Sweetwater 16th Anniversary Ale Red Wheat Wine - SweetWater Brewing Company
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Reviews by Ryan011235:
3.55/5 rDev -7.1%
Poured into a Rockmill tulip on 5/16/13
Thanks to PDXHops; thanks Jeff!
The color started of with a lighter straw look to it but once the glass was filled it took on more of a plum and rust hue. The head made an even, one thumb cap of foam. Thin, wavering layer of retention, though the lace is rather impressive.
The aroma has notes of floral hops, caramel, pollen, tangy wheat, citrus candy and a hint of cola; all tried-and-true even if uncommon bedfellows. It has a full, sweet aspect. Overtones of plum and not tart dark cherry. Suggestions of alcohol.
The taste and alcohol are potent. Jeff shared a bottle of this a few months ago and I do not recall it having this much kick. I reckon a palate adjustment is in order.
The wheat comes across more clearly and more toasted (though some tanginess remains). I wonder if this is red winter wheat; this tastes earthier and grassier than wheat generally does. It is backed with floral hops and a touch of piney grit. Very mild caramel, if there at all. The prominence of the wheat only grows over time. Stands of alcohol are wrapped within the wheat.
The feel is boozy and somewhat slick, but it's mostly grainy, gritty and downright abrasive. Thankfully such qualities are all in the feel and not carbonation which is pretty low. Heavy residuals linger on the finish. Perhaps the finest aspect of the feel is that it is not sluggish as can happen sometimes with wheat wines.
05-17-2013 04:13:23 | More by Ryan011235
More User Reviews:
3.98/5 rDev +4.2%
Nice to see fresh bottles of the new Sweetwater anni. here in the triad.Poured into a snifter a deep rich ruby color with a thinner but well sustained light beige head atop.Caramel and banana stand out most in the nose along with strong sweet alcohol.Caramel and vanilla are the first flavors that hit than some drunken fruits,a mild toasted wheat note and some spicy/leafy hops make a pronounced presence in the finish.The 66 I.B.U.'s play a role but it's still a big alcoholic fruity bomb....wich isn't a bad thing at all. A real sipper with nice flavor combos,a worthy anni. beer.
03-10-2013 00:31:56 | More by oberon
4.14/5 rDev +8.4%
A - dark reddish amber with a thin, off white head that hs good retention
S - caramel, alcohol, sugar
T - caramel, alcohol, candy sugar, sweet, citrus, piney, bitter finish
M - full bodied, warm, smooth, well carbonated
This is a nice wheatwine. I often find this style astringent or cloyingly sweet, but this beer was flavorful, hoppy, and complex. The candy sugar notes reminded of a barleywine and the citrusy, piney hops clawed through the intense malt character. This was an enjoyable wheatwine to sit back and enjoy. I definitely recommend it.
05-02-2013 00:44:50 | More by tdm168
4.31/5 rDev +12.8%
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.
01-19-2014 04:05:51 | More by RickS95
3.99/5 rDev +4.5%
Poured in to tulip.
A - Dark amber in colour; almost completely opaque with a glow along the bottom. Half a finger of cream coloured head.
S - Sweet caramel and toffee with lighter pine and floral aromas.
T - A big sweetness initially with dark caramel, toffee and brown sugar flavours present. The hop profile comes in next, adding a good bitterness and mostly pine notes with some lighter citrus and floral flavours. Some raisin and fig in the background.
M - Medium to full body. Dry and slightly oily. Light carbonation.
06-04-2013 02:02:06 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.03/5 rDev +5.5%
appearance: Dark rusty-red. Thick beige head on the pour with a respectable amount that lingers.
smell: Rich, fruity, bready nose with a little spice.
taste: full and rich like the nose with a little hoppy bitterness and a bit of alcohol burn in the finish.
overall: Very nice, "different" brew. Nothing to knock your socks off but a worthy anniversary ale. Happy Anniversary Sweetwater and Cheers.
07-14-2014 23:09:37 | More by cindyjeffsmith
3.79/5 rDev -0.8%
22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shoppe (Marietta, GA). 6.29. Released 2/13. Served in a Sweetwater snifter.
Pours deep ruby chestnut with a finger and a half dense cream colored head. Decent sized sheets of lace.
Smells of sugared dark fruit and a bit of alcohol. Pleasant enough but lacks depth.
Taste is less sweet and more fruity and spicey than I typically expect from wheat wines. Cherry skins, grapes, wheat sugars, an almost rye-like spiceyness, bitter earthy hops, a touch of apple, hay and a healthy dose of booze.
Lighter feel than expected, being medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Dry, bitter finish with more earthy hops, rye spice and sugary sweet wheat.
A different sort of wheat wine that is interesting now and I believe will do well with some age. It's good to see a local brewery experimenting with one of my favorite styles. I look forward to enjoying a few more over the next couple years.
03-19-2013 04:39:16 | More by ThickNStout
3.83/5 rDev +0.3%
A deep, dark red color with a thick tan colored head.
A caramel aroma with some grapeseed, alcohol, and mineral aromas.
The alcohol hits right up front with the caramel malt. There are some earthy flavors in the background and maybe a hint of cherry. Alcohol is dominant in the flavor.
A nice smooth and full mouthfeel with good carbonation. Finishes dry.
This is definitely a sipper. Fresh out of the bottle, the alcohol is up front.
03-20-2013 19:55:25 | More by Kromes
Sweetwater 16th Anniversary Ale Red Wheat Wine from SweetWater Brewing Company
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