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 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 StarlightSeraph
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Sweetwater pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a crystal-clear dark golden-yellow, with one finger of white head that subsided very quickly. Left sporadic lacing.

Smell: Mmm...blueberry pie. That's the best way I can think of to describe the beer. Maybe biscuit malt providing some of the breadiness? Doesn't really smell like...well, beer.

Taste: Smooth, crisp, and easy to drink, with a hint of bready/blueberry finish. Very mild wheat flavors. Would have liked a little more blueberry flavor, but it still has a very nice finish.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated, reasonably thin, crisp, and dry. Goes down very easy.

Drinkability: An exceptional session beer, and one I could easily drink a few of. It's mild enough to keep it sessionable, and while I would have liked to see a little more blueberry flavor, there's enough of it in there to keep it interesting. Solid beer.

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Photo of Ruger
3.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear gold color with moderate head and no lacing.

S - Slight smell of blueberries and hops.

T - Taste is amazing for me starts off with blueberries then bread, and finishes very sweet with mild bitterness. Just like drinking blueberry muffins.

M - Light bodied and personally I like the low carbonation.

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Photo of racer2k
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Moderate dark yellow colored into a glass with very little head which dissipates quickly.

S - Beer and blueberries with some hint of malt.

T - A light flavored lager type beer with a lot of blueberries. The blueberry flavor is strong but not syrupy and overwhelming.

M - Moderate carbonation in a thin beer.

D - A nice change of pace

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Photo of pBRale
3.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a thing, two-finger head that settles quickly and leaves no lacing.

Smell: The smell is of wheat followed by a fruity array of scents--blueberries are dominant, but also apricot, apple, and other fresh fruits.

Taste: Super fruity, blueberries all the way through. Can taste the wheat, but the fruit dominates (almost tastes like fruity pebbles), and the finish is sweet and crisp. Big blueberry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied and watery but still refreshing. Ample carbonation; the beer goes down smooth and easy.

Overall: Pretty good beer--a little too fruity for my taste, but I can still appreciate the beer.

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Photo of 88caprice
3.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was an OK wheat beer. The blueberries did come through, but were not particularly magical for me.

A golden color. Lots of suspended particles. Little to no head.
Nice blueberry smell followed by wheat funk reminiscent of a a fresh hair perm.
Not as much blueberry in the taste, but some pleasant wheat funk and maltiness.
Fairly light body with some residual sweetness.

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Photo of Misfit138
3.71/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A- Pretty dark yellow, with very little head. Lacing remains along the sides.

S- I think this smells fantastic. Blueberry, and more blueberry.

T- The taste is not as blueberry as the smell. Very nice hints of blueberry, along with grains. Pretty smooth.

M- Pretty light, about as very as a pale ale. Light carbonation, which works for the flavor.

D- This is a nice beer. I think it could be good summertime beer. I really can't say anything bad about the beer other than I prefer stouts. I would have another. I think that most people would enjoy one or two of these.

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Photo of watermelon
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass date on the bottle says 12/11/13

A: Dark straw with a weak light head.

S: Strong blueberry and wheat smell, it smells exactly like a blueberry muffin.

T: The taste is the same as the smell. There is a metallic after taste but its not to bad.

M: This has a fizzy mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation. It is an easy drinking beer though.

O: I would say this beer is worth a try. I wouldn't really want to drink a 6 pack but its a nice beer. I pick it up every now and then when I have a craving for it.

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

C. Clear
H. Pee yellow
N. Blueberry

Well I got this from a beer trade from North Carolina. I was told this was one of the better SweetWater Beers. Well it wasn't half bad. Nothing that I am jumping on the phone with my mother saying I just had this amazing beer. Amazing it is not, drinkable yes. Very light ale, which smells wonderful, the taste is just ok, and the after taste is pretty pleasant. Blueberries are definitely in the beer, but not over powering like the Sea Dog version. Great beer for the summer time.

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Photo of Preismj
3.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

a: yellow and clear. light head that shows a ton of carbonation in this.

s: buttery blueberry bread. Very nice, I'm getting all muffins in this one.

t: disappointing. A nice blueberry, but this is very watery. Nothing that hints at wheat and it is just a blueberry flavored water. sad.

m: watery, thin. not a fan of this, but the carbonation is at least good.

o: not impressed by my second sweetwater beer. They did a great job with the blueberry flavor and they taste nice and refreshing, but the beer is just too water and thin. There is no wheat presence in this and I would prefer several blueberry beers over this. No need to get it again, but glad I tried.

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Photo of beersensei305
3.04/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours an unremarkable clear gold with no dissernable head. As with most fruity beers the aroma is great malty with a hint of blueberries. The taste is light, almost watery, with a hint of malt and faint blueberries. Good carbonation but an average fruit beer at best.

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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 nick_perry
3.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wheat beer infused with blueberries. Aroma reminds me of blueberry pancakes. Don’t get any flavor of it, though, which is weird. You think if you smell it you’d taste it as well. Structured like normal wheat 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 BurnsTau
3.64/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First thing noticed is the smell, it really smells like blueberry, not too overpowering though.

Appearance is nothing special, typical golden ale look, no real head retention or lacing.

Tasting this beer was a surprise, I wasn't expecting much since I'm not a fan of fruit beers, but this one is actually good. The fruit taste isn't very overpowering, in fact I don't even notice it much at all. A malty taste which isn't too malty, it's a well balanced and suprisingly good beer.

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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 forrestmoons
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A little too sweet for me on this one. The look is pale golden, smell is very sweet and tart, taste is better than I had imagined. A decent beer but nothing I'd drink again unless it was free.

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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 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 ncbeermonger
2.7/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Fruit beers are not my favorites, but I know a great beer when I see it. This beer is not that beer.

The pour into my trusty sam adams glass is nothing impressive, but the smell takes you to where you hope to find a delightful beer. Instead the taste leaves you at the door, and the mouthfeel leaves your mouth feeling what I call fishy.

I won't be trying this beer again, but have enjoyed several of Sweetwaters beers, and would advise anyone to pick a sweetwater product up when possible!

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Photo of kdawg105
4.49/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It is a really enjoyable beer. The appeance wasn't all that. It did not have much head and no lace on the glass as it goes down. The smell is interesting you can definetly smell the blueberries but you can still smell some of the hop. The taste is a lot better that what I expected I was suprised. The mouthfeel is there and finishes smooth and refreshing which makes for a wonderfuld drinkability. Good beer even though I am not much for a fruity beer. I did not read the label before I drank the beer so it was kind of a suprise.

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Photo of drowninginhops
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Served in a Duvel glass. Enjoyed and reviewed on the Ides of March.

A: Golden straw in color' White head of >1 finger that quickly receded and leaves no lacng.

S: Blueberry, grass, mildly earthy

T: Blueberry, some malt and hops.

M: Thin and over carbonated

D: Gets high marks here. I think I found my new lake brew.

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Photo of boblog
2.82/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Saw this in Atlanta recently I didn’t buy it since I most often hate fruit laced beers but I tried one anyway. The beer is a light golden color with virtually no head. It smells mainly of blueberries. It tasted mainly of blueberries with slight hop taste. Pretty decent for a blueberry beer ill give it that. I would not drink more than one a week though.

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Photo of finepaws
4.27/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok, I know, another fruit beer. But is good, I promise. Pours a clear yellow, with white small carbo head. Not very impressive, but it's an ok looking beer. Smells yeasty, with good scents of blueberry. Has a sweet yeasty profile, with lots of blueberry flavor. Slighlty tart. Mouthfeel is medium body. Very good drinkable beer. Next to sea dog, this is one of my favorites. Hate that it's not distrubuted to Charlotte, what's that all about?

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Sweetwater Blue from SweetWater Brewing Company
3.37 out of 5 based on 1,161 ratings.
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