite a few of these.

I thought overall this was a good example of an American style hefeweizen. Had a slight sour note that could certainly be tamed with an orange if desired. I found it refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2010 21:53:29 | More by jabergess
Photo of glid02


3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2010 01:28:47 | More by glid02
Photo of vfgccp

New York

3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A – Pale gold. Fine white head has poor retention and ok lace.

S – Surprisingly pleasant west coast, Clementine-citrus hop with a solid what backdrop. The flavors are familiar, but for some reason the nose comes off as fairly unique.

T – Light bitterness arcs into a sweet, wheat and almond center. Light, resiny hop character. The finish is net sweet with a lingering bitterness.

M – Medium body. Creamy, but at the expense of the carbonation.

O – An interesting W-APA with great drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 22:40:42 | More by vfgccp
Photo of jsanford


3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 04:42:39 | More by jsanford
Photo of wcudwight

North Carolina

3.58/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 00:31:22 | More by wcudwight
Photo of JayS2629


3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 18:33:45 | More by JayS2629
Photo of DCon


3.83/5  rDev +11%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 16:11:04 | More by DCon
Photo of Paincane


3.48/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 00:13:32 | More by Paincane
Photo of whiplash3825


3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 03:11:57 | More by whiplash3825
Photo of Ruger


3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden color with moderate head and light lacing.

S - Smells of citrus and wheat it is really refreshing.

T - Citrus and wheat with a sweet aftertaste.

M - A bit watery mouthfeel but very good for the summertime and the carbonation is pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 05:47:25 | More by Ruger
Photo of isaacpopp


3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a good strong head that linger for a while and left nice lacing. The beer is a light golden color and is cloudy like it should be.

The nose is a bit fruity, I mostly catch lemon/lime with a bit of orange.

Tastes lemony with a bit of a twang and a good hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin but has okay carbonation lighten the body.

Overall this is a good beer. This is very similar to the hefeweizens I have tasted but with a little bit more hoppiness. I would definitely buy this again for Summer drinking.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 03:56:03 | More by isaacpopp
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac


3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A:A very pale, light yellow color with a full but fizzy head that leaves only a thin layer of white bubbles soon after being poured.

S: Smells grainy, more than most wheat beers I’ve had, along with some farmhouse aroma of hay bundles, dried apricots and citrus hints. It’s reasonable complex but nice.

T/M: Taste is a little more subdued; medium carbonation followed by bready malts, slight bitterness, hints of grapefruit and soft wheat grains in the finish.

It decently good but not quite as good as some of SweetWater’s other brews. Still, it’s a good beer from a brewery that has given me nothing but good beers up to this point. Keep growing, SweetWater, keep growing.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 02:17:55 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
Photo of richkrull


3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 23:36:22 | More by richkrull
Photo of adamette


3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. brown bottle that my brother in law Steven and his friend Allison brought up from Atlanta into a plastic “ocean fishes” glass (the best thing that I could find while on vacation in the Outer Banks, NC). Best if enjoyed by date of 09/17/11.

A Very white, very fluffy head over a translucent light yellow (not unlike Coors Light, really) body. The head sticks, meringue like, to the inside of the glass. I really like the look of the head but the body is not very insteresting at all. 3.0

S Very light, distant wheat. Unoffensive but boring. I am hoping for more from the taste. 2.0

T I am not dissapointed…really good wheat taste comes through with a good amount of barley malt sweetness. Really, a good wheat ale. 4.0

M Appropriately moderately smooth. 3.5

D Really quite good since it is a relatively light beer. 4.0

Notes: Looks can be decieving. This one has a taste that makes up for its lackluster looks and smell. Thanks to Steven and Allison for bringing it along!

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 00:13:43 | More by adamette
Photo of SuperSpy


3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Sam Adam's perfect pint glass.

A slightly hazy, golden straw color. A good sized, pillowy head, that reduces to a thin cap of foam and leaves plenty of lace. Ten minutes into this and there is perhaps more carbonation bubbles rising to the surface than when I first poured this. It looks really good but the head retention is a little disappointing for a wheat ale.

The aroma is berries, wheat, sourdough and a hint of citrus. The berry aroma was unexpected and has peaked my interest, but it also has me a little worried.

Light and thirst-quenching. There is an immediate apricot flavor that blends with orange peel, and flowery hops. It rounds out sweet, earthy and floral all at once, with wheat undertones in the finish.

Refreshing and very drinkable. Perhaps a little too much sweet fruit flavor to drink this all year long, but this is great for a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 20:17:43 | More by SuperSpy
Photo of alleykatking


4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 00:22:12 | More by alleykatking
Photo of Treebs


3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz. bottle into snifter.

From Sweetwater tacklebox mix pack.

Bottle: Best by 08/14/11

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a solid 1 finger bone white head. Ok retention. Lace is a splotchy down the glass.

S: Smells of citrus, slight lemons, with a wheat backbone to smooth it out. Not much else going on though.

T: Pretty bland. The unfiltered yeast comes through up front and then....yeah that's about it. A little fruit, maybe. This is about as average as average can be.

M: Light bodied with a solid crispness and medium to high carbonation.

O: This was a very average brew. Typical run of the mill wheat ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 00:55:10 | More by Treebs
Photo of bucklemyshoe


3.83/5  rDev +11%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 13:17:56 | More by bucklemyshoe
Photo of scottyshades


4/5  rDev +15.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 19:23:41 | More by scottyshades
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Sweetwater Sch'Wheat from SweetWater Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.