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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: 731
Reviews: 468
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 55
Gots: 60 | 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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Ratings: 731 | Reviews: 468
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.

Photo of Terp96
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
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
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours orangish with no head - just a few fizzles.

The smell is of alcohol with some caramel sweetness and graininess. A hint of fruitiness.

The taste is apricot-like fruitiness. Sweet. The barley malt seems more prounced than the wheat, though it does make a crisp appearance. (Acc. to label, there is just a bit more wheat malt than barley). Caramelish fruitiness dominates, along with boozy alcohol. It seems to go in several directions. The hops are taken over by the malt sweetness and the aggressive alcoholic character.

The alcohol dominates the feel - seems higher than already high abv., washing away much of the flavor.

A slow sipper. Sharp. An interesing brew - something different, but not interesting or flavorful enough to revisit.

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

Pours burnt orange to copper in color, fairly clear, small off white head fades away quickly. Raisiny sweet maltiness in the aroma along with a ripe fruit warm boozy alcohol smell. There is some pruney sweetness in the taste along with some citrusy hops and a noticeable alcohol presence. A crisp alcohol and slightly dry bite in the finish, are preceded by a medium bodied somewhat chewy maltiness. Interesting beer, although I don't get much wheat beer characteristics in it, maybe just a hint of wheatiness behind the malts and also contributing to the body. It definitely seems like an ipa/dipa-barleywine hybrid. This bottle is an 06, I look forward to an aged sample of this one, but an enjoyable warming beer to relax with now as well.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dried apricot orange with a faint reddish blush. The sandlewood colored cap is a tight collection of tiny bubbles that persists nicely, especially given the ABV. It's also an admirable leaver of lace in unbroken, sandblasted sheets. I haven't had enough wheat wines to know what they ought to look like, but this one looks great to me.

The beer smelled pretty good from several feet away, but for some reason it doesn't smell quite as good when I get up close and personal with it. Its biggest negatives are a lack of power and a lack of any complexity whatsoever. Its biggest positives are a tangy orange fruitiness and a complete lack of alcohol. If it improves with warming, I'll nudge the score accordingly (note: it doesn't).

Smuttynose Wheat Wine is good beer that I'm not tempted to wax poetic over. I've yet to have a version of this style that I thought came anywhere close to the best barleywines. Whether that has to do with the inherent qualities of wheat versus barley or whether it has to do with brewers' inexperience with a relatively new style, I couldn't say.

At an estimated 18 months of age, the alcohol has, I'm guessing, settled down considerably. It's still a presence though and is borderline in terms of masking/flavor contribution. There's a definite warm spiciness present that doesn't quite reach the threhold of being considered hot. It has the effect of slowing me down by forcing me to take small sips; never a bad idea.

The flavor is reminiscent of orange liqueur. It isn't smooth enough, however, to remind me of Grand Marnier or Cointreau. Cane sugar was added, but the little yeasties must have been unusually efficient with this particular batch because residual sweetness is at a minimum. Or maybe it's simply that enough hops were used to balance things out and the ABV is high enough to keep things dry.

Medium toast French oak chips were used as well. I do pick up more than a hint of bourbon barrel-like vanilla, so I'll have to credit the brewers for that particular addition. While this is a fairly enjoyable big beer, it isn't an especially complex one. It isn't as if one has to probe each and every mouthful for hidden flavors, because they simply aren't present.

The mouthfeel is a highlight for me (along with the appearance). It's full and sticky and comes oh so close to syrupy on the finish. A laid back amount of carbonation contributes to all of the above. Even the somewhat harsh alcohol (that is starting to numb my tongue) can't ruin my enjoyment of how this beer feels in the mouth. It certainly gives it a good effort though.

In the end, the unmasked alcoholicity of Smuttynose Wheat Wine has worn down whatever enthusiasm I had during the first third of the bottle. I thought that I gave it enough time to rest, but it looks like another 18 months wouldn't have been out of the question. While it might improve a fair amount over that time, I don't believe that it will ever be great beer.

Photo of phisig137
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Conditioned in 2006 according to the bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark amber orange color, with ruby highlights. One finger head with good retention falls into a ring around the glass, with a touch of lacing.

Aroma is hugely alcoholic. Almost like taking a whiff of rubbing alcohol. There is a slight hint of banana up front, and a decent amount of piney hops in the middle, with a touch of caramel in between. Smells interesting, but I have to dock it a point for that huge alcohol presence.

Flavor is quite malty, with the wheat playing harmony. Semi-sweet malt flavors of caramel, toffee, and raisons are prevalent up front, with a slap of hop flavor and bitterness on the finish. Alcohol again is hot and quite forward. Slight banana flavor makes me wonder if this was brewed with a hefe yeast, or a standard ale yeast. Mouthfeel is creamy and full. Drinkability is decent, but a bit hampered by the alcohol.

Another "big beer series" winner from Smutty. This is the only wheat wine I've eve come across, so I can't compare it to others, but I do enjoy the beer completely. Others may taste the beer as it is... hot and boozy.... but I taste potential. I think this one will age very well. There is enough of a hop presence, and enough alcohol, to let this age for quite a while. I think I'll buy a few more bottles and let them sit for a couple years. It really is a great beer, and will only improve with age. I'd hope to see some of the wheat characteristics come through with age, once the hops and alcohol subside a bit. But highly recommended in any case. Smuttynose rarely disappoints. And at only $3.69 a bomber, this is one of the best bang for you buck beers out there. Simply can't beat it for the price.

Photo of mshallah
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber with classier than average label art. This beer is a balance of big flavors. Floral herb aroma hops,tangy fruitiness,bright wheat,barley malt caramelized sweetness, alcohol presence in nose and taste and a fine bubble bottle conditioned carbonation that adds to complexity and mouthfeel. Bright tasting for a barley wine and un-like any I have ever tasted. No one element of the flavor stands out as this is a balance of all the supporting characters. One weak link would bring the whole beer down. This is a beer that I'm not sure I would have liked in my youth(10-15yrs ago), but is just the type of challenging beer I now seek. Another excellent brew from Smuttynose.

Photo of EPICAC
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I noticed another Smuttynose Big Beer release at Downtown Wine & Spirits last week. This one is a Wheat Wine, which is a style I've never had before. I let it warm to around 45º F and served it in my New Belgium glass.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy amber. It's topped by a one-finger, off-white head that quickly thins to a sudsy film that slowly fades to a ring. Lace is low and sporadic.

Smell: Very aromatic. Tart fruitiness, floral hops, and spicy and peppery alcohol in the background.

Taste: Lightly fruity with sweet malts upfront. The malts run throughout and provide a nice backbone. There is substantial hop bitterness in the finish that mingles with spicy alcohol. The aftertaste is a light citric tartness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, low carbonation, with a lightly oily texture.

Drinkability: High alcohol, but it's very warming, which is nice on a cool night like tonight.

Overall: This is my first Wheat Wine, so I'm not sure how it compares to other examples of the style. I enjoyed it.

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

Pours cloudy amber-orange with a creamy tan head that leaves sheets of lacing.

Smell is sweetly fruity with a piney resinous hop character.

Taste is dominated by dark fruit and alcohol, lending a brandylike character. Caramel malt base is syrupy and bready at the same time. An unusual brew here. An understated earthy nuttiness. Finish has a resinous hop blast with lingering hop bitterness and warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with generous hop oilyness.

Overall I found this brew interesting. Flavor profile isn't as balanced as I would prefer. The alcohol sweetness is a little overpowering. Still, this is a tasty offering that is recommended. Let this one warm a bit to get the fullest flavor.

Photo of bashiba
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep shade of hazy reddish copper with a thin ring of tan head.

Has a big sweet molasses and malt smell with a bit of herbal hoppiness and a strong alcohol smell.

Taste has a strong sweet mixture of dark fruits, molasses, and alcohol. A bit of juniper bitterness, but not quite enough to even it out.

Mouthfeel is heavy and very warming.

A bit to harsh with alcohol lowers the drinkability although the flavors are quite good, definitly a sipper.

Photo of DrJay
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The cap popped with a weak hiss. Crystal clear amber with an orange hue. A vigourous pour resulted in a thin head that quickly fell to a ring. Just a bit of spotty lacing initially. Crackery malt aroma, some caramel, with a floral and powdery hop aroma. Toffee and faint alcohol were present as well. Ripe tropical fruit became fairly strong as it warmed. Moderate bitterness with a malty start, a bit crackery, fruity (a bit of citrus, very mild ripe berries). Caramel at the mid. Towards the end, alcohol really moved to the front and lingered through the finish. Lighter bodied than I expected, quite dry, with low carbonation that resulted in a flat mouthfeel. Not bad. I enjoyed it, but wasn't overwhelmed. Still, this is a solid beer.

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