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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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688 Ratings

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Ratings: 688
Reviews: 465
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 53
Gots: 52 | 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 donkeyrunner


4.22/5  rDev +9.9%

Not too familiar with this style. I'm anticipating barleywine with a smooth, wheaty mouthfeel.

Dark, translucent copper. 1 finger being head with bulky collar retention. Honestly, it looks like a stirred up mud puddle.

Aroma is strong: fruity phenols like cherries and plum with heavy caramel toffee. Taste parrellels the aroma with a warming rum raisin alcoholic finish. Big, smooth, wheaty mouthfeel.

I like it.

11-01-2009 20:17:30 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of Ryan011235


4.22/5  rDev +9.9%

Poured into a snifter on 8/1/10

Bottle Conditioned in 2009, according to the bottle

The color is a vibrant shade of copper; held to the light it's a bright amber. Foam was resistant so I switched to a more aggressive pour. Still, it resulted in only 1/4th inch loose head & thinned to a skim & a patch of large bubbles. Minimal retention & lace. I tried to keep the sediment in the bottle on the second pour but most of it found its way into the glass & was suspended throughout. Odd...

Immediately noticeable is an airy, boozy aroma; not quite harsh, but prominent. Situated beyond said boozy aroma are plentiful, sweet malt notes: caramel; toffee & candied malts. Fruit ethers offer an juicy bent: raisin; plum; a hint of prune & some tart, almost apple-like notes. Grainy wheat tones are integrated throughout. Undertones of yeast manifest with warmth.

Wisps of earthy, floral hops briefly grace the taste buds. It seems Wheatwines often have a penchant for juiciness; this particular one even more so than others I've tried. Plum, ripe apple, raisins & candied fruits mesh with the toasty, sugary aspects of the beer - caramel, toffee & pinch of brown sugar. It's sweet, but not distracting; on the contrary, it's fitting for the style. Traces of toasted wheat, though it seems the latter half of the namesake is the focus.

Wheat Wine is a robust medium bodied beer with a little bit of grittiness. Aside from that, it's kind of slick. Though it doesn't boast intense alcohol heat, after the first sip it caused an immediate warming sensation; the abv is apparent. Residual ghosts of the flavor profile linger.

I really like this beer; one of my favorite representation of the style (based on what I've tried so far). Drinkability is pretty good considering the abv; it might have been a good idea to split this with someone. I wish I had purchased more bottles when it was in all the stores. I will admit that the second pour isn't nearly as satisfying, but this is still a good beer.

08-03-2010 01:25:18 | More by Ryan011235
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4.22/5  rDev +9.9%

bottle labeled 2008

A- Pours a syrupy and hazy brownish garnet with a thin tan head.

S- Sweet malts, apricots, peaches, wheat spiciness, yeast.

T- Leads with explosive apricot and dried peach flavors, midpalate rolls in sweet and spicy wheat malt notes. Finishes with the remnant of sweet and spice for the midpalate but adds a balancing hop character that brings in a bit of pine and citrus rind.

M- Syrupy, light carbonation, and hint of the abv with a warming finish.

D- This is my favorite Wheat wine so far, which is to say of the two I've had. Smuttynose does a nice job of having just enough hops in the finish to balance out the sweetness and prevent the beer from being cloying and yet add complexity. Impressive beer especially for the price.

11-29-2009 23:54:02 | More by UA8
Photo of Terp96

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +9.9%

This is the first beer of this style that I have ever had.

The pour leaves very little head. The color is deep amber and not cloudy at all.

Smells very much like a barley wine. Malty with some hop profile. Not much in the way of wheat beer aroamas. No yeasty or spicy overtones.

Taste is phenomenal. So smooth and so much character throughout. Initially, this tastes like an average barley wine. As I progressed, I started to get a little more of the hop bitterness and wheat beer spiciness. Some clove. About halfway through and as the beer warmed, I started to get hit with the oak barrel an smokey flavors. Man, this tastes a lot like a good single malt scotch. I seriously had scotch burps!!!!

Mouthfeel was great. Again, very smooth and balanced. The flavors lingered for quite some time. Nice dry finish.

Drinkability is decent. You can tell this is a huge beer but it is well disguised. At less than $4 a bomber, I will be going back for as many of these as I can. I wonder what it tastes like aged?

12-28-2006 22:21:38 | More by Terp96
Photo of phisig137


4.22/5  rDev +9.9%

Bottle Conditioned in 2006 according to the bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark amber orange color, with ruby highlights. One finger head with good retention falls into a ring around the glass, with a touch of lacing.

Aroma is hugely alcoholic. Almost like taking a whiff of rubbing alcohol. There is a slight hint of banana up front, and a decent amount of piney hops in the middle, with a touch of caramel in between. Smells interesting, but I have to dock it a point for that huge alcohol presence.

Flavor is quite malty, with the wheat playing harmony. Semi-sweet malt flavors of caramel, toffee, and raisons are prevalent up front, with a slap of hop flavor and bitterness on the finish. Alcohol again is hot and quite forward. Slight banana flavor makes me wonder if this was brewed with a hefe yeast, or a standard ale yeast. Mouthfeel is creamy and full. Drinkability is decent, but a bit hampered by the alcohol.

Another "big beer series" winner from Smutty. This is the only wheat wine I've eve come across, so I can't compare it to others, but I do enjoy the beer completely. Others may taste the beer as it is... hot and boozy.... but I taste potential. I think this one will age very well. There is enough of a hop presence, and enough alcohol, to let this age for quite a while. I think I'll buy a few more bottles and let them sit for a couple years. It really is a great beer, and will only improve with age. I'd hope to see some of the wheat characteristics come through with age, once the hops and alcohol subside a bit. But highly recommended in any case. Smuttynose rarely disappoints. And at only $3.69 a bomber, this is one of the best bang for you buck beers out there. Simply can't beat it for the price.

11-16-2006 01:35:41 | More by phisig137
Photo of gford217


4.22/5  rDev +9.9%

22oz bomber courtesy of MrRetardedMonkey poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark hazy amber brown with a small tan head that recedes to a collar quickly and leaves no lacing.

The aroma is big and sweet. There are tons of caramel malts with some sugary sweetness on top. Some hints of peppery spices and a bit of citrus as well.

The taste is just as sweet and has the caramel and toffee backbone that underpins everything else. There is a bit of bananas and clove from the wheat, but the barley takes things over in the end and lend the taste more towards barleywine at the end of the day.

The mouthfeel is on the fuller side of things with a sugary sweetness that lingers between sips. It's a bit prickly from the sugar and a bit of hops.

I really enjoyed this beer. It's one of my favorite Smuttynose beers and a great sipper to end an evening on.

05-27-2009 03:22:19 | More by gford217
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

4.22/5  rDev +9.9%

For me, this fell in between being a malty double IPA and an American barley wine in just about all aspects.
Take Dogfish Head's 90 minute IPA, darken it and sweeten it and you'd get something like this brew. Floral and herbal with malty sweetness.
Really nice depth and complexity. Not to be guzzled but savored; you wont want to drink much of this at a time but you keep your eyes open for it again.
This made me want to try more wheat wines.

11-20-2005 23:59:03 | More by ommegangpbr
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4.22/5  rDev +9.9%

A - Pours a slightly transparent amber-red color with a finger of frothy tan-brown head. The head fades slowly down to a thick ring leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is full of wheat and rich caramel malts. There is also dark fruit and some hops mixed in. The alcohol is definitely noticeable.

T - Starts off with dark fruit sweetness and wheat flavor. There is also some pine hop flavor right at the start. Through the middle, some more fruity flavors and some more hops come through. More rich caramel malt flavor. The finish is a mix of dark fruit and malt flavors with some hops and booze in the background.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate-low carbonation. Really syrupy through still pretty slick. Pretty sweet with a resiny finish. Touch of alcohol warming.

D - Heavy, but still pretty drinkable. The 10.7% abv shows here, but not in a bad way. The flavors are interesting and well balanced. The flavors are strong so this is pretty much a sipping beer but very enjoyable.

05-04-2011 00:58:31 | More by ngeunit1
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4.22/5  rDev +9.9%

Courtesy of tpd975 hooking our weekly tasting group up with a yummy barleywine. You know what I like!! Pours hazy copper with thin gold edges and thin tan head. The aroma is plums, prunes, crystal malts, sweet malts, pine hops and some alcohol heat. The taste is sweet sticky sugar malts mixing seamlessly with some caramel candy. Those rich tasty notes are followed by prunes, dried cherries, figs, pears and raisins. The wheated malt note isn't all that noticeable or less than I was expecting anyway. I can get a sense of the wheat just behind the rich malt and caramel goodness. Yeah, I can get used to drinking a bomber of this. Thanks again Greg.

09-06-2008 02:25:14 | More by BigMcLargeHuge
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4.22/5  rDev +9.9%

Pours a beautiful, shining ruddy gold with a wispy off white head. Minimal lacing.
Smell is sweet and wonderful. Lots of sweetness with apple, caramel, pear and a nice citrus hop note.
Taste is boozy as hell and I like it. Tons of sweetness, tart and crisp, lots of lushness, rich mouthfeel, very mild carbonation. The wheat is barely present and the hops come on well in the finish, giving it a crisp mouthfeel.
I could drink this all night. It's so strong in its alcohol notes it really needs to be paired with some food. A sharp cheddar or olives would be nice.

06-10-2008 00:51:29 | More by kirok1999
Photo of zac16125

South Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +10.2%

22oz bottle into a snifter
Vintage 2012

A: Pours a clear apricot/dark cooper with only a sliver of light tan head that dissipates almost imediately and leaves effectively zero lacing. It looks like a bourbon or some other spirit as it sits in the glass. Very pretty color though.

S: Lots of sweetness with candied sugar and vinous fruits. There is also a tart, apple-like component; in a way its reminiscent of apple cider. Some booze, a bit of caramel/toffee. Its very unique but I really dig it.

T: Like the nose its sweetness forward, with candied sugar and caramel/toffee. There are also some hop characters including citrus rind and bitterness. Some burnt, almost char-like characters. Flavor is more traditional barleywine-esque than the aroma. Again, I like it a lot.

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation very low but it actually works well for this particular beer that almost drinks like a spirit. Gives a whole body warming sensation. ABV is present but not overwhelming, and its not hot at all. Drinkability is good.

O: Overall, I was a big fan of this one. The price was great too. I plan to buy a few more of these.

07-22-2014 01:21:33 | More by zac16125
Photo of warriorsoul


4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

08-10-2006 00:15:40 | More by warriorsoul
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Pours a beautiful orange/peach/amber with a small head that lacked retention. Snail-paced bubbles takes a sloth's walk up the sides. I'm looking at this thinking "barley wine".

An enjoyable perfumey aroma permeates the nose. Candied apples, sour cherry, stale red wine, cotton candy, all pulling against the strong essence of wheat and the supple, light sting of the hops, which helps give an earthy balance to the candy-like aromas.

As unusual as the flavor is, there is one element here that I cannot shake: Twizzlers. Has that artificial cherry sweet-and-sour candylike Twizzlers flavor down pat. Hops bittering helps offset the sweetness, and there's further balance with a wheaty finish and a velvety smooth mouthfeel. Seemed like a strange flavor at first. Went from weird to existential to sublime in a matter of sips.

A rich, sweet, candy-like beer, I would rate the drinkability lower than I really want to, as it's a pretty dominating sweetness. And with such a high ABV (11%), this is clearly one for slow sipping on special occasions only. But its spirit and uniqueness is undeniable.

06-05-2006 23:45:49 | More by Metalmonk
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

12-18-2013 16:18:19 | More by T_rizzo
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

So I really love Barley Wines. And I really love Wheat Beers. Oh yeah, and Smuttynose is one of my favorite breweries. How could I go wrong?

A- Dark ruby brown colored liquid filled my glass. Thick creamy off white head. Nice lacing. Dark but shiny beer.

S- Smell was malty and sweet with a lot of alcohol up front. Caramel sweet goodness and a hint of bitter hops.

T- Yes. I love this. Roasted caramel malts, hops, wheat, dried fruits, all wrapped into one. What?? Yes. This works. This is VERY good. Sweet and smooth up front, hop bitter bite at the end. Nicely done, nicely done. I love this style apparently.

M- Rich, syrupy, sticky, and somewhat creamy. Very filling but so tasty.

D- I drank this with pure ease just because the flavors were so great. Smuttynose has a big winner here. I need to seek out more wheat wines. This one is awesome.

12-02-2008 23:55:09 | More by DavidSeanNJ
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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

A delicious wheat wine, I would recommend this beer to anyone who has not given the wheat wine its due.

Picked up for $6 at Rodman's in DC, I found this beer to be a nice orange/amber color with a light head. Light for a wheat wine, but dark for an ale.

The smell was aromatic, sweet, and malty. Lightly spiced and well-balanced.

The taste was very good, with hints of goji berry, pear, winter wheat, and lightly-roasted hops. A wonderfully malty flavor that balanced well the sweet and the bitter.

The finish was subtle, despite the 11% ABV (why is it that Smuttynose never has the ABV printed on their labels?) and went down very well.

01-20-2009 04:16:58 | More by TLove
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

11-15-2011 05:15:13 | More by hyuga
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

22oz. brown bomber with Bottle-conditioned in: 2008 2009 notched on the label and a bottling code stamped on the bottom of the bottle that reads: 071 A2 09:30. Poured into a chalice a dark cherry/copper with a finger of beige, short lasting foam. Mild carbonation and good clarity on initial pour.

The initial smell is rich, sweet malt, much like a liquid malt extract. As it warms, some fruitiness, spicy hops and alcohol show through. Nice aroma.

The taste starts with doughy rich malt that's sweet and almost chewy. The alcohol pushes through some fruit flavor and some spice from the hops, that balance things nicely. A grainy wheat finishes things with the alcohol getting the last word in. Overall a malt-bomb type of brew, but I really enjoy the flavor and the punch this brew has to offer. It's very much on the lines of a big English Barleywine...nothin' wrong with that.

Fairly big in body, that's rather chewy in taste, for the size of this brew, it goes down as easy as? Malted milk? I like it and would gladly have it again...cheers.

02-18-2009 01:28:37 | More by scottoale
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

05-17-2012 23:26:00 | More by andylipp
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

06-18-2012 12:24:09 | More by kuhndog
Photo of Mikeadeth

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

04-21-2014 01:15:03 | More by Mikeadeth
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Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Pours a hazy deep orange with an initial finger of head, that melts down to a nice lacing after a few minuets. The smell comes on strong of sweet malts and biscuit with a slight aroma of floral hops towards the end. The taste also starts strong and malty, but not overpowering even with the abv. The alcohol becomes present with the balanced finish. Overall one of my favorites from smutty. A solid mouthfeel, and quite drinkable.

09-03-2007 23:19:03 | More by dickieb
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

06-15-2014 22:25:18 | More by DonDonLongJohn
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

07-16-2014 00:24:43 | More by beersheetz
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Appearance: Medium orange body, head pours small, fades fast, leafes a thin skin of foam. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Lots of alcohol, sweet and caramely, but not a lot of wheat.

Taste: Alcohol and sweetness are big, but the softness added by the wheat is also very evident and pleasant. Slightly fruity, a little metallic, peppery, and minty (from the hops). Enjoyable and unique.

Drinkability: I like the style and the example. I just wish there were more available. Thanks to BeerBeing for the bottle.

06-27-2006 03:54:33 | More by TastyTaste
Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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