Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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Reviews by Pahn:
4.38/5 rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottle funnily informs us that it was "bottle conditioned in 2009".
Sidenote: this is the first wheatwine I've tried, so I don't know what to expect.
Appearance: Free pour fails to yield a head, instead leaving a small foam ring around the surface of the glass that gradually dissipates to almost nothing. Pours a clear reddish amber, and leaves no lacing.
Smell: Whoa, from the bottle and the glass there's a huge aroma of raisin and caramel, somewhat reminiscent of J.W. Lees Harvest Ale or Hair of the Dog Fred. My expectations rise and my attention perks up a bit when a beer smells like this. As the beer warms, the smell gets more cakelike, and gradually boozier. Not very complex, but very inviting.
Taste: Raisin and caramel, very similar to the smell; delicious. There's a nice, kind of tannic, raisin skin character in the middle leading to a just-aggressive-enough hop bitterness that takes you through to the bready, toasty finish. Aftertaste is great, and sticks around for a long time along with some noticeable alcohol warmth.
Some wheat influence pops up as the beer warms, but mainly this beer tastes like a well done, hoppier-than-usual English barleywine. There aren't too many different flavors happening, but the balance and character of what's there is really excellent.
Mouthfeel: Fuller side of medium bodied. Light carbonation. Juicy and creamy at the same time. Pretty much perfect for the flavor, and very enjoyable.
Drinkability: My only complaint here is that I want to savor it, but I can't stop drinking it. With one glass this beer instantly graduates to "go-to beer" and will be incorporated into regular rotation in my refrigerator.
I had no idea this beer would taste like this... I expected something like a caramely double white, or maybe an American barleywine with some wheat influence, both of which sound at least interesting. What I got was a well-crafted beer suited exactly to my tastes. Another exceptional beer from Smuttynose, and a great complement to their hoppy, tropical-fruit oriented Barleywine in the "Big Beer Series".
Serving type: bottle
10-24-2010 03:11:59 | More by Pahn
More User Reviews:
3.59/5 rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Bottle conditioned in 2014. 10.8% ABV.
Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Small chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, wheat, caramel, toffee, wood, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour wheat, caramel, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop and wood bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a unique tartness in the flavor that I am not sure I have experienced in other beers of the same style.
Serving type: bottle
07-03-2014 03:15:32 | More by UCLABrewN84
Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 674 ratings.