Sweetwater Blue | SweetWater Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States
sweetwaterbrew.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-11-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,171
Reviews:
296
Avg:
3.37
pDev:
18.1%
 
 
Wants:
31
Gots:
342
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: thin white head on a clear pale golden body.

S: completely blueberry pie and little else.

T: again this is mostly blueberry. Some hint of breads and wheat.

M: light body and medium to high carbonation.

Overall: certainly drinkable and refreshing. Not a fan of the genre especially when all that is represented is the fruit.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.78/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure we are giving this one enough credit, it's very good beer, on tap at the Atlanta airport spot these guys have. A touch sweet, no blueberry color at all, and under carbonated for the style, but it has a lot going for it too. It's really light in body, and the fruit is real authentic. Very very drinkable and nice for summer or with spicy food. I know these fruited blondes are predisposed to be cheap and lousy, but this is far better than the average for the field, so revisit it in an appropriate context and be pleasantly surprised. I'm not always real jazzed about sweetwater beers, but this one is better than it's ratings, especially if you like or can at least tolerate the residual sweetness with notes of blueberry juice. Easy down and not watery, hefty even as it warms. In a hot humid summer setting, it's delicious.

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Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kjkinsey
3.49/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nmann08
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of metter98
3.46/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear pale yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down, leaving a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of blueberries are present in the nose.
T: The taste very much follows the smell and has lots of flavors of blueberries and doesn't seem artificial. No sweetness is detectable.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not watery) on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an easy to drink beer that would probably be appealing to the masses.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEERchitect
3.54/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

With dead on aromas of blueberry pancakes, this vibrant fruited ale allows the ripe berries to take center stage while offering the most supple of wheaty support for a clean and characterful thirst quencher.

Impressive blueberry aromas even while the beer is being poured at the bar. Delivered to the nose, the blueberry additions are unmistakable, taking on proportions of "Boo Berry" cereal and blueberry pancake- equipped with light syrup. Light doughy scents and caramel help to accent the sweetness of fruit and give rise to the wheat base.

Canary yellow in color and with a soft wheaty haze, I kinda expected the color to represent the purple fruit, everso slightly but that doesn't happen. A firm initial cottony white head falters midway through the session as the maltiness seems to fall apart a bit.

Cracker-like pilsner breadiness and light raw barley taste begins to shape the softer and sweeter base of the beer while blueberry tartness and only moderate flavor begins to emit. Finishing with acidic and citric fruit flavors along with a linger of bready wheat, I wish that the blueberry character of the nose was better founded in flavor as well. But it doesn't, but favors a crisp and refreshing finish of fruit and wheat.

Soft and creamy at the onset, a quick transition past crispness and cleanliness lands the beer a bit thin, lightly grainy, and carrying the astringency of blueberry skins or seeds in finish. Interestingly the extended and fleeting finish adds to the refreshing quality of the beer as much as it repeals its character.

Ideal for summertime thirst quenching, this beer offers a lot to whet the whistle, but lacks enough character to appeal to the serious craft beer enthusiasts, at least after the aroma.

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of brentk56
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a pale golden color with a decent white head; unlike others who complained about the retention and lacing, I got plenty of both - perhaps my bottle was fresher

Smell: Smells like blueberry muffin mix with a touch of grain

Taste: Starts out with a blueberry flavor that dances across the palate of cracker malt; the flavor never really develops but that is not the point as this is clearly a fruit beer designed for those who don't like challenging beer flavors - from that perspective it meets the bill; the finish is rather bland

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation; watery at the end

Drinkability: Fruit beers don't bother me the way they do some others so I would give this good marks as a drinkable beer for those who like a fruity twist without much else going on - one of the better examples of this style

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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 zestar
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of dmorgan310
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of mothman
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light amber color with a bit of a white head. The nose brings some strong blueberry characteristics. The taste is overly dominated by the blueberry, although there is some light bread underneath as well. The feel is pretty light with good carbonation and the blueberries are carried well. Drinks really quite well and is a nice, sessionable summer brew.

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Photo of oberon
2.96/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Filling Station here in G-boro.Poured a very light slightly hazed golden with a 1/2 finger white head atop.Aromas are mainly toasty cereal grains with a light smattering of blueberry.Toasted flavors and very light sweetness,the bluberry is light and in the finish.Well I gues if you are lookin for a no brainer with a hint of fruit this would be for you,not me.

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Photo of chinchill
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Canoe at Sweetwater sponsored CRK event.
Slightly hazy deep golden with very little head.
Fine aroma features blueberry: think fine fresh preserves. These is some wheat and barley malt base evident too.
The flavor has good balance, with prominent blueberry but a solid malt base. Only lightly sweet due to a good bit of tartness.
Medium-light body with near medium carbonation.
O: recommended

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pleasant enough, Sweetwater's Blue is simply a golden ale infused with blueberry extract. It's clearly fruity in the nose, but the flavor is a bit more restrained; although it is balanced towards sweetness. It never builds on the palate however, and it finishes fairly dry with just a light dollop of blueberry and honey left on the tip of the tongue.

It's obviously a good cross-over beer, or at least one that gets attention from those who normally don't enjoy bitter or hoppy beers; and I think it would fit in nicely at a wide range of events, especially those in the outdoors during spring and summer.

So, if there's any drawback or defect to this beer it's that the head simply doesn't last that long, and the lacing is limited. Otherwise it's quite nice.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.71/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium golden yellow in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some light golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall frothy white head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat with some slightly stronger aromas of blueberry.

T: Upfront there are light flavors of wheat with some slightly stronger flavors of blueberry - the blueberry tastes fairly natural and there is not a lot of artificial sweetness.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly creamy.

O: Would probably be better enjoyed on a hot summer afternoon while out in the sun but it is definitely an enjoyable blueberry beer with very little artificial flavors or aroma. This is easy to drink and could easily be sessionable. Pretty refreshing.

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Sweetwater Blue from SweetWater Brewing Company
3.37 out of 5 based on 1,171 ratings.
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