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Sweetwater Blue | SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater BlueSweetwater Blue

Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States | website

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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Reviews: 291 | Ratings: 1,141
Photo of AgentZero
3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Medium golden color, almost looks kind of dirty or muddy or something. Small head, no lacing.

S - Malty, and some blueberry notes, smells kind of like canned blueberries that have had some of the sweetness knocked out of them, it's not a bad thing, but it's not all that good either.

T - Mostly malty and some blueberry flavor, just like the smell, it tasted like canned blueberries that had some of the sweetness sucked out of it. I actually think the best use for this beer might be making blueberry pancakes with as a water substitute, would be curious to try it.

M - Smooth, heavier bodied than I would have guessed, finishes pretty cleanly.

D - Not hard to drink, but it's just kind of sweetish and odd tasting so I can't do a ton of it. Interesting take, honestly feel like blueberry beers are just really hard to do.

D - Pretty easy to drin

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Photo of cokes
3.72/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

You know, sometimes, it's all about setting. I had 5 of these while lounging on the beach on Jekyll Island and turning through Gary Jennings' "Aztec". And I loved it. The moment could not have been better.

Take away the fabulous read, and replace the deserted beach with my stuffy apartment, and this loses a bit of appeal.

Pours gold, lightly smogged with a thin white rim.
Scented foremost of blueberries, offset only partially with a pale graininess.
Begins with a pils like maltiness, cracker dry, and light. Perhaps a minor flourish of wheat-induced lemon, then it's onto blueberries and spun sugar. It's far from oversweet, it's body so light it's nearly frail, and for those that enjoy the fruit (as I do), it can be a voracious quaff. But's it's seems that it is better enjoyed while preoccupied with other pleasures. It pales when taken alone.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Crystal light yellow coloring with a wispy light and loose head.

The scent is primarily blueberry but a blueberry muffin aroma seems more dominant. A combination of the blueberry and grain must create this illusion.

The taste is a light blueberry flavor with an even lighter barley malt. The taste is incredibly soft and needs some amperage.

The feel is bubbly, airy and light, with mildly refreshing effervescence.

I'm one to score fruit beers relatively high as I tend to enjoy them but this simply fell short in most categories.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
2.98/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Umm, no thank you. Generally like fruit beers but did not find this one enjoyable. Very light gold, almost no head, barely any lacing. There is just an off smell with some strong blueberries in there. Taste is similar, blueberries, but not much else other than something off. Very light, not much substance. Overall not a beer that I will revisit.

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

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a nonic pint glass

A - It is golden with a chill haze. It had virtually no head. The little bit that was there was white.

S - At first I got a soapy smell. That smell seemed to dissipate. Then I noticed fresh blueberries.

T - The blueberry taste is not in your face. It is subtle. It tastes like a lager with blueberry flavoring.

M - Moderate

O - It is not a great blueberry beer. The base beer taste is too prominent and bland.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

SweetWater Blue has a thin, white head, which fizzes right away, no lacing, and a mostly clear, golden appearance, with an enormous amount of white powdery sediment suspended throughout. The aroma is of blueberries, with an underlying bread smell. Taste is of blueberry, white bread, sweetness, and a slight bitter note. Mouthfeel is medium, and SweetWater Blue finishes semi-dry, refreshing, fruity, and highly drinkable. Overall, this is good.


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Photo of Boto
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle: This one pours a pretty clear, golden color. There was a small white head on it that didn't linger. The aroma is definitely blueberries, and not really anything else. Fortunately, they are not overpowering. The taste is pretty good. The blueberries are evident, but not overly done. There is a hint of dryness in the finish. Overall, decent and refreshing.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've always thought blueberry is a difficult choice for a fruit flavored beer because the flavor can so easily overwhelm all other beer aspects and you wind up with a blueberry candy malternative. Sweetwater does a really nice job of moderating the blueberry flavor - it is certainly pronounced but not overwhelming with a fresh fruit, quite natural blueberry flavor.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.69/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this brew from jyounger30 in the Local BIF, Thanks Jay!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Slightly murky golden yellow color with a small fizzy white head that thinned to ring in a hurry.
The smell is filled with blueberry, yummy.
The taste is a little sour/bitter upfront before sweet malt and blueberry flavors take over.
Light bodied with a fizzy feel and the drinkability is good.

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Photo of merlin48
3.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I should mention that this one is one month past the "best if enjoyed by" date. It pours a slightly hazy pale yellow color with a shortlived white head. Leaves very little lacing, but lots of tiny bubbles rush to the top of the glass, trying to get my attention. Aroma is tart berry, but only slight blueberry. Some biscuit and earthy yeast are also present, as are some faint citrus and piney hops. Taste is well carbonated, very tart with berry, and has some earthy yeast notes and wheatgrain. This isn't so bad, but is not one of Sweetwater's better offerings. I look forward to visiting my old haunts in Atlanta, this summer when the state of Georgia, hopefully, will allow their microbreweries to turn out some bigger beers. I'm certain that Sweetwater will be one of the leaders of the unchained.

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

Golf buddy showed up with these from a trip, and I was lucky enough to bum one from him. Thanks Alan!

Pours a golden yellow into the Bitburger pilsner glass, decent white head, but almost no lacing lingering about.

Aroma, of course, is blueberry. But light and nice. Same with the quaff - bits of malt backbone sturdy up the mix. Firm carbonation supplement the body. Easy drinking beer, nice to have had the chance to try one.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank this 2/13/10. Bottle said best by 11/11/09. Take it for what it is worth.

Pours like ginger ale including all the fizzy noises. Clear light amber, fizzy head and like soda, it was gone in 5 seconds.
Smell is malt ,blueberries, light hops and pepper.
Taste is similar, malt, pepper, hops and blueberry.
Lightish body, medium effervescence focused on tongue's tip. Bitter at the swallow mellowing quickly. Smoothish finish, good malty aftertaste with some blueberry note. Good overall but would like more of the blueberry to show up. Picky, huh?

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.72/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - pours a golden yellow, a thin wispy head like a macro fades pretty fast but is trying its best to hang on to a partial cover. Nice bead coming up.

Aroma - an initial wave of blueberry out of the bottle is very aromatic, fragrant, and fresh smelling. Very 'blue' and even the settled aroma is pleasant, not overpowering.

Taste - nice easy-to-get-along-with blueberry flavor. It's sweet and fruity but doesn't have a cloying syrupy feel. Some good grain presence and a recurring fruitiness at the end that reminds me of bubblegum and/or candi sugar.

Mouthfeel - crisp, light body, just fine.

Drinkability - I could see this wearing me out after a few, but a nice change of pace beer.

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Photo of siege06nd
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of IrishColonial, thanks Eric! Poured into a nonic pint...

A: Pours a clear, straw-golden color. Two fingers of crisp white head emerge from an aggressive pour and slowly recede to a quarter finger. Light lacing coats the sides of the glass. A nice, light appearance, which jives with what I expect from this beer.

S: I plunge my nose right into the glass and am welcomed by a moderate bouquet of blueberries. Very nice indeed. Not picking up much else, maybe just the faintest trace of bready malt in the background. It's a bit one-note, but the note is hits is a good one.

T: Mmmm, that's very nice. I'm enjoying this a bit past its prime (best enjoyed by date of late Aug 2011), but in this case, I think it's helped. Sweet, creamy blueberries balance well with the faintest of hops. It's light, crisp, and refreshing from beginning to mid. The watery finish leaves a bit to be desired. Still, this is one of the better examples of a blueberry beer I've found. It's not the most complex body, but it captures the blueberry essence perfectly, and in a neat < 5% ABV package.

M: Flavors are well balanced, carbonation is moderate. Loses points for a finish that lacks staying power...simply too watery.

O: It's one of Sweetwater's mainstays, and I can see why. On a hot afternoon, this would go down easy and the ABV would keep it an enjoyable experience. The blueberries shine in this beer better than most, which is surprising considering the fact that this is a relatively light beer. Very good job, Sweetwater. Will definitely make an appearance at my 4th of July party.

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Photo of JayQue
3.29/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A nice-smelling lawnmower beer. Poured into a pint glass. Almost clear bright gold color. Very quick fading small. fizzy white head. No lacing. Nice fruity aroma....the best part of the beer. Some blueberry flavor in an otherwise very basic lager. Not much else going on.

Mouthfeel is somewhat crisp but a bit weak in the carbonation department, could be slightly less flat.

A pleasant enough, but very average beer.

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Photo of Chaney
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Special thanks to GatorBeerNerd for giving me this one as an extra in person at Sexual Chocolate Day. Thanks Donnie!

My wife and I drank this one around every corner when were were on vacation to the Smokies this last summer. Just to please her, I put some blueberries in the beer... just like they served it while on vacation.

A: Poured a crystal clear straw color with a nice 1.5 finger blindingly soft white head that withered away within seconds.

S: A malt blueberry bomb for sure... very bready and lager-like.

T: A bit thin in body, which was especially evident on the finish. However, I admit that I did really enjoy this for what it was. I've tried a could of "heavier" styles involving blueberry, but I've never thought it worked. It works here....

M: Bubbly, crisp, and not in the least bit sweet. The blueberry taste in the brew is subtle, and when you add a few to the liquid, it enhances the flavor two-fold.

D: Everyone I know hates this beer and maybe I have a bit of nostalgia because my wife and I have fond memories of our vacation where this brew was always around. I even looked for big flaws but couldn't find them.

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Photo of jsanford
2/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a clear, light gold with a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly, leaving just a slight haze. Looks only marginally better then an Adjunct.
S - Fake, blue Jolly Rancher blueberry aroma with perhaps just a tiny bit of sweet malt.
T - Sweet malt and more "blueberry" flavor. I dunno,this tastes like some wacky sour Blue Raspberry candy mixed with a crappy adjunct beer. Really lame.
M - Thin and watery with sharp, fizzy carbonation.
O - A "Craft Beer" version of Wild Blue. This is an embarrassment to Sweetwaters otherwise decent lineup, they should get rid of this beer.

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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 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 schoolboy
3.49/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I am a fan of ambitious attempts at fruit and vegetable brews. This one is OK but not great.

It pours to a gorgeous little head and quickly goes down to a tiny fizz. The aroma is fresh and fruity.

The taste is slightly sweet, slightly tart, and ever so slightly bitter blend overwhelmed by blueberry. The aftertaste is fruity but it goes away fairly quickly.

After some special experiences with Sweetwater special limited runs this is a disappointment. Not at all recommended, even for the fans of this style.

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Photo of bditty187
2.92/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Slightly hazy, yellow gold in hue with no further color development; damn, I wanted the liquid to be blue! Oh well. The head was white in color; at the zenith the foam was one finger in height. In a split second it dissipated to a very thin collar that was basically naked in the middle. There was no subsequent lacing. Disappointing. This beer is nothing special to look at. The nose is dead on… if this was uncooked blueberry muffin mix. The blueberries don’t smell fresh or real yet they don’t smell so fake I’m repulsed. Soft grainy notes are also in play. The potency is low and so is the complexity. The bouquet doesn’t say much at all. It is not offensive but it is not inviting. Rather ho-hum. The palate is more rounded than the nose. Maltier too, I get a big blast of grains just like I did in the bouquet. Interestingly the blueberry flavor is very weak, I can find it at the back but it gets lost in this beer. What does it get lost in you may ask? I’m not sure because there isn’t much going on here. This is a brewpub quality, throwaway fruit beer. Ubiquitous. The palate has some flavor but it is odd and not that special. There is a cake-like sweetness that, while soft, is not working for me. Also, I’m burping blueberries, which is not as cool as burping hops. The palate is inoffensive and undeveloped. Lackluster. Medium-light in body with low but natural carbonation, the mouthfeel is pleasant and very fitting for this beer. I could see this beer being liked by a good number of people (maybe not BA types). I could also see this beer being hated by a good number of people (maybe BA types). To me this beer is just okay. I guess it would work on a really hot summer day but a glass of water might work better. Maybe this beer would be nice on a 4th July picnic with some fruit pie. Maybe that would be futile, it is more “beery” than fruity. Thanks to au1sec for the bottle, I’ve want to try is oddity for a while. My curiosity is quenched… one was enough for me.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.96/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale clear orange/yellow. Decent carbonation rising through. Small white head that pops and fizzes to nothing rather quickly. Some very minimal light lacing webs on glass edge.

Smells of sweet sugar cookies, blueberry muffins, mixed with a touch of floral hops. Decent. Mouthfeel is a little watery, but this is a thirst-quencher, so a little slickness is not bad at all.

Taste is of corn adjuncts, slight blueberry twang, though more subdued than I had thought. Finishes with just enough of a hop presence to let you know that this is indeed, a beer. Bitterness is low.

I could drink these all summer. I like it. Check it out...

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Photo of ilikebeer03
2.95/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: pours a crystal clear light gold with a decent head. not much retention / lacing.

S: artificial blueberry.

T: not terrible, but certainly not great. traces of slightly tart blueberry.

M: average

O: wouldnt seen it out again.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.06/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this one years ago but this review corresponds to a sample on tap at the airport. Classy! Poured a gorgeous golden/straw hue but very little head and no retention. No lacing either. Aromas clearly of blueberries, bananas and wet straw. Flavors are sweet and fruity with the unmistakable blueberry character out front. A graininess in the malt gives this beer further tang. Wheat is subdued beneath the sugars. Perfect carbonation and a light body helps this beer be very sessionable and probably a great brew for the girls. Smooth but slightly zippy on the tongue. Some hops at the very end provide a clean finish. Good example of a fruit beer and one of the best blueberry beers I know of.

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