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

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Sweetwater 16th Anniversary Ale Red Wheat WineSweetwater 16th Anniversary Ale Red Wheat Wine

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85
very good

122 Ratings
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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 2
Gots: 13 | 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.

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4.49/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle courtesy of Bulbman into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint Glass.

A: Crystal clear red in color. Aggressive pour leads to a foamy slowly growing khaki colored two-finger head. Lacing is spotty and inconsistent. Very nice ring around the top.

S: Big malts, nice caramel and sweetness. Not much bitterness to this one, very simply, nice smelling beer.

T: Perfect balanced, simple wheatwine. Nice malted wheat flavor, good sweetness balanced by some bittering hops. Very excellent caramel, spices and a touch (just a touch) of alcohol to let me know it means business at 11%.

M: Smooth finish, big bodied beer. A touch undercarbonated but that's not a detriment.

O: A delicious, easy drinking wheatwine. Very nicely done, Sweetwater. Cheers to 16 more!

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.46/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Sweet 16 party, but this review is on the bottled up version

A - A darker amber red. Thin white head and a little bit of lace left on the glass on the way down

S - Caramel, sugar, boozy alcohol.

T - Sweet, but not overwhelming. Hops find a way to cut through the layers of wheat barley malts. Excellent balance. Loving this beer. Alcohol presence is strong, but not overwhelming.

M - High carbonation, sizzles on your tongue on the way down. Full bodied.

O - An excellent red barleywine. Definitely recommend picking this one up and trying it out. Great brew for a $5.99 bomber.

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4.36/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
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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4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22-ounce bottle from Dirks in Montgomery. This pours a nice tea-colored reddish brown; it looks likes iced tea with a solid 1/4-in off-white head. Filtered, no sediment. Sweet smelling: toffee, brown sugar, browned butter. This is a very drinkable 11% ABV. No hint of alcohol for me, but there is a slight sourness that balances the sweetness. Hints of orange, but no real wheat flavors are jumping out. The sweetness hangs around, but not overly cloying. Sweetwater is becoming a go-to, reasonably-priced, very good brewery.

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4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a dark mahogany, but is translucent with some reddish hues when held to light. 2.5 fingers width of tan colored head that has good retention and leaves a moderate amount of cool looking honeycomb lacing.

S: Candied sugar, nutty, caramel, toffee, black licorice, dark fruits like fig and dates, hints of spice. Aromas are great, but fairly mild in that you have to really get your nose in the glass and take deep whiffs to appreciate it. Still very nice though.

T: Dark fruits, peppery spice, booze, bakers chocolate, some non-specific bitterness, woody/herbaceous notes. Booze is still a touch heavy, but not terribly so. Unsweetened chocolate and light roast coffee lingers in the aftertaste. Again, very nice.

M/D: Medium body, but too thin for such a big beer. Carbonation is appropriate, but its on the higher end of the spectrum for boozy beers which may also be contributing to its lighter mouthfeel. Drinkability is dangerously good though.

O: Overall, a very good beer. Quite surprised by this one. I didnt have high expectations-due to a combination of moderate ratings and my previous experiences of being underwhelmed by most Sweetwater beers, but this one shined. I would definitely recommend this, and at the great price I will likely grab another one if they are still available next time Im at the bottle shop.

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4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22-ounce brown glass bottle poured into a snifter glass. Served at approximately 50 degrees F.

Pours a beautiful, sparklingly clear deep ruby-copper with a half-fingered capping of beige foam that recedes to a thick crown, leaving behind a spackle of lace on the walls of the glass. SweetWater's centrifugal filtration system is obviously working well, as the clarity on this beer coupled with its color is something to behold.

The nose is rich with sweet delicacies. Bread pudding, plums, sugared dried dates, and hints of toffee all mingle together to present a lively and enticing opening to this 'Sweet 16' brew.

Medium-to-full in body with a moderate level of carbonation, coupling to make this big brew an easy-sitter on the tongue. The palate makes it even easier, opening up with notes of sweetbread, pralines, dried figs and dates, and a light bit of caramel; the middle brings forth the hops which, while subdued, show themselves with a bit of a grassy tinge, mingling alongside a bit of light toast and a slight nuttiness. More caramel shows itself in the back, melding with the grassy, slightly herbaceous hop notes and hint of nut, along with a bit of warmth from the alcohol, to finish with a sensation somewhat reminiscent of a good amaretto or, dare I say, even a good non-peaty single malt.

A rather delicious Wheatwine, if a bit unfitting for this warm Georgia spring weather -- it was much better enjoyed at the chilly Sweet 16 bash at the brewery back in February. It's a shame it wasn't released on time to coincide with the end of the chill, but it would still make an excellent candidate for cellaring until winter rolls around again. Good show, SweetWater, and cheers to even more years!

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4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big, brash, and boozy, this murky red-brown monster assaults the taste buds with hops, caramel malts, earthy wheat, alcohol, and a subtle spice. There's no room for subtlety here, the 11% bashes you on the head and carries you back to it's cave. A real sweet monster of a beer, but still very tasty. If you can't handle a boozy kick with your brew, I'd stay away. Otherwise, for the cheap price that the bottle commands, give this monster a try.

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4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
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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4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very nice deep copper color on this pour, with a gently formed, but durable head that was two fingers thick. The back label of the bottle was filled with helpful information about the contents, rather than the typical double entendre filled nonsense seen on Sweetwater Dank Tank series. The smell was underwhelming at first whiff, but revealed some candied apple like layering upon closer inspection. The taste was unusual for a whetwine, as there wasn't much of a banana or orange phenols here. Instead it tasted more like a Belgian Quadrupel, with sweet cherries, plums, and other dark fruits. Unlike a Quad, there was bitter hop finish, and the alcohol burn hit shortly after than. This beer could definitely benefit from more age induced mellowing. The mouthfeel was little thin to me, but that may be due to the dry mouth sensation created by the hops. Not really true to style at all, but interesting.

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4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark, dark blood red. Big fluffy white head adorning it. Head fades very slowly, leaving just a few dots of lacing. Great head retention, however.

S: Lots of sweet wheat and caramel. Not as wheaty as I expected, sweeter than anything. Mild wine-like aroma, can't quite place it. Don't think this was aged in wine barrels. Just a hint of some floral character, almost honey-like at times.

T: Nice big sweet caramel flavors with some mild wheatiness up front. Hint of toffee. Wheatiness is more pronounced in the middle once the sweetness fades a bit. Mild hoppiness and bitterness in the finish with just a hint of pine and again some wine influence. Lingering wheat, pine and wine. Just touches of each.

M: Pretty heavy, not as heavy as you'd expect for 11% though. Sweet but not cloying. Mildly bitter in the finish. Goes down smooth.

O: Hmph, a very interesting brew. Definitely not a 100% wheat malt bill in this one, way too much caramel sweetness balancing it out. Very nice little touches with some wine and hoppiness as well. Honestly I really enjoyed this one. Really easy drinking for 11% with great balance of flavors.

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Sweetwater 16th Anniversary Ale Red Wheat Wine from SweetWater Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.