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

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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.

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Reviews: 32 | Hads: 124
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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Photo of superdedooperboy
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
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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Photo of rajendra82
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
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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Photo of watsonmd
3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle, 50 degrees, poured into tulip.

A: Very nice, dark, deep red/brown, with an average finger of head, and a lacy ring throughout the tasting

S: Boozy, fruity, and a little caramel-y.

T: Striking, up front hit with the alcohol. The hops are there too, with a bitter edge. I don't get the vanilla some others have reported. Some fruits are buried in there, but can't isolate the flavors. The 11% ABV dominates, and might mellow with time.

M: Astringent, biting , drying feel. Not really a "mouth coating" feel like some wines, but to be honest, I don't think I have had a "wheat wine" before. It's not bad, just a lot different from the Imperial IPAs as my standard go-to, or the BBA Stouts I have been enjoying this winter.

Not sure if I am willing to spare a spot in the cellar to hold this for a while to see what happens. More interested in getting another Gimp to age instead.

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Photo of Whychaseme
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from draft into a tulip glass during a sweetwater tap takeover. Pours a nice Raspberry amber color with a good two finger head. Smells of alcohol for sure and stone fruits. Taste like is smells and pours, almost get a candied apple note. I Definately get hints of berries and dark stone fruits.. the finish actually hides the alcohol bite very well! Mouthfeel is full and the lacing created a good ladder effect. Overall, very pleased and would love to age a couple of bottles!

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Photo of alk3kenny
3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep ruby red color nice tan creamy head on it. Slight fruits dates and raisins maybe some alcohol. Boozy 6 months to a year might mellow this out fruit is there but not heavy mouthfeel is nice alchol stays on the tongue though might get another to cellar but not rushing out to do so.

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