Smuttynose Summer Weizen - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Summer WeizenSmuttynose Summer Weizen

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Ratings: 686
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 9
Gots: 44 | 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:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 06-05-2005

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
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Photo of illpass78
4.3/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BigCheese
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Nothing special, one of smuttys weaker brews IMO.

Photo of ClavisAurea
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.

Photo of seedyone
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

08/12/12 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. This is a perfectly respectable beer. Perfect body. Polite aftertaste. A true summer quaffer. I'll be researching the possibilities of establishing a keg in my livingroom now tha the air conditioner has crapped out. Smutty Summer may have saved my life...but I'll have get back to you on that, assuming I survive.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
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

Photo of Flounder57
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.

Photo of oberon
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
2.53/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of generallee
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Jason
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of merlin48
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Mora2000
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.

Photo of Cavanaghty
2.8/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Photo of Swedes21
3.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mocktm
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into traditional Hefe glass.

Pour produces a healthy white head that sticks around for quite a bit, but leaves little lace to speak of. Eventually settles down to a light semi-hazy golden yellow.

Nose is full of wheat, lemony citrus and peppery like spice. Not getting much else.

Incredibly floral front complemented with bread like undertones. Very spicy in the middle with a tad bit of hop bitterness sneaking in at the end to present a nice finish. Banana isn't really apparent, nor is orange or coriander from the Wit yeast strain. I'm not exactly sure what they were going for, but this thing is pretty complex in an unpredictable way. Not crazy about this beer, but I'm starting to like it more as my glass becomes emptier.

Light to medium bodied with some nice carbonation resulting in a crisp, refreshing and easily drinkable brew. Probably a solid bet for some for a go to summer session beer.

Overall I wasn't real impressed. I'm not saying that it's bad by any means, but maybe just a bit too out there for me. For my summer drinking, I'll be going for either a Wit or a Hefe, not a semi pale concoction of the two.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer has a crystal clear body with a slight hue of orange and a bubbly white soft head supported by a strong carbonation.
S- The soft flinty note is pleasant but otherwise pretty clean. T- The soft wheaty notes have a soft raw grain note underneath that grows a bit as it warms. There is a soft flint note followed by a hint of pine hop finish with a pungent green bite.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a cleaning fizz and a dry finish.
D- This beer is a nice crisp light beer with a good depth of character to it.

Photo of richkrull
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a pale golden color with a small amount of head on it.

Smell is full of wheat.

Taste is very malt heavy. Also has a bit of a bitter hop finish. Good balanced beer all around.

Medium mouthfeel. Surprisingly filling for a summer ale. Went down smooth despite being a little thicker than I expected.

Overall a solide beer that I enjoyed.

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

This brew pours out a hazy gold with some action going on in the glass. The head, which pours out at about one finger, is a bit spritzy and dissipates rather quickly. A light foam remains and a swirl will always bring up more head. Little, but some, lacing remains behind.
Initially a tart smell comes out of the glass with a strong yeast presence. A light herbal hops bitterness with some light spices and some grains kick through as well.
There's a light bready malt mixing it up under the wheat and spices with a tart lemon rind and very light leafy hops in the flavor. I think the yeast is a bit "unclean," for the who know what I'm trying to get at, and a little grainy.
This one's a pretty smooth brew with a crispness up front and adequate carbonation for the style that just barely doesn't go too far. Body is light-medium.
This is a pretty good one that just needs a bit more depth and strength to it.

Photo of sloejams
3.82/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Much like the hefeweizens that seem to be popping up everywhere, Smuttynose takes on the classic German ale with an American sensibility. The unfiltered color is a pale staw with a generous head. The scent is full or banana, clove and lots of wheat malt as does the taste. It has a nice sweet yeast kick that pleasantly rounds the taste out. This is a good summer beer. Please no lemon in mine

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Smuttynose Summer Weizen from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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