16th Anniversary Ale Red Wheat Wine
SweetWater Brewing Company

16th Anniversary Ale Red Wheat Wine16th Anniversary Ale Red Wheat Wine
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Style:
Wheat Beer - Wheatwine
ABV:
11%
Score:
87
Avg:
3.83 | pDev: 10.7%
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
127
From:
SweetWater Brewing Company
 
Georgia, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  2
Gots
  16
SCORE
87
Very Good
16th Anniversary Ale Red Wheat Wine16th Anniversary Ale Red Wheat Wine
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suspect from New York

4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle courtesy of Bulbman into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint Glass.

A: Crystal clear red in color. Aggressive pour leads to a foamy slowly growing khaki colored two-finger head. Lacing is spotty and inconsistent. Very nice ring around the top.

S: Big malts, nice caramel and sweetness. Not much bitterness to this one, very simply, nice smelling beer.

T: Perfect balanced, simple wheatwine. Nice malted wheat flavor, good sweetness balanced by some bittering hops. Very excellent caramel, spices and a touch (just a touch) of alcohol to let me know it means business at 11%.

M: Smooth finish, big bodied beer. A touch undercarbonated but that's not a detriment.

O: A delicious, easy drinking wheatwine. Very nicely done, Sweetwater. Cheers to 16 more!

May 31, 2013
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Held up nicely after 6 years.

Jun 11, 2019
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #75 (April 2013):

First off, cheers to Sweetwater for 16 years of success and a respectful nod for taking on the Wheatwine style. A really great example of the style, a style that has not really been fully explored or even defined. Seek this brew out, well worth the effort.

STYLE: Wheatwine
ABV: 11.0%
AVAILABILITY: Limited

LOOK: Clear ruby red, impressive lacing

SMELL: Sweet, bready, caramel, stone fruit, peppery alcohol, tangerine pulp

TASTE: Creamy, smooth, full bodied, malt bomb, loaf of bread, warming alcohol, mildly spicy, earthy, leafy, dates, hay, dragon fruit, parsley, semisweet alcoholic finish

Mar 07, 2015
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oberon from North Carolina

3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice to see fresh bottles of the new Sweetwater anni. here in the triad.Poured into a snifter a deep rich ruby color with a thinner but well sustained light beige head atop.Caramel and banana stand out most in the nose along with strong sweet alcohol.Caramel and vanilla are the first flavors that hit than some drunken fruits,a mild toasted wheat note and some spicy/leafy hops make a pronounced presence in the finish.The 66 I.B.U.'s play a role but it's still a big alcoholic fruity bomb....wich isn't a bad thing at all. A real sipper with nice flavor combos,a worthy anni. beer.

Mar 10, 2013
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rajendra82 from Georgia

4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very nice deep copper color on this pour, with a gently formed, but durable head that was two fingers thick. The back label of the bottle was filled with helpful information about the contents, rather than the typical double entendre filled nonsense seen on Sweetwater Dank Tank series. The smell was underwhelming at first whiff, but revealed some candied apple like layering upon closer inspection. The taste was unusual for a whetwine, as there wasn't much of a banana or orange phenols here. Instead it tasted more like a Belgian Quadrupel, with sweet cherries, plums, and other dark fruits. Unlike a Quad, there was bitter hop finish, and the alcohol burn hit shortly after than. This beer could definitely benefit from more age induced mellowing. The mouthfeel was little thin to me, but that may be due to the dry mouth sensation created by the hops. Not really true to style at all, but interesting.

Mar 18, 2013
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RickS95 from Indiana

4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The pour suggests a very rich beer. There's zero clarity, like a murky lake that doesn't give any hints as to what's in it or how deep it is. Dark brown and too rich for any light to shine through. The head is a finger thick of white bubbles. It's nice looking, but the retention is minimal but all it takes is a swirl to wake up the bubbles and leave a thinnish spotty lace.

Very malty, as you might imagine. Nothing indicates it's a wheat beer as dark, ripe fruits dominate the nose. A little caramel malt escapes along with a splash of savory hops, but it's extremely fruity--not like a fruit beer, instead like a nice Belgian.

The wheet is in the taste. The fruity flavors are there, but tempered. The wheet shines with a tangy, spicy addition to the malts and fruity flavors.

Really nice. Tangy and sweet, fruity and spicy. A bit of alcohol heat toward the end of the sip, about when the slight lingering bittering hops drop by. Savory, crisp finish.

This was awfully good. Easy to drink despite crazy high alcohol. About the opposite end of the spectrum as a Barley Wine.

Jan 19, 2014
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance; Pours chestnut brown with a frothy ecru head; a few spots of foam cling

Smell: Crusty bread, caramel and overripe stone fruit; herbal and piney tones buttress

Taste: Crusty bread, caramel and strong earthy and herbal tones; piney bitterness, through the middle, and boozy warmth in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Overall: Four years in and this wheat wine is drinking nicely indeed

May 29, 2017
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alk3kenny from Georgia

3.06/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep ruby red color nice tan creamy head on it. Slight fruits dates and raisins maybe some alcohol. Boozy 6 months to a year might mellow this out fruit is there but not heavy mouthfeel is nice alchol stays on the tongue though might get another to cellar but not rushing out to do so.

Mar 14, 2013
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.27/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

If barley-leading can make wine-strength beers, then why can't wheat? At leas that's the explorium that causes Sweetwater to embark upon in this highly imaginative "red wheat" ale that also topples 11% abv.

Celebrating 16 years, this hazy ale is golden-pink with a cast of mauve for a light murky and dense appearance. A frothy eggshell-stained head builds upon the beer and holds firm for most the session before finally succumbing to its weight and booze. With broken lace in its wake, the ale trails with a spattering of residual foam.

Spice and bread fill the nose with a wrap of caramel and bread crust. Light banana, apple and cherry highlight its estery complements while the notes of cookie dough do so on the raw yeast front. White pepper and alcohol balance the malt just as a spicy hop note jump in with a stemmy and tangy wine quality.

And its that tangy-sweet tone that kicks off its taste as the thin caramel and bread crust savory flavor is greeted with a basic fruit acidity. Its mild apple, cherry and banana character add to its tanginess while the taste of alcohol builds. Somewhat sake-like, its spicy taste is peppery and of thin booze. A certain juniper character complements the alcohol as a hop presence is tasted.

Full bodied, but not viscous or chewy, the wheat breadiness sheds its caramel heft early on in order to provide a lightened bread, croissant-like texture. Its mouthfeel remains in tact until the piercing alcohol heat slices and dices its weight into a manageable drinkability.

Not only can the brewery legally drive now, it's sixteenth year kicks off with a hair-brained ale that showcases red wheat with all of its rewards and consequences. I'm just not sure what's the fascination with red wheat nowadays.

Oct 28, 2013
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Soto from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.4%

Sep 06, 2013
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nickfl from Florida

4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours with one finger of off white head on top of a lightly hazy, amber brown body. The head fades quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Lots of dark sugar and molasses with a bit of spicy hop character.

T - Caramel and toffe up front with some mustardy brown sugar notes in the middle. Finishes with some pine and spicy hop notes and fairly strong bitterness.

M - Nedium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Not bad, it reminds me more of a barleywine than anything else. I don't get any real wheat character however, but it is pretty enjoyable overall.

May 04, 2013
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Chaney from District of Columbia

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presently #34 on the top Wheatwine list here on BA.

This Masters Degree recipient is presently up working on his Associates Degree. Don't ask, just enjoy the review.

Served in a Port City tulip

A: Infinitely murky crimson color with a few white bubbles on top posing as a head.

S: Jolly Rancher, sugar, and quite of malt. More potent than I was expecting.

T: Kinda one-dimensional, but still quite good: Cherry jello, fruity, bright... but with a good bit of malt undertow.

M: The carbonation was picture-perfect and the lacing was splotchy. This was fine in the mouth area.

O: This was good, just infinitely forgettable. I must say though that since this is not exactly my favorite style, this one definitely falls a bit above the x and y axis.

Sep 12, 2013
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Georgiabeer from Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice wheatwine, and quite true to the style. The red wheat adds a bit of nuttiness and a deeper body than sometimes found with a wheatwine, and although this is somewhat sweet, there is a nice lingering bitterness to balance it all out. The abv is also quite well hidden. Pleasant.

Nov 13, 2013
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KAF from Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Oct 27, 2014
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StraightNoChaser from Georgia

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

appearance: Dark rusty-red. Thick beige head on the pour with a respectable amount that lingers.
smell: Rich, fruity, bready nose with a little spice.
taste: full and rich like the nose with a little hoppy bitterness and a bit of alcohol burn in the finish.
overall: Very nice, "different" brew. Nothing to knock your socks off but a worthy anniversary ale. Happy Anniversary Sweetwater and Cheers.

Jul 15, 2014
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TWStandley from Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Mar 22, 2015
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babaracas from Florida

3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a mostly clear dark garnet, with one finger thick creamy tan head. Smell: lots of pale malt, caramel, cherry cola, mild spicy and grassy hopping. Taste: lots of caramelized sugar, dates, pine, candied citrus. It's quite sweet, but there's plenty of booze and enough bitterness for it to work reasonably well. Syrupy feel into sticky finish.

May 28, 2013
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superdedooperboy from Georgia

4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22-ounce brown glass bottle poured into a snifter glass. Served at approximately 50 degrees F.

Pours a beautiful, sparklingly clear deep ruby-copper with a half-fingered capping of beige foam that recedes to a thick crown, leaving behind a spackle of lace on the walls of the glass. SweetWater's centrifugal filtration system is obviously working well, as the clarity on this beer coupled with its color is something to behold.

The nose is rich with sweet delicacies. Bread pudding, plums, sugared dried dates, and hints of toffee all mingle together to present a lively and enticing opening to this 'Sweet 16' brew.

Medium-to-full in body with a moderate level of carbonation, coupling to make this big brew an easy-sitter on the tongue. The palate makes it even easier, opening up with notes of sweetbread, pralines, dried figs and dates, and a light bit of caramel; the middle brings forth the hops which, while subdued, show themselves with a bit of a grassy tinge, mingling alongside a bit of light toast and a slight nuttiness. More caramel shows itself in the back, melding with the grassy, slightly herbaceous hop notes and hint of nut, along with a bit of warmth from the alcohol, to finish with a sensation somewhat reminiscent of a good amaretto or, dare I say, even a good non-peaty single malt.

A rather delicious Wheatwine, if a bit unfitting for this warm Georgia spring weather -- it was much better enjoyed at the chilly Sweet 16 bash at the brewery back in February. It's a shame it wasn't released on time to coincide with the end of the chill, but it would still make an excellent candidate for cellaring until winter rolls around again. Good show, SweetWater, and cheers to even more years!

Mar 19, 2013
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MNishCT77 from District of Columbia

3.17/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22 oz. bottle from Fri., 01/02/2014 tasting (thanks, Erich and Sara!), unknown brewing/packaging dates, poured into a snifter glass, drank over ~30 minutes

Jan 09, 2015
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mrk829 from Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

Sep 21, 2013
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CampusCrew from Florida

3.12/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

appearance: reddish amberish with a solid head retention

smell: whoa caramel, brandy.... some vanilla

taste: caramel bomb, not balanced, not bitterness at all, boozy

mouthfeel: medium bodied to full bodied

drinkability: not a fan. love caramel flavors in beer but not when it completly unbalanaced.

Apr 19, 2013
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immobileman from Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Apr 29, 2013
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DangerDawg from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Jun 04, 2013
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Kromes from Georgia

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A deep, dark red color with a thick tan colored head.

A caramel aroma with some grapeseed, alcohol, and mineral aromas.

The alcohol hits right up front with the caramel malt. There are some earthy flavors in the background and maybe a hint of cherry. Alcohol is dominant in the flavor.

A nice smooth and full mouthfeel with good carbonation. Finishes dry.

This is definitely a sipper. Fresh out of the bottle, the alcohol is up front.

Mar 20, 2013
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leftstagebrew from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.4%

May 13, 2013
16th Anniversary Ale Red Wheat Wine from SweetWater Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 127 ratings