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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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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: oberon on 03-10-2013)
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Ratings: 115 | Reviews: 30 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

bleeps, Mar 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Fettpopps, Mar 22, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Sspeer1, Mar 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

EgadBananas, Mar 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

cjckson, Feb 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

andysc83, Jan 26, 2014
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
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

PEIhop, Jan 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

irish01980, Dec 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

socalbrewlvr, Dec 01, 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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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

emottram, Nov 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

DerrickW, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
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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3/5  rDev -21.7%

100200300, Oct 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Hanzo, Oct 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Cubatobaco, Oct 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

TigerOwl, Oct 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

mrk829, Sep 21, 2013
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3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presently #34 on the top Wheatwine list here on BA.

This Masters Degree recipient is presently up working on his Associates Degree. Don't ask, just enjoy the review.

Served in a Port City tulip

A: Infinitely murky crimson color with a few white bubbles on top posing as a head.

S: Jolly Rancher, sugar, and quite of malt. More potent than I was expecting.

T: Kinda one-dimensional, but still quite good: Cherry jello, fruity, bright... but with a good bit of malt undertow.

M: The carbonation was picture-perfect and the lacing was splotchy. This was fine in the mouth area.

O: This was good, just infinitely forgettable. I must say though that since this is not exactly my favorite style, this one definitely falls a bit above the x and y axis.

Chaney, Sep 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Soto, Sep 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Texasfan549, Aug 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

josephwa, Aug 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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

wrw5031, Aug 08, 2013
Sweetwater 16th Anniversary Ale Red Wheat Wine from SweetWater Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.