Sweetwater Road Trip | SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater Road TripSweetwater Road Trip

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

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Reviews: 161 | Ratings: 525
Photo of Gote
2.23/5  rDev -37.2%
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 ktrillionaire
2.35/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to McDiddypop for re-gifting this brew in my direction. It is least worth a tick, I’d think.

A - It pours with an identical appearance to any golden BMC brew. Not impressive; a plea for conformity marketed as a special take on a brew.

S - The nose is basically sweaty pils, with some off-flavors in the vegetal dept.

T - This is a bad excuse for a one-off special beer; about as lame as it gets. It tastes like they made a poor lager and decided they couldn’t just dump the batch, preferring to see if people are stupid enough to buy this. It was given to me, so I wasn’t stupid enough.

M - Not impressive. Felt flat after just a few minutes.

O - Just bad beer; I don’t know what else to say about it. This beer has diminished my view of Sweetwater’s standing as a brewery.

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Photo of Reaper16
2.58/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle served into a pint glass

Pours a pretty typical golden yellow for a pilsner. It looks fairly bubbly like a pils should, but the amount and activity w/r/t the head is unimpressive. Barely a finger at its peak, the white foam dissipates very quickly. Average looking pilsner.

This seems like an average pils on the nose as well. I can make out a generous portion of Saaz hops, and some biscuit like crisp malt aromas. That's about it. Well, there's some unexpected yeast aromas coming up. I say unexpected because usually pilsners don't come across as obviously yeasty. This is less clean than most proper lagers, and it suffers in score as a result.

OK, I'm not crazy. There's a definite ale yeast flavor here. This beer tastes like a pale ale that's been single-hopped with Saaz. Despite the pilsner malt base, it tastes like its been fermented with American pale ale yeast. It's got the proper hop level of a pilsner, but there's fruity esters that shouldn't be there. As a pilsner, this beer is too muddy and confused to succeed.

Road Trip feels fine enough on the tongue, though it does nothing to distinguish itself. Overall, this is a below average pilsner, primarily because of the spurious decision to ferment the beer with ale yeast of some kind. This is a fine enough summer drink when it comes in the Sweetwater variety pack, but this is certainly nothing to seek out on its own.

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Photo of OhYesILoveBeer
2.58/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

SweetWater Road Trip 12oz into pint. Pours yellow, like a bit of real beer into a glass of water.. Has a small 1/4" white head that doesnt stick around. Smells of steamed veggies and other adjuncts in the corn department. Tastes like a adjunct lager, honestly one of the lower grade ones. A touch of pale and crystal malts, and a bit of noble presence. This is another that I wont be getting again from SW, these summer creations just aren't up to par with the rest of the others. Overall, if you get it from a pal, or an extra in a trade its worth a shot, but if you see it in the store and are pondering on purchasing, your best bet is to grab whatever is sitting beside it, even if its a pack of swill in my opinion. Cheers!

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Photo of wcudwight
2.7/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a typical pilsner yellow to golden color. Thin whispy head faded pretty quickly. The slightest hint of lace sticks on the rim of the glass.
Not a whole lot going on in the nose. Mildly sweet with a slight hint of butter.
The flavor starts of pleasent enough but leads to a metallic and buttery finish that is a bit unpleasent to drink. The metal last a while in the aftertaste. Feels like I'm sucking on a penny.
Mouthfeel is light and thin enough for a hot summer day.
I'm having a hard time finishing this beer. But my daddy didn't raise a quitter.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
2.71/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very odd. Bottle said it was brewed to be a pilsner but ale yeast was used instead. And I am not sure if an American double pilsner is spot on for style.

Pours a relatively clear but slightly cloudy golden color. No head but some film. However, there is a some extreme carbonation going on in the glass. Nose is malty and an off-sourness that I don't really like.

flavor is just wierd. Ale body and texture but a pilsner flavor. Is there such a thing as a bi-polar, schizophrenic beer? Malts and biscuits and something akin to wet paper. I would almost say this beer is passed its prime but the bottle says best before 9/17/07 (plus it is summer and this is the summer seasonal). hops give off a wierd sourness that is like sucking on cardboard. Ale-like body is a bit heavy for the style. Not something I would grab on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Duster72
2.78/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I like double pilsners....this isn't one of them.

Pours a clear straw color with a one finger head. Very mild aroma is primarily biscuits, grains, and earthy florals. Taste is very malty with grass and some hop bite. Astringency ruins the beer. A little too heavy for a summer seasonal for my taste. I didn't finish the bottle.

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Photo of Enola
2.81/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pilsner glass, this beer is a nice clear yellow with a foamy white head. There is a good amount of carbonation in the beer. The smell is somewhat like a wheat. The taste is light and the yeast used gives the beer a strange flavor. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth with the flavor lsating a while. The beer is light and easy to drink but different.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.83/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, effervescent-looking gold body with a thinnish, though creamy white head.

Smell: A funky, musky yeastinss quickly hurried behind a curtain of soapy, grassy hop notes and hints of biscuits.

Taste: A real mishmash of flavors here. Sweet bready malts, a splash of watered down grapefruit juice, grass, and a squirt or two of industrial-strength handsoap. Quick finish with a touch of slickness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Slightly slick mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: This beer didn't come together for me at all. So far, these Sweetwater "Catch & Release" beers are 0 for 2 with me. Release! Release!!

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Photo of planetscott
2.86/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at Sweetwater during a brewrey tour, then bought some a week later.

At first, I liked this as it was different. When I purchased a six pack, it did not seem as good. The pils malt was overpowered by the saaz haops, which to me, gave it a skunky flavor. I may buy more in the future as I may have purchased from a bad batch, but if it is the same, this beer is not to my personal likings. It's not a horrible beer, in fact, this could be a decent gateway beer for Bud drinkers. It is just does not please me.

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Photo of
2.87/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle

Clear, pale yellow. Medium sized, white, large bubbled head. Some lacing, no legs.

Sweet and fruity, apricots. Pepper. Yeast/bread dough. Earthiness. Touch of citrus.

Bitter more than sweet, grassy and herbal. Crackery center. Touch of sweet - green apple? Some sort of soapy/medicinal element.

Light in body. Medium carbonation. Dry, moreso than expected.

OK, nothing special. Decent hopping, but not a lot else going on. Medicinal/soap tinge not a plus for me.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.87/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From the Sweetwater website (and the bottle as well):
SweetWater Road Trip
Like all good Road Trips, This Pilsner took a detour. The beer blew a tire and an Ale yeast was thrown on as the spare! The finished brew was unplanned and couldn't have turned out better if we tried.
...Nobody Rides For Free!

Not sure what style this is but I will give it a go. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass. A dark straw, effervescent beverage emerges. Topped with a cloudy white and puffy, rocky head that leaves some nice lacing and has decent retention.

Aroma is grainy and pilsner like. Maybe a little bit of alcohol in the aroma and a little bit of that malt liquor aroma as well. No hops and no fruitiness to speak of.

Flavor is pretty grainy with some astingency. A little hop bitterness but not much: I wasnt expecting much. Acidic and alkaline tasting.

Too much astringency here. It is mouth puckering and not very pleasant. I feel like I have been sucking on aspirin or Goody's headache powder. Blech! I suppose its drinkable but I wouldnt have more than about two or three in one sitting. Nice carbonation but that doesnt save this one.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.88/5  rDev -18.9%
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 pixieskid
2.9/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm down with Sweetwater and German Pils but not with this beer.

Not sure if this beer is really supposed to be considered a German Pils considering that they state this beer was brewed as a lager but finished with an ale yeast. If anything it should probably be listed as a Cali-Common.

Pours a pale ale color, slightly hazy (doesnt look like a German Pils).

Nose; bready and somewhat hoppy.

Taste; pretty much the same with a nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel; some slickness (diacetyl) as well as way too full bodied; think keller bier but even more-so.

Overall; was hoping for something crisp, refreshingly, and hoppy enough to make it interesting; this wasn't that.

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Photo of Mavajo
2.93/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a golden body with a mild white head. No lacing. Nose has a mild presence of hops with some fruitiness and lemon. Taste is a letdown, IMO. There's a bit of hops and a dash of lemon zest, but then there's a strong chemical/medicinal backbone to it all - it tasted like I was drinking some sort of cleanser or something. Did not enjoy. Mouthfeel is solid - fairly light, appropriate carbonation. Okay drinkability I guess.

Not impressed. Sweetwater continues to disappoint.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.93/5  rDev -17.5%
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 thedoubler55
2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - A golden yellow, looks like a normal pilsner, not to much head at the top and no lacing.

S - Citrus and grassy, a bit of hops but nothing crazy.

T - Just like the nose this brew, a nice refreshing taste.

M - Medium bodied, mid carbonation, a nice earthy taste.

O - Very drinkable in large amounts, a nice refreshing brew,but not to extravagent.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A golden yellow, looks like a normal pilsner, not to much head and it disappears pretty fast and no lacing.

S - Citrus and grassy, a bit of hops I kind of smelled onions also.

T - Taste pretty much like the nose not a lot going on in this beer as far as taste you get more earthy or grassy notes in the taste.

M - Light bodied good carbonation.

O - Very drinkable decent beer while doing some yard work.

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Photo of Treebs
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the Tackle Box Mix Pack

Bottle: Best by 08/14/11

Poured from 12oz. bottle into Stone pint glass.

A: Pours a very clear yellow with a .5 finger white head. Very frothy but subsides at medium pace.

S: I'm picking up some zesty floral hops with a little funky yeast. Seems pretty dry though.

T: Light bitter hops with a malty dryness. No real floral notes that I picked up from nose and the yeasty isn't exerting itself. A little citrus peeks through the more my palate gets adjusted.

M: Very light bodied. Crisp and smooth with a high carbonation. Average dry oat malts left on the tongue.

O: Meh. I think it's pretty average and no real notes on taste or smell really jump out.

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Photo of zac16125
3.04/5  rDev -14.4%
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 HuskyinPDX
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A - Light, honey colored with a thin white head that quickly fades.

S - Wheat and corn.

T - Wheat and barley, some slight banana.

D - Low carbonation. Light and thin in the mouth.

O - Uhg. Not much here. Pretty bland.

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Photo of argock
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear stemmed glass goblet. Available thanks to my friend Erinn.

A: Clear gold with 1-finger white foamy head with good retention but scant lacing.

S: Aroma is faint pale malt with oversour lemon citrus

T: The flavor is also a little on the overly sour side. Pale malt leads off but gives way quickly to herbal and light citrus hops with a strange and slightly astringent sour and soapy note in the dry finish.

M: Medium-high carbonation and light body works pretty well with the dryness.

O: Definitely not a keeper from Sweetwater although it matched pretty well with our freshly-caught trout for dinner.

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Photo of kirok1999
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Super clear and very light. Slightly sticky lacing.
Smell is kinda funky hops, dry and grainy with some grassy hops.
Taste is strong but a little funky like the smell. Really has the Pilsner backbone it claims but the hops don't really make it for me. Mild carbonation and a strange bitter hop aftertaste. Mouthfeel is kind of watery.
Easy to drink but the whole thing is a little out of balance.

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Photo of harpus
3.11/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured a golden yellow into a mug (didn't have a pils glass) out of a bottle with a good finger and half or so white pillowy head that quickly disappated and left a mild ring of lace on the side of the glass

S - I'm still new to this but I could pick up a floral, citrus smell but it wasn't very overpowering with a hint of the malts

T/M - The taste is clean with a taste of the malts and then giving way to a citrus, lemon type taste with a bite of the hops, mouthfeel is creamy with a good amount of carbonation

D - This would be easy to toss back several of these especially with the hot weather this is a good summer offering in my opinion. I will surely keep this in mind for a day on the lake or some such

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Photo of mscudder
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - A almost clear yellow, similar to bud light, with a fair sized pale head.

S - Some citrus, hops and grass. Nothing that I would ever enjoy subjecting to my nostrils to.

T - Smooth easy drinking pilsener. Nothing remarkable going on here, just some herbal/earthy notes with a nice malt backbone and some wheat inspired characteristics. Nothing crazy here, but not bad.

M - Nice big malt body for the style. Some solid carbonation compliments the hops. I would even go as far to say this is a creamy pilsener.

O - Sadly Sweetwater has yet to truly impress me with any of their brews and this is no different. An average pilsener with some fair balance is all to be had here.

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Sweetwater Road Trip from SweetWater Brewing Company
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