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.
very good

685 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 685
Reviews: 464
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 53
Gots: 52 | 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)
View: Beers (54) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series) Alström Bros
Ratings: 685 | Reviews: 464 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of vtfan77


4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2007 02:30:43 | More by vtfan77
Photo of Arenbeer


3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.


Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 01:08:38 | More by Arenbeer
Photo of aepb1


3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 22:10:04 | More by aepb1
Photo of Bromine


3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

04-09-2014 19:05:27 | More by Bromine
Photo of surlytheduff


4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-14-2011 21:53:59 | More by surlytheduff
Photo of sponberg

New York

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2007 02:19:21 | More by sponberg
Photo of deanhead


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2008 03:41:49 | More by deanhead
Photo of greenmonstah

New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 23:06:36 | More by greenmonstah
Photo of charlesw

New York

3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2007 00:41:10 | More by charlesw
Photo of brureview


4.68/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 02:03:23 | More by brureview
Photo of pburland23


4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 23:28:04 | More by pburland23
Photo of FirstBrewsoon


4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

01-11-2012 04:12:01 | More by FirstBrewsoon
Photo of grayburn

South Carolina

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

She pours a dark amber with a nice white head on top. Small bubbles stick around and cling to the glass for some nice lacing.
The smell is strong malt, with little hoppiness or much else to back it up.
The taste is a bit too cloying for a wheatwine, I was expecting something a bit more attenuated. With the addition of a large percentage of yeast, I was expecting something a bit drier. The taste isn't bad, its a well rounded sweetness comrpised from multiple malts and such. There is a bit of a piney hoppiness that rounds things out just a bit.
The mouthfeel is nice, the wheat adds such a nice silky touch. The carbonation is pretty spot on, a bit high...that'll mellow with some age.
This one isn't the most drinkable in the world, but it goes down pretty easy.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2009 23:12:49 | More by grayburn
Photo of PSUDREW


4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, such a nice, well rounded brew. I am actually sorry that I didn't save this for longer, but the urges wouldn't let me. And I am happy and sad in the same breath. Happy that I got tot taste it, sad that I didn't save it for curiousity's sake.

pours a nice, solid amber color. Some tanihs head, that dissaptes slowlt, and leaves some lacing. The nose is kinnda malty, kinnda hoppy, and vaugley spicy. All in all, a nice presentation

This beer shows off everything it has in it's charecter. It is malty and smooth. It has enough hop presence to make a statement. But it done so in a very balanced way. The mouthfeel is vaugley oily, but, not so much that i ttakes away from the beer. despite the high ABV, this is a very drinkable beer. I am very sorry that I do not have more of thise

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2005 04:52:49 | More by PSUDREW
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS


4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The deal of the century continues. A BIG beer for under 3 dollars a bomber, you've got to be kidding me. My original review, last year, was not nearly the affinity I obtained during last year.

This year version is more balanced, more mature and and and and better. This is a big time beer. In fact, this may be the best, biggest beer that you can get with out the ridiculousness of being a novelty beer. Big fruits, smaller malts than last year, fewer hops as well.

Simply put, this is a fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2007 02:30:16 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
Photo of obywan59


4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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".

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 04:23:30 | More by obywan59
Photo of Bonis


4/5  rDev +4.2%

06-27-2013 06:57:01 | More by Bonis
Photo of BigOldOaf


4/5  rDev +4.2%

03-16-2014 14:25:59 | More by BigOldOaf
Photo of hyuga

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

11-15-2011 05:15:13 | More by hyuga
Photo of pmccallum86


4/5  rDev +4.2%

07-18-2014 23:33:44 | More by pmccallum86
Photo of brianmandell

New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

03-04-2014 01:41:23 | More by brianmandell
Photo of Loco_Joe

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

03-16-2014 00:18:20 | More by Loco_Joe
Photo of sloejams


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

22 oz. provided by HogHill, helluva guy

I really dig the label. If you are reading my review you can click and see it up there in the corner. Nice huh?

I poured this into a tulip glass – a brown amber color with a creamy head, maybe too much of a head , as I didn’t pour it very well. Tulip glasses kinda fuck me up. It had a interesting aroma: sweet and citrus with a hop lingering. And alcohol – I could definitely smell booze was in there in abundance. It tasted fruity with a lot of malt going on. Hops were around too. It was a bit like a barleywine but not as intense – even though they have similar alcohol levels – this seemed lighter, more subdued.

The alcohol was very much kickin’ it. It gave that nice warmth in the medium body, but it also was a bit much. I struggled to make it through the whole 22 oz.

Interesting beer, my first wheat wine – I’m up for more.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2006 02:10:58 | More by sloejams
Photo of josefnewsong

New York

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

A - pours a slightly cloudy peachy/deep orange color with one finger of bubbly head that recedes fairly quickly and leaves little lacing
S - wheat and alcohol with caramelized sugar
T - wheat and some big alcohol warmth, sugary sweetness with hints of caramel and only the faintest touch of hop bitterness way in the back. develops some bourbon like characteristics as it warms
M - medium-bodied and sticky, a bit oily
D - definitely a sipping beer, but at room temp it still tastes good and I'd have another

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 02:21:55 | More by josefnewsong
Photo of Sycodrummer


3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Sunset Cantina in Boston, Mass. Was presented to me in a 12oz. toulip glass. The beer was a light brown/copper color with just a sliver of off-white head. Streams of carbonation ran up the sides of the glass and there was lace galore with this beer.

The smell was very matly upfront with a faint balanced wheat in the nose and some hops as well.

The taste was very alcoholic upfront with an assertive hop bitterness to follow. Malty in the finish with a crispness to each sip. All flavors are well balanced with only the alcohol sticking out perhaps a bit more than all else.

Moderate mouthfeel, with a slight degree of carbonation.

This beer is very drinkable in moderation. More of a sipping beer, but very enjoyable as such.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2005 22:42:42 | More by Sycodrummer
Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 685 ratings.