Sweetwater Road Trip | SweetWater Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by CNeilP09 on 05-09-2007

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5/5  rDev +45.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +38.1%

Photo of CampusCrew
4.53/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

update: one of their best beers old world pilsner flavors meets the big bad hops.

appearance: Deep pale yellow

smell: high hoppness

taste: loaded with hops and right on target with a double pilsner

mouthfeel: light and full of flavor

drinkability: If you like strong hops beers than you like this. It's a lighter alternative to a Pale ale.

I was really impressed and I liked the story on how it was made on the bottle, clever....

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4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

Photo of generalnotsew
4.49/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a decent head however is was pretty weak and died quickly. Coloring is light yellow that I didn't expect at first but now I see this is a pilsner thinking it was a pale ale. Smell is sweet and slightly citrusy. I always have trouble picking up what to describe the sweentess as in lagers and pilsners. I guess corn? Anyways has quite a nice pilsner smell. Taste is sharp and pleasantly bitter. Has a nice underlined sweetness in the aftertaste. Is this beer a hybrid? The label kind of suggested it was. But it really does have a pale ale quality to it. One of the more flavorful Pilsners I have encountered. Carbonation is cranked up pretty high but I actually like it in this style. This beer is solid! Hats off to Sweetwater for making such a tasty pilsner for the summer.

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Photo of Bonhoeffer
4.43/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer doesn't just use any old ale yeast. I am convinced it is a Belgian yeast. It has that Belgian spicy twang to it. IMO, it's brilliant. Take a pilsner grain and hop bill and throw in a Belgian pale ale yeast? Excellent twist, and thank God for something different available in Alabama right now. If it weren't for the occasional interesting beer coming out of Sweetwater or Terrapin, i'd be in the funny farm.

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Photo of drewsdad08
4.36/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Awesome beer. Unusual to have a beer that tastes this good to leave a positive impression that I think tastes better than it smells.

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4.34/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rajendra82
4.33/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out mostly like a Pilsner for sure, with a pale clear body and lots of carbonation. However, unlike the lagers from Bohemia, this one seemed to have no trouble forming and holding a pillowy, and foamy head. The aroma was spicy which I presume was due to use of Saaz hops. There was very slight hint of DMS in the form of cooked corn, but it did not smell out of place for a fresh Pilsner. The taste was softer than a Pilsner, with lingering sweetness that was very pleasing. The hops were present the form of a mineralized backbone. The mouthfeel was creamy and soft. It was hard to shoehorn this into a style, but I'd put it somewhere between a Strong Ale, Cream Ale, and Pilsner. No ABV listed on the label, but the alcohol was not a big factor, so I would venture a guess at this being in the neighborhood of 5-6%. Very easy to drink, with no flaws found in any department, which I'd say is a pretty damn good piece of work considering the major departure from the original recipe.

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4.27/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok this review isn't really going to be representative of people's experiences, but I'm putting it in anyway.

There was a firkin of this for the BSP 11th anniversary. I think very few people liked it, but I loved it. It was dryhopped with centennial and simcoe hops, but instead of using the little bags they just tossed them in there. That's right, little hop leaves were floating in the beer. Delicious!

A - looks like thick, soupy orange juice with pulp. Nearly no head to speak of. Little green leaves floating in it. Certainly looks different

S - OMG what a hop blast up the nose. Massive piney and floral hop aroma. So fresh smelling

T - again, OMG. HOP BLAST. All I can taste is delicious hoppiness here with the centennial and simcoe really showing up. It almost burned my lips going across. Woo! A hophead's (yes, I have the shirt) dream

M - very smooth and a great aftertaste. No carbonation to speak of really

D - dear Lord! I could've drank the hell out of this all evening, but unfortunately I had to leave after one glass. I certainly enjoyed swallowing all those hops

As I said, this isn't representative of anyone's experiences, and I believe the Sweetwater dudes thought it should've laid down for a bit longer before serving it, but whatever. I totally liked it!

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4.27/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Road Trip pours crystal clear with a bright golden hue. The head is snow-white and dense and the aroma is dominated by noble hops. The hops (Saaz?) dominate the tongue as you sip this beer but do not completely overwhelm the malt. The mouth is not crisp like a pilsner but softer and creamier (I'm guessing from the ale yeast...). To call this a double pilsner is incorrect; it's what may be the world's first Imperial Cream Ale! (The extreme beer movement's next logical step...) I have a soft spot for a good cream ale so this beer is right up my alley.

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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of DrinkinBoy
4.17/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Road Trip poured a light gold, with a bright white head with good retention.

The smell was extremely strong with the scent of hops.

Its taste was very crisp with a great kick the moment it hits the mouth. The taste is nicely hoppy.

The carbonation mixes good with the hops to give it a good pilsner bite.

Road Trip is an interesting tasting beer, but it although it taste is unique it is easy to drink.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.11/5  rDev +19.5%
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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Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pure golden yellow with a quarter of an inch of dense, soft, foamy, white head that has great retention. The nose is grassy, straw-like, and has a faint lemony aroma. The flavor is straw-like, grassy, lemony, earthy, and mildly bitter. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, smooth, and lightly carbonated.

This is a nice, easy drinking pilsner; perfect for the southern spring weather. It's flavorful enough to keep you interested but also light enough to be sessionable.

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Photo of bort11
4.07/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to meechum for this extra!

12 oz bottle poured into my Sweetwater 420 hefe glass. Nice pilsner-y white head that stands a fingers width and leaves a spotty lacing on the glass. Color is a golden yellow with very active carbonation.
Smell is very grassy and green. Taste still has a grassy hops melded with a mild biscuity malts. Finish has a spicy back bite. A slight apple-like after taste.
Mouthfeel is very crisp and clean. ABV is not listed, but I'm guessing about a 6-7%. Very good!

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.06/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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