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Smuttynose Summer Weizen - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Ratings: 682
Reviews: 315
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 8
Gots: 43 | 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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Ratings: 682 | Reviews: 315
Photo of fields336
3.61/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by October 11
Served in Shaker pint

A: yellow/gold in color, with a finger of white creamy looking head. Hazy as expected, with a slight lace on the sides of the glass as it is consumed. Leaves a decent coating of head along the top of the beer

S: Sweet wheaty bready smell with a generous amount of chamomile behind it. Some citrusy and yeasty fruity notes are also present. Smells pretty nice.

T: Call me crazy but i think there should be more chamomile wheat beers, because this is a great marriage. Sweet flowery chamomile mixed with the slight ting of hops and the bready what backbone all combine to make a delicious refreshing beer. The fruity flavor from the yeast is in the background too.

M: Light Bodied, With good carbonation and a decent finish.

O: This is an easy drinking and pretty delicious. Call me a fan.

Photo of CHickman
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours slightly hazy yellow in color with a 2 finger frothy white head with tons of bubbles in it that faded slowly, leaving good foamy lacing sticking to the glass and a creamy layer on top.

Smells of toasted grains, wheat, yeast, toasted malt, lemon, bread, light citrus hops, earthy grains, medicine and metallic funk like a penny. Smells like a toasted grain hefeweizen.

Tasted like toasted grains, wheat, yeast, sweet malt, lemon, wheat bread, grass, flowers, herbs, light citrus hops, earthy grains or dirt, medicine, pepper, spices and some metallic funk. There is a hop and/or spice bite that then leaves a grainy yeast taste lingering.

Mouthfeel is slick and smooth on the tongue, with very light crisp carbonation, a light body and a grainy sweetness that trails off dry and almost powdery.

It was OK, but I wasn't sold on the taste and did not find this as refreshing as I thought it would be. I expected a light summer beer, but this just had too much of a grain edge to suppress the wheat/yeast and not enough fruit to meet what I had hoped for. It was decent, yet disappointing to me.

Photo of greenmonstah
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into perfect pint.

A - Clear gold in color with a finger of frothy white head. Nice retention. Tons of carbonation rising up from the bottom.

S - Subtle honey sweetness and Belgian yeast. Crisp and clean.

T - Stronger than the nose, you can taste a chamomile tea flavor, sweetened with honey and with Belgian yeast added. Lemony and grassy in the end.

M - Light body, refreshing and heavily carbonated. Leaves the mouth a bit dry.

O - One of my favorite summer beers. So light and refreshingly delicious. Simple, yet effective and very tasty.

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

Best by Sept 2011. Clear golden color with a solid one finger of head that had good retention. Quite a bit of lacing is left on the glass during consumption.

Typical wheat ale aroma with hints of lemon glass with floral notes. I see that chamomile flowers were used.

Nothing remarkable in the flavor. About what this drinker expects in a pale wheat ale. A little more bitterness and dryness is the only things seperating this beer from so many others.

Nicely carbonated that matches well with the light body.

A refreshing beer but I think I would prefer to drink a hefe or one of the hoppy wheat ales that are becoming increasingly popular.

Photo of Morey
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

120z. bottle with October 2011 notched on the side of the label.

Pours a pale hazy orange color with one finger of foamy white head which settled rather quickly to a thin layer. Moderate amount of stick.

Pretty mellow aroma overall, but I'm picking up a slight fruitiness along with some wheat/grains.

Taste is slightly fruity as well (maybe some white grapes). Just a touch of hops towards the middle, and then wheat and malts help round things out on the back end making for a smooth and refreshing finish.

Thin to medium body with moderate carbonation.

I was expecting this to be a bolder beer, but once I realized that not's what Smuttynose intended, I accepted it and came to the conclusion that this is their summer session beer.

Morey's Bottom Line: Something I could drink plenty of on a hot summer day, but there are others that I'd probably reach for first.

Photo of Schneic8
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle to a mug.

Appearance: Has very much the color of honey. It did not have much of a head and it didn't last. Also seems to have a minimal amount of carbonation.

Smell: Has a typical wheat beer smell but not very strong. I get some earth hops and light fruit also.

Taste: Has an initial crispness that is smooth. It has a bready taste with some lemon towards the end. Also has a slight bitter after taste.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and smooth feel at the beginning. Has a thin feel to it, almost watery, and minimal carbonation.

Overall: Good beer that has a lot of good qualities. The thinness of the texture makes it a good summer beer but the flavor is lacking somewhat. Would definitely try again.

Photo of Samp01
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice pale yellow / golden, with a nice whitehead, some good lacing. Aroma is of citrus, lemony, light hops, with somw light malt and fruity esters. Taste has some good citrusy, lemon and fruity spices, some light grassy notes. Palate is nice light body with good carbonation. nice crisp mouth feel. Finish is a nice citrusy lemos, some sweet spices and grassy notes with some light hops, has slight sweet nutty aftertaste. Overall a very nice crisp and refreshing summer ale.

Photo of iadler
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass

A- Pours a clear straw gold with a fluffy 3 finger head that slowly dissipates and form a nice white cap. Leaves some nice lacing.

S- Faint aroma of wheat, lemon and orange zest, banana, clove, and some floral notes.

T- The floral notes including chamomile are much more noticeable in the taste with some peppery spice, banana and clove. There is a bit of sweetness from the wheat as well as a slight citrus bitterness.

M- Medium carbonation and light body with a very crisp mouthfeel. Finishes fairly dry and is quite drinkable.

O- Not one of my favorites from Smuttynose, but a nice offering. The chamomile provides some nice floral notes and is quite drinkable and refreshing on a warm day.

Photo of emerge077
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip, it has a pale pastel yellow gold color, slightly hazy with an irregular cap of white foam, sticky around the edges. Retention is good and it leaves a sheet of lacing on the opposite side of the glass. Sticky crown of lacing looks nice.

Minerals, apple, floral notes that must be the chamomile.

Finishes dry and floral, notes of mellow grainy wheat and a hint of hop bitterness comprise the main flavors. Somewhat thin but well attenuated and dry like a Belgian Pale. Clean and easy drinking, just not all that interesting. Minimal and crisp, easy to pair with food. Probably a touch too bitter and dry to use as a conversion beer for macro-drinking friends.

Photo of lechroy
2.89/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. A is nice. Wonderful fluffy head with cool golden feel. S is kind of harsh with a pilsner feel. Cereal is prominent. T is just ok, good shallow beer for summer with a real hint of bitterness, its uncommonly harsh in the aftertaste. M is decent. Maybe a bit overcarbonated. O its just kinda okay. I wouldn't pick it off a shelf.

Photo of Duhast500
3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Shock Top Weizen glass.

The color is a clear yellowish/gold with two fingers of pillowy white head ans some thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a bit banana with a hint of cherry in the nose. There is a bit of a wheat aroma coming out that is sweet and a bit bready in aroma.

The taste is somewhat banana as expected but also has a bit of a carrot flavor as well. The sweetness hits slightly in the middle that carries a slight hop flavor that is grassy toward the end.

The feel of this beer is a nice light summer drinker. The body is great for a hot summer day. It is manageable and goes down easy just when you want a beer that does so.

Photo of Buggies
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice tasting beer but it's nothing to cheer about.

Aromas of citrus, floral hops, and bread. Tastes good enough. Mostly citrus and that typical American wheat taste.

It really lacks anything amazing, but that it is pretty typical of the style. But what it is is drinkable. It's light and refreshing, and highly drinkable. But there just isn't a lot going on in the flavor department.

Overall, an OK beer. My wife enjoys drinking it a lot. And I'm happy to buy it for her since it's craft... and well... she likes it :)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.37/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a translucent gooey honey color. A pretty white head forms and refuses to fade. The head is an almost bleach white hue. In terms of appearance, this one looks quite attractive. The head is shockingly sturdy. This beer also leaves some good lacing.

S-Uh oh. This one is coming up very muted in the scent department. Light yeast, light lemon peel. Wheat may be the most noticeable smell. Just a very meager aroma. Not impressed.

T-Well, the taste is better than the nose. The citrus comes out more on the tongue. Wheat is clearly there. Slightly yeasty too. A bit bready. Happy that this beer helped its cause with a more impressive flavor than nose. But still, is this enough to warrant a $10 six pack?

M-Light and refreshing. Carbonation is subtle. Decent feel. Finishes easy.

O/D-This one is okay. $10 six pack...no. Worth a try...yes. I love Smuttynose. This one is not bad. Finest Kind is such a fantastic beer that my expectations are very high for the company. Still pretty decent.

Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
2.05/5  rDev -40.2%
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.

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

A cellar temperature bottle is poured into my Smuttynose pint glass.

A: Clear golden straw with a good sized white head made up of foam and small bubbles. Plenty of carbonation can be seen rising within.

S: Wheat malts and some citrus hops make up the aroma. A bit of clove and banana, but it isn't too strong.

T: Good pale malt and wheat flavors. Sweetness and bitterness levels are both low.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. Leaves a coat behind that is slightly sticky but not all that flavorful.

O: A crisp and refreshing beer without an overpowering flavor profile; this is one that you can easily drink without focusing too much on, perhaps at a cookout or over a game of horseshoes.

Photo of ClevelandG
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I filled my growler with this summer brew within an hour of it being tapped. Sudsy pour. The wheat gives the ale a really nice flavor, with yeast in the aftertaste. Clear and light yellow in color, nothing great. Fun to share with friends on the back porch, sitting in the cooler on ice.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into the Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A: Single finger head with slowly dissipating head leaving a strong lace. Murky golden with hints of amber/brown colour.

S: Nothing special though after reading other reviews I expected more. Wheaty smell.

T: Initial taste was more sour than I expected. Very bready. Solid taste for its genre.

M: Mild to moderate carbonation. Light bodied and smooth.

O: Not my favorite beer genre though I did purchase 6 different breweries' versions to try and compare. This one isn't too bad. I feel some of these are brewed to suit the more causal beer drinker but also to go well with summer foods and the heat, which this one would accomplish those objectives.

Photo of JunkYardJake
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to weizen glass.
Standard looking american wheat. Pretty clear, pale yellow with a bubbly white head. Smells a little musty and a bit grainy. Palate is refreshing and pleasant. The floral notes from the camomile are mild and suprisingly work well. Mouthfeel is pretty lively and light. Overall, this is a nice summer wheat but not one to seek out.

Photo of corby112
3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, very dark golden orange color with banana yellow hues when held to a light and a one finger frothy white head that quickly settles into a thin lasting ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Slightly earthy, floral aroma with a nice balance of zesty spice, earthy hops, bready yeast, citrus and light fruit. I'm surprised by the grassy hop presence, straw, apple and pear notes. Hints of pepper and lemon zest.

Full bodied with lots of bready yeast and banana. Again, this is surprisinlgy hoppy with an earthy, grassy presence that adds faint dry bitterness. The hops aren't overwhelming however and the wheat beer characteristics are still prominent. Zesty spice with hints of clove and pepper countered by the yeast and sweet citrus notes. Lots of lemon flavor toward the end of the palate with a dry finish. Refreshing and easy to drink, especially in this hot, humid weather.

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

Expiration date of Sep 2011. Sampled on June 20, 2011. It pours a pale yellow to orange and slightly cloudy with a short-lived head. There is slow-moving but regular carbonation. The aroma is of wheat, some yeast, and chamomile spices. Interesting but not jaw-dropping. The body is around medium and quite easy on the palate. The taste boasts a kind of grainy character and a vague fruitiness of the meaty variety like banana. It ends moderately bitter.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A slightly hazy brew that is a straw color with orange high lights. Pours with a terribly thin and lazy white head. It does though have some nice carbonation.

Aroma is slightly wheat beer but it is lacking very strongly.

Flavor is light at best. I couldn't tell you before my first sip what chamoile taste like and couldn't tell you afterwards either.
This beer finishes with a grainy bready taste.

My opinion of this better is that it's really not a bad beer and would drink several if presented to me, but I would not actively try and seek it out either.

Photo of jiggahertz
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy pale yellow with a good finger of head that sticks around forever. Nice lacing throughout.

S: Clean, fruit and floral aromas cut the wheat on the nose.

T: Smooth malt up front, wheat and yeast come through strong, a decent amount of hops towards the end.

M: Thin bodied and high carbonation.

O: Not a bad beer, was expecting more of a hefe. There is a sweetness that comes and goes throughout the drink that is interesting.

Photo of JLeege
3.09/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by: OCT ‘11

Appearance- Pours a hazy golden color, lots of active carbonation, a nice fluffy white head, good retention and lacing; a good looking beer.

Smell- Lemon and honey on the nose, subtle wheat.

Taste- Fairly bready right up front. Them some slightly herbal and grassy notes. Some lemon on the finish. I suppose some chamomile is in there, but not much. Not a very complex beer, yet it still seems a bit disjointed.

Mouthfeel- Lighter body, with fairly spritzy carbonation, a bit watery.

Overall- One and done on this one. Not that it’s a bad beer per say, perhaps overly simple, and this is a style I actually generally enjoy.

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.

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Smuttynose Summer Weizen from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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