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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: 292 | Ratings: 1,156
Photo of atsprings
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a SABL glass a slightly hazy pale gold with a decent off-white head. The aroma is of sweet fruit with slight blueberry and mild hops. The taste is an extract-like blueberry mixed with sweet malt dominating some very subdued citrus hops. The beer is rather crisp and very light with a normal level of carbonation. This is certainly a crisp refreshing beer, but the fruit flavor of it could stand to be a little fresher.

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Photo of micahgoldfus
2.77/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tried this one at the brewery's Friday afternoon happy hour while visiting Atlanta (a great time, I highly recomended stopping by if you are in the ATL). Looks fairly non-distinct, just kind of a thin, golden color with little bit of white head that quickly dissapeared. Smell packed a punch: blueberries and wheat. I could catch a whiff of it from 2 feet away. The taste, however, was much somewhat muted. It was malty and fruity, but not as fruity as I thought it would be after the smell. There was also some light hoppiness to give it a more rounded taste than just fruit juice, but for the most part, this beer was one-demensional. Mouthfeel was light and well carbonated. I liked this beer enough, and it was light enough to be a session beer, but I didn't really want another one after I was done.

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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 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 wedge
3.77/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed pale yellow color under a thin, quickly vanishing, bubbly white head. Smells like blueberries, not artificial, but like the real deal. Very much like blueberry pancakes actually only with a faint citrus note and a musty whiff here and there. Luckily, the flavor of the berries does not dominate. There's enough grain and mild sweetness to balance it out nicely, leaving you with a beer that is unmistakably a fruit beer, but not in an overwhelming, syrupy kind of way. Pretty light in body with a refreshing amount of carbonation. Hopefully this will make it to the Eastern half of the state by next summer as this would make a great summer thirst-quencher.

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Photo of chilidog
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While passing thru Atlanta, this was one beer I was on the hunt for. I tried two years prior and they were not to be found.

It poured a well carbonated gold. White head that left no lace. Body was about medium/lite.

The aroma carries beer like grassy malt with yes, a faint blueberry hint.

The taste hits you off the bat with blueberry. Faint and suttle the the blueberry sweetness followed by a crispness of malts and faint hop. Good spiceing with a finish of black pepper.

Drinkability; yes. Nothing over-powering here. A good, crisp, clean brew with mild complexity. Good on a hot day or if you want something to stand out with mild but direct good flavors.

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Photo of fsunole
3.82/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am typically not a big fan of fruit / vegetable beers, but Sweetwater Blue has a suddle taste of blueberry which is refreshing during the summer months in Hotlanta. It is a good compliment to the hot wings and blue cheese I enjoyed during the tasting.

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Photo of shererjt
3.76/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a clear straw color with a thin, light-to-medium head. Looked like a macro. Smell was really, really awesome--like blueberries straight from the field, but not cloying or overpowering. Some sweetness surrounded the wonderful berry aroma. Body was light-to-medium. Flavor was of a pretty nondescript beer with a pleasant blueberry taste. Little malt or hops to speak of. Mouthfeel was about average, though the drinkability was good.

Smells much better than it tastes, though still a pretty yummy beer. I'd trade a bit of drinkability for more body, but I bet it'd be great on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poursa fizzy yellow with a decent head that fades quickly. No lacing. Smell is intensely of sweetened blueberries- not artificial exactly, but quite candyish and a little bit cloying. The taste is thankfully a little more subtle, but still a little much. The body is so light and the beer is sweet enough to be a little alchopoppy- but a little higher quality. Eh.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to limesmut on this one.

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear golden straw with a one finger white head that dies down pretty quick. Lacing is non-existant. Crazy amount of bubbles racing to the top of the glass. Smell is of young blueberries with a nice wheat background. No hops or malt in the nose. Taste is pretty weak on the blueberry, kind of disappointed about that. Wheat and a bit of spice as well tingle the tounge. Very light bodied, fresh, crisp, clean. I could enjoy a couple of these on a hot summer day. This is one of two blueberry beers I've had, the other being Wachusett Blueberry and if I had to choose between the two I would go for Wachusett. Good attempt at this type of beer Sweetwater, but could tweek the flavoring a bit to make this even better.

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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 ruleof72
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours goldenrod colored with thin head that leaves quickly. Smell is of berries and grass. Blueberry is there and obvious but not overpowering. Taste is fruit/berry forward but there is a little yeast/bread undertone that was not expected (in a bad way). The taste was not bad, just off a little from my expectation. Carbonation was good and body about right for style of beer. Decently drinkable, more of a warm weather beer in my book.

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Photo of TheSarge
2.92/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sweetwater Blue pours producing very little head that dissipates into nothing within a few minutes. It gives off an aroma like blueberry muffints, but tastes a bit more peppery than like blue berries. The initial taste is like the aftertaste of a blueberry muffin, but finishes a bit peppery as I previously said. This brew feels kind of syrupy and finishes kind of weak.

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Photo of ByTor2112
3.57/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a darker yellow not yet gold color. Small white head forms.
Aroma has just a hint of the fruit, not overbearing but you know what it is. Taste is good, the blueberry is subtle, and I can get some sweet malt flavor also. Hops are very mild. Sweetwater makes great beer, this one is good. Would be very refreshing on a hot summer day and I could quaff two or three but would need to switch to something heavier. This is the way a beer with fruit should taste.

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Photo of sabrills70
2.84/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown bottle with a best by date of 1/22/07. Pours a crystal clear medium gold with a one finger head that faded quickly leaving no lace. Smells of what else - blueberries - with a slight spicyness behind it. Blueberries are not predominate in the taste, although they are there. behind the initial blueberry flavor is a caramel malt followed by a slight hop flavor and bitterness, finishing with a fruit like aftertaste. Very spritzy with high carbonation. A good summer beer but I don't think I would want more than two in a sittting.

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Photo of
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Slightly hazy, straw yellow. Small, off white head.

Blueberry and peach in the aroma. Some floral notes, roses?

Tart, very faint blueberry flavor in aftertaste. Some spices, can't identify, primarily at finish - maybe the hops? This picks up as the beer warms. Malt presence very mild and hard to characterize.

Light in body. Medium + for carbonation. Refreshing and a bit slick.

Not sure how I feel about this beer. On the one hand, I think they did a nice job with the blueberry flavor, so that it complements rather than dominates. The problem is that there is not much there to complement or dominate. Easy to drink, though. I wouldn't turn it down, especially on a hot day, but I really wouldn't seek it out, either.

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Photo of Nutleybeer
4.12/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Down in Atlanta, visiting family, I was lucky enough to stop at the Sweetwater brewery. A wonderful place. Tried all of their fine beers...pretty much as fresh as you can get them.

The blue was really nice, for those of you who like fruit beers. It was not overly sweet. Golden in color, with a nice, lite, fruity scent. The taste was crisp, clean, but as noted, not too too sweet. Great for a summer afternoon.

Not a typical style you find all over, but it is served in many Atlanta bars...the brewery guide said they are only distributing in a limited area, so those of us in the northeast will not be seeing Sweetwater anytime soon.

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Photo of jettjon
3.32/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours yellow clear color with just a few bubbles beneath a small white cap. Head fades quickly leaving no lacing and only a ring of foam. Nose has a good scent of sweet blueberries and sweet malt. Blueberries up front on the flavor, not as much sweet malt as expected, though. Not bad, though, kind of a mildly malty fruit ale. No real hops presence. Mouth is watery and has a mild amount of carbonation. Finishes on a somewhat cloyingly sweet/dry note. Drinkability is fine for a lawn mowing beer.

Overall: An OK blueberry-flavored ale. Worth a try.

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

a - poured into a tumbler. no head and no lacing. color is light golden and clear.
s - light blueberry nose but nothing else.
t - slightest of hop bitterness with blueberries.
m - crisp bite.
d - not a lot going on here. i love sweetwater but they should have gotten rid of this instead of exodus porter in favor of the new summer hummer. this is my girlfriend's favorite craft beer because it's "not bitter." that should tell you all you need to know.

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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 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 spiffylubes
3.46/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. Appearance is very plain golden poured with little head, dissipated quickly. No lacing. Smell is where this beer does very well, smelling very strongly of blueberries (which is obviously what it's going for). Taste follows suit, strong blueberry flavor, which I think is quite delicious. Still has a good amount of malt and hoppiness. Mouthfeel is smooth, average, nothing special. A little too sweet to drink more than 1.

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Photo of BamaScholar
3.26/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tried on-tap at the Saucer, as I missed it at the Brewer's Fest.

An interesting beer...not much stand-out except the aroma, which easily carried around the entire table. It is obviously blueberry, and a honey element too. If the aroma carried over further into the taste, it too would receive higher marks. However, the taste was too sweet without discernible hop bitterness.

Give it a shot if you can find it, but don't waste time seeking it out exclusively.

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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 barefootbrewer
3.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a light straw color with a small head. There was very little head retention. Smell was sweet and like a floral/berry smell. Taste is a sweet blueberry that balances well with the light malt flavor. Mouthfeel is light, crisp without lingering. As for drinkability - I would surprisingly like another right now!

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3.37 out of 5 based on 1,156 ratings.
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