Smuttynose Summer Weizen - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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3.68/5 rDev +7.3%
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 9/5/2014. Pours hazy/cloudy bright gold color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, chamomile, wheat, cracker, bread, clove, pepper, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spice, and pale/bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, chamomile, wheat, cracker, bread, clove, pepper, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy tartness/spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, chamomile, clove, pepper, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spice, and pale/bready malt sweetness; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a nice pale wheat ale. Good robustness, complexity, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spice, and pale/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.
08-24-2014 22:13:59 | More by superspak
3.25/5 rDev -5.2%
12oz bottle at fridge temps into a weizen glass.
Appearance: pale yellow with a firm head of medium bubbles. Good head retention after 25 minutes in the glass (I had to step away for a few moments).
Nose: Bright and floral hop aroma, almost a bready smell but too faint to tell, some kind of cleaner (PBW maybe but it could be a piney smell from the hops), clean smelling with no (too) off aromas.
Taste: Refreshingly light, slight hops bitterness up front that gives way to the wheat maltyness of this weizen. Crisp; a very nice summer wheat ale.
This is a cross between a sorta hoppy American Pale Ale (APA) and a German Weizen so I don't think it is firmly in either category. This ambivalence makes it an excellent summer pounder though. Good beach beer.
08-22-2014 22:12:49 | More by ClavisAurea
3.2/5 rDev -6.7%
12 oz bottle into a wine glass.
Appearance: Pours a beautiful golden color with amazing clarity. I'd bitch about the latter if it were trying to be a proper hefeweizen or witbier, but since it's a regular wheat ale, I don't really care. The head is about a finger high, white in shade. Retention is fine, and the texture is somewhat creamy. A consistent ring of lacing is left on the glass.
Smell: Rather mild. The dominant notes are wheat and a few herbal hops. Additional touches of spicy yeast and flowery tones also come through. A simple nose, but it works well enough for what it is.
Taste: The flavor profile is simple but effective, just like the nose. It starts with notes of wheat and flowers (chamomile), with a gentle kiss of spicy yeast to break up the monotony. It finishes gently tart and dry. Nothing complex here, just a solid hot-weather refresher.
Mouthfeel: Really light and crisp (not quite clean, especially with the dregs in), ergo very easy to drink. Carbonation is intense, cleansing the palate even further.
Overall: Totally respectable for what it is - simplistic refreshment. While I'd rather grab a proper hefeweizen or witbier, I can't deny this hits the spot beautifully right now. It's not an amazing beer, but it's certainly worth guzzl...I mean drinking again.
3.2/5: Respectable (but not great) hot weather refresher
08-17-2014 18:09:16 | More by ThisWangsChung
3.55/5 rDev +3.5%
12 oz bottle was poured into a nonic.
Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a golden straw yellow with great clarity of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.
Smell: Bready and sweet wheat, chamomile, and some grassy notes.
Taste: Same as above with mild bitterness in the rear.
Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, refreshing, a little chewy, medium carbonation, and slight bitterness.
Overall: Nice and enjoyable summer beer.
08-17-2014 06:13:54 | More by Flounder57
4.29/5 rDev +25.1%
12 oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass.
Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow with a two-inch white head that has some pretty great retention. A pretty good sized head stayed on this beer for the entirety of my meal. Lacing moderate to high.
Aroma: This beer has some typical wheat, citrus, and spice aromas, but also kind of smells like flowers. It's not "floral" so much as "like some nice flowers." Appealing to me at least.
Taste: Great summer wheat flavors. It's heavy on citrus, orange and wheat, and there's that nice chamomile accent. There's also some lemon, malt and spice.
Mouthfeel: Summer-level depth, as you'd expect.
Overall: Among my favorite summer beers I've tried this year. It's relatively simple, but it's really tasty and refreshing and reasonably complex for a picnic-worthy beer. Smuttynose is really good at what they do, and this is more proof.
08-14-2014 01:51:58 | More by illpass78
4.03/5 rDev +17.5%
I taste every thing from SmuttyNose as a notch above most east coast brewers.
A: For starters in a tulip glass, pours a golden apricot haze as it should topped by a persistent bright white, tight head that lasts and laces. Perfect.
S: The most interesting and aromatic of "summer" ales, Floral, Belgian cross over to German Wheat. Smells of ancient summer fields.
T: Juicy, citrusy, and well malted, this creamy ale is bready, zesty, yeasty - made me reach for the pretzel bread with dinner. Great with food. Finishes slighty acidic and peppery with notes of herbs, chamomile and mint. Very complex while remaining refreshing and subtle.
Medium-light on the palate, it's well carbonated, refreshing and clean.
O: Effortless, yet interesting and complex. A rare gem. Must try. My favorite summer ale.
07-31-2014 01:06:31 | More by Act25
Smuttynose Summer Weizen from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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