Swill American Radler
10 Barrel Brewing Co.

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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #941
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
74
Ranked #48,865
Avg:
2.93 | pDev: 25.6%
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
36
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10 Barrel Brewing Co.
 
Oregon, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
74
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travolta from California

1.34/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Aug 15, 2015
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ChugMan from Washington

2.44/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Important note: After drinking this beer I discovered it had been recalled by 10 Barrel (viewable on their Facebook page) due to over carbonation.

A - Lemon-amber. Extreme head erupts out of the glass even with a mild pour!
S - Sweet, soft citrus
T - Sugary sweet. A little tart like Cook's champagne. Sprite, apple juice, candied white grapefruit. Some light yeasty / breadyness on the end. Not nearly as sour as expected but there is a faint lactic zing present.
M - Syrupy and fizzy. Very comparable to a sticky high fructose soda.
O - Light but not refreshing, fruity but tastes artificial. Too similar to Smirnoff Ice for me.

Aug 04, 2014
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LeGranFromage from Oregon

2.1/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Looks apple juice and smells like it too with heavy citrus notes. The first sip was very sweet, too sweet for my liking. This is the first beer by 10 Barrel that I have not liked. Might consider mixing it with some hard liquor. I am to blame for buying this beer. Thought I was getting a variety pack, but was in a rush and was not paying close attention, so I got whole case of it.

Aug 06, 2015
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.01/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, from a random grocery store in Sandpoint, Idaho. Maybe a strange introduction to this brewery for me, but they was sellin' it, and I was buyin'.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with just a few teensy floaties, and one finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and mostly just bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some minor low-lying raincloud lace around the glass as things quickly settle.

It smells of semi-sweet lemon and lime juice, bready pale malt, a soft stoney flintiness, and an ethereal and rather indistinct bitterness. The taste is fairly sweet lemon/lime, perhaps a bit of those sugary candied orange slices for good measure, an underwhelmingly malty graininess, and a still hard to detect, wan, and let's just say leafy and earthy bitterness.

The carbonation is pretty much inert for the most part, barely a frothy tickle to be bargained for, the body a so-so middleweight, but bolstered by that heady saccharine character, so of course it's smooth, smooth, smooth! It finishes sweet, but on the downswing, as my palate, being North American, is now duly acclimatized, and I now find this not to be all that.

Yeah, a simple fruit beer, one where the underlying brew is more or less obfuscated, in that it's hard to determine (or just not worth it) if it's even a lager or a blonde ale in there. Kind of flat, overall, and not in the same league as the better domestic citrus radlers currently available, if you look around.

Aug 08, 2015
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RHVC59 from Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +28%

Jul 27, 2014
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mactrail from Washington

2.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale amber yellow in the big chalice. Modest foam but very carbonated. Aroma of candied fruit.

This does taste exactly like San Pelligrino orange soda. The label talks of "American Sour and multiple waves of citrus." Well, maybe, but there is nothing sour about it. Quite sweet. Really sweet with sugary fruit flavors. Tangy and fizzy. Just a faint beeriness.

It's a little strong for an orange soda, but quite drinkable. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at the Metropolitan Market in Kirkland, WA.

Jun 20, 2014
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DudMan from New Jersey

3.69/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's a good tasting, easy drinking summer beer. It serves it purpose. I like it and would buy it again.

Aug 29, 2015
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gefinley from California

3.75/5  rDev +28%

Aug 03, 2014
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sharpski from Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dec 21, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.14/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

no thanks! this is pretty rough, its the first from these guys i really havent cared for. its a berliner type blended with a grapefruit soda, and its a flop. much more soda than beer here. that there is wheat or lacto present is not immediately obvious, as the explosive large bubble soda carbonation dominates right from the start and obliterates the beer elements. the grapefruit is sweet and artificial, almost cloying, and there is no body at all, so this is basically almost totally lost to the soda element. i can see it as a refresher in the summer if it wasnt so sweet, the carbonation is insane, but as a beer it just misses the mark for me. i do like the idea of using a berliner type instead of just a pale wheat beer for a radler blend, but the proportions are far off here, and you never really get to appreciate that tartness you were looking for. in my experience with these guys (which is limited), it seems like the hoppy stuff is the way to go. unless you like a fruity sweet almost beer, avoid this one.

edit: years later this hasnt really improved much, despite 10 barrel blowing up, and making pretty much solid beers across the rest of their lineup. i revisited this over the weekend, and disliked it again. there are many better choices for this out there now, not least of which is the blended at home method. meh.

Sep 04, 2015
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MattSlem from California

2.48/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.5

Jan 08, 2016
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BeerNW from Washington

3.5/5  rDev +19.5%

Sep 14, 2014
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jason_nwx from Oregon

3.93/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Swill has an odd aroma, but it's crisp and clean. Nice golden color, clear. Yes, it's lemony and sweet, really sweet, but that's exactly what it was intended to be and it's well executed. Wouldn't want it all the time, but it is something I'll pick up once a year, at least - and I also think the 2015 version is the best one yet.. The scores here, in my opinion, are a tad unfair. Bonus points for no exploding bottles this year.

Aug 02, 2015
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OregonGrown7 from Oregon

2.75/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Sep 26, 2015
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NorCalAussie from California

3/5  rDev +2.4%

Jul 30, 2014
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bombventure from Washington

2.25/5  rDev -23.2%

Jul 15, 2014
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Arkay from California

3.5/5  rDev +19.5%

Jun 20, 2014
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Metal_N_Brew from Utah

4.96/5  rDev +69.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Apr 25, 2016
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chad_e_martin from Washington

2.07/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Aug 01, 2015
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Bis4beer70 from Indiana

3.5/5  rDev +19.5%

Jul 12, 2014
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RyanK252 from California

2.89/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours super clear light golden straw with a kinda fizzy off white head that quickly settles to a thin layer and before you know it has disappeared, not really leaving any lacing.

S: Sugary sweet, a little citrus, lemon, and a little light malt.

T: Pretty sweet, like lemonade, with a pretty minimal malt presence.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Basically, it just tastes like lemonade soda. Nothing wrong with that, but I would prefer some more hop bitterness and malt presence to counter all the sweetness. Good choice to bring to a bbq for people who aren't beer fans.

Sep 22, 2015
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BakaGaijin from Canada (ON)

2.5/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Jul 14, 2015
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TrueMetalJake from Oregon

2.98/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Jun 13, 2015
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Beernoobie from California

3.32/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sep 12, 2015
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MikeDAdams from Idaho

3.5/5  rDev +19.5%

Sep 28, 2014
Swill American Radler from 10 Barrel Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 74 out of 100 with 36 ratings