Sweetwater Blue | SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater BlueSweetwater Blue

Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Ryan011235
1.35/5  rDev -59.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured into an A-B flute on 8/15/12

Best if enjoyed by: 08/30/12

Courtesy of PDXHops

Light, straw golden yellow color. Looks fairly watery. One thumb of bone white foam dwindles to a smooth, diminutive layer. Hardly any lace.

The blueberry notes in the aroma are wont to change; I'm picking up alternating notions of blueberry skin, flesh, Jolly Ranchers, cotton candy and War Heads. Soft tufts of wheat are timid. Hints of over-ripe berry rot every now and then.

This tastes like garbage water. Horrid, fake "blueberry," doughy wheat and metallic hops. The after taste is wretched.

The body is incredibly thin and plagued by overbearing, fizzy carbonation. The carbonation / body / flavor ratio is such that is feel like a fresh soda that has had water dumped in it.

Wow, this is undrinkable. Really, really terrible.

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Photo of Graebner
1.78/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

This is an interesting beer, but that's about it. "Interesting" in the sense that the mold formations on your month-old cheese are "interesting"; it makes you say "whoa", but not in a good way, and you definitely don't want to put it in your mouth.

It pours out a pale amber color, nothing to write mom about, but not bad looking. It develops almost no head, and quickly goes down to exactly no head.

It smells fruity like the blueberries it's made with, barely discernable hops, and a slight sour smell.

Tastes like blueberries that have been soaked in sugar syrup. It's really only moderately sweet, but the blueberry is so overpowering that it drowns out all other flavors, as well as all semblence of balance.

The mouthfeel is truly awful. It feels like one has just downed motor oil. Not because of the viscosity (it's a very light beer), but because you just know you can't hope to digest what you just swallowed. It simply wasn't meant for drinking. Maybe I can compare it to drinking zippo fuel...that's a bit more like the consistency of this stuff. It sits on your stomach like a ton of bricks.

Drinkability is also horrible. I can drink one of these, and after that I feel like any more and I'll be needing a railing to vomit over. It sits on your stomach, and on top of that it sours *very* quickly. This is not a good session beer, or (in my opinion), a good anything beer. If you want a fruit beer, get some Purple Haze.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
1.81/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

On tap into a pint glass at the Flying Saucer in Columbia.

Appearance - Clear pale straw body. Looks liek a flat bud light.

Smell - Strong like blueberries. Nothing else.

Taste - Mild corny malt. Mostly tasteless. Mild astringency. Bland. Not offensive; just water.

Mouthfeel - Flat as shit. Watery. Metallic.

Overall Drinkability - Single worst fruit beer I've ever had.

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Photo of PDXHops
1.97/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a see thru orangish gold with a bit of quickly disappointing foam. Swirling can't revive anything, and there is no lacing left.

Smells of whole blueberries (the dull outside, not the tangy, juicy inside) and very light malt. The blueberry flavor is similarly tame, at least the natural variety; there is an artificial, somewhat plasticlike fruitiness as well. Very lightly sweet. Finishes fizzy and dry with perhaps a nip of earthy hops.

Overall impression: Disappointing offering from a brewery I've enjoyed otherwise. Lacking in real fruit character.

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Photo of DavidGross
2/5  rDev -40.7%

this wasn't good. had from keg but not sure if lines were dirty or what. place I was at had 40+ taps on line and claimed to have solid cleaning process and schedule. Don't think I would try another.

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Photo of jsanford
2/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a clear, light gold with a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly, leaving just a slight haze. Looks only marginally better then an Adjunct.
S - Fake, blue Jolly Rancher blueberry aroma with perhaps just a tiny bit of sweet malt.
T - Sweet malt and more "blueberry" flavor. I dunno,this tastes like some wacky sour Blue Raspberry candy mixed with a crappy adjunct beer. Really lame.
M - Thin and watery with sharp, fizzy carbonation.
O - A "Craft Beer" version of Wild Blue. This is an embarrassment to Sweetwaters otherwise decent lineup, they should get rid of this beer.

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Photo of MichaelMeister
2.02/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

It's real simple - if you like carbonated, alcoholic, kid's cereal, you'll love this beer! It pours out with the color of Kix, smells like Fruit Loops and tastes like Trix.

Summary: it's a very fruity beer!

Honestly, it might be rather tasty on a very warm day, when you are really thirsty or as an after dinner beer with dessert.

It's just not my cup of tea (so to speak). I've got a few left over (5 out of 6 to be exact) if anyone would like to try one....or 5!

Michael - crying in my cereal...

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Photo of jdubjacket
2.03/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2


I'm not the biggest fan of fruit/vegetable beers, with maybe cherry stouts and pumpkin ales as the exceptions, but I thought I would give this a try since I pass by it everyday on the beer store shelf.

Turns out that's where it should have stayed.

Definitely not the beer for me. Way too sweet. Tastes exactly like blue berries and it's almost a contrived, artificial taste, like malt liquor and blueberries.

Overall, this might be good on a hot summer day after cutting the grass. Aside from that, I can't say that I can recommend this beer.

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Photo of Guppy314
2.18/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Well, yes, the blueberry taste does come through clearly. And I will even grant that this is done well because it comes off as not being weird. But (to me) this Sweetwater Blue is just OK as a beverage.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.26/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A-clear golden yellow with tons of bubbles. a relatively thick two fingers of a pure white head that does have a little retention and leaves a small amount of lace on the beer

S-big nose of blueberry concentrate, touch of roasted malt, hint of citrus hops at the finish

T-a watered down blueberrry concentrate that has alcohol in it and finishes bitter

M-light body, smooth and highly carbonated with an astringent property

D-all concentrate and still tasted watered down...drain pour (my first in reviewing history)!

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Photo of kimcgolf
2.28/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This was a tough one to rate...it was a very good blueberry pancake syrup. Unfortunately, I was drinking beer. Initial aroma of blueberries is strongly present the second the bottle is opened, and stays throughout the glass. However, at mid glass, I also detected a slight soapy aroma. Appearance is golden yellow with thick white head and decent lacing. Flavor was more of the blueberry taste, and finish was so strongly blueberry, if I hadn’t known better, I would have sworn I just finished a good breakfast, instead of an after work drink. Sadly, like with pancakes, a little of this beer goes a long way, and I couldn’t have many.

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Photo of aracauna
2.37/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer is horrible. Take a bag of Jiffy blueberry muffin mix and turn it into a beer. The Jiffy muffins are only barely edible to start with and when they're turned into beer it's undrinkable. I couldn't finish the freaking pint. It was just gross. They say they use fresh blueberries, but it tastes like the fake stuff. This beer really pissed me off. The smell is ok, though, but imagine a budweiser (a little darker) with a slight greenish tint from the blueberries. Horrible, Horrible beer.

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Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
2.46/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I'm a huge fan of Sweetwater IPA, so I was really hoping this beer would be another good offering, if not at least half decent. Alas, it was not.

Appearance was a very light gold; the white head was respectably sized but faded quickly. The smell was blueberry (duh). Pretty pleasant scent, and quite distinct. This got my hopes up for a good taste experience. Big letdown. To me, it tasted like seltzer water with a slight blueberry flavor - thus the mouthfeel was downright watery. The blueberry taste was not a strong as the scent. Not a beer I'd pick up again.

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Photo of Drazilnc
2.47/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - yellowish

Smell - smells like blueberries

Taste - sweet,too sweet for my tastes. Leaves a definite blueberry taste in my mouth. Almost has an alka seltzer effect.

Mouthfeel - high carbonation.

Overall - won't buy this beer. Too sweet with strong fruity aftertaste.

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Photo of jlervine
2.48/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy yellow with a finely carbonated white head that recedes in a minute or two and remains on the top of the beer for the duration. The aroma is very perfumy with a hint of blueberries. The carbonation hits the tongue and blocks out any intricacies in the maltiness. A slight hint of blueberries manages to sneak in there before disappearing again. It reappears even more faintly in the finish. Mouthfeel is thin and light-bodied. Drinkability is below my average for Sweetwater Brewing Company. If you accidentally allow the beer to warm greatly, the perfuminess of the brew is overpowering, and in my case, stomach-turning.

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Photo of MSchae1017
2.49/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from a bottle.

This beer pours a dull gold with not much head that doesn't hold or lace well. The smell is all blueberries and a little overpowering. The taste is a little watery, mostly blueberries with very little "beer" taste. There is a decent carbonation but its a little watery. Overall, its too fruity and sweet and not enough of a beer.

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Photo of bamojr
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

*Notes from 3/4/2011*

I am not a big fan of fruit beers and in particular blueberry beer. Even so, this was a very sub-par beer. tasted overwhelmingly of blueberry( surprise surprise) . This being my first beer from Sweetwater, it did not bod well and I hope that their other beers are better. I don't like to judge an entire brewery based on a bad beer, or a good one for that matter. I also got a few of their other ones and expect better things. More reviews to follow.

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Photo of FrothFanatic
2.51/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Not a fan of blue berry so obviously this isn't my type of brew but I tried it anyway and it isn't bad but it isn't good either. It's fair, and for it being a blue berry hinted beer with that creamy sweet water style it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Nonetheless I wouldn't be picking up a case of this any time in the near future, but for those who enjoy a good blue berry aroma beer, pick this up for sure.

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Photo of bamadog
2.51/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Review is from the bottle poured to a pint glass. Thanks to Onenote81 for putting this in as an extra.

Appearance: Pour is a pale lemony yellow/coppery color; starts with a one finger head that is white and fades quickly to a thin, uneven skim; body is a little hazy and shows strong carbonation; leaves no lacing behind.

Smell: Tons of blueberries, kind of smells a little fake though...; A bit of saccharin sweetness and slight, raw graininess; blueberry is almost overpowering...

Taste: Blueberry flavor is dominant at first, then there is a light graininess and almost like a stale black pepper flavor; slight hoppy bitterness followed by more blueberry...

Mouthfeel: Very lively with the carbonation; mouth is left quite moist once it goes down -- the MF is one of the better aspects of this beer.

Drinkability: I just can't give it a decent score here as I just can't get into the flavor -- it's not like I'm even drinking a "beer."

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Photo of DrewS
2.52/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Not really the best beer. Some chill haze and a weak head. One eyebrow went up when I took a whiff. Interesting blueberry aroma with something pungent in the background, not sure what, maybe some yeast. Has a distinctive blueberry flavor, but I agree it doesn't taste natural. No bitterness at all, there is a very faint floral, almost perfumey flavor in the background, perhaps a feable attempt to achieve complexity. Fizzy and no real aftertaste. This may be for some, but not for me. Keep trying Sweetwater.

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Photo of dgallina
2.55/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 ounce brown bottle dated best-before 03/30/2007.

Pours clear yellow with no head and very slight lace. Smells almost cloyingly sweet; blueberries, unfermented sugar, perhaps a touch of corn. Flavor is very poor. Un-ripedened green blueberries, leafy stems, and creamed corn. Thin body with vague carbonation. Not something I'll return to.

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
2.59/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had this beer on tap at my favorite watering hole. It pours nearly the same color as Sweetwater’s signature brew 420 Pale Ale, a clear straw yellow color. However, the head fades faster and give some lacing on the early part of the mug. The smell is a blast of in your face blueberries. Smells like “Boo-berry” kids cereal. The taste is of blueberries but the berry flavor tastes too refined to me. It has a bit of a bite and the blueberry flavor doesn’t seem to blend with the beer to me. The mouthfeel is light and fizzy. I think I will stick to Purple Haze when I feel the need for a light fruit beer. I love everything Sweetwater makes, however this one falls short for me

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Photo of PhillyStyle
2.6/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On-tap: 4.9 ABV, per the sign at Sweetwater Draft House & Grill in Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport, Terminal B:

Appears a golden, clear, thin white head that was not retained.

Light malty aroma with a very light hint of the blueberry.

Taste is similar to the aroma with slight blueberry taste, but very light.

The beer has a light body, smooth and decent drinkability. Felt like it was a little over carbonated. Overall, less than average beer. I doubt that I would ever order this beer again.

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Photo of zeff80
2.66/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out a clear, pale golden yellow color with a small, short-lived head of fizzy foam. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of blueberry. Yup, blueberry. Maybe there was wheat there, too.

T - Tasted of blueberry. There were some beer-like flavors, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and fairly smooth. A light bodied brew with a dry finish.

O - This is what I expected. A Blueberry ale that is mostly blueberry and not particularly interesting.

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Photo of harpus
2.68/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear gold color with a small white covering. Head all but disappeared quickly and left no lacing on the glass.

Aroma is mostly blueberries although they have more of the fake concentrate aroma. Taste is big on blueberries as well, they taste a little less artificial but not quite real. It's very sweet and light as well.

Mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is average, it had too much artificial blueberry sweetness for me to be very drinkable.

Overall I wasn't really impressed with this beer, average blueberry beer at best but i can see some non-beer lovers liking it.

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Sweetwater Blue from SweetWater Brewing Company
3.37 out of 5 based on 1,163 ratings.
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