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Smuttynose Summer Weizen - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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667 Ratings

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Ratings: 667
Reviews: 315
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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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.

ToasterChef, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of ClevelandG
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

ClevelandG, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

kylehay2004, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of JunkYardJake
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

JunkYardJake, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of corby112
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

corby112, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of puboflyons
3.43/5  rDev 0%
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.

puboflyons, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of micromaniac129
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

micromaniac129, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of jiggahertz
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

jiggahertz, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of JLeege
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

JLeege, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of Swedes21
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Swedes21, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of therica
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Flannery's, Mercersburg PA

A big disappointment, I'm surprised because I'm used to so much great quality from Smuttynose.

A= lifeless hazy light yellow, little to no head.

S= light ginger, bready, that's about it.

T= light ginger, some bready midtones, a subtle hint of lemon, slightly watery and really nothing that I even enjoyed. Where's the wheat?!?

M= a lingering ale taste with ginger notes.

O= consumable. Still better than a US macro if that were your only choice. But a huge disappointment for any wheat-beer fans. My wife said her favorite, Blue Moon was much better and I'd have to agree.

therica, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of beancounter
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Hazy yellow with minimal head. moderate carbonation

S-Bready and an unidentifiable fruitiness.

T-I'm getting a light lemony flavor, mild bread, but nothing else. Bitterness is noticeable at the back of the tongue. For a wheat beer, there is one important flavor missing...wheat.

M-Light mouthfeel which is appropriate for the style.

O-Meh... Based on the description and other reviews, I was expecting this beer to be subtle, but complex. It's boringly simple, and I could find other beers at a lower price point with a similar taste profile.

beancounter, May 28, 2011
Photo of BMoldy
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, very pale amber with a foamy white one-finger head that leaves a solid lacing as it subsides. The aroma is mostly biscuity barley with a sharp wheat cut and a hefty whiff of yeast and citrus. Otherwise, I'm a little hard pressed to find anything else... The beer itself is a little on the sweet side, with some floral notes and minimal hop presence. A little hint of orange seeps through, despite the strong grain bill. Alcohol is right where it should be.

A decently refreshing beer, but nothing fantastic. There must be better summer ales out there, I'm sure of it. If you're just looking for a good thirst quencher, you're better off seeking out a hefeweizen or a more mature, refined summer ale.

BMoldy, May 27, 2011
Photo of mocktm
3.43/5  rDev 0%
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.

mocktm, May 27, 2011
Photo of BennyL1
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Weizen glass. Enjoy by date of September 2011 on the label.

Smutty Summer has a golden body with a small white and foamy head on top. A bit of lacing sticks to the side of the glass when given a swirl. A slight bit of cloudiness as well.

Mostly wheat and grain in the nose. Bit of lemon zest in there. Nice yeast component as well.

Taste is a lot of grain with a lemony background. Some chamomile in there too. Very refreshing taste albeit uncomplicated. Mostly bready in the finish.

Body is on the lighter side with a good amount of carbonation.

Very nice summer offering from Smuttynose, uncomplicated and easy drinking. Not a bad beer if you're looking for a nice summertime drinker.

BennyL1, May 19, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Hazy gold/amber colour with a large size fizzy and frothy white coloured head. I can't make out much carbonation due to the haziness and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes.

Smell – Breads/grains, cloves, wheat, floral, lemon

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation. I can taste lots of lemon (juice and zest) and wheat mixed with some cloves. There is also a bit of a floral/perfume flavour that comes in at the aftertaste..

Overall – At first I wasn't crazy about the floral taste that the beer had, but it grew on me as I progressed through my glass. It a decent summer refresher but there's lots of other beers in this category that I'd rather be drinking.

spinrsx, May 18, 2011
Photo of richkrull
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

richkrull, May 18, 2011
Photo of ShogoKawada
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz into Stone VE tasting glass.

A- Pale gold on the pour. Huge fluffy white cloud of a head, dense and sticky on the glass. Great color and retention.

S-Light, grainy nose, smidge of husked wheat and lemon.

T- Light, refreshing wheat profile, some banana/lemon and a bit of pepper. Very harmonious, if unadventurous.

M- Crisp, refreshing, good flavors, nice finish. Well balanced.

O- Impressive- not my favorite style, but this is a good beer I can see buying for the summertime cookouts. Very drinkable.


ShogoKawada, May 03, 2011
Photo of ngeunit1
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright cloudy golden-yellow color with a finger of white head. The head faded down to a ring around the glass lacing nicely on the sides.

S - Aroma is full of wheat and citrus (lemon) scents. There is also some spices and some floral elements mixing in.

T - Starts off with some wheat flavor and lemon citrus flavor. Bit of yeast in the background. Through the middle some deeper bread flavors and spices come out. The finish was a blend of wheat and lemon flavor with just a hint of spice that lingers nicely.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate lively carbonation. Super smooth and crisp with a clean and slightly dry finish that is really refreshing.

D - Very drinkable. Feels just slightly light in both body and flavor, but otherwise there are some nice flavors that are really nicely balanced and are really refreshing.

ngeunit1, May 03, 2011
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - hazed golden yellow color with a short-lived white head.

S - mix of spices and lemon zest.

T - a bit of tart lemon followed by floral/herbal flavors finishing on the tart side.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

O - a decent summer beer but many others are just as good if not better.

JoeyBeerBelly, May 03, 2011
Photo of NODAK
4.33/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is of lemon with wheat. Pretty simple and basic...smells like a summer beer to me.

Hazy and golden, as per expectations.

Taste is predominately citrusy, most notably of lemon, all over the body of the beer. This is followed by a large dosing of wheat and graininess together leading the beer out to the finish where there's a small but persistant lingering medicinal bitterness that finishes the beer.

I really, really enjoyed this beer. Great summer refresher here. The lemon and the wheat/grain work so well together.

NODAK, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of Hoptometrist
2.53/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served from the bottle into a weizen glass.

A- Clear golden yellow color with one finger of soapy white head the leaves some minimal lacing.

S- Malted barley, wheat, lemon and chamomile

T- Watery chamomile tea flavor, malted barley, wheat, lemon, grassy notes, and a skunky aftertaste

M- Medium body, but pretty watery flavor and finish

O- First Smuttynose beer and a very disappointing one. Very watery and not a fan of the chamomile overload and skunky aftertaste.

Hoptometrist, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of BeerLover99
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy deep yellow, nice 1 finger fluffy head, great lacing

S: big clean wheat, subtle floral whiff

T: big earthy wheat, hint of floral, lingering bitter dry finish

M: med/light body, dry

O: Solid, not amazing. Used to Weizen beers
being a little sweeter. Fine Summer and/or session beer.


BeerLover99, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is somewhat floral, some notes of citrus. Taste is good, a bit mild, some citrus and spice are present, a touch of wheat and hops. Feel smedium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

tone77, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of mnrider
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle--->Pint Glass

A: Pours a cloudy light gold. Head starts off large but soon turns to nothing. Not much lacing going on either.

S: The nose is interesting with lemon and flowers. Some good yeast also.

T/M: Refreshingly smooth and easy to drink, which is great for a summer beer. The balance is really good with the lemony wheat really standing out. Hops come in with some well needed bitterness. The finish is on the dry side.

O: A really good summer beer. For the style its filled with flavors that are not commonly used this strongly. This makes for an interesting summer beer. Worth a try at least.


mnrider, Apr 17, 2011
Smuttynose Summer Weizen from Smuttynose Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 667 ratings.