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

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471 Reviews
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Reviews: 471
Hads: 756
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 56
Gots: 64 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  10.70% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 04-13-2005

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%
2014 - 10.8%
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Photo of Avagadro
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: pours light copper and surprisingly clear, this brew has to be poured vigorously in order to rouse a head. Carbonation is not visible.

S: bouquet is well presented, with sweet notes of vanilla, caramel, and figs.

T: sweet body, heavy fruit notes, and lots of caramel combine in this heavenly concoction.

M: very full body, slightly solventy, and no carbonation.

D: a rich experience for sure, this brew is meant for the courageous. Definitely worth a shot, as it is a great companion to their barley wine offering.

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Photo of tjd112
4.89/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation - Poured into Chimay glass

Appearance - Poured a dark copper color with white head not well retained

Smell - Alcohol and assorted fruits, pear, apricot, apples, kiwis

Taste - I taste a lot of bananas and tart cherries

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body

Drinkability - Meal in a glass

Overall - A great offering

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.77/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber from Cuzco in the Blind Beer BIF #3, thanks Nate for some great beers.

Poured into my MJ tasting glass. Pours a medium copper with a spritzy tan head that doesn't last. Leaves a little lacing on the glass.

Aromas of sweet caramel malt and grapefruit hops. Leans more toward the hops. Actually, the malt character is a little more toffeeish, than caramel.

First sip is like the aroma, sweet malt with a big hop bitterness, citrusy, grapefruit. Malt flavor is toffeeish. Long finish with a focus on the grapefruit hops. No noticeable alcohol bite. Very much like a barleywine, american version. Wheat character doesn't really come through, masked by the hops.

Mouthfeel medium, sweet, a little puckering bitterness. Big chewy malt. Very well carbonated. Expected more of a prickle based on the pour, but no carbonic bite.

Drinkability is very high. Very nice beer. Alcohol makes its presence known about half-way through the first glass. This is a big beer that deserves to be shared.

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Photo of Pencible
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a beautiful dark, clear cherrywood color, with a bit of light tan head. It smelled very complex, like caramelized sugar and honeysuckle, sour cherry and raisin, cereal wheat, alcohol, and a bit of cinnamon and oak and molasses. It tasted complex too, like fresh caramel and raisin and sour cherry, with fig and subdued copper hops, as well as cultured yeast and alcohol. It was thick with no carbonation, and had a lasting sour and sweet aftertaste. I wasn't sure what to expect with this beer, but it was delicious. It seemed like it was already aged, but I'm not sure. Overall it was very well balanced and blended a million different flavors amazingly well. It had great body, and the noticeable alcohol seemed fitting for how big this beer is. It was so tasty, it remained very easy to drink, and highly rewarding to sip. Fantastic.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.73/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Label says bottle-conditioned in 2010. Say Wha?!! I had no idea when I purchased this. Could be either a good or bad thing. Let's find out.

A- From a heavy pour comes just an 1/8 inch ring around the edge of the glass and a bit of surface foam. Sticky, spotted lacing.

S- Lovely, sweet malt that's also quite hoppy in an earthy way. Smells more like an imperial IPA or barleywine.

T- Merk. Lusciously sweet and smooth malt in the front with some hop bitterness in the follow-through and a clean finish. Alcohol is sublimely well-hidden (probably due to the aging) and there's even a bit of oak in the aftertaste. Notes of caramel, nougat and lemon from the hops.

M- Tangy and a bit dry. Low carbonation and a medium body.

O- Yeah, the flavor profile is closer to a barleywine, but you can't put a label on delicious. Damn near perfect in my eyes.

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Photo of taez555
4.67/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Why have I not reviewed this beer before? I've been drinking it for years.

This beer pours a thick mahogany body with a small off-white head.

Nose is a strong malt with mild citrus and a dirty earth smell. Extremely malty and very inviting.

Taste is extremely thick and full bodied. Waves of lush milky caramel and touches of vanilla. This is a malt monster. So simple and just so damn big. Hops are kept in the background with enough bitterness to give just enough balance, but beyond that this is malt, malt and a little more malt.

What an amazing beer. Malt. Like a killer English Barleywine. Just classic.

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Photo of brureview
4.65/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Update: cellared 2012 bottle 2/21/13.

Different review: poured in a snifter, incredible wafting aroma of toffee. No head to speak of-1/2 finger. Honey color. Carbonation upfront, but pleasant.

A strong toffee presence in the taste. As the beer warms up, it's like candy. Sweet and rich. Not very overwhelming presence of alcohol increases the overall complexity of the beer.

Great Beer to cellar.

Original review in May 2012

Poured in an oversized wine glass. Served at 52 F.

Beautiful light tea color with a one finger head wafting honey and lemon. There is a very pleasant mouth feel which is not too carbonated.

The taste is excellent: there is some alcoholic presence. Honey, lemon, and other spices make a strong distinctive finish.

Overall: an excellent beer. I especially like the moderate mouth feel balanced with the accentuated finish. Looking forward to drinking again.

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Photo of alkchrios
4.62/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this a couple times on tap but recently bought two bottles.. one to age for a bit and one to drink and review. This beer I feel is slightly complex. The appearance is almost that of brown ale except this wheat wine gives way to little if no head what so ever. There is minimal lacing in my tulip and its almost a foggy copper color. This wheat wine smells of fruits and caramal upfront. Also, if you give it a couple more sniffs you can smell almost burnt hops but not in a bad way. The smell is really pleasantly potent to the nose. The taste..is rather hoppy and malty but sweet. Slight undertones of roasted pear and cherries.
Mouthfeel.. this beer is rather carbonated but not over done. Finishes a little strong but goes down quite nice. This is a great beer to share with friends and just relax with a couple bottles

Definitely recommend this. This is one of the more complex big beers smuttynose has put out i feel.


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Photo of bort11
4.57/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of sulldaddy. I had been wanting to try a wheat wine, and he hooked me up.

22 oz bomber poured into a tulip wine glass. Moderate head, which is to be expected with a big beer like this. Recedes to a light lace. Color is a beautiful warm smokey amber color. Smell is quite sweet and malty. There is a alcohol warmth undertone. Taste is earthy and malty and a bit of honey. I definately can taste the wheat. Very vinious. Mouthfeel is warm and full with a pleasant alcohol burn. This is fantastic beer, everything that I expected for the style and more. I would love to get a few more bottles to celler and pull out for special occasions.

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Photo of SirSketch
4.54/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Has a small, almost non-existent head. Murky, deep red colored beer.

S - Complex aroma filled with dark malts, intense raisin, port wine, floral hops and cherries. Smells absolutely amazing!

T - A lot of the raisin and port wine characteristics as in the smell, but not as intense. Has all the flavor of a high gravity beer but definite wheat quality as well.

M/D - This drinks like any respectable barley-wine. Wheatwine is my new favorite style, for sure!

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4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Okay, here is the deal. This beer has a wonderful amber hued glow with a nose that blends subdued malts, slight hops and complex oak. The mouth-feel is alive without being overly active. The taste starts with a simple rounded sweetness of malt and alcohol, but not overly so - don't let the wine name fool you. These big bold flavors are controlled and even highlighted by the dryness of the oak. In fact, the only note I would give is that the oak might...slightly...dominate the flavor. Give this puppy some age and forget about it...

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


This brew is a real delight to pour with it's vivid Crimson hued amber color with an abundance of slow moving bubbles which creates a two-finger thick and tight mocha-froth colored head that is very heady looking. The head is very sticky with intricate clumps of froth are stuck all over and the retention is very slow and remains pretty zippy throughout.
The Aroma is extremely pungent with big thwaths of fruit like pineapple and ripe red grapes with a maple syrup and brown sugar, buttery malt just underneath. The nose complexity is very high with a big spicey, oak and cedar wood effect and a big whiskey-like heat tingle. Way down there's a whiff of jalapano peppers to round of this wild array of aroma's. highly enjoyable.
This brew is not for the timid...the bold wheatie malt comes on smooth and thick, sweet but herbal and then mutates to an insanely bold fruity hop flavor that feels citric but tastes more like sweet ripe red grapes, pineapple, banana & starfruit. The third element to this delicate but bold balance is a big, spicey and very herbal earthiness with soft cedar wood smoke bitterness. The high ABV % plays a big role, which is fine because the flavors are soo big. But this 10.7 is no joke, it feels a bit like bourbon going down and is a real kick.
The feel here is simply heady. Thick, full body smooth as hell with a big heat burn, a serious sipper.
This is one of the most bad-ass brews you can find in NH period.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 release, on-tap 11/23/08 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very candy-like with brown sugar, caramel, dark fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is likewise, very sweet up front with flavors of caramel, dark fruit and brown sugar. The hops presence is strong but subdued. The malt character is very hearty. The after-taste is sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is pretty clean for a style that is normally a little sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, very strong kick, excellent representation of style, this is a very good beer to keep drinking until the ABV catches up with you.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap a hazy, barely transparent coppery red-brown with a thick, fine-bubbled, fairly persistent pale tan head that leaves some good lacing. Aroma is wheaty and fruity, the latter an interesting mix of apple and citrus, with a hint of an alcohol bite. Fruity, wheaty flavor has an undertone of barleywine (i.e., serious alcohol content) and equal parts sweetness and bitterness. Very tasty! Texture is rough and rowdy, leaving behind a nice fizz. Heartily recommended.

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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.

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Photo of flexabull
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bomber into a couple of big wine glasses. Beer is cloudy, deep orange color, and with a nice head.

Aromas are quite interesting... dark fruits and a bit of smoke.

Flavors are very interesting as well... at first this beer reminds me of a barleywine. Deep dark fruit flavors, big mouthfeel, and some alcohol showing on the front. The beer then finishes crisp, dry, with just a bit of hop bitterness. Complex and impressive.

This is very drinkable for such a high ABV beer. This is full flavored, yet not too heavy. I really enjoyed this one, and would be happy to try this again sometime.

Quite different from the excellent Marin Star-Brew Triple Wheat Wine I have tried to before... but equally impressive.

Thank you very much MuenchenerKindl for this one.

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Photo of ericj551
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 Bottle:

Smuttynose Wheat Wine pours into my Smutty Big Beer Series glass a deep orange/red with a thin head, not a lot of carbonation. The aroma is sweet ripe fruits, with nice deep caramel. There is a slightly tart wheat aroma as well as hints of earthy, grassy and somewhat piney hops.

A sharp sweetness hits up front couple with a tart bitterness. A light oak flavor helps to balance the sweetness and mute the alcohol flavor that is present but not over powering. There are nice light yeasty esters that fit in well. More grassy herbal hops in the finish, you can really taste the dry hops. I like the light carbonation, I think it complements this beer well. I could drink this one all day but won't since the 11% ABV would quickly catch up with me.

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Photo of frankbro
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Exceptionable Barley/Wheat wine. I try to limit myself to 2 beers at a time, but 2 of these 22 oz babies is like a six-pack for alcohol. No real head to speak of, but the beautiful coppery color makes up for it. You can really smell the wheat, and it puts Sam Adams to shame. (Itself a good wheat) You can smell the alcohol too, but that's expected for a barley wine. It could use a tad more hops and my "low" score for drinkability is only due to its unchugability. At $4.59/22oz a bargain. Not to be missed, but not for Budweiser fans.

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Photo of vandemonian
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had the 2007 and 2012 Smuttynose wheatwines side by side at churchkey. I considered it an experiment in aging! The score reflects my review of the 2012 version because I liked it better. Basically, this beer tastes better and more complex when it has hops and more sweetness. The longer it ages, the more that fades.

A: Clear orange colour. 2012 has a good head while the 2007 faded quickly to nothing. 4

S: 2007 smells sweet with alcohol. The 2012 has a bit more dark fruit and raisins and even some pineapple. Maybe from the hops? The 2007 lost most of the fruit aroma and just has malt and alcohol. 4.5 for the 2012. 3.5 for the 2007

T: The 2007 is sweet and malty (I mean wheaty, I guess) with some bitter woody alcohol flavours. There are some subtle chocolate flavour in there too. The sweet base in the 2012 has much more compliment from the hops and notes of sweet vanilla. 3 for the 2007. 4.5 for the 2012

M. The 2007 feels like liquor on the tongue: 3.5. The 2012 is foamier. 4

O: 3 for the 2007. 4.5 for the 2012

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Photo of beerbutcher
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle conditioned in 2006 and enjoyed 1-18-08

appears a deep bronze/orange with a bright head of tiny bubbles one finger deep.

aroma is slightly fruity, some dried apricot and faintly citric with a rich overlay of caramel malt that is persistent and dominating. there's also a rich doughy component probably from the sediment.

taste is initially richly malty. there's loads of the aforementioned caramel and toffee character. medium to high levels of sweetness as well. the alcohol is quite discrete though helping to balance the beer. also noting the slight juiciness of hop bitterness laying low all the while. this has some characteristics of a fruity american wheat, without the spiciness of the belgian versions.

mouthfeel is incredibly lush and somewhat decadent. i would recommend this more as a dessert than anything or alongside an orange creme brulee. could be that the aging has turned this one sweet as the subtle hop bitterness has fallen quiet, but it is well liked. the rich yeasty character contributes some interesting mid-palate action as well. i think all of smutty's big beers could stand a little aging, and this is a fine testimony.

definitley a slow sipper, but one to be savored. more on the sweet side than some might prefer, so it looses some points for balance but a delicious stand it to dessert wines of all sorts.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy ruby red-brown, with barely any head - beautiful beer.

Nose is caramel and toffee, with some soft cherry mixed in with the nose, and bit of alcohol.

Taste is rich with a toffee and caramel sweetness, with a bit of a wheat tang in there, but balanced by an understated but persistent floral hop note, and an alcohol presence thats spicy some times and a bit boozy at others.

Mouthfeel is perfect - a soft but slightly crisp carbonation that is understated and allows the flavors to shine.

Terrific sipper.

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Photo of tzieser
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

vintage 2008 22oz bottle. this review was taken from notes. poured into a Raftman tulip glass.

a: pours a clear maple-syrup like color (deep amber), with a surprisingly decent one-finger head (i say surprising because no hissing noise was presdent when i popped the cap, so i assumed it would be a bit on the stale side). the head stays pretty well too. very nice.

s: this one has a sweet, sweet nose thanks to the huge amounts of barley and wheat. notes of brown sugar and molasses are noticeable and some of that great weizen-like wheat smell. pretty good, but i was expecting a bit of a stronger nose. maybe the age has diminished it a bit.

t: oh man. this one sips like a fine brandy. sweet barley notes...i'm still getting that molasses/brown sugar character. the wheat is there, but it's much more mature tasting than any other wheat beer i've had. great stuff.

m&d: very complex and deliciously drinkable. i love it .

first wheat wine i've had and i definitely look forward to getting another bottle or two of this. it aged great, but i'd like to try a fresh one as well. recommended.

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Photo of hreb
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The 2006 vintage, now moderately well aged (it's now April 2008, making this bottle at least 1.5 but less than 2 years old), emerges from my beer fridge. Cold 22oz bottle poured into wide-mouth Chimay glass. Pours deep apple juice amber with nearly zero head. Aroma is faint, probably because the temperature is too damn cold, but distinctly of raisins and caramel. Very pleasant. (note: as it warms up, the aroma does get bigger, no surprises)

First taste is smooth and rich, with flavors of both malty barley and flowery wheat. Complex depths of bitterness balances it out nicely. And fizziness is slight, just right for a barley wine style.

There's some alcohol in there. There's also some hops. Both work well in my opinion, and I think the flavor will be appreciated by anyone who enjoys wheat beer.

Not as good as Triticus, or Brooklyn Monster Ale for that matter, but definitely in the same league, which is great praise coming from me. The aging didn't hurt this one bit.

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4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz "Smuttynose Big Beer Series" Bottle purchased from Super Saver in Somerville for $4.99...
Many of their Big Beer Series have been successful, so I was eager to give this one a try, which claimed to be made from "53% Wheat and 47%" Barley - a nice touch of wheat to the traditional barley-wine style ale...
A hefty pour resulted in a ruby-red, dark-copper hue with a decent frothy head that soon dissipated and left minimal froth around the glass...
Great smell, with a nice combination of barley, wheats, and malts with a touch of caramel and vanilla nuances...
Excellent, top-notch flavor... very barleywine like, but without the usual overbearing, and cloying sweet flavors that can sometimes really disinhibit a beers natural taste to flow through...
Good, creamy, rich, thick mouthfeel without too much interference coupled with an equally impressive level of drinkability in which the hefty 10.7% ABV is hardly noticeable behind a rich conglomeration of flavors...
Good stuff...
Definitely recommended...

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4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Appears a beautiful hazy amber orange with a frothy off-white head that recedes down to nothing. Perhaps due to the high abv?

S: Smells fruity, with some tropical fruit along with honey and caramel. Herbal hop character and a gentle booziness rounds things out.

T: Woah... plums and tropical fruit combine with a toasted malt (toffee-like) background. Very sweet. Some vanilla-like flavors come in as does the alcohol, which is warming at first but then develops some bite. Minty hops come in on the sticky, semi-dry finish. Delicious.

M: HUGE body with a smooth, creamy carbonation. Absolutely coats the mouth in flavor. Excellent.

O: My first wheat wine. What a great style! Hopefully more like this to come from more breweries! Fantastic beer.

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