Smuttynose Short Batch #21 - Straw - Barb Short Weisse - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Short Batch #21 - Straw - Barb Short Weisse
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57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: johnnnniee on 10-11-2013)
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2/5  rDev -44.6%

Photo of johnnnniee
2.18/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from The Drinkery
Pours a turbid deep straw color with a smallish bone white head that slowly dissipates to a cap on top. Smells of light grapefruit, strawberry, and a bit of plastic phenol. Very disappointing aroma! The flavor is light and tart with hints of lemon grapefruit and definitely a strawberry presence. There is that phenol there that reminds me of melted plastic. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a tart almost puckering mouthfeel. Huge disappointment for me here. If not for the plastic this would be a fantastic beer.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.68/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Super hazed dusky peachish. Bright-white rocky head. Drops to a tiny bubbly collar in short order. Light carbonation.

Smell: Very light push of strawberry. A small bitterness. Incredibly light and pale malts. Slight hints of cracker and something bready. Tiny hint of some lactic tartness, but it's buried deep. A touch phenolic on the back as well. Rhubarb is minimal at best. Very mellow and very mild. Warming adds a bit more strawberry juice to the mix.

Taste: Slightly lactic. Finishes almost plasticy with a tiny hint of phenols. Clean light malts. A touch of wheat thrown in the mix. Incredibly light and easy drinking. A touch of something almost damp, but it's minimal. Muted strawberry fruitiness. A touch of bitter and slightly sour rhubarb laced through the back. A bit more lactic push as it warms, but it's still pretty mild. Slightly sweet pale maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Light body with a moderate bubbly carbonation. Clean and light. Drinks like it should.

Overall: Stick with what you know.

It's a decent berliner, but it has some off-flavors that hurt it. Strawberry and rhubarb is a solid combo and it's the proper kind of light for the style, but it just doesn't get there.

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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of CooperEllis
3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

750ml from ProperPinter, thanks!

Bottle reads Bottle Conditioned in July 2013, #768 of 929 - Best Consumed Fresh.

I'm an unabashed Smuttynose homer and I seriously dislike rhubarb. Fun.

S: This smells very strongly of plastic. There are notes of berry but the plastic was strong enough that I instinctively thought "oh, I'm going to get a headache". Once it was out of the bottle, the frust was much more present and there was more fruit and a good deal of rhubarb.

T: Thin flavor. After having found the strawberry short weiss to be very enjoyable this was a let down. It is fine. Nothing more. Dominated by rhubarb with very little strawberry at the end.

M: very nice, light and crisp. The flavor may not be great but it is delivered well.

O: It's a modest, low abv, uniquely flavored option, but not one I would have again.

(214th)

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml cork and cage bottle poured into a gueuze glass.

A: Pond water murky. Head is surprisingly creamy and persistent. Thin rings of lacing.

S: strawberries and rhubarb. Thin suggestion of tart lactic acid. Very wheaty. A simple and quiet nose.

T: Creamy wheat up front. Lactic sour taste remains a background constant. Strawberries come on middle to end and add a touch of juicy flavor. Rhubarb brings up the rear with a little tartness of its own. Strawberry rhubarb finish with a very mild tartness.

M: Light bodied. Full and frothy thanks to the wheat. Mild scrubbing carbonation.

O: The lactic acid character that should be the focal point of a good Berliner Weisse takes a back seat here, presumably to let the strawberries and rhubarb shine through more. It's a refreshing and crushable beer with some good and fresh strawberry/rhubarb flavor, but don't expect it to compare with the more traditional Berliner Weisse beers out there.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Consumed 12/11/13

Appearance: Pours somewhere between medium amber and gold - with some nice orange - kind of an apricot color overall - pours hazy , cloudy - big, frothy, white head, retains a small cap

Smell: Light, mild strawberries and some tart funkiness - extremely floral - nice strawberry aroma - lightly tart, lightly funky, rather clean for the style - some sourness and weirdness, almost reminiscent of strawberry yogurt

Taste: A notably pleasant, funky strawberry concoction - not a ton of strawberry, but it's definitely there, and it's definitely nice - rhubarb is here too, and it's pretty nice - some nice tart notes, and some nice, clean sourness - light, pale malts, and some light grains - lightly sweet, nicely refreshing

Mouthfeel: Light body, nicely carbonated, finishes nicely tart

Overall: Straw, meet Barb

This is quite interesting. One odd thing about this beer is that it doesn't quite taste like a Smuttynose beer (and that is not an insult). It's quite unique. It has some great strawberry and rhubarb flavors. It could be more funky and sour, but it works forwhat it is.

Photo of cjgiant
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer looks... strange, opaque milky pink-tinged yellow. Decent head and lacing. The beer has a scent that fits it's name, but style? Rhubarb pie or strawberry-kiwi notes, but missing a sour bite.

The same could be said of the taste. The sour hints are there; they lead you to the edge, but throw up a barrier to save your palate from the puckering crash of thrilling free-fall. If it could have just let you fall, even with a lifeline, it would have gotten a tick or two higher. Even so, I could have this as a sour-ish substitute were the real thing not available.

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Smuttynose Short Batch #21 - Straw - Barb Short Weisse from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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