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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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Photo of Didier
1/5  rDev -74%

Didier, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of Kudashov
1.23/5  rDev -68%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured in a Guinness pint glass . Had bland apricot color . Smell of wheat & sweetness . The taste however is awful .Keeping an open mind and trying to give this brew a chance was tough . 3/4 of the way through I felt like dumping it in the sink and out to Dorchester Bay . With each swallow felt like drinking cologne . Was looking forward to trying this and was not impressed .

Kudashov, Jan 20, 2007
Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.3/5  rDev -66.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer pours an orange-gold color with no head or lace. It's aroma is mainly wheat with a hint of caramel. The flavor is like sour grapes mixed with a hefeweizen. The sourness is puckeringly strong. The mouthfeel is light with a mild sour aftertaste. Snuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series) is a disappointing beer, not recommended!

B967ierhunter177, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of AwYeh
1.43/5  rDev -62.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

2009 bottle

A: Pours a clear copper-amber color with basically no head; in its place is a thin, off-white foam which struggles to cover the surface of the beer.

S: Orange and pineapple citrus notes combine with caramel, toffee malts, and bits of fig and plum. Unfortunately ethanol factors heavily into the smell, making the more enjoyable sweet flavors much harder to fully appreciate.

T: A split second of sweet, caramel malts is noticed, and then the alcohol takes over. Deep and cutting, it pushes the fruit flavors that should be coming through to a place where they can barely be perceived, leaving only a vaguely fruity sweetness in their place.

M: Thin-medium body, sticky and syrupy. Lots of alcohol heat, long alcoholic finish.

D: I realize that this is a sipper, but most sippers I've experienced have flavors that can stand up to the alcohol in them- that is not the case here. The slightly tasty, faint sweet notes are outweighed entirely by the ethanol. Not looking for another glass of this.

AwYeh, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of twelvsies
1.85/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Hate to do it, because I love Smutty, but this beer is a trainwreck. Pours a decent looking amber red color, zero head, though that could be expected because of the high ABV. Smell is filled with oppressive alcohol, though under that, if you try hard, you can find some nice sweet malty notes and vanilla. Taste is much the same, lots of alcohol compared to the little flavor that manages to break through. Oily, uncarbonated mouthfeel, doesn't back up the attempted boldness of this beer. Almost undrinkable. If I had to describe this brew in a word, I'd say abrasive.

twelvsies, Nov 01, 2005
Photo of Hojaminbag
2.15/5  rDev -44%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

An orangish color with very slight white head. No lacing, not a lot of retention.

Smells malty with a slight metallic odor. Boozy.

Tastes really malty, molasses and caramel. Very sweet, tastes like honey. Alcohol definitely comes through here.

Mouthfeel is thick, but carbonation is pretty decent.

This is too sweet for me, drinkability hurts.

Hojaminbag, May 21, 2008
Photo of mentor
2.23/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

2005 issue provided a while back by my buddy Sulldaddy and cellared in my cool dark cellar. Thanks for the opportunity! Pours a solid two finger yellow-tan head over a clear bright copper (with reddish tint) liquid. Some streamers rising to feed the head. Smells oxidized sherry-like. Old caramel and rubbing alcohol.

Tastes fruity sweet on the pull, but drying with phenols and edgy alcohols quickly jumping in. Ending smooths out and is much maltier than I would have expected it could possibly finish. Drying with strong carb cleaning the palette. Md-thick body. Not much to talk about as this beer does not complex and the flavors that are present are a bit unpleasant and too intense.

Don't know how this one tastes fresh, but it's not so good aged. Needed more malt to balance the edginess and the alcohols stood too tall and were too abrassive for my preference. Bummer of a drinker tonight. By holding off temptation I built high expectations and they were definitely not met. 5 or 6 sips into it and I found it rather too brutal to drink more. Blech!

mentor, Jun 07, 2007
Photo of projektyle
2.25/5  rDev -41.4%

projektyle, Mar 13, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -41.4%

SlowWideTurns, Nov 29, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -41.4%

komsul, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of mntlover
2.33/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours an amber brownish mixture with a small foamy white head, not head really just foam, that falls to a ring.

Aroma is wheat and malt some citrus and well sort of subdued nose on this one.

Taste woo nelly lots of strong astringent flavors mixed with wheat and caramel but too much alcohol in the mix to be masked. Some citrus flavors try to rise but are soon drowned out by alcohol. This is way out of balance needs some major help or lots of cellaring not quite sure.

Mouthfeel is ok bright spot, nice light carbonation with right of medium feel.

Drinkability is well horrible wouldn't want to try again unless they fix it or its 5 years old maybe. Want to thank Sam (merlin48)anyway for sharing this one it was at the end of our review session so had good buzz but didn't help this poor brew one bit.

mntlover, Feb 10, 2006
Photo of BARFLYB
2.38/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2009 22oz bottle into a Hill Farmstead Tulip glass.

Fallen Autumn Leaf maroon with some ruby red highlights when back towards the light. Shades of orange intertwine. A stealth pour yielded almost an inch of brown sugar colored foam that dissipated, no lace, becomes dead.

Smell is very one sided at this point in the game, everything is all but stripped from this except a heaping of caramel that is pungent. A whiff of booze. The wheat is dead, toffee remains. smells like an average B-Wine at this point.

Taste is one sided and well, it's dead. Not much to say with this one. The efferveset flower that is used is gone as well as the wheat. Caramel is large and in charge, not much wiggle room here. After a while some fruity pebble taste comes out and wrecks me. Im pretty much drinking this as a awkward homebrewed barleywine with a lot of heat.

The heat grabs the mouth and stirs the degrees up. some sips drown that out but up front this is some hot stuff. A coating texture with an above medium grip. Carb is all but lost after the time went by.

I know Smutty makes good beer so im going to get a freshie to compare. I am going to review this aged bottle as is though and say that it lost pretty much everything. This is one to drink fresh, since the heat did not die one bit.

BARFLYB, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of DIM
2.38/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

a: This is a clear yellowish copper color, the color of rootbeer barrels candy. It pours with almost no head.

s: There are some sour earthy grains, sweet caramel, raisins, and some floral hops. The alcohol is too potent, almost masking everything else.

t: There are some good elements here. Sweet, sugary raisins and sour grains. On the negative side this is one of the hottest beers I've ever had. The alcohol all but overwhelmed the hops and burned my throat a bit. I love a high abv in my beer, but this was just too noticeable.

m: This had a decent body and carbonation I suppose, but all that heat makes it hard to judge fairly.

d: Smuttynose is a great brewery and I love the fact that they are willing to try different things like this. I almost couldn't finish this though, it was just too hot.

DIM, Feb 27, 2008
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2.45/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a dark, nearly opaque reddish/orange color. A bubbly white head is slow to form, but quick to fade, Not much lace.
S: A big sweetness and alcohol punch. Caramel is big, dried figs, raisins. No wheat to be seen.
T: Follows the nose. To much sweetness up front. Caramel and sticky toffee. That is about it besides the alcohol punch.
M/D: A medium to full body. Very low carbonation. Sticky and syrupy. This is not easy to drink. To much sweetness and alcohol to be enjoyable.

Urg, another overly sweet and overly boozy mess. Not something I enjoy, and not something I would recommend.

champ103, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of Nunya
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

Nunya, May 16, 2014
Photo of pentathlete
2.7/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Popped this open because the spouse fried up a panful of oysters. The wife enjoyed this with these succulent shellfish. But let's look at it on the individual merits. This pours a dirty orange, cloudy, and no head to speak of. Nose is a chalky sugar odor with no malts or hops discernible. Taste follows with another chalky sugar soaked alcohol bath of the tongue. There is an abrupt cherry prune flavor but it isn't all that pleasant. Mouthfeel is medium but the taste gets in the way. To be sure I've tried this after having two stouts and a tripel, but I expected much more from this.

pentathlete, Dec 23, 2005
Photo of Stinkypuss
2.73/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Smuttynose Wheat Wine pours a hazy, murky brown with large and weird looking bubbles. Head dies down to nothing.

Smell: Sweet, malty, prevalent alcohol.

Taste: Malt sweetness followed by a big blast of alcohol. Some mild vanilla and cocoa do little to stand in the way of a very hot, boozy presence. A big beer, but perhaps too big for its own britches.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, good amount of carbonation, lingering alcohol burn.

Drinkability: A hot mess of a beer. If you love the taste of alcohol, this is for you.

Stinkypuss, May 05, 2010
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2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

doof116, Apr 01, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

ajzy, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of tgbljb
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a Hazy very deep amber color with miniscule head. No lacing. Smell is fruity and a bit like sour wine, but not at all unpleasant. Taste is loaxded with alcohol which seems to overshadow any other aspect of this beer. Finished with a strong alcohol tang which is not at all enjoyable. Not my style of beer.

tgbljb, Jun 11, 2006
Photo of Braudog
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber; this wheat-barley wine is an interesting concept, so I’m intrigued to try it. It pours a bronze-orange color with just a thin fuzzy top and moderate carbonation. The aroma is definitely barley-winish with a big syrupy sweetness to it, but there’s also an interesting orange twist to it. The first taste is perplexing ot me ... it’s overtly tangy, almost like a dry blood orange, that makes you shiver and squint. The strong alcoholic burn intermingles with this very earthy, dry citric bite in an odd way. I don’t think I’m diggin’ the combination. The more I sip at it and it warms, the flavor combinations start to give it a medicinal bite. (#2756, 3/18/2007)

Braudog, Mar 18, 2007
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2.88/5  rDev -25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22oz bomber

App: This beer is a beautiful ruby--the reddest beer I've seen. Perfect clarity. Minimal head, but nice lace.

Smell: Maple, herbal hops,

Taste: Slight sweetness up front, followed by a strong earthy, herbal hop flavor. A bit of a fruity flavor in the end.

Full mouthfeel with light carbonation.

I had this on tap and loved it, not so good in the bottle.

emsroth, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of Mit
2.88/5  rDev -25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance was a nice brownish red. Very thick pouring almost syrupy.

Smell was very sweet and the alcohol was very prevalant.

First taste very sweet with slight fruit notes (figs came to mind) that are quickly overwhelmed by the alcohol bitterness.

Mouthfeel was very thick and it burned from the alcohol.

Drinkability....well it was neat to try one but a little overwhelming. As with some extreme/high abv beers it's drinkability is IMO lowered. I could have used like half the portion they gave me....that bottle is huge.

Definitaly worth a try and may be more palatable to those who fancy themselves as Barleywine afficionados(sp). For myself who is much more into the bitter beers it was a little much and I probably won't buy it again.

Mit, Dec 21, 2008
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2.9/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Here's something you don't get every day - a Wheatwine! I can only assume that when someone at Smuttynose suggested brewing yet another barleywine, a wiseguy decided to get crazy and use 50% wheat instead... thus we have this here brew.

Pours a hazy pink-orange with a small head. Few bubbles.

This one is quite sweet smelling... some citrus hops, very wheaty and boozy, some grain coming through. Overly sweet to me, smells a little rough around the edges and lacks nuance, but not bad.

Everyone who tried this beer agreed it was "odd". Wheatwine is very sweet, with some big fruit notes -- peaches? -- and while it's sorta barleywine-like, the overall impression is one of an exxxtreme wheat beer with loads of residual sugars. I shudder to think the hangover one could get off this stuff...

Mouthfeel is slick and smooth, finish is sweet and grainy. The best way to approximate this in your head is two parts barleywine to one part American wheat beer, say, Oberon. Then take out most of the hops.

Props to Smutty for trying something different, but this one didn't do much for me. Give it a shot if you come across it, just so you can say you've tried a genuine Wheatwine.

kkipple, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of Patrick999
2.9/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Upon pouring, it looks kinda lazy in the glass. A few swirls of the snifter remedies that. Reddish-orange color.

Smells like orange, cherry, vanilla, maple. Minor whiffs of alcohol.

Hmmm, I think I'd like this better if they'd gone with more wheat. Kinda lacks the soft, creamy body you associate with wheat beers. The flavor sits uncomfortably close to a regular barleywine - little hoppy, bitter-sweet, fruity, little alcohol. OK flavor, but not really what I wanted from a wheatwine.

Eh. If I'd wanted an American barleywine, I'd have bought one.

Patrick999, Apr 25, 2010
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Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 693 ratings.