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Sweetwater 16th Anniversary Ale Red Wheat Wine - SweetWater Brewing Company

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32 Reviews
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Reviews: 32
Hads: 124
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 2
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: oberon on 03-10-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews: 32 | Hads: 124
Reviews by weeheavybutdieting:
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3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
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.)

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #75 (April 2013):

First off, cheers to Sweetwater for 16 years of success and a respectful nod for taking on the Wheatwine style. A really great example of the style, a style that has not really been fully explored or even defined. Seek this brew out, well worth the effort.

STYLE: Wheatwine
ABV: 11.0%

LOOK: Clear ruby red, impressive lacing

SMELL: Sweet, bready, caramel, stone fruit, peppery alcohol, tangerine pulp

TASTE: Creamy, smooth, full bodied, malt bomb, loaf of bread, warming alcohol, mildly spicy, earthy, leafy, dates, hay, dragon fruit, parsley, semisweet alcoholic finish

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Photo of tdm168
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of RickS95
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of ThickNStout
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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Sweetwater 16th Anniversary Ale Red Wheat Wine from SweetWater Brewing Company
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