Sweetwater 16th Anniversary Ale Red Wheat Wine - SweetWater Brewing Company
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4.31/5 rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
The pour suggests a very rich beer. There's zero clarity, like a murky lake that doesn't give any hints as to what's in it or how deep it is. Dark brown and too rich for any light to shine through. The head is a finger thick of white bubbles. It's nice looking, but the retention is minimal but all it takes is a swirl to wake up the bubbles and leave a thinnish spotty lace.
Very malty, as you might imagine. Nothing indicates it's a wheat beer as dark, ripe fruits dominate the nose. A little caramel malt escapes along with a splash of savory hops, but it's extremely fruity--not like a fruit beer, instead like a nice Belgian.
The wheet is in the taste. The fruity flavors are there, but tempered. The wheet shines with a tangy, spicy addition to the malts and fruity flavors.
Really nice. Tangy and sweet, fruity and spicy. A bit of alcohol heat toward the end of the sip, about when the slight lingering bittering hops drop by. Savory, crisp finish.
This was awfully good. Easy to drink despite crazy high alcohol. About the opposite end of the spectrum as a Barley Wine.
Serving type: bottle
01-19-2014 04:05:51 | More by RickS95
Sweetwater 16th Anniversary Ale Red Wheat Wine from SweetWater Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.