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Smuttynose Summer Weizen - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Ratings: 673
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 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
Photo of cjgator3
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a clear golden yellow color with a nice white bead with good lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is surprisingly pretty solid. There is some grainy malt, some floral notes, citrus and a touch of hops. 

T- The taste like the aroma has quite a bit more character than expected. Citrus and malt up front with some hops in the finish. 

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a medium level of carbonation.

D- Overall, Smuttynose Summer Weizen is a fine summer seasonal beer. Light bodied with a solid amount of flavor. Would be great for outdoor tailgates/barbecues. Definitely worth a shot.

cjgator3, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of JMD
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy straw color with big white head that fades slowly. Leaves some small lacework on the glass.

S: Bready, almost nutty aroma. Not typical for a wheat. Some earthy hop aroma mixed in as well.

T: Earthy and herbal. Bready with some nutty elements. I can pick up hints of chamomile and some light spice. Light citrus hops as it finishes.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Appropriate for the style.

D: This is a decent summer ale, but nothing really outstanding. A little more interesting than your average summer wheat, but not up to par with other smutty offerings.

JMD, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of jampics2
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

About 6oz from a bottle @ Heinen's Smuttynose VS Sierra Nevada smackdown.

Not a cloudy wheat by any measure, this beer is hazy and has a nice small white head atop a golden banana colored body.

Smell is wheat, clove, a touch of ripe banana. Just a touch too muted, this doesn't lure me in.

Taste was more malt focused than I expected. I would have liked it to showcase more of the wheat and yeast and peppery hops. I thought it was good but, like the nose, would have liked to see a bit more.

Mouthfeel was too insubstantial, even though this should be a lighter beer, it came off a touch too light. Still refreshing and nice carbonation.

Drinkability was nice but I like some other APWA's more. I mean, a beer like Gumballhead is the exception, but it has more flavor in one sip that this entire bottle had. I'm not asking for extremity for the sake of extremity, I just want a beer with a touch more flavor.

jampics2, May 23, 2010
Photo of 214beernuts
4.53/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Summer Weizen 2010. I do not get very technical with my beer reviews so I apologize for the short and sweet review. I love wheat beers but I am not a fan of the banana aromas/flavors. I really like the decision to use the belgian yeast. I think this beer is very clean tasting, has a great mouthfeel and is extremely drinkable for the summertime. Smuttynose uses chamomile flower in this beer and I have to say as the beer warms up a bit it is very noticeable which is awesome! It has def earned a permanent spot in my fridge this summer!!


214beernuts, May 16, 2010
Photo of kels
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice bright golden straw color. Liquid is somewhat cloudy, but not opaque. Loads of bubbles rise throughout and feed a very long-retaining frothy white head. Loads of sticky lace follow the beer down the glass.

Nose is pretty singularly dominated by toasted wheat - almost smells like grilled or charred bread.

Nice, light and crisp beer. The toastiness and crunchiness from the nose is echoed in the taste. The wheat is definitely the dominant flavor in the beer. There's a touch of citrus hops that don't really amount to enough to be called bitter. A nice banana begins to break through in the aftertaste. All the flavors seem a little muted, a little watery. Vibrantly carbonated with a bright, crisp feel.

Drinks all day. Definitely a good beer for the warmer time of year.

kels, May 15, 2010
Photo of albertjr21
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Semi-clear pale golden color with a light and quickly dissipating head.

S: A light wheat yeast aroma with some floral notes, perhaps from the aforementioned chamomile flowers.

M/T: A light but spicy body with a somewhat creamy feel on the tongue and a bold aftertaste.

D: A full flavored and refreshing pale wheat treat for the scorching hot days of summer...

albertjr21, May 10, 2010
Photo of confer
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is another example of a barely average American wheat beer. The color is golden and there is a light haze but no yeast floating around at all. The smell is okay but nothing special. A little clovey. The taste is like so many other American wheat beers. There is a small banana taste, but also a little salty. The feel and drinkablitiy are also just average. I wouldn't look for this beer again.

confer, May 04, 2010
Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured cloudy straw yellow in color with just a lacing of bubbles on the surface. A light to moderate level of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are gentle aromas of wheat and lemony hops on the nose.
T: The overall taste is rather bland and has flavors of wheat and citrus.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate.
D: This beer is very easy to drink but there's nothing that really stands out about the taste, although it's probably a good beer for a hot summer day.

metter98, May 02, 2010
Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Go figure I'm drinkin this here summer weizen right in the middle of winter. Live review, pouring from a bottle into a Sonoran pint glass. Away we go...

A: Light tannish gold with a rose hue. Can't see through it but doesn't look overly cloudy. Head diminished after a minute or two, leaving a little lacy ring behind.

S: Significantly more grainy than some other weizens I've had. I get corn husks and an overall earthy smell. Notes of flowers, honey and clean rain. Does actually remind me of summer.

T: The carbonated front is slightly watery and slightly creamy. Big time on the wheat and chamomile. Also hints of honey and lemongrass. The finish is slightly bitter and dry with a residual grainy trace left behind.

D: I could polish off a few of these by the pool on a hot summer day.

Value: Overall, pricey for what it is. I can't see paying more than eight bucks a sixer, and at my place, it's $10.99. For that price, I'd have to say pass.

WeezyBoPeep, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer has a crystal clear body with a slight hue of orange and a bubbly white soft head supported by a strong carbonation.
S- The soft flinty note is pleasant but otherwise pretty clean. T- The soft wheaty notes have a soft raw grain note underneath that grows a bit as it warms. There is a soft flint note followed by a hint of pine hop finish with a pungent green bite.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a cleaning fizz and a dry finish.
D- This beer is a nice crisp light beer with a good depth of character to it.

rhoadsrage, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of leighton
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not like the weizens I've had in Germany, but pretty good. Pours a slightly cloudy yellow with a slight head. Aroma of citrus and flowers. Taste is at once sweet and bitter. Very little wheat or yeast in the nose or flavor. Smooth aftertaste. Worth a try.

leighton, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of edchicma
3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal lemon with a quickly dissipating head, slight lacing.
Smell is deep flowery, malty..inviting. Taste follows the nose..sweet, malty, flowery with a hint of bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and smooth..almost syrupy, but nice. Drinkability follows suit..craemy, rich very nice on the palate.

edchicma, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of Berthold
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden yellow (SRM4) slightly cloudy with a small white head and moderate carbonation. Citrusy/banana nose with some spiciness (not sure if peppery of coriander dominated). Sweet softer malt flavor with low hop bitterness and a orange/spiciness in the flavor. Clean finish. This would make a good radler (beer with lemonade).

Berthold, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of kkipple
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been working my way through a six pack of this stuff, and I have to say it's just growing and growing on me... Smutty Summer Weizen comes in a real unappealing bottle, pink and blue, but whatever, toss the bottle and get this into a glass!

A. Served cold, it's chill-hazed and cloudy, but let it warm and it'll clear right up to a bubbly pale straw color with a fine white head that leaves lace where it wills.

S. Cold, not much. Warmed up to warmer than you'd usually drink a wheat beer opens it up and you get some pale grain, soft lemon-citrus, spice, and barely roasted malt. Not a great deal, of anything, however. The weakest part of this beer.

T. Odd, yet good. This is a wheaty, dry, bitter pale brew but the bitterness seems to come from spice (chamomile) and not hops. There are some earthy, bittering hops in there, but there's barely any malt sweetness to balance out, so it ends up being a dry, herbal and citrus thing. I suppose you could call it tea like and mildly astringent. Unsettling at first, but by the end of the pint you're reaching for another.

M / D. Soft yet full carbonation, dry and medium-light bodied, this is pretty easy to put back if the bitterness doesn't offend you. I can easily do two or more of these...

Smutty Summer Weizen is a weird beer, sure, but it's good and unusual and quite refreshing on this humid August night. I'll buy more.

kkipple, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Who are these people on Smuttynose bottles? What is their story? Where are they now? I've googled endlessly and still don't know. If you do pleae bm me!

Cloudy, lemon yellow with a large white head. Leaves sticky foam lace in its wake. Freshness dated!

Smells like grain, lemon and chamomille. Tastes that way too. Crips and refreshing this was perfect after a summer trail ride. One of those beers I like better than my rating.

donkeyrunner, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of bcastine
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: semi cloudy straw yellow, 1 finger white head that doesn't disapate, insane nucleation, tons of bubbles.

S: Has a pils smell to it, lemon, citrus

T: Citrus flavors come thru, not heavy on the wheat at all which i really like, belgian yeast is noticable, there is a slight hint of vanilla, the hops also let you know they are there.

M: pretty light, crisp with a good amount of carbonation

D: Goes down easy, very refreshing. Could easily drink this all day/night camping, at a barbecue or any summer event. Interesting take on a summer brew. Reviews here have me scratching my head when people think a particular beer needs to conform to a style, this beer creates its own one of a kind style, and i really dig it!

bcastine, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of farrago
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bone white head of about a finger plus, mixture of bubble sizes, lacing slides off the glass swiftly, some dimpled texture. Fully transparent yellow to light orange color, allows the light in enough to take on nice brightness. Bready nose of sourdough, rye and wheat notes, noticeable lemon to grapefruit accents, more sweet than sour as there's traces of honey there too, moderate peach to apricot fruit at best, very clean and direct which helps it lift and blossom some. Light-bodied, the carbonation comes at you steadily with a fair degree of churn. More orange and lemon citrus than grapefruit, again more sweet than sour. Slightly less honey but more floral. The rye, wheat breadiness comes close to pumpernickel. Dry enough to create some light tacky residue on the tongue after a few sips. The grassiness is more like a tall field grasses than "green grass." Blends in some cooking herbs but nothing hot or spicy. Steadily grows on you and by the time the first bottle is gone you just might want another.

farrago, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of dasenebler
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a somewhat hazy, straw-gold color. Head is minimal; lacing non-existent. Aroma is slightly grassy, grainy, and lightly floral. Kind of lager-like.

Flavor is kind of bland, and also more bitter than I expected, but still only mildly hoppy. Sweet and herbally at first, then bitter on the aftertaste. Light feel. A smooth, inoffensive drink.

I feel like the choice of chamomile as a brewing adjunct is weak and inconsequential. Any other flavor in even the lightest of beers will overpower the subtleties of this sleepy herb. Alas, one of my favorite breweries can't hit a home run with each and every offering.

dasenebler, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of mjaskula
2.88/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a pint glass. Pours a clear golden yellow with a soapy white head. The head thins and laces a bit.

The aroma is strange maybe it's the chamomile. I admit that I don't know what that is supposed to smell like, but it comes off to me as a bit light struck and skunky. Which may be appropriate for a summer beer, but not my cup of tea. Some hop aroma tags on at the end. The skunkiness continues into the flavor, which is rounded out with a bit of citrus and hop bitterness, and some faint maltiness and wheat.

Carbonation is pleasant. Overall it's an ok beer, but I wouldn't buy it again.

mjaskula, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Before: November '09.

Appearance: Pours out a lightly hazed, flaxen-hued body topped with a nice cap of white froth.

Smell: Aroma smelling of grainy malts, wheat, lemon peel (pith and all), light spice, and summertime sunshine.

Taste: Lightly tangy wheat with some grainy touches of barley. Mild honeyish sweetness. Zesty, citrusy hops with a low amount of imparted bitterness. In fact it gets more and more lemony as it warms. Minor hint of sweet ginger. Dry finish with a final little zip to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Very slight creaminess to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A light, refreshing, wheaty brew for summertime fun and floating around the pool with blonde chickypies.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of ujsplace
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured vigorously into a hefeweizen glass.

A: Hazy orange with a thick, puffy head that leaves some decent lacing behind.

S: Wheat, hops, chamomile, maybe slight honey.

T: Burnt wheat malts, bitter hops, chamomile

M: Light mouthfeel, crisp with a dry hopped finish.

D: This is a drinkable American take on the hefeweizen. A good summer beer that is quenching and would be a popular choice for summer gatherings.

ujsplace, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of jeffthecheff
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.

jeffthecheff, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of TLove
2.68/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(From Notes)

Bottle from World Market, D.C.

Hazy yellow body with flimsy head. Soft, pilzen malt smell and a bit of tartness, which does not bode well for a weizen style pale. Sharp, citrus taste and little residue. Tartness and bitterness indicative of a strong lean in the direction of a hopped American pale and unbefitting of the weizen style.

Not great and also betraying style-wise. To be fair, I drank this after having a Weihenstephaner Hefe, so the variation within the style is particularly indicative. Ideal for those who like APAs in the summer, but not really worth it otherwise.

TLove, Jul 20, 2009
Smuttynose Summer Weizen from Smuttynose Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 673 ratings.