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

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Ratings: 726
Reviews: 468
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 55
Gots: 58 | FT: 4
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Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  10.70% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 04-13-2005

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%
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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice apple cider amber, with a short lived fluffy head. Did not lace the glass.
I put my nose in the head nosing for the nose.
A robust bitter hopped start with enduring bitterness throughout the flavor with roundness or body to the flavor supplied by a malt character.
A nice long finish consisting of the same lingering bitterness that dominates the flavor.
The finish is vibrant- that my taster turns into the energizer bunny-- keeps going and going and going. This beer really has a finish quality about it- memorable.
Mouthfeel is cordial. This beer is nice to savor after each sip.
Drinkability is down because the 10% ABV but that's a minor complaint.
I wish there was more complexity to the flavor but I'm looking for something to complain about.
I bought two bottles! Yippeee!

Photo of wiseguy142
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours really thick looking like it has a high viscosity, a deep amber with a nice looking blotchy head on top. Aroma is a little weaker than I expected, very airy hops with a touch of light crystal going on there. The taste is pretty prevalently alcohol-y with really not a lot going on there. It tastes very clean other than the alcohol without a lot of roastyness or sweetness that really draws your attention. There's a moderate hop aftertaste but nothing overwhelming or similar to other barleywines I've had. I guess what differentiates this as a wheat wine is the smooth mouthfeel which is pretty nice, I just wish there was a little more flavor behidn it to back it up. I just brewed one of these and I think mine is signficantly more heavily hopped which I think would go well for this.

Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the big beer series.

A: Ruby red color light beige and small head.

S: Huge citrus on nose. Big spicy hoppiness with loads of pine, and citrus (pungent grapefruit) for flavor, reminds me of chinook.

T: Very dry wine like palate but smooth and silky on the tongue and lightly carbonated. Alcohol is very well hidden for 11.0 abv and drinks more like a 6 or 7abv. Big bitterness from hops, some dry floral flavor, with a slight sticky pine resin ending and some woodiness and earthy tones.

M: smooth and light. light carbonation tingle. felt really good.

D: Alcohol more noticeable when it warms on the tongue but still very easy to drink. Must try.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage received from MarkD... thanks a bunch. Shared with Brenda... my share poured into my shaped SA glass.

1/2" head.. dies back to nothing in a flash... no lacing.. brew is a viscous clear amber... no cap.. still pretty though.

Aroma is much like a slightly aged English BW... rich and malty.. reminiscent of a tawny port... some caramel.. and a little bit of alcohol is more spicy than like a solvent.

Flavor mirrors the aroma but with a nice punch of spiciness... reminds me of a rye brew. Citrus and some piney hops are present.. but they are not front and center... very viscous.. yet smooth... carbonation is small bubble and lends to a slick and creamy mouthfeel... finish is loooongg. spicy and citric... very nice. some yeasty fruitiness emerges as it warms.. a little bit of fresh cherry and subtle fig.. but still the spiciness is around.

Still seems young.. quite a bit of alcohol.. I don't think it's too distracting though.

Anyway... pretty damn good brew... I've had it once before.. and still have an '06 in the cellar.. but if I had this available, I would probably pick it up fairly regularly... and put quite a few down for safe keeping.

MarkD is the man! He hooked me up with Triticus!! I've been trying to get a bottle for a couple years... Mark deserves some props.. Recommended trader for sure.


Photo of Durge
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A solid copper tone with a thin disappearing off-white head and very little lacing. A mild and pleasant malt and wheat, sort of rye and molasses aroma. This has a beautiful viscous feel, smooth and warming with alcohol. Very tiny carbonation, some herbal hops, lots of sweet toffee in a thick mix of malt and rye flavors. Not a big drinker but very satisfying.

Photo of scootny
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 22 oz bomber bottle, poured into my tulip tumbler. A coppery amber with a light tan head. Clear for the most part and minimal visible carbonation. Nice lacing considering the thin head. It sticks around the glass after each sip.

Smell is sweet, slightly burnt caramel and piney hops. Some malty breads (sweet again) and yeasty esters. A spicy, peppery alcohol.

Taste is almost like an imperial IPA, but not quite. Sweet malt and burnt caramel. Big piney hops follow. More sweet and peppery alcohol. Bitter, dry, grapefruit skin and crusty sharp edges of sourdough dinner bread. Spicy and hot booziness is present but subdued enough to encourage continual sipping. Big and piney hops finish allow a hint of light wheat twang to come through.

Mouthfeel is thick and somewhat syrupy, fine carbonation cleaning it up a bit to keep it from being too heavy. A light creamy texture as it sits on the tongue. This is a big beer to be sure and yet large swallows do not torture the mouth.

Drinkability is good enough to go deep into the bottle, aware of the strength and still have it sneak up. Better than average for the abv but certainly not a session beer.

A very high powered beer that is light enough in personality to catch you unaware.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, deep, yet bright amber body with a thin ring of white bubbles.

Smell: Wonderfully aromatic nose smelling deeply of toasted caramel with a distant tangy note of wheat. Some peaches and pears, as well as some citrus.

Taste: Malty caramel, lightly toasty, and with a full, though not unrestrained sweetness. Definitely a nice wheat component present. Chewy fruitiness. Spicy, lightly citrusy hops with a medium-high bitterness, but it blends very well to counter and balance all of the sweetness. Hint of pepper. Finishes bittersweet with a lingering taste of creme caramel. Upon warming, a taste of Grand Marnier begins to emerge.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-low carbonation. Suspiciously creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Very good, very nice, and I wish I had some extra bottles of it on-hand. Heavenly and delectable! I certainly recommend it.

Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of changeup45
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Smuttynose BIG BEER series. 53% Wheat, 47% Barley. Brownish color, slightly hazy with a sweet hoppy aroma. Moderate head and lacing on the glass. The taste is hoppy with sweet caramel malts and a bit sour. Bitter finish. A pretty good combination of flavors. The flavor is a little lingering. I liked it and I'd drink it again.

Photo of AltBock
2.98/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Another Smuttynose big beer bottle that has a label that's a work of art. This one depicts a sad woman sitting in the middle of a wheat field. It's nice, but it's not as good as the Baltic Porter label. In the lower right hand corner is a bottled date of 2006. To the far right of the label is the Government warning and to the left are 2 paragraphs. The top one gives a brief description of the Wheat Wine style and a few flavor notes. The label also says that it's made with 53% wheat and 47% barley. This was my first ever Wheat Wine.

Appearance: I decided to pour this Wheat Wine into a Chimay Chalise. What came out of the bottle was a beer that was a hazy cherry amber with a small tint of caramel coloring mixed in with the beer. The head of foam was non existent. I'm not sure if it's suppose to have a big head of foam, but I know it's suppose to have something of a head of foam on this beer. Instead of a head of foam, it instead had a fair amount of small fizzy white bubbles. Well, at least the color of the beer was good.

Smell: The aroma emitting from the bottle was lightly sweet with malted whaet, a hint of roasted barley, sweet toffee, herbal hops, and a drop of alcohol. The smell coming off the poured beer was much different. This aroma was medicinal like with roasted alcohol, malted wheat, roasted barley, and a touch of herbal hops. I wish the bottled aroma had moved over to the poured aroma. This strong medicinal aroma was too much for my nose.

Taste: It started off gentle with some malted wheat, but then it quickly went medicinal based with a strong taste of alcohol, roasted barley, herbal hops, a subtle touch of sweet caramel, and tart grapefruit. I might have it enjoyed more it the taste slowly progressed from the malted wheat to the medicinal alcohol, but it didn't do that. It said here is the wheat and HERE IS THE MEDICINAL ALCOHOL! The medicinal alcohol came in like a punch to the face. At least it more than a medicinal taste to it.

Mouthfeel: It was a full bodied beer with a medium sized medicinal alcohol aftertaste of alcohol, malted wheat, and roasted barley. Yeah there was plenty of medicinal alcohol in the aftertaste, but it wasn't nearly as strong as it was in the initial taste. I kinda wish the aftertaste was the intial taste.

Drinkability: Even though it's filed to the brink with medicianl alchol, it's still worth a shot. Why? The reasons are because it's a Smuttynose beer, it's not expensive, and it's an obscure beer style. Smuttynose big beers always give you more bang for your buck! Would I ever drink this beer again? Probably not.

Photo of Kendo
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured into an oversized wine glass. Body is slightly murky, orangey-red in color. Small off-white head disappears fast, leaving no lace.

S: Strong smell of fruit and alcohol. Reminds me of a barleywine.

T: Rum-soaked berries. Dark fruit and alcohol. VERY hot in general. Some hoppy bitterness, but not enough to provide full balance. Spiciness at the end with a good bite to it.

M: Medium-to-heavy in weight.

D: Slow-going due to the alcohol. WAY hot.

Photo of tpd975
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy amber hue with nice two finger head. Above average retention with some lace.

S: Nice malty aroma with hints of spice and booze.

T: Name as aroma with the addition of light summer fruit.

M: Medium to full bodied with great carbonation.

D: Pretty nice for a big bold beer.

Photo of t0rin0
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I believe this is the last vintage that came out.

Pours a reddish orange color, small head, only slightly hazy for a beer with this much wheat.

Smells like wheat, caramel (crystal malt), alcohol, and more wheat.

The taste is coming around. Well, I didn't try it new but the wheat and malt are starting to age. A bit heavy on the alcohol but its all upfront, doesnt leave much alcohol taste in the aftertaste.

Body was real thick and syrupy. Nice that its heavy but a bit over the top. Tastes pretty good and is therefore enjoyable but the abv will catch up with you rather quickly.

This is only the 4th new wheatwine I've tried but its probably the best, with the exception of aged versions of the Marin Starbrew.

Photo of sweethome
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage
Pour in to a tulip glass. Hazy crimson color. Off-white head - nice lacing on this beer.

Nose of drief fruits, canned pair syrup, a hint of hops.

Alcohol fire right off - but, thick mouthfeel. Just enough banana to be a wheat wine...

Hot beer - the alcohol is firing after a few sips.

A very tasty beer, a real alcohol bomb. Can't say this is like other wheat wines I've had in that the wheat is not overly assertive. Excellent barleywine, probably shouldn't be drinking in mid July with high humidity.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2006 twenty two ounce bottle. Acquired in a trade last year and kept refrigerated until now. Served at cellar temp in a snifter. Consumer on 07/12/2008.

Grabbed this one out and noticed right away there was at least a half inch of sediment in the bottom of it. Thick and easily stirred, I did my best to make sure the pour was unfettered. A rich golden amber then came forward from the bottle, splashing down into the glass with a very hazy thud. Lots of carbonation here as well kept the whole thing alive and kicking with a two inch layer of white foam that quickly faded down to leave a bare top.

The aroma was full of spices and wheat, very musty with a deep down and earthy note to it. I was picking up lots of rye type smells, hints of grass and a touch of grapes. Translated over the taste very well. Very rich wheat flavor. Lots of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. There were touches of almost musty pepper or something, hard to place, but very full and very difficult to fully grasp the flavor. Nice hot streak of alcohol running through it as well. Nice medium body with a really good carbonation profile, there was a nice fullness to it. It was definitely a sipper, and a little bit rough at that. I had an issue finishing the bottle as this was definitely a strong one, and I was feeling it, not too mention the flavor being a bit overpowering.

Overall not bad for my first experience with the style, not sure I will be going back to it with any kind of regularity, but none the less, still very good. I would have no issue in trying this one again, especially a fresh bottle of it!

Photo of DefenCorps
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle, 2007 release split with a friend. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A: Crimson with a thin-off white head that quickly settles down to a ring. A little bit of lace forms as I drink this. Not much carbonation visible

S: Wheaty and fruity with plums and raisins. There's some caramel and a mild alcohol heat is noticeable

T: Starts off sweet with caramel, toffee and wheat. Takes on a fruity character with ripe plums before drying out on the finish

M: The dryness of the finish is pretty nice after a sip of this medium bodied brew. The carbonation is also sufficient

D: Oh boy, halfway through half a bottle and my body's hurting. This is potent stuff.

Photo of joe1510
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bomber
Half Time Beverage

2006 Bottling

I believe this is my first review of the style. Smuttynose Wheat Wine fills my glass a glowing although slightly hazed ruby. There are a few streaks of carbonation bubbles crawling up the side of the glass to the surface. The head didn't want to come up at first but grew to a finger+ as it filled the glass. The clean white head fell to a skim coat that left quality sheet lacing down the sides of the tulip.

The nose is full of sweet orange rind. Alcohol shows a solid presence in the nose and works to accentuate the citric fruitiness. Each swirl of the glass makes this beer jump alive. Bubblegum, green apples and mild cloves bounce all over the place. When the head fades back away it takes the aroma with it and reverts right back to orange peel, alcohol, caramel, wheat, and a touch of cinnamon that is actually very unique. When the glass is swirled the aroma really pops, when the glass sits the aroma fades but what's there is still impressive and quite different.

The flavor of this wheat wine is exactly as the aroma suggested. A smooth entry brings a wash of caramel drizzled orange peel with a drying, well represented alcoholic touch. When this beer is agitated on the way in green apples skins shoot to the front to combine with the orange peel and actually take it over. Bubblegum sweetness comes through mid palate along with mild clove spiciness. This beer has been aging for two years now and the alcohol heat is still sky high. I can't even imagine this beer freshly bottled, the alcohol presence would be unwanted and unbearable. The big alcohol drops the score a half point.

I actually really like the mouthfeel of this big beer. The body isn't as sticky as I anticipated but leaves a touch of stick along the cheeks before completely drying out. The longer I sit after each sip the more this beer dries out. There seems to be a solid hop presence even after sitting for all this time that end up leaving a nice bitterness behind.

The drinkability is hampered by the big alcohol presence and abundance of flavor. While a glass in a sitting is a nice sipper that is about all I can handle at a time.

Smuttynose does make a good wheat wine. I'm surprised to read the label and see this is brewed using 53% wheat. That's a big number. The flavors come together really well and if the alcohol calmed down a little more this would be an excellent beer. I'd love to give it another shot.

Photo of aerozeppl
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

220z bottle. Bottles in 2006

A: Very vibrant reddish golden color. Poured with a finger of white head but that went away quickly. Tight lacing

S: Figs and dates up front. Tons of other dark fruit and quite a bit of sweetness. Little hint of the ABV as well.

T: Boozy up front but a nice soft sweet boozy. Then a ton of wheat and fruit. Age mellowed this one out and blended everything together nicely.

M: Super sticky med to heavy body. Almost no carbonation.

D: For what it is very drinkable but I have a long hour and a half in front of me. I really do enjoy the style too bad there are not that many examples out there.

Photo of deanhead
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend of mine brought this to me in January.

Brilliant amber color. No head, other then some residual carbonation.

Very spicy nose. Lots of malt in the forefront. Pronounced fruity aroma. Not quite banana, but very fruity.

Pronounced grainy flavor, with low hop bitterness. Very nicely balanced. This beer has a twang to it, that seems to migrate it's way to the forefront. Somewhat astringent finish

Light to medium bodied.

This is a sipper. I enjoyed it. 22 ounces of this stuff will go the distance.

Photo of kirok1999
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of halfP1NT
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From my notes back in March.

This beer poured a deep, hazy, amber brown with a thin white head.

Smell is very alcoholic, aroma of dark cherry, raisins, brown sugar and molasses.

Taste is fruit-dried apricots, dark cherry, raisins. Also some brown sugar. Alcohol finish lingers. Alcohol is very strong in the taste and is a little overpowering.

The mouthfeel is somewhat creamy, not syrupy sweet, which helps the drinkability...although this one is definitely a sipper. This was my first beer in the wheat wine style, and I enjoyed slowly drinking this one. I'm very interested in trying other examples of this style.

Photo of Franchise
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This big beer series pours a cloudy burnt orange leaving a thin tan head that disappears quickly. The aroma is sweet sugar, fruit, earthy hops, spicy cloves, wheat bready aroma, great nose.

The taste starts with a nice bitter bite but moves quickly to a sweet fruity boozey feel on the palate. This is a nice dare I say thirst quenching beer, sweet fruity, spicy hop, doughy, sweet mouthfeel. This is a great offering from Smutty and would be a nice way to end the night.

Photo of wolffman17
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jwale73 for this!

Bottled in 2007. "...brewed from 53% wheat, 47% barley"

Not much head to speak of once poured. Color is a golden-orange around the edges and a deeper gold, almost ruby-red, towards the middle. Hazy.

Lots of alcohol in the nose. Sweet and a bit minty(?). All about the malts!

Quite noticeable alcohol taste. Sweetness is not as big as in the aroma. Somewhat detracting tanginess seems to overpower everything. The same sharp tang lingers in the aftertaste.

Good mouthfeel; much more lively than the original pour indicates.

Not difficult to drink, but the noticeably high alcohol along with the ever-present tang hurts this one (for me, at least).

Overall Wheat Wine was interesting and unique but not one i'll seek out in the future.

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As expected from a beer of this type, cousin to the barleywine, there was almost no head upon the clear amber body of this tempting beverage.

The aroma was of pine, oranges, and alcohol. The hops pretty much covered up most of the malt character, and the good slug of alcohol finished the job.

Taste was of alcohol, toasted wheat, pine hops, notes of citrus, and did I say alcohol? Oh yeah, a lot of our friend CH3CH2OH in this one.

Mouthfeel was thick and syrupy, a little like a cough medicine. Not the smoothest stuff.

Drinkability has to take a hit because the alcohol was too prominent. Come on guys, you're a great brewery - let's have a little more of the malt flavor in this one!

Photo of wheelinshirt
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber purchased from Vidalia in Lansdale. I had tried this before, but only in sips from a friend's bottle, so i decided to give it a proper go-around and bought one for myself. Bottle conditioned in 2007. Poured into a snifter.

Only slightly hazy reddish-orange color, minimal off-white head that does manage to stick around and even left a bit of lacing, which is suprising considering how little foam there was to begin with.

Smell is pretty boozy. This one could be 6 months old or 18 months old, not sure because the dating is so imprecise, but this one is anything but mellow. Big fruity esters, some hops (described as 'herbaceous' on the label), but mostly alcohol. This one kind of just smells like a barleywine to me.

Taste is similar, noticeble malt contribution but far from sweet or sugary--this one is dryer than most barleywines, which I find to be a ncie change of pace. Even still the taste is dominated by alcohol and the classic barleywine type fruit esters.

Mouthfeel is medium with modest carbonation--pretty enjoyable actually and the alcohol certainly warmed up my belly.

Drinkability is moderate, this one is almost 11% and is certainly not hiding that (from me, at least). I couldn't finish the bottle (couldn't even finish half, actually), so I put it in the fridge to enjoy a little later and probably into tomorrow. Under the right circumstances I could certainly finish one bomber by myself in a night, but I wouldn't be very sober afterwards.

Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 726 ratings.