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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

675 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 675
Reviews: 462
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 52
Gots: 54 | 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)
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superspak

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 04:34:22 | More by superspak
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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-09-2011 03:40:43 | More by rab53
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

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

From the big beer series.

A: Ruby red color light beige and small head.

S: Huge citrus on nose. Big spicy hoppiness with loads of pine, and citrus (pungent grapefruit) for flavor, reminds me of chinook.

T: Very dry wine like palate but smooth and silky on the tongue and lightly carbonated. Alcohol is very well hidden for 11.0 abv and drinks more like a 6 or 7abv. Big bitterness from hops, some dry floral flavor, with a slight sticky pine resin ending and some woodiness and earthy tones.

M: smooth and light. light carbonation tingle. felt really good.

D: Alcohol more noticeable when it warms on the tongue but still very easy to drink. Must try.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 14:58:33 | More by beerthulhu
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

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!

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2007 18:36:05 | More by Viggo
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2006 04:06:14 | More by Bighuge
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smakawhat

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 03:36:58 | More by smakawhat
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Latarnik

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.2%

05-29-2014 00:41:06 | More by Latarnik
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2006 01:40:04 | More by DrJay
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev +4.2%

05-31-2014 08:00:43 | More by zestar
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

01-24-2013 05:07:17 | More by Kelp
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage received from MarkD... thanks a bunch. Shared with Brenda... my share poured into my shaped SA glass.

1/2" head.. dies back to nothing in a flash... no lacing.. brew is a viscous clear amber... no cap.. still pretty though.

Aroma is much like a slightly aged English BW... rich and malty.. reminiscent of a tawny port... some caramel.. and a little bit of alcohol is more spicy than like a solvent.

Flavor mirrors the aroma but with a nice punch of spiciness... reminds me of a rye brew. Citrus and some piney hops are present.. but they are not front and center... very viscous.. yet smooth... carbonation is small bubble and lends to a slick and creamy mouthfeel... finish is loooongg. spicy and citric... very nice. some yeasty fruitiness emerges as it warms.. a little bit of fresh cherry and subtle fig.. but still the spiciness is around.

Still seems young.. quite a bit of alcohol.. I don't think it's too distracting though.

Anyway... pretty damn good brew... I've had it once before.. and still have an '06 in the cellar.. but if I had this available, I would probably pick it up fairly regularly... and put quite a few down for safe keeping.

MarkD is the man! He hooked me up with Triticus!! I've been trying to get a bottle for a couple years... Mark deserves some props.. Recommended trader for sure.

3.5/4/4/4/3.5

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 07:05:55 | More by JohnGalt1
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glid02

Georgia

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2010 19:18:24 | More by glid02
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sendbeer

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

12-21-2012 19:35:53 | More by sendbeer
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beertunes

Washington

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another one thanks to Johnmichaelsen. This is a style I like a lot, but see few examples of. Poured into 16oz goblet. Poured a slightly reddish amber, with just a thin cap of khaki head that very low retention but decent lacing. This was much darker in color than others of the style I've had.

There was certainly a strong sweet, alcohol aroma, much more like a Barleywine than the other Wheatwines I've tried. The aroma was pleasant, just not what I expect in the style. The flavor was also much more like a Barleywine than a WW. Not light, crisp and strong, but full, solid and strong.

The body was thick, sticky, sweet and full. Drinkability was very good for a beer this size. Overall, this is a very nice brew, just not what I expect from the style. This is the type of review I have problems with. This is a very good beer, but not what I was looking for. This style is generally not so thick and, sweet and is crisper and lighter. Worth trying when you can, just don't expect to get what the says it is.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 02:32:49 | More by beertunes
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Brad007

Vermont

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 20:13:42 | More by Brad007
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billab914

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured a deep caramel color with a little bit of red highlights to it. It started with a moderate frothy white head to it that retreated to the edges of the glass after a minute or so. It left some decent lacing as I drank it as well.

The aroma shows a lot of sweeter malt flavors to it with the wheat really coming through. Caramel also plays a pretty big role in the maltiness. I can tell it's pretty hoppy as well with the amount of grapefruit citrus present. Very appealing aroma overall, I love the way the malty and sweet wheat flavors mix with the hoppy aromas.

The taste starts off with the sweeter wheat malt coming through along with some of the citrusy grapefruit flavors. Towards the middle I start to get more of the caramel playing a role in it. The finish brings some hop bitterness mixed with the the malty wheat flavors and a small hint of roasty flavors. A little of the bitterness lingers. Very flavorful and relatively balanced beer overall. the wheat really mixed nicely with the hoppy flavors.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being below average. Drinkability is good, I really liked the flavors it brought. it was a very flavorful beer overall with some bold flavors to it. They all came together nicely though and made a great beer. I'm really starting to love this style of beer, and this was another very good version of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 03:51:38 | More by billab914
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

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

A: Copper with a light tan head, very little retention but it leaves a nice leg.

S: Bubblegum, cotton-candy & plenty of alcohol in the aroma.

T: Alcohol is really upfront, burnt caramel, piny hops, very bitter & quite boozy. This would probably improve with some cellaring.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body, off-dry finish.

D: Definitely a sipper. It's big & boozy. I couldn't imagine having a whole bomber when it's this fresh!

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 01:54:14 | More by Derek
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ccrida

Oregon

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 09:15:45 | More by ccrida
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +4.2%

08-17-2013 15:02:48 | More by BeerFMAndy
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2013 Vintage. Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the beer is a bright, rose-amber coloring with a thin, frothy, off-white head that disappears rather quickly after the pour. Aromas of toasted grains, booze, tangy sweet caramel and toffee. Smells sweet and rich. Flavors are very rich and a bit boozey. Caramel rich and roasted backbone, which is overpowered by the sweetness of the palate. Some subtle spicing at the end of the palate helps clean everything up a bit. Peppery and slightly bitter hops profile. Smooth, robust feel in mouth. The aftertaste is a rich, sweet blend of booze and toffee, leading to a rich, slick, lingering finish. Heavy brew, with a robust talent. Tasty, but big.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 23:17:41 | More by GarthDanielson
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish orange color with a stingy white head that dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lace on the way down.
Sweet aromas attack my nostrils with a bit of spice and a touch of alcohol. I pick up some sweet fruits, I think of oranges or apricots and maybe a hint of cherries. I also pick up some light sweet syrupy aroma.
Taste Is sweet malty fruits with a bit of alcohol in there. I imagine the same apricots or oranges. Starts sweet melds to a bit of an alcohol bite and finishes rather dry with a lingering alcohol/hop bite.
Mouthfeel is sweet and sticky/syrupy, carbonation is light, body is thick.
This is certainly an interesting brew. I love the fruitiness, but the spice from the wheat distracts me a bit. Fresh this is hot with alcohol. I hope to visit this again with some age on it as this is definitely different.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 03:51:57 | More by johnnnniee
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 16:07:06 | More by Bitterbill
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avalon07

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 13:43:00 | More by avalon07
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 Vintage. Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a murky red-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of BOOZE, caramel, molasses, and sweet malt. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, and alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this one wasn't that bad. Usually I don't enjoy Wheatwines so that is saying A LOT. The taste on this one was definitely a lot better than the smell for sure. The taste of it was nicely balanced with the alcohol by some of the sweetness from the caramel and molasses notes. The aroma was just plain harsh to put it lightly. I could see this one aging for a bit longer myself.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2010 12:36:47 | More by thagr81us
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tainted orange color with a smear of light brown. Glowing, thick hazed body. Thin and patchy ivory capping of loosely placed bubbles that don't last. A thin collar persists though as lacing sticks in stocky webbed strings with lots of thin little fingers.

Aroma is quite nice, reminiscent of a aged barleywine with a penitrating, soft heat of dark citrusy wax and syrupy juices. Orange, peach, tangerine, pineapple, melon, all make for a nice marmalade mix on the nose.

Taste is more flattened and dulled with a pale wheat sweetness bringing a soft, medium tone of orangey-apple pancake syrup. Somewhat bready and beefy, warmth is prevalent, welcome and lasting in the throat. Hints of pineapple tropical gum and wheaty sugars also make some tiny slidings into the play of flavor. But mostly simple, yet satisfying, with a dulled sweetness of tropical fruit tang, wheat based sugars, and a good amount of heated warmth to cap it off to let ya know you're drinking something with some girth to it.

Feel is medium bodied, well heated, smooth, and a low carbonation level seeps in with ease to let the sugars rise before the heat. Slight fresh spearminty pine oils float about the palate on the finishing warmth; late. A nice little addition to the flavors. Made me want more, and so I obliged to partake in some more.

The heat/warmth of this beer is mightily present. It'll hold ya back some, but not much, as this is a solid treat from the folks at Smuttynose.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2006 01:33:34 | More by tavernjef
Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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