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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: 721
Reviews: 468
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 55
Gots: 56 | 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:
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 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
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
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


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
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of ericj551
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 Bottle:

Smuttynose Wheat Wine pours into my Smutty Big Beer Series glass a deep orange/red with a thin head, not a lot of carbonation. The aroma is sweet ripe fruits, with nice deep caramel. There is a slightly tart wheat aroma as well as hints of earthy, grassy and somewhat piney hops.

A sharp sweetness hits up front couple with a tart bitterness. A light oak flavor helps to balance the sweetness and mute the alcohol flavor that is present but not over powering. There are nice light yeasty esters that fit in well. More grassy herbal hops in the finish, you can really taste the dry hops. I like the light carbonation, I think it complements this beer well. I could drink this one all day but won't since the 11% ABV would quickly catch up with me.

Photo of Jmamay22
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been a fan of Smuttynose and their Big Beer Series. This is my first time with a wheat wine. This 2006 bottle shows a woman harvesting wheat and also notes that there's 53% wheat and 47% barley. Brewer notes on the Smuttynose website indicates that they looked to smooth out the rough edges of the 2005 vintage. I can't compare, but hope they have improved. On to the review...

This one pours into my oversized wineglass with no head, but forms a 360 degree collar. The beer itself is a somewhat hazy ruby orange.

The smell is sweet sugar and fruit. I'm picking up some orange peel as well. Hops provide some floral notes. A pleasant, but not a strong scent that hides the 10.70% abv well. Hints of vanilla maybe? Hard to tell, but there's an additional underlying tone.

Sipping reveals more fruity flavors and sweetness imparted from the cane sugar. Alcohol peaks through here and provides a quick warming effect. Certainly a sipper. Finishes semi dry with a hop twang.

Smooth mouthfeel from the wheat is enjoyable and the light carbonation enhances the effect. Drinkable, but a sipper. All around enjoyable albeit not amazing, but worth a try. I'd like to try this age another year or more and see what develops.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark orange gold in the glass with an impressive two fingers of "not quite white" foam on top that quickly melts to a film that covers the glass with mapping as you sip.

Aromas are amber malts and biscuits. Don't notice any hops on the tail-end.

Taste is sweet amber malts that quickly meld into a hoppy citrus finish. Wheat doesn't really make itself known to my palette, but the blended taste is wonderful.

Aftertaste is mildly drying from biscuit-type yeast and mild hops...finally a noticable alcohol flavor and warmth.

I like.

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

Poured into a mighty wine glass. No seriously, this is the Thor of wine glasses.... all other wine glasses kneel before its awesome power. But enough of that.

Pours a gorgeous ruby hue. The head, however... despite my vigorous pour, it was smallish... maybe 1/2", and quickly disipated to nearly nothing.

Boozy warmth comes through in the nose, along with a generous dollop of hops. While the malt tries to come through, it just gets surpressed by the other two characteristics. Not too shabby, but nothing spectacular either.

Quite an interesting flavor. Really like nothing I've ever tasted. There is the dry wheatiness which is only emphasized by the bitterness of the hops. The malt really comes through more in the flavour than the nose would suggest.Some fruity esters brought forward by the alcohol. Yes.. I have decided... I quite like this style, or at the very least this example of the style.

Big full mouthfeel with a moderate amount of carbonation. But really, its the carbonation that does the puckering of the tongue. Spot on.

While it is drinkable for the abv, I still wouldn't call it immensely drinkable (although that is truely a difficult feat for a 10.7% brew. Nevertheless, I will have no problem finishing off this bomber... could I have another in one sitting? Hmm....

All in all... a well put together beer from Smuttynose.... congrats.

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

Reddish orange body. Good clarity. Bubbly, thin off-white head quickly breaks down into an oil slick.

Nose is yeasty, bready, spicy, with a big hit of apple.

Candy sweet beginning, just short of cloying. Light fruits - apples, apricots. Just enough noble earthy hops to balance the sweetness. Hintsof spicy pepper.

Slick full smooth mouthfeel. Surprisingly easy drinking.

A rare style done well.

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.

Photo of Wasatch
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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.

Photo of frankbro
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Photo of klewis
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Photo of mentor
2.27/5  rDev -41%
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!

Photo of cmmprez
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of Suds
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
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)

Photo of vtfan77
4.12/5  rDev +7%
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.

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.

Photo of Braudog
2.78/5  rDev -27.8%
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)

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 721 ratings.