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Smuttynose Summer Weizen - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Ratings: 671
Reviews: 315
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 7
Gots: 41 | 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 Chico1985
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.

Chico1985, Aug 11, 2010
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.

Brenden, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of BeerImmediately
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tall weizen glass.

Pours with a decent sized fluffy white head over a washed out golden body - good cloudiness. Tons of majestic effervescence. Some foamy lacing.

Aromas are nice - leads with fresh clove, followed closely by wheat, and finishing with a light/dull citrus.

Hits the palate smoothly, with more tart lemony quality than the aroma suggested. Good base of wheat malt. Light white pepper. Slightly smoky aftertaste. Pretty dry mouthfeel and finish.

Relatively drinkable / enjoyable for the style.

Aromas were my favorite characteristic of this one.

BeerImmediately, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of DeliciousSeeker
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice hazy golden color, with blondish highlights in a glass. Not that much head nor carbonation.

S- Flowery sort of aroma, you can smell the chamomile that is used to brew this beer. Good smell of a summer beer.

T- Ample taste, although a little bit puzzled by the after taste. There's sort of a lingering taste that I can't really figure out. I don't think I've had to many pale wheat ales though, so I'll take it as something I'm just not used to.

M- light, and fairly smooth. Not much carbonation as I said earlier.

D- This is a pretty good beer; the more I have the more I think that I can have another. As I said earlier, I haven't had to many American Pale Wheat Ales, but I think over time I can appreciate this one more. So, I'd say pretty drinkable.

DeliciousSeeker, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of kmo1030
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a golden color with just a touch of haze and a thin white head.
the nose has plenty of light wheat characteristics, with some grassy hoppiness and a touch of that chamomile mentioned on the label.
the taste follows suit with the aroma, but to somewhat better effect. the chamomile seems a little more pronounced. there is a bit of hop crispness at the finish and a touch of citrus in there too. the yeast is also more demonstrative than in the aroma with some nutty bready things going on.
the mouthfeel seems a little thin, but is appropriate. it has moderate carbonation.
the drinkability is good. it's quenching, and unique. the chamomile is something that while pervasive in the beer, works well, and is not your typical beer additive.

kmo1030, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of TheOtherBob
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours with a thin head that hangs around only at the edges.

Smell is almost non-existent -- very mild.

Taste is also mild, with a little bit of bitterness. I'm not seeing the "weizen" part of this -- I don't get any of the notes that I'd usually associate with a wheat beer. Maybe they're in there somewhere -- but what I get is just a relatively pedestrian bite of mild hops, and not much else.

Mouthfeel is mild, hanging around a bit on the roof of the mouth. Light aftertaste centered in the back.

It's a perfectly drinkable beer -- but also one that doesn't really impress. It's by no means bad -- but I think I may already have forgotten it!

TheOtherBob, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of ozzyCobblepot
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours yellowish-gold, surprisingly clear for a weizen--only a little haze--a good head that dissipated quickly, not much carbonation.
S: Wheat malt, touch of chamomile (had to read the label to pick that up).
T: Wheat malt hits first as it rolls over sweet taste buds, but rolling back it has a deep and bitter flavor, definitely drier than the typical weizen ale, let alone the typical summer brew.
M: Barely moderate bodied, crisp as a damp cracker.
D: Drinkable, and a unique take on a summer weizen, but not particularly easy or refreshing among summer brews.

ozzyCobblepot, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of ExtraStout
3.43/5  rDev 0%
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.

ExtraStout, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of kshankar
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy yellow, barely any foam. The little foam that is there doesn't stick around, either.

Aroma is somewhat like a mild wit..and I don't really get the chamomile scent.

Taste is of banana, cloves, mild spice, etc. Typical profile of a wheat, but it is slightly mild in all of these aspects. I don't expect full on robustness, but this just seems watered down...

...Which brings me to the mouthfeel. Its watery. Carbonation is okay. Drinkability is fine...but there are plenty of wheats to choose from.

I've had better from Smuttynose.

kshankar, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a slightly hazy, golden yellow color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left soapy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of lemon, wheat, chamomile and some yeast.

T - It had a spicy bite upon first sip with a good dose of wheat, yeast and lemon. I could faintly taste what I believe was chamomile.

M - It was crisp, sharp and dry. A light bodied ale that was perfect after a day at the beach.

D - This is an interesting wheat ale. I've only ever seen chamomile in shampoo, so I was curious to see it used in a beer. It was nice.

zeff80, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The second new beer I have access to now that I'm back in NC.

Poured a nice, hazy yellow with a thin head. Not much aroma to it, just a little bit of wheat, maybe a touch of citrus. Crisp and clean in the mouth, and the chamomile comes through.

A simple but refreshing summer sipper.

RockyTopHeel, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of BlackBearForge
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a lemony yellow with nice peach highlights and a nice white head which even leaves a bit of lacing.

The aroma has a nice grainy bite to it with a clean fresh citrusy scent, overall rather mellow.

The flavor has a nice biscuity/bready malt body with nicely bitter wheat. There is a hint of clove and a touch of banana with with a lemony citrus edge that's just a touch sour.

Mouthfeel is light and lively with a pleasnat amount of carbonation, slightly rough at first but smooth on the finish.

Smuttynose makes good beer period. Summer Weizzen is no exception though you won't hear many raving about it because it's a just a good mild ale. This beer is good and refreshng.

BlackBearForge, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of Casey10
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up today from Whole Foods in Portland, Me never had it before so was excited to try it.

A- good yellow body with a thin head.

S - thin staw smell okay as far as weizens go.

T - average taste some cloves and bananas okay

M - sits nice not much feel but not bad either.

D - I caould see this as a summer go to nice to have a change of paste. I rated drinkability high although the other categories were a bit lower.

Casey10, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of JayQue
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice summer thirst quencher, well done but nothing memorable. Pours a cloudy straw gold color with a nice size white head and surprisingly thick lacing. Smell is very average...grassy with a litlle hint of lemon zest.

Taste is fairly good...kind of half way between a slightly bitter, grassy lager and a mild hefeweizen (lemony but without the cloves, banana etc).

Mouthfeel is crisp..fairly light but that is what the style calls for. Drinkability is pretty good. A nice light summer beer with some flavor. There are better beers out there for this role, but this one is not bad either.

JayQue, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of hosehead83
3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a rwelve ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Cloudy, hazy gold in color , with a moderate head of white foam
Aroma-Definite chamomile flowers, wheat
Taste-Wheat, chamomile, spices, faint lemon zest in the finish
Overall, a light-bodied, tangy, very refreshing and drinkable American wheat. Would pair nicely with a light summer salad.

hosehead83, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours light golden with lots of effervescence and a small head. Smells grainy and slightly sour with fresh grain aromas on the end, as well as slightly lemony. The taste has some nice bitterness that helps rein in the graininess a bit. The finish, especially has a nice bitterness, but there is also a tangy lager-like yeast that asserts itself and makes things a bit more jumbled and less crisp. refreshing enough, but a little unclear in focus.

Georgiabeer, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by Sept. 2010.

Deeper golden yellow color. Finger width head that, along with the lacing, looked like it wanted to stick around, but quietly went off somewhere else.

Even though it's not advertised as having been included in the recipe, I smell super green, super fresh coriander (cilantro, really). Just a really fresh, almost neutral herb/grass (no, not weed) essence. Just a tiny touch of the scent of the albedo of an orange peel.

Surely has an overall Belgian wit character going on (makes sense, as they use Belgian wit yeast). Lacking much of the zesty spice and orange peel like qualities generally found in a really complex example. Roughly, more on par with a Hoegaarden, but less dynamic. Couldn't pick up much hop, if any.

Nice, zippy, (faintly Berliner) tang up front that develops more astringently in the finish. Tweaks the enamel slightly. Didn't leave much of a lingering flavor, which surprised me a bit, but some light, steady carbonation remained throughout.

Eh, though I did grow to like this offering after 3 separate samplings (spread over 2 weeks), I'll never by a six-pack of it and never order it at a bar unless it's the best choice available. If I'm craving a wit, there's many better ones out there priced similarly, and I'd pay a little more to get one I'd enjoy more. I'd highly recommend it as a great summer beer for those with less finicky taste.

Bouleboubier, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of uustal
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a pale amber with a decent white head. Little aroma, bits of wheat and yeast. Taste is refreshing. The wheat is evident as well as grains in the flavor. A bit of lemon zest and some slight sweetness. Faint taste of citrus hops on the aftertaste. High carbonation and light mouthfeel.

uustal, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of livewire78
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Brez07 for this extra:

Pours a pale honey gold color. Little head that disappears rather quickly.

Smells of banana, clove and I guess the chamomille? Unique smell that I haven't encountered before. Neither pleasant or unpleasant.

Tastes of a slight peppery banana. The hops are pretty muted as they should be. There is a slight mustiness that I wasn't expecting. Again, neither good or bad.

Carbonation and mouthfeel are actually better
than I had expected, given the nose. Nice and crisp.

This one could be pounded all night and day, assuming you'd ever want to. For me, I'd take it again but I wouldn't seek it out on my own.

livewire78, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of Natural510
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle BBD Sept '10

Pours a cloudy but consistently even golden-orange color; nice swatch of white foam on the top.
Scent is breaded, slightly spicy and citric.
Flavor is tart and lightly sweet; notes of lemon, pepper, wheat. The chamomile actually adds a refreshing quality to the brew. Nice snappy hop finish.
Quite complex compared to other APWA's which are introduced in the summer months, which tend to be bland. I enjoyed this one quite well; nice alternative to summer pilsners.

Natural510, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of axeman9182
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, best before September-October '10, poured into my Duvel tulip

The beer pours a hazy tangerine with an initial white head of 1-1.5 fingers that quickly fades but holds strong at roughly half a finger. There's not much in the way of lacing to speak of. The nose is a blend of wheat malt sweetness, with a little floral note in the background. The taste is more of the same, though the addition of a small, but noticeable hop bite is welcome. The beer is appropriately light in body, but the carbonation is a little to aggressively high. Nice and refreshing on a hot summer night, but overall a very run of the mill and forgettable beer.

axeman9182, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of DrewKid4
4.08/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle to a 12 oz A&W Root Beer Mug.

Appearance: Pours an Old Gold color (GO JACKETS!) with a great finger width white head that does not go away quickly. Seems to be a high amount of carbonation in the bottle I chose.

Smell: Not an overwhelming weizen smell. Reminds me of mass produced weizens from the Munich breweries but not as harsh. A good citrusy refreshing smell.

Taste: Probably the smoothest Weizen Ale I've had to date! Great instance when it hits your tongue but no citrus harsh aftermath.

Mouthfeel: The smell and initial taste lead you to believe you will have a great orange taste in your mouth for at least a few minutes. It actually does a 180 and disappears quickly, leaving you wanting more.

Drinkability: Great for a day like today, which is 90 degrees and my sister's graduation party where wheats will probably conquer, but nothing too special to tell your friends is a must have. A great suggestion for friends who are still not convinced that beer is a great thing.

Overall, one of the best weizen ales I've ever had and is great for hot outdoor parties!

DrewKid4, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of babaracas
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy light amber with thin, fast fading white head. Smell: very light toasted and wheat aromas, a touch of orangey citrus, flowery - maybe the chamomile. Different. Taste: powdery, crackery wheat that coats the tongue, leafy and lemony citrus, as well as flavors reminiscent of herbal tea. Mouthfeel: starts light but creamy, but a somewhat unpleasant powdery feel takes over. Different, not a sessionable summer beer imo.

babaracas, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of Jesstyr
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle of this into my Allagash white glass, and was actually pretty impressed with the result. A dark golden, almost brownish amber color, this doesn't look like a hefeweizen or a pale wheat. Head is just off white, and big and fluffy. Disappears nearly immediately. Nose is subtle, but has a good mix of citrus and wheat.

Taste is very pleasant - nice mix of citrus, with lemon, orange and a good deal of wheat. Well balanced, if not outstanding. Good bit of spiciness and surprisingly medium bodied. Altogether, this is a great beer for a summer drink, and thats what pushes it forward a bit for me.

Jesstyr, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of jonB
3.93/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Well named beer as it is a an easy drinking "summer" beer with a very subtle "Weizen" taste.

It pours a perfect golden color with a nice white head. The smell is dominated by Belgian yeast, but the taste is smooth and refreshing with a light slightly citrus finish.

Good session beer.

jonB, Jun 16, 2010
Smuttynose Summer Weizen from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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