Sweetwater 16th Anniversary Ale Red Wheat Wine - SweetWater Brewing Company
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Reviews by weeheavybutdieting:
3.93/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 22 oz bomber into Estrella stemware.
A; The appearance is spot on. I beautifully clean dark red/brown. Almost a deep copper shine underneath. Makes you want to hold it up to a light and gaze at it.
S: You get a quick scent of the alcohol upfront but it carries an almost buttery toasted smell on the back end.
T: Unlike many others I found the alcohol somewhat understated in taste for a wheat wine at 11%. Definitely a warm tummy feel but drinkable to the point of wanting another sip much sooner than other double digit ABV's. There is no hiding the sweet wheat wine characters as they own the beer. Maybe I drink too many Belgium's but it almost tastes like a Quad that has been filtered. I taste the bready banana overtones in the middle with a little hop bite on the back.
M: Creamy and sweet but the feel is balanced by the alcohol to clean up the palate some. It has a tight carbonation that lends to the creamy feel.
O: Very pleased with this beer. I was expecting a little less finish on this beer being fresh. Expected to get some of the characteristics it displayed after some cellaring (doing that too and can't wait to compare.)
Serving type: bottle
03-28-2013 23:28:18 | More by weeheavybutdieting
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4.31/5 rDev +13.4%
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
85 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.