Review: Swill, 10 Barrel Brewing Co.

10 Barrel Brewing Co. — Bend, OR

  • Style:  Berliner Weiss w/ soda
  • Bitterness: 14 IBU
  • ABV: 4.5%
  • Malts:  Not specified
  • Hops:  Not specified
  • Special Ingredient: Soda
  • Sampled:  12 oz bottle

Description:  Beer guy! Stop taking yourself so serious, our Swill was designed to throw down. German Berliner Weiss with multiple layers of grapefruit – delicious, fun and easy to drink. — 10 Barrel Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:  After I left college, I vowed to never drink swill beer again. But all rules are meant to be broken, aren't they? Swill is a blend of Berliner Weiss (one of my favorite styles) and soda. I'm drinking Swill as part of my summer beer series.  Radlers and shandies also blend beer with non-alcoholic beverages.
The tasting:  Golden in color, clear, with a white head that dissipates very slowly. Aroma is full of sweet grapefruit (not the hoppy grapefruit that's common in many craft beers). Taste of tangy wheat, lemon, grapefruit, and a touch of grassy hops. The beer has a moderate to heavy sweetness that begins with the first sip and lingers through the finish. Hop bitterness is very low and alcohol is not present in aroma or flavor. Swill is light bodied and finishes with sweet grapefruit. 

Rating:  3 star. Good. I would drink this again if someone gives it to me.  The sweetness from the soda was too cloying for me. However, Swill is worth trying, especially if you've never tasted a shandy or radler. It's a good hot weather beer (assuming you like your beer sweet) and might serve as a crossover for those who are not crazy about beer. Swill is still available at retail, but probably not for long since 10 Barrel's winter seasonal, Pray for Snow, will soon be arriving.
Have you tasted 10 Barrel's Swill (not the macro swill)?  How did you like it?

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