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RATINGS: 559   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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 youll smell the blueberry influence, but on the taste its extremely subtle and the finish is extra clean. Aint 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
decaturstevo (5784) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 5, 2006
Unsual blueberry aroma and flavor, smelled more like blueberries than tasted like them. A light bodied, dry, fizzy beer. A beer I would find interesting if someone homebrewed a batch, I cant imagine this beer being a retail boom. I have 5 more of them as I drink them I may re-rate if my thoughts change on it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NYR885 (2) - USA - FEB 23, 2006 does not count
Bottle. A great fruit beer. The blueberry comes through very well in both the taste and the smell. Very fresh, very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Ive always enjoyed a well done fruit beer, and I love blueberry ale. Sweetwater Blue is a crisp, refreshing, tasty blueberry ale, with lots of good blueberry character in both aroma and flavor. I found this beer to be very enjoyable, though it was just a touch too sweet in blueberry flavor, and could have had a little bigger malt backbone. Sweetwater Blue pours to a beautiful, bright, very pale golden color with a bright white head that fades, and a good bit of carbonation. The nose is very fragrant with the aromas of sweet blueberry jam, and a slight back drop of pale malt aroma. The palate is thin and somewhat watery on the tongue, with some crisp malt flavor, and sweet/sour blueberry flavors. Sweetwater Blue finishes with more blueberry flavors up front, then ends with a slightly sour and a touch cloying blueberry finish. This is a nice, refreshing blueberry ale, with lots of blueberry aromas and flavors. It tastes more like a blueberry soda than a beer in my opinion. That is ok for me, as I love blueberries, but for some, the sweet blueberry character could be a bit too much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ghg (1) - USA - DEC 16, 2005 does not count
Whether mowing the lawn or sitting on the deck of your local pizza joint this beer is very refreshing on a hot summer day.

   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 Id pay Budweiser prices for it. What else can you say, its 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 (3051) - 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 beers 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 thats 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 isnt very attractive. Its a decent fruit beer, but without any tartness, its not something Id actively seek out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scubatrip (610) - 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, Im crediting the wheat for that. Theres only a slight lingering berry taste. This is a good beer, for what it is. I was really impressed with the authentic blueberry aroma.

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