Sweetwater Hummer | SweetWater Brewing Company

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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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Reviews by aracauna:
Photo of aracauna
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, Sweetwater stepped up to the plate and made a witbier that good enough to replace my old summer standard, Dogwood Summer. This one’s a little lighter than the Dogwood witbier, but the orange is fresh, juicy and intense. The coriander is reserved, but noticable. Very easy to drink with just a slight tartness. Excellent witbier. On tap, the dark yellow body has a bit of haze and a sizeable, creamy head.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
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 blitz134
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fizzy, white half inch head formed on top but reduced quickly. Hazy pale, lemon colored body. More head would be better, and expected since this is a wit.

Citrus scents prevail over a wheat, yeast body. A bit of light spice, clove and corriander, come in as well. A nice yeast roll taste starts this one off, then some crispness comes in with a little spiciness. Finish is a touch of earthyness.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin bodied. I'd like to see it a bit fuller. Drinkability is good though. This has a nice refreshing flavor and a little carbonation to ease the heat from the summer. A decent offering.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Ding for this one of many from Sweetwater Brewing Co...second bottle of six. Gave my wife their Blueberry Ale and I enjoyed a taste so I am really looking forward to some more from these guys.
Pours a cloudy golden w/ two full fingers of bright white head w/ a fairly agressive pour...impressive sticky, foamy lace sticks to the side of the glass for the duration.
Aroma is decent...a nice dose of wheat in the nose w/ a subtle hint of citrus (mainly lemons) as well.
Taste is the perfect defense against the 95 degree day outside...instantly sending a chill to my brain. I decided to enjoy this one right out of the fridge...again, to simply cool off.
Real juicy mouthfeel and I can faintly detect the coriander and orange that they descibe but does not distract you into thinking this is any sort of "fruity" beer. A bit sweeter than I was expecting and even a tad sour...not overly bitter in the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied...average for its style.
I could enjoy this one all afternoon if the conditions are right.
Real impressed w/ Sweetwater so far and a few more to enjoy.

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Photo of nem2006
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
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 jcdiflorio
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a flaired tulip glass from a lomg necked brown bottle with a crimped on cap best enjoyed by 6/17/07 getting close.

Mirky golden/orangy color 1" white head fizzled out quickly leaving a collar of foam around the inside of the glass.A few large bubbles hainging on the sides of the glass with constiant streams of tiny bubbles racing to the surface. Large chunks of yeast sediment floating around not leaving much lacing behind.

Aromas of corriander and orange peel just like the label states.Good balance between the aromas some notes of clove and nutmeg also.Very spicy nose with some belgium aromas also.

Lots of clove taste followed by corriander finishes with orange peel some slight bubble gum tastes. Tangy.very spicy with some belgium yeast character.

Light,creamy mouthfeel slightly cloying. Very refreshing, States on the side to the bottle; "Everybody loves a hummer" couldn't agree more. It was great out on the deck. Wish I get get more more Hummers out on the deck or anywhere else as far as the goes. I'd reccomend anybody to try a Hummer if they haven't already. Cheers, John

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Photo of Bamabrew22
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice wheaty offering from Sweetwater. A friend of mine gave me two of these when he brought me some bottles for my homebrew. He was nice enough to bring bottles with beer still in them! Score!

Appearance was a cloudy, golden hue with a big, frothy head. Smells of coriander and orange peel wafted through my nostrils. Noticeable bran/oat presence as well. Taste was pleasing, with a lot of coriander and/or allspice, maybe, or cloves? Sweet, pleasing beer. Easy drinking beer for those hot summer days we get so many of down South. Would definitely recommend this one.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a hazy sunshine golden hue, clouded with chunks of yeast forms a large vibrant white head dwindles relatively quick with a fine layer of sporadic lacing left behind. Aromatics contain upfront coriander, and spice with a citrus streak running through a bit acidic due to the wheat content as well somewhat soft layer of marshmellow like creaminess along with herbal finish in there as well. Flavors blend nicely soft riding wave between citrus/wheat acidity and mellow clove, coriander, and citrus peels are a flowing here, I'm about it a very refreshing summer brew. Mouthfeel is smooth even carbonation flows nicely a bit bitey with a semi dry finish. Drinkability is great especially for summer in Georgia, great experience so far in the south.

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Photo of glid02
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
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 tastybeer
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle is almost past its prime FYI. If I ever stumble upon one again and its superior then I'll certainly update this.

So first off, looks alright. Nice softly cloudy tangerine color. Head is small, white and fades to a ring shortly. Aroma is OK. Tangy lemon, syrup-like, wheat, light malts, coriander, bubble gum? and a lot of yeast related aromas. There's an ever-so-slight metallic quality. Taste matches mostly. Nothing jumps out at me other than the above. The carbonation is good + body size is about right. There's an entertaining slightly gritty but slick texture also.

Easy to drink and refreshing. Probably best on a hotter day.

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Photo of Sammy
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the brewpub in Atlanta. Full Yeasty soapy head. Cloudy dull orange body. Unfiltered, with corriander, and cloves, and a bit of orange. Sour a bit astringent wheat. Appropriate carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel is nice. More or less another wheat beer, but fresh and good-looking.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a fresh bottle... bottled Friday, drank on Monday :)

Sweetwater's Hummer White Ale pours a cloudy orange-yellow body beneath a full head of frothy white foam. The head drops shortly to a fuzzy-lace surface covering, and it's lacing is limited.

The nose is bright with tangy wheat, citrus (orange, dull lemon) rind, and clove.

In the mouth it's lightly spritzy with a very fine-bubbled, seemingly natural carbonation.

The flavor is fuller than the aroma lets on, and it's coriander surrounds the delicate, wheatish malt and tangy citrus within. It's not bold, however, just present. Orange abounds across the middle, and some floral hop character becomes apparent towards the swallow before the clove sets in. Little bitterness is needed to balance it as the tartness is more than enough to take it down; and it finishes dry and lightly chalky with some residual fruit and a sprig of clove.

It's nicely balanced; the spices are not overdone. A good take on the witbier style. Delicate but flavorful. Refreshing. A great summer beer!

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Photo of Southernbrew
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally got around to picking up a 6 of this, and was pretty impressed.

Pours a nice orangeish color with some nice haze from swirling the bottle and a big, healthy head.

Aroma is not especially potent, but some nice orange scents come through and a bit of spice as well.

The coriander and the orange flavors blend nicely and while the taste never really evolves, it is quite good. Some pleasant tartness comes through as well.

A fine witbier. Very refreshing on a summer afternoon. Let's hope Sweetwater can take it up a notch and come out with some more quality seasonals.

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Photo of russpowell
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this on from Ding, cheers!

Pours a semi-hazed straw/bronze with one pinky of of pearlwhite head into my Hoegartten tumbler. Zero lacing & head retention

S: Some yeasty notes, a bit of white pepper & some apple peel.

T: Some yeasty & appleskin notes up front. Lemony & grapefruitty hops assert as this warms along with apricot & white grape. Finishes juicy with much citrus & estery yeast, plus a bit of booze

MF: Light/medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, not a great Wit, but quaffable enough

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Photo of Lnedrive14
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to Spffylubes:

A: pours a golden yellow with a thick white head that quickly dissipates. no cloudiness, or other yeast appearance. looks like a golden lager, not a witbier. Oh wait - the yeast really settles at the bottom. Make sure you pour the whole bottle if you want to get the correct look. Interesting - i often use a mini-glass for these beers and i've nevre had this problem before.

S/T: Pineapple, coriander, orange, lemon. lots of yeast.

M/D: Amazingly thick for the style - an absolute yeast bomb. A little bit too chewy, if you ask me.

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Photo of harpo111
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice wheat beer. Unfiltered, cloudy copper colored. Had a bannanay, sweet and malty smell. Taste followed that lead...some hops and a hint of cloves. Mouthfeel was creamy/medium thick. Sweet tasting. Nice beer...would do again. Went very well with the pizza I was having at the Mellow Mushroom.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.23/5  rDev -10%
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 akorsak
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle that was an extra in a trade with limesmut.

A: The ale is quite pale, just as the style led me to expect! The color is an orange juice/lemonade hybrid, lacking the pulp but foll of haze. Head barely registered.

S: The aroma betrays the wheat bill, showing off a slightly tart scent that has some citrus peel and lemon flavors.

T: The ale is a soft sip, long on citrusy flavors without putting too much into the taste. The tartness of the wheat is on center stage, creating a dry taste that makes you instinctively reach for another sip. Supporting the wheat is an array of citrusy flavors: lemon, orange and rind bitterness. The whole package is a nice summer drink that goes down surprisingly well in mid-November.

M: The mouthfeel is a refreshing mix of citrus and wheat, soft but strong enough to leave an impression.

D: This is a pleasant surprise, a nice sip without an overwhelmingly strong body.

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Photo of Jredner
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yeasty aroma is slightly funky with a mash of aging citrus fruits. Cloudy yellow body with a slowly diminishing thumb thick white head. Wheat malt fore, some toned down spice and citrus. Thinner than other Wits I’ve had, but slightly more refreshing too. Has some faint herbal notes to that fade into more concentrated citric notes int he finish. Solid.

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Photo of davidblack
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of DerekCarruth
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of wedge
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow color with a modest, pure-white head. Right off the bat I'm getting an aroma very reminiscent of corn on the cob. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Well, I like corn, so its got that going for it. Its more than "just" that though. Its actually a very bold, dense aroma of overly ripe fruits, coriander and soap. Lemony coriander sticks to the sides of the tongue with an orange marmalade tartness while a tangy wheat presence makes up the rest of the flavor. A bit of lactic sourness similar to Berliner weiss. Its medium-light in body although there's a slick, oily texture that seems to thicken it up a little. The dryness in the finish does make it a refreshing beer.

I don't know how to feel about this. Different? Yes. Bold and flavorful? Yes. But its funky. I'd like to taste it super-fresh to see if its the same. Not like any Wit or Wheat I've ever had. Wacky stuff for sure.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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 wcudwight
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Enola for sharing
Poured a very hazy pale golden color. Yellow. 1/4" white head. Fizzy with little retention.
Smell is a mixture of orange and pineapple juice. Also reminds me of fruit coctail. The kind you get in a can.
Taste is wheaty. Reminds me of fresh baked biscuits. Also lots of fruit in the flavor. Orange, pineapple. Has a funky aftertaste though which hampers a good flavor.
Mouthfeel is very carbonated. Think of a pineapple soda.
The mouthfeel and aftertaste hurt what would otherwise be a very drinkable beer.
I might revisit this beer again but I don't think it would become a regular in the fridge or anything.

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Photo of witster18
2.25/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm at a total loss when reading these reviews. Am I drinking the same beer?...or do American's just not know what a good wit tastes like? 420 is alright, but this is very dissapointing!!!
I enjoy the citrus styles...weis...dunkel weis...witbier..hellas...PA....but for me this was subpar...seemed very flat...little to no head...no lacing...a flat grainy orange with a lingering unpleasant aftertaste... Maybe my palate has been saturated with good citrusy beers over the last couple of years in particular...but this is underwhelming. Along with tequiza this is about as far from beer that beer gets...sorry sweetwater. no noticable hops to speak of...and the citrus is way overdone. Stick with blue moon...better head....better taste....same price....if not cheaper....or better yet just drink hacker or paulaner. I miss my celis white when i taste beers like this. serious dissapointment....way too flat....way too sweet! zero hops detected.

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Sweetwater Hummer from SweetWater Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 102 ratings