1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Sweetwater 16th Anniversary Ale Red Wheat WineSweetwater 16th Anniversary Ale Red Wheat Wine

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

115 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 115
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 1
Gots: 11 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: oberon on 03-10-2013)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 115 | Reviews: 30 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by wyatt13:
Photo of wyatt13
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

wyatt13, May 04, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

oberon, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of tdm168
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

tdm168, May 02, 2013
Photo of RickS95
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

RickS95, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of sbluerock
4.25/5  rDev +11%

sbluerock, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of beergorrilla
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

beergorrilla, May 22, 2013
Photo of Will_The_Thrill
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Will_The_Thrill, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of Keith_R
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Keith_R, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of Pookie
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Pookie, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of KevinGordon
4.25/5  rDev +11%

KevinGordon, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of wrw5031
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

wrw5031, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Cloaked_Phantom, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of EgadBananas
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

EgadBananas, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of jsanford
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

jsanford, May 07, 2013
Photo of 100200300
3/5  rDev -21.7%

100200300, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

cindyjeffsmith, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of DerrickW
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

DerrickW, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of ThickNStout
3.79/5  rDev -1%
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.

ThickNStout, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of indy351
4.25/5  rDev +11%

indy351, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of JimmyAloysius
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

JimmyAloysius, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of andysc83
4/5  rDev +4.4%

andysc83, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of BGsWo22
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

BGsWo22, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of immobileman
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

immobileman, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of oline73
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

oline73, Mar 28, 2014
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Sweetwater 16th Anniversary Ale Red Wheat Wine from SweetWater Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.