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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

716 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 716
Reviews: 467
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 54
Gots: 53 | 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 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.

Photo of Beeryce
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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!

Photo of bigone4
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of WillieMoe
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of DIM
2.38/5  rDev -38.2%
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.

Photo of ABCJiugui
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of WesWes
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of dreadnatty08
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of irishevans
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
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

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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...

Photo of beerbutcher
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Photo of kkipple
2.9/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

Photo of khiasmus
3.08/5  rDev -20%
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.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of cokes
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of Damian
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of clabaugh
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear amber topped by a light, frothy head. The bubbly, beige head dissipates to a soupy cream around the top of the glass.

Smell: Robust maltiness fills the nostrils with toasty wheat, brown sugar, raisin, and molasses. Spicy hops balance the aroma with a pungent zest.

Taste: Numbingly bitter hop profile infused with malt flavor that channels sourdough bread. Dark brown sugar, molasses, and prune flavors. Strongly alcoholic.

Mouthfeel: Medium- to full-bodied with a rich stickiness on the palate. Intensely warming.

Drinkability: Borders on overwhelming the palate. Warming and hearty, this beer is excellent for my 50-degree house.

Photo of gpcollen1
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one I pour into my Smutty Big Beer glass...do you have one??

The nose on this one is sweet and caramelly...?? It even has some of the boozy notes resembling wine....hops to back it up...

Taste is quite acute...hoppy and sticky sweet from teh top and it does not mellow as the sip progresses. Alcohol gets magnified as this one goes down though it never gets out of hand. This beer is terrific and I probably should have let this sit for a year before reviewing for it to to get a really high score...

This one is great - and for those who think not...DO buy another and sit it around for 6 months to a year.

G

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smuttynose- Wheat Wine

A- Glowing reddish copper with a frothy head. Good lacing down half the glass.
S- Sweet fruits. Cherry & grape really dominate.
T- Strong dried cherries and raisins. Touch of barnhouse straw and a huge helping of alcohol.
M- Chewy and slightly tart with hot/ strong alc.

Overall- Very fruity and boozy. Not bad but the alc. is just to much for me.

Photo of terranova770
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is 2007 edition. The label is idyllic and you will be too if you finish a bomber of this. Great deep caramel color and nose. Taste heads straight for nyquil yet takes a turn right before cherry. Long , long, long finish that tends to fade into one dimension, maybe licorice? This is drinkable as long as you plan on sitting, my bomber felt like it packed much more wallop than the 10% abv would suggest. I had been eyeing this brew for awhile and it did not dissapoint, definitely has some wine characteristics as suggested by the label. Will look for more to cellar!

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

Received from purplehops as part of BC2!

Pours a hazy orange/brown, thin off white head forms, leaves some spots, decent layer. Smell is fruity, some cedar/oak woodiness, citrus, grapefruits, buttery, some toffee and alcohol. Taste is caramel, very malty, wheat, fruits, dry oak, alcohol, citrus, very thick rich flavour, moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Pretty solid beer, Smuttynose can do no wrongs. Thanks Stan!

Photo of charlesw
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

So... I've given up on writing down all of the characteristics of a beer - I mean, who reads these things, anyway? Especially on beers that have a ton of reviews. Instead... You're going to get my impressions.

So... My impressions are... That this is like some kind of weird variation on a smutty barleywine. I get common characteristics out of it - I see how it's got a very similar mouthfeel and the flavor is close. The hops are probably pretty darned similar too - except in terms of bitterness (where this is much less bitter than their barleywine). I guess... I'd say that this was for the beer drinker who likes big body and nice hop flavor without the bitterness. In that context, is it fair of me to call it just above average? Maybe? It's my first wheat wine - I'm not entirely sure what to expect of the style! I guess... I'd think it better with more flavor or bitterness and perhaps even a bit less residual sweetness (unless there's a lot more bitterness to balance that out). Decent, but I won't go out of my way to get another bottle.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 22 oz. bottle from the BIG BEER Series; bottle conditioned in 2006. Only drinking half of this bottle, so about 10 oz.-worth into the "Bermuda Triangle Brewing" half-pint glass.

A: Pours an autumn-like chestnut orange. Effervescent roil of tiny bubbles, with larger ones collecting on the sides and bottom of the glass. Little head, reducing quickly to a delicate ring and smattering of lightly percolating film. Complexion is hazy in the center but clearer at the edges, with very little rising carbonation.

S: Sugary and malty. Plump raisins, dried tart cherries, sugared fruit wedges, crisp apples, nutmeg and oranges. Sweet sappiness - I recall a beer or two like this that had a subtle smell of freshly sawed lumber. Spicy and herbal are the bittering hop notes, a hint of evergreen and mint. Quite enticing & complex.

T: Mix as stated on label is "53% Wheat, 47% Barley"; this certainly tastes like a fine, nicely mellowed barley wine. Full of toffee, toasted grainy malts, some tart citrus and a crisp, spicy hopping. Sweetness teeters on the brink, giving way to bittering spruce-like hops, then slowly creeping back with a malty sugariness...then yielding again to hops. It's an interesting dance these flavors play, not entirely unified in the efforts, but certainly amusing/tasty.

M: Decadently smooth mouthfeel, warm and bourbon-like. Medium-full and wholly clinging to the cheeks, tongue, teeth, gums, everything! Just a light sticky coating of malty sugariness lays on the lips. Spreading alcohol heat is gentle, softly reminding the brain of the nearly 11% strength. Finish is a lingering bittersweetness, reduced caramel and woody hop resins.

D: An enjoyable ale, no doubt. A 'warm-up' or 'end-of-evening' sipper that's to be enjoyed rather slowly and in small quantities. At times this seemed perfectly ready for enjoying today; then the next sip felt a little hot and unbalanced. Even more conditioning time needed? I'm uncertain I've ever had a 'wheat wine' prior to this, though it compares quite favorably to the many barley wines I've enjoyed. Another fine product by Smuttynose and definitely worth seeking out.

Thanks to bjohnson for sending this many months ago...

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10/13/07

This brew is a real delight to pour with it's vivid Crimson hued amber color with an abundance of slow moving bubbles which creates a two-finger thick and tight mocha-froth colored head that is very heady looking. The head is very sticky with intricate clumps of froth are stuck all over and the retention is very slow and remains pretty zippy throughout.
The Aroma is extremely pungent with big thwaths of fruit like pineapple and ripe red grapes with a maple syrup and brown sugar, buttery malt just underneath. The nose complexity is very high with a big spicey, oak and cedar wood effect and a big whiskey-like heat tingle. Way down there's a whiff of jalapano peppers to round of this wild array of aroma's. highly enjoyable.
This brew is not for the timid...the bold wheatie malt comes on smooth and thick, sweet but herbal and then mutates to an insanely bold fruity hop flavor that feels citric but tastes more like sweet ripe red grapes, pineapple, banana & starfruit. The third element to this delicate but bold balance is a big, spicey and very herbal earthiness with soft cedar wood smoke bitterness. The high ABV % plays a big role, which is fine because the flavors are soo big. But this 10.7 is no joke, it feels a bit like bourbon going down and is a real kick.
The feel here is simply heady. Thick, full body smooth as hell with a big heat burn, a serious sipper.
This is one of the most bad-ass brews you can find in NH period.

Photo of dickieb
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 716 ratings.