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Smuttynose Summer Weizen - Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose Summer WeizenSmuttynose Summer Weizen

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553 Ratings

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Ratings: 553
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 12.83%

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.46% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
Light, tasty & full of character, our summer wheat ale is brewed with a combination of domestic and continental wheat and barley malts, lightly hopped & fermented with a Belgian wit yeast, resulting in a delightfully tangy & refreshing flavor.

15 IBU

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 06-05-2005)
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Photo of argock


2.73/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Best by 08/28/13 on bottle neck. Single purchased at World Market (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.40.

A: Slightly hazy lemon gold with 1-finger of foamy white head with decent retention and a light line of lacing.

S: Very mild herbal aroma and cereal grain. Despite swirling, I am not getting much else. Not objectionable but not much there to work with either.

T: A bit of cereal grain with a sharp mineral middle and finish. The hopping is not much at all, and there is very little to no wheaty tang. There is a slight earthy herbal note in the middle. Aspirin aftertaste.

M: Light body but astringent all the way with mineral notes that are not enjoyable.

O: Dare I say Smuttynose's worst beer by a long shot.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 01:53:25 | More by argock
Photo of Amalak

New York

2.51/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A. It has a straw gold color, basically opaque, with tons of little bubbles going up throughout, and even some sediment, it would appear. It has an OK white head that leaves a bit of lacing.

S. There's a metallic flavor mixed with a cherry undertone.

T/M. It is kind of a generic ale, malty, with a mild hint of wheat. There's a very mild dark fruit taste. Perhaps a grape...not really sure. Carbonated and light bodied.

O. It is just very plain and unimpressive. Definitely not a good Weizen.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 00:03:42 | More by Amalak
Photo of secondtooth


3.49/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crisp light golden with white head. Lace is minimal.

Aroma is overwhelmingly lagery grain, malts. Good for the style.

Flavor is rich, with a good amount of malty subtlety. I get the light grains again, and the chamomile addition adds a slightly herbal feel. Again, this is a light and subtle wheat ale that I found quite enjoyable, and perfect for a simmering summer afternoon in Indiana.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 21:16:16 | More by secondtooth
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North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - bright yellow with a short, soft, white head that leaves a thin lacing

S - lemon, husk, wheat, grass

T - husk, lemon, faint bitterness, a hint of the chamomile flowers in the finish

M - light bodied, well carbonated

This is a nice, light, refreshing wheat beer. This isn't big on flavor but it is big on drinkability. The hop bitterness was a tad intense for the overall flavor, but it doesn't throw the beer out of balance. Overall, a nice beer if you're looking for something light and refreshing to drink during these hot summer days.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 22:51:57 | More by tdm168
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New Hampshire

3.34/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Bert's
Pours a hazy medium straw color with a good sized bubbly white head that persists for a while. Smells of yeast and wheat and citrus and a hint of bread and cereal with a light floral scent. The flavor is a little sweet up front with some bready malts followed up by some lemony citrus and light yeasty phenols. A hint of earthy hop or maybe it chamomile to finish this off. Light to medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. OK to drink on this 90 degree and humid day, but not something I think I would ever want again. The flavors don't work for my palette.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 22:08:13 | More by johnnnniee
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3.26/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

First of all, as someone who enjoys tea and who studies herbs for their medicinal qualities, I was surprised to find a beer with a "chamomile" addition. I like chamomile, and I drink it as tea to fall asleep
However, one thing that most people don't understand about chamomile is that people are discouraged from consuming chamomile products if they are allergic to ragreed--and most people with summer allergy symptoms are, which makes this one "summer weizen ale" kind of ironic. However, there is no warning on the bottle. DO NOT DRINK THIS IF YOU ARE ALLERGIC TO RAGWEED.

Anyway, this beer has a smell and taste that is dominated by this herb. The mouthfeel is great--not as thin as many summer beers. But the taste is just too simple with its wheat and dry chamomile, and some other flavors to coexist with the chamomile would have been nice. This one is just too simple and finishes too dry for a summer beer.

This brewery took a chance with a very unusual brew, and usually when breweries do that they either hit or miss. However, this one is just average, and with so many summer beers available, next time I'll pass.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 04:08:13 | More by DeFaz
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New York

3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy lemon yellow with a finger’s worth of foam that fell fast but left good lace. Nose is Belgian. Sweet bread, lemon with a hint of sour, spice and wheat. It’s a calm nose with good yeast. Taste is very complex. Bread, cracker and full, but smooth and mild. Ample carbonation but thin body. Drinks a little heavy but clean and crisp. The chamomile is just lightly on top, combining with the faintly floral hops and meets the malt right where it would get sweet but doesn’t. The lemon and the wheat come together so closely that you are tempted to think that you can’t taste the lemon but your mouth does water. Finishes dry with a touch of bitter and the malt lingers too in the finish. I liked it.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 11:53:42 | More by utopiajane
Photo of BEERchitect


3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Built for the heat of summer, Smuttynose comes to the rescue with a light and zesty ale that starts with German wheat beer roots but bridges Belgian wheat and floral blends as well.

The beer pours a cloudy straw color that's just shy of gold. Its translucent character has a weighted appearance as light diffuses through its haze. Capped with a sturdy column of foam, its staying power lessens, leaving behind intermitten islands of foam on the glass.

Juicy, citrusy, and fully malted to start, the ale is creamy and sweet with light bread, yeast, and dough. Softened with a powdered sugar-type sweetness, the ale turns at middle palate to prefer a citrusy acidic tone with a peppery undercurrent of clove and pepper. A waft of floral aromas are rose-like and turn to an herbal vanilla taste and minty-warm final impressions.

Medium-light on the palate, the beer's embedded carbonation causes the ale to seem fuller than actual, but trailing with a tacky sweetness in the middle that doesn't tansition well. But a finish of slick velvet and a cool alcohol feel closes the beer semi-dry and mostly clean.

Delightful all the way around, the Summer Weizen is an easy throw back type of beer because of its refreshing taste, clean texture, and effortless drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2013 02:08:33 | More by BEERchitect
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3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - golden haze color with a small head
S - not getting much more then a light wheat aroma
T - wheat up front with a bit of hops coming though. Not a lot going on
M - light mouth and easy to drink
O - underwelming, expected a little more from smuttynose

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 19:40:33 | More by patpbr
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3.64/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks like my last New England review (other than any possible trades):

Once again and my final thanx to Aaron (rest in peace), this one's for you:

Best by 09/27/13:

Into a weizen and a pint glass (at a previous time):

A: somewhat hazy yellow/orange body, some rising carbonation is seen rising, foamy white head rises and falls and leaves some clingy lacing

S: citrus, wheat through subtle herbal tones (probably the chamomile)

T: sweet light citrus with a wheaty bite at the end, no esters/banana-ness

M: light, sessionable, smooth, moderately carbonated but still adequate for the American pale wheat ale style

O: I'm glad I weizen glass tested it, but still think its an American pale wheat as Beer advocate suggests, so this is good for its style, I might have another, but where I'm going, I'm probably not gonna see this

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 14:32:08 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of mattsdenney


3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A leftover summer seasonal purchased during December. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a NB globe glass.

This beer is light orange in color with a hazy, non-transparent complexion. A finger thick head quickly accumulates and recedes slowly leaving behind a thin lacing around the sides of my glass. This thing looks the way a good wheat beer should look. The smell is interesting and leads with spicy cloves, mild banana, and husky wheats and grains. The beer's flavor follows suit. It's light, fruity, and well-balanced all the while with a solid underlying wheat-iness. Hints of banana, some light grassy hops, and yeasty malts throughout. It's light-bodied and refreshing, a perfect summer consistency. Overall a nice wheat beer that gives a nice balance between an American wheat ale and a hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 23:23:45 | More by mattsdenney
Photo of scootny

New York

3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge head tons of lace. Two finger cap after seven minutes. Hazy golden brew with gentle microfine carbonation. Lemony aroma with wheat malt and light sweet breadiness. Bright citrusy hops. Taste is lemony wheat and crystal malt with a dry graininess like a good pilsner. Very clean. Hops give a zesty dry finish with a touch of pepper and hop oil lingering faintly. Feel is on the lighter side with a crisp carbonation and quenching character. A very nice summer session ale and a good alternative to a well done pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 07:24:27 | More by scootny
Photo of chefhatt


3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this into a perfect pint glass, it has a golden color body with a nice foamy head that hangs out for a while till calming down. The smell is wheat and a hint of lemon. The taste is of wheat and some lemon, but not much else going on there. The mouth feel is good and overall this is a nice summer beer, good for a couple after mowing the grass or yard work.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 20:54:42 | More by chefhatt
Photo of Cavanaghty


2.78/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy amber color with a thin white head.

Smell: Citrus, wheat, no much else.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth, light to medium bodied. Taste of citrus, mostly lemon. Kinda tasted like it was bad beer, but the beer was well within date.

Overall: Definatly not my first choice for a beer, its really not anything special. If you are offered try it, but don't go out of your way to buy it.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 17:59:31 | More by Cavanaghty
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Northern Soul in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a hazy straw to pale golden yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall bright white head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat with light citrus/lemon hops and some lemon citrus.

T: Like the smell, there is a light flavor of wheat with hints of lemon citrus - the flavor overall is very mild.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink and refreshing, a quite enjoyable beer for the hot summer weather. I liked this beer and I would seriously consider this a regular summer session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2012 01:24:14 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of HerculesRM

South Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S: Bottle
a: Yellow-straw colored, not quite as opaque as other hefeweizens. Off white head.
s: orange/lemon zest, mugwort
t: lemon and spice on the front end; skunky after taste
m: thick but refreshing
o: I don't think I'd choose it again, but not bad

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 20:05:57 | More by HerculesRM
Photo of jpro

South Carolina

3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from 6-pack at Total Wine. They had this stuff on sale for $4.99 (and it was this season's - haha!), so I figured I'd try it.

A: Poured into a shaped pint glass... orangey, straw gold with a touch of cloudiness; one-finger, white head dies down without leaving much lace - although it does manage some light retention.

S: Sweet; light bready, fruity yeast aroma; light grassy notes in there, too.

T: Wheat malt; cracker; ginger; fruitiness from yeast (or chamomile).

M: Medium body; moderate-high carbonation; a touch slick.

O: Pretty complex for a refreshing summer brew... perhaps even a little too complex for what it is - does a German wheat beer really need Belgian yeast and chamomile? Maybe a bit much, but still a good summer ale.

*from notes 9.4.12

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 15:16:26 | More by jpro
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South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tumbler at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Hazy pale gold color with a 1.5-finger white bubbly head. Decent retention and lacing.

S – Grainy wheat, peppery yeast, and maybe a touch of lemon. There’s a subtle herbal aroma here as well, maybe from hops or maybe from the chamomile.

T – Starts off sweet with cereal malts and a touch of lemon and quickly moves on to grainy wheat and spicy yeast. Subtly bitter floral hops appear at the finish, along with an herbal flavor that resembles tea. It must be the chamomile.

F – Light-to-medium-bodied with good carbonation, a creamy mouthfeel, and a slightly bitter finish. Floral hop and herbal tea flavors linger nicely.

O – This is a pretty good pale wheat ale. The chamomile adds another dimension to the beer, particularly in the taste. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy. There’s nothing overly spectacular here, but it is just a solid example of its style – something that I’ve come to expect from Smuttynose.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 02:15:37 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a weisse vase, the beer is a vibrant, bright, yellow-gold coloring with a steady flow of big carbonation bubbles and a slight coating of white film along the surface. Aromas of lemon, green herbs, and roasted wood come through on the nose. Flavors are a bit more roasted than the style normally produces, but not unwelcomed. Lemon zest and a slight peppery hopping bring some levity to the backbone, with a grainy main character powering through. The aftertaste is more of the toasted grains, with only a slight hint of hops bitterness. Tangy, somewhat drying finish, and this beer quickly leaves the palate, never really establishing itself prominently while you drink. Not bad, but Smutty has much better offerings.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 03:48:04 | More by GarthDanielson
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3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. The stamp has been smudged a bit, but I can tell it says best before sometime in September 2012. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy gold color with about an inch off-white head that stays around for a bit. There's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is sweet malt, wheat, and some light honey and citrus. It tastes like wheat malt, light citrus, chamomile and some peppery spice. Both the aroma and flavor seem to be subtle to me. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's refreshing and easy to drink. Nothing really impressive about this brew, I was expecting it to be better. I'll try to revisit this one next summer and see if I like it more then. $1.79 for a single.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 23:05:37 | More by bluejacket74
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3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of wheat and biscuit notes, with some lemon thrown in. The flavor is very similar. I get some bread and wheat, as well as some lemons and a little bit of white pepper. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Nothing too exciting, but not too bad.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 22:21:09 | More by Mora2000
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3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass, color is pale, transparent straw, nice bright white head that laces well.

Smell is clean, kind of bland, thin mix of wheat and pale malts... nothing stands out.

Taste is crisp, clean, mostly malt, some light wheat flavors, good crisp and fresh hopiness, though nothing distinguishes itself.

MOuthfeel is a little over carbonated, but makes sense for a summer brew that should be served a bit colder.

Overall, pretty tasty and easy drinking, could use some more wheat flavor.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 20:35:30 | More by mvanaskie13
Photo of Cylinsier


3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours a clean clear golden color with a whitish head, dissipates to a lacing.

Grassy wheaty malt nose with some hints of honey.

Grassy malt grain and some hints of citrus and honey sweetness. Hint of a hop in the end.

Medium body with a tingly carbonation on the tongue.

Pretty decent refreshing wheat ale, but not wheaty enough. Just kind of average. Nothing to complain about, but there are better wheat ales.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 22:57:00 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of Schmidts


4.15/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour's Hazy yellow with a bright white creamy head and lots of laceig, Head stays through the whole time.
Smells of Lemon pie and sour apples and citrus.

Sour crisp and frankly delious. It balences with hops and lemon and grainy pie crust for a refreshing summer ale.

Leaves a dry clean taste in its finish. It is highly refreshing in its finish. Overall I give this one a 4.00. One of the most refreshing and flavorful summer Ales I have ever had. Thanks to Jason at Epps Beverage in Limerick for the sample. I may just have to get a case of this. I find Smuttynose Beers to almost always be an excelent quality product.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 20:24:18 | More by Schmidts
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3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a - light orange and murky wheat appearance with a nice 2 finger head and great retention

s - lots of malt and some floral and sour notes

t - very grainy and metalic and bitter and crisp in the finish. Very dry as well.

m - very full bodied for style

o - for a summer beer, this one just isn't very freshing or positive tasting. Smuttynose makes some really solid beers but this one was a miss to me. Its tolerable but it doesn't really work for me. Just way too metallic tasting on the pallet.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 16:29:30 | More by bubseymour
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