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Smuttynose Summer Weizen - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
78
okay

632 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 632
Reviews: 307
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 5
Gots: 30 | 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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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

1.55/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A - Hazy straw to golden color. Large bubbly head. Thick lacing. Medium visable carbonation.

S - Sort of skunky/musty crap-lager-esque aroma. Not good at all.

T - A little foul. A sort of sulphery malt that stays on an offends throughout the flavor. The aftertaste is a foul bitterness and sulphur.

M - Thin. Not too harsh, but I wouldn't call it smooth. Not even refreshing! A summer beer no less.

D - Ugh. I tried to get my friends to drink this one, but it was too unpleasant for them too. Smuttynose really disappointed with this one. They are one of my favorite breweries too!!! I will have to try this again (against my better judgement), just to make sure this was an okay keg. I doubt I will try this again after that though. Yuck!

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2007 23:44:24 | More by mrasskicktastic
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Curloftheburl

Connecticut

2/5  rDev -41.7%

06-13-2013 13:46:38 | More by Curloftheburl
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specialiste

Florida

2/5  rDev -41.7%

01-15-2012 07:04:47 | More by specialiste
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Fettpopps

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -41.7%

03-16-2014 14:13:38 | More by Fettpopps
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laurastradford

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -41.7%

12-16-2012 19:37:44 | More by laurastradford
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funkengruven

Ontario (Canada)

2.1/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Seriously, what is this?!?!

It poured nicely leaving some decent head and some lacing, but it smells terrible, nasty musty aroma that carries into the flavor, none of the smoothness of a good wheat beer just musty funk. Some bitterness at the end but it is not a good bitterness. Aftertaste has some grains in there but it's dominated by an overpowering musty aroma. Not very good, not very drinkable.

This is my third from this brewer and I have yet to be impressed. Their pumpkin ale tastes like turpentine, the Hanami ale tastes like battery acid, and this tastes like a musty old sock. I'm willing to give this brewer a chance if someone could direct me to something decent these guys make.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 23:14:55 | More by funkengruven
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DeltaGolfSierra

Tennessee

2.1/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance is a light hazy golden color with a pale white head and some light lacing on the glass. Upon opening the bottle, the floral scents were pleasant, but as I drank it, the smell seemed to become more medicinal and unpleasant, almost vomit-like. The taste was different from other wheat beers - a vague floral/herbal flavor comes through, maybe a slight lemon taste, with some piney bitterness in the finish. The smell became so offensive that I couldn't finish it. This one ended in a drain pour. Bell's Oberon Ale is a much better beer of this style.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 01:59:59 | More by DeltaGolfSierra
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claspada

New Jersey

2.13/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden yellow with a soapy white head. The aroma is typical of weizens; clove, banana and some odd spicing I can't put my finger on. Some hop aromas in the finish. The taste is not impressive in the slightest. Taste is dominated by the yeast character, needs more malty body or hop aroma or something. Floral/herbal presence is unbalanced and offputting for my liking. I have definitely smelled/tasted much "better" weizen yeast combinations. The faint malt and wheat are not enough to overcome the other numerous misses with this beer. No thanks in the future for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 15:55:44 | More by claspada
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SmellTheGluv


2.25/5  rDev -34.4%

06-22-2014 01:02:27 | More by SmellTheGluv
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crwrunner

Virginia

2.25/5  rDev -34.4%

06-30-2013 11:20:25 | More by crwrunner
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olympicgatorade

New Jersey

2.25/5  rDev -34.4%

05-01-2012 20:57:55 | More by olympicgatorade
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TongoRad

New Jersey

2.33/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a mostly clear golden yellow with a rocky long-lasting head.

Aroma is, well, odd. There is some fruit (banana, mango), spicy phenols suggesting coriander and lemon peel, and some maltiness. On the negative side are medicinal phenols and an overall abrasiveness. It seems like it wants to be either a wit or a weizen but can't commit to either.

Unfortunately that abrasiveness also dominates the palate. Some fruit is there as well as the more pleasant phenols. But there is also a tannic astringency and an over-abundance of bitterness. It is really difficult to get past these negative qualities and into the heart of the beer, but something really went wrong here. Whether that something was in the concept or the execution is hard to say, but something is out of whack, at least in the two bottles I sampled. The fact that the label is incorrect and the freshness date of May is suspect doesn't help. I'd pass on another.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2005 02:53:23 | More by TongoRad
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

2.42/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up on a whim for a mix-a-six at Julio's.

Pours hazy light brownish orange. White head turns to a thick ring and leaves a bit of lacing. Tiny amount of flecks sit at the bottom.

Mostly a lemony, bready macro scent. Not appealing.

Taste luckily beats out the smell...at first. Either way it's pretty much like a million other pale wheat ales, no weizen-ness here. Nice yeasty aftertaste but otherwise quite bland. Light lemon, citrus and wheat. I'm not sure what taste chamomile would present (floral/tea?) but I don't think I'm getting it. As it warms up I get tastes of garbage, blech.

Mouthfeel is decent, carbonation is good but a little thin.

This truthfully wasn't bad until it warmed up, hurry and drink it cold and you'll get a mediocre wheat ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 06:32:13 | More by Chico1985
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cavedave

New York

2.43/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Cloudy straw color with a thin off white bit of foam that quickly disappears to a few spotty islands. Not a beauty contest winner for sure.

Light aroma of tart yeast, and a bit of spice. No hint of chamomille, or any of the other estery aromas promised on label.

Taste starts with a bit of sweet, some tart yeast, a bit of saison peppery note to it, and some herbal in the swallow. Not really very tasty.

Mouthfeel is sort of thick and very low carb., with a finish that is...less than optimal.

I heartily do not recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 22:04:19 | More by cavedave
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kellyst

Ohio

2.45/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a pillowy white head. This beer is rather clear for a wheat beer. Aroma is of chamomile and wheat. The flavor is dominated by chamomile. There is a lack of balancing wheat and yeast flavors in this beer. Not a good american wheat ale. I couldn't finish the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 17:31:23 | More by kellyst
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Gmann

New York

2.5/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours an almost clear straw color with a nice soapy white head. This looks more like a pils than a wheat beer. The aroma is grainy, with a lemony detergent like smell, some tart apple skins. Not very good. The taste is of pale malt, kind of grainy, has a lemony and granny smith apple tartness, and a noticable grassy hop profile in the end. The feel is moderate with nice carbonation but finishes quite astringent and tart. This is a very disappointing wheat brew. I won't get into the fact that they call this brew a Weizen. Its very grainy for a wheat brew, not very smooth, and really just a mess. I don't recommend.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2008 04:25:42 | More by Gmann
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CoreyW

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

05-31-2012 15:17:38 | More by CoreyW
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jimpyle48

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

06-13-2014 21:36:38 | More by jimpyle48
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chrispoint

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

02-20-2012 18:21:40 | More by chrispoint
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KillaB

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

01-29-2013 10:32:30 | More by KillaB
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jeffthecheff

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a six pack of this beer thinking it would be something different, and I tried to like it for what it is but when it came down to reviewing, I had to be tough on this one.

Appearance resembles nothing of a wheat beer. There is almost no haze, it was actually pretty clear. The head was good but not great, the only redeeming part of the appearance was the rapid stream of bubbles that came up for the duration of the glass.

Aroma had some slight floral hoppiness to it. There wasn't any real yeast presence in it, and I had a hard time figuring out what they were going for.

Taste is very bitter, dry, with a bit of toastiness to it. No real hop flavor, but very big bitterness. It seems like they wanted to go for an American style wheat beer and just over-hopped it. This beer doesn't have any yeast or wheat character, and it doesn't remind me of summer at all. I wouldn't consider this refreshing.

Mouthfeel is light and dry with an appropriatley high carbonation. Nothing special there. Drinkability was okay but not great because of the bitterness/dryness combination. I had a few while playing cards and it did alright for that.

I didn't expect a bad beer from one of my favorite breweries, so this was a big let down. I can't find any thoughtful purpose behind this beer. If you are considering buying this as a summer refresher, get something else.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 16:59:50 | More by jeffthecheff
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

01-02-2012 17:56:37 | More by JAHMUR
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Lehighace06

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

01-24-2014 13:56:00 | More by Lehighace06
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a weizen glass.

A: Poured a golden, slightly unfiltered yellow with bright wheaty tones and a thick, pillowy top of foam which reduced to a very thin coating.

S: Smells a tad zesty and funky, with clear lemongrass aromas and added to the wheat smell.

T: The taste is a tad harsh, I think. Very puckering citrus flavor turned slightly metallic by the wheat flavor. It could be the carbonation, which was unnecessarily high for this wheat brew, I thought. It was light and flavorful, but a little tough to drink.

M: Mouthfeel is crisp, sharp and overly carbonated.

D: The sweet, crisp lemon taste and wheat flavors would be fine if they weren't together in this brew. Something Smuttynose did with the balance here wasn't quite right to me. It would be sessionable on a hot day if it weren't so carbonated and unbalanced.

I personally didn't care much for this one, which was a downer because I picked up a 6 on the premise of just wanting a different summer beer. I can't recommend it, but maybe you'll find it more palatable than I did.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 21:41:37 | More by Gambrinus1184
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barnzy78

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

12-01-2011 03:08:34 | More by barnzy78
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Smuttynose Summer Weizen from Smuttynose Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 632 ratings.