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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: 722
Reviews: 468
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 55
Gots: 56 | FT: 4
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Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  10.70% ABV

Availability: Spring

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

Smuttynose Wheat Wine Ale is a unique hybridization of two well-known beer styles, combining the rich, voluptuous taste of a traditional barleywine with the subtle, tart flavors of an American wheat ale, topped off with a healthy dose of crisp, herbaceous hops.

2007 - 11.4%
2008 - 10.3%
2009 - 11.4%
2010 - 12.0%
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Photo of 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.

Photo of surlysober
3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Photo of Hautacam
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of jameaterblues
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of RedChrome
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Photo of mnj21655
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Photo of williamherbert
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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.

Photo of dherling
3.12/5  rDev -19%
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.

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.

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.

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

Much thanks to Barleywinebrewer for being a great trader and sending this treat my way. Enjoyed this one during a barleywine session with chonyr and raider. This big beer was a nice break from the BWs, and is more than able to stand up to them in its own way.

A clear, deep amber hued ale. Very little head, no lacings, not surprising for a big beer with a low level of carbonation.

Intriguing rich nose of nutty wheat and sweeter malt backbone. Lemony and floral hops and a hint of bubble gum and cinnamon.

Tasty and complex wheat beer. Nutty wheat, sponge toffee, and a hint of bubblegum. Lemony and floral hops with hints of ginger and clove.

A very well balanced and big medium bodied beer. Lots of good solid wheat and malt flavour and delicate hop spice. Very mildly carbonated.

Very drinkable and certainly sessionable. Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys wheat beers of any sort. Think ill be asking barleywinebrewer to get his hands on more of this for me in the future.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Since my previous review, I have had the luxury of trying this beer as it hit and passed the 1 year mark as well as the new second batch. I have grown to enjoy this brew quite a bit. The light hops and malt complexities improve with age and the second brewing of this beer shows no compromises in the brews integrity.

stock up if you can. Enjoy! One of the top brews of the style in my humble opinion.

Photo of wcudwight
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Before the pour I'm a little bit skeptical and very curious of this beer. The combination of a wheat beer (not one of my favorite styles) and a barleywine (one of my favorite styles). Hmmm? Can this actually work?
Pours a copper color with a thin rim of wet watery lace. No head. Pretty but not that interesting.
Potent aroma on the pour. Perfumy and alcoholic.
The taste is interesting and good. The combination really works. It brings out the best of both styles while leaning more toward barleywine. Fruity wheat characteristics, orange peel. Big malt sweetness. Caramel, brown sugar, sugar cane. Lot's of herbal spiciness. All this is mixed and balanced well with an alcohol finish that really tops the beer off nicely. The alcohol is kind of peppery flavored.
Mouthfeel is as big as the beer. Thick and syrupy. Nice carbonation. Not too much or too little.
This is a sipper for sure but it's still a very drinkable beer.
The wheat barleywine actually works and is very good. This makes me want to discover this style further.
This beer is worthy of a wants list add.
Thanks to BA Fantasy Football and bjohnson for the beer.

Photo of eberkman
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a rich cognac-colored orange-amber into a snifter. Produced a very thin film of a head which vanished very quickly, though each movement of the liquid left a lacing ring on the side of the glass.

Smell is very malty sweet -- honey, molasses, candy sugar -- with strong whiffs of alcohol as well.

Taste was also very sweet -- almost cloyingly so. Again, honey, molasses, sugar. Counteracted by a strong hoppiness that had a rather harsh, medicinal finish. It does mellow quite a bit as it warms -- or maybe I'm mellowing a bit. Even so, I'm not crazy about the harsh, pharmaceutical aftertaste sticking like superglue to the roof of my mouth.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with a bit of a bite from the hops. I love the way it feels. Drinkability is also pretty good for something that's almost 11 ABV. I'm done with the first glass and I'm still coherent.

Not sure I'd get this again if SN Bigfoot or Anchor Old Foghorn is available. But it's a pretty decent drink for later in a chilly evening when winding down with a book and some music (for me right now it's actually the Boston Globe and Billie Holliday). And it's not a bad price.

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

Big bottle, big beer! pours dark glowing amber with a thin, rapidly disappearing head. Love the aroma - sweet malt, some wheat tart graininess, whiffs of hops and alcohol... niiice!

Starts with an estery wheatiness and honeylike maltiness in harmony - throughout the sip, the wheat flavors are present, a subtle graininess that lightens the flavor of this big ol' beer. Behind these flavors are some alcoholic heat along with an herbal hoppiness, akin to a Saison in some respects, not overly bitter or citric or earthy but present and part of the whole. Finishes with a dryish mouthfeel, slightly astringent, but with a spiciness (is there a clove back in there?) and slight alcoholic heat. Properly syrupy for 10+ %, but more than 2 would flatten my tastebuds. Like a barleywine but with some lighter flavors courtesy of the wheat that make it its own brew.

Nice effort from Smutty - really enjoying this one.

Photo of Truh
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Flirted a bit with this one on 1/21/2007. 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bomber poured twice in a Northampton Brewery shaker glass.

Poured evenly with a fine down head to start, a 1/4-inch of uniform height, that settles into small pools and has a lacy stick going down. Hue is golden sunset, with the tinges of red, just a hint of haziness, like a late. morninng fog lifting from the heat. Clear enough to see some great, picaresque carbonation trundling to the top. Clover honey, allspice, lemon squares, key lime pie, and a touch of chambord of the nose. To taste, velvety sweetness sinks throught the tongue, coating everything in bit-o-honey, cracker jack, rose hip, and some hints of cracked black pepper. Medium body lends itself to mass consumption.

Despite its heat, I found this very drinkable and yet another hit from southern NH.

Photo of Comandante
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well rounded, smooth brew, with subtle smokiness, that lends well to pairings with grilled meats--and especially charcuterie/salumi. If I smoked, I'd be more than willing to substitute this for a snifter of Cognac (which I'm oh so partial to).

Notes of apricots, cedar and tobacco. Little head retention, but it's almost as velvety as it is fiery. This beer is now to be a staple in my household--on hand to be savoured with a spread of smoked, salty delights.

Photo of Kudashov
1.27/5  rDev -67%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured in a Guinness pint glass . Had bland apricot color . Smell of wheat & sweetness . The taste however is awful .Keeping an open mind and trying to give this brew a chance was tough . 3/4 of the way through I felt like dumping it in the sink and out to Dorchester Bay . With each swallow felt like drinking cologne . Was looking forward to trying this and was not impressed .

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle: "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 herbs."

Dispensed from a 22oz bottle into a large hefeweizen glass. Amber orange colored beer with a nice, tight, orange sherbert colored head emerges. Head has nice retention and leaves sporadic lacing down the side of the glass.

Aroma is citrusy and hoppy. Not quite like a DIPA, but more than a APA, there is a very nice hop aroma here. A nice caramel malt backbone supports the hops. Although this beer is 53% wheat, I dont really smell the wheat over the malt.

The flavor boasts more of the earthy hops than the aroma, in my opnion. A smooth, mellow, earthy hop presence like an English Barleywine. A nice malt presence as well. Alcohol presence, but not overwhleming. Bitterness in the finish and an overall earthy and deep down flavor.

The mouthfeel is near perfect here. Full bodied with a nice tart afterbite. The alcohol flavor is minimized quite well. This one is very drinkable. In fact, I think I will remain seated for awhile as not to break valuables around la casa. A perfect beer for the snowy day here in NC (yes I said snow).

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ooh, my 400th review, yippee

A - a dark amber brew with a thin tan lace, no real head, moderate slow carbonation snakes its way to the top, lending a hint of low viscosity

S - semi-sweet molasses type aroma, with a distinct wheatiness, with a forceful alcohol kick, like a less sweeet barleywine

T - semi-sweet (again) honey/molasses flavor with strong hop background, where did that come from. hmm, its also cloyingly harsh, tastes like its about to kick my ass with alcohol (which is there), but the ass kicking never materializes

M&D - so smooth and sweet, without being only sweet or too sweet, very nice, and highly drinkable considering the ABV.

Photo of Vancer
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a different, and in the end, wonderful brew.

First, the semi-hazy cherry amber pour, minisucl heading – which did leave lace streaks in my lil’ Schlafly 6oz sampling glass. Nice

Now – the initial sweet cherry kool-aid took me back. Followed by a sticky sweet cherry based malt barleywine (my notes before I read the bottle label – how this is a cross between a BW and a wheat). Like I said, too sweet at first, but the sharp alcohol pop really grows on you and settles after a couple glasses.

One 6oz sample, and I though – whoo, never again. But two more samples later – I hooked on this bad boy. Give it a while if possible.

But hey! Thanks a ton to bjohnson for the chance to partake of this.

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

Poured from the bomber into a couple of big wine glasses. Beer is cloudy, deep orange color, and with a nice head.

Aromas are quite interesting... dark fruits and a bit of smoke.

Flavors are very interesting as well... at first this beer reminds me of a barleywine. Deep dark fruit flavors, big mouthfeel, and some alcohol showing on the front. The beer then finishes crisp, dry, with just a bit of hop bitterness. Complex and impressive.

This is very drinkable for such a high ABV beer. This is full flavored, yet not too heavy. I really enjoyed this one, and would be happy to try this again sometime.

Quite different from the excellent Marin Star-Brew Triple Wheat Wine I have tried to before... but equally impressive.

Thank you very much MuenchenerKindl for this one.

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

The deal of the century continues. A BIG beer for under 3 dollars a bomber, you've got to be kidding me. My original review, last year, was not nearly the affinity I obtained during last year.

This year version is more balanced, more mature and and and and better. This is a big time beer. In fact, this may be the best, biggest beer that you can get with out the ridiculousness of being a novelty beer. Big fruits, smaller malts than last year, fewer hops as well.

Simply put, this is a fantastic beer.

Photo of BlindPig
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Thin light tan/off white head on a kind of cloudy orange amber body. Thin lacing with a collar.
S- Aromas are on the lighter side. Breads come out a bit mixed some different types of wheats in it. Some lighter style of hops. Maybe some lighter grass and a hint of piney hops.
T- Strong on alcohol that gives you a bit harsh of a warming. Some different flavors come out of this than what I am used too (only had one other wheat wine). Some citrus hops come out with a orange flavor. Bits of breads but not much. Is strong on a wheat flavor just can't really pin point it more than that.
M- Full body with low carbonation but does leave a little tingle on tounge from the carbonation and maybe mixed with the alcohol too.
D- It is a sipper and a very strong in alcohol beer. I think it is a bit rough. Would love to see how this would be after a few years (if you are even supposed to age these?). I think the marin triple wheat ale is more refined than this one.

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