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

Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series)

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BA SCORE
86
very good

628 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 628
Reviews: 459
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%


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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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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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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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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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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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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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
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

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

Received from purplehops as part of BC2!

Pours a hazy orange/brown, thin off white head forms, leaves some spots, decent layer. Smell is fruity, some cedar/oak woodiness, citrus, grapefruits, buttery, some toffee and alcohol. Taste is caramel, very malty, wheat, fruits, dry oak, alcohol, citrus, very thick rich flavour, moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Pretty solid beer, Smuttynose can do no wrongs. Thanks Stan!

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2007 18:36:05 | More by Viggo
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2006 04:06:14 | More by Bighuge
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

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

From the big beer series.

A: Ruby red color light beige and small head.

S: Huge citrus on nose. Big spicy hoppiness with loads of pine, and citrus (pungent grapefruit) for flavor, reminds me of chinook.

T: Very dry wine like palate but smooth and silky on the tongue and lightly carbonated. Alcohol is very well hidden for 11.0 abv and drinks more like a 6 or 7abv. Big bitterness from hops, some dry floral flavor, with a slight sticky pine resin ending and some woodiness and earthy tones.

M: smooth and light. light carbonation tingle. felt really good.

D: Alcohol more noticeable when it warms on the tongue but still very easy to drink. Must try.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 14:58:33 | More by beerthulhu
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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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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2006 01:40:04 | More by DrJay
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glid02

Georgia

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

On-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy red-orange color with lighter orange highlights and a half-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sweet malts that have a distinctive aged aroma - hard to explain but a bit sweeter and less crisp than I would expect it to be fresh. Also present are light hints of light fruits - mostly pears.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malt flavors with a faint hint of booziness increase in body midway through the sip before making room for mild light fruit flavors. All these carry through to an ending that's certainly on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness, but not quite nice enough, with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall I would like to have this fresh (assuming my assumption that it's on the older side is correct) to compare the two. As it stands now I'd say it's worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2010 19:18:24 | More by glid02
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at cobblestone's in York - served chilled in a goblet

A - the wheatwine came to me filled practically to the rim of the goblet - so little head was apparent. the color of the ale is golden highighted by deep amber and a ring of tiny beading clings to the glass. Legs are visible, but overall the beer appears still

S - The nose has caramel and stone fruit notes w/ a subtle sherry aroma and mild vanilla custard scent

M - Viscous and yet moderately high effervescent feel for the style with a malty warming and lots of spice with alcohol heat lasting into the finish

T - the flavor has candy-like sweetness w/ a spicy wheat flavor and mild caramel taste. The taste has a mild bitterness level w/ subtle fruit notes and hints of vanilla w/ custard like effect and mild tang of yeast w/ slight tropical aspect like papaya. The mild alcohol seems more pronounced as it warms w/ strength that is apparent in the flavor

D - A very drinkable wheat wine with a sweet yet balanced taste w/ spice, malt and alcohol all cooperating, however the alcohol is noticeable as well as mild honey-like and toffee hints under the hop balance

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2010 16:13:46 | More by Slatetank
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Brad007

Vermont

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish-brown color with a one-finger head and what appears to be low to mid-range carbonation.

Aroma is smooth with wheat, raisin and a bit of clove in the nose. A light touch of alcohol in the nose as well.

Taste starts out smooth at first and then transitions into a range of wheat, raisin and caramel followed by a mild alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel is somewhat less harsh than that of a regular barleywine. It's lighter and seems more tolerable. The alcohol at the back of the throat stings a bit going down.

Very good and it's the first example of this style that I've had. I would probably buy another bottle to age as this has a bit much alcohol heat but would definitely smooth out with some aging. Need to seek out more examples of this style but I think this one is well done.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 20:13:42 | More by Brad007
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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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smakawhat

Maryland

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

My first wheatwine to taste, let's try this out! Poured from the bottle into a large snifter. Vintage and conditioned 2010.

A very good foamy head off white, a little brown in color, somewhat creamy like in texture, with some nice sheets that are tiny in the glass. Basic kind of cloudy amber colored body, but still looking like a standard barleywine if a little cloudy. I call alright.

Bouquet is, interesting. A little bit of alcohol boozy-ness but tolerable, soft. Slight smooth sense of butter. Chewy hot tolerable wheat density.

Taste brings the flavor and the sense of what is on the nose. Chewy wheat grain sense in the palate, mild booze sensation and mild buttery feel. Good flowing texture it seems, hard to put it into words.

Overall, I enjoyed my first wheatwine.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 03:36:58 | More by smakawhat
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage received from MarkD... thanks a bunch. Shared with Brenda... my share poured into my shaped SA glass.

1/2" head.. dies back to nothing in a flash... no lacing.. brew is a viscous clear amber... no cap.. still pretty though.

Aroma is much like a slightly aged English BW... rich and malty.. reminiscent of a tawny port... some caramel.. and a little bit of alcohol is more spicy than like a solvent.

Flavor mirrors the aroma but with a nice punch of spiciness... reminds me of a rye brew. Citrus and some piney hops are present.. but they are not front and center... very viscous.. yet smooth... carbonation is small bubble and lends to a slick and creamy mouthfeel... finish is loooongg. spicy and citric... very nice. some yeasty fruitiness emerges as it warms.. a little bit of fresh cherry and subtle fig.. but still the spiciness is around.

Still seems young.. quite a bit of alcohol.. I don't think it's too distracting though.

Anyway... pretty damn good brew... I've had it once before.. and still have an '06 in the cellar.. but if I had this available, I would probably pick it up fairly regularly... and put quite a few down for safe keeping.

MarkD is the man! He hooked me up with Triticus!! I've been trying to get a bottle for a couple years... Mark deserves some props.. Recommended trader for sure.

3.5/4/4/4/3.5

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 07:05:55 | More by JohnGalt1
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superspak

Michigan

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

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in 2009. Pours slightly hazy red orange color with a small fairly dense light khaki head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap of lace. Small patches of lacing clinging to the glass. Aromas of big caramel, molasses, banana, orange zest, clove, spices, and a bit of booze. Very nice and balanced aromas. Taste of big caramel, banana, molasses, citrus, light fruits, light vanilla, spices, and maple syrup. No real amount of bitterness noticed on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, light fruits, molasses, and spices on the finish for a bit. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a warming on the finish noticed. Great balance of flavors, the alcohol definitely cleans the palate with every sip and doesn’t detract from the flavor profile at all. Nice drinkability but it is still a sipper. Overall this is a damn nice wheat wine that is very enjoyable and smooth for the level of alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 04:34:22 | More by superspak
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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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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Copper with a light tan head, very little retention but it leaves a nice leg.

S: Bubblegum, cotton-candy & plenty of alcohol in the aroma.

T: Alcohol is really upfront, burnt caramel, piny hops, very bitter & quite boozy. This would probably improve with some cellaring.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body, off-dry finish.

D: Definitely a sipper. It's big & boozy. I couldn't imagine having a whole bomber when it's this fresh!

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 01:54:14 | More by Derek
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ccrida

Oregon

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into my Delirum snifter, the Smuttynose Wheat Wine is a dark, chill-hazed amber with a khaki head that leaves light scattered lace.

Smell is rich malt, alcohol and herbal hops. Served ~55F.

Taste is nice, much smoother and more balanced then I was expecting. Basically a barleywine, I'm not sure I would have called the wheat heavy balance. There's a decent bitterness and noticeable noble hop flavor, with a spicy finish.

Mouthfeel is on the drier side, moderately heavy bodied. Sticky but not too thick.

Drinkability is pretty good, a pretty tasty strong beer that's balanced enough to go down faster then it probably should! Still, the spiciness from the hops and booze are not insignificant, and while the body isn't too heavy, you're not going to easily chug this one. All and all, I'm a little disappointed. Not that it's a bad beer by any stretch, but more in the whole 'wheat wine' category - I just don't get much of a difference, maybe a slightly sour tang from the wheat, but nothing really special.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 09:15:45 | More by ccrida
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beertunes

Washington

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another one thanks to Johnmichaelsen. This is a style I like a lot, but see few examples of. Poured into 16oz goblet. Poured a slightly reddish amber, with just a thin cap of khaki head that very low retention but decent lacing. This was much darker in color than others of the style I've had.

There was certainly a strong sweet, alcohol aroma, much more like a Barleywine than the other Wheatwines I've tried. The aroma was pleasant, just not what I expect in the style. The flavor was also much more like a Barleywine than a WW. Not light, crisp and strong, but full, solid and strong.

The body was thick, sticky, sweet and full. Drinkability was very good for a beer this size. Overall, this is a very nice brew, just not what I expect from the style. This is the type of review I have problems with. This is a very good beer, but not what I was looking for. This style is generally not so thick and, sweet and is crisper and lighter. Worth trying when you can, just don't expect to get what the says it is.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 02:32:49 | More by beertunes
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 Vintage. Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a murky red-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of BOOZE, caramel, molasses, and sweet malt. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, and alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this one wasn't that bad. Usually I don't enjoy Wheatwines so that is saying A LOT. The taste on this one was definitely a lot better than the smell for sure. The taste of it was nicely balanced with the alcohol by some of the sweetness from the caramel and molasses notes. The aroma was just plain harsh to put it lightly. I could see this one aging for a bit longer myself.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2010 12:36:47 | More by thagr81us
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tainted orange color with a smear of light brown. Glowing, thick hazed body. Thin and patchy ivory capping of loosely placed bubbles that don't last. A thin collar persists though as lacing sticks in stocky webbed strings with lots of thin little fingers.

Aroma is quite nice, reminiscent of a aged barleywine with a penitrating, soft heat of dark citrusy wax and syrupy juices. Orange, peach, tangerine, pineapple, melon, all make for a nice marmalade mix on the nose.

Taste is more flattened and dulled with a pale wheat sweetness bringing a soft, medium tone of orangey-apple pancake syrup. Somewhat bready and beefy, warmth is prevalent, welcome and lasting in the throat. Hints of pineapple tropical gum and wheaty sugars also make some tiny slidings into the play of flavor. But mostly simple, yet satisfying, with a dulled sweetness of tropical fruit tang, wheat based sugars, and a good amount of heated warmth to cap it off to let ya know you're drinking something with some girth to it.

Feel is medium bodied, well heated, smooth, and a low carbonation level seeps in with ease to let the sugars rise before the heat. Slight fresh spearminty pine oils float about the palate on the finishing warmth; late. A nice little addition to the flavors. Made me want more, and so I obliged to partake in some more.

The heat/warmth of this beer is mightily present. It'll hold ya back some, but not much, as this is a solid treat from the folks at Smuttynose.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2006 01:33:34 | More by tavernjef
Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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