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Sweetwater Sch'Wheat | SweetWater Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States | website

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:
52
Ratings:
133
Avg:
3.46
pDev:
26.59%
 
 
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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 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 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 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 Georgiabeer
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer replaces Hummer, Sweetwater's Wit style beer, and although this isn't a bad beer, I much preferred the underappreciated Hummer as a summer quaffer. This pours pale golden with lots of effervescence and little head. Smells lightly grainy and slightly of lemon. Definitely light in the aroma department. The beer is crisp in the mouth with some slightly sweet and creamy wheat flavor, a touch of lemon and orange citrus, and a bit dusty tasting on the finish. Still works as a summer refresher, but the body is slightly heavier than the Hummer, its less citrusy and refreshing, and the fairly pronounced graininess is a distraction. I'd like a little more crispness and more of a flavor shift toward bubblegum or fruit and away from grain. It is what it is.

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Photo of harpus
2.9/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a straw yellow with a semi creamy white head that does not retain well. The beer almost appears filtered. Laces weakly as the head fades.

A - Not a whole lot here. Subtle notes of bread and citrus. Yeast ester very subdued.

T - Very unimaginative. Bland wheat maltiness with faint notes of citrus hop flavor. Low bitterness with little to no yeast ester. Finishes slightly cloying.

M - Thin and a toutch watery upfront. Becomes a bit cloying towards the end.

D - Very easy to drink. A lawnmower beer for sure

0 - I was very hopeful coming into this beer. I really expected Sweetwater to give a better effort than this. Another overly bland uninspired American Wheat Ale.

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Photo of glid02
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewery.

Pours a clear straw color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of grassy wheat with mild amounts of light citrus and leafy hops.

Tastes OK. Wheat flavors with light amounts of citrus - orange and lemon rinds - kick things off. Midway through the sip the flavors turn more toward hops - grassy and earthy - and carry through to a crisp finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I finished my glass without a problem but I'm not sure about another.

Overall I wasn't a huge fan of this beer - I thought it was kind of a stripped down version of their Hummer which wasn't the best beer in the world to begin with. Not worth avoiding but certainly not worth seeking out.

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Photo of AgentMunky
2.73/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Insane amounts of bubbles obscure the view through this otherwise clear beer. It's a boring yellow colour with good head and lacing.

S: Very neutral smell, with traces of wheat.

T: Meh. It's decent. I guess. Watery with a wheaty background flavour, but I wouldn't say it tasted much like a wheat beer. Very little citrus, but some spice, probably weak cloves. Bland aftertaste with a touch of bitterness. Not impressed.

M: Carbonation and wateriness.

D: It's light, but not very drinkable. At least, I wouldn't drink it. The aftertaste is unpleasant, and the beer's quenching quality is its only redeeming factor. Not recommended.

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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 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 wedge
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mostly clear golden-yellow with a small, creamy white sheet of a head. Some strings of lace. Tart wheat and citrus aroma...powdery-sweet floral notes. Light, fresh grainy wheat, leafy hops bitterness, and a flash of lemon. Light bodied, tart, well-carbonated, and refreshing. I don't mind it being in the mixed 12-pack, though I would never buy it on its own. A very mild, but not terrible, version of a typically bland style.

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

I got this one from GatorBeerNerd in a great trade at the Sexual Chocolate 2011 release. Thanks Donnie!

A: Poured a very hazy, tanngerine-orange color, with tons of little yeasties floating around in the brew. This was SO unfiltered! The one finger, solid white head lingered as a froth throughout the session.

S: Very faint, but pleasant scent of mild citrus and wheat, rounded out by sort of a white flour bread dough.

T: Very light in taste, yet still effective enough. Mild orange/apricot taste, with an overall wheat arch. A bit spicy on the finish and a mild present fruit lingering.

M: A bit thin in this area to be honest, but not too offensive. Carbonation to spare here and the wheat beat the potential sweetness into submission.

D: I've seen some review trashing this brew on here. Even though it's the dead of winter right now, I found this one to be a great summertime brew.... especially one for those harsh swampy conditions in Georgia!

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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 atsprings
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a crisp straw yellow with a thin diminishing head. The aroma is wheat and mild sweet fruit. The taste is a nice subtle blend of wheat and sweet fruits with mild citrus hops. The beer is quite light, crisp and smooth as expected for the style. This is a decent wheat beer, but not likely one I would have again.

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Photo of Arbitrator
1.5/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into a glass. A generous extra from jophish17. Thanks Joe!

A: Pours a slightly hazy straw-apricot body with a finger of short-lived, off-white head. No lace.

S: Toast / grain. Kind of a light baked bread aroma with some yeast. I don't get much in the way of hops, or even much complexity.

T: I thought I had accidentally poured water into my beer glass upon trying this. The flavor is, at best, mild. If I were being generous, I'd say it is a simple delivery of toasted malt and *possibly* citrus hops with a strange, artificial sweetness to it. If I were being brutally honest, I'd say this is a macro substitute to appeal to the non-daring craft drinker.

M: Light-bodied, weak and watery flavor. Low carbonation.

D: An utter failure on all fronts.

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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 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 GJ40
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle purchased in a Sweetwater mix pack from Lowes Foods in Apex, NC. Best by date is 12/14/10.

A - A very pale yellow with great clarity and a moderate white head. Good lacing as the glass empties.

S - Very limited with a hint of fruit.

T - Crisp and dry with a slight citrusy bitterness, some fruit and a touch of spice. I don't get much from the wheat.

M - Thin with a slight silkiness and a moderate carbonation.

D - This strikes me as being geared toward the BMC crowd. It's easy to drink but not very entertaining. Not one I'd turn down at a tailgate but not one I'd buy.

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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 Jadjunk
2.73/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

#23. Another Sweetwater product. This one has a BBD of 01/03/11 on the bottle. There are directions for pouring on the label in order to achieve a "desired result". Wheats aren't my favorite, but I'm always willing to give something new a try. Here we go.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to my trusty beer mug at room temp.

(Appearance) Beer pours a two finger depth head that recedes moderately. Lacing left behind is average. The beer is very yellow with some slight gold tones. Beer is largely clear with some very slight hazy tones. Carbonation is busy. This beer is very bright in color but nothing super exciting. 3

(Smell) Very faint smells of wheat and some even lighter still hops and malts. Odors of citrus are not difficult to detect, and I can even get some whiffs of honey. This beer smells sweet but is not at all pungent. Plenty of room for improvement. As if the label didn't give it away, I can smell that it's going to be sweet. 2.5

(Taste) Super light and thin at first swig. The wheat isn't bold nor is the flavor. Any additional flavors added to this beer are even harder to detect at this point. Very faint citrus is next to nothing here along with some passive spices that are barely noticeable. The finish throws in some bolder wheat and slight toasty malts straight out of left field, which completely surprised me. This beer is just super light and drinks well, but isn't a very exciting drink. 2.5

(Mouthfeel) Some positives here, bold but not overly daring carbonation gives this beer a good balance between crisp and smooth, with a clean edge. Despite having a low-ish ABV, it's easy to detect sizable traces of alcohol in the finish. Beer is light bodied and thin. Much more watery than I would desire. 2.5

(Drinkability) I'm not thinking that this is a beer style that SweetWater mastered. It may fit for a few people who are looking to take it easy, but I'd have a hard time going for a second knowing that SweetWater brews far better things in my opinion. The beer is light and not very filling, has a moderately low ABV and is easy drinking. Despite not being phenomenal, it's still a good deal better than lots of macro brews. 3.5

Verdict: Very light bodied taste makes this a good intro for people who are edging in towards wheat beers but theres plenty of room for improvement in this SweetWater brew. I'm going to say that this might be a good choice for a very select audience, but I know and have tried better wheat beers. The flavor is just too light and easy to satisfy most drinker's buds. C- (2.7)

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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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3.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was part of a gift that I received from the staff at Hotel Indigo in Atlanta. A MOST thoughtful thing to do.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy yellow color with a small head of white bubbles that faded back into the beer within about 20-30 seconds.

Aroma: The hops are a pretty major player in the aroma. There is a little bit of grass, and some mild citrus...and heck, maybe even some floral, so the hop bouquet is pretty complex for such a light beer. The wheat is also in the nose adding some dry bready notes.

Taste: The flavor is also led by the hops with a bit of a resiny impression up front giving way to a bit of light caramel sweetness and bready notes. The finish is balanced by the hops, but the sweetness barely wins out in the end. The beer is light to barely medium bodied with low carbonation for the style.

Opinion: Overall this is an alright beer. It has a pretty good balance and flavor. I am not a hop-head, so perhaps I don't appreciate this beer as much as I should, but I appreciate the blend and balance that they get from the hops.

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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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Sweetwater Sch'Wheat from SweetWater Brewing Company
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