Smuttynose Summer Weizen - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Ratings: 679
Reviews: 315
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 7
Gots: 40 | FT: 1
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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 BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of generallee
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of TheHoppiest
2.9/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Is a hazy pale yellow, the color of straw, with a decent two finger head of small bubbles.

Smells of light malt and barley, yeast, some straw, and floral notes.

Has a sour-malt taste, well carbonated, light grass and straw with a yeastiness to it. Aftertaste is unpleasantly bitter, slightly metallic.

Thin mouthfeel, with little complexity.

While this isn't my favorite style of beer, I've had many better examples, and as such don't plan on buying this one again.

Photo of BeerNinja007
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A single 12oz bottle of this made its way home with me as a left-over from a party where there was a ton of great beer. Best before Nov 2010 notched on the label. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

This beer put up a great head, it took two pours with a 3 minute intermission to get the whole 12oz into a 16oz pint glass. A stable foamy off-white head on top of a cloudy lemonade-colored brew. Good retention and decent lace. Smell has some moderate wheaty spices and mixed bitter citrus hop. Feel is mostly dry with a hint of sugar sweetness to even it out, taste same as the smell. Finish is of candied lemon rind and a little soap. Pretty good American wheat ale.

Photo of FickleBeast
4.15/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a Smuttynose pint glass.

Pours clear, bright yellow with a finger and a half of sticky foam that dissipates slowly and coats the glass. Aroma is fairly neutral, some pale malt sweetness, minimal hops, and a tinge of lemon/grapefruit.

This beer tastes clean and refreshing with little to no aftertaste. The chamomile does come through with a subtle floral flavor that compliments the beer nicely. Hops aren't really present, but this beer gets along nicely without.

Overall, supremely refreshing and drinkable. Just enough body and sweetness to give this one some depth. I like.

Photo of claspada
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.

Photo of FunkyMacGroovin
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip. Bottle reads "Ale brewed with chamomile flowers" - I don't think I've ever had chamomile in anything but tea, so I'm not sure what to expect Pour is a crisp gold color with some haze, 1 finger head quickly dissipates leaving no lacing. Aroma is subdued wheat with some banana and a few other fruits I can't place; there isn't much to the nose at all.

There isn't a lot going on with the first sip - more than anything else it comes across with a crisp finish. Maybe I don't know what to look for with the chamomile, but I can't taste it at all. Mouthfeel is much more interesting - it's medium-bodied and a bit creamy, but leaves a distinctly clean and refreshing feeling on my palette after each sip. Definitely a good choice for a hot summer afternoon outside.

Overall there isn't a lot to this beer, but I think that's just fine. I'd describe this as a lawnmower beer, but one that you wouldn't have any qualms about reaching into the cooler for again and again.

Photo of mzrebiec
4.28/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this beer at the Millvale Brewfest. It was on draft and poured a beautiful gold with a very slight haze. The head was present and diminished quickly. The nose was not very apparent but did offer some slight citrus notes. Then came the refreshing flavors of the beer. Not overwhelming by any stretch of the imagination, it offered very clean and crisp flavors that were light in a good way. It was so refreshing in the heat of the day. A note to most people who do not like wheat beers or say they do not. Try this beer. It will change your mind on wheats, as it does not have that huge mouthfeel that some wheats can carry. It is moderate in that department which makes it a great beer for everyone in the summer heat.


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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Smuttynose Summer Weizen from Smuttynose Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 679 ratings.