Sweetwater 16th Anniversary Ale Red Wheat Wine | SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater 16th Anniversary Ale Red Wheat WineSweetwater 16th Anniversary Ale Red Wheat Wine

Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by oberon on 03-10-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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2/5  rDev -47.5%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

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3.07/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CampusCrew
3.12/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

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3.12/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle, 50 degrees, poured into tulip.

A: Very nice, dark, deep red/brown, with an average finger of head, and a lacy ring throughout the tasting

S: Boozy, fruity, and a little caramel-y.

T: Striking, up front hit with the alcohol. The hops are there too, with a bitter edge. I don't get the vanilla some others have reported. Some fruits are buried in there, but can't isolate the flavors. The 11% ABV dominates, and might mellow with time.

M: Astringent, biting , drying feel. Not really a "mouth coating" feel like some wines, but to be honest, I don't think I have had a "wheat wine" before. It's not bad, just a lot different from the Imperial IPAs as my standard go-to, or the BBA Stouts I have been enjoying this winter.

Not sure if I am willing to spare a spot in the cellar to hold this for a while to see what happens. More interested in getting another Gimp to age instead.

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3.17/5  rDev -16.8%
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

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.27/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber red with yellowish white head, very small. Not a lot of nose. Aroma of caramel, hard candy, plums, cherries. Flavor is mostly cherry. A bit one dimensional on the flavor. Not that much booze on the taste here, and goes down easier than expected. Medium mouthfeel with lowish carbonation. Get the feeling of a heavy Belgian dubbel here. A bit boring, but not a bad beer I guess.

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3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish amber body with a light tan head with good lacing. Red wine, wheat, grain, dark ripe fruity nose and flavors. Medium bodied.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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Sweetwater 16th Anniversary Ale Red Wheat Wine from SweetWater Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 126 ratings
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