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 stript
2.9/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased a 12 oz bottle at a Publix in Macon, GA. Sure can taste the blueberries, but it's just too sweet in the wrong way. It's not a complex sweet that you might get from a lambic or even from other fruit beers. It's just sugar. In my extremely limited experience, SweetWater beers seem to be sweeter than is standard for the style (e.g., the 420)--it must be the name.

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Photo of Mojo
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle -> snifter

A - pours up a medium gold with a very thin one half finger head, no retention, and no lacing.

S - Nice subtle aroma of fruit.

T - This is a mild indistinctive beer that is notable only for a nice pleasant blueberry tasting finish, not overpowering though.

M - about average

O - Pleasant easy to drink beer that I wouldn't turn down if offered, but I doubt I'd choose it over legions of other offerings.

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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 Lemke10
3.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This pours a clear, light amber color with a slight, off-white head. The aroma is very grassy and grainy. The taste is fairly decent for its style as it’s light in body and flavor. It’s perhaps a little thinner than I would like, but than again it is made for a warmer climate than where I am from. Hints of grass and grains in the flavor. Finishes pretty clean with just the slightest hint of blueberries.

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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 rudzud
4.2/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a light, crystal clear golden hue. A hard pour results in a one finger white head that fades to leave a thin halo and light wisps.

S - Nice wheat notes with good blueberry skin. Very aromatic and inviting.

T - Like the nose, more of the wheat qualities and aspects come through followed by nice blueberry notes. Tasty blueberry notes here. Very clean.

M - Good carbonation here, very crisp clean and refreshing.

O - Overall, not a bad blueberry beer. Actually grew on me as I drank it. Quite enjoyable and would be excellent on a summer day.

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Photo of fischerking
4.51/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweetwater Blue from Atlanta, GA. Says 4.6% ABV on bottle, not 4.9%.

This beer has a great blueberry smell and an awesome blueberry wheat taste. Not as sweet as you'd expect with the smell (in a good way). Lots of carbonation. Very refreshing, especially in the summer. One of my favorites.

I drank it out of a bottle from Food City in Knoxville, TN on 12/22/2012 from a create your own 6-pack.


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Photo of Immortale25
3.54/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Ninkasi Brewing pint glass. Label says Best if Enjoyed by: 12/28/12

A- Pours a light golden color with a 1/2 inch white head that soon fizzes away to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and scattered light surface foam. Lacing is non-resilient.

S- Nice blueberry aroma that's not too powerful with some mild wheat smell in the back.

T- The blueberry isn't as pronounced in the flavor but that's not a problem since it allows the wheat characteristic more room to shine. There is a bit of a weakness in the aftertaste as more sips are taken.

M- Light, crisp, actually borderline watery. Medium-low carbonation.

O- Not a great beer, all things considered, but I prefer it to Sea Dog Blue since the blueberry flavor doesn't overpower. Better on draft.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into CCB pint glass.

A: Pours a very clear, light gold with good visible carbonation and a small white head.

S: Cloying, artificial berry aroma with some pilsner malts.

T: The berry flavor (that still gives a very artificial impression) overlays the light & pilsner malts. Clean, lager-like in finish.

M: Light mouthfeel, not very carbonated. No alcohol presence.

O: Not offensive, but berry flavor doesn't taste natural at all. I won't be having another.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 11/19/12

A= Pours a nice hazy yellow color with a few chunky pieces floating in it. The head is a pure white color and rises to a quarter finger before falling to a skin on top of the glass. LIttle lacing is left behind.

S= Smells like candy blueberry. It reminds me of candy. That's about it as far as aroma goes. No wheat or hop aroma comes through just a lot of candy blueberry.

T= The flavor has a little more of a wheat character to it. The candy blueberry comes through just as it did in the nose making this a rather unique and tasty fruit beer. The candy isn't overdone making it too sweet.

M= The mouth is about perfect.

O= This is a great beer I think. A fruit beer is a fruit beer. Yeah it tastes a little artificial but it's not overly sweet and candy like. The wheat comes through in the flavor and it's freaking blueberry! This is worth drinking again and again in the summer.

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Photo of sommersb
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 09-08-2012
Freshness: Best by 09-27-2012
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Signature glass
Purchased: Single from Kroger

Pours a clear, golden color and looks kind of like apple juice. The head is about a finger high and fades fairly quickly. A little amount of lacing stays on the glass.

Aromas are fruity and sweet and do smell of blueberries. I get a bit of earthiness as well.

Taste is also sweet and of blueberry fruits. No bitterness in this one. Carbonation is on the high end with a crisp mouthfeel. The body is fairly light. Aftertaste is more of the blueberry flavor.

This is a simple and refreshing fruit beer that would make a good gateway beer for someone new to craft brews.

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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 darkstar12
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a pint glass at the Mellow Mushroom, Marietta, GA

A: Standard gold color, clear body, one finger foamy head that lasted a while, lots of persistent lacing

S: mild blueberries

T: Tasted like blueberries but not overly so. Some hops but not strong. Aftertaste a bit bitter.

M: Really good feel; carbonation is mild and right for the beer.

O: good summer fruit beer

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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 mscudder
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. Fresh from GA.

A - A rich golden yellow with a fair sized white head. Retention is average.

S - Jesus this is a burst of blueberry! Lots of sweetness followed by a subtle presence of malts.

T - Soft and follows the nose with great precision. A large amount of blueberries (hence sweetness) overcomes any other note that I can detect. As it warms, the beer gets more modest and is not as intense as when it hits the palette initially.

M - Fair sized body for such a fruity beer. The malts actually give this beer a fair sized backbone that keeps it from relaxing into a mush of fruit. Carbonation accents the sweetness and intensifies the richness of the taste.

O - This is truly a good beer if you are one for blueberries. I have known a fair number of friends who have enjoyed this brew, but personally I cannot get behind drinking such a rich and blueberry-infused brew. For anyone who loves the fruit, this is one to be sought after.

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Photo of donmonkey1
4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beautiful golden color with a nice, but small (1/2") frothy white head. The carbonation is incredible. I don't understand how such a carbonated beer has such a small head.
The millions of inviting bubbles are begging me to drink this beer. Nice lacing also.

Smell: Very faint blueberry smell.

Taste: Really nice blueberry taste.

Mouthfeel: Watery and lacking in carbonation.

I'm not a big fan of fruit beers, but this beer hits the spot. It's a great tasting, refreshing session beer that's perfect on a hot day. I can tell that I'll be craving this beer bad from time to time.

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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 TechTriumph
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes on 06/12/12:
Best by: 08/20/12; Poured in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - One inch of white creamy head that doesn't stick around for too long; Clear appearance with a shimmering gold color; Some, but not much lacing left behind

S - Very light and fairly refreshing; Cracked wheat, blueberry, and light floral and soapy notes; Blueberry notes are reminiscent of Fruity Pebbles cereal

T - There's a lot more of the floral, soapy, and Fruity Pebbles blueberry character in the taste; At times, the blueberry flavor comes off as artificial, but in other tastes, it's much closer to blueberry pie; Wheat, grains, and cereal flavors are also present and a bit more in the background, with increasing presence towards the end of the taste

M - A bit over moderate carbonation; Light to medium bodied; Crisp mouthfeel with a slighty slick film left on the tongue, allowing lingering flavors to endure

O - After trying a handful of blueberry themed beers over the years, I've decided that it's a flavor that's hard to incorporate into a beer without it seeming artificial. However, this particular offering is actually one of the better ones I've had, if not the best. Oddly, the blueberry character seems artificial at times, but very close to blueberry pie in subsequent tastes. This certainly qualifies as a refreshing and crisp beer, and while I might not have been completely won over by the flavor, I would have no problem drinking a few of these in succession.

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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 rangerred
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the brewery.

Pours a clear golden yellow with a thin head.

Smells strongly of blueberry pancakes. No hops at all and not really any malt either.

Blueberry all the way up front in the taste but this quickly transitions to a moderate grainyness. A quick light bitterness cleanses the palate to finish. Mouthfeel is quite watery.

While I am not really a fan of fruit beers and this one is no different, I must say it goes down like water and would be wonderful on a hot day.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fills a Harp nonic clear, dark gold with a two-and-a-half inch fluffy white head that turns rocky as it slowly settles, leaving patches of webbed lace.

Blueberry pie filling dominates, leaving little else. I guess this is what should be expected from this style. Upon warming, a mild spiciness enters the background.

Closely resembles water with hints of blueberry flavoring, but there is really quite little going on here. I had expected more presence of fruit.

This is a light-to-medium bodied beer that is a little slick with modest carbonation and no alcohol.

While light on character, blue is thirst quenching and would make a fine session beer during a ball game.

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Photo of StoutishDan
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a six pack for 8.99 at Total Wine in Kennesaw Georgia

A - pours an unfiltered hazy orange color with maybe a tint or purple color (blueberry color mixed with the other colors naturally present in beer). Fizzy head that disappears quickly leaving little to no lacing or head. Kind of a dead-looking beer.

S - Blueberries - but not really natural smelling. Smells like a blueberry biscuit - sounds kind of gross. Doughy. There's a papery smell there as well. Wheat hints are slight.

T - Blueberry. Biscuit. Wheat. Grainy. Pretty pleasant actually.

O - Despite its seeming lack of beer qualities, I like Sweetwater Blue. It's refreshing. It's unique. It's Georgian.

If I could rank it on a 0-100 scale I would rank this a 90, whether my actual rating equates to that or not.

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Photo of aprila220
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For a fruity beer, it has a tiny bit of bitter after taste, but not so much that I can't enjoy it. Other than that, I really like this beer and have actually drank it on multiple occasions when there was nothing else on the menu that was on the fruity side (except for Blue Moon, which I now find boring). It has a mild blueberry flavor but the blueberry aroma is lacking. Overall, I like it and will drink it if I have limited choices.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear and pale yellow color with a one finger head and a nice foam that holds strong. Good bubbling.

Very faint blueberry powder and some toasty, adjuncty bitter smelling malt.

The taste starts out fruity and blueberry-y. The middle has lightly toasted and on malted barley flavors along with some lightly bitter adjunct malt flavors.

Palate is crisp and refreshing. Easy to drink, but lacking in teh flavor and aroma department.

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

on-tap at Fat Frogg, 16oz tumbler

Appearance is a clear dark golden color that features a very small white head that completely disappears about halfway through. No lacing at all, very boring appearance. Smell is cooked (baked) blueberries with a hint of pale malt in the back. Taste is of sweet and bready blueberries, again the blueberries come off as cooked. Not a bad taste, the blueberries come out nice and strong, no hops detected. Mouthfeel is medium light and medium low carb, very mellow.

This is much better than I thought it would be and better than the other fruit beer I have had (#9). Ultimately this beer is a bit too sweet and could use a hint of hops to help the finish and make it taste more like a beer. The taste is most akin to a blueberry cobbler, definitely not fresh blueberries.

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Sweetwater Blue from SweetWater Brewing Company
3.37 out of 5 based on 1,160 ratings.
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