1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

693 Ratings

(view ratings)
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series) Alström Bros
Ratings: 693 | Reviews: 465 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Smuttynose- Wheat Wine

A- Glowing reddish copper with a frothy head. Good lacing down half the glass.
S- Sweet fruits. Cherry & grape really dominate.
T- Strong dried cherries and raisins. Touch of barnhouse straw and a huge helping of alcohol.
M- Chewy and slightly tart with hot/ strong alc.

Overall- Very fruity and boozy. Not bad but the alc. is just to much for me.

NJpadreFan, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of trevorpost
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

trevorpost, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of mikeburd1128
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

mikeburd1128, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of montrealbcr89
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

montrealbcr89, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of nkoehler
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

nkoehler, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of Martstar
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Martstar, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of devinoconnor
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Smuttynose's Wheat Wine is very interesting.

Pours a golden color, like a lighter lager yellow.

Smells are intense with this wheat wine, and it smells just like its name. Almost a whiff of wine and ale. Exciting scents.

Taste is smooth, yet somewhat sour. Plenty going on. You'll want to take another taste immediately.

High ABV makes it tough to drink much off.

devinoconnor, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of Daniel9913
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Daniel9913, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of nafredet1
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

nafredet1, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of jderosia603
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

jderosia603, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of brianmandell
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

brianmandell, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of TLJ
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

This Smuttynose poured a beautiful reddish mahogany, with a little off-white lacing and a small amount of carbonation. The smell produced a wonderful strong malt, with caramel, bourbon, oak and vanilla.

Unfortunately, while the taste also yielded all of these warm flavours, I found the cigar-smoke sweetness and over-powering alcohol taste to this beer somewhat unbearable and wasn't able to finish what I had poured.

I would have preferred to have this beer in a 6 or 8 ounce glass on tap, and served slightly warmer than refridgerator-cold so that I could enjoy its scotch-like woody character and gingery spiciness.

June is a sweaty month here in Boston, and that also did not work in favour of this beer.

TLJ, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of PeteTheBeerDrinker
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

PeteTheBeerDrinker, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of Marti403
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Marti403, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

GClarkage, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

sendbeer, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of seplo
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

seplo, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of HopNuggets
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Poured 2008 bomber into snifter.

A - Pours a brilliant rich and bright mahogany and where the light shines through it is a bright ruby to brick red. Poured a solid 1.5 finger eggshell head that dissipated quickly to a solid coating that stuck around to leave a spotty lacing. The beer runs down the glass like wine when it leaves the "legs" on the glass.

S - A lot of sweet toffee and buttery aroma with some grassy and earthyness there. There is a hint alcohol hotness that you can pickup through the nose as well. I thought this would have been well gone by the 2, almost 3 years of cellaring.

T - Sweet toffee malt up front with some alcohol burn to follow that is cooled down with a Caramel definitely left as the beer goes down. Some hop bite after but not much but just enough to give this beer some balance.

M - Very light mouth feel and a bit hot. Medium carbonation and there is a coating left all over leaving you wanting more.

D - A bomber is probably it for the night. Maybe follow it by an Imperial Stout 12oz. Heat after 2-3 years was a bit surprising. I wish I could get my hands on another '08 and leave it for a few more years. I guess I'll have to get a '10 and leave it for 5 years or so.

HopNuggets, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of seeswo
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

seeswo, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of choover14
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

choover14, May 21, 2012
Photo of brpendergast85
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

brpendergast85, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Wheatwine contents naturally lend themselves to a lack of headcap. This is no exception with a pour that settles to a zero cap and an offering of caramel hued orange auburn containing no rising bubbles.

Sweet notes of toased malts meets a sugary, honey aplle aspect.

First swigs: Centers on a honey and grain peppery flavor. Some red apple infuses with some cherry. Heat is detectable. Dry dusty finish follows a dry ginger ale vanilla sweet.

Feel is medium bodied and criply densely carbonated.

Last swigs: Dry vanilla meets grain short pier walk. Nice attempt.

blitheringidiot, Jul 08, 2006
Photo of Overlord
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Pours a reddish orange. Maybe an inch of off-white foam.

Smells like oranges, wheat chaff, and ... malt. And a bit of yeast to it.

Taste is really, really sweet. Really almost grain alcohol sweet. THe mouthfeel is a bit light and fluffy. Could use some more hops or more of a citrus component, maybe some just some light orange and tangerines.


Overlord, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of Durandal_777
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Durandal_777, May 12, 2014
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

JAHMUR, Jan 02, 2012
Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 693 ratings.