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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sweetwater Hummer from SweetWater Brewing Company
3.6 out of 5 based on 102 ratings.
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