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Sweetwater Blue is a unique lighter style ale enhanced with a hint of fresh blueberry. When you drink this beer take a good whiff first and you’ll smell the blueberry influence, but on the taste it’s extremely subtle and the finish is extra clean. Ain’t no fruit beer, but it is our breakfast beer, usually folks that are looking to quench their thirst or for those that are new to the “good beer” lifestyle; this is their choice. This brew and the ESB were the original two to go through the tanks at SweetWater in February 1997.

Medals: Bronze medal winner at the 1998 World Beer Cup, Fruit Beer category; Always the funky favorite at any outdoor beer festival

Malt: 2 Row, Wheat

Hops: Centenial

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
budweiserblows (35) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 5, 2005
If I wanted to drink Budweiser I’d pay Budweiser prices for it. What else can you say, it’s just a beer. Nothing too special besides the price tag.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2005
Sparkling gold, thin white fizzy head. Nose held notes of warm blueberry bread, lemon zest, and wheat. Flavor was similar with low-key tones of blueberry, citrus, and wheat. Light bodied, medium carbonation, dry fruity finish. I say good for quantity drinking on a hot summer day...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - OCT 24, 2005
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with goldtwins, thanks Larry!) Two flavors and two flavors only: blueberries and dough. SweetWater should change the name to Blueberry Muffin because this beer’s resemblance to the muffins I buy at Costco is uncanny. Lightly sweet with no tartness, and there is no bitterness or even a hint of hops. I appreciate that the blueberry flavor seems real rather than artificial, so that’s a nice plus. Perhaps a little tartness would make this more enjoyable, but as it is, this beer is more a novelty than a tasty brew. The beer smells pretty similar as well, with the blueberry aroma being a bit lighter overall. Light-medium in body with a nicely carbonated mouthfeel. Pale golden color and fairly clear in appearance, but the small whitish head disappears quickly, so this beer isn’t very attractive. It’s a decent fruit beer, but without any tartness, it’s not something I’d actively seek out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scubatrip (605) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2005
On tap at the Brewgrass Festival in Asheville, pours a hazy pale oranges and smells and tastes like a blueberry muffin. A bit overly so.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Veeve (312) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2005
on tap at Asheville brewfestival. slightly murky goden-straw color. such a full and almost overwhelming blueberry flavor. but different and interesting and good. takes like bread and blueberries. silky mouthfeel. my notes have FRESH!!! in big capitol letters like that. so I guess it tasted fresh and fruity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 19, 2005
Pours light golden with a slight haze, and fully receding white head. Aroma of blueberries, much like the ones picked from my backyard. Taste is lightly sweet with blueberries, bready malts, with lively carbonation. Finishes on a somewhat flat note, I’m crediting the wheat for that. There’s only a slight lingering berry taste. This is a good beer, for what it is. I was really impressed with the authentic blueberry aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - OCT 15, 2005
(Knoxville Brewers’ Jam). Pours clear orange-yellow with faint white head. The aroma is, surprise, blueberries. The flavor is, again, blueberries, with some zest and light malt. Meh.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JMerritt (1867) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2005
GABF 2005. I’m a sucker for a fruit beer when it seems as though the fruit addition is non-artificial. And that is what I got here. Pale gold with a frothy, whipped egg-looking white head. BIG blueberry aroma, very fresh, you can almost picture the little blue berries with their slightly frosted skins. Fresh blueberries carry well into the flavor, with some sweet malted milk balls - it’s like drinking a blueberry pancake. I really fell in love with this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 25, 2005
Sampled from bottle, gift from Staleyiv. Pours a brilliant gold with a lasting white head. The aroma of this beer is by far its most unique and enticing feature. The blueberries and bready malts grab your attention immediately and invite you to take a taste. The flavor is balanced and the finish is clean and dry for a fruit beer. I appreciate the fact that the fruit is present, but it is not syrupy sweet. The very low carbonation might make one think that the body is lighter than it is. A very good fruit beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stiffy42j (68) - Brunswick, Georgia, USA - SEP 14, 2005
Smells like blueberries and flowers. Blueberry in flavor but not as much body as I had hoped. More flavor is apparent in the after taste though. Not my most favorite Sweetwater brew but it is still good. This is a good summertime beer.

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