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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

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

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Reviews: 291 | Ratings: 1,149
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 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 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 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 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 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 Kegatron
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear gold with 2 fingers of fizzy eggshell-white head. This shrinks down to almost nothing, just a few thin wisps that leaves a tiny smattering of lace. The aroma is bready sweetness, light floral hops, and some prominent, but not overbearing, blueberry character.

The taste is much the same. Biscuits and malt sweetness with a firm (almost Pils like) hop profile that helps pulls things back. This is all permeated by a pleasant blueberry taste that keeps from feeling artificial and gives the profile a solid fruity smack. The mouthfeel is lighter medium bodied with a lower but still slightly prickly carbonation that is overall extremely easy feeling.

A enjoyed this. Very quaffable, with a nice blueberry taste that doesn't overdue it. I could kill a couple of these easily.

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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 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 BuckeyeNation
3.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pellucid sunset amber topped by a large, frothy head of pale ivory colored foam. The cap sports an actively bubbly surface, but it doesn't have the look of a good lace maker. Good call; there's very little glass coverage in the end.

I smelled fresh blueberries as soon as I popped the cap, despite the fact that the beer wasn't that close to my nose. The 'berry cloud' has since dissipated, but this is still a very good fruit beer nose with plenty of power. It smells uncannily like warm blueberry muffins with minimal, if any, added spice.

Tough call on this one. Blue has more fruit flavor than most fruit beer, with the blueberriness exploding in the mouth akin to the bursting of the actual berries themselves (well... not quite). The only thing is, the flavor tastes artificial. A little sugar would help to cut the saliva-sucking dryness and the surprising bitterness. The finish is nice and long with a blueberry linger that lasts until the next sip. The body/mouthfeel just does reach medium and the beer contains a fraction too much carbonation.

I had high hopes for Sweetwater Blue after giving it a few sniffs. Although it isn't the killer blueberry ale that I'm in search of (and have yet to find), it isn't a bad little summer brew. A little sugar and a little spice would spiff it up considerably. Thanks to au1sec for the bottle.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoy at the Mellow Mushroom in Kennesaw, GA for $2.00 (it was Sweetwater Sunday). How could I have possibly passed up a steal like that?

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with a small, suspiciously creamy-looking white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling aroma of blueberries. Just what you'd expect, really.

Taste: Vaguely grainy, wheaty flavor with a pop of sweetness. A burst of blueberry flavoring kicks in a second later along with more sweetness. Finishes, as expected, with a dose of sweetness and more blueberry flavoring.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: It's alright, but as with most fruit beers, one helping is more than enough for me.

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

First chance to try Sweetwater in South Carolina! Very nice, had to go into Barleys to find it as it was no where to be seen outside, but I may have just missed it. Anyway it poured a fairly bright golden yellow with a large fizzy white head. This gradually faded and was replaced by a thin film of lace and copious amounts dripping down the side. Ample carbonation could be seen in the somewhat hazy interior of the glass. The aroma was very light, not overwhelming with the fruit at all, but rather very subtly blueberry with hints of yeast and a somewhat muted hop presence. A touch of bread like malts in the back. The taste was lighter then what I had thought. A typical yeasty pale with a significant touch of blueberry in the front. Ample carbonation again gave it a very nice and light feeling along with keeping it from going flat. There was a decent enough dry finish and the flavor did linger for a decent amount of time. I put the first one down in no time flat, but as far as how many I could have, the sweetness may limit this, as I find after too many I start to get a little queasy. Now overall this was not bad by any means, I thought it to be a rather nice light fruity brew. However I will stick to my IPA's in the future.

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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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Photo of TMoney2591
2.7/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Must...resist...urge...to quote...Eiffel 65... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises sweet blueberries covered in butter. The taste holds notes of cereal grains and biscuit covering a layer of vague and slightly vinyl-y blueberry syrup. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, this just did not do anything positive for me. The blueberry flavor, whether authentic or not, comes across as fake, and there seems to be a diacetyl thing going on.

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Photo of billab914
2.97/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into my Southern Tier tulip 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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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

Deep golden hue filtered blueberry ale, not a fan of synthetic fruit beer this is one of those generic golden ales with fake blueberry flavor in the finish. Light speckled head leaves a fine trail of lacing. Aroma has that fruity pebbles blueberry manufactured food additive nose. Flavor is slightly tart with blueberry/citrus notes and even earthy dry grains. Mouthfeel is light bodied meant to be consumed in the warm weather, this beer has probably found it's audience already, sorry I can't do this regularly.

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Photo of jwc215
3.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

best by November 19, 2006.

Pours somewhat hazy light golden yellow (not blue, of course) with a nice one-finger head that becomes, and remains, a thin lid. A little lacing sticks to glass.

The smell is of blueberry muffins. Fresh blueberries with a bready undertone. A bit of a crisp tang is mixed in.

Crisp, fresh blueberrry taste upfront. Not overwhelming blueberries, but enough to make itself known clearly. Like the smell, it tastes of blueberry muffin. Blueberry, which is not syrupy as is unfortunately the case with the style, is not the only characteristic of this beer.There is also a light breadiness that gives it support and flavor. A subtle grainy malt gives it some body, though the body remains intentionally light. A touch of earthy hops staves off some of the natural sweetness so that it doesn't become cloying at all.

It's a light-bodied, smooth drink with some unexpected creaminess to it.

The blueberries taste fresh. A bit more complex than others of had of the style. Not overly watery. Not bad at all for style. Goes down easily. Still, for me the one was enough (though I could have had a second if I had one) - not much more, only because I'm not a huge fan of blueberry muffin, just as an ocassional treat. This is rather good for a style that usually disappoints me.

Thanks to SilentSabre for including this one!

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Photo of tdm168
3.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden yellow with fleeting bubbly head. The nose has notes of blueberry, faint grains, and mild grassy hops. The taste is mild blueberries, faint hops, and pale malt. The mouthfeel is light, well carbonated, and crisp.

This is an easily drinkable beer, but the flavors are faint and mellow. There's nothing very spectacular here.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

A nice brass to very light bronze colored body, super crystal clear and nice thin rising carbonation. Head is only about a finger and a fluffy consistency, off white in color and looks ok otherwise.

A real nice fruit character, very noticeable blueberry but also some off putting aromas. A bit of bile, acrid grain senses, but for the most part passable it seems.

A very surprising light palate and much more tolerable and enjoyable than the nose would indicate. Hints of light crisp malt, and a quick carbonation feeling on the finish with tight bubbles on the tip of the tongue. Nice fruit blueberry, doesn't come off cloying, sickly sweet, syrupy, or horrifically tart either. Good clean finish with some almost pils like crisp dry character, but not much chewy wheat backbone.

Overall though pretty tasty for a fruit brew.

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Photo of tempest
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Leftmindedrighty for this.

It tastes like blueberry candy. So if you like that taste, and think it would be a good idea to pair it with pale bready malts, this beer is made for you. I'm not a huge fan and find the transition from the fruit flavor to malt aftertaste to be rough and a touch astringent. On par with other good blueberry brews.

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Photo of aasher
3.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Someone left this in the fridge after our wedding. Tick!

This beer pours a very light bodied pale gold in color with a one finger white head. The nose is light and features light blueberry muffin and has a light cereal, wheat aspect. It's subtle. The flavors too are light and approachable. There is a moderate amount of blueberry muffin followed by pale malt and a yeastiness that leads into the aftertaste. It's ok. It's somewhat artificial. I can see this as being extremely female friendly. It is very light and overly drinkable. If you're looking for an outside or pool beer with a light fruity punch this could be your beer.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to MSchae1017 for this one.

Pours a clean/clear pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slightly grassy, very nice blueberry notes. The taste is malty/grassy, with some nice blueberry notes. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew.

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Photo of tone77
3.64/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of sweet blueberries. Taste is crisp, malty, blueberries, not nearly as sweet as the smell would indicate. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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