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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Photo of silverking
3.24/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

A- Clear golden with 2 fingers of white head. Head retention is good and there are well defined rings of lace.

S- Biscuit, grassy, herbal hops.

T- Bread, herbal and earthy hops. Astringent hop bitterness on the finish.

M- light bodied. Refreshing.

O- its good, but its not a German Pilsner. It's finished with ale yeast.

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Photo of John1985
4.01/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ale pours a cloudy yellow with a white two finger head. Pleasant herbal hop aroma. Brisk hop forward taste balanced nicely with bready malts and a crisp aftertaste. Very refreshing, quenching summer ale. Not sure if it is a true pilsner but I enjoyed this very much.

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Photo of godlessape
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this one in a Samuel Adams pint glass. The crystal golden body reminds you of most American pilsners, lagers, and adjuncts but unlike a lot of them, the creamy white head stays for keeps.

The aroma is bready, and yeasty, with just a faint touch of lemon zest. I had to get 2 thirds down the glass before I could discern any malt.

The flavor is crisp, clean, and all about the hop bite--which is less than subtle, and rather formidable.

The mouthfeel is light, with medium carbonation and very refreshing.

Overall a great summertime brew. An interesting twist on a pilsner from the brew wizards at one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of shand
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Road Trip is a bright tasty beer. Bright citrus and spicy hops are the rulers of the roost on both smell and taste here. There's some pilsner malt that isn't quite as sharp as is typical, but the spicy hops make up for that. The mouthfeel is light and moderately carbonated, and the drinkability is solid - but probably not sessionable. Overall, Road Trip is a solid pilsner-style beer.

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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 Ryan011235
3.76/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Olde Hickory glass on 4/9/13

Recommended by PDXHops

Light, hazy pale yellow/dull gold. Fizzy head with minimal retention. Scattered lace.

Punchy noble hop aroma; lemongrass and prairie grass. Clean, toasted grains behind the hops. The taste and feel are comparable crisp and lively; grassy hops aplenty with a hint of pine and citrus underneath. Not much in terms of malt; that is, it doesn't really come across in comparison to the nippy hops and ample carbonation. Slightly grassy on the finish, but pretty clean overall.

Road Trip is a nice little treat after a six mile bike ride.

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Photo of Jadjunk
4.06/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

"Road trips are carefree adventures that usually take unexpected twists, like when we crafted this beer. It started out as a pilsner recipe, but halfway through it blew a tire and ale yeast was put on as the spare. The result was so good, it never could have been planned!" Brewed in the style of a German Pilsner/Ale. Released as SweetWater's Spring/Summer Ale release.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass served north of º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a thick creamy white head with good retention over a slightly hazy golden yellow body. Lacing is thin and streaked. Carbonation is plentiful. Appearance is solid for the style. 4

(Smell) A clean pale malt base with a mild grassy hop character. No offensive adjunct aromas here. Mild aroma overall; the beer is not very potent but approachable and smells enjoyable. 3.5

(Taste) Tasty pilsener malt flavor is a key element to this beer. It's simple and enjoyable overall- clean, a touch tart, but with a sufficient body of flavor. Crisp, grassy hop bitterness on the end accents a mild dry finish. Highly quaffable, very enjoyable. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) Light carbonation, really ideal for the style. Texture is very mildly chewy with a touch of biscuit malt and a very mild dry finish. Body is a well-balanced with a subtle sweetness and moderate bitterness to pair, alcohol is well concealed. Ideal pairing, no notable texture or body flaws that I can find. 4.75

(Overall) Local pilsner beers are somewhat of a rarity these days and SweetWater proves that these deserve much more recognition than they receive. Amongst German Pilsners, this one has a lot of flavor and character and is one of my go-to beer choices for a light option during the spring months. 4

SweetWater Brewing Company's
Road Trip Ale


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Photo of blackie
3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

single from WF Raleigh

a: lager cylinder, golden straw color, nice thick white head with good retention and some lace

s: bready pils malt nose - crisp and clean, dried cut grass hops, lightly herbal, a touch of yeast, soft lemon aroma, simple but nice

m: carbon around medium - small, smooth bubbles, body light

t: white bread lager malts, crisp with a clean grain flavor, mostly dry but with just a touch of sweetness, ale yeast seems to add a touch of yeasty flavor - but the beer remains mostly in-line as a whole, dried grass hop flavor, finish clean with a touch of bitter

o: a nice if unexceptional pils, good flavor set with a nice refreshing structure

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Photo of Volsdawg10
3.24/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I had this one while touring the brewery. In fact you get 3-4 tickets to test the beers there and get to keep the pint glass at the end. I think the the tour is $7. The brewery is a really cool place that I would highly recommend to any beer lover.

A: Light yellowish color with a small amount of head.
S: Malty, earthy smell
T: Had a hoppy bitterness to it but with malty flavor with spices
M: Smooth, medium bodied
O: A nice, drinkable beer. Perfect for a day outside

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Photo of babaracas
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hoppy pils with ale yeast. Pours a slightly hazy (sediment) gold color with one finger thick fluffy white head. Smell: light pils malt sweetness, floral and spicy. Taste: spicy, grassy, lemon, biscuit. Medium body, feel is prickly into creamy. Nice quaffable pils-ish beer.

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Photo of jlindros
3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to JonnyGalt (Reddit) for this interesting beer. Best by 7/23/12... oops, looks like it's been in the fridge a bit too long, although I don't think I've had it THAT long, so it may have arrived a bit past its prime as well, so I'll have to take that into consideration.

Pours a light fizzy pasty white almost 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, with some soapy looking lacing, over clear slight chill hazed golden straw honey colored beer.

Nose has a light toasted malt, light straw and pilsner toasty malt with a touch of sweet malt, overall fairly light on the nose, light ale aroma, fairly clean with a touch of what could possibly be described as a hop aroma.

Taste starts with a big malt wallop, some pilsner, almost overly malted, vegetative, earthy raw malt straw and a bit of wheat, almost imperial pilsner like flavor that gets too much for the beer. There are some flavors that almost make it want to seem like unhappy yeast, light esters and a slight phenol like flavor. Then hops, that's where the herbal vegetative flavor is coming from, herbal earthy hops, a light sticky sweetness through all that, and a light fruity flavor probably from the yeast esters. Finish is fairly bitter with more earthy like hops, little grassy as well, with some light over done pilsner flavor again.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, decent carb.

overall not quite my cup of tea. It's more like Americanized pilsner halfway between regular ale version of a pilsner and imperial pilsner, overdone in most of the things it tried to do. Not sure how much of that is age as it seems overdone and not attenuated too much on anything, maybe hops. I'll take most of the flavors with a grain of salt as it is a bit older, but still not a great beer IMO.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle . Bright yellow color, fizzy, small head. Smells a little sweet oddly, bit of malts. Flavor is crisp, slightly sweet (very slight), mouthfeel is a little slick which kind if makes it less drinkable. Overall not bad but not the most refreshing pilsener and not one I would buy again, glad I got a single.

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Photo of rangerred
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear light gold with not much of a head at all. A tiny amount of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smells lemony and orangy with a decent bready-ness underneath. Maybe a touch of cereal grain.

The same citrus from the hops comes through on the taste but there is a nice, thick malty backbone propping it up. A fairly strong bitterness, more than I was expecting, takes hold at the end leading to a dry finish.

This is a really nice and unique take on a pilsener. It isn't as "clean" as a lager might be but the ale yeast adds a little extra character. A perfect summer beer.

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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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Photo of busterwhite
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a straw yellow with a 1 finger head. Small amount of lacing on the glass.

Smells of malt, some spice from the hops and a little yeast.

Malt flavor up front with a little pepper and citrus following. A nice dry finish.

Good carbonation with a decent mouthfeel.

This is an easy drinking, refreshing springtime beer. Great for warm day.

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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 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 tdm168
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
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 FosterJM
3.94/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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App- A very clear yellow with a nice mid forming one finger head. Had a huge cling all the way down the glass. Very creamy looking.

Smell- A mixture of light malts with a little lemon and a bit grainy. Had a gentle pilsener note to it but not offensive as some are.

Taste- A very nice and smooth pils. Want overly grainular or wheat like in the taste. A small bit of grassy earthy with a small bitter note and a little but of malts.

Mouth- A nice full medium body with a medium carbonation. A bit creamy on the finish.

Drink- Well it's not the best beer in the world, but I do think I have found my favorite pils.

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Photo of aepb1
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- light yellow body with a fluffy white head

S- wheat and citrus and some spices

T- citrus and wheat start out with a bready middle and a spicy pepper finish

M- light body and moderate carbonation

O- a solid takon the style and an enjoyable brew

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Photo of PDXHops
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in a shaker pint. See-thru straw body with a soft white head that leaves plentiful sticky lacing. I'm borrowing some notes from my bottled review for comparison. It's worth noting again that this is more of a hybrid than a strict pilsner. As a golden or blonde ale, this would have score bumps all around.

Bottle: Straight out of the fridge, the aromas are mainly husky and toasty. Only as it warms up do grassy and floral notes emerge. Pleasant if subdued.
Noble hop character seems stronger, everything else is more or less equal.

Bottle: Hop flavors are more pronounced, with a certain spicy quality joining in. Fairly bitter, fairly crisp, fairly tasty. A touch more carbonation would up the quaffability factor. Lacking "oomph". [Edit: Lacking "oomph" as a pilsner, but quite flavorful and tasty as a blonde ale.}.
Tap: This comes closer to true pilsner territory. Crisp and grainy with a stronger noble hop character. More bitterness, more herbal and spicy bite, kept somewhat in check by a smoothish, lightly sweet body. Not an actual pilsner, but certainly a step above your typical golden/blonde ale. Good stuff.

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Photo of suspect
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Thanks to my buddy Audi for bringing this up from the ATL.

A: Pours a very pale cloudy yellow. Aggressive pour leads to a huge 3 finger head that overflowed! Left a nice ring with strong lacing that lasted for the length of the drink.

S: Some lemon, some grain, nothing too overpowering (or even nostril filling). Some hop, some malt, but all very faint, yet complex.

T: Grainy and zesty all at the same time. Hop presence is there, if not subtle.

M: Dry, lightly carbonated, crisp, refreshing and really a nice feel. Leaves a nice aftertaste that keeps me reaching for more.

O: A really nice summer beer with good flavor and a crisp feel. A solid Pils.

T: Nice

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Photo of iadler
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Russian River stemmed glass. Another bottle from jsanford.

A- Clear light gold with a fluffy two-three finger head that slowly dissipates and leaves some nice lines of lacing.

S- A subtle aroma consisting of biscuit malt, grain, apricot, floral and citrus hops with some lemon and orange zest.

T- Biscuit malt, apricot, grain, green apple, mandarine. lemon notes as well as some minerals. Pretty clean with nothing standing out too much.

M- Medium carbonation and light body. Very crisp mouthfeel.

O- A refreshing pilsner. Well balanced and some nice citrus notes. Nothing really stands out, but a decent brew.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A:Pours a very light straw yellow. It has a fizzy head with large bubbles, nothing spectacular.

S: Smells grainy along with biscuit maltiness, some cut hay and a dash of apricot as well. It’s quite pleasant.

T/M: Has a medium amount of carbonation and the flavor is lightly hoppy up front with some grapefruit and orange citrus, accompanied by that graininess afterwards.

It’s light and refreshing and altogether unorthodox. It’s an innovative brew that just tastes good.

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Photo of Jason
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle w/ a freshness date on the label.

Quick head rises to the top, bright golden yellow lays on the lighter side of color. Hint of fresh herbs, wild flowers and faint apple mixes with dusty graininess in the nose. Crisp and clean palate, moderate sized body. Grainy and biscuity with a snap with intensifies for a second as the hop bitterness chimes in. Flavor soon fade into the finish, a dry lightly grainy finish at that.

A tasty hybrid brew of sorts, good substitute of there are no authentic pilsners available.

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Sweetwater Road Trip from SweetWater Brewing Company
3.55 out of 5 based on 526 ratings.
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