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

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Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States | website

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.70%

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%
2014 - 10.8%

Added by Bierman9 on 04-13-2005

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of jwc215. Thanks Joe!

Ah, my first Wheatwine....

2008 bottling, it pours(aggressive) a clear brownish red with about a finger head of foam.

Taking a few whiffs I'm getting a lot of malty sweetness, some fruit, some roasted notes, and a touch of alcohol.I'm not sensing any wheat in the nose....

With the first sip comes the caramel malt sweetness that's very sugar-like, some hint of wheat, definitely some good bitter hop tones, some toffee, and plenty of alcohol. Wow, lots of warming! Btw, the foam is doing great in my glass and lots of sticky lacing is left behind after every sip.

I'm going to call this full bodied as it really is that close to being so and the carbonation is at a nice soft low level.

Drinkability? The abv is there in your face so this one is certainly a very slow sipper but I'm kind of fond of the overall taste(I was afraid that this would end up being too sweet) and it is a very nice looking brew. I didn't know what to expect from the style but the bottom line for me is that I like this. A very interesting style.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours in a snifter with a auburn, copper, bourbon-like body w/ a 1-finger head that receeds quickly and leaves a little bit of lacings. The aroma is packed with a heavy, thick malt smell of caramel and other sugariness, plus some spices. A little bit of alcohol sips in, creating a warming sensation. Even though this is a mix, it really comes across as a barleywine. The sugariness and syrupiness comes through in a thick, almost full-body and is matched with a pronouced sourness. A heavy, almost alcohol burning taste on the tongue; just a tad smoothness. This is a good beer but much more barleywine that wheat (not an even mix). Still contains a dry, hot backbite that resembles a cinnamon burn - and retains drinkability. There's still a good amount of sweetnessl this beer is complete with nut, almond, roasted and other malts that give it that sweet edge. I'd have this again, but I'm not going to seek this out. Just a little too potent and a little too sugary for a sessioning.

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Photo of DrJay
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a cloudy blood orange hue. The beer's cap is thin, even after an aggressive pour. Head is initially about a half-pinky high, but it pops off to a few islands of fluff. Sporadic lacing speckles. Looks like a high gravity brew.

S-Wheat and honey and tons of booze. Hay and corn syrup. Caramel all over the place. Hops are very complacent. It first smells like just your average Barleywine, but then the wheat really sets in. Dry, milled wheat. Super-sweet overall.

T-Has its highs and lows. Starts of sweet and complex. Then finishes too boozy. Liqueur-dipped fruitcake. Toasted Wheat Thins with dried prunes on top. Citrusy with a herbal hop character.

M-Full, sticky and syrupy. Very dry. Moderate bitterness. Slow-sipper. Carbonation is quite soft.

O/D-Well worth a try. I haven't been too impressed with Smuttynose's Big Beer Series. This one is pretty good, but far from awesome. I didn't really like their S'muttonator but their Baltic Porter is phenomenal. This lies somewhere in between. (Definitely closer to S'muttonator). It's a unique style of beer, but I won't be getting this again.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle from 2009. Served in an oversized wine glass, the beer pours a hazy reddish/amber color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention is decent, not much lacing. Aroma is brown sugar, caramel malt, sweet booze (maybe brandy or sherry), and some dark fruit (figs, cherries). The beer tastes like brown sugar, earthy hops, dark fruit, caramel malt, booze and some butterscotch. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's rich and a bit syrupy and coating with low carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth going down and enjoyable to drink. I think this is a good brew, I liked it.

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Photo of Viggo
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!

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Photo of Bighuge
3.15/5  rDev -18%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
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.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a mahogany color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There wasn't much head, but there was good lacing.

S: Smelled of malt, a sugary element and alcohol.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, caramel and alcohol. You could really tell this had a 10.70% ABV. Not very well masked.

M: A fairly high rate of carbonation and a smooth finish. Full-bodied.

D: While this is a well made beer, it's not my favorite. Still outside of the alcohol, the taste is very well done.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle, 2007 release split with a friend. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A: Crimson with a thin-off white head that quickly settles down to a ring. A little bit of lace forms as I drink this. Not much carbonation visible

S: Wheaty and fruity with plums and raisins. There's some caramel and a mild alcohol heat is noticeable

T: Starts off sweet with caramel, toffee and wheat. Takes on a fruity character with ripe plums before drying out on the finish

M: The dryness of the finish is pretty nice after a sip of this medium bodied brew. The carbonation is also sufficient

D: Oh boy, halfway through half a bottle and my body's hurting. This is potent stuff.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.73/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Label says bottle-conditioned in 2010. Say Wha?!! I had no idea when I purchased this. Could be either a good or bad thing. Let's find out.

A- From a heavy pour comes just an 1/8 inch ring around the edge of the glass and a bit of surface foam. Sticky, spotted lacing.

S- Lovely, sweet malt that's also quite hoppy in an earthy way. Smells more like an imperial IPA or barleywine.

T- Merk. Lusciously sweet and smooth malt in the front with some hop bitterness in the follow-through and a clean finish. Alcohol is sublimely well-hidden (probably due to the aging) and there's even a bit of oak in the aftertaste. Notes of caramel, nougat and lemon from the hops.

M- Tangy and a bit dry. Low carbonation and a medium body.

O- Yeah, the flavor profile is closer to a barleywine, but you can't put a label on delicious. Damn near perfect in my eyes.

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Photo of claspada
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, dark golden, light amber color with a small white bubbly head that recedes to leave some spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with sweet toasted caramel maltiness with a distinct tangy wheatiness. As it warms you get some stone fruitness, highlighted by peaches and pears, with some emerging citrus which could be hop derived.

The tastes begin with sweet, caramel maltiness and lightly toasted breadiness. The wheat once again makes its presence known and there is also that same fruitiness as well. It the background there are some lightly spicy, orange, citrusy hops creating a moderate bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium-to-full bodied with medium carbonation. The finish is fairly sweet, lightly bitter and fruity with a chewy presence.

Overall this style is really hit or miss for me but luckily this was in the hit column. The fruitness from the yeast and/or hops helps to balance the sweet maltiness. I really enjoy these Smuttynose Big Beer Series offerings as they are readily available to me and quite reasonabley priced with above average quality.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a chimay goblet; bottle conditioned in 2008

Pours a hazy, light mahogany with tawny highlights. A slightly off white cap rises and fades quickly. Little to no retention and lacing.

Fusel alcohol and sweetness jump out of glass, followed by brown sugar and ripe fruit (granny smith apples and grapes). Llmost like a really good apple cider. Lots of spice and heavy fusel alcohol.

Dry and very wine like. Brown sugars, dried apples, grainy wheat, medicinal hops....this guy is all over the place, and I really like it. Sweet and sugary and finishs dry and fruity.

Full-bodied and viscous. Big on the palate and sits heavy.

A sipper. Big and heavy, very wine-like.

I really enjoyed this beer. First example of the style and I really think Smuttynose has a great interpretation here. I paired this with some really sharp cheddar cheese and it was excellent. The sharpness of the cheddar cuts through the booze, leaving behind the sweet sugars and fruits.

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Photo of glid02
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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: orange brown in color, minimal head, clear, minimal carbonation

Smell: alcohol, wheat, toasted malt

Taste: very boozy, wheat, some hops, bread, and caramel

Mouthfeel: slick, sticky sweet, low carbonation, moderate body

Drinkability: The alcohol is very present in this one and I think it overshadows the taste some. This reminds me of an above average barleywine. An interesting beer, but not the first I will reach for.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, 2012 release, pours golden-copper in color, with a thin bubble head, tons of carbonation in the body of the ale. Aromas are sweet with honey, vanilla, raisin. Tastes are cloyingly sweet with more vanilla, oak, caramel, toffee, raisin, booze. Mouth-feel is full bodied and syrupy, with moderate carbonation, finishes with a dash of white pepper and a tingle on the tongue. Alcohol is warming, but not overly assertive. Overall, this seemed to be too sweet. Good flavors, but cloyingly sweet. A whole bomber by myself was too much to handle. Nice take on the style, but needs to be drunk in smaller doses.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage. 22oz. bottle served in my DT tulip. Poured a semi-translucent plum with a quarter inch, loose, tan-colored head that quickly dispersed into a band of bubbles and a slick of foam. Some large globules of lacing appear on the tilt side of the glass. Nose reveals caramel, toffee, dark fruit, toasted malt and booze. Taste is not as sweet as the nose suggests, there also some bittering hops in the flavor profile and an alcohol quality that borders on caustic and presents itself throughout from start to finish. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a prickly carbonation level, a slight viscosity to the consistency and some residual alcohol heat that lingers at the finish. A pretty tasty brew, but definitely allow this one to warm to round out the flavors and disperse the carbonation. Best shared between one or two friends.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been sitting on this bottle for nearly a year and have been looking forward to cracking it open.

A - Pours a clear amber (deep orange/red color), no head, small traces of carbonation, and a super thin ring of lacing. The beer clings to the side of the snifter like syrup and slowly oozes back down into the glass as it's swirled.

S - Toffee, caramel, light molasses, and boozy rum. Smells like a strong ale or barley wine.

T - With the first sip my mouth is slammed with heavy fusel and booze which heat the throat on the way down. At least from the first few sips, the alcohol presence is so distinct and so aggressive that it drowns out any flavors initially, it's all I can focus on. After several sips when my palette finally makes the adjustment, subtle flavors emerge: oak, roasted toffee and caramel, light pine and grapefruit bitterness, and slight hints of maple.

M - Thick, full bodied, and syrupy.

O - Very sweet and boozy. I probably should have opened this after I bought it, or better yet, should have purchased a few bottles and opened them over time to compare the changes as it ages. I really enjoy the beers from Smuttynose and always look forward to my next glass from them. This is a brewery that doesn't get enough love here on BA! This particular bottle is a total sipper, it tastes bigger than 10.7% and will creep up on you very quickly so take your time and enjoy.

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Photo of champ103
2.46/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a dark, nearly opaque reddish/orange color. A bubbly white head is slow to form, but quick to fade, Not much lace.
S: A big sweetness and alcohol punch. Caramel is big, dried figs, raisins. No wheat to be seen.
T: Follows the nose. To much sweetness up front. Caramel and sticky toffee. That is about it besides the alcohol punch.
M/D: A medium to full body. Very low carbonation. Sticky and syrupy. This is not easy to drink. To much sweetness and alcohol to be enjoyable.

Urg, another overly sweet and overly boozy mess. Not something I enjoy, and not something I would recommend.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle, 2010 vintage

appears clear, dark amber in color. no head what-so-ever. very sweet aroma - brown sugar, raisin, some alcohol. taste is also big on the sweet malty flavor. not much wheat. a bit boozey. a little bit of an odd after taste though. thick, syrupy, low carbonation, which works.

overall - definitely rich. surprised this still has this much alcohol heat after 2 years.

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Photo of ccrida
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to MrRetardedMonkey for shipping me a bottle of this...a while back. Man, I need to trade/buy less beer & drink more. Sipping this to warm me up after an evening of fishing in 44 degree weather...

Dark, rich, ruddy reddish hue to this bad-boy. Smells much the same, rich & sweet & full, with perhaps a faint memory of sun-kissed fall grasses. Although I missed fall this year. All five hours of it in Minnesota.

This is a fine wheat wine, companiono. Sugary, malty, fruity, and what the hell, bourbon on the bottom? Is this barrel aged or just some weird concoctional accident? Riding shotgun is a vague, almost medicinal herbality & a ginsu knife of alcohol holding it all together. Wow. A whole alphabet soup of stuff going on here, & it works.

This is a thick, languid beer. That I want to gulp. I'd probably choke. Near-perfect for the style, it has to be so to hold all that depth. I'm not sure I could drink more than one of these, but damn, I'd like to try.

Smuttynose. I'm fast becoming a fan, they're churning out some good stuff, & some great stuff. This falls into the latter category. Excellent beer. I will seek this one out again.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-hazy dark amber orange color with a nice two fingers of slighlty off white head that is bubbly on top but thick looking and creamy. The head lingers for a little leaving a light lacing on the glass

S-the nose is pretty big with lots of caramel malt and slightly burnt brown sugar. A fairly strong hop presence comes through in the back with a good bit of pine and a touch of apricot.

T-the taste is quite balanced, bigger malt but a good bit of hops as well. The caramel and brown sugar are strong right up front with some toffee in there as well. Notes of burnt sugar seem to stay with it through the middle. Hops come in next with the pine resign and slightly oily hops appearing. Notes of apricot and grapefruit in the back with a strong hop bitterness to finish this off.

M-medium to full body with a syrupy texture, smooth and soft on the palate. Low carbonation but done well to hold through. Slick on the back of the throat and quite wet throughout.

D-big barleywine with a nice hop profile. Extremely tasty and nicely balanced. Smooth and easy drinking.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from Smutty's Big Beer Series. A hazy red/orange color with very little head. It had a flowery, sweet aroma. A sharp, crisp hop presence. This is a pretty assertive beer, one made for sipping and quiet contemplation. Definitely not a session beer.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap a hazy, barely transparent coppery red-brown with a thick, fine-bubbled, fairly persistent pale tan head that leaves some good lacing. Aroma is wheaty and fruity, the latter an interesting mix of apple and citrus, with a hint of an alcohol bite. Fruity, wheaty flavor has an undertone of barleywine (i.e., serious alcohol content) and equal parts sweetness and bitterness. Very tasty! Texture is rough and rowdy, leaving behind a nice fizz. Heartily recommended.

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