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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-11-2002

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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 Gagnonsux
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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 vfgccp
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of atrocity
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

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

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 ZEB89
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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 thatoneguymike
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

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 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 ejimhof
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of AlexFields
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of imbibehour
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 dvmin98
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

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 Lare453
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of malfunxion
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Sweetwater Blue from SweetWater Brewing Company
3.37 out of 5 based on 1,177 ratings.
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