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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

700 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 700
Reviews: 466
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 53
Gots: 54 | 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:
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 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 BeerSox
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into snifter.

Hazy ruby red mixing with some orage with a thin light tan head that quickly settles to a tiny rim along the glass.

Tart wheat aromas along with the same sweet candy hop aromas found in Barley Wines. The malts seems to be hidden a little more, mostly because of the wheat content.

Crisp hops set up a sweet, but bitter, hop flavor. A bit of powdery grain comes in at the middle. The alcohol is well perceived, and actually lingers for a while and warms the mouth a bit. Full bodied with good carbonation. The alcohol lingers for a while.

This is my first Wheat Wine. I felt this one was a little boozy, lowering its drinkability. It's a good beer though, with plenty of hops for those who want them. Recommended.

BeerSox, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of hreb
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The 2006 vintage, now moderately well aged (it's now April 2008, making this bottle at least 1.5 but less than 2 years old), emerges from my beer fridge. Cold 22oz bottle poured into wide-mouth Chimay glass. Pours deep apple juice amber with nearly zero head. Aroma is faint, probably because the temperature is too damn cold, but distinctly of raisins and caramel. Very pleasant. (note: as it warms up, the aroma does get bigger, no surprises)

First taste is smooth and rich, with flavors of both malty barley and flowery wheat. Complex depths of bitterness balances it out nicely. And fizziness is slight, just right for a barley wine style.

There's some alcohol in there. There's also some hops. Both work well in my opinion, and I think the flavor will be appreciated by anyone who enjoys wheat beer.

Not as good as Triticus, or Brooklyn Monster Ale for that matter, but definitely in the same league, which is great praise coming from me. The aging didn't hurt this one bit.

hreb, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured a medium copper color ale with a medium size foamy head with some average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of sweet malt is dominating and reminiscent of a regular barleywine. Taste is also dominated by some sweet malt notes with some notes of caramel and toffee. Full creamy body is well done with some medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well done but I can't say that the wheat notes were clearly discernable.

Phyl21ca, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of BBM
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear amber color with little head that dissipated quickly. Not much lacing, either. Aroma was barleywine-esque; sweet, fruity, and alcoholic.

This is a pleasant deviation from the typical barleywine/strong ale, because there's a stern spiciness to the flavor. There is a nice fruit/pine hop bite up front, and a big, sweet alcohol finish. I was impressed by this beer; unique and delicious.

BBM, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz "Smuttynose Big Beer Series" Bottle purchased from Super Saver in Somerville for $4.99...
Many of their Big Beer Series have been successful, so I was eager to give this one a try, which claimed to be made from "53% Wheat and 47%" Barley - a nice touch of wheat to the traditional barley-wine style ale...
A hefty pour resulted in a ruby-red, dark-copper hue with a decent frothy head that soon dissipated and left minimal froth around the glass...
Great smell, with a nice combination of barley, wheats, and malts with a touch of caramel and vanilla nuances...
Excellent, top-notch flavor... very barleywine like, but without the usual overbearing, and cloying sweet flavors that can sometimes really disinhibit a beers natural taste to flow through...
Good, creamy, rich, thick mouthfeel without too much interference coupled with an equally impressive level of drinkability in which the hefty 10.7% ABV is hardly noticeable behind a rich conglomeration of flavors...
Good stuff...
Definitely recommended...

dsa7783, Mar 20, 2008
Photo of Rudgers73
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This acts much like a barley wine on the pour. Thick, and heavy. The head is dying, then it is completely dead a few seconds after the pour. Slight cloudiness, very mild carbonation, amber/red in color. The smell is great. I smell apple peels, bread, candied fruits. Fruity esters, and sticky caramel. It has a great bite to it. There are also nutty undertones. The alcohol is a bit astringent as it stings my chapped up lips a bit. Very warming. The bitterness comes directly after the sweet bready initial malt flavor and it draws out for the rest of the sip until only residual sticky sugars and metallic hop oils are left. The hops are a bit much for me and I would like to age this on a couple of years to dive more into the complex malt side of things. The mouthfeel is hurt a little because of this. It is just too sharp and hot. The drinkability will increase with age, I'm sure.

Rudgers73, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of russpowell
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to unholy2 for this one!

2007 vintage pours caramel with 2 fingers of sand colored head. minimal lacing & zero head retention

S: Intense fruittyness, caramel, booze, & pecans

T: Rich fruittynes (cherry, plum, apricot) & some boozey warmth up front. More fruittyness, some honey & treacle sweetness, plus piney & grapefruitty hops as this warms. Finishes dry with pineapple notes, piney hops & candi sugar (I can feel my teeth rotting, er I think!!), with pecans, a bit of smokeyness

MF: Syruppy & slick with an interesting balance

Drinks good for the ABV, but after a while the chewyness slows you down, This reminds me a lot of Stingo or some of the English barleywines I had when I lived in England. This is a good one to cap the evening off

russpowell, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of TheodorHerzl
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.

TheodorHerzl, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of Oxymoron
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Barley <insert wheat> wine. Pours a mostly cloudy off yellow color or cream like color. Needed a little help with the pour for a nice white head. Not really smooth but good retention and limited lacing.

The nose is big and phenolic. Big malt with noticeable wheat characteristics. But bigger solvent like alcohol dominates the nose. Some yeasty notes, plums, raisins, and pears. Some floral hops but limited.

The taste is big as well. A bigger malt taste with more dextrin taste. Big phenolic and hot alcohol flavors really overpower any other taste. Did I try this too young? Some lighter orange flavor. Some yeasty finish as well, plums, bubblegum.

Big body for sure. Overall this is a beer that could use some (a lot of) age. The hot phenolics really overpower some nicer hidden characteristics.

Oxymoron, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of Beeryce
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one awsome beer, I want it again!

It has a malty barleywine nose yet with the floral aroma of the yeast of an American Wheat beer. This has almost everything I want in a beer. I love the generous hops, they really balances the sweetness of the massive maltiness.

Excellent lacing. Much darker, an amber brown, than I expected. Tan head. Huge nose floral yeast and hop aromas with a sweet malt smell throughout. The sourness of the wheat, hops and yeast is very nice against the sweetness of all the barley malt. The malti-barleywine character of Bigfoot mixed with the wheaty/yeasty sourness of an American Wheat beer that balances well and has a fitting mouthfeel. Great drinkability despite heaviness and alcohol content. Mouthfeel slightly thick , fitting. Warming alcohol after about half. Low slow carbonation shows the thickness.

I really want this to review this beer again!

Beeryce, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of bigone4
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.

bigone4, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of WillieMoe
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish amber color with a medium bodied head that fades slowly into a nice lace. The smell is a nice little balance of malt and hops, with hints of spice and dark fruits. The taste is a bit more malt heavy. The fruit and hops are not as noticeable, butare present. A bit sweet at first, there is a tartness in the finish, with the crisp alcoholness of a barleywine. Goes down smooth and hides the ABV well, and is a very solid offering from the Smutty guys.

WillieMoe, Feb 27, 2008
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
Photo of ABCJiugui
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bomber into duvel tulip

A- copper/amber with reddish tint, fairly clear, head retention is surprisingly good: thicker ring around the edge and visible layer of foam stays throughout on liquid surface. Little/inconsistent lacing.

S- Fresh baked bread, lightly malty, butterscotch from a distance. Smells english in its barleywine nature- slightly sweet port like, but without the stronger fruit components. Strong whiffs of alcohol here and there.

T- Sweet up front, gives way quickly to both tart wheat ale character and hoppy finish that reallly lingers- makes my tongue fairly rough. Hops and tartness mix and linger, making it hard for me to discern which is which. Harsh alcohol in nose and throat in bigger sips, detracts a little bit from the flavor, gives a pretty strong burn if you're not careful.

M- This is a little confusing. It is high abv, but then again, it feels light/thin at times. Carbonation is soft, adding to the feeling.

This is an interesting, somewhat odd beer. My first wheatwine so I didn't know what to expect. The lack of lacing didn't detract for me because of the surprisingly good head retention. The taste was odd- it really is a mix of the three points they say on the bottle- barleywine sweet character, tart wheat, and bitter hops. They are all pretty well defined but at the same time I'm unsure if I'm happy with the balance- the tart wheat and bittering hops especially are in full effect. Given the chance, i'd revisit this beer again, and this style as well.

ABCJiugui, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of WesWes
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an amber/red color with a 1/2" offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light pale, wheat, and crystal malt scent that shows it's elevated abv., but also lends itself to a lighter body and malt aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a warm, malty flavor that goes down slow and steady and finishes bitter with a powerful alcohol bomb. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a well brewed beer with loads of complexity, but it's definately a sipper beer. This one will take a while to drink.

WesWes, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of dreadnatty08
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Second wheat wine after an abysmal first...
Pours a very cloudy orange, golden light hued color with just a quarter inch of head that quickly forms a light trace. Aromas burst forth with bright, toasted malt, lots of esters, a slight cheesiness, candy sweetness and a big load of alcohol. So far it's a slight improvement. On the palate, the barleywine similarities are obvious. A heavy slickness with medium carbonation, candy sweet malts with a distinct wheat note, a bit of toffee and a stinging alcohol finish. I wish there was more hop complexity in this beer because beyond maybe Northern Brewer, there's virtually nothing coming from the hops. They claim there's a heavy dose, but besides a vague bitterness and slight herbaceous note, there's nothing. Overall, I'm still new to the style, but this one is a good offering.

dreadnatty08, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of irishevans
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

irishevans, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to HimerMan for the trade in which he also included perkuno's hammer as a f'ing extra!!

Pours a clear ruby/orange with good head (vigorous pour) that dissipates into a ring and thin film in about two minutes. smell is very similar to a barleywine with a little more spice. Great flavor. Barleywinish, but with more spice and seems a bit smoother than most barleywines. Spicy with dark fruit flavors. Lots of malt flavor, wheat is there but not as strong as I expected. This is really like a barleywine other than the strong spice on the finish. some hop bitterness verrrryyy distant in the aftertaste. kind of slight (very) apple taste on the finish. Suprised at how distant the hops are on the end of this. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but quite good. Drinkability gets exceptional marks, as the abv is well hidden and it goes down very smooth. A great offering from smuttynose, and one I would love to put a couple years on. But for that I will need another bottle. ohhh Brian...

AKBelgianBeast, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of beerbutcher
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle conditioned in 2006 and enjoyed 1-18-08

appears a deep bronze/orange with a bright head of tiny bubbles one finger deep.

aroma is slightly fruity, some dried apricot and faintly citric with a rich overlay of caramel malt that is persistent and dominating. there's also a rich doughy component probably from the sediment.

taste is initially richly malty. there's loads of the aforementioned caramel and toffee character. medium to high levels of sweetness as well. the alcohol is quite discrete though helping to balance the beer. also noting the slight juiciness of hop bitterness laying low all the while. this has some characteristics of a fruity american wheat, without the spiciness of the belgian versions.

mouthfeel is incredibly lush and somewhat decadent. i would recommend this more as a dessert than anything or alongside an orange creme brulee. could be that the aging has turned this one sweet as the subtle hop bitterness has fallen quiet, but it is well liked. the rich yeasty character contributes some interesting mid-palate action as well. i think all of smutty's big beers could stand a little aging, and this is a fine testimony.

definitley a slow sipper, but one to be savored. more on the sweet side than some might prefer, so it looses some points for balance but a delicious stand it to dessert wines of all sorts.

beerbutcher, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of kkipple
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 khiasmus
3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Slightly cloudy brown/orange with minimal head.

S- Sugary, almost sickly sweet with honey and just a bit of hop balance, along with a bit of alcohol.

T- Extremely sweet- too sweet. The hop balance isn't enough to match it. Supposed to be a mix of barleywine and american wheat... it succeeds at that, but doesn't make it very good. A bit nutty with some honey and maple... Not extremely complex, however.

M- Smooth with low carbonation, warming alcohol, and a hint of astringency in the finish.

D- it's simply not a beer I would want to have very much of. I split a bottle 6 ways and had more than enough. I probably won't have it again.

khiasmus, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of brewcrew76
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 bottling - Thanks to JoshD for this one.

A - Pours a copper ruby with a very thin off white head.

S - Raisins and plums, sweet and sugary, orange, zest, rum soaked raisin along with hints of alcohol, caramel and toffee.

T - Rum soaked raisins, toffee, orange zest, sweet but with a touch of citrus hops providing a bit of balance, some wheaty maltiness.

M - Full mouthfeel with light carbonation giving bit of a syrupy effect. Warming due to abv with a touch of lingering dryness.

D - An enjoyable sipper. I might give this just a bit more time next time but still good.

brewcrew76, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of cokes
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly blurred iced tea, amber-orange-brown color with a quick, fizzy, large pocked, beige head.
Doughy, dank and wheaty on the nose first, then it darkens further with a decidedly Scotch-like (Highland/Speyside) sense of toffee, honey, heather, and smoked peat...and, obviously then, alcohol. Weird, but it's enjoyable once one is acclimated to it.
Doughy fat through the mouth at the onset. Wheat is steadfast, and everywhere at once. It carries stewed fruits (pears, apples, plantains) and vague vanilla traits as the yeast interplays, carrying also a caramelized clove and ginger spiciness. Here on out, it's all English Barleywine, with a deep port-like maltiness, full of vinous traits, butterscotch, raisins, prunes, and scorched sugars. Scotch appears again in the taste, with a hearty nod towards peat and booze at the close. Hops are barely perceivable, only as wet plant-matter on burps.
Once this sits for more than 30 seconds, it's basically a still beverage. No carbonation to note, and it makes the liquor references all the more accurate. It's thick, dripping, and clingy at times. But that's the allure, as it coats the mouth and hammers itself home.
It's drinkable in it's own way, but more than one bomber in a sitting seems obscene . For once in my life, I might say that 12oz would be a preferred serving size.
This is intense, moody, and as such, not wholly agreeable at all times. But it is worth sifting through on occasions. It can be a chore and a challenge, but it does reward in full. At less than $4 a bomber, it's worth putting up with some of it's bristle more frequently. State of mind can dictate when this is consumed, not wallet. I like that.

cokes, Dec 05, 2007
Photo of Damian
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Drank on-tap at Barcade, Brooklyn, New York

Poured a deep, dark, crimson amber with no head. A thin ring of lace clung to the edge of the glass.

The aroma was beautifully sweet, fragrant and malty rich with strong toffee and caramel notes. As the liquid warmed, the beer began to smell like freshly baked gingerbread cookies.

The taste was complex and dynamic. Malty rich and alcohol heavy up front with citrusy and spicy hops appearing mid-palate. A crisp, semi-tart wheat smack appeared on the back end. The finish was long and semi-sweet, with the alcohol presence peaking at this point and turning brandy-like in flavor.

Mouthfeel was fluffy, smooth, creamy and medium bodied.

At 10.7% ABV, this wheat wine makes no bones about its alcohol prowess. It is definitely a sipper, ideal for savoring on a cold night.

Damian, Dec 04, 2007
Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 700 ratings.