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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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684 Ratings

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Ratings: 684
Reviews: 464
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 53
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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Photo of irishking1977

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at an Uno's nearby.

A: Copper/gold/bronze combo with virtually no lacing and zero head. Resembles an apple cider almost.

S: Pretty sweet smelling, with hints of vanilla and banana.

T: Sugar and alcohol dominate the taste. Not as biting an alcohol burn one might expect for the relatively high abv, but it's certainly there. Virtually no bitterness at all, which makes sense, because the person I have been sharing it with hates hoppy beers. And she liked this one alot.

M: Personally, I'm not a big fan of the mouthfeel of most barleywines, in that they are usually somewhat flat. This one was right on the cusp of being too flat, but as barleywine standards go, this is probably better than most. Another positive was the fact that this one wasn't as syrupy as it could have been considering it's a sweet brew.

D: As an excellent aperitif, or dessert brew. Would go well with any kind of pie, or crusted dessert. The alcohol is certainly there, but it's hidden in the background and doesn't negatively affect the brew. One of the better barleywine/hybrids I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2010 17:54:35 | More by irishking1977
Photo of devinoconnor

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2011 17:25:08 | More by devinoconnor
Photo of emsroth

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 22:30:31 | More by emsroth
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

03-03-2014 04:48:05 | More by dcp27
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3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Received from RutersBeerGuy in top 100 BIF.

A: Hazed-burnt orange in color with two fingers of creamy dense head that left a blanket of head for the entire beer.
S: A lot of malty wheat in the nose along with more than enough fusal alcohol aroma.
T: Upfront was rather tart, but then an underlying sweetness came in, but after the swallow this beer is really "hot" with the alcohol very present on the tastebuds.
M: The mouthfeel is very thin for how heavy the beer tasted and smelled. Really hot alcohol flavors.
D: I think this beer needs some time to settle a bit. The "hotness" of this beer really took something away for me. I hope to try it again with some age on it.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 16:56:00 | More by TheodorHerzl
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4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Pabst chalice.

Whoa, this looks like apple cider! Deep amber in color and very murky. No head to speak of and no lacing. Sediment is very present throughout the glass. I actually like it, but I can see how its appearance would turn some off.

Smells like a barleywine. Sweet, buttery, and citrus hop notes are present in the nose.

First sip is warm on the tongue, buttery and inviting. Malts dominate here along with notes of caramel and some faint bitterness in the finish. I hate to keep harping on this aspect of the beer, but the buttery flavor seems to persist all the way through, and I love it.

Rounding out the flavor is a mild heat that I can only classify as acceptable. However, Smuttynose has really won me over with this one. They've really managed to create a "big" beer with a mildness that can be enjoyed by many and a robustness exalted by few.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 22:29:42 | More by morningthief
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4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage. Purchased for $7.99 at time of release. Stored in cellar conditions since. Poured into a snifter. 

Appearance - The color is a cross between orange and red. It has nice amber edges with a deep rich color. There is very little head formation that leaves a thin ring of suds around the edge of the glass. It looks the part of a 12% behemoth. 

Smell - Right up front, there is a kick of alcohol soaked fruit. Raisin and date are most prominent. There is a soft wheat presence in the aroma that sits behind the fruit notes. It offers up a nutty note almost like brown rice. In general, the aroma is rich, fruity, with an interesting aroma added from the wheat. 

Taste - Thick sweet fruit up front. It is raisiny in character with rich caramel malt sweetness. Light fruity esters introduces a touch of bright strawberry. Up to this point, the flavors remind me of a malt-forward barley wine. Almost suddenly, the wheat enters the pictures and throws some interesting complexity into the mix. There is a soft spice note that reminds me of cinnomon and clove. It's subtle, but adds a fantastic layer to the finish. The finish is long, sweet, and lingering. Complex, easy to approach, and a bit mysterious. 

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is full and a touch syrupy in the finish. The carbonation is very soft and helps soften the heaviness of the body. 

Overall - This is a big beer, but Smuttynose definitely takes it a step further. Wheat Wines are an interesting concept. The majority of this beer's malt bill is wheat. It adds subtle spice and definitely softens out the beer's character. 

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 23:09:13 | More by Sam21
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North Carolina

2.25/5  rDev -41.4%

11-29-2012 17:28:31 | More by SlowWideTurns
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District of Columbia

3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – 22 oz bottle purchased approximately 4 months ago, can't remember where. Only a slight hiss of carbonation escapes when I pop the cap. A solitary stream of bubbles breaks the clear orange amber liquid. Despite all of the wheat the thin white head quickly subsides from the high alcohol and low carbonation.

Smell – Alcohol is primary component of the aroma, but caramel, wheat and some mild spicy and citrus hops are also present.

Taste – Other than the sharp alcohol, this beer is relatively smooth with a good sweet/bitter balance. There is some mild fruitiness, oranges and some apples. The flavor is relatively light and simple, it doesn't have the deep complexities that I have come to expect from a beer of this high gravity. I didn't realize that there was oak until i read it on the brewer's notes.

Mouthfeel – The alcohol warms the throat, but does not effect the tongue. The body is medium for the style with ultra low carbonation, well done.

Drinkability & Notes – The in check mouthfeel and light carbonation make this a beer that is easy to drink, that is aside from the pungent alcohol. Even though I held off drinking this one for a few months, it looks like I should have waited until next winter for the alcohol to calm down.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2006 05:00:22 | More by OldSock
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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
Photo of Naugled

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
Photo of jameaterblues

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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

09-26-2012 02:01:23 | More by MisterE
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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
Photo of JasonA


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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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

12-09-2013 02:59:52 | More by Jonbw
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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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

05-28-2014 22:40:53 | More by BalancingBrooms
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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
Photo of garbercury


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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Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

12-30-2012 21:08:31 | More by PrimScrewhead
Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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