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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 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 kdawg105
4.48/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Don't know much about wheat brews but hey this beer is pretty good. It does have a hazy yellow color with an interesting smell. The taste is nice though you taste wheat you also taste a bit of hops. The only other wheat beer I have had is budlight golden wheat and I hated it. I don't know what it is supposed to taste like but it reminded me of the budweiser clamata or how every you spell it. The one with the tomato or whatever. I didn't like it at all. Oh well!! Like I say I don't know much about wheat brews but I must say that this beer is easy to drink and very refreshing!

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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 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 ChainGangGuy
4.07/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a near clear, pale gold-hued body with a small-sized, white that soon peters out.

Smell: Largely smelling of tart lemon, though by no means is this a particularly pungent aroma. Also some wheat notes and a rather tenuous tone of spice.

Taste: Modest taste of malted wheat with some simple sugary flourishes. Full pinch of freshly-grated lemon zest yields some citrus character and a little bit of tartness. No more than a very, very subtle touch of hop bitterness. Equally subtle hint of spiciness. A crisp finish rife with lemon.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-high carbonation along the lines of a soda.

Drinkability: Light, refreshing, drinkable -- very on-track for the humble wheat ale style. If those aren't things you're interested in in terms of a beer, then you'd best just steer well clear of this one. As for me, it's a pleasant, summertime brew.

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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 Brent
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

American Pale Wheats are a hard sell for me. The vast majority of this style that I've come across are bland and insipid. While the style certainly isn't a whack you in the face sort of beer, it seems many brewers use this as their offering for the "beer drinkers who don't like the taste of beer" crowd. I rant on only to point out that Sweetwater defies this trend and made a darn tasty American Pale Wheat - clean and crisp without losing a nice malty mouthfeel. Poured a bright straw - just a bit of haze. Some very faint lemon notes, touching on tart but not going sour. Cleans up nicely.

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

Comes out of the tap a slightly hazy golden yellow with a fine-bubbled snow white head. Yeasty, wheaty aroma has a fruity undertone, mainly banana. Crisp, wheaty, yeasty, slightly malty flavor has a hint of fruit. Fizzy, lively texture leaves a nice tingly finish.

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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 STKPICR0720
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this brew. I got the brew in a variety pack that had the 420, ipa and the road trip in it. Not my favorite of the 4 but I enjoyed the beer.

This beer poured a cloudy color sorta like an unfiltered brew.

Very hoppy but light tasting.

I had the 3 which were in the variety pack when it was 88 degrees and the humidity was around 95. So I would encourage anyone to drink this brew when its nice and cold for our hot southern conditions.

I am waiting on the 6-packs which should be arriving soon.

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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 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 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 cliffhagner407
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm usually very impressed with Sweetwater brews, but this one doesn't live up to the rest of their stable. It pours nicely into a glass, builds about 1/2" foam which dissipates quickly, and leaves behind a beer that looks like it has great potential. Color is a straw-like cloudy. The smell is where things start to go wrong, it's just not nearly as strong on fruit as I'm accustomed to in wheat ales.

Unfortunately the taste also isn't there. While it's got a hint of hops, a bit of citrus and the requisite wheat flavor, it's just not as good a variation on its category as, say, the Sweetwater IPA. It does feel great in your mouth; I don't think the carbonation is overdone, and I could drink it all afternoon, so that's a definite plus in its corner. Unfortunately, the taste isn't quite there to make it worth me picking up another 6-pack.

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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 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 n00tz
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Thick white head that laces down the glass covers a light golden body with active carbonation.

S - I pick floral and grass up pretty easy, sweet earth, and light spice.

T - Citrus with an earthy musk, lightly spicy with full on florals.

M - Light and refreshing, not withholding a wheaty aftertaste.

D - Excellent summer brew, great for a deck party.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Golden orange with a creamy, fluffy pure white head, not quite as nice as I'd like, but its not quite a weizen either, just a "wheat ale"

S: Wheat, but very sweet, some toasted malt too, smells like its been sweetened up, we'll see how it plays out in the flavor

T: Very similar to smell, malty and wheat flavors, again pretty sweet, decent hop bite sort of salvages an otherwise bland/uncreative taste, doesn't have the spice or citrus of a normal wheat beer, just sweetish malt and wheat

M: Semi-dry, which was a little unexpected, but I like it

D: The best aspect of this beer, it might not fit into any style nicely or taste quite like you want it too, but its easy and pleasant

Notes: This one is a little hard to explain. Its not quite anything you've had before, but its not quite great. Its different and accomplishes what it set out to do, but it just doesn't work as well as a normal wheat beer.

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Photo of armock
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is mostly of wheat malt and citrus scents

T - Follows the nose with wheat and citrus with a touch of spice

M - this beer has a light body with medium carbonation to it

D - Sure it's not the best beer out there but it's hitting the spot right now in the Georgia heat worth getting sometime to try

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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 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 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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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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Sweetwater Sch'Wheat from SweetWater Brewing Company
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