Sparkling Swan | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A tart, bubbly, grape ale... This sparkling beer-wine hybrid is light, cool breeze across the landscape of your palate. Fermented with red wine grapes, giving it an intriguingly purple hue. It's a crisp and satisfying treat, like a sunset stroll through a vineyard. Perfect for a beer and wine lovers alike!

Added by superspak on 10-25-2018

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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of Sir_Goatman
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BB1313
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a purple ruby with a rocky pink head and falls leaving great thick retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have some funk and vinegar going on along with some grape and berries. Malts are there. The flavors basically follow the nose for the most part. It's tart, but not over the top. Nice sweetness. More grape notes. More vinegar in the mix. Low bitterness. Malts do their thing. Finishes dry for the most part. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is nice. It's medium-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's very fluffy, creamy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a pretty solid brew. I'll admit I've never been the biggest fan of this style and really never got into the style, so you can take my opinion with a grain of salt. This has nice aromas and flavors. It's enjoyable and fun to drink. I like it (shrugs).

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Photo of drtth
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The clear bright reddish purple beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 2 1/2” finely bubbled light pink head that recedes slowly to a thin irregular island of foam and a small ring round the glass while leaving a web of rings, patches and legs of lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates scattered patches and small legs of lacing.

The aromas have lots of berry character from the red wine grapes along with a bit of acidity and some light earthy character from the hops. The malt mostly in the background.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose and include a bit of sweetness from the malt that compliments the upfront berry character of red grapes that seems both both tart and lightly tannic. Also, way in the background there’s a bit of earthy bitterness.

The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied and lightly prickly from the active finely bubbled carbonation. The finish begins as the berry flavors of red grape and most of the tartness fade away to leave a long crisp, dry and lightly tart finish.

Overall another interesting hybrid from Lagunitas with the red wine grapes in charge of the show. The tartness is well controlled by the malt sweetness and there’s a bit or residual earthy bitterness. Worth trying at least once but I don’t expect to be looking to find another Sparkling Swan.

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Photo of Burghman
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pstam87
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JeffreyKotz
2.61/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

If you like sour beers, give this a try. I’m not a fan of sours or of this selection

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Photo of Eman17
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rseanchardy
2.24/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Not my kind of beer sparkling wine like beer

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Photo of MJ64
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of daliandragon
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wasn't sure what to expect here but since I automatically buy new Lagunitas without really thinking, I am staring this maroon colored, grape smelling concoction in the face. The texture is tight bodied and initially very champagne-like but kind of mellows through the sip and finishes as a medium ale, although the flavor is all over the place. The flavor is super dry, which is a relief after the nose, but doesn't really have malt or hops as the dominant flavor. Crisp and interesting and different but probably not something I will go for again.

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Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bfrank8
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Shenk87
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of MJSFS
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sparx1100
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RodSmith
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Czequershuus
3.21/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This beer pours a purple grapey color with a moderate head. The aroma features a grapey, candied essence, with hints of black tea. The flavor is milder, with some wild yeast notes of grass and new leather, but still with a grape soda core. The mouthfeel is light and plentifully fizzy. Overall an odd duck of a beer to me, much to sweet grapey for my taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Edging more and more toward wine, the fields of barley and grape continue to intertwine as the brewers of Lagunitas take their already vinous ale and dial down its darkness to elevate its red wine flare.

Bright and ruby, the sparkling ale looks the part of a stern rose except for its loose froth overlay.Tart, berry-like and supple with a sour twinge to the nose, the beer's winey impressions come closer to fruition in the nose. Supple sweetness comes in the form of mixed berry lifesavers, taffy and an overall candied impression.

But the candy soon wears off as the tart ale carries off any malt impressions with the militant nature of carbonation. The bubble highlight the beer's peppery tartness and the fruit flavors as the beer trends juicy but dry in a vinous laden, but simplistic late palate.

Medium bodied and not full-blown sour, the beer is shy of complete dryness while subtle hints of cork, burlap and sourdough dance about the periphery of taste. In the end the beer finishes quite sangria-like.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bschmidt_37
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of woodychandler
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have decided to Sparkle with the Swan since it is well after Midnight on Thanksgiving morning of 2018. I put in a marathon shift at CKW2G for Amateur Night & it really wasn't too bad, comparatively. It took us a while to get the place squared away, though, hence my late return home.

From the Bottle: "Magnificent, transcendental and, one might say, pulchritudinous ... The mythical bird appeared with the brilliance and magnitude of so many suns. Sparkling with an intriguing purple vividness, it gracefully rose into the air. Light, yet dark. A dazzling, winged conundrum, stunning all in its path ..."; "Say: Lah-Goo-Knee-Tuss"; "Life is uncertain, don't sip!"

I Pop!ped the cap & gave thanks for yet another year above ground. I always hear that being upright & breathing beats the alternative, so I suppose it is worth being thankful for. I then began a slow, gentle C-Line pour into the awaiting glass. I could not help but smile at what began to appear in my glass. It looked like Welch's Grape Juice, albeit carbonated! It formed two fingers of dense, foamy, fizzy, magenta (!) head with decent retention. Hey, I thought that these types of beers were supposed to have lousy head retention! Color was a gorgeous deep-Purple (SRM = N/A) with NE-quality clarity, more towards Burgundy than most beers in my experience. Nose was very grape-y & quite vinous. The Notes mention "red wine grapes", but I am curious as to precisely what type. Its sweetness on the nose put me in mind of Concord, like my late maternal grandfather used to grow in an arbor on the upper lot. Hmm. Mouthfeel was kind of light, not watery, but not much beyond it, either. The taste was more tart than the nose had led me to expect, but it was very pleasant. It had a definite red wine vinousness with the attendant dryness, but not gasping. I am really curious as to which grape variety//ies they employed in the production of this beer. Finish was dry, no getting around that, but it was crisp & I was satisfied, which seemed to be their aim. Very intriguing.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This sat at around a medium body
Aroma was tart sweet,and sour grape with some funk
Taste was very similar to aroma, had a grape vinegriet taste that worked somehow. Definitely delivers on the grape taste,sweet,sour and tartness but not flavor was overly dominate.
It's definitely worth a try even if just once a year

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. No bottling date information found.
Slightly cloudy, garnet red colored body. Two finger of pinkish white head eventually settles down to thin cap and thick ring. Big globs of lacing left behind with each sip.
Smells close to a wine, with red grape accents. Has a slight base quality of a sour/tart beer.
Taste is really all about the red grape, and the tart/sour nature is really quite mild, but does express some funk and leather.
Medium to full mouth feel. Very good carbonation.
I agree that this is a hybrid brew with beer and wine aspects. With wine one does not get the fizzy/frothy carbonation as exhibited here, nor the funk, but the wine component of the experience is very much present, in the smell and flavor. Quite refreshing.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Sparkling Swan from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 30 ratings