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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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Ratings: 715
Reviews: 467
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 54
Gots: 53 | 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:
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 tpd975
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
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
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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

Scarlet colored liquid with a good inch of off white thin milky foam. Fades into a trickling lace that is spotty at best.

Nose is nice with a big dose of caramel malts and dried fruits off the bat that leads to alcohol aromas, spicey hops, and then a nice bit of wheat malt comes through on the end and adds a fruity ester to the bunch.

Solid beer. Creamy mouthfeel with a classic English barley wine middle that shows hints of RS, raisin, Caramel,toffee, brown sugar, fig, date, and hints of milk chocolate. Alcohol is big in the mouth and throat. Wheat is subdued and really smooths out the finish and adds a sense of refreshing qualities with a good touch of carbonation. Spicey and herbal on the finish.

Photo of Hojaminbag
2.15/5  rDev -44.2%
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.

Photo of BeerSox
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of hreb
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of BBM
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of dsa7783
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
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...

Photo of Rudgers73
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of russpowell
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
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

Photo of TheodorHerzl
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Photo of Oxymoron
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 715 ratings.