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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

711 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 711
Reviews: 467
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 55
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 jjayjaye
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy darker amber color with less than a full finger light tan head that fades quickly. Little lacing. Visible effervescence.

The smell is rich and sweet yet the alcohol is quite present. There is a floral perfume character, that I haven't experienced before, that gets stronger as it warms up.

Full bodied and adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is conditioned by the alcohol and there is a persistent bitterness up front. The wheat malt is less sweet and has less of a caramel character to the flavor than barleywine. The wheat flavor cuts out quickly but the alcohol lingers some.

Drinkability - unique and definitely a sipper. The 10.7% ABV is all there.

jjayjaye, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to TheManiacalOne and barleywinebrewer for this one.

Poured into a chalice a nice slightly cloudy ruby red color, nice carbonation, nice fizzy off-white head, only some small islands left behind. The nose is slightly sweet of cherries, malts, slight oak, and some caramel. The taste is a little sweet, malty/oak, spicy, and some caramel. The alcohol is pretty up front on this one, nice warming feeling going down. Medium body. Drinkable, but not really a fan.

Wasatch, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 vintage 22oz bottle. Pours into my glass a slightly viscous hazy amber orange hue with a ring of head that quickly falls and active carbonation. Aromas of big caramel and spicy malts, toasted grains and a suprising blast of herbal hops as well. Light fruit notes throughout including fresh apples. Grassy and resinous with a yeasty undertone. A really great aroma on this brew that is just about 2 years old now.

First sip brings a dense caramel malt upfront alongside some slightly sour, tangy wheat grain tones. Apple and light fruit flavors weave in and out with a nice spiciness as well. Herbal, resinous hops hit on the way down and add some bitterness to the wonderful mix of flavors. It finishes a bit dry, which may be on account of the French oak chips used during dry hopping. Overall, this is a damn fine wheat wine. A little noticeable alcohol heat on the finish as well, but it doesn't take away from this amazingly tasty brew. Yum!

Mouthfeel is big and chewy with a fast moving carbonation. The brew is not overly heavy, it sits just right for me and spot on for the style. I will say this is easily the best wheat wine I have sampled to date and I wish I had bought and cellared more bottles because it will be sad to see this one go. Smutty has a winner here and if you're hanging onto any 2005 bottles, they are drinking mighty fine right now.

orbitalr0x, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of frankbro
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Exceptionable Barley/Wheat wine. I try to limit myself to 2 beers at a time, but 2 of these 22 oz babies is like a six-pack for alcohol. No real head to speak of, but the beautiful coppery color makes up for it. You can really smell the wheat, and it puts Sam Adams to shame. (Itself a good wheat) You can smell the alcohol too, but that's expected for a barley wine. It could use a tad more hops and my "low" score for drinkability is only due to its unchugability. At $4.59/22oz a bargain. Not to be missed, but not for Budweiser fans.

frankbro, Jun 25, 2007
Photo of klewis
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a caramel color with a tiny bubbly head. Specks of lacing.

S: Very sweet smell with caramel and molasses aromas. Quite a bit of alcohol in the nose.

T: Somewhat sweet with a grainy taste and a fruity malt flavor. Herbal hops flavor and bitterness find their way into the mix in the finish. Slightly astringent.

M: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes bone-dry.

D: Nothing about this one stands out for me. Good for the value, but not an outstanding beer.

klewis, Jun 23, 2007
Photo of lackenhauser
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep orange in color. Small fluffy white head. Somewhat metallic and sharp aroma. I think it is trying to be "crisp" but lacks the cleanliness to pull it off. Malty flavor with a distinct bready and yeasty flavor. Somewhat citrusy. Quite boozy with a definate alcohol presence. While thick and malty it is lighter then a usual barleywine. Ok mouthfeel-some dryness in the finish. Overall not too impressive. Ok but I wouldnt go out of my way to find this.

lackenhauser, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of mentor
2.23/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

2005 issue provided a while back by my buddy Sulldaddy and cellared in my cool dark cellar. Thanks for the opportunity! Pours a solid two finger yellow-tan head over a clear bright copper (with reddish tint) liquid. Some streamers rising to feed the head. Smells oxidized sherry-like. Old caramel and rubbing alcohol.

Tastes fruity sweet on the pull, but drying with phenols and edgy alcohols quickly jumping in. Ending smooths out and is much maltier than I would have expected it could possibly finish. Drying with strong carb cleaning the palette. Md-thick body. Not much to talk about as this beer does not complex and the flavors that are present are a bit unpleasant and too intense.

Don't know how this one tastes fresh, but it's not so good aged. Needed more malt to balance the edginess and the alcohols stood too tall and were too abrassive for my preference. Bummer of a drinker tonight. By holding off temptation I built high expectations and they were definitely not met. 5 or 6 sips into it and I found it rather too brutal to drink more. Blech!

mentor, Jun 07, 2007
Photo of cmmprez
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 Pint 6 Fl Oz bottle, conditioned from 2006

The large bottle pours an orange beer with little head. I'm using a goblet to observe and drink it. The aroma makes me instantly think sweet malt barleywine. The smuttynose hops hit up front in the taste but are tempered by the malty finish. Typically, I'm not a fan of Smuttynose's aggressive hops, but in this beer they are very well balanced. This is my first wheat wine and I'm enjoying the body. Its lighter and cleaner then a barleywine but it still carries enough weight or stickiness to have the taste linger on your tongue. Although this is a BIG BEER, its not overloading my palate and making me sick from residual sugars.

If you like Smuttynose or just barleywines in general, this is a good pick.

cmmprez, May 20, 2007
Photo of Suds
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an orange-bronze-caramel color with a nice, stable white head. Slight haze, but otherwise the appearance is very appealing. The smell is a mix of wheat grist, alcohol, complex fruit esters, and spice. It’s got a little citric qualities thrown into the mix, making it an interesting aroma. The taste is sweet and strong, with an immediate warming sensation. This is a sipping beer for sure. The wheat is present through the entire taste, which retains a lot of fruit and a little malt character. There’s not much in the way of hops in this beer, and it could use a bit more balance. Full in body, this is a thick beer with some serious substance. I couldn’t have too many of these, but it’s spectacular nonetheless.

Suds, May 19, 2007
Photo of jbsteiny
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If this were available on a regular basis, I’d probably be waking up at the end of the line more often. It’s delicious and it it’s dangerously drinkable. They were pouring this at the Blind Tiger for their SmuttFest. It pours a reddish amber, and ¾ of an inch of head left some chunky lacing on the glass. The nose is intense – a base of heavy caramel malts, with some tangy fruits and alcohol to brighten things up. At first, this tastes a lot like a barleywine, but then these sweet grains emerge to mask the alcohol, and the finish is a nice blend of tangy and bitter, which makes this go down super easily for something with this high ABV. Despite the big full body, carbonation and a tangy bitter finish keep this remarkably light in the mouth. Dangerously drinkable, as they say.

jbsteiny, May 11, 2007
Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark buckwheat colour and taste, with different wheats. If you like wheat beer, this is a must try- it will be more aggressive. If you like barleywine-it's a tasty variation. Drinkable.Had on draft at Prime 16 3.5 years later and good mouthfeel, fruitiness. A barleywine. ('09 aged version)

Sammy, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of vtfan77
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear ruby red brew with a rather small white head that soon dissipates.

S- Nice aroma. Big berry-like fruitiness and caramel. Smells like a barleywine, but a little lighter and fruitier. I like it!

T- Most of the aromas are evident in the taste as well. Fairly sweet, but not overly so. The hops do a nice job of balancing out the beer with a good amount of bitterness. Alcohol pops up from time to time to remind you that this is a potent potable. A touch of wheat is evident on the finish, but otherwise is not obvious.

M- Quite light on the tongue for such a strong beer, which I assume can be attributed to the wheat. The carbonation is perhaps a little high.

D- Very good considering the beer's strength. Due to the light mouthfeel, it is not obvious that you are drinking a 10.7% beer. You still won't want to quaff it, though.

This is my first foray into the wheat wine style and I have to say that it was a good one. It's like a barleywine, but not nearly as heavy. I'd definitely be interested in trying more, and I'd encourage more breweries to give this style a go. Definitely recommended.

vtfan77, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of Phatz
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a peachy apricot hue with a tan head and a few spots of lacing

Smell: Sweet perfumey small aroma for a big beer but it does have light spices and alcohol. A hint on cinnamon and brown sugar with a wet wheat malt aroma.

Taste: Juicy malts and sweetness takes over the palate with a buttery malty white wine like flavors, caramel apple and graham cracker. the boozy feel is warm and a bit familiar to Cognac or brandy. A long alcoholic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Juicy malty chewy feel almost full in the mouth with lots of alcohol on the cheeks.

Drinkability: This beer makes a fine night cap but drinkability, well, sip it an go to bed. I don't know that I would consider this nightcap beer drinkable but it is tasty enough to share a bottle with someone.

Hoe this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of Braudog
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber; this wheat-barley wine is an interesting concept, so I’m intrigued to try it. It pours a bronze-orange color with just a thin fuzzy top and moderate carbonation. The aroma is definitely barley-winish with a big syrupy sweetness to it, but there’s also an interesting orange twist to it. The first taste is perplexing ot me ... it’s overtly tangy, almost like a dry blood orange, that makes you shiver and squint. The strong alcoholic burn intermingles with this very earthy, dry citric bite in an odd way. I don’t think I’m diggin’ the combination. The more I sip at it and it warms, the flavor combinations start to give it a medicinal bite. (#2756, 3/18/2007)

Braudog, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The beer is a copper color. There was a small white head present at the onset but it quickly receded. No lacing is to be seen.

Smell: I smell oak, grapes, and floral hops with the sweet malts. There also seems to be some spicy wheat and tropical fruits.

Taste: The malts provide nice room for the grapes and tropical fruits to breath. The finish is of oak and the floral hops. I can't quite put my finger on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with some low carbonation that balances the body nicely.

Drinkability: Overall this is a nice beer and I will have it again. The aftertaste feels off but I am unsure why.

stereosforgeeks, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of surlysober
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

FIRST TRIAL: On tap at the Landmark 1850. This was an unobjectionable brew. I've only had a few other wheat wines, but this was the closest to many of the barleywine's I've had, however, it was quite a bit less extreme in terms of flavor. The beer was a nice copper with a quickly diminishing head. There was very little aroma though (similar to the flavor). There was a slightly sweet/fruity malt taste, and a little bit of hop bitterness, with a reasonably smooth finish that didn't taste very alcohol-y (maybe the wheat?). This beer wasn't bad, there just didn't seem to be that much to it. I enjoy a few Smuttynose products, but don't know if I'd order this one again.

surlysober, Mar 16, 2007
Photo of Hautacam
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep clear amber..almost no head.
Smells of steely grains and alcohol.
Taste is very sweet husky malt with an immediate hop bitter bite. There is some citrus ..lime rind mostly , very nutty malts and a lot of alcohol . A hint of sherry and vanilla.
Heavy mouthfeel and very little carbonation.
This is a good cold night sipping ale.

Hautacam, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of jameaterblues
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes...on tap at Hop Devil Grill

A- Hazy dark amber color....light yellow and orange hints....minimal white head and lace.
S- Alcohol....a little clove....strong wheat malts that bring out some fruit...plantain and other tropical stuff...backed by a balancing of modest hops.
T- Strong wheat malts throughout....while the barley helps balance the wheat is predominant. Slightly sweet tropical fruit banana, kiwi and citrus(grapefruit among others), hops really pick up towards the end to really balance out the sweet wheat and give the beer a pleasant bitter finish accompanied by big alcohol.
M/D- great variation on the barley wine...heavy for a wheat based beer...light carbonation, full flavor and big alcohol....I definitely want to seek more wheat wines out and I have a bottle of this in my fridge right now.

jameaterblues, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of RedChrome
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, amber colored body. A very small white head dissipated extremely rapidly. A lot of rapidly rising carbonation bubbles. Lacing is sticky clumps around glass.

An alcohol presence was slightly stronger in the first whiff then the malt. Very faint note of citrus was blended with a very strong wheat aroma. A decent blend that is just a bit strong on the nose.

A very gritty taste of bread. Just like the smell, the strongest part of the taste is still the alcohol. This one needs more balance to be a much better taste.

Feel is decent as the viscosity is average with a light carbonation tinge on the tongue.

Average beer. The style is rarely seen, and as such, this one isn't comparable to many others. Pair this with strong cheddar. A bit on the strong side, which overpowers other good qualities.

RedChrome, Feb 15, 2007
Photo of mnj21655
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. Bomber Bottled Conditioned in 2006

Pours a nice amber-orange in color with a slightly off-white head that was initially about an 1/8" but disappeared almost immediately. Smell is cirtusy, hoppy, malts, wheat, and maybe molasses. Taste is ok, earthy and citrusy hop presence followed by some malts, and some alcohol. Good mouthfeel, nice full body and a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is ok. The high alcohol content definitely makes this a sipper but overall I'm not really impressed. The taste just really doesn't do too much for me. I'm unable to really detect enough wheat here to call this a wheat wine. That being said I'd drink this again but won't go out of my way to do so.

mnj21655, Feb 15, 2007
Photo of williamherbert
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Out of a 22oz bottle into a small tester glass)

Depending on the angle of the light, could be one of two colors: 1) a pink/rose-colored blush, or 2) a copper-orange. It's very very clear. There is a very slight amount of head, but a decent amount of carbonation.

Mostly smells like a wheat beer, but has a sweet, wine-like scent as the secondary aroma. Not like a barley wine, but a "wine" wine. A white or a blush. Smells more like wine than beer.

Extremely pungent, sour flavor. Major pucker going on here. It tastes like a strong Belgian crossed with a strong ale, with just a hint of white wine sweetness. Much stronger than it looks. The hops are slight; they drown in the sweet-n-sour of the rest. Major metallic alcohol bite.

Medium thickness, but a bit bubbly. Bites you on the way down. This is some heavy drinking, more akin to a liquor than a beer. Gets better as it warms up.

williamherbert, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of drseamus
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a great looking brilliant copper colored beer with a nice slightly off white head. It has a great hoppy aroma with primarily spruce aromas. There is a bunch of malty sweetness and the pronounced bitterness that I expected, but there is a creamy smoothness in the background that is likely the wheat speaking. I have several other bottles that I will let age and then try them again.

drseamus, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of dherling
3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured out a semi opaque orange brown with a thin light tan head. The nose offers grapefruit, hops, some alcohol, a bit of cherry, prune, and pine. The taste was bitter, with a strong alcohol bite and burn, hops. Lots of burn, not a lot of body or flavor. Eh, not a huge fan. It's a lot to get through, with big bitterness and alcohol, and not enough of anything else to make it interesting.

dherling, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First taste of a wheat wine...

A-hazy, orange-amber color with a filmy beige head. Light lacing. Looks like a tripel.

S-Fresh hop explosion is there but not as pungent as I would expect.

T-Soft and sweet up front with a strong, smooth bitterness to follow. A juicy-fruit-like quality gives a fruity taste midstream. The hop resin is a dominating force and lays out the finish.

M-This may be a bit harsh for some, but I like it. I think the huge hop presence is nicely softened by the malt presence. This beer seems big in the beginning, but the fruity and candy-like presence rounds it out.

D-at 10.7%abv, this is definately not a session ale, but it is a nice beer to sip on a cold day in Milwaukee while brewing a big-ass Quadrupel with a good friend.

ALESwhatCURESya, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of JasonA
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slight cloudy amber. No head, no lacing.

Smells a hoppy wheat.

Initial barley wine sweet, little hops and little wheat. Not much wheat, some hops finish. Tastes like a somewhat typical BW.

Some carbonation, maybe a little more than a typical BW. Smooth but can tell the wheat finish.

Overall a decent beer. Not sure I consider it something special, or one I would look to go back to.

JasonA, Feb 02, 2007
Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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