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

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673 Ratings

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Ratings: 673
Reviews: 462
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 52
Gots: 54 | 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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New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

08-10-2012 14:37:09 | More by casualfan
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4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice work on the label from the folks at Smuttynose, it helps present what one should expect from this beer. It pours chunk ans thick into a low sustaining head. Color is rich orange and very clean, clear and pure.
Aroma: Big beautiful bouquet, comes to mind first. Very engaging hop nose and florally sweet like a tart candy.
Taste: Again, like on the nose a big flowery flavor but still exceptionally clean. Good consistent follow through with notes of citrus in the front and back.
Mouthfeel: On the lighter side for carbonation, and with a thick, sweet coating that somehow still leaves my mouth clean.
Drink: Am looking forward to this beer next year. I've heard the brewers are keeping guarded eyes on the few remaining bottles.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2005 00:08:47 | More by NoLiberty
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New York

3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

light copper color with a quick tan head

strong malt aroma, sweet and light.

tastes strong and sweet, a bit hot with earthy hop flavor.

full body is thick and chewy

well carbonated but little head

not the most drinkable beer, too cloying and strong and out of balance.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 20:24:15 | More by Naugled
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New York

4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes...on tap at Hop Devil Grill

A- Hazy dark amber color....light yellow and orange hints....minimal white head and lace.
S- Alcohol....a little clove....strong wheat malts that bring out some fruit...plantain and other tropical stuff...backed by a balancing of modest hops.
T- Strong wheat malts throughout....while the barley helps balance the wheat is predominant. Slightly sweet tropical fruit banana, kiwi and citrus(grapefruit among others), hops really pick up towards the end to really balance out the sweet wheat and give the beer a pleasant bitter finish accompanied by big alcohol.
M/D- great variation on the barley wine...heavy for a wheat based beer...light carbonation, full flavor and big alcohol....I definitely want to seek more wheat wines out and I have a bottle of this in my fridge right now.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2007 21:03:17 | More by jameaterblues
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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)

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2007 17:18:47 | More by Braudog
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

07-05-2014 11:57:42 | More by Nobcefus
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New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into my Duvel tulip.

One finger tanish yellow head that didn't last long, turned to a ring around the glass. Moderate lacing. Smells like a mild bourbon, or port, ethanol dominates over everything. Wow. Flavor is a mild bourbon too, alcohol bomb, baby. Sweet malts, I can't tell that it's wheat. If this was a blind taste I'd just as easy guess this was a barley wine. Mouth is nicely carbonated, but the alcohol is pretty intense, almost like this was bourbon-barrel-aged, but I don't remember seeing that on the bottle. I think the drinkability suffers from the high alcohol heat, but give it a little time. Warming mellow the heat a bit, but not much.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 05:32:49 | More by ballewblake
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3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slight cloudy amber. No head, no lacing.

Smells a hoppy wheat.

Initial barley wine sweet, little hops and little wheat. Not much wheat, some hops finish. Tastes like a somewhat typical BW.

Some carbonation, maybe a little more than a typical BW. Smooth but can tell the wheat finish.

Overall a decent beer. Not sure I consider it something special, or one I would look to go back to.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 23:55:49 | More by JasonA
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

09-26-2012 02:01:23 | More by MisterE
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Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2007 23:19:03 | More by dickieb
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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

12-09-2013 02:59:52 | More by Jonbw
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3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Look is a nice red brown, not quite clear, one finger heavy cream colored head dissipates quickly.

Smell is of alcohol laced burnt carmel, brown butter, rum soaked raisins, brown sugar, it's true it does smell like a barleywine. Good complexity.

Taste is of booze up front, but this gives way to underlying flavors, of chocolate, malted grains, dry grains, dark bitter fruits (black currants?) Alcohol is a bit overwhelming. Still the flavors are definately there, and definately complex if they can only fight their way past the alcohol shiver.

Feel is where this shines as a style, whereas a barleywine tends to be thicker and slightly slick this is nice and creamy, carbonation is very low but held in the mouth produces some prickly feeling to let you know it is there.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 06:13:39 | More by currysage1
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3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter...

A--Nice lacing and retention. A pale reddish hue to this one.

S--Smells like sweet roasted corn, I can smell the alcohol in this one...

T--Lots of burn. I will say that this has a barleywine taste but you can tell the difference with the wheat. Certainly every bit as tasty as the 09' Nemesis.

M--Nothing unusual or spectacular. Thin.

D--Glad I tried it, Smuttynose makes some nice brews, I have really enjoyed their big beer series, keep em coming...

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 01:00:47 | More by garbercury
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3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2006 19:53:38 | More by akahn
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New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours an orange amber with very little head. kind of suprising with all the wheat in it. you can smell this beer across the room. very fruity, possibly apricot. the high abv also seems to be present in the nose. i was thrilled about the first sip, but to be honest, as i got a few sips into it, the beer definitly grew on me. i don't have a ton of barleywine experience but this one stacks up pretty solid. i dig the addition of the wheat, it definitly adds something to the mix. i have never been disapointed in a smuttynose offering and this is no exception. sessionable....probably not the best idea, delicious...hell yes.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2006 16:54:05 | More by scarletfire79
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Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle. Decent fluffy white head. Hazy amber orange hue. Some hints of lace down the sides of the glass. The smell is slightly sour with a rather pronounced alcohol tone. Caramel like sweetness in the nose. Some fruity fig like scent perhaps raisins or some souring grape like tone. The taste was fruity and sweet. Nice subtle sourness in the back of the mouth. Decent wheat flavor much lighter than the traditional barley wine making for a nice lighter alternative. Alcohol is certainly making its self known with the aftertaste. Has a potent like alcohol essence as it warms to the room. Very complex flavors blend in the taste though. Subtle hints of vanilla and hints of caramel mix with the slight sourness. Decent mouthfeel smooth and enjoyable to drink. I would certainly drink this one slowly. Nice taste and it gets the cheeks rosy.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 03:38:56 | More by bigone4
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Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

12-30-2012 21:08:31 | More by PrimScrewhead
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

01-04-2012 23:36:21 | More by Turbodog666
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

05-28-2014 22:40:53 | More by BalancingBrooms
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-14-2012 22:28:31 | More by btesta
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New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smuttynose Wheat Wine is packaged in a 22oz bomber with a label that belies the trouble the brewery had with the ATF: underneath wheat wine ale is "malt beverage brewed from 53% wheat, 47% barley." It pours a deep red orange with a thin white head that quickly fades into a slight lacing on top of the brew. Aroma is malty, sweet with some sour fruity notes as well. Taste is quite sweet, with some fruitiness and vanilla and a very full body with a slick mouthfeel. Relatively dry, bitter finish, considering the overall sweetness of the beer with some piney hops making their first appearance. A little bit hot going down, had to take off a bit on drinkability.

A really solid beer, and one that I will be buying quite a bit of during its season.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2005 01:28:40 | More by ColForbin
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-30-2011 04:27:35 | More by guillemiro
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New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

06-07-2014 05:52:45 | More by EricDu
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4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours straight up crayola certified amber, with a very thin white head that laces very well. the nose is like an american barleywine or perhaps a mellow I.P.A., hops grab your attention right away. the taste starts off mellow as well, the hop bite/flavor comes out close to the end, however the finish is smooth not bitey as the late hop emergence would have you think. the mouth-feel is with the exception of when the hops first rear there head is smooth as can be, a very nice texture. drinks very very easy for it's abv, this is an overall impressive beer, i highly recommend this

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2008 05:08:18 | More by irishevans
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was bottled in 2010.

A - A deep red color. Almost looks like a light brown shoe... it's a nice color. Very, very cloudy, which would make sense for the style. Not very carbonated at all. Wondering if this needed to sit a bit longer.
S - Boozy, sweet. Some fruit, maybe golden raisins. Don't get a lot more out of the aroma. The muted carbonation prevents a lot of aroma from coming through.
T - Interesting. It's a strong beer for sure. All raisin, fig, dried apricot. No yeast character. There's some hop bitterness, but this is mostly malt. Don't get a lot of wheat character either. I actually don't taste a lot of alcohol in there, and not incredibly warming going down.
M - It's numbing on the lips from the alcohol. Very light carbonation, but the rest of the feel is very heavy, I think maybe a little too heavy for this style.
O - I think this is a fairly good beer, but not very drinkable and not very unique. Think of a barleywine with muted hop character and you pretty much have this beer. I can see more wheat than I can taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 01:45:06 | More by mattbk
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