Sweetwater Sch'Wheat | SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater Sch'WheatSweetwater Sch'Wheat

Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by elgiacomo on 03-21-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 134
Photo of mothmanscott
3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken in October, 2011. Pours a hazy straw yellow producing a nice white head and clumpy sheets of lacing. Aroma is wheat & mild bread/fruit. Taste same but more assertive, sweet start, dry/bitter finish. An upper end session beer. Very drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of 08Deltadawn8
5/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

what a great wheat beer. had this at several bars and i have to say that absoutely love this beer. the pour is nice and shows a clean light brown color kind of honey brown, the head is about 11/2 fingers thick, the smell is ofcourse wheat but also honey, nuts, and a little barley/rye, the taste is great with a nice aftertaste that isnt too sweet nor too bitter. i buy this beer every time i see it on tap.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.79/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A – Pale gold. Fine white head has poor retention and ok lace.

S – Surprisingly pleasant west coast, Clementine-citrus hop with a solid what backdrop. The flavors are familiar, but for some reason the nose comes off as fairly unique.

T – Light bitterness arcs into a sweet, wheat and almond center. Light, resiny hop character. The finish is net sweet with a lingering bitterness.

M – Medium body. Creamy, but at the expense of the carbonation.

O – An interesting W-APA with great drinkability.

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Photo of jsanford
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

Pours a hazy gold with a creamy white head that fades to a slight ring and haze. Pleasant aromas of crisp wheat, toasted bread, and citrusy hops. Taste is similar to the nose, fairly hoppy for a Wheat Ale, lots of pungent pine and orange peel. Mouthfeel is crisp and light, with a medium-thin body and good carbonation. Overall a very solid, sessionable Wheat Ale, great on a Summer day!

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Photo of wcudwight
3.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear pale golden color with a thin white wispy head. Good retention and spotty sticky lacing. Strong aroma of yeast, wheat and lemon zest. Aroma is not very complex but it is a good strong aroma. Biscuit flavored with lemon peel, some spice and mild hoppiness. No off-flavors. Good crisp clean mouthfeel. Excellent summer thirst quencher.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light orange with creamy froth that settles slowly and leaves nice rings.

The aroma is of toasted wheat bread with a touch of caramel, lemongrass and citrus.

The flavor follows the nose with wheat, toast, caramel, lemon zest, orange peel and peach. A touch of black pepper in the finish.

Light with a creamy feel, smooth

Easy to drink, nothing extraordinary

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Photo of DCon
3.87/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received a 12 FL.OZ. bottle of this in a trade w/ CurtisMcArthur & enjoyed before STL vs. TX (Game 1 of the World Series). Poured from the busy looking bottle with people fishing for a green bass on the front into my 0,47l New Belgium "Oversized Snifter" Glass & has on the side "Best if Enjoyed By: 09/22/11".

Aroma- Has a good wheat character from the beginning but then strong hops for the style! Very nice to see some different smelling Hefe's out there. Very clean still and citrus plays a big part in the aroma.

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger head that lasts for surprisingly good time. The body is a bit cloudy behind a deep golden color. Leaves light lacing behind.

Flavor- Good wheat brew with tons of grain flavor and light malts. Easy drinking, no real bitterness and doesn't have much character to it but good for style.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Smooth, Easy drinking, and goes down like water.

Overall Impression- Thanks for this easy, refreshing brew CurtisMcArthur! Keep em coming! I would definitely get this again if it was available in the MO market... I'm interested to see how these others taste by SweetWater! Wish there was a bit more character to this one because the aroma was fantastic but then the drink is a bit to simple. Try for yourself!

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An ultimate summer time thirst quencher with refreshing lemon notes and a supple bready body. This wheat beer is no frills, no fuss, and designed for hot weather activity.

A pour of the expected hazy golden rod hues yeilds a froathy whiteish head of airiness and structure holds on for the majority of the session and provides intermitten pockets of lace on the glass. Probably a better appearance than most American Wheats and more akin to traditional German Hefeweizens.

Crisp lemony notes are backed by the aroma of fresh baked breads and dough. Lightly grainy and mostly caramelly, the nose is refreshingly zesty and firm.

Flavors of wheaty bread and grain provide a very light caramel taste as well as a lightly starchy powdered sugar sweetness. Over laid with lemony esters and acidity the beer also invites a soft citrusy complement of hops for roundness of orange zest and light straw. The malty flavors are balanced well with the acidity and light grassy bitterness in finish. Not overly complex, the simplicity of the recipe leads to its refreshing conclussions.

Medium bodied, the beer retains much of its carbonated creaminess until very late in the finish, just before the acidity and hop bite help to clean the ending textures and allow for a minty warmth from alcohol and a zesty snappy feel. A return of malty wheat offer a whisper of taste to linger into the next.

A very appealing, and one of the better examples of the inferior American Wheat style, this beer excapes the handicaps and becomes a formitable hoppy and simple wheated ale with merrit all of its own.

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Photo of Paincane
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Yellow in color with white head leaving some lacing.
S: Wheat and citrus hit the nose immediately. Harbingers of flavors to come.
T: Hint of grapefruit with dominant wheat flavor. Hops add nice touch.
M: Thin, light-bodied with moderate carbonation.
O: Refreshing on a hot summer day. Hoppy wheat beer that is quite good. Would enjoy another.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bright golden yellow, huge white billowing head, decent retention. Nice side glass lace, good cloudy appearence, lots of carbonation.

Very light, lots of yeast with a touch of some lemon maybe, light in aromas, not in overall strength of smell. light palate with a big time yeast presence. Lots of grain with a hint of lemon or some other kind of bitter hops, great flavors. Crisp, clean. very nice carbonation. Great overall feel.Superb, could drink this all night long. Was great when first cold, even better as it warmed up.

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Photo of whiplash3825
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a Tackle-Box mixed 12-pack.

Pours a pale straw with a decent 2-finger head. Slightly cloudy but I forgot to swirl the last bit to get some of the yeast out of the bottle.

I'm getting more hops than wheat in the nose, muted but definitely the scent of grapefruit.

The hops are the main taste I get, very floral and citrus-y. I'm not used to hops featuring so prominently in a wheat beer, but it's good. Light but a good mix of flavors going.

Mouthfeel seems pretty thin, but makes it an easy-drinker for this very hot summer day.

Overall pretty good and refreshing; the hops add an unusual spin to this wheat beer.

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Photo of Ruger
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden color with moderate head and light lacing.

S - Smells of citrus and wheat it is really refreshing.

T - Citrus and wheat with a sweet aftertaste.

M - A bit watery mouthfeel but very good for the summertime and the carbonation is pleasant.

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Photo of isaacpopp
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a good strong head that linger for a while and left nice lacing. The beer is a light golden color and is cloudy like it should be.

The nose is a bit fruity, I mostly catch lemon/lime with a bit of orange.

Tastes lemony with a bit of a twang and a good hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin but has okay carbonation lighten the body.

Overall this is a good beer. This is very similar to the hefeweizens I have tasted but with a little bit more hoppiness. I would definitely buy this again for Summer drinking.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A:A very pale, light yellow color with a full but fizzy head that leaves only a thin layer of white bubbles soon after being poured.

S: Smells grainy, more than most wheat beers I’ve had, along with some farmhouse aroma of hay bundles, dried apricots and citrus hints. It’s reasonable complex but nice.

T/M: Taste is a little more subdued; medium carbonation followed by bready malts, slight bitterness, hints of grapefruit and soft wheat grains in the finish.

It decently good but not quite as good as some of SweetWater’s other brews. Still, it’s a good beer from a brewery that has given me nothing but good beers up to this point. Keep growing, SweetWater, keep growing.

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Photo of richkrull
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy golden color with a bit of off-white head.

Smell is wheaty. Not too bad. Not amazing.

Taste is malty with a bit of bite to it in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light bubbley refreshing.

Overall a decent wheat beer. I wouldn't mind trying it again but I probably won't seek it out.

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Photo of adamette
3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. brown bottle that my brother in law Steven and his friend Allison brought up from Atlanta into a plastic “ocean fishes” glass (the best thing that I could find while on vacation in the Outer Banks, NC). Best if enjoyed by date of 09/17/11.

A Very white, very fluffy head over a translucent light yellow (not unlike Coors Light, really) body. The head sticks, meringue like, to the inside of the glass. I really like the look of the head but the body is not very insteresting at all. 3.0

S Very light, distant wheat. Unoffensive but boring. I am hoping for more from the taste. 2.0

T I am not dissapointed…really good wheat taste comes through with a good amount of barley malt sweetness. Really, a good wheat ale. 4.0

M Appropriately moderately smooth. 3.5

D Really quite good since it is a relatively light beer. 4.0

Notes: Looks can be decieving. This one has a taste that makes up for its lackluster looks and smell. Thanks to Steven and Allison for bringing it along!

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Photo of SuperSpy
3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Sam Adam's perfect pint glass.

A slightly hazy, golden straw color. A good sized, pillowy head, that reduces to a thin cap of foam and leaves plenty of lace. Ten minutes into this and there is perhaps more carbonation bubbles rising to the surface than when I first poured this. It looks really good but the head retention is a little disappointing for a wheat ale.

The aroma is berries, wheat, sourdough and a hint of citrus. The berry aroma was unexpected and has peaked my interest, but it also has me a little worried.

Light and thirst-quenching. There is an immediate apricot flavor that blends with orange peel, and flowery hops. It rounds out sweet, earthy and floral all at once, with wheat undertones in the finish.

Refreshing and very drinkable. Perhaps a little too much sweet fruit flavor to drink this all year long, but this is great for a hot summer day.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.17/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle. Thanks to betsona for this one!

A- Pours a hazy pale straw color. One and a half finger white head shows good retention. Nice ring and streaky lacing on the glass with each sip.

S- Wheat makes up the underbody to the aroma in this beer. The front of the beer though has the added help of orange and lemon to help balance out all the wheat aroma. Back of the beer has an interesting yeast aroma which I quite enjoy along with light alcohol.

T- With the first sip of the beer I get a nice apricot and orange blend that dominates over the wheat in the front. There is a light lemon hint but it only really shows toward the ending of the front. Middle of the beer shows off the wheat which kind of blands out the beer but balances it at the same time. Ending of the beer show the wheat in the distance with a light cracker like taste to it. Citrus and hints of ginger comes out as well. Lemon comes up on the final part of the beer with hints of dry alcohol as well.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Light wheat, orange, and lemon are left on the palate. Aftertaste is light dry alcohol, wheat undertones, and hints of lemongrass, ginger, and orange. Flavors I felt were well balanced for the style with nothing being over the top. No off flavors at all when drinking this one. Medium light alcohol drying on the palate with this beer.

O- I thought this beer was wonderful. I don't think Andrew cared for it that much but I thought it was a well made summertime sipper. Nice job Sweetwater!

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Photo of Treebs
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz. bottle into snifter.

From Sweetwater tacklebox mix pack.

Bottle: Best by 08/14/11

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a solid 1 finger bone white head. Ok retention. Lace is a splotchy down the glass.

S: Smells of citrus, slight lemons, with a wheat backbone to smooth it out. Not much else going on though.

T: Pretty bland. The unfiltered yeast comes through up front and then....yeah that's about it. A little fruit, maybe. This is about as average as average can be.

M: Light bodied with a solid crispness and medium to high carbonation.

O: This was a very average brew. Typical run of the mill wheat ale.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.81/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: It looks like mello yello with small bits of floating sediment and two fingers of frothy white head.

S: Citrus, apricot, some sweet malts, and some yeasty smells.

T: Lemon, grassiness, a little ginger, and a finishing taste of crackers.

M: The body is light and the finish is thirst-quenching.

O: It is just as tasty and "quaffable" as the label suggests!

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Photo of scottyshades
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the "tackle box" sampler pack

A: Pours a cloudy pale straw color with a white frothy billowy head. Good retention on this one

S: Tons and tons of peach and orchard fruit (cantaloupe?) right off the bat, wheat, and an interesting yeast strain. Very subtle and delicate nose

T: Again, subtle. Tart fruits, tons of orchard fruits, wheat and that yeast again - not sure I've come across this one

MF/O: Light, clean finish, peachy finish, mellow carbonation giving a nice feel to it

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Photo of OhYesILoveBeer
2.53/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

SweetWater Sch'Wheat 12oz into pint. Pours a shade darker than straw with a fizzy white 1/8" head that dissipates immediately. Smells of light malts with a very subtle wheat character, while a minuscule hop presence barely shows itself. Taste is very close to the nose, with the faint wheat character showing up. I agree with other reviews on how this beer is much like a macro. It doesn't have any "umph" to it, and leaves me asking myself why I even bothered to shell out the $8 for a six, when I could have went with my usual torpedo for a buck less. Anyhow, its worth a shot if you can get one for the freeski, but I wouldn't dare go out buying this ever again. Cheers!

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Photo of generalnotsew
2.06/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Good soapy head but body is very milky with tons of floaties. Coloring is very weak yellow and has that macro feel to it. Smell is faint sweetness and I am only picking up a bit of the wheat. Smell is very much lacking. Taste is quite sour and very weak. No aftertaste at all. Ho hum. Carbonation is a bit thin and this beer tastes weak in my mouth. Well you know the rule of thumb is that one beer out of a mixed pack is going to suck. This is the black sheep.

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Photo of nickthegun12
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pretty decent stuff for a hot summer day!

cloudy and unfiltered...fast fading head....nice lacing...

smell is of wheat...clean esters....low hop profile...

it taste very similar to the smell....has a slight fruity profile....that really comes out in the taste...

feel is very balanced...thirst quenching....

overall this beer is a pretty decent american wheat ale

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A yellow golden color. Nice head and lace retention. Looks yummy.

S - Citrus wheat aromas. Not a whole lot else.

T - A sweet wheat taste. Citrus flavors, and a slight bitter finish. Not bad...

M - Thumbs up for being a very crisp tasting beer.

O - Not bad for a wheat ale. I am drinking this on a cool spring night, but I suspect this beer would be excellent on a hot summers afternoon. Cheers.

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Sweetwater Sch'Wheat from SweetWater Brewing Company
3.46 out of 5 based on 134 ratings.
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