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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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693 Ratings

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Ratings: 693
Reviews: 465
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 53
Gots: 53 | FT: 3
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 bort11
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%

Courtesy of sulldaddy. I had been wanting to try a wheat wine, and he hooked me up.

22 oz bomber poured into a tulip wine glass. Moderate head, which is to be expected with a big beer like this. Recedes to a light lace. Color is a beautiful warm smokey amber color. Smell is quite sweet and malty. There is a alcohol warmth undertone. Taste is earthy and malty and a bit of honey. I definately can taste the wheat. Very vinious. Mouthfeel is warm and full with a pleasant alcohol burn. This is fantastic beer, everything that I expected for the style and more. I would love to get a few more bottles to celler and pull out for special occasions.

bort11, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of TastyTaste
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Appearance: Medium orange body, head pours small, fades fast, leafes a thin skin of foam. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Lots of alcohol, sweet and caramely, but not a lot of wheat.

Taste: Alcohol and sweetness are big, but the softness added by the wheat is also very evident and pleasant. Slightly fruity, a little metallic, peppery, and minty (from the hops). Enjoyable and unique.

Drinkability: I like the style and the example. I just wish there were more available. Thanks to BeerBeing for the bottle.

TastyTaste, Jun 27, 2006
Photo of tgbljb
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

Poured a Hazy very deep amber color with miniscule head. No lacing. Smell is fruity and a bit like sour wine, but not at all unpleasant. Taste is loaxded with alcohol which seems to overshadow any other aspect of this beer. Finished with a strong alcohol tang which is not at all enjoyable. Not my style of beer.

tgbljb, Jun 11, 2006
Photo of Metalmonk
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Pours a beautiful orange/peach/amber with a small head that lacked retention. Snail-paced bubbles takes a sloth's walk up the sides. I'm looking at this thinking "barley wine".

An enjoyable perfumey aroma permeates the nose. Candied apples, sour cherry, stale red wine, cotton candy, all pulling against the strong essence of wheat and the supple, light sting of the hops, which helps give an earthy balance to the candy-like aromas.

As unusual as the flavor is, there is one element here that I cannot shake: Twizzlers. Has that artificial cherry sweet-and-sour candylike Twizzlers flavor down pat. Hops bittering helps offset the sweetness, and there's further balance with a wheaty finish and a velvety smooth mouthfeel. Seemed like a strange flavor at first. Went from weird to existential to sublime in a matter of sips.

A rich, sweet, candy-like beer, I would rate the drinkability lower than I really want to, as it's a pretty dominating sweetness. And with such a high ABV (11%), this is clearly one for slow sipping on special occasions only. But its spirit and uniqueness is undeniable.

Metalmonk, Jun 05, 2006
Photo of Dithyramb
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured after a slight chill into a snifter. Unlike the recent Bell's wheat wines I had, this one had extremely little head nor much in the line of lacing from the ring. Isn't the addition of wheat supposed to help w/ ye olde retention issues? Oak brown slightly chill hazed.
Some ETOH and a bit of hops on the nose, but mostly just some roasted malts

Smooth and creamy, once you get past the big alcohol bite (so that's why the head didn't last and mine is getting red and warm). Loads of candied fruits with some apple and citrus. Caramel and bready tastes too.Finished a bit sweet, but went down mighty easy.

Dithyramb, May 30, 2006
Photo of RoyalT
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Appearance – This one is pure orange in color with almost no head.

Smell – The nose isn’t really like wine, well maybe like a really big chardonnay with a bunch of wheat in it. The sugars are subtle yet noticeable and it has a nice buttery character.

Taste – The sugars come out much bigger at the taste, and this WW definitely has some good, buttery chardonnay notes with hints of American oak. The alcohol is dry.

Mouthfeel – This is in between medium and full-bodied with a slight alcohol sting.

Drinkability – This went down well enough and is nice to split with someone. I really appreciate BeerGuy bringing this out on his visit to Seattle as I know these Wheat Wines can be quite pricey.

RoyalT, May 01, 2006
Photo of OldSock
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%

Appearance – 22 oz bottle purchased approximately 4 months ago, can't remember where. Only a slight hiss of carbonation escapes when I pop the cap. A solitary stream of bubbles breaks the clear orange amber liquid. Despite all of the wheat the thin white head quickly subsides from the high alcohol and low carbonation.

Smell – Alcohol is primary component of the aroma, but caramel, wheat and some mild spicy and citrus hops are also present.

Taste – Other than the sharp alcohol, this beer is relatively smooth with a good sweet/bitter balance. There is some mild fruitiness, oranges and some apples. The flavor is relatively light and simple, it doesn't have the deep complexities that I have come to expect from a beer of this high gravity. I didn't realize that there was oak until i read it on the brewer's notes.

Mouthfeel – The alcohol warms the throat, but does not effect the tongue. The body is medium for the style with ultra low carbonation, well done.

Drinkability & Notes – The in check mouthfeel and light carbonation make this a beer that is easy to drink, that is aside from the pungent alcohol. Even though I held off drinking this one for a few months, it looks like I should have waited until next winter for the alcohol to calm down.

OldSock, Apr 25, 2006
Photo of LuckySevens82
3.8/5  rDev -1%

22 oz bottle
Pours a reddish copper color. I was honestly expecting this to be darker, but whatever. Pours with an off white head. Retention and lacing are above average.
Smell is strong, bready, wheat. Candied fruits are present as well as a slight chocolate and roasted character. Not quite as complex as I would have hoped.
Taste is very good. The smooth, bready, wheat character complements the very strong chocolate flavor. Caramel also makes a cameo as do some dark fruits, plums, figs, and dates. Slightly spicy, but not particularly enough to warrant discription.
Mouthfeel is good, this beer is sweet, but not cloyingly so, and the slight hops balances it all out.
Overall, a good beer. I've had a few wheat wines and this one isn't really like the others, but it's still a very good beer.

LuckySevens82, Apr 02, 2006
Photo of Crosling
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%

Bright crimson hued. It is lacking aroma, unfortunately and I wonder why. Light hints of fruit and coconut, but it’s very subtle overall. Flavor is very rich and enjoyable, with coconut flavors so authentic, it makes you think it was aged in some barrel. White pepper, butter toffee and cream flavor, with a soft, succulent smooth texture. Wish the aroma was better, but this is still a very nice, enjoyable beer.

Crosling, Apr 01, 2006
Photo of ghostwalker
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%

Clear reddish-orange body. Very small and thin head, almost none really.

Smell is fruity with very light malt and quite boozy.

Flavor is sharp acidic fruit and boozy. Orange, apricot, maybe a little lemon, there seem to be many estery fruit flavors here. Hop bitterness on the finish. Alcohol flavor and burn is present, I sense a quiet evening on the couch coming up. It's interesting, but kind of a one trick pony.

Mouthfeel is thin, acidic and maybe slightly oily.

Drinkability is moderate to low, a little trouble finishing the bomber.
12 oz would have been plenty.

ghostwalker, Mar 28, 2006
Photo of horshack7
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%

Appearance: Pours an orange copper clor with slight red hues not any head yet still a very nice looking beer.

Aromas: Lots of dried fruits rather pleasant.

Taste: A little tart but more towards to hoppy side medium bodied with hints of dried fruits and cherries.

Mouthfeel: Slightly bubbly.

Notes: A certainly unique style of beer very enjoyable.

horshack7, Mar 22, 2006
Photo of ILiveOffHops
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%

Smutty's wheat wine pours a hazy amber red-orange. Very nice color. Thin head dissapates to nice ring of bubbles. Leaves nice lacing. Aroma is sweet and vanilla. Taste is sweet syrupy vanilla, fluffy wheat, and a slight sherry, fruity flavor with a strong alcohol warmth. Nice thick, full body. A rare and delicious treat.

ILiveOffHops, Mar 20, 2006
Photo of Bierman9
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

Have had a few of these in the past, but now finally getting around to a review.... From a 22oz bomber, pours a clear, glowing, deep golden color. Thin to no head, basically; just a smidge of fine, white bubbles at the rim. Nose is similar to their Barleywine - fruitiness and hops melding into a pleasing aroma. Little maltiness noted, though. Bier passes with minimal roughness over the palate... with a solid, medium body present.

Flavor has some light, toasty character, along with a crisp wheatiness. Hops are solidly in the fruity class, with some light tropical notes and perhaps a touch of something akin to vanilla. Alcohol is not overly pronounced, yet still quite evident in its warming abilities. Interesting, to say the least.


overall: 3.9
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


Bierman9, Mar 10, 2006
Photo of sloejams
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%

22 oz. provided by HogHill, helluva guy

I really dig the label. If you are reading my review you can click and see it up there in the corner. Nice huh?

I poured this into a tulip glass – a brown amber color with a creamy head, maybe too much of a head , as I didn’t pour it very well. Tulip glasses kinda fuck me up. It had a interesting aroma: sweet and citrus with a hop lingering. And alcohol – I could definitely smell booze was in there in abundance. It tasted fruity with a lot of malt going on. Hops were around too. It was a bit like a barleywine but not as intense – even though they have similar alcohol levels – this seemed lighter, more subdued.

The alcohol was very much kickin’ it. It gave that nice warmth in the medium body, but it also was a bit much. I struggled to make it through the whole 22 oz.

Interesting beer, my first wheat wine – I’m up for more.

sloejams, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of akahn
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%

22oz bottle with a nice neo-classical painting of a woman holding a bushel of wheat wrapped in scarlet cloth. Nice label as usual from these guys.

Pours a deep red-tinged gold color. Quickly sinking head remains as a collar and some skim. Not much lacing. A nice color, clearly much lighter than a barley wine.

Sweet aroma of alcohol and caramel., with a pungent wheaty overtone.

Hoo boy has this got flavor! Sweet, potent alcohol flavors. What sets this apart from a barley wine is a sort of clear, clean candy sweetness, rather than a dark sweetness I've experienced with the handful of barley wines I've tried. Interesting peach and apricot ester notes, as well as some raisin-plum flavors too. Not much identifiable wheat flavor, despite wheat making up 53% of the grain bill here -- the alcohol flavor dominates.

Carbonation stands up to the alcohol at first, making an interesting hot finish, but this fades away. This beer also has very little hop character, making this not a very balanced beer. For how sweet it is, this is fairly drinkable -- I took my time through the 22 ounces over a movie.

This beer is interesting but not spectacular. I'd like to try Smuttynose's Barley Wine for comparison.

akahn, Feb 19, 2006
Photo of orsulacp
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%

Poured a very cloudy brunt orange-amber color with a small white collar. I could see the glycerin sticking to the side of the glass as I poured it. Fruity nose - orange, lemon, some cloves sneaking in and some alcohol.
Taste is also fruity at first with orange flavors, then a bit of bread, then the alcohol bomb, very astringent. The alcohol bomb made me think of almond extract, I don't know why but it did. The low carbonation and medium mouthfeel didn't do much for me. I didn't enjoy this beer that much, I need to try more beers in this style to get a good baseline.

orsulacp, Feb 14, 2006
Photo of mntlover
2.33/5  rDev -39.3%

Pours an amber brownish mixture with a small foamy white head, not head really just foam, that falls to a ring.

Aroma is wheat and malt some citrus and well sort of subdued nose on this one.

Taste woo nelly lots of strong astringent flavors mixed with wheat and caramel but too much alcohol in the mix to be masked. Some citrus flavors try to rise but are soon drowned out by alcohol. This is way out of balance needs some major help or lots of cellaring not quite sure.

Mouthfeel is ok bright spot, nice light carbonation with right of medium feel.

Drinkability is well horrible wouldn't want to try again unless they fix it or its 5 years old maybe. Want to thank Sam (merlin48)anyway for sharing this one it was at the end of our review session so had good buzz but didn't help this poor brew one bit.

mntlover, Feb 10, 2006
Photo of canucklehead
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

What amazed me about this beer( my first wheat wine) was the smoothness and drinkability at less than one year old. The hops were there and so was a background complexity but unlike many barley wines there was instant drinkability. Not sure how aging would benefit this beer but at 11 % it probablyt won't hurt either. All in all a real smooth operator at a dangerously high ABV.

canucklehead, Feb 06, 2006
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%

Hazy orangeish, solid cream-toned head. Nice looking.

Aroma, sweet, rosy, lightly spicy, cherries and melons, a bit perfumey.

Interesting texture here, a littlesour, a little spice, clovey, fruity...very odd.

Nothing wrong...just weird...nothing wrong with weird.

Medium bodied, tannic finish, a bit tangy. But the flavor bottom out too quickly, there's nothing for the tongue to play with after a while, and it all drifts off faster than it ought to.... Fruit + wheat + booze, is the simple formula. While an interesting experiment, a novel take on a new style, I feel it misses the mark just a touch.

11%? Hoo, boy...it's creeping up on me...

feloniousmonk, Jan 31, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%

This pours a cloudy golden red with a small tan head. A very different color. The smell is very sweet with some fruit,raisins? The taste is very bold with some fruit tastes and carmel aftertones. This does have a wine/brandy fell to it. This m/f is heavy and pretty well balanced,but you can taste the alcohol. This is a pretty good beer,with some flaws,but you can do worse.

jmz62565, Jan 30, 2006
Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%

A - Tea colored, cloudy with a one finger tan head that dissipates slowly leaving no lacing. Not surprising with the abv.

S - Predominantly caramel odors, although there are some fruits - pineapple, passion fruit and dates predominantly - that appear in the odor faintly. Alcohol is well masked.

T - Delicious, caramel malt sweetness with an accompanying fruitiness, again faint pineapples, dates and passion fruit, maybe grapefruit as well? The beer has a bitter finish that is meshed with the sweetness. The flavor is quite good. Alcohol isn't really noticeable. Maybe it is as it warms, but by the time it did I was certainly feeling the 11% from the other 2/3 of the beer.

M - Thick, silky smooth and very refreshing. A strong beer never tasted so smooth!

D - Again outstanding! I am not a heavy drinker, I cannot handle that much, but this was easy to drink. I finished the bomber myself and survived with no ill effects. It proved delectable at all temperatures. A bomber of this is a session! I would not try to match foods with this beer. I might have it again, although not soon (a volume issue more than anything). However, it has inspired me to try more of the big beer series.

mrasskicktastic, Jan 28, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%

I really enjoyed this beer. I was expecting something a little big bigger with more body and more malt to it, but as it is, it's very drinkable. And although the 11% alcohol is there, it's not really too distracting (although I guess that knowing it's there helps you to prepare for it). It's got a very nice appearance with a hazy reddish-orange-copper body, but there's little head and even less lacing, which I thought was odd for a beer with 53% wheat (even if it does have a high alcohol content). Hops are noticeable in the nose, along with some very nice yeasty fruitiness and a flicker of alcohol, and it's quite welcoming. It's smooth across the palate with a very fine bubbled, restrained carbonation and medium body. In the flavor it's lightly sweet and somewhat candyish, but still well-balanced, and the malt and hop bitterness seem to have a tug of war going on until the finish where the bitterness overcomes. The alcohol is more apparent here than in the nose, and it rises up at mid-palate, and remains a bit in the finish. However, it does lend a bit of pepperiness that helps to balance the malt and give it greater depth of character. Overall, an interesting tipple.

NeroFiddled, Jan 25, 2006
Photo of merlin48
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%

Bottle provided by Brewfan. Many Thanks! Pours a cloudy apricot body that seems to glow. No real head or lacing, not unexpected for this style. Aroma was surprisingly subdued, featuring notes of wheat malt, cedar, stale wine, and vague fruits. Mouthfeel is medium ot light medium bodied with low carbonation. Taste is slightly vinous, with notes of dry white wine. Mild wheat wafer notes become toasty wheat as it warms. A bit phenolic and hot. Fruity notes are vague and understated. Felt like I was drinking rocket fuel, at times. Alcohol is upfront and in your face with this one. A decent wheat wine that I wish I had cellared for a couple of years.

merlin48, Jan 24, 2006
Photo of juzy
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%

bottled 2005

Poured this from the bottle into a big bowled wine glass. Straight up I notice the color, a hazy copper with a tinge of gold around the edges. Quite interesting and a bit mesmerizing. There is a very thin head that is gone almost instantly.

I clear my nose for my first scent...fruity, apples maybe? It's bright with a hoppy scent and a hint of alcohol.

Not exactly love at first sip, but I think I had expected something different. So I go on and sip a few more times, swishing it around each time, trying to find what stands out. I get citrusy hops and grassy notes right up front. No sweetness, I think there should be more malt sweetness to balance this out a bit, but it is a wheat wine so I'll roll with it. It finishes with a touch of malt and a bitter alcohol bite, phenolic notes on the finish and in the aroma (I forgot to mention that).

The mouthfeel was interesting, a bit oil or creamy, if you prefer. Reminds me of the mouthfeel of a good cabernet.

As for drinkability, I had to score it average, it's a hard one to get down on ones own.
I found myself in the rare position of having to drink this bottle by myelf. One glass would be more than enough of this big beer on any given night. I drank the whole bottle and found myself in bed and asleep by 9pm. Seems a tad sharp and the alcohol is not well hidden. Other than that I find it interesting, I've never had this style before so wasn't really sure what to expect.

juzy, Jan 19, 2006
Photo of Bighuge
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%

Scarlet red-orange body. Thin light beige head. Recedes to a thin collar that leaves sporadic lace. Aroma is alcohol and fruits and more alcohol. Passion fruits mostly. Kiwi and mango come to mind. Oh, and a little pepper as well. Upon tasting, I find out that this beer packs a little punch. Well, maybe a big punch. Alcohol is hidden in no way whatsoever. Spicy and hot. And lingering. There are some good qualities to go along with that. The fruits are there. And some rich barleywine-esque malt characteristics. Just not enough to make this taste any better than average to me. Besides the heat, the mouthfeel is also lightly carbonated and close to medium in body.

Bighuge, Jan 12, 2006
Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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