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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: 54 | 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 feloniousmonk
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

feloniousmonk, Jan 31, 2006
Photo of drabmuh
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wheatwines are hit and miss. This beer is dark amber and clear with no lacing, no head, low carbonation. Looks OK.

Aroma is sweet, alcoholy, and strong, like bourbon. Smells good.

Beer is pretty sweet, strong alcohol character. Odd bitterness, its dry on the finish, overall its pretty drinkable for an 11% beer. My hand hurts, I'm not typing anymore.

drabmuh, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of Rifugium
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.

Rifugium, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of WesWes
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.

WesWes, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of mdfb79
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.

mdfb79, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of jwc215
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.

jwc215, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of smcolw
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.

smcolw, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of Gueuzedude
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.

Gueuzedude, Jul 14, 2006
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

oriolesfan4, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of Gavage
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.

Gavage, Nov 13, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

GClarkage, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of dbrauneis
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.

dbrauneis, Jun 26, 2013
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
Photo of tempest
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).

tempest, Dec 24, 2006
Photo of barleywinefiend
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.

barleywinefiend, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of Georgiabeer
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.

Georgiabeer, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of akorsak
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.

akorsak, Dec 24, 2006
Photo of superspak
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.

superspak, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
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.

rhoadsrage, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of BARFLYB
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.

BARFLYB, Dec 20, 2011
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 Stinkypuss
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.

Stinkypuss, May 05, 2010
Photo of Wasatch
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.

Wasatch, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of smakawhat
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.

smakawhat, Jul 21, 2011
Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 700 ratings.