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Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

693 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 693
Reviews: 465
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 53
Gots: 53 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  10.70% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
Smuttynose Wheat Wine Ale is a unique hybridization of two well-known beer styles, combining the rich, voluptuous taste of a traditional barleywine with the subtle, tart flavors of an American wheat ale, topped off with a healthy dose of crisp, herbaceous hops.

2007 - 11.4%
2008 - 10.3%
2009 - 11.4%
2010 - 12.0%

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 04-13-2005)
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Reviews by RockyTopHeel:
Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber in color with a late-erupting, quickly dissipating head. Aroma of raisins, burnt sugar and bitter hops.

Flavor is deep and complex. Biscuity malts spiced with nutmeg and clove sit beneath caramelized figs and hops, with a faint touch of apricot at the periphery. Finish is mostly clean, with a late, slightly cloying sweet note, and the high ABV adds a phenol punch.

Balanced, but big - and enjoyable. Easy does it on this one.

RockyTopHeel, Jun 30, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass kind of a odd mix of deep burnt orange with ruddy brownish hue to it a thinner but well formed slight off white head atop.Boozy and quite sweet aromas like alcohol dipped apricot and a nutty terrine malt presence not much hop to be had here,definently a malt based big brew with a sweet alcohool kick dried apricot and dare I say applesauce flavors mixed with alcohol burn,definently flavorful and definently ballsy.Iam finishing the bomber and I will sleep well tonight,glad I tried it it really warms the insides.

oberon, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of RoyalT
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one is pure orange in color with almost no head.

Smell – The nose isn’t really like wine, well maybe like a really big chardonnay with a bunch of wheat in it. The sugars are subtle yet noticeable and it has a nice buttery character.

Taste – The sugars come out much bigger at the taste, and this WW definitely has some good, buttery chardonnay notes with hints of American oak. The alcohol is dry.

Mouthfeel – This is in between medium and full-bodied with a slight alcohol sting.

Drinkability – This went down well enough and is nice to split with someone. I really appreciate BeerGuy bringing this out on his visit to Seattle as I know these Wheat Wines can be quite pricey.

RoyalT, May 01, 2006
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 vintage 22oz bottle. Pours into my glass a slightly viscous hazy amber orange hue with a ring of head that quickly falls and active carbonation. Aromas of big caramel and spicy malts, toasted grains and a suprising blast of herbal hops as well. Light fruit notes throughout including fresh apples. Grassy and resinous with a yeasty undertone. A really great aroma on this brew that is just about 2 years old now.

First sip brings a dense caramel malt upfront alongside some slightly sour, tangy wheat grain tones. Apple and light fruit flavors weave in and out with a nice spiciness as well. Herbal, resinous hops hit on the way down and add some bitterness to the wonderful mix of flavors. It finishes a bit dry, which may be on account of the French oak chips used during dry hopping. Overall, this is a damn fine wheat wine. A little noticeable alcohol heat on the finish as well, but it doesn't take away from this amazingly tasty brew. Yum!

Mouthfeel is big and chewy with a fast moving carbonation. The brew is not overly heavy, it sits just right for me and spot on for the style. I will say this is easily the best wheat wine I have sampled to date and I wish I had bought and cellared more bottles because it will be sad to see this one go. Smutty has a winner here and if you're hanging onto any 2005 bottles, they are drinking mighty fine right now.

orbitalr0x, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of JasonA
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slight cloudy amber. No head, no lacing.

Smells a hoppy wheat.

Initial barley wine sweet, little hops and little wheat. Not much wheat, some hops finish. Tastes like a somewhat typical BW.

Some carbonation, maybe a little more than a typical BW. Smooth but can tell the wheat finish.

Overall a decent beer. Not sure I consider it something special, or one I would look to go back to.

JasonA, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from Smutty's Big Beer Series. A hazy red/orange color with very little head. It had a flowery, sweet aroma. A sharp, crisp hop presence. This is a pretty assertive beer, one made for sipping and quiet contemplation. Definitely not a session beer.

lordofthewiens, Dec 23, 2006
Photo of sponberg
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big bottle, big beer! pours dark glowing amber with a thin, rapidly disappearing head. Love the aroma - sweet malt, some wheat tart graininess, whiffs of hops and alcohol... niiice!

Starts with an estery wheatiness and honeylike maltiness in harmony - throughout the sip, the wheat flavors are present, a subtle graininess that lightens the flavor of this big ol' beer. Behind these flavors are some alcoholic heat along with an herbal hoppiness, akin to a Saison in some respects, not overly bitter or citric or earthy but present and part of the whole. Finishes with a dryish mouthfeel, slightly astringent, but with a spiciness (is there a clove back in there?) and slight alcoholic heat. Properly syrupy for 10+ %, but more than 2 would flatten my tastebuds. Like a barleywine but with some lighter flavors courtesy of the wheat that make it its own brew.

Nice effort from Smutty - really enjoying this one.

sponberg, Jan 22, 2007
Photo of marvin213
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Copper like an old penny, the head fizzes for a cover and then fades to the side. Though to some extent a wine, I expect foods and beverages associated with wheat to resemble the golden, straw-like vegetation to which I'm accustomed. This looks like some sorta imperial amber.

Smells like a barleywine. Had I not known better, it'd be a Sierra Nevada Bigfoot. I guess the 50+% makes it a wheatwine, but there's plenty of barley in this sucker. Like a Bigfoot, this smells like it might need some mellowing.

Though I'm increasing my exposure to wheatwines, it tastes like a barleywine! What gives? It's thick and, as I skip into mouthfeel, I chew its ingredients. There's a bite in the aftertaste I identify as wheat, but I just don't really know what to make of this beverage. Its density is its lasting impression! I've read a lot of reviews that make mention of leather, and here I am drinking this with thought bubbles of belts and boots! Where would that even come from? Fuck brandy--I could see a St. Bernard holding this Smuttynose Wheatwine in a barrel around his neck. Might not do much to nourish a dehydrated hypothermic, but it could certainly help numb the pain! This brew tastes even stronger than its 10.70%, thereby hampering its drinkability. Though not tops among my inaugural escapades into wheatwines, it's definitely memorable.

marvin213, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of Doomcifer
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle Conditioned in 2006

This is my first time trying a Wheat Wine so I'm not really sure what to expect. Smuttynose is one of my favorite breweries though, so here goes nothing!!!

Poured an ever so slightly hazy, but still pretty clear, light amber with reddish tones to it. Creamy, off-white, half-inch thick head with good retention. Not much lacing to comment on however.

Smells flowery and floral, lots of barley aromas not unlike many barleywines, sticky sweet caramel, some hop spiciness, very mild alcohol fumes.

Taste is lots of alcohol, lots of barley, sticky sweetness ala caramel and toffee, some wheat is detected but seems covered up by all the other stronger components of this beer. Very complex. Finish is pretty hoppy and with much alcohol burn. In fact, this brew is very harsh. But seems like it would be fabulous with a couple years under it's belt.

Mouthfeel is airy, fluffy, and rolls around on your tongue. Mild carbonation.

Drinkable this beer is not. It is just too harsh at this point in it's life to be drinkable. It needs to mellow out.

I plan on buying a few, cellaring them, and opening one each year and see how these babies age. All the great flavors and complexity is there, just the alcohol bite is too much at this point.

Doomcifer, Oct 30, 2006
Photo of megamass
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

megamass, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Jason, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of merlin48
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle provided by Brewfan. Many Thanks! Pours a cloudy apricot body that seems to glow. No real head or lacing, not unexpected for this style. Aroma was surprisingly subdued, featuring notes of wheat malt, cedar, stale wine, and vague fruits. Mouthfeel is medium ot light medium bodied with low carbonation. Taste is slightly vinous, with notes of dry white wine. Mild wheat wafer notes become toasty wheat as it warms. A bit phenolic and hot. Fruity notes are vague and understated. Felt like I was drinking rocket fuel, at times. Alcohol is upfront and in your face with this one. A decent wheat wine that I wish I had cellared for a couple of years.

merlin48, Jan 24, 2006
Photo of Billolick
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Collins bar in little 'ole NYC. Pours orangy apricot, moderatly cloudy, minimal head, with light and elongated strips of lacing. Nose is sweet and phenolic, with notes of gin and anise, mmm yummmy stuff my eyes and nose are telling me. Buttery mouthfeel. Nice yeasty, wheat feel to this stuff. Packed with fruity flavors with some gin, and bourbon notes to make things interestingly complex.This is a fruity, alcoholic, strong, and tasty beer. More fine brew from smutty. Extra fine on tap, I'd love to try some of the bottled variety as well.

Billolick, May 12, 2005
Photo of warriorsoul
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle conditioned in 2005.
Found two of these lonely boys at Stateline Liquors in Elkton, MD a couple months back...thank you to all those who passed it up.
A dark mahogany color with two full fingers of white head...a full finger remains for quite a while and what recedes leaves some decent lacing.
Very inviting aroma...candied fruit (cherries mostly), and carmelized malt.
The taste is quite warming...still a dominating hop profile, as the bitterness still wins out over the sweetness, but just barely. Citrus flavors abound, with even some melon showing up.
Alcohol is there, but only as it warms to room temperature and simply reminds you to respect this one.
Fairly thick mouthfeel and the carbonation is nice.
A fine time draining the bomber...can't wait for this years release to try side by side with this run.
Another great big beer from the folks at Smutty.

warriorsoul, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: orange brown in color, minimal head, clear, minimal carbonation

Smell: alcohol, wheat, toasted malt

Taste: very boozy, wheat, some hops, bread, and caramel

Mouthfeel: slick, sticky sweet, low carbonation, moderate body

Drinkability: The alcohol is very present in this one and I think it overshadows the taste some. This reminds me of an above average barleywine. An interesting beer, but not the first I will reach for.

tigg924, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of jakester
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet. Label says "Bottle Conditioned in 2005".

Pours a mostly clear copper with a very short lived head of off-white bubbles. The head drops to just a ring, with splotches of lacing on the glass. Carbonation looks slow.

Aroma is sweet and fruity, with faint notes of cherries or strawberries and some clean caramel. There is a soft aroma of earthy hops in the back. The smells of this beer are a little too faint, IMO.

The first flavor is sweet malt, with an interesting juiciness. Very yummy. There then is a pretty strong hop bitterness, along with a flavor of vodka soaked golden raisins. For all the sweetness present, there is a certain tartness in the aftertaste, I guess from the wheat. The aftertaste of this is absolutely delicious.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with fairly soft carbonation. The finish has heat from alcohol, but it is well hidden.

This is a really good beer. When I get back to UJ's, I'm going to buy another. Every barleywine loving beer geek needs to try this!

jakester, Oct 19, 2005
Photo of jaminjohnson
4/5  rDev +4.2%

jaminjohnson, Sep 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

ChaseBacon, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +4.2%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Mantooth, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of Hairrrrrrrr
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Hairrrrrrrr, May 13, 2014
Photo of far333
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orangy caramel colored with haze and yeast floaties. A low beige head settles out quickly.

Fruity aroma, lots of esters, some booze in the nose. Rich flavor of apricot and caramel, boozey brandyesque, some butterscotch. Just a tad sweet, but not overly so. Fairly smooth, but still pretty powerful.

Thick mouthfeel, just a tad slick, but full and satisfying. Tasty beer, a good sipper.

far333, Dec 20, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

WVbeergeek, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of OStrungT
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a golden amber color, with a thin light tan head. The head fades very quickly, leaving minimal lacing.

This beer has a very sweet malty caramel aroma. It smells of dark fruit. Some spices are also present. Some cloves. It has a very slight grainy aroma also.

This beer tastes much like it smells. A little less wheat like and more barley wine like than I expected. Very sweet caramle malt flavor. Some cloves mix in as well. A subtle grainy flavor is also present.

This beer is very full bodied. It leaves a caramel sweet aftertaste. It is low in carbonation. The alcohol warms slightly as it goes down.

This beer would probably not make a good session beer. It is high in alcohol, and the aggressive flavor would become cloying after a time.

Overall: Thanks to Mbrandon2w for the generous hook up. I am happy to have tried this beer. It is a new style, and I have been looking forward to it for quite some time now. I wouldnt say it is my favorite beer, or style, but I didnt think it was bad. Worth checking out.

OStrungT, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The beer is a copper color. There was a small white head present at the onset but it quickly receded. No lacing is to be seen.

Smell: I smell oak, grapes, and floral hops with the sweet malts. There also seems to be some spicy wheat and tropical fruits.

Taste: The malts provide nice room for the grapes and tropical fruits to breath. The finish is of oak and the floral hops. I can't quite put my finger on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with some low carbonation that balances the body nicely.

Drinkability: Overall this is a nice beer and I will have it again. The aftertaste feels off but I am unsure why.

stereosforgeeks, Mar 17, 2007
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Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 693 ratings.