1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

693 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 693
Reviews: 465
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 53
Gots: 53 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series) Alström Bros
Ratings: 693 | Reviews: 465 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of HoustonTX
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%

2005 Bottle. Poured into Duvel Tulip.

Aggressive pour produced a small bubbly white head. The head fell to a thin lace and maintained well. The carbonation is lacking, and the bubbles are moving in slow motion. High thickness on this one, folks. Now onto the smell, it has a sweet mild earthy maltiness about it. Very sweet, and suculent. Sweet, but not overly sweet. Small amount of hops and alcohol, along with trace amounts of spice. Smell is tangy and pretty sweet overall. Now for the taste. The taste is very unique, and it took my brain a few seconds to comprehend. Upfront has a strong wheat blast, very wheaty, direct and straight to the point. Soft fruity phenols(Strawberry/Melon) blend perfectly together with the wheat. As the hops come in last and produce an herbacous balancing bitter. The perfect hops were used for this beer, the herbal flavor of them accents the wheat nicely. The flavor never loses its sweet wheat flavor, it stays with the sip until the very end, and then continues to linger. The finish is dry, earthy, and mildly bittersweet. Almost no noticible traces of the alcohol. A slight warming going down but that's about it, not rough at all. Mouthfeel is dry and semi-coating, and these are very drinkable dispite the 10.7%abv.

This was my first Wheat Wine, and I definitely enjoyed the use of bringing the 2 different styles together. Part Barleywine, part Wheat Ale, equals a lovely beer. Just like this one. Highly recommended. Much thanks to Bill for the sample.

HoustonTX, Sep 03, 2006
Photo of Alex5
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Alex5, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of alostplot
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

alostplot, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of brureview
4.68/5  rDev +21.9%

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.

brureview, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of Hautacam
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%

Deep clear amber..almost no head.
Smells of steely grains and alcohol.
Taste is very sweet husky malt with an immediate hop bitter bite. There is some citrus ..lime rind mostly , very nutty malts and a lot of alcohol . A hint of sherry and vanilla.
Heavy mouthfeel and very little carbonation.
This is a good cold night sipping ale.

Hautacam, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of mcsauter82
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

mcsauter82, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of chrishiker1409
4/5  rDev +4.2%

chrishiker1409, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of Avagadro
5/5  rDev +30.2%

A: pours light copper and surprisingly clear, this brew has to be poured vigorously in order to rouse a head. Carbonation is not visible.

S: bouquet is well presented, with sweet notes of vanilla, caramel, and figs.

T: sweet body, heavy fruit notes, and lots of caramel combine in this heavenly concoction.

M: very full body, slightly solventy, and no carbonation.

D: a rich experience for sure, this brew is meant for the courageous. Definitely worth a shot, as it is a great companion to their barley wine offering.

Avagadro, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of BigOldOaf
4/5  rDev +4.2%

BigOldOaf, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of HeyItsChili
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%

A - Smuttynose Wheat Wine pours a smoky amber color with very little khaki colored head

S - Smells like wheat, alcohol, caramel, strong and sweet

T - This beer packs a punch. It tastes of alcohol, toffee, malt, and a little bit of fruit.

M - Smooth, little carbonation, creamy but not too thick.

D - I enjoyed a 750 ml bottle of this, and that was enough of this stout brew to satisfy and make me warm and fuzzy inside.

This is a solid beer in the genre, but not the best of the bunch.

HeyItsChili, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of vtfan77
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

A- Clear ruby red brew with a rather small white head that soon dissipates.

S- Nice aroma. Big berry-like fruitiness and caramel. Smells like a barleywine, but a little lighter and fruitier. I like it!

T- Most of the aromas are evident in the taste as well. Fairly sweet, but not overly so. The hops do a nice job of balancing out the beer with a good amount of bitterness. Alcohol pops up from time to time to remind you that this is a potent potable. A touch of wheat is evident on the finish, but otherwise is not obvious.

M- Quite light on the tongue for such a strong beer, which I assume can be attributed to the wheat. The carbonation is perhaps a little high.

D- Very good considering the beer's strength. Due to the light mouthfeel, it is not obvious that you are drinking a 10.7% beer. You still won't want to quaff it, though.

This is my first foray into the wheat wine style and I have to say that it was a good one. It's like a barleywine, but not nearly as heavy. I'd definitely be interested in trying more, and I'd encourage more breweries to give this style a go. Definitely recommended.

vtfan77, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of Syraquse
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Syraquse, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of Bonis
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Bonis, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of deanhead
4/5  rDev +4.2%

A friend of mine brought this to me in January.

Brilliant amber color. No head, other then some residual carbonation.

Very spicy nose. Lots of malt in the forefront. Pronounced fruity aroma. Not quite banana, but very fruity.

Pronounced grainy flavor, with low hop bitterness. Very nicely balanced. This beer has a twang to it, that seems to migrate it's way to the forefront. Somewhat astringent finish

Light to medium bodied.

This is a sipper. I enjoyed it. 22 ounces of this stuff will go the distance.

deanhead, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of Loco_Joe
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Loco_Joe, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of Arenbeer
3.8/5  rDev -1%

22oz bottle into a tulip glass

2009 Vintage

A- Pours a dark golden honey orange with no head at all, just a off white rim of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Leaves no retention either but does leave some really nice legs.

S- Sweet barley malts that blends nicely with the strong wheat aromas. Definitely some sweet caramel and toffee. Definitely has a spiciness to it from the wheat and also the "herbaceous" hops or what's left of them. Some graininess and slight alcohol. Unfortunately it's hard to get aroma due to the beer being pretty oxidized.

T- Creamy caramel malts and toffee up front with a strong wheat background that blends nicely. Some bitterness and spice from the hops but not to much. They're pretty much faded in this one. Luckily the oxidation isn't it the taste so I can actually enjoy this one and finish the bottle.

M- Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation and a nice slightly bitter wet finish.

Overall if you got these sitting around I say drink them. I don't really see this beer getting much better than this (couple years old.) The barley malts have taken over and it's all caramel malts and sweet sugar. The hops are disappearing as well as that wheat spiciness. I was lucky enough to find this vintage on the shelf at my local store a couple days ago. Maybe the store didn't keep this beer to temp controlled and its a result of that.

SkÅL!

Arenbeer, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of aepb1
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

A- Cloudy amber body and a small off-white head (barely any head)

S- Sweet grapes, some sweet bready malts

T- Follows the nose; at first sweet dark fruits, sweet malts and there's some wheat body

M- Medium body with light carbonation and it's almost syrupy

O- I dig the style and this a good overall beer. I want more wheat wines to compare it to.

aepb1, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of Bromine
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Bromine, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of surlytheduff
4/5  rDev +4.2%

surlytheduff, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of sponberg
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

Big bottle, big beer! pours dark glowing amber with a thin, rapidly disappearing head. Love the aroma - sweet malt, some wheat tart graininess, whiffs of hops and alcohol... niiice!

Starts with an estery wheatiness and honeylike maltiness in harmony - throughout the sip, the wheat flavors are present, a subtle graininess that lightens the flavor of this big ol' beer. Behind these flavors are some alcoholic heat along with an herbal hoppiness, akin to a Saison in some respects, not overly bitter or citric or earthy but present and part of the whole. Finishes with a dryish mouthfeel, slightly astringent, but with a spiciness (is there a clove back in there?) and slight alcoholic heat. Properly syrupy for 10+ %, but more than 2 would flatten my tastebuds. Like a barleywine but with some lighter flavors courtesy of the wheat that make it its own brew.

Nice effort from Smutty - really enjoying this one.

sponberg, Jan 22, 2007
Photo of greenmonstah
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%

22 oz bottle into DFH snifter

A - Deep copper red with a wispy tan head

S - Sweet and bready. Candied fig and a hint of booze.

T - Very sweet and slightly boozy. Bready malt and lots of dark fruit flavors. Finishes with a sweet fig and even a bit of chocolate covered raisin.

M - Full bodied and a bit sticky sweet. Fairly crisp, somehow. Very smooth finish.

O - A very interesting beer. Like a barley wine but smoother. Definitely a big beer, it takes a while to drink it down.

greenmonstah, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of charlesw
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%

So... I've given up on writing down all of the characteristics of a beer - I mean, who reads these things, anyway? Especially on beers that have a ton of reviews. Instead... You're going to get my impressions.

So... My impressions are... That this is like some kind of weird variation on a smutty barleywine. I get common characteristics out of it - I see how it's got a very similar mouthfeel and the flavor is close. The hops are probably pretty darned similar too - except in terms of bitterness (where this is much less bitter than their barleywine). I guess... I'd say that this was for the beer drinker who likes big body and nice hop flavor without the bitterness. In that context, is it fair of me to call it just above average? Maybe? It's my first wheat wine - I'm not entirely sure what to expect of the style! I guess... I'd think it better with more flavor or bitterness and perhaps even a bit less residual sweetness (unless there's a lot more bitterness to balance that out). Decent, but I won't go out of my way to get another bottle.

charlesw, Nov 13, 2007
Photo of pburland23
4/5  rDev +4.2%

2009 Vintage. I thought it was time to break this one open.

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into my CBS snifter.

Appearance: Beers pours a hazy, almost murky middling shade of brown. After sitting for three years, almost no head just a thin loop of off white ringing the glass.

Smell: Very sweet smelling beer. Loads of fruit notes - raisins, red grapes, some citrus. A hint of sweet alcohol booze but it's not overwhelming. At this point, the hops have faded and there isn't a hint of wheat. Smelling very much like a Barleywine.

Taste: Starts with a touch of boozy warmth, some sweet dark fruits, toffee and a really sharp, crisp bite from the wheat. The sip ends with some smoky wood notes and a little more warmth. Really interesting, complex beer.

Mouthfeel: Very little carbonation but after three years that's to be expected. Body is on the heavier side of medium. The alcohol is definitely noticeable but it's not overpowering.

Overall: My first wheat wine. Very interesting style and I think that Smuttynose did a great job. Complex brew great for a cool winter's night.

pburland23, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of obywan59
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%

The ale pours a coppery to orange/amber in color with a 1 finger orr white head that recedes to a film on the surface and a ring around the glass. The carbonation is evident.

A luscious aroma of buttery caramel with amazing tropical fruit, a hint of alcohol and plenty of Belgian yeast.

The taste mimics the aroma except that the buttery caramel is through the roof, and the fruit is more secondary. Very sweet, but tart wheat shines through in the middle, joining with a substantial bitterness that follows through in the finish.

The body is full, with a tingle of carbonation on the tongue. It's moderately syrupy, with the burn of alcohol in the throat.

A superb beer! By it's nature, though, it's probably more suited for mid-winter consumption than mid-summer, but nonetheless, it was an amazing experience. Full flavored and "in your face".

obywan59, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of FirstBrewsoon
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

FirstBrewsoon, Jan 11, 2012
Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 693 ratings.