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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

726 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 726
Reviews: 468
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 55
Gots: 58 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  10.70% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 04-13-2005

Smuttynose Wheat Wine Ale is a unique hybridization of two well-known beer styles, combining the rich, voluptuous taste of a traditional barleywine with the subtle, tart flavors of an American wheat ale, topped off with a healthy dose of crisp, herbaceous hops.

2007 - 11.4%
2008 - 10.3%
2009 - 11.4%
2010 - 12.0%
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Photo of hreb
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The 2006 vintage, now moderately well aged (it's now April 2008, making this bottle at least 1.5 but less than 2 years old), emerges from my beer fridge. Cold 22oz bottle poured into wide-mouth Chimay glass. Pours deep apple juice amber with nearly zero head. Aroma is faint, probably because the temperature is too damn cold, but distinctly of raisins and caramel. Very pleasant. (note: as it warms up, the aroma does get bigger, no surprises)

First taste is smooth and rich, with flavors of both malty barley and flowery wheat. Complex depths of bitterness balances it out nicely. And fizziness is slight, just right for a barley wine style.

There's some alcohol in there. There's also some hops. Both work well in my opinion, and I think the flavor will be appreciated by anyone who enjoys wheat beer.

Not as good as Triticus, or Brooklyn Monster Ale for that matter, but definitely in the same league, which is great praise coming from me. The aging didn't hurt this one bit.

Photo of burnstar
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pretty reddish gold with a small head. Smells like a barleywine. Big sweet smell with notes of dark fruit. Taste is very sweet again. Caramel. Fruit notes. Just a bit of crispness and tartness from the wheat. Some herbal hops. Spicy warming booziness in the finish. Complex and very tastey. Not as heavy as you might think. Definitely a sipper but more drinkable than a typical barely wine. Very nice overall.

Photo of Syraquse
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of lpayette
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another beer that I can't believe I haven't reviewed yet. This is one where just about every time I see it on a store shelf I pick up 2 or 3 bottles to try to stock up on it.

Appearance- Initial pour has a nice red-brown hue to it and is fairly bright. Subsequent pours from the bomber give it a cloudy appearance from all the yeast at the bottom of the bottle. This one requires a bit of a hard pour to get a hearty head.

Smell- There is a good bit of heat in the smell, but it's not overwhelming. Intertwined in that nostril-opening heat is a very complex composition of seemingily ever-changing fruity alcohol esters. Beneath lies a rock solid malty backbone.

Taste- Is where this beer shines brightest. The balance is definitely on the malty/sweet side of things, yet the finish is deceivingly bitter because of the tremendous amount of sweetness that coats the palate just prior. Wheat characteristics are quite different from your typical wheat beer but some searching reveals those characteristics you'd expect. Some of the other tastes I would liken to brown sugar, orange peel, and raisins.

Mouthfeel- A bit silky especially after some warming up towards room temperature as the carbonation diminishes.

Drinkability/Final Thoughts- Highly drinkably- probably dangerously so at 10.7%. This is probably my favorite wheat wine I've tried to date, and also one of my favorite beers period. I've got plans to try to start aging some as this does seem to mellow out and get better with age.

Photo of Citadel82
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of kdivers
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BeerNinja007
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a chilled pint glass.

Thick golden strawberry brew. Barely any head, just a thin off-white haze. Massive malt nose, hint of piney hops. Same in the taste. Complex but hard to pick apart. Mouthfeel is thickly sweet but not cloying. Slight alcohol burn in the finish but nicely hidden by carbonation.

Photo of Skillz
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bonis
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of brureview
4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Update: cellared 2012 bottle 2/21/13.

Different review: poured in a snifter, incredible wafting aroma of toffee. No head to speak of-1/2 finger. Honey color. Carbonation upfront, but pleasant.

A strong toffee presence in the taste. As the beer warms up, it's like candy. Sweet and rich. Not very overwhelming presence of alcohol increases the overall complexity of the beer.

Great Beer to cellar.

Original review in May 2012

Poured in an oversized wine glass. Served at 52 F.

Beautiful light tea color with a one finger head wafting honey and lemon. There is a very pleasant mouth feel which is not too carbonated.

The taste is excellent: there is some alcoholic presence. Honey, lemon, and other spices make a strong distinctive finish.

Overall: an excellent beer. I especially like the moderate mouth feel balanced with the accentuated finish. Looking forward to drinking again.

Photo of montrealbcr89
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of assurbanipaul
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber color with minimal head, settling into a frothy ring. Aroma is subtle, sweet grains and just a little fruity.

Taste is dry pale malt with some fresh fruity hops. Lots of citrus tastes, fresh oranges with a toasty malt base. A little candy flavors, mild butterscotch and caramel. Barest hints of strawberry, honey or possibly mango but overall the finish is quite dry with no flavors of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium but slick with alcohol; can't taste it but you can feel the bite on the tongue and the warming of the gullet on the way down. Missing a lot of what I would call wheat characteristics, this is the first of this style that I've tried. It's more than just an American barleywine, although it is very similar in style. I like it.

2005 Vintage

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First taste of a wheat wine...

A-hazy, orange-amber color with a filmy beige head. Light lacing. Looks like a tripel.

S-Fresh hop explosion is there but not as pungent as I would expect.

T-Soft and sweet up front with a strong, smooth bitterness to follow. A juicy-fruit-like quality gives a fruity taste midstream. The hop resin is a dominating force and lays out the finish.

M-This may be a bit harsh for some, but I like it. I think the huge hop presence is nicely softened by the malt presence. This beer seems big in the beginning, but the fruity and candy-like presence rounds it out.

D-at 10.7%abv, this is definately not a session ale, but it is a nice beer to sip on a cold day in Milwaukee while brewing a big-ass Quadrupel with a good friend.

Photo of arguemaniac
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange amber. A head never really forms nor is there even a thin lace left in the glass. Sweet, fruity malt, alcohol, and citrus hops in the aroma. The palate is dominated by an alcohol bite and a sweet fruitiness (cherry, esp.) along with a generally grainy flavor. Pine and citrus hops make themselves noticed, adding a great hop spice to this brew, but they are a bit out-matched by the malt character. Caramel maltiness also makes a strong appearance, especially towards the dry finish. The smooth mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation.

Never had this style before and it wasn’t too bad. Apparently is a hybrid between a barely wine and a wheat ale and, in some ways, it’s the best of both worlds; hoppier and more drinkable than your average barely wine, but tastier and richer than many wheat ales. Certainly worth a try, though I bet that some aging would be a good idea. Recommended.

Photo of rpstevens
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Portsmouth tulip. The pour yields a bright orange with a dark center that fades to glowing edges (it really looks like a tootsie pop). There is a tight white ring around the top, but no head. The beer leaves very little oily lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is pretty subdued. There is a noticeable amount of honey, medicinal-tea-like-hops and booze-soaked cherries and raisins. As the beer warms the smell gets sweeter and sweeter.

The taste is just as sweet as the smell. Lots of boozed soaked dark fruit notes, some honey, some caramel and sugared candy dominate. The herbal tea-like hops come through in short bursts.

The mouthfeel is heavy and sweet, almost syrupy. Just what I would suspect from the style. The beer is just carbonated enough to make the flavors move over the palate. The beer is very sweet, and the alcohol is a bit overwhelming at this point. The some aging might benefit this beer.

Photo of demcorhip
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to Barleywinebrewer for being a great trader and sending this treat my way. Enjoyed this one during a barleywine session with chonyr and raider. This big beer was a nice break from the BWs, and is more than able to stand up to them in its own way.

Appearance
A clear, deep amber hued ale. Very little head, no lacings, not surprising for a big beer with a low level of carbonation.

Aroma
Intriguing rich nose of nutty wheat and sweeter malt backbone. Lemony and floral hops and a hint of bubble gum and cinnamon.

Taste
Tasty and complex wheat beer. Nutty wheat, sponge toffee, and a hint of bubblegum. Lemony and floral hops with hints of ginger and clove.

Mouthfeel
A very well balanced and big medium bodied beer. Lots of good solid wheat and malt flavour and delicate hop spice. Very mildly carbonated.

Drinkability
Very drinkable and certainly sessionable. Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys wheat beers of any sort. Think ill be asking barleywinebrewer to get his hands on more of this for me in the future.

Photo of AwYeh
1.5/5  rDev -61%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

2009 bottle

A: Pours a clear copper-amber color with basically no head; in its place is a thin, off-white foam which struggles to cover the surface of the beer.

S: Orange and pineapple citrus notes combine with caramel, toffee malts, and bits of fig and plum. Unfortunately ethanol factors heavily into the smell, making the more enjoyable sweet flavors much harder to fully appreciate.

T: A split second of sweet, caramel malts is noticed, and then the alcohol takes over. Deep and cutting, it pushes the fruit flavors that should be coming through to a place where they can barely be perceived, leaving only a vaguely fruity sweetness in their place.

M: Thin-medium body, sticky and syrupy. Lots of alcohol heat, long alcoholic finish.

D: I realize that this is a sipper, but most sippers I've experienced have flavors that can stand up to the alcohol in them- that is not the case here. The slightly tasty, faint sweet notes are outweighed entirely by the ethanol. Not looking for another glass of this.

Photo of BBM
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear amber color with little head that dissipated quickly. Not much lacing, either. Aroma was barleywine-esque; sweet, fruity, and alcoholic.

This is a pleasant deviation from the typical barleywine/strong ale, because there's a stern spiciness to the flavor. There is a nice fruit/pine hop bite up front, and a big, sweet alcohol finish. I was impressed by this beer; unique and delicious.

Photo of Jmamay22
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been a fan of Smuttynose and their Big Beer Series. This is my first time with a wheat wine. This 2006 bottle shows a woman harvesting wheat and also notes that there's 53% wheat and 47% barley. Brewer notes on the Smuttynose website indicates that they looked to smooth out the rough edges of the 2005 vintage. I can't compare, but hope they have improved. On to the review...

This one pours into my oversized wineglass with no head, but forms a 360 degree collar. The beer itself is a somewhat hazy ruby orange.

The smell is sweet sugar and fruit. I'm picking up some orange peel as well. Hops provide some floral notes. A pleasant, but not a strong scent that hides the 10.70% abv well. Hints of vanilla maybe? Hard to tell, but there's an additional underlying tone.

Sipping reveals more fruity flavors and sweetness imparted from the cane sugar. Alcohol peaks through here and provides a quick warming effect. Certainly a sipper. Finishes semi dry with a hop twang.

Smooth mouthfeel from the wheat is enjoyable and the light carbonation enhances the effect. Drinkable, but a sipper. All around enjoyable albeit not amazing, but worth a try. I'd like to try this age another year or more and see what develops.

Photo of Stunner97
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- brownish and orange in color, with very thin white head and low carbonation, murky in color

smell- very sweert and sour nose, very nice citrus notes and tones with slight bitter hops too,

Taste- very unique flavor on the mid palate is there where it does begin have some flavor points of wheat ale, slight fruit flavors and little bit sour, but mostly strong bitter hop notes more reminds me still of the flavors of the barely wine, really reminds me mostly of barley wine only slightly lighter flavor profile

Mouthfeel- very heavy and thick with low carbonation, just a real big bruiser of a beer

Drinkablility- overall this beer is pretty drinkable considering the high abv, the wheat gives it slightly more light version of what you get out of barley but still real big flavor, this beer was good but I would have fall short of calling it great and as my first example of the style it was more okay then amazing, a unique style of beer i will have try again, do have admit though the beer did grow on me and certainly started appreciate balance of sweet and bitter

Photo of macesq
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BalancingBrooms
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BigOldOaf
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mcsauter82
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of pentathlete
2.73/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Popped this open because the spouse fried up a panful of oysters. The wife enjoyed this with these succulent shellfish. But let's look at it on the individual merits. This pours a dirty orange, cloudy, and no head to speak of. Nose is a chalky sugar odor with no malts or hops discernible. Taste follows with another chalky sugar soaked alcohol bath of the tongue. There is an abrupt cherry prune flavor but it isn't all that pleasant. Mouthfeel is medium but the taste gets in the way. To be sure I've tried this after having two stouts and a tripel, but I expected much more from this.

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