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Smuttynose Summer Weizen - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Summer WeizenSmuttynose Summer Weizen

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Ratings: 659
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 5
Gots: 35 | FT: 1
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by DeFaz:
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3.26/5  rDev -5%

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.

07-14-2013 04:08:13 | More by DeFaz
More User Reviews:
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Poured a very light straw with quick dissapating white head,relly liked the aromas really clovey I even picked up a hint of nutmeg in there as well a lighter lemon pith and banana aroma sits underneath the spice.Not a real complicated or complex wheat ale but that makes it pretty drinkable,clovey spice with a hint of banana and toasted wheat malt.A real summer drinker here goes down easy and has some nice flavors.

07-25-2006 00:16:39 | More by oberon
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2.83/5  rDev -17.5%

Nice bottle.

Appearance: Miller lite like body. White head that dissipates quickly. Disappointing.

Aroma: Herbal, spicy, bread, wheat, skunk.

Taste: Skunk, bitter hops, spice, pizzaz, light fruit, phenols.

Body: Crisp, spicy, light, bubbly, coriander seedy, eh.

Drinkability: nil.

Not very enjoyable. Weird.

09-12-2007 01:11:42 | More by DaPeculierDane
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3.43/5  rDev 0%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Kind of a dirty golden yellow with notes of sediment floating. Quick white foamy head. No lacing, clean down the glass.

Smells yeasty with a hidden hint of something - I am guessing that is the Chamomille they advertise.

Taste is malty, notes of citrus - mostly lemon. Relatively smooth brew. Moderately carbonated in the mouthfeel. About what you'd expect from a well made summer wheat.

Solid beer. Definitely drinkable. Good for a deck party in the summer.

07-16-2010 23:00:12 | More by ExtraStout
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New York

3/5  rDev -12.5%

05-11-2014 13:42:22 | More by SkiBum22
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3.73/5  rDev +8.7%

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue V:

German in the name, brewed with a Belgian yeast strain and a blend of continental and domestic malted barley and wheat. It doesn't get any more American than that.

Hazy, dusty yellowish gold color, the haze comes from the wheat and possibly some yeast, though with this sample we had to rouse the yeast pretty hard to lift it from the bottom of the bottle. Bright white crown of lacing adorns the top of this beer with top notch head retention. The nose goes from bread crust to lemony to a faint spicy and medicinal aroma, pretty complex to say the least. The impeccable smoothness is exactly what we were looking for in a summer seasonal wheat beer. Moderately-sized body. The malt peels layers back quickly from doughy biscuits to fresh bread crust, fresh grass to mild animal feed. Hop bitterness takes a good whack at the malt to keep the balance, the spicy character from the wheat following the same suit. Finishes with a lot of complex lingering flavors of lemon peel, medicinal phenols, herbal hop and a thick graininess from the malt. Lands dry in the end.

One of the most complicated yet drinkable summer seasonals, there are so many flavors to deal with yet none come at the taste buds in an aggressive way. Match that with the smoothness and you have a winner.

09-10-2010 13:35:39 | More by BeerAdvocate
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2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

06-14-2013 00:23:56 | More by SpyderMan14
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2.53/5  rDev -26.2%

Definitely just a usa wheat beer, and not any kind of weizen like the name suggests. Since american wheat beers are very average, generally sub-par offerings as it is, I suppose this beer lives up (down?) to that reputation. The smell is off... kind of mildly offensive like a macro lager, but with a touch of citrus on top. The taste is just kind of disagreeable and not very smooth. Nothing shocking or horrible, just not really good. The Budweiser Summer-spiced-heat-wheat-whatever I had recently was better than this. I split this bottle with my girlfriend, and I'm glad I only had 6oz of it.

06-02-2006 00:15:44 | More by chOAKbarrell
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2.25/5  rDev -34.4%

06-22-2014 01:02:27 | More by SmellTheGluv
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3.4/5  rDev -0.9%

Tried this just after sampling Magic Hat's Hocus Pocus. This one is better, but that's damning it with faint praise. The beer was a golden color with a medium head. It had an average aroma for the style, citrus and grain. Decent taste, tart citrus, with a little bit of hops. Slightly thin in the mouthfeel department. OK, not amazing.

06-09-2006 12:12:47 | More by lordofthewiens
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

07-18-2013 23:59:50 | More by Todd
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New York

3.78/5  rDev +10.2%

Presentation: It was poured into from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tall Pilsner glass. The label has a freshness date but no ABV%.

Appearance: The body is pale and hazy with a straw yellow color. It has a nice tall white head on top that has good retention and lacing.

Smell: In the nose I pick up only light hints of wheat malt and pale grain with some citrusy and grassy hops.

Taste/Palate: On the tongue there is some light tangy wheat notes like sour dough bread, pale grain and dry yeast. The hops add light bitterness as well as some light floral, citrus, and grassy notes. The palate is light to medium bodied with a lively well carbonated texture.

Notes: It is definitely a light summer time beer and a good one.

09-05-2010 16:13:24 | More by generallee
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Rhode Island

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

08-11-2014 18:00:53 | More by Doomcifer
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3.35/5  rDev -2.3%

12 oz brown bottle with a best before Oct 07 freshness date. With this sample I swirled the yeast into the glass ... no lemon garnish.

A- This beer has a beautiful head, sticky all around with a semi-stable bubbly lace. Hazed from the yeast in a glowing yellow hue.

S- Nutty yeast and a bready wheat malt aroma. Slightly phenolic and fruity in the nose.

T- Snap of wheat malt and the mildly sharp hop bitterness is a touch spicy, wheat malt character stays on the dry side and clean at that. Bitter phenols cloud out some of the maltiness middle to end. Nutty yeast and a touch of alcohol show a bit of fruitiness.

M- Solid crispness in a moderate body, great mouth feel.

D- Not half bad, I personally think they should have gone all the way and spiced it with orange peel and coriander or used a cleaner yeast.

06-25-2007 01:15:45 | More by Jason
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3.73/5  rDev +8.7%

Bottle pours a cloudy golden body with a tall white head. Delicate sheet lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is wheat, floral hops, and chamomile.

Light medium body is crisply carbonated.

Taste has a dominant floral hop bitterness enhanced by the herbal chamomile. Twangy pale wheat malt provides a solid base. A hint of citrusy lemon jumps in toward the finish and contributes to a rather pleasant finish.

I'm not a fan of this style but this one is well executed and refreshing. The chamomile adds an appropriate herbal twist that elevates this one above most of its blander peers.

04-09-2011 01:08:12 | More by merlin48
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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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.

08-05-2012 22:21:09 | More by Mora2000
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North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +38.5%

08-08-2014 23:30:32 | More by avitallo
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2.78/5  rDev -19%

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.

09-24-2012 17:59:31 | More by Cavanaghty
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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

05-25-2012 19:20:23 | More by standardcherry
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Appearance - beer pours a clear ale colour with minimal carbonation, there is a nice white head and some spotty lacing.

Smell - there is a faint bitterness to the smell, i can pick up some wheats, breads and faint lemon tones. there is a slight earthy feel to this beer as well.

Taste - Nice tasting beer, surprising to be honest. very nice wheat/bread taste. i can pick up the lemon very well and the earthy tones generate the slight bitterness near the end.

Mouthfeel - some nice added bitterness and volume here, i enjoyed the added bitterness and wheat.

Overall - nice tasting beer, nothing that will blow your mind or something i'd seek out again.

06-01-2011 00:31:27 | More by Swedes21
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

05-26-2013 22:31:24 | More by Janeinma
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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

06-07-2012 15:41:25 | More by Bike2work
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3/5  rDev -12.5%

11-15-2011 21:12:48 | More by bpfrush
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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

06-24-2013 19:01:13 | More by jminch
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West Virginia

3.53/5  rDev +2.9%

Had on tap recently with my wife out for dinner, much more enjoyable so far than this bottle has been. This one pours a clouded bright yellow golden hue with a nice thicket of bright white head. Lacing forms bands of uneven lacing down the sides of my glass. Aroma has a touch of honey biscuit malt character to it with very nice floral/herbal notes, minimal banana or clove, and somewhat of a graininess. The label says it's brewed with chamommile flowers which would make sense for what I'm getting. Flavors provide some balanced bready/grain husk sweetness with a touch of honey, harsh bitterness from herbal/floral notes almost something perfume like in nature, probably the chamommile flower additions. I like my summer weizens to have a bit more banana and clove from the German yeast additions, this seems to be running on house Smuttynose yeast or at least an American Pale Wheat yeast addition. Mouthfeel is actually medium bodied with a bit of oily textures going across my palate, finishes rather dry, not sure of the hopping rate or IBUs on this but I'd venture to say higher than your average hefeweizen. Carbonation isn't an issue but overall enjoyment level was lacking a bit, first off better on draft, and flavor wise the herbal/graininess was a bit off putting for me. Still an enjoyable summer sipper just not what I was looking for in a Weizen.

07-06-2011 09:40:05 | More by WVbeergeek
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Smuttynose Summer Weizen from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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