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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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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Ryan011235
3.76/5  rDev +9.3%
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 +18%
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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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Volsdawg10
3.24/5  rDev -5.8%
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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3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
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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Sweetwater Road Trip from SweetWater Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.44 out of 5 with 526 ratings
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