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

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715 Ratings

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Ratings: 715
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 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
3.08/5  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.

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
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
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
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
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
4.08/5  rDev +6%
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
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
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
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
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
1.23/5  rDev -68.1%
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
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
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
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of Terp96
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first beer of this style that I have ever had.

The pour leaves very little head. The color is deep amber and not cloudy at all.

Smells very much like a barley wine. Malty with some hop profile. Not much in the way of wheat beer aroamas. No yeasty or spicy overtones.

Taste is phenomenal. So smooth and so much character throughout. Initially, this tastes like an average barley wine. As I progressed, I started to get a little more of the hop bitterness and wheat beer spiciness. Some clove. About halfway through and as the beer warmed, I started to get hit with the oak barrel an smokey flavors. Man, this tastes a lot like a good single malt scotch. I seriously had scotch burps!!!!

Mouthfeel was great. Again, very smooth and balanced. The flavors lingered for quite some time. Nice dry finish.

Drinkability is decent. You can tell this is a huge beer but it is well disguised. At less than $4 a bomber, I will be going back for as many of these as I can. I wonder what it tastes like aged?

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

i the head is consistent but understandably minimal. the beer itself is a nice deep copper

man...it's been awhile since i sipped one of this style. it's a great one. i'm one of those people who malign american wheat beers but it's great to get a clear wheatiness through a relatively neutral yeast (i.e. no 3068). the line between this and a BW is not wide

i love reading the writeups on the brewery website. they're so candid about what's going on, unlike some others. the hops are what i encouter first when i take a whiff, but under that is a fine robust malt monster. it truly reveals itself with a sip: barleywine strength and mass, but with the wheat dryness and even a slight spice. depth. hop flavor is significant and the vanilla from the oak measures in as well

this certainly belongs in the big beer series and would be fine if aged

Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is a deep amber orange color with a sizeable head on pour that retains well and laces the glass.

S: The aroma is a big malty mess that is mellowed a bit by a strong wheat airiness.

T: The ale is a mouthful. It starts out with a strong malt body, concentrated and sweet with some fruit and mint, before revealing a strong wheat body that is heavy on alcohol. In moderation, wheat is light and refreshing. When used heavily, the wheat takes on a more sinister character. It is heavy and conveys the alcohol much easier. The finish is all wheat alcohol and has a buttery bourbon taste to it.

M: The concentration of wheat and barley has given the ale a very pleasant bourbon buttery taste.

D: The high abv and bourbon sweetness can hurt the drinkability, but they add a nice quality that is flavorful and warming.

This review of a bottle of Smuttynose Wheat Wine was at a warmer temperature, which lead to a greater accentuation of flavors and a higher score.

Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I feel like if a beer is 10.7% abv, you should really mark that on the label. Labeling aside, this was an interesting beer and definatley one that could benefit from cellaring. It was still good, but a touch boozy. It tasted of rich wheat and barley malt with fruit coming out and a finishing bitterness, but still tasted hot. Worth a try if you want to try the biggest wheat beer around in the Northeast (or anywhere).

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from Smutty's Big Beer Series. A hazy red/orange color with very little head. It had a flowery, sweet aroma. A sharp, crisp hop presence. This is a pretty assertive beer, one made for sipping and quiet contemplation. Definitely not a session beer.

Photo of scarletfire79
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours an orange amber with very little head. kind of suprising with all the wheat in it. you can smell this beer across the room. very fruity, possibly apricot. the high abv also seems to be present in the nose. i was thrilled about the first sip, but to be honest, as i got a few sips into it, the beer definitly grew on me. i don't have a ton of barleywine experience but this one stacks up pretty solid. i dig the addition of the wheat, it definitly adds something to the mix. i have never been disapointed in a smuttynose offering and this is no exception. sessionable....probably not the best idea, delicious...hell yes.

Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass kind of a odd mix of deep burnt orange with ruddy brownish hue to it a thinner but well formed slight off white head atop.Boozy and quite sweet aromas like alcohol dipped apricot and a nutty terrine malt presence not much hop to be had here,definently a malt based big brew with a sweet alcohool kick dried apricot and dare I say applesauce flavors mixed with alcohol burn,definently flavorful and definently ballsy.Iam finishing the bomber and I will sleep well tonight,glad I tried it it really warms the insides.

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