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

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86
very good

115 Ratings
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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:
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(Beer added by: oberon on 03-10-2013)
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Texasfan549, Aug 31, 2013
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3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

If barley-leading can make wine-strength beers, then why can't wheat? At leas that's the explorium that causes Sweetwater to embark upon in this highly imaginative "red wheat" ale that also topples 11% abv.

Celebrating 16 years, this hazy ale is golden-pink with a cast of mauve for a light murky and dense appearance. A frothy eggshell-stained head builds upon the beer and holds firm for most the session before finally succumbing to its weight and booze. With broken lace in its wake, the ale trails with a spattering of residual foam.

Spice and bread fill the nose with a wrap of caramel and bread crust. Light banana, apple and cherry highlight its estery complements while the notes of cookie dough do so on the raw yeast front. White pepper and alcohol balance the malt just as a spicy hop note jump in with a stemmy and tangy wine quality.

And its that tangy-sweet tone that kicks off its taste as the thin caramel and bread crust savory flavor is greeted with a basic fruit acidity. Its mild apple, cherry and banana character add to its tanginess while the taste of alcohol builds. Somewhat sake-like, its spicy taste is peppery and of thin booze. A certain juniper character complements the alcohol as a hop presence is tasted.

Full bodied, but not viscous or chewy, the wheat breadiness sheds its caramel heft early on in order to provide a lightened bread, croissant-like texture. Its mouthfeel remains in tact until the piercing alcohol heat slices and dices its weight into a manageable drinkability.

Not only can the brewery legally drive now, it's sixteenth year kicks off with a hair-brained ale that showcases red wheat with all of its rewards and consequences. I'm just not sure what's the fascination with red wheat nowadays.

BEERchitect, Oct 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

kylehay2004, May 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Knapp85, Mar 23, 2014
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
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4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours with one finger of off white head on top of a lightly hazy, amber brown body. The head fades quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Lots of dark sugar and molasses with a bit of spicy hop character.

T - Caramel and toffe up front with some mustardy brown sugar notes in the middle. Finishes with some pine and spicy hop notes and fairly strong bitterness.

M - Nedium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Not bad, it reminds me more of a barleywine than anything else. I don't get any real wheat character however, but it is pretty enjoyable overall.

nickfl, May 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

oline73, Mar 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

beernads, May 17, 2013
Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice wheatwine, and quite true to the style. The red wheat adds a bit of nuttiness and a deeper body than sometimes found with a wheatwine, and although this is somewhat sweet, there is a nice lingering bitterness to balance it all out. The abv is also quite well hidden. Pleasant.

Georgiabeer, Nov 13, 2013
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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
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

sendbeer, Mar 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Zaphog, May 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

PEIhop, Jan 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

HuskyinPDX, Jul 12, 2013
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
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4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Cranberry cocktail and chestnut brown body. Fine off-white head. OK retention and lace.

S - Super light. Malt, chickpeas, caramel.

T - Caramel, prune, white booze, vanilla frosting, touch of oak, nutmeg, ginger, pumpernickel, allspice.

M - Silky smooth. Medium frame.

O - Great mouthfeel with a smooth, well integrated profile. One of the best wheatwines I've had.

vfgccp, May 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

KevinGordon, Aug 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

BGsWo22, Jun 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

TheBeerAlmanac, Jun 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

EgadBananas, Mar 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

AlexFields, Mar 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

thegerm87, Jun 06, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Dope, Jun 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

IrishColonial, Apr 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Hanzo, Oct 13, 2013
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Sweetwater 16th Anniversary Ale Red Wheat Wine from SweetWater Brewing Company
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