Sweetwater Hummer | SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater HummerSweetwater Hummer

Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by aracauna on 05-01-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Hummer was discontinued by Sweetwater Brewing around December of 2008, to make room for some new beers (most notably Sch'wheat, which has since gotten the axe as well). Imagine my surprise when I found two cases of this vintage brew concealed on a top shelf at an Athens Kroger 6 months back. Yeah, it's old (Date on the bottle is 02/01/09, making this beer well over 3 years old), but there's little chance I will get to try it again.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to my SweetWater "15 Years of Heady Beers" snifter. Served at 45ยบ Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) I was surprised by the presence of a head at all, but consistency was very crispy, heavily carbonated, and it deteriorated within moments of me pouring it, leaving little else than a small patch of spotty surface cover and a faint lacing ring. No lacing clung to the glass throughout the drink. Color is a very hazy shade of golden orange or light amber, almost identical to the label in its shade. There is a heavy presence of carbonation trickling up the sides of the beer. The appearance is quite nice although head quality is quite below average, the other features are redeeming enough to warrant this enough of an appetizing-looking beer. 3

(Smell) The aroma has certainly held together well. This beer has lots of orange and coriander, as well as a mild fruity belgian yeast and a mild wheat malt base that pairs exceptionally well. There are few off flavors although the impression that this was a touch crisper at an earlier date can't help but cross my mind, it is impressively solid still to this day, and very appealing. I wouldn't guess that this was much older than a few months at a blind aroma test. Potency of the aroma is a touch milder than I would have hoped but overall, it's a fantastic smell with very few flaws. 4

(Taste) The taste is also great for the age. There's a definite presence of mild sweet wheat malt and coriander spice with a mild sweet orange flavor on the finish. There are very few astringencies to the flavor and the taste is very accessible and highly drinkable. The "crispness" of the orange and coriander have faded a bit with age but fortunately the "murkiness" of gone-bad wheats hasn't kicked in. Overall this has prevailed through the years better than I would have expected. This is certainly one of the better tasting Witbiers that I have had. 4

(Mouthfeel) Very slick. Mouthfeel is a lot flatter than I would have hoped for. There's a real lacking of carbonation in the texture overall. With even a tiny boost of crispy texture, the flavors could be much better accented and those orange and spice subtleties would become all the more pronounced. There is very low to no alcohol presence. Body is light. Overall, it's an average pairing that doesn't accent the flavors well but with a tweak it could make it a truly refreshing beverage. 2.5

(Overall) It's always the discontinued beers that I miss the most. While I'm not finding many local White Ales in Georgia these days, I must say this is one of the finest representations of the style and I am very fortunate to have had an opportunity to try one of these. The flavors were subtle but highly enjoyable, and the slightly underwhelming carbonation doesn't make a huge impact on my overall enjoyment of the beer. In the extremely rare occasion that you have a chance to get a six pack of this, don't heed the dates on the bottle. It has fared well through the test of time and maintains the mild and drinkable flavors it surely had in the past. Alternatively, cross your fingers and hope that SweetWater is in the right frame of mind to bring back old classics. I could only imagine that this beer would be even better at a fresher state. Recommended. 3.5

SweetWater Brewing Company's
Sweetwater Hummer White Ale

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

light amber in color with a good amount of cloudiness to it as well. A nice sized head of around two inches in height rose up immediatly but then settled down to about a half an inch and stayed that way until the very end. Some light side glass lacing on this one as well.

The aroma was full of grain and slight spices. Some small fruit notes, pears mainly, with a touch of apple. But this hay like spice kept everything going. Rich notes of grass and hay opened it up, and melded seemlessly into a pear driven fruity yeast body. Very intresting and quite complex, but then the smack of the spice hit you and it was all over. Really intense here as the almost pepper like notes bounced all over the tongue

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue II:

It always worries us when American brewers take on Belgian styles, as the benchmark tends to be pretty high for these delicate styles.
The yeast really packs down hard at the bottom of the bottle, so to create that cloudy appearance this style is known for we really stirred up the last third of the bottle. Pale orangey-golden color with the turbid cloudiness, head retention is spot on for the style with a few rings of lace left on the glass. Subtle and very pleasing aromas of coriander, orange peel and nutty yeast with a bready nose in the back. Moderately-sized fluffy body. Coriander comes in a little strong and throws its bitterness hard at the malt, orange peel is an afterthought but still present. Maltiness pushes bready flavors throughout. Yeast blankets the taste buds middle to end with a faint nutty and chalky tone. Finishes a bit dry with lingering coriander and yeast.

Nice level of bitterness, spicing is high, but never comes across as soapy. This is certainly more than a good stab at the style. Kudos to Sweetwater for this one.

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Photo of colts9016
2.89/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this bottle from jyounger30, thank you .

Pour into a pint glass at 46 degrees.

Appearance: A pale yellow color with orange highlights. There was no head did a hard pour at the end and it resulted into nothing. There are couple bubbles coming from the bottom. The clarity of the beer is slightly hazy.

Nose: A light spicy cloves with some bouquet of orange citrus. There is a subtle hint of a malty sweetness. Way in the background I could detect some floral.

Taste: A light malt with a bouquet of oranges and lemons with a spicy clove , hint of vanilla, and some floral. There is a touch of sweetness in the beer.

Overall: The mouth feel is softly carbonated close to being flat. The body of the beer is medium light and the finish is nil. This beer is just okay. The head was nonexistent, the flavors are not well rounded and don't mesh to well.

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Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a hazy yellow orange with a small white head that left a ring. Smell is of citrus and wheat with a hint of spice. Taste is mostly the same but with a little more spice. Mouthfeel is smooth and not too thin. Overall a good wit but the wrong time of the year since its 20 and icy outside.

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Photo of adamette
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the brewery a few hours ago into a clean, clear pint glass. Listed at the brewery as a "Belgian" style I believe.

A An orange yellow body with a one finger light head which stayed around for a few minutes.

S Orange, lemon and coriander were prominent with malty sweetness.

T Malty, citrusy sweetness continued. Nice, light pleasing beer. Will not please those who do not like fruit beers.

M Moderate to full.

D Great, especially if you like fruitty wheat beers.

Notes: Did not agree that this was a Belgian style beer unless you are considering Hoegaarden with half an orange squeezed into your pint. It was a pleasing beer in the end.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazey bronze color with an orange tint. Poured with one finger stark white head that dissipated quickly to a skim. No noticeable lacing.

S: Yeast and peppery spice. A bit of green appley in the backgrouind.

T: Some yeast up front followed by cirtys and grapefruit and light-colored fruits. Finishes with citrus, esters and hot alcohol

M: Medium ligh body. Moderate carbonation.

D: Definitely drinkable; refreshing and goes down easy. Decent Wit.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a bottle at Vortex in Atlanta. This beer had a great aroma, yeasty and bready, orange peel and coriander. The taste is the same, superior among witbiers, easily among the best wits I've tried. The body is a little thin but OK, and drinkability is easily above average.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass, serving-style.

A definitely cloudy color, but light.

Not much smell to this one, mild to say the least.

A very easy to drink beer, some hints of spices in the taste, and definitely a beer I could see being a good session beer. Not the best witbier I've ever had, but a solid brew.

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Photo of changeup45
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright golden color with a thick off-white head. Aroma is citrusy with some cloves, yeast and banana. The orange and coriander come out more in the flavor with spices and some yeast towards the finish. Pretty well-rounded and very refreshing. Nice beer.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another Taco Mac's offering. Minimally hazy, medium-dark gold color.

Light on the nose, but what is there smells really good. Banana, cloves and marshmallows.

Tastes fresh. Mild wit, a bit on the sweet side. A veeeery smooth, easy drinker. More cloves in the flavor along with some hawaiian bread.

Light but tasty. One of the better Sweetwater brews I have had. Quite enjoyable, good stuff.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled this brew on tap at their tap room in the Atlanta Airport. Poured a semi-hazy gold with orange highlights. Not as cloudy as I would expect a Belgian White to be. Almost no head but the 20oz Imperial Pint glass was full-to-the-brim. Could not properly judge lacing or retention. Coriander, citrus and allspice on the aroma. Flavors were bananas, some orange peel, wheat at the end and a strange aftertaste. The wheat really is understated for the style High/medium carbonation and a light body. Quaffable but not on point for the variety.

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Photo of glid02
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this on tap at Sweetwater Brewery.

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a one finger head. Head dissipates into a ring around the glass after a while. There isn't much lacing.

Smells like bananas and bubblegum. Not much else I can say.

Tastes like a banana infused wheat beer. Very light and crisp. Could have a little more body.

Mouthfeel is very light. A lot of carbonation that makes it a little rough. I realize the style calls for a lot of carbonation, but I think it could be a little smoother.

The drinkability is alright. Much like the Blue, the banana flavor could wear on you after a while.

Overall it's a pretty decent beer. There's certainly nothing bad about it, but it could be done a little better. A smoother mouthfeel with more of a wheat taste. Worth a shot, but I wouldn't seek this one out.

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Photo of jdubjacket
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Sweetwater Hummer pint glass. Pours a golden color with no head and no lacing along the side of the glass. Smells like grain and wheat with traces of alcohol. Tastes like wheat with citrus fruit. Very crisp and refreshing on a hot summer day. Moderate carbonation and a slightly watery mouthfeel make this brew very drinkable on a hot day.

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Photo of wryepicures
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Truly a nice summer beer for sitting outdoors. While the tap version is better than the bottle, both will pour a golden hazy hue. A bit of swirling and carbonation as it all settles. Very little head or legs.

This beer has a good fizzy, a little herby, and very crisp. This beer is great alone or paired with tex-mex type food and burgers alike. It is very drinkable, luckily the alcohol content is not terribly high.

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Photo of gabeerfan
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Arrived a hazy yellow-gold. Arrived with no head, but a thin ring and a whispy thin cap.
Pretty strong spice aroma hits first. Clove, orange peel, corriander, and banana (in that order) are very present.
Flavors hit in pretty much the same order too with a hint of honey sweetness at the end.
Fairly light mouthfeel. Low carbonation.
Low enough ABV to be pretty sessionable, but the strong spice flavors can be a little overwhelming.
A good American wit, but perhaps a little over-spiced to be great. If it were toned down to about 3/4 what it is now, it would probably be great. I would still recommend this beer, especially on a hot, GA summer day.

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Photo of nem2006
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured hazy golden with a small head. There was poor head retention.

The beer was brewed with orange peel and coriander so the smell was light and citrusy. Smelled similar to a hefeweizen, but had a little spice to it from the coriander.

It is a light to medium bodied beer with citrus (from the orange peel) and a sharp taste at the end from the coriander and yeast. Very flavorful and smooth.

Highly recommend.

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Photo of gford217
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a bright hazy yellow with a puffy one-finger head that hung around for a little while leaving very little lacing. The smell is very sweet with bananas, oranges and coriander. The wheat backbone is also very evident in the smell. The taste mirrors the smell and is a very sweet wheat backbone with banana and spices on top. Oranges are also present after the initial sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied but very crisp and dry in the finish with high carbonation. Drinkability is extremely high on this one and it's a great summer beer.

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Photo of Goliath
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale orange with a thin white head. Poor retention.

Pretty typical aroma, citrus and corriander. Inviting for sure.

Taste is fine. Big citrus note with a nice amount of corriander. A little malt backbone too. Decent.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with loads of carbonation.

Drinkability is fairly high. Beer is decently crafted, good flavors and low alcohol make for easy consumption. Definitely a simple wit, but good nonetheless.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden yellow color with thick foamy white head. Excellent retention but very light on the lacing.

S - Strong orange citrus aroma with some yeasty smell as well. A hint of something biscuity.

T - Overwhelming orange taste. Did not pick up much of the corriander they say it is brewed with.

M/D - Smooth crisp feel, not chewy like many witbiers I have had before. A drinkable wit, but a little too heavy on the orange taste.

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Photo of everetends
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz beer I got in a sixer from Showcase Bev. in Carrollton, GA. Poured into a pint.

A: Poured a decent light orange with barely any head. The top cap didn't produce any lacing. The beer is a touch hazy, but not as hazy as it should be for the style.

S: Smells really good. You can really get the wheat. Spiciness of the coriander comes through but is balanced with some subtle citrus notes. Nice.

T: Coriander is pretty powerful. Citrus is not as prevelant as it is in the nose. The wheat is there but the spice really rules this show.

M: A bit on the watery side. Finishes clean and crisp. Very refreshing.

D: Because it is so thin it is really drinkable. The coriander is a bit heavy, but that is the quirk of this beer.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of Dyan, thank you very much for the opportunity. Nice vibrant orange color, completely cloudy. It smells like orange peel and yeast. The taste is juicy adn lots of range flavor. very easy to drink but maybe a little heavy on the orange.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-tap in a true pint glass.

A: The beer was a hazy yellowish orange color with a white head that dissipated pretty quickly. The carbonation streaming up the glass was pretty noticeable.

S: There was not much to the aroma of the beer. Some citrus, orange and lemon, with a hint of wheat. Definitely more of a sweet aroma than anything.

T: The orange was the overpowering flavor of the beer, but the wheat/yeast mixed with the spices made the beer enjoyable. It was sweet with a smooth clean finish. The carbonation was right for the beer.

Overall, this is a decent beer, one that I would probably drink again. Certainly not my favorite for the style but a good effort by the brewer. The only real problem that I had with the beer is that it seemed to lose some flavor near the finish and it became watery at the end.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.04/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a lemony gold flavor with a small white head that retins poorly and leaves no lace. No cloudiness at all to this one.

S: Citrus (orange & lemon), coriander, wheat malt. Not a robust smell at all, but everything is balanced decently.

T&M: Nose accurately reflects taste--some wheat mixed in with spices and citrus, but nothing really stands out. Really a ho-hum flavor for a witbier. Mouthfeel is most unimpessive--it has a very light body with watery characteristics. The only reason this beer has any kind of a finish is because of its spiced flavor. Really a sub-par mouthfeel.

D: The bad mouthfeel and lackluster taste both have a substantially negative impact upon the drinkability of this beer. That said, it's still got SOME traditional witbier characteristics, and I would say it's a decent improvement over a macro on a summer day, but not much else.

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Photo of Lupe
2.12/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a hazy pale orange - much darker than your typical Wit. Small white head quickly drops to nothing.

Strong aroma of sweet malt, coriander, clove, and orange peel. More sweet then spice in the nose.

Whoa this is too much. Way too sweet and bready. Syrupy malt, sweet orange, and wheat with some nameless spice and tartness. No subtlety here and severely lacking in crispness. Not much coriander but more than enough citrus. This is not a Witbier - why do brewers tackle this one and miss so often.

Medium in body, syrupy, and thick feeling on the tongue. Could have used some more carbonation. Had to dump after a few sips. Not very good at all.

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Sweetwater Hummer from SweetWater Brewing Company
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