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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 Zorro
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled through the efforts of DeaconBluez and the BCG BIF.

I must confess that blueberries are my favorite flavor of pie so I am always interested in trying a new blueberry ale when I find one.

Pours a clear golden beer with a fast fading white head.

Smell is on the sweet side with a light honey and bread malt aroma. The blueberry scent is clean and pleasant and not artificial smelling.

Taste is sweet and a little tart at the beginning with a fair flavor of blueberry and piecrust. Light and spritzy ale here with a stronger hop bitterness than I would have expected. An interesting take on the blueberry ale, it uses carbonation, tartness and a firm hop bitterness to balance out the blueberries and sweetness.

Mouthfeel is a bit light and I am pretty sure that was intended.

No a half bad blueberry ale here. Definitely light and spritzy and a warm weather and summer beer. A good choice for a light meal of fruit or salad. Not a complicated beer just something good to drink when it is hot.

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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 dar482
3.02/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

The beer comes in a pale gold color.

The aroma offers sweet blueberry, grains, sugary sweetness, a biscuity malt.

The flavor hits of blueberry candy up front, but flies away quite quickly. Hints of honey, biscuity malt, onto a light hop bitterness. The beer is generally quite watery with light blueberry flavors up front.

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

Poured a deep piss yellow color with a small white head. Nose is hops, malt and blueberrybut with a soapy, astringent smell. Taste is of light blueberry, astringent, soap and hops with a hint of blueberry but finishes with a grain/wheat style similar to a wheat beer.

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Photo of harpus
2.68/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint 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 barczar
3.61/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Press a brilliant golden straw with a foamy white head that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Real blueberries dominate the aroma, with lightly bready malt underlying.

Flavor is more cracker-malt dominant, refreshing, with blueberry sweetness appearing briefly, and finishing slightly tart/fruity. A beer with fruit, rather than vice versa.

Body is fairly light, with moderate to a touch high carbonation. It's crisp.

Better than most fruit beers, in that it still tastes like a decent brew. Good aroma.

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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 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 avalon07
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a light yellow color and a somewhat cloudy consistency. Not much head, but some decent lacing.

S: Strong smell of blueberries, though you do get a whiff of some hops.

T: Tasted mainly of blueberries and hops. Very fruity and flavorful.

M: Highly carbonated with a smooth finish. Fairly full-bodied and zesty.

D: I don't usually gravitate towards fruit beers, but Sweetwater is a good brewery. This is a solid and refreshing beer. Not something I'd drink all the time, but well done nonetheless.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.42/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy straw color with a full pillowy white head, active carbonation, and suspended sediment. Big blueberry aroma ! Nice balanced grain-wheat-blueberry flavor; fruit is subdued but noticeable. Light bodied and refreshing -- a bit airy from carbonation but not a problem.

Pleasantly suprised as blueberries are not my favorite.

Per label: "light bodied ale enhanced with fresh blueberries" & "Blueberries and natural flavor added"

Per B.A.B. book: Pale and Wheat malts

Enjoy By: 4th Week Jan ('04)
Tasted: 01/10/04

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Photo of tigg924
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, gold in color, 1/4 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: dried blueberries

Taste: sweet and tart blueberries

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium-light bodied, sweet but not overly so

Drinkability: A solid fruit beer that I could see myself sessioning. The blueberries have a real not artificial taste. Nothing extraordinary, just a solid fruit beer.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received from SaintNathaniel

A: A shade darker than golden with a thin white head that recedes quickly

S: Blueberries. A hint of blackberries? No real hop aroma to counter the sweetness. There's a little bit of a biscuit aroma to this

T: Blueberries to start with that quickly disappears with a little bit of malt. Very thin in body and the finish has a hint of bitterness but is mostly non existent apart from more berry

M: Very pleasant carbonation which enhances the drinkability - this is a fairly easy quaffer.

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Photo of Brad007
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a straw-golden color with a very thin head that fades to almost nothing, showing an ample amount of carbonation.

Aroma is light and wheaty with a decent whiff of blueberries in the nose. A bit of sweetness as well.

Taste is light and smooth upfront with a decent kick of blueberries with a bit of malt sweetness. Reminds me a bit of No.9 but with blueberries.

Mouthfeel is very light and fluffy and fades to almost nothing on the taste buds. Only the essence of blueberry remains.

Certainly seems like an easy-drinking type of beer to introduce to someone who doesn't like beer. It's light, inoffensive and it has blueberries. Certainly can't go wrong with this on a hot summer day. Feels a bit odd to be drinking it in early winter in the northeast.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.32/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazed golden tone. Slight off white head. Lacing is minimal. Nice blueberry nose. Jammy and sugary. A little malt in the background. Very sweet nose. The flavor profile is pretty one sided (wth blueberry) and the blueberry aspects are really not that remarkable. A little fleshy. Pulpy. Sweet. Not a lot else going on here. Medium body and light carbonation. Nothing wrong with this beer, just nothing that grabs my attention.

Thanks for the blue cokes.

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Photo of glid02
3.89/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this on tap at Sweetwater Brewery.

Pours a dark yellow color with a one finger head that disappears quickly. Lacing is almost nonexistent.

Smells awesome if you know what you're drinking. Like a fresh blueberry pie.

Tastes almost just like it smells. The blueberry is easily the most prevalent taste, there's a faint malty taste at the end. The blueberry taste isn't too sweet, it's done quite well.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin, but the carbonation is good, it brings out the flavors very well. Could be smoother.

This isn't all that drinkable unless you're in the mood to go blueberry picking later that day. It certainly goes down easy, but the blueberry flavor could get old after a while.

This is a very well done fruit beer. The blueberry is infused very well. Definitely worth a shot if you're into fruit beers, and even if you're not it won't be a bad decision.

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour a hazy lemon yellow color, the head mastodonic, frothy, brilliant white in color, the lace is silky sheets, which cling to the glass. The nose is citrus, sweet blueberry tones, clean and fresh. Start is sweet, the top light in mouth feel, the finish excessively acidic, minimally hopped, sparingly dry, and not something that "excites" me much.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.26/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A-clear golden yellow with tons of bubbles. a relatively thick two fingers of a pure white head that does have a little retention and leaves a small amount of lace on the beer

S-big nose of blueberry concentrate, touch of roasted malt, hint of citrus hops at the finish

T-a watered down blueberrry concentrate that has alcohol in it and finishes bitter

M-light body, smooth and highly carbonated with an astringent property

D-all concentrate and still tasted watered down...drain pour (my first in reviewing history)!

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

Color is a typical golden yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is not strong, but good for an ale with a decided blueberry overtone. Blueberry flavor dominates the taste, which is otherwise average but tasty and refreshing. A smooth and delightful ale.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a clear, light gold color with a small cap of white head. Not much in the way of retention and lacing.

Nose is pleasant blueberry, bright and strong...albeit a little artificial smelling. Not much else, as far as malt or hops are concerned.

Grain comes out much more in the flavor and even flashes some grassy hop. Blueberry is prominent, but not overwhelming and does not really take the sweet route. What does that all add up to? Unfortunately, a decent but not excellent, fruit beer that is quaffable but forgettable. All the components fight each other and the hop aspect rarely seems to work well in a fruit beer. Im a sucker for a good fruit beer, but Im not sure how soon Id want to roll with this one again.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden color. There's slightly less than a finger worth of white-colored head; it's nicely creamy yet underwhelming in retention. Only a thin ring of lacing is left behind.

S: Does anyone know how Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat smells like Fruity Pebbles? Well to me, this hits a note closer to actual blueberries, but there is a slight presence of that great Fred Flinstone-backed cereal. There are also vague touches of wheat, but this mostly shows off the fruit foremost. Genuinely not bad at all.

T: The first flavor that hits the tongue is the sensation of tart blueberries. It's not that sugary, thankfully. I'll give it some more credit - the blueberries seem natural instead of artificial (suck it Leinie's!) That and a wheaty finish are just about all the flavor profile offers. I can't give it a high score due to that, but it still does its job (being a warm weather refresher) admirably.

M: Creamy yet well carbonated, with a surprisingly neutral (not too sweet or dry) finish. It's just dry enough to be refreshing, and just sugary enough to hit that sweet tooth nicely. Very well carbonated, too. Only complaint is that it could be a touch less slimy on the palate.

O: It is what it is. It's a dead simple yet refreshing fruit beer that's panacea during 100 degree weather. I like how it isn't as cloying as certain fruit beers, also. Not great, but it'll still find a place in my fridge during the summer months.

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

This beer is a pale yellow, pretty clear and bright overall with just a light haze. The head is a pillowy pure white one that manages about half a finger and sustains itself moderately well, leaving light patching in similar moderation through the session.
The aroma showcases sweet blueberries very strongly, showing some bread, wheat, and sweeter malts while allowing the blueberry to be the main feature. The smell remains strong all the way through, never fading.
The blueberry shows in the flavor, just not as well as the aroma, and comes out with a little more tartness. It gives off more wheat than is noticeable in the nose, and the crackery taste gives it a grainy sense in the middle.
The body is right, and it's light without needing to be heavier, but there's something a little slick in the middle, though it doesn't get carried away. It's nice and soft with a good carbonation and light bite of crispness.

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Photo of StoutHunter
2.87/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My brother brought me back a bottle of this from his trip down south. I remember having this a couple years ago but I can't remember whether I liked it or not, so I am going to give it another try and see what the verdict is. It had a best by date of February 21, 2011, so it's a little past it's prime. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, I tend to like labels with nicely drawn fish themes. It poured a clear pale golden yellow color that had two and a half fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down fairly quickly to a thin ring.

S- The aroma is a nice and simple mixture of malts and blueberrys. The aroma is on the sweet side and it resembles Sunset Wheat. There was a good balance in the aroma and it smelled ok.

T- The flavor is pretty light and subdued, not nearly as bold as the aroma lead me to believe. The flavor is a little too sweet for my liking and almost acts as a third flavor in this beer. The blueberry is there and tastes natural its just a little too muted for my taste.

M- Thin, light bodied and slightly watery. It had a semi crisp finish with an average amount of fizzy carbonation.

Overall this fruit beer was average at best. The blueberrys were there but were much more muted then they were in the aroma while still keeping all the sweetness, which was just too much for how light and thin this beer was. This beer may hit the spot on a hot summer day when you want something light and easy drinking but the flavor wouldn't keep my attention. I am glad I gave it a second try but I wouldn't buy it again. There are many other better and more flavorful fruit beers out there for the price. I hope the other Sweetwater beers I have are better then this one.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Pours straw yellow with a one finger pure white head that subsides to a minimal amount slowly. Maintains decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma is comprised of sweet malt, stale blueberry, and muffins. The flavor is of sweet malt, blueberry, and stale muffins. It has a light feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall not really sure about this one. I mean, I know what they were 'trying' to do, but seriously?!? Aroma is better than the flavor, but that's not saying that much... Could be a lot better, but could be a lot worse.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very passable fruit beer. Thanks belgianhomebrew! Aroma was sweet and fruity. Pale gold with a medium bone white head. Flavor was reminiscent of a Witbier like Blue Moon. I honestly did not detect any blueberries in the flavor. On the scale of light, thin summer beers I couldn't find much wrong with it.

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