Sweetwater Sch'Wheat - SweetWater Brewing Company
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3.85/5 rDev +11.9%
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.
10-06-2011 04:05:54 | More by BEERchitect
4.08/5 rDev +18.6%
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.
08-07-2011 04:49:39 | More by mikesgroove
4.08/5 rDev +18.6%
12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a near clear, pale gold-hued body with a small-sized, white that soon peters out.
Smell: Largely smelling of tart lemon, though by no means is this a particularly pungent aroma. Also some wheat notes and a rather tenuous tone of spice.
Taste: Modest taste of malted wheat with some simple sugary flourishes. Full pinch of freshly-grated lemon zest yields some citrus character and a little bit of tartness. No more than a very, very subtle touch of hop bitterness. Equally subtle hint of spiciness. A crisp finish rife with lemon.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-high carbonation along the lines of a soda.
Drinkability: Light, refreshing, drinkable -- very on-track for the humble wheat ale style. If those aren't things you're interested in in terms of a beer, then you'd best just steer well clear of this one. As for me, it's a pleasant, summertime brew.
05-15-2010 18:44:27 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.35/5 rDev -2.6%
This beer replaces Hummer, Sweetwater's Wit style beer, and although this isn't a bad beer, I much preferred the underappreciated Hummer as a summer quaffer. This pours pale golden with lots of effervescence and little head. Smells lightly grainy and slightly of lemon. Definitely light in the aroma department. The beer is crisp in the mouth with some slightly sweet and creamy wheat flavor, a touch of lemon and orange citrus, and a bit dusty tasting on the finish. Still works as a summer refresher, but the body is slightly heavier than the Hummer, its less citrusy and refreshing, and the fairly pronounced graininess is a distraction. I'd like a little more crispness and more of a flavor shift toward bubblegum or fruit and away from grain. It is what it is.
05-21-2010 18:09:05 | More by Georgiabeer
3.55/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
05-26-2010 01:28:47 | More by glid02
2.9/5 rDev -15.7%
A - Pours a straw yellow with a semi creamy white head that does not retain well. The beer almost appears filtered. Laces weakly as the head fades.
A - Not a whole lot here. Subtle notes of bread and citrus. Yeast ester very subdued.
T - Very unimaginative. Bland wheat maltiness with faint notes of citrus hop flavor. Low bitterness with little to no yeast ester. Finishes slightly cloying.
M - Thin and a toutch watery upfront. Becomes a bit cloying towards the end.
D - Very easy to drink. A lawnmower beer for sure
0 - I was very hopeful coming into this beer. I really expected Sweetwater to give a better effort than this. Another overly bland uninspired American Wheat Ale.
12-09-2010 03:33:26 | More by harpus
3.98/5 rDev +15.7%
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.
07-24-2010 19:35:02 | More by Cyberkedi
3.8/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
12-23-2011 22:40:42 | More by vfgccp
3.43/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
07-04-2011 02:17:55 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
4/5 rDev +16.3%
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.
12-21-2010 15:24:05 | More by Brent
2.7/5 rDev -21.5%
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.
A: Insane amounts of bubbles obscure the view through this otherwise clear beer. It's a boring yellow colour with good head and lacing.
S: Very neutral smell, with traces of wheat.
T: Meh. It's decent. I guess. Watery with a wheaty background flavour, but I wouldn't say it tasted much like a wheat beer. Very little citrus, but some spice, probably weak cloves. Bland aftertaste with a touch of bitterness. Not impressed.
M: Carbonation and wateriness.
D: It's light, but not very drinkable. At least, I wouldn't drink it. The aftertaste is unpleasant, and the beer's quenching quality is its only redeeming factor. Not recommended.
07-21-2010 23:21:30 | More by AgentMunky
District of Columbia
3.53/5 rDev +2.6%
I got this one from GatorBeerNerd in a great trade at the Sexual Chocolate 2011 release. Thanks Donnie!
A: Poured a very hazy, tanngerine-orange color, with tons of little yeasties floating around in the brew. This was SO unfiltered! The one finger, solid white head lingered as a froth throughout the session.
S: Very faint, but pleasant scent of mild citrus and wheat, rounded out by sort of a white flour bread dough.
T: Very light in taste, yet still effective enough. Mild orange/apricot taste, with an overall wheat arch. A bit spicy on the finish and a mild present fruit lingering.
M: A bit thin in this area to be honest, but not too offensive. Carbonation to spare here and the wheat beat the potential sweetness into submission.
D: I've seen some review trashing this brew on here. Even though it's the dead of winter right now, I found this one to be a great summertime brew.... especially one for those harsh swampy conditions in Georgia!
02-03-2011 02:14:07 | More by Chaney
3.58/5 rDev +4.1%
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!
11-06-2011 04:42:39 | More by jsanford
3.4/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
10-09-2010 21:22:38 | More by wedge
3.55/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
10-04-2010 23:40:01 | More by atsprings
1.48/5 rDev -57%
Chilled bottle into a glass. A generous extra from jophish17. Thanks Joe!
A: Pours a slightly hazy straw-apricot body with a finger of short-lived, off-white head. No lace.
S: Toast / grain. Kind of a light baked bread aroma with some yeast. I don't get much in the way of hops, or even much complexity.
T: I thought I had accidentally poured water into my beer glass upon trying this. The flavor is, at best, mild. If I were being generous, I'd say it is a simple delivery of toasted malt and *possibly* citrus hops with a strange, artificial sweetness to it. If I were being brutally honest, I'd say this is a macro substitute to appeal to the non-daring craft drinker.
M: Light-bodied, weak and watery flavor. Low carbonation.
D: An utter failure on all fronts.
07-13-2010 06:07:26 | More by Arbitrator
3.6/5 rDev +4.7%
A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind
S - Is mostly of wheat malt and citrus scents
T - Follows the nose with wheat and citrus with a touch of spice
M - this beer has a light body with medium carbonation to it
D - Sure it's not the best beer out there but it's hitting the spot right now in the Georgia heat worth getting sometime to try
07-01-2010 17:26:55 | More by armock
4.2/5 rDev +22.1%
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!
06-22-2011 00:22:12 | More by alleykatking
Sweetwater Sch'Wheat from SweetWater Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.