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RATINGS: 564   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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

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2.7
BeerloverEJ21 (131) - Georgia, USA - MAR 1, 2007
This beer was ok, but I really don’t like sweetwater. Actually, the blueberry flavor compliments the naturally sweet taste of sweetwater, so it wasnt bad considering, but fruit beers really arent my thing either, so I gave this one a pretty low score. Smelled nice fragrant, and it tatsted sweet, but more of a womans beer if you ask me.

2.9
jlruthven (612) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2007
Not bad. Poured pilsner gold, small white head that dissipated pretty quickly. Blueberries, wheat, and blueberries all around. Eh.

3
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2007
The color was a crisp golden color. The head was fizzy and white. The blueberry was very pungent. There was also a sweet smell. The flavor was fruity (blueberry), little sour, peppery. The blueberry flavor tasted more chemical and peppery than actual fruit. The finish was carbonated.

2.8
brianprentiss (702) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 29, 2006
For a fruit beer, this is not a bad entry. It smells amazing, unfortunately, better than it tastes.

2.5
NachlamSie (3481) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2006
Bottle. Well, I can’t say I was expecting much at all from this brew, so I was slightly pleasantly surprised. The pour is lifeless and light with no head and minimal carbonation. It’s completely see-through, especially around the narrower portion of the flute. The nose is crisp, clean, and has an appropriate level of blueberries. Pretty much the same thing in the way of taste: clean, no off flavors, just some pleasing blueberry hints. The mouthfeel is way too watery. It’s interesting to see that Centenial hops were used in this, maybe one hop in the entire kettle. So, what we have here is a very light blueberry drink. It precariously walks the line of alchopop, but it isn’t fizzy or artificial enough to make my blood pressure rise with fury. However, you sure as hell won’t catch me drinking this again, even if it might cool me down on a hot December day in TN.

2.8
brstp (201) - - DEC 27, 2006
Bottle. Ugly pale amber color, awesome blueberry aroma. Weak wheat beer taste with, yes, more blueberries, clean sharp finish. The beer fits the name.

3
marksahara (79) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 24, 2006
On draught at multiple locations in ATL, including brewery and in bottle. Not personally a fan of wheat-containing beers, but they must have tweaked the formula because I went from starting out on this beer to it being undrinkable, then now back to being drinkable. The wheaty finish is what turned me off to this, but now it seems like it is more hidden or more subdued. Appearance in the glass is a superbly clear golden amber colour with a medium white crown. Sometimes a good pour can achieve a good 2-fingers worth, but retention is not optimal. Aroma is definitely full of blueberries and slightly yeasty in some cases. This is a beer that should be enjoyed thoroughly chilled. The flavour shouts blueberries but it is not too much "in your face" and has a crisp lager-like finish. The malt in this beer is featured more than the hops, which is almost non-existent. Blue is definitely a session beer and excellent to prevent hangovers in the morning, defending its title by locals as a breakfast beer. Very thin body and as close to a "light" beer as you get at Sweetwater. Very popular with tyro beer drinkers and the women. Good to enjoy on occasion, when the time is right, but not something that I personally opt to drink all the time.

2.2
CheersMate (1343) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2006
I am stuck in the middle on this beer. I am an Atlanta native and seeing this beer practically everywhere makes me think that it has picked up on its popularity. The beer though can be at times too fruity. If this is what the company is going for they have done an excellent job. This is something my girlfriend likes to drink due to the fact that you have the taste of blueberries lingering in your mouth. I must defend the company by saying if you name a beer after bluberries it better taste as such.

2.5
hopdog (12510) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2006 12oz bottle acquired in trade with aracana (thanks!). Poured a medium and clear golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of very light blueberries and I’m getting some perfume. Tastes of light blueberries and grain. Lightly sweet and overall on the thin side.

2.4
Bosco (322) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2006
12 oz bottle on Jam Cruise 4. Fruity, sharp carb bite. Fizzy. Exactly what I expected from a flavored beer. Stick with Sweetwater’s 420.


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