Sweetwater Road Trip
SweetWater Brewing Company

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German Pilsner
3.47 | pDev: 13.83%
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Sweetwater Road TripSweetwater Road Trip
Notes: Bikini Season – a fiery Pilsner fermented at ale temperatures for a fuller flavor, capped by and intense spicy-hop finish. Nobody Rides for Free
Specs – 5.7% alcohol available in six packs, Liter bottles, 15.5 Gallon ½ bbl kegs (US Sankey) and 5 gallon torpedo kegs.
Grain – Pilsner and Vienna Malt
Hops – Sterling and US Golding
Available – March through May
Reviews: 162 | Ratings: 527 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of mothmanscott
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold producing 2+ fingers of white, finely bubbled head that leaves a fine webby coating of lace. Aroma is lemon and grassy hops, grain and something toasted malt-like (even though it has no toasted malts in it) with undertones of yeast. Taste is malt, grainy sweetness, faint yeast throughout, lemon and grass. There is a hint of something akin to the flavor of muscadine grapes, a metallic hint with some hop bite and bitterness in the finish. An aggressive lingering bitterness is predominant in the aftertaste. A slightly toasted pilsner!!! Refreshing, pleasant and very good.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

All I'm getting is a bitter and bitey finish that throwing this beer off. If there were more sweet or bready flavors to mix in a blend with the bitter that would be fine, but its really rather void in flavor with a bitter finish. West coast IPA fans may be ok with this, but I'd rather not revisit.

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Photo of Roby923
3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

An interesting take on the pilsener/IPA concept. Highly drinkable and clean tasting. Not overly memorable but worth the try. Could use more distinct flavouring.

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Photo of abastias
3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Light tangerine yellow body with thin persistent bubble fountains. Hazy translucent, moderate visibility. Ample cream white (yellow hue) foam with mixed size small tight bubbles. light lacing.
S: Almonds, orange peel. Mild.
T: Orange, bready, light bitter.
M: Lightly sticky to watery. Bitter medium dry finish.
O: Easy drink with light, mild features and refreshing bitter bite.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a semi-cloudy golden, with a substantial head of white suds and detailed, frilly lace.

Aroma: A balanced blend of malty grains and floral hops. Subtle but nice.

Taste: Very much malty and lagery up front, and appropriately light in body and easy to drink. This initial taste is then followed by a rush of citrusy, bitter hops that leave a sharp taste on the back of the tongue. A wonderful blend of light lager body with extensive hopping. A superlative and enjoyable drink.

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Photo of Gote
2.23/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Blech. Before I tasted it this beer seemed to have something to offer. I think it might just be a bottle of low quality hops. I'm not a huge fan of pale beers but there are quite a number of them that I would drink again and again. This is not one of those beers. It's got one note and I think it's off key. No depth. No complexity. No excitement. Just hops and water.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sweetwater Road Trip has a thick, frothy, white head, a semi-hazy, yellow-gold appearance, powdery sediment, and heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of sharp, sweet, white bread, some lemon, and pungent yeast. Taste is of sweet, bitter, lemony, sourdough bread. The bitterness, in fact, is quite pronounced. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Sweetwater Road Trip finishes crisp and refreshing.


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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, straw colored with a large foamy white head that lingers leaving some lacing, clear

S: slight grass and grain

T: nice citrus hops up front mixes with sweet biscuity malt, finish is crisp with a mild lemon hop bitterness

M: light and bubbly

O: hoppy lager with light grain flavors

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.88/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a teku. Hehehehe, ale.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color. The head is two fingers high, and white in shade. For a pilsner, the retention is quite good.

Smell: REALLY damn mild. I mean, almost nothing is popping. The pilsner-esque character and the hops are there, but like I said, it's so mild. Kind of hard to judge this nose, frankly... (2.5)

Taste: The flavor profile pops more vividly, but there's an immediate problem: it's too bitter. It's grassy, but not in a balanced manner. As I consume more of this, the bitter bite luckily calms down, being replaced by a crackery character typical of a good pilsner. In general, though, the balance just isn't here, making it pretty boring.

Mouthfeel: Like a lot of Sweetwater brews, it has a fairly sweet finish, albeit in a thirst-quenching manner. However, while it's somewhat dry, the flavor profile is simply too uninteresting to make it drinkable. Maybe the carbonation isn't high enough, I don't know. (3)

Overall: Just like Sweetwater's other pils, this is quite bland. With no standout characteristics, I think I'll stick with their regular IPA in the future. (2.75)

2.88/5: It's a bit like driving through Nebraska

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.93/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

There once was a semi-spontaneous road trip in college up to Windsor, Ontario. Good times. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises flowers, mild sweetbread, and a hint of grass. The taste brings in more of the same, with more grass, a bit of hard water, and a slightly tinny aftertaste. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, a middle-of-the-worn-road pilsner at best, one that just comes across as inherently faulty.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.39/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, corn-yellow coloring with a ton of slow carbonation in the body, and a fluffy, dense, small bubbled, white head. Aromas of citrus sweet, bubblegum, toasted grains, subtle herbal notes, and some nutmeg and clove spice. Flavors are sweet and herbal forward, with a subtle cracker and bread backbone, and lemongrass, clove, and all-spice highlights, with subtle tart citrus characteristics. The herbal tones overpower a bit, and there is subtle hops bitterness that enhances that imbalance. Light, effervesced body, that moves close to astringent as the beer leaves your palate. The aftertaste is lemon-citrus and heavy spice, still. Dry, again almost astringent, finish.

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Photo of GeorgiaBeerMoose
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a glass.

A-cloudy gold color, well carbonated with a 1 inch white head forming, looks good.

S- creamy peach/orange aroma. Hints of what seems to be pineapple? Probably not but thats the best description I can think of for it

T-broad citrus flavors present, not much in the aftertaste, kind of a dry finish

M-medium bodied, very smooth

O-Everything was there for me but the taste didn't seem to correlate with the other features. I like it.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

its time for the megalithic brewers to take notice. There's some really great German-style beers being made in American and none of those come from mega-marketing brands. Sweetwater is one of those doing it right with full German lager maltiness, ale-like completeness, spicy hops and a rich body to pull it all together.

Sweetwater's Road Trip takes the taste buds and olfactory sense on quite a journey of Northern German taste, starting with a deep and juicy pilsner malt character- bready, cookie-dough sweetness and peps of grain and husk give the early impressions a sense of rustic and refinement.

What follows is a spicy display that hovers over the middle. Floral hops trend spicy with elements of lemongrass, honeysuckle, straw and the aroma of a freshly mown lawn. Even as the common lager fruit of apple, lemon and pear play out in nearly estery tones, the bulk of taste is still commanded by those bready-sweet malts.

Closing with growing hop spice, the hybrid beer's stemmy and leafy character is greeted with mild sulfurs that highlight those apple tones late. A flinty mineral character ensures crispness and snappy texture as the lager finishes, just in case the hops didn't dry the taste adequately.

And with that full golden haze, one thing's for sure- Sweetwater isn't about to over filter the beer for eye appeal when the removal of its cloudiness would also remove flavor. After all, taste appeal wins in the end!

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Photo of jaredtp
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a good beer. It has a sweetness taste to it. You can tell it is a pilsner. The golden color it has is a great look. I like the sweetness to this beer. It does not have an after taste like some beers have. It go`s down smooth. It does not have an after taste like some beers have. I liked this beer, I know that I would not mind having it again.

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Photo of Tone
3.51/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, strong pale malt, hint of wheat, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of a German Pilsner. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, strong pale malt, slight wheat, and a hint of hop. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma and decent body.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange color with a nice 1 finger head that leaves nice lacing in a 16 oz pub glass.

Smell is really nice. Orange, malts and a little pine hoppiness.

Taste is more hoppy than I expected. It is categorized as a German Pilsner but it has the hops of a pale ale, didn't see that coming.

Mouthfeel is good with a decent amount of carbonation.

Overall, not at all what I expected but still a good brew. Bottle says it started as a pilsner but ale yeast was added as a spare. Sounds like an experiment that went right.

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Photo of Mojo
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle -> pilsner flute

A - pours up a clear medium gold with a foamy two inch head, awesome retention, and incredible lacing. Beautiful beer!!!!

S - very weak nose, mostly grass and bread

T - honey like sweet malt profile with a pine flavored finish that is not horribly bitter. Well balanced between hops and malts.

M - a little thin, well carbonated

O - decent enough, well made, if unspectacular.

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Photo of JayQue
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

As the proprietor of my favorite beer store would say "Its a Pils"....big deal. Not an exciting beer style but a good "go to" in the summertime, especially for mass quantities. I had this one with bratwurst for dinner and it went down easy, if uneventfully.

Pours a slightly hazy dull gold color with a medium sized white head. Head retention is fair, lacing is thick and plentiful.

Mild grassy hops aroma, nothing exceptional. Taste is grassy hops (mild) with a slight floral hops presence and a little yeast flavor.

Mouthfeel is about average richness, somewhat crisp and light with no alcohol presence.

Overall, not a bad Pils but nothing I would seek out on my own.

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Photo of richj1970
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Road trip

Poured draft into shaker pint glass

A: A clear pale yellow with soapy two finger white head that settled slowly. Heavy lacing.

S: Some hops mixed with buttered diacetyl.

T: Toasted bread, bitter hops, buttered popcorn. A little diacetyl in the back.

M: Fairly high carbonation and maybe a bit heavy body the style.

O: Pilsners are not my favorite style, and this one is probably an average pilsner. Glad I tried it once but would probably not buy again.

Editing my review 05/29/2015 - must have gotten bad keg before. Today much more enjoyable.

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Photo of zac16125
3.04/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pilsner glass
Best before: 7/1/14

A: Crystal clear, golden yellow, 3 fingers width of bright white head, tons of carbonation bubbles racing to the top of the glass. Head has good retention before settling down, and leaves lots of lacing.

S: Spicy hops, some fruity esters, buttery diacetyl, pale malts.

T: Follows the nose with hop spice and diacetyl buttery notes. Pale malts and some bitterness as well.

M/D: The body is pretty heavy for the style, carbonation is appropriate, drinkability is average.

O: Its alright, I expected more though. Dont think its something I would purchase again.

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Photo of lewzer99
3.29/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A: It pours a golden straw color, with a thin white head and visible carbonation
S: Pine, citrus, with some faint straw and cloves
T: Grassy hop bitterness, slight citrus, followed by a breast malt and a nutty finish
M: some carbonation, a little slick
I: it's okay

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Photo of chefhatt
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass,it has a golden color body with a small head to it. The aroma has that pil smell of floral/corn to it. The taste has a sweet maltyness to it with some spice to it. The mouthfeel is nice, very drinkable and overall a really good take on mixing styles.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice deep yellow, clear, with good carbonation and a nice white head. The head has some staying power providing a few curtains of lacing and foam

S: I smell pils all the way...some light corn and floral/grassy notes with a dab of honey

T: Pils notes upfront, the ale yeast provides a bit of "wetness" to it along with some light citrus and a wee bit of Earthiness and spice. Mid palate I get more of a light sweet tough and some floral/grassy notes. The finish has a nice easy going hop bitterness and a little dry

M: The body is light with medium-heavy carbonation and a refreshingly crisp finish.

O: Nice hybrid of styles. Easy to drink, no major flaws.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow in color with some fine particulates in suspension, a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation, and some faint slightly apricot colored highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy off-white head that quickly reduces to a small patch of extremely thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of bready malts with some lighter hints of earthy hops.

T: Similar to the smell, the beer starts out with a moderately strong malt body with bready flavors which is followed by some light flavors of earthy hops. Light amounts of bitterness which fades almost instantly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp.

O: It did not look like what I expected for the style (I expected it to be clear, practically crystal clear) but it was easy to drink and would be a nice beer to enjoy at a cook out during the summer.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.11/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Label says Best if Enjoyed by 07/22/13.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a sheer sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing.

S- Refreshing aroma of light hops and bready malt.

T- Surprisingly firm hop bite of the earthy variety and a decent amount of malt backbone. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

M- Very crisp and semi-sharp. Medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- A very straightforward and simple, yet impressive pils.

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Sweetwater Road Trip from SweetWater Brewing Company
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 527 ratings