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Smuttynose Summer Weizen - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Ratings: 665
Reviews: 314
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 6
Gots: 38 | 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)
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Reviews by kkipple:
Photo of kkipple
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%

Been working my way through a six pack of this stuff, and I have to say it's just growing and growing on me... Smutty Summer Weizen comes in a real unappealing bottle, pink and blue, but whatever, toss the bottle and get this into a glass!

A. Served cold, it's chill-hazed and cloudy, but let it warm and it'll clear right up to a bubbly pale straw color with a fine white head that leaves lace where it wills.

S. Cold, not much. Warmed up to warmer than you'd usually drink a wheat beer opens it up and you get some pale grain, soft lemon-citrus, spice, and barely roasted malt. Not a great deal, of anything, however. The weakest part of this beer.

T. Odd, yet good. This is a wheaty, dry, bitter pale brew but the bitterness seems to come from spice (chamomile) and not hops. There are some earthy, bittering hops in there, but there's barely any malt sweetness to balance out, so it ends up being a dry, herbal and citrus thing. I suppose you could call it tea like and mildly astringent. Unsettling at first, but by the end of the pint you're reaching for another.

M / D. Soft yet full carbonation, dry and medium-light bodied, this is pretty easy to put back if the bitterness doesn't offend you. I can easily do two or more of these...

Smutty Summer Weizen is a weird beer, sure, but it's good and unusual and quite refreshing on this humid August night. I'll buy more.

kkipple, Aug 24, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
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.

oberon, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of DaPeculierDane
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.

DaPeculierDane, Sep 12, 2007
Photo of ExtraStout
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.

ExtraStout, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of SkiBum22
3/5  rDev -12.5%

SkiBum22, May 11, 2014
Photo of BeerAdvocate
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.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of SpyderMan14
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

SpyderMan14, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of chOAKbarrell
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.

chOAKbarrell, Jun 02, 2006
Photo of SmellTheGluv
2.25/5  rDev -34.4%

SmellTheGluv, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of lordofthewiens
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.

lordofthewiens, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of Todd
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Todd, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of generallee
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.

generallee, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of Doomcifer
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Doomcifer, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of Jason
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.

Jason, Jun 25, 2007
Photo of merlin48
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.

merlin48, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
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.

Mora2000, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of avitallo
4.75/5  rDev +38.5%

avitallo, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of Cavanaghty
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.

Cavanaghty, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of standardcherry
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

standardcherry, May 25, 2012
Photo of Swedes21
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.

Swedes21, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of Janeinma
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Janeinma, May 26, 2013
Photo of Bike2work
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Bike2work, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of bpfrush
3/5  rDev -12.5%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of jminch
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

jminch, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
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.

WVbeergeek, Jul 06, 2011
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Smuttynose Summer Weizen from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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