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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

683 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 683
Reviews: 464
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 53
Gots: 54 | 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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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2009, so about a year old and should be tasty! Wish I had taped the cap which I usually do for cellar aging beers, but I was expecting to drink this right away and as that didn't happen I think some of the carbonation is gone.

A light creamy head covering comes with an aggressive pour, and fades somewhat quickly. The beer is a murky, yeast chunk filled rosy caramel orange color.

The nose coifs wheat wine. It has lots of wheats, both dark and light, as well as some reddish malts and caramel. Some maple syrup, and some sweetness, a little candi sugar, and some light booze. I think there's a hint of an earthy hop bitterness.

The taste is more of the same, loaded with malts and wheat. Wheats both dark and light, lots of malted barley with that. Some syrups and sugars, little maple, little molasses, and juicy. Hints of dark fruits, nothing in particular though. Pretty sweet overall, with some warming and lightly tingly booze, but seems to drink less than 10.7%. It also adds a slight creamy taste to it, and light chewy malt flavors. A hint of vanilla too, and I think a slight bourbon like flavor. Some light earthy hops as well, that I bet were a lot more dominant early on in the beer's life. It dries slightly on the finish but keeps a strong sweetness, but surprisingly not sticky. A nice long barleywine like finish, with lots of dark sugars and malts, some wheat, and a light bitterness all lingering for a long gorgeous finish.

The mouth is pretty thick, ever so slightly syrupy, with low carbonation, but decent for the style.

Drinkability is surprisingly well, for being 10.7% and loaded with malts and sweetness, I expected a lot more boozy taste, and sticky finish, but it really had neither. The long finish is the only thing keeping me from drinking this fast, that and not getting drunk too fast.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 01:49:26 | More by jlindros
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WesWes

New York

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an amber/red color with a 1/2" offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light pale, wheat, and crystal malt scent that shows it's elevated abv., but also lends itself to a lighter body and malt aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a warm, malty flavor that goes down slow and steady and finishes bitter with a powerful alcohol bomb. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a well brewed beer with loads of complexity, but it's definately a sipper beer. This one will take a while to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 23:59:50 | More by WesWes
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at Portsmouth Brewing Company

And probably the best beer I had there.

Hazy amber pour with a ringlet of white bubbles. Aroma of toasted bread, caramel malts, light stone fruits. The taste reflected the smell, caramel malts, fairly sweet, toasted bread, notes of soft fruits, pear and peach, nice citrus/herbal hop presence. Smooth mouthfeel, medium body, low-medium carbonation, and quite drinkable overall.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2013 23:08:31 | More by Rifugium
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mdfb79

New York

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 07/27/11 notes. Had on tap at Rustico in Arlington, VA at their Smuttynose event. 2010 vintage served in a tulip and sampled side by side with the 2011 vintage of their Barleywine.

a - Pours a hazy dark orange color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s -Smells of caramel malts, sweet dark fruits, bready malts, and light alcohol. Sweeter than the barleywine, and almost a bit of sweet maple syrup in the nose.

t - Tastes of sweet dark fruits, caramel malts, toffee, vanilla, maple syrup, and bready malts. Again, sweeter than the barleywine, and no real alcohol head. Very nice.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, sweet and very light alcohol warmth. not as hot as the barleywine.

o - Overall a much better beer than the barleywine, though this had the advantage on aging a year. Sweeter and less alcohol, would have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2011 17:17:25 | More by mdfb79
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Date 2005, Sampled July 2006.
Pours with a brilliantly clear, ruby tinged, amber color and is topped by a frothy, dense, three-finger thick tan colored head that has some definite staying power to it. The aroma has candied malt notes to it mixed with some noticeably hop notes that just seem to add to the candied note. A touch of citrus & herbal hop notes rounds out the dominant notes of caramelized grain, toffee, and an ample fruitiness that is characterized by sweet plums. It is quite interesting how the wheat notes have played out in the aromatic components in this beer; this is much lighter than your typical Barley Wine, not nearly as darkly caramelized (if that makes sense), instead there is a large sweet grain note that is just caramelized, especially when compared to a typical Barley Wine.

An solid bitterness leads from the get go, it is quite well balanced by a sweet malt note as well. Actually though this beer is certainly hop dominated; it takes on a menthol like note in the middle that lingers on and mixes with the astringent bitterness in the finish. The beer is quite light, which seems to be the signature of the wheat as opposed to a lack of gravity or alcohol. The light, yet amply sweet, wheat grain character adds just a touch of tartness and combines with the menthol note just so.

Interestingly enough, even after about a year, this could use some more time in the bottle. Perhaps a bit more age will perk up the malt complexity and mellow the hops a bit more. As it is though, this is quite tasty and I certainly could do with a few more of these in my cellar.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2006 04:13:41 | More by Gueuzedude
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2006 16:23:50 | More by jwc215
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-24-2011 15:16:45 | More by Rochefort10nh
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Moderate head but it settles very slowly. Leaves a coating of lace. The beer is dark amber and nearly clear.

Sweet and floral nose. Comes across as a perfume; has an element rose water with sugar. No wheat detected.

The alcohol is notable, but isn't the predominate flavor. Mostly malty, with very little wheat bite. The swallow has some warming brandy elements and a touch of hop. The aftertaste is long-lasting alcohol with a background of distant wheat (finally). Closer to a barley wine, imho. Rich bodied, this is a sipper's beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 22:32:15 | More by smcolw
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear copper in color with a thick 2" fluffy white head. Thick lacing develops on the glass. Cabonation level is low.

Smell: the aroma is of ripe fruits, alcohol, and candy sweetness.

Taste: the flavor is of strong caramel, yeast, earth, sweet fruit, alcohol, and decent bitterness.

Mouthfeel: smooth and dry. The finish is long on the sweetness and alcohol.

Drinkability: decent drinkability, even though this is high on the alcohol scale. Find this one and enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2005 21:01:49 | More by Gavage
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GClarkage

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

07-02-2014 18:08:36 | More by GClarkage
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark orange with a thick dirty white head.

S: Nose is rather sweet, barley and malts but sordove faint in other areas.

T: Taste reminds me of a barleywine to a degree, lots of sugar, malts. ABV is pretty subdued but it hits you hard.

M: Sweet, thick, boozy and heavy on palate

O: Drinkability is good for the style uit not a beer you can drink alot of. Share a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 02:11:12 | More by barleywinefiend
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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).

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2006 09:08:26 | More by tempest
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2006 22:12:26 | More by akorsak
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Billolick

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2005 02:22:55 | More by Billolick
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

02-10-2013 21:16:05 | More by oriolesfan4
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer pours a deep copper body that is slightly hazy with a reddish hue to it and a creamy beige head on top. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles that glide to the surface.

S- The dry spicy hop note has a slight sweet malt note to follow and a finish of floral esters that smell a bit like shampoo.

T- This beer has a sweet malt flavor that is slightly syrupy and a pine hop bite with some alcohol bite that finish the dry finish. As the beer opens up there is an aged penny brassy flavor that sometimes come with lots of wheat and some caramel notes that are dry.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a creamy texture that really thins out as the beer warms. The alcohol is present but warming in the finish.

D- This beer has some nice wheat wine flavors but it is a bit thin without much depth. Perhaps a little age will help bring things together but that may make it even thinner. The brassy flavor was a bit off putting and soon became stronger than the other malt flavors.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 21:39:34 | More by rhoadsrage
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2012 Vintage

A: Pours a clear medium amber in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some copper highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy medium tan head that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toffee and caramel malt sweetness with a touch of booze.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of toffee and caramel malty sweetness with light amounts of dark fruit (raisin) and moderate flavors of pine hops. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish that fades quickly.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: This is an enjoyable beer but it is a very big beer and there is a definitely alcohol presence - you need to slowly sip this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 23:52:58 | More by dbrauneis
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2005 22:28:05 | More by jdhilt
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark orange with little head and some floaties present. Smells sweet, wheaty, and like golden molasses, with some hop and spice notes and a touch of alcohol. The taste is, thankfully, much less sweet. Firm and earthy with some good spice notes, some nice piney/spicy hoppiness, and a honeyed finish. Firm and almost chewy in the mouth, this is obviously strong, but the alcohol itself is fairly well hidden. The high hop levels help to camoflauge the sweetness, and overall make this beer seem pretty big for the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 22:11:28 | More by Georgiabeer
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev +4.2%

05-31-2014 08:00:43 | More by zestar
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Wasatch

Utah

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to TheManiacalOne and barleywinebrewer for this one.

Poured into a chalice a nice slightly cloudy ruby red color, nice carbonation, nice fizzy off-white head, only some small islands left behind. The nose is slightly sweet of cherries, malts, slight oak, and some caramel. The taste is a little sweet, malty/oak, spicy, and some caramel. The alcohol is pretty up front on this one, nice warming feeling going down. Medium body. Drinkable, but not really a fan.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2007 23:29:14 | More by Wasatch
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2005 00:53:53 | More by ppoitras
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

2.38/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2009 22oz bottle into a Hill Farmstead Tulip glass.

Fallen Autumn Leaf maroon with some ruby red highlights when back towards the light. Shades of orange intertwine. A stealth pour yielded almost an inch of brown sugar colored foam that dissipated, no lace, becomes dead.

Smell is very one sided at this point in the game, everything is all but stripped from this except a heaping of caramel that is pungent. A whiff of booze. The wheat is dead, toffee remains. smells like an average B-Wine at this point.

Taste is one sided and well, it's dead. Not much to say with this one. The efferveset flower that is used is gone as well as the wheat. Caramel is large and in charge, not much wiggle room here. After a while some fruity pebble taste comes out and wrecks me. Im pretty much drinking this as a awkward homebrewed barleywine with a lot of heat.

The heat grabs the mouth and stirs the degrees up. some sips drown that out but up front this is some hot stuff. A coating texture with an above medium grip. Carb is all but lost after the time went by.

I know Smutty makes good beer so im going to get a freshie to compare. I am going to review this aged bottle as is though and say that it lost pretty much everything. This is one to drink fresh, since the heat did not die one bit.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 03:23:53 | More by BARFLYB
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

2.73/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Smuttynose Wheat Wine pours a hazy, murky brown with large and weird looking bubbles. Head dies down to nothing.

Smell: Sweet, malty, prevalent alcohol.

Taste: Malt sweetness followed by a big blast of alcohol. Some mild vanilla and cocoa do little to stand in the way of a very hot, boozy presence. A big beer, but perhaps too big for its own britches.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, good amount of carbonation, lingering alcohol burn.

Drinkability: A hot mess of a beer. If you love the taste of alcohol, this is for you.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2010 00:26:41 | More by Stinkypuss
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2006 Vintage sampled October 12, 2008.

A tiered colour scheme that sees brown ocher on top progressively brighten to mandarin orange on bottom. The two tones bind and blend together beautifully. Deep set shades impede a see through body but glisten with luster. A thin white lace traces its outline.

Its aroma is surprisingly depleted of any fruity esters or spicy phenols common with high gravity wheat beers. The malt bill falls just short of bringing out any rich notes of butterscotch or toffee. There seems to be a good content of hops but I wouldn't consider this fruity. It is an herb-like smell, very botanical in character. The closest association I can make is a spicy pumpkin pie, but this bouquet is a hard one to peg down.

The taste isn't all that distinguishing either; it isn't brimming with flavour like most other beers of this strength would be. Again a spice filled pumpkin pie comes to mind along with other herbaceous, almost vegetable like notes. There is a splash of buttery caramel. Altogether the taste comes off as being considerably perfumy with a very delicate presence on the palate.

The 10.7% alcohol has been nearly completely polished out of this bottle with the more than 24 months it spent in the cold cellar. Any bitterness has gone by the wayside as well. The result is a beer lacy and perfumy. There isn't a whole lot of flavour and there is even less mouthfeel. Each sip is remembered after by but a dash of spice and lingering wheat.

What may make for shortcomings in flavour and mouthfeel may just work to its favour in drinkability. Make no mistake - this is a big beer. That said, it certainly isn't hectic, it isn't audacious and is far, far from overbearing. This would make a wonderful pairing to a classic Thanksgiving turkey dinner, take my word!

I wasn't taken by Smuttynose's Wheat Wine, but I was certainly happy I decided to hide one in the cellar way back when. The age seems to have done it well. I've never had a bad beer from the Smuttynose Big Beer Series. In fact, I've never even had anything less than a really good one. Like the other offerings, this is one I look forward to revisiting again later down the road.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 18:43:54 | More by biegaman
Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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