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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

700 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 700
Reviews: 466
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 53
Gots: 55 | 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 ODBRIP
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured it vigorously to try and stir up some carbonation. a thin white head appeared...perhaps a bit lacking in carbonation...but not so lacking I 'd call it a problem.

smell: dry barley wine type smell...maybe a hint of apple

overall: pretty awesome I think, great winter beer, has a really warm taste, not a burny alchohol taste, even though this beer has some punch. basically I would describe this barley wine as dry..farily complex, and very drinkable.

wish I had more to drink.

ODBRIP, Nov 12, 2005
Photo of PSUDREW
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, such a nice, well rounded brew. I am actually sorry that I didn't save this for longer, but the urges wouldn't let me. And I am happy and sad in the same breath. Happy that I got tot taste it, sad that I didn't save it for curiousity's sake.

pours a nice, solid amber color. Some tanihs head, that dissaptes slowlt, and leaves some lacing. The nose is kinnda malty, kinnda hoppy, and vaugley spicy. All in all, a nice presentation

This beer shows off everything it has in it's charecter. It is malty and smooth. It has enough hop presence to make a statement. But it done so in a very balanced way. The mouthfeel is vaugley oily, but, not so much that i ttakes away from the beer. despite the high ABV, this is a very drinkable beer. I am very sorry that I do not have more of thise

PSUDREW, Nov 11, 2005
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass lightly hazy copper with a barely off white head which rose slightly and tired to lace the glass but was only barely able to accomplish the task.

The aroma was malty and fruity, much like a well aged barleywine. The fruity aroma contained a piney citrusy aromatic that was quite resinous. Also present was a light honey aroma and a medium sweetness.

The flavor was malty yet well bittered. The flavor contained a malty caramel presence and a light graham flavor. The wheat was noticeable in the malt and added a light yet full character to the mouthfeel. The flavor was quite bitter with a resinous and piney hop bittering and flavor.

The finish was just dry with a long lasting and powerful piney and resinous hop flavor that contained a mild bit of citrus long into the aftertaste. The body was medium full. A nice beer, missing something, perhaps complexity.

22 ounce bottle. Bottled in 2005 on front label.

GCBrewingCo, Nov 09, 2005
Photo of meathookjones
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange amber body with a nice with a good size head that left a scattering of lace around the glass. Pretty fruity aroma with plenty of sweetness. Some grassy and earthy hops are noticeable as is a bit of alcohol. Some caramel as well. Taste starts off with some more fruits and a good amount of earthy hops. Some light tartness towards the end with a hoppy fruity finish. Interesting smelling and tasting brew. Mouthfeel was fairly thick and enough to support the flavor. Pretty smooth and easy drinking for such a big brew. Solid all around wheat wine from my experience.

meathookjones, Nov 03, 2005
Photo of twelvsies
1.85/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Hate to do it, because I love Smutty, but this beer is a trainwreck. Pours a decent looking amber red color, zero head, though that could be expected because of the high ABV. Smell is filled with oppressive alcohol, though under that, if you try hard, you can find some nice sweet malty notes and vanilla. Taste is much the same, lots of alcohol compared to the little flavor that manages to break through. Oily, uncarbonated mouthfeel, doesn't back up the attempted boldness of this beer. Almost undrinkable. If I had to describe this brew in a word, I'd say abrasive.

twelvsies, Nov 01, 2005
Photo of jdhilt
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a one-finger cream head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Hazy amber color. Slight malty nose. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Starts sweet but complex flavor, the high ABV is not really noticeable, slight hop finish. Good beer to savor. $3.29 for a 22oz bottle from RSVP Liquors, Portland, Me.

jdhilt, Oct 29, 2005
Photo of ppoitras
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single at Town & Country Liquors, West Springfield, MA. Label notes Bottle Conditioned in 2005.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" manila tan head over the orangey amber brew. Head lasts well, esp for the style, with sticky, slow falling lace. Aroma is sweet, malty, fruity, and boozy. Taste is dominated by the alcohol in this young brew, probably best to let it age for awhile. But I didn't, so let's see what else we have. Light fruitiness and wheat character both wave from beneath the surface of alcohol, but hardly can make themselves noticed. Alcohol even numbs the mouth a bit. Mouthfeel is exceptional from the wheat input, sliding so nicely across the tongue, gives a valiant effort in tempering the alcohol, just comes up a tad short. Drinkability is good, because even though I'm not quite happy with this one right now, it has great potential for the future. A brew to look forward to, for sure.

ppoitras, Oct 27, 2005
Photo of Citadel82
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Purchased this fine brew at Spirits Unlimited in Red Bank. Lable indicates Bottle fermented in 2005. I may have cracked this one a might bit early. Was a little harsh in the taste department. Perhaps it might mellow with some cellaring.

The instant you open the bottle the hoppy aroma is evident. Floral Herbaceous and welcoming.

The pour was a disappointment in that you really needed to coax the head out of this brew. The glass was clean enough for lacework but the head wouldn't form without coaxing and it really did not last long at all. Carbonation is slight with a steady supply of slow moving bubbles feeding a thin layer of beige that is ever-present at the top of the brew.

Aroma is herbaceous hops, alcohol and wheat malt.

Taste is wine like with alcohol, vinous hops, some fruit, some biscuit and some more alcohol with a dry hop finish.

Mouth feel is smooth and light but somehow not watery.

This is a drinkable brew. An excellent winter warmer.

Citadel82, Oct 25, 2005
Photo of Ego
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

eyes...
barely any head, and then it vanishes, blush/brown hue, ok looking, nothing to make me go hmmm

nose...
bubble gum, strawberry wine, smells like a mild shirley temple, interesting, the wheat "lightness" is hard to detect but it is lurking

taste etc...
has a lot more feel than I thought it would.. damn. it has a big-ish taste with a light feel, strange as hell, nice hop bitterness if you let it linger, fruitiness .. and it all stays light where as many barely wines can be heavy in the gullet, the alcohol is present but is just a partner here, not a prime time player, this is like a hoppy, carbonated blush wine! Boone Farm has nothing on Smuttynose... definite wheat aftertaste once the buds get used to the hop bitterness, dry and light finish..nice !

verdict:
I was surprised by this one. I don't think it will be a fave or go to just style wise for me, but I have to say it is damn tasty and an interesting one to check out.. dig it !

Ego, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of jakester
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet. Label says "Bottle Conditioned in 2005".

Pours a mostly clear copper with a very short lived head of off-white bubbles. The head drops to just a ring, with splotches of lacing on the glass. Carbonation looks slow.

Aroma is sweet and fruity, with faint notes of cherries or strawberries and some clean caramel. There is a soft aroma of earthy hops in the back. The smells of this beer are a little too faint, IMO.

The first flavor is sweet malt, with an interesting juiciness. Very yummy. There then is a pretty strong hop bitterness, along with a flavor of vodka soaked golden raisins. For all the sweetness present, there is a certain tartness in the aftertaste, I guess from the wheat. The aftertaste of this is absolutely delicious.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with fairly soft carbonation. The finish has heat from alcohol, but it is well hidden.

This is a really good beer. When I get back to UJ's, I'm going to buy another. Every barleywine loving beer geek needs to try this!

jakester, Oct 19, 2005
Photo of sulldaddy
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am sampling this brew at slightly chilled in a tulip glass.
The beer pours a light chestnut color with some blush wine highlights. There is a thin off white edge layer of head and that is all.
Aroma is mild overall with some biscuity yeast and lite fruit red grapes and actually some chocolate and toffee.
First sip reveals fine gentle rolling carbonation and a thinner body than expected. This is due to the wheat % in grain bill I suspect.
Flavor is also fairly mild with toffee and berries up front roling to some red grape and a bit of wheaty twang. I do detect some lite alcohol on the finish as well. The finish is also very dry and vinous which encourages me to take another sip. This is a very tasty beer that is a definite sipper. Give it a shot if you see it!

sulldaddy, Oct 15, 2005
Photo of HappyHourHero
2.98/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A generous pour created a small, cream, oatmeal colored head that faded briskly to a ring. Slightly hazy, amber colored beer with a golden hue. Faint aroma of candied fruits with alcohol undertones. Wow, that's different. By the way this is my first wheat wine. It has strong candied (sugary) flavors and a bunch of alcohol in the finish. I'm going to let this one sit and warm because the combination of alcohol and bitterness is overwhelming.

Round Two: Poured the second half of the bottle in, and got better head. Aroma is still faint, and strangely perfume-like. Very soft mouthfeel and mild flavors. Alcohol and bitterness have subsided greatly. Candied apples and peaches, a bit of lemon zest every few sips, and possibly some floral hops. Finish is still bitter and alcoholicly warming, and while it's dominant, it's not overwhelming.

Maybe this is the way wheat wines are, but it seems unbalanced. There's the soft mouthfeel, and faint aromas and flavors, but it leaves you with a bitter alcohlic finish that borders on unpleasant. I'll try some others, and give this one another go.

HappyHourHero, Oct 12, 2005
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one has lots of potential but I wasn't terribly impressed overall.

It pours a nice hazy orange colour with a soft bubbly head that leaves minimal residue on the glass.

The aroma is sweet: juicy fruit and candy like at times. There's a bit of chalky sugar here as well. Wheat notes are of course in the mix as well.

The flavour is alright...there's a nice mix of the above aromas within the flavour, however, there is a lingering wamrth and flavour from the alcohol that does not mix well with the other flavours and makes this one quite medicinal at times. Mouthfeel is not bad, being a touch chewy and slick.

Overall, this could be a really nice brew if the medicine flavour was, well, removed. Get rid of that and you've got a winner. As of now, this one is a tad above average at best.

SixpointJMH, Oct 11, 2005
Photo of ColForbin
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smuttynose Wheat Wine is packaged in a 22oz bomber with a label that belies the trouble the brewery had with the ATF: underneath wheat wine ale is "malt beverage brewed from 53% wheat, 47% barley." It pours a deep red orange with a thin white head that quickly fades into a slight lacing on top of the brew. Aroma is malty, sweet with some sour fruity notes as well. Taste is quite sweet, with some fruitiness and vanilla and a very full body with a slick mouthfeel. Relatively dry, bitter finish, considering the overall sweetness of the beer with some piney hops making their first appearance. A little bit hot going down, had to take off a bit on drinkability.

A really solid beer, and one that I will be buying quite a bit of during its season.

ColForbin, Oct 08, 2005
Photo of Hibernator
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smuttynose Wheat Wine Ale
22 oz brown bottle
Bottle Conditioned in 2005 clearly noted on the front label
Served lightly chilled in a snifter glass

Pours a hazy burnt orange color. Cream colored head with an aggressive pour that quickly turns into a think lace. Random sticky lacings decorate the glass.

Aroma of fruit, vanilla ice cream with blends of oranges and gala apples.

Very sugary flavors mixed with sweet apple and citrus flavors. Syrupy and juicy with a prevelent hop bite. This beer also has an interesting creamy or butter quality to it. Burning alcohol punch that reminds me this beer rings in at 11.0% ABV. A true belly burner, similiar to a barleywine with it's alcohol sharpness. Nice balance of malts, wheat, grains and hops.

Drinkable in the league of barleywines and wheat wines. Expect the bite, but also expect the buzz that follows. A true sipping beer that should be enjoyed for it's complexity. I first had this beer while camping a couple of weekends ago. I'm glad I bought a couple of these. This beer will only become more intense as it ages. Another great and original offering from Smuttynose.

Hibernator, Oct 04, 2005
Photo of edchicma
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting offering. No abv given, but as I drink it, I gather it is quite high! Nice copper appearance..minimal head...no doubt due to high abv. Smell is yeasty a tad fruity, with a definite alcohol presence.Taste is lightly sweet, malty, with a definite alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is relatively smooth considering its strength. Drinkable for the style.

edchicma, Sep 26, 2005
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber.. reddish themed label with similar label to the rest of the BB series.. some artsy sketch. not too much info on the beer, no abv listed. i seem to remember this clocking in around 13/14% last i heard. who knows.

pours a brilliant peachy orange.. clear with some hazy mellow creamy head. sheetlike thin lacing coats the glass. big nose of barleywine... aged sweet malt, fresh alcohol-soaked hops and candied oranges. wheat factor isn't as present here as i seem to remember from previous samples.. perhaps a bit of lemony tart in the nose but not much. this beer screams 'danger!' and 'beware!' with its assertive bouquet.

tastewise, the wheat is much more prevalent.. after my recent experience with the double white explosion, the subtle taste of wittt can be detected through the stronger alcohol twist. and boy is it a challenge here... real subtle hints of bubblegum and pink grapefruit are carried by an ungodly spirit-like quality with maximum heat and raw, unbridled alcohol flavor. seems like there is a way to sip this that prevents a left hook from the abv, and big gulps are certain to slaughter. warming helps, bringing out those hops and some black pepper.

i can see how this beer and triticus are related, however this one shoots for the fences where triticus balances gently for a more drinkable, easy going example of the style. i think this one will prevail over time with great potential for aging and cooling. for now, ill take a triticus.

a noble effort with something to be desired... and i suspect the cellar will move this beer into excellence.

** WORD TO THE WISE ** do not try to drink this bomber by yourself. bad things will happen and your judgement and motor skills will be severely impaired. share this beast with a buddy.

goodbyeohio, Sep 21, 2005
Photo of gotbeer
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a light brown with a light head that laces the glass slightly.

The smell has some fruity notes to it with some malt.

The taste has a hit of alcohol at first, but then some hop bitterness and some tart fruit. Very interesting and tasty.

The mouthfeel is good with a little chewiness to it.

Drinkability is probably not off the charts. Definitely a sipping brew at this ABV, but a very good one to sip.

gotbeer, Sep 16, 2005
Photo of Sycodrummer
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Sunset Cantina in Boston, Mass. Was presented to me in a 12oz. toulip glass. The beer was a light brown/copper color with just a sliver of off-white head. Streams of carbonation ran up the sides of the glass and there was lace galore with this beer.

The smell was very matly upfront with a faint balanced wheat in the nose and some hops as well.

The taste was very alcoholic upfront with an assertive hop bitterness to follow. Malty in the finish with a crispness to each sip. All flavors are well balanced with only the alcohol sticking out perhaps a bit more than all else.

Moderate mouthfeel, with a slight degree of carbonation.

This beer is very drinkable in moderation. More of a sipping beer, but very enjoyable as such.

Sycodrummer, Sep 09, 2005
Photo of carln26
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on tap Wednesday at RedBones. It poured a dark amber, very hazy, almost no head. Clearly the high alcohol content kept the production of head to a minimum. I was struck by the lack of a defined aroma. I guess it’s my reflex to associate wheat wines wit barleywine, and the latter always have a complex, layered aroma. This really lacked that, it had notes of pear, bit nothing from the hops and little from the malt.. Taste is over the too alcohol. Lot of apple pear, orange fruit. Slick mouth feel medium drinkability.

carln26, Sep 02, 2005
Photo of PatandDavid
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at 'bones last Friday. 10.5 pour. Light clear amber, some cloudiness as well. Thin clingy cream colored head. Vanilla and some fruitness in the aroma. Mouthfeel was interesting...I thought it was a bit thick, some cheweyness. But it also is very smooth ride, with no clunkiness. Vanilla is a prominent feature tastewise. I did find the beer a bit sweet and cloying. Mixed emotions. I hate to use this but: aging might toughen this beer up (in a good way). Seems young.

PatandDavid, Aug 30, 2005
Photo of Billolick
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Collins bar in little 'ole NYC. Pours orangy apricot, moderatly cloudy, minimal head, with light and elongated strips of lacing. Nose is sweet and phenolic, with notes of gin and anise, mmm yummmy stuff my eyes and nose are telling me. Buttery mouthfeel. Nice yeasty, wheat feel to this stuff. Packed with fruity flavors with some gin, and bourbon notes to make things interestingly complex.This is a fruity, alcoholic, strong, and tasty beer. More fine brew from smutty. Extra fine on tap, I'd love to try some of the bottled variety as well.

Billolick, May 12, 2005
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4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Okay, here is the deal. This beer has a wonderful amber hued glow with a nose that blends subdued malts, slight hops and complex oak. The mouth-feel is alive without being overly active. The taste starts with a simple rounded sweetness of malt and alcohol, but not overly so - don't let the wine name fool you. These big bold flavors are controlled and even highlighted by the dryness of the oak. In fact, the only note I would give is that the oak might...slightly...dominate the flavor. Give this puppy some age and forget about it...

aaj1002, Apr 24, 2005
Photo of HopasaurusRex
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled an unlabeled 22 oz. bottle courtesy of a good friend at Smuttynose:

Feeling hot, hot, hot . . .

The Big Bad Brother of Smutty's Barleywine is the newest entry in the Big Beer series, and it is a doozy. The wheat wine drips with alcohol from the first sniff to the last sip. Its ruddy red complexion hides an onslaught of big, boozy flavors. Caramel, toffee, and vanilla peek out from the fusels and esters. A little rough around the edges, but it is a great sipping beer to lay down in the cellar and save for a cold blustery day in winter. I can picture it now . . . sitting by the fire with a snifter of wheat wine to warm up my insides. Don't miss this when it comes to a store near you. Buy a case or two or three.

Cheers to Smutty for pushing the envelope with their Big Beers!

HopasaurusRex, Apr 16, 2005
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4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz, unlabeled and bottled three weeks ago.
Pours a viscous dark copper with an upwards cascade of fine bubbles settling into a thick,merengue-like off white head.
Huge character in the nose.
Alcohol,sugar coated fruits,carmelized lemon,bannanas, cloves,with hints of vanilla,crystalized ginger,suede and lingering brown sugar. A mild corseness from the youth of the huge beer.
"Big Beer" fits this one well.
First sip stings the pallet. Pungent alcohol fades reluctantly to reveal a great balance between barley,wheat and hops.
Zesty,juicy,and slightly thick. Loads of ripe fruits with a lemon backbone.
Bitterness well placed to style.
Lots of phenols and very warming on the throat.
If ever a beer to cellar from Smutty , dis be da one.

It is my understanding that there has been two batches of "Wheatwine" brewed and this is the first batch.
Batch #2 was also sampled recently from the brite tank,and is very good also,although slightly different. Feel free to beermail me if you are interested in batch #2.

brewandbbq, Apr 14, 2005
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Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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