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

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Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series)

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730 Ratings

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Ratings: 730
Reviews: 468
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 55
Gots: 60 | 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%
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Ratings: 730 | Reviews: 468
Photo of akahn
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle with a nice neo-classical painting of a woman holding a bushel of wheat wrapped in scarlet cloth. Nice label as usual from these guys.

Pours a deep red-tinged gold color. Quickly sinking head remains as a collar and some skim. Not much lacing. A nice color, clearly much lighter than a barley wine.

Sweet aroma of alcohol and caramel., with a pungent wheaty overtone.

Hoo boy has this got flavor! Sweet, potent alcohol flavors. What sets this apart from a barley wine is a sort of clear, clean candy sweetness, rather than a dark sweetness I've experienced with the handful of barley wines I've tried. Interesting peach and apricot ester notes, as well as some raisin-plum flavors too. Not much identifiable wheat flavor, despite wheat making up 53% of the grain bill here -- the alcohol flavor dominates.

Carbonation stands up to the alcohol at first, making an interesting hot finish, but this fades away. This beer also has very little hop character, making this not a very balanced beer. For how sweet it is, this is fairly drinkable -- I took my time through the 22 ounces over a movie.

This beer is interesting but not spectacular. I'd like to try Smuttynose's Barley Wine for comparison.

Photo of thagr81us
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 Vintage. Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a murky red-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of BOOZE, caramel, molasses, and sweet malt. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, and alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this one wasn't that bad. Usually I don't enjoy Wheatwines so that is saying A LOT. The taste on this one was definitely a lot better than the smell for sure. The taste of it was nicely balanced with the alcohol by some of the sweetness from the caramel and molasses notes. The aroma was just plain harsh to put it lightly. I could see this one aging for a bit longer myself.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of ToddT
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Clear ruddy orange liquid topped with a thin off white head. Head fades quickly to a ring and leaves little lace on the glass.

S- Dark candied cherries, caramel, molasses, and a hint of yeast.

T- Sweet notes of candied fruit at first, cherries and raisin come to mind. This is followed by a warming note of alcohol, which fades in to a bitter hop note for the finish. Finish is dry with a little sweet candied fruit taste to counteract the bitterness.

M- Medium in body and low in carbonation, much like a barleywine. Does not feel viscous as some wheatwines do, relatively clean on the palate.

D- Kind of on the sweet side and the alcohol is noticeable, but the 10.7% ABV would be pretty hard to hide. Not unpleasant but it does lose some point here.

A little too sweet for me but interesting enough to try again. Going to age this one for a year or so before try number two.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orangeish, solid cream-toned head. Nice looking.

Aroma, sweet, rosy, lightly spicy, cherries and melons, a bit perfumey.

Interesting texture here, a littlesour, a little spice, clovey, fruity...very odd.

Nothing wrong...just weird...nothing wrong with weird.

Medium bodied, tannic finish, a bit tangy. But the flavor bottom out too quickly, there's nothing for the tongue to play with after a while, and it all drifts off faster than it ought to.... Fruit + wheat + booze, is the simple formula. While an interesting experiment, a novel take on a new style, I feel it misses the mark just a touch.

11%? Hoo, boy...it's creeping up on me...

Photo of Lnedrive14
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow - just one of these bad boys will put you on your ass. So 10" of snow was a good day for this.

A: Looks like cold apple cider - sparce but cloudy. No head, perhaps because of the St. Bernadus chalice (thanks Nick).

S: Alcohol. Oh yeah. Lots of citrus in there - i got some tartness, maybe grapefruit.

T: This is a complicated one. I felt that it was too sharp. Needed perhaps some more malts to balance it out, maybe even some hops. I think the alcohol is a bit too strong, leaving solely the sweet citrusy residue. Definitely some strong english barley wine in here.

M: A bit too light for my taste. The alcohol i feel overshadows the complexities of the wheat.

D: This is actually wehre I think the beer fails. I had trouble getting through the bomber - which is totally not like me. It is sort of like a mediocre scotch, in that you can get down a few ounces, but after that it's just too much.

Glad I had this beer. Definitely an interesting introduction to the style, and it wasn't all bad. I enjoyed sipping it for a few hrs this cold afternoon. But I would like to try some different interpretations of the style in the future.

Photo of drtth
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. Bottled in 2009 and sampled in 2010.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a clear rich copper/orange color that leaves a ½" coarsely bubbled off-white or light tan head that soon recedes to a ring around the glass and leaves and irregular bare patch of surface showing. Sipping leaves modest lacing

Smell: As the bottle is opened the aroma is detectable from a couple of feet away. But in the glass it is not a strong aroma. There is some floral and candied fruity character here, and a hint of alcohol, but nothing that screams "hops." Also, the nose can tell that there is more wheat than barley here.

Taste: The flavors are reasonably complex with some pepper, some alcohol, and some candied fruit (orange and cherry I think). Sometimes, as I sip and reflect on the beer, there seems to be a bit of vanilla in here as well. The alcohol puts in an appearance in the form of its sweetness, but it is neither hot nor unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to full bodied and smooth but with very fine gentle carbonation. The finish is medium to short in length, starts in sweet fruitiness and ends tart, astringent and dry with some bitterness in the background.

Drinkability: At this ABV this beer is certainly a one a night beer and a beer for sipping. I'm glad I tried it and that I have another bottle in the cellar to age for a year or so. At the moment I don't mind drinking it but it doesn't grab me the way some barley wines do. It is a nice enough beer and I look forward to trying it with some age, but I'm not thinking I'll go out of my way to find it in the future.

Photo of goblue3509
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice hazy orangish reddish color with a thick off white head with visible yeast in the glass. The aroma is of caramel malt with a sweet sugary smell along with dark fruits and a slight hop presence along with a slight alcohol smell. The taste has a caramel malt backbone with a big sweet flavor. There are hints of dark fruit and ctirus with a touch of hops and alcohol. The mouthfeel is creamy with moderate carbonation. The drinkability is okay the taste is a little sweet. It is a so so easy drink.

Photo of abuliarose
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shuffling through my weekly beer allotment for something that pairs well with a ripe Bosc pear and some high quality, creamy blue cheese, I found this bottle. Poured into a snifter, revealing deep gold clear body (it's well-rested, later pours turned up some yeasties) with rose hues and a minimal, fast-dissipating head. For what it is, appearance is not bad. Smells malty and alcoholically strong like a barleywine and a little fruity from hops.

Tastes equally strong with some serious alcohol presence for about 11%. Hops are noticeable in there with a persistent vinous character and bitterness. Body is a light medium, but isn't as soft as I'd expect for something with half wheat. The harsher mouthfeel could be because of the alcohol cutting through. Carbonation is mild and tingly. Drinkability is about the same as your run of the mill barleywine.

All in all, a fun one to try and a decent bottle to split. Especially with pears and cheese.

Photo of Gushue3
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a copper orange out of the bomber into a snifter. The head is small and dissipates quickly while the body is hazy orange amber.

S- Sweet and malty with some orange zest and lighter citrus notes. subtle yeasty scent is in there too

T- lighter taster with an alcohol taste toward the end. Malty upfront with a tiny yeast taste. Sweetness is more prominent in the middle which follows till the finish. sweetness that turns lightly bitter finishes

M- Heavier mouthfeel with lower carbonation.

O- I wasnt sure what to expect with this one. althuogh it wasnt great, it wasnt horrible. I should let one sit in the basement for a littlewhile and give it a go.

Photo of BlindPig
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Thin light tan/off white head on a kind of cloudy orange amber body. Thin lacing with a collar.
S- Aromas are on the lighter side. Breads come out a bit mixed some different types of wheats in it. Some lighter style of hops. Maybe some lighter grass and a hint of piney hops.
T- Strong on alcohol that gives you a bit harsh of a warming. Some different flavors come out of this than what I am used too (only had one other wheat wine). Some citrus hops come out with a orange flavor. Bits of breads but not much. Is strong on a wheat flavor just can't really pin point it more than that.
M- Full body with low carbonation but does leave a little tingle on tounge from the carbonation and maybe mixed with the alcohol too.
D- It is a sipper and a very strong in alcohol beer. I think it is a bit rough. Would love to see how this would be after a few years (if you are even supposed to age these?). I think the marin triple wheat ale is more refined than this one.

Photo of argock
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz brown bottle into a clear glass snifter. Bottle conditioned in 2009 notched on front label. Purchased at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA) for $5.99.

A: Rusty amber with healthy 1-2 finger off-white head with good retention and lacing for the ABV.

S: I don't really see much difference in this brew from any American barleywine -- loads of caramel and nougat maltiness with moderately aggressive floral, citrus, and herbal hops. The wheat tanginess is not in there -- maybe that's because the alcohol hammers your olfactory system like working sheet metal.

T: The flavor has a mild amount of wheaty tart/tanginess, but all in all, this tastes like a boozy American barleywine with thick, syrupy caramel maltiness, floral and citrus hoppiness, and more than a blast of woody alcoholic heat. One year has not even scrubbed any of the booze factor off of this brew.

M: Viscous and warming with low carbonation and very woody alcohol finish.

D: This one needs much more time before visiting again -- probably more like 4-5 years time.

Photo of grayburn
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

She pours a dark amber with a nice white head on top. Small bubbles stick around and cling to the glass for some nice lacing.
The smell is strong malt, with little hoppiness or much else to back it up.
The taste is a bit too cloying for a wheatwine, I was expecting something a bit more attenuated. With the addition of a large percentage of yeast, I was expecting something a bit drier. The taste isn't bad, its a well rounded sweetness comrpised from multiple malts and such. There is a bit of a piney hoppiness that rounds things out just a bit.
The mouthfeel is nice, the wheat adds such a nice silky touch. The carbonation is pretty spot on, a bit high...that'll mellow with some age.
This one isn't the most drinkable in the world, but it goes down pretty easy.

Photo of beertunes
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another one thanks to Johnmichaelsen. This is a style I like a lot, but see few examples of. Poured into 16oz goblet. Poured a slightly reddish amber, with just a thin cap of khaki head that very low retention but decent lacing. This was much darker in color than others of the style I've had.

There was certainly a strong sweet, alcohol aroma, much more like a Barleywine than the other Wheatwines I've tried. The aroma was pleasant, just not what I expect in the style. The flavor was also much more like a Barleywine than a WW. Not light, crisp and strong, but full, solid and strong.

The body was thick, sticky, sweet and full. Drinkability was very good for a beer this size. Overall, this is a very nice brew, just not what I expect from the style. This is the type of review I have problems with. This is a very good beer, but not what I was looking for. This style is generally not so thick and, sweet and is crisper and lighter. Worth trying when you can, just don't expect to get what the says it is.

Photo of thepeter
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a pretty orange with a small head
S - Citrus, earthy musty hops, plum and apple skins, some caramel and booze
T - Sweet malt caramel flavor and booze right off the bat. Citrus crispness that may be wheat as well. the booze stays along for the ride. Hints of other fruits as well.
M - Medium body with a decent smooth carbonation
O - While not my favorite, was not bad and I could appeciate the way it was made and the complexity of flavors, however it was too boozey for me.

Photo of DanOLeary
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Burning alcohol spice upfront with some lingering dark ripe fruit in the background. Some biscuit and toast mixed with the plums and alcohol. But mostly alcohol.

Appearance: Poured slowly from bottle conditioned vessel this beer holds a beautiful and deep mahogany red. Good clarity if you don't pour the yeast, which is easy to hold back. Head initially holds an off-white blanket, but fades quickly to a thin ring of white at the edge of the glass. No lacing.

Flavor: Bready malt sweetness hits the tongue at first but is quickly punched back by the alcohol spice and dark fruit presence. The alcohol creates almost a peppery spice through the middle and into the finish. Tannic orange peel and grapefruit rind finish out this beer, as well as lingering alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation. The alcohol presence has an almost cooling effect on the palate, but is balanced fairly well with just enough malt sweetness to keep this beer in check throughout. Alcohol burns just a bit in the finish.

Overall: This is a straightforward malt and alcohol explosion in your mouth. While the malt does offer some complexity and tries its best to balance that alcohol, it does push toward overly hot at times. This beer would likely cellar quite well, mellowing out in time. Definitely worth picking up if you can find it, and a must try for any barleywine lover.

Photo of drseamus
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a great looking brilliant copper colored beer with a nice slightly off white head. It has a great hoppy aroma with primarily spruce aromas. There is a bunch of malty sweetness and the pronounced bitterness that I expected, but there is a creamy smoothness in the background that is likely the wheat speaking. I have several other bottles that I will let age and then try them again.

Photo of FosterJM
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1715th Review on BA
Bottle to Wine Glass

2012 Release

App- Was more along the lines of a American Barleywine with a deep and rusty looking orange. When this poured out, it had a good amount of bubbles, but didnt have a any cling lines. The beer itself, was a bit glowing orange with a bit of a darker center.

Smell- American barleywine is all I got on this one. More of a thick nose but didnt carry the booze notes either. The aromas are of deep hops and a bit bitter. A large amount of fermenting oranges is there with only a touch of balance and malts behind it.

Drink- Its a nice beer, but I was really thinking it would have more of that citra hops tropical balance that say Harvest dance had or not being BBA more of a flavor akin to White Chocolate from the Bruery. I liked the hops and the malt balance but needed more to it. A nice flavor but a bit too citrus zest forward.

Mouth- A nice and solid medium body with a medium carbonation level. A bit creamy and a bit malty on the finish. A little bit of pepper as well but not unpleasant.

Drink- It was flavorful and pretty good, just wanted more. I like what Smuttynose does.

Photo of haazer
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pour yields very little off white head, tiny ring stays. The beer is a pretty auburn red. Dark, but well filtered and clear. Slowly rising bubbles up the glass.

S- Big whiffs produce great notes of caramel, toffee, and vanilla. Definitely has the barleywine character. There are hints of wheat in the back which may indicate a balanced flavor. And last but not least a earthy hop presence.

T- Sweet molasses with a candy sweetness greets the taste and flows into vanilla. The hops provide a bit of bitterness to add some balance, but any wheat is almost non-existent. Alcoholic presence and heat felt in the aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied brew with low carbonation. The heat from the booze makes this a sipper. I find myself smacking my lips more and more as the beer appears to get sweeter as it goes.

O- A decent brew. To me it's pretty much all barleywine, though it's only my second example of the style, and the Founders style version I had first rocked my frigging socks off. I think this would be interesting aged in oak, but would get way to hot in a bourbon barrel. Worth picking up.

Photo of HeyItsChili
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Smuttynose Wheat Wine pours a smoky amber color with very little khaki colored head

S - Smells like wheat, alcohol, caramel, strong and sweet

T - This beer packs a punch. It tastes of alcohol, toffee, malt, and a little bit of fruit.

M - Smooth, little carbonation, creamy but not too thick.

D - I enjoyed a 750 ml bottle of this, and that was enough of this stout brew to satisfy and make me warm and fuzzy inside.

This is a solid beer in the genre, but not the best of the bunch.

Photo of tigg924
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of sloejams
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. provided by HogHill, helluva guy

I really dig the label. If you are reading my review you can click and see it up there in the corner. Nice huh?

I poured this into a tulip glass – a brown amber color with a creamy head, maybe too much of a head , as I didn’t pour it very well. Tulip glasses kinda fuck me up. It had a interesting aroma: sweet and citrus with a hop lingering. And alcohol – I could definitely smell booze was in there in abundance. It tasted fruity with a lot of malt going on. Hops were around too. It was a bit like a barleywine but not as intense – even though they have similar alcohol levels – this seemed lighter, more subdued.

The alcohol was very much kickin’ it. It gave that nice warmth in the medium body, but it also was a bit much. I struggled to make it through the whole 22 oz.

Interesting beer, my first wheat wine – I’m up for more.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2006 twenty two ounce bottle. Acquired in a trade last year and kept refrigerated until now. Served at cellar temp in a snifter. Consumer on 07/12/2008.

Grabbed this one out and noticed right away there was at least a half inch of sediment in the bottom of it. Thick and easily stirred, I did my best to make sure the pour was unfettered. A rich golden amber then came forward from the bottle, splashing down into the glass with a very hazy thud. Lots of carbonation here as well kept the whole thing alive and kicking with a two inch layer of white foam that quickly faded down to leave a bare top.

The aroma was full of spices and wheat, very musty with a deep down and earthy note to it. I was picking up lots of rye type smells, hints of grass and a touch of grapes. Translated over the taste very well. Very rich wheat flavor. Lots of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. There were touches of almost musty pepper or something, hard to place, but very full and very difficult to fully grasp the flavor. Nice hot streak of alcohol running through it as well. Nice medium body with a really good carbonation profile, there was a nice fullness to it. It was definitely a sipper, and a little bit rough at that. I had an issue finishing the bottle as this was definitely a strong one, and I was feeling it, not too mention the flavor being a bit overpowering.

Overall not bad for my first experience with the style, not sure I will be going back to it with any kind of regularity, but none the less, still very good. I would have no issue in trying this one again, especially a fresh bottle of it!

Photo of devinoconnor
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of arguemaniac
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange amber. A head never really forms nor is there even a thin lace left in the glass. Sweet, fruity malt, alcohol, and citrus hops in the aroma. The palate is dominated by an alcohol bite and a sweet fruitiness (cherry, esp.) along with a generally grainy flavor. Pine and citrus hops make themselves noticed, adding a great hop spice to this brew, but they are a bit out-matched by the malt character. Caramel maltiness also makes a strong appearance, especially towards the dry finish. The smooth mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation.

Never had this style before and it wasn’t too bad. Apparently is a hybrid between a barely wine and a wheat ale and, in some ways, it’s the best of both worlds; hoppier and more drinkable than your average barely wine, but tastier and richer than many wheat ales. Certainly worth a try, though I bet that some aging would be a good idea. Recommended.

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