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Smuttynose Summer Weizen - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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618 Ratings

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Ratings: 618
Reviews: 307
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 5
Gots: 26 | 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 leif86


3.93/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

Has a brilliant golden body with a slightly hazy appearance topped by a finger's worth of white bubbly foam. Smells a little citrusy and and a little wheaty - nothing impressive. A very lemon-like taste that finishes a little bitter and a little like cherries. This beer is light and smooth, an excellent refreshing beer to accompany summer and this humid day in Boston.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 23:02:36 | More by leif86
Photo of DaggerEyes

New York

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

Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow, hue leaning the very slightest toward orange, but definatly still a yellow. White head rose up roughly a finger and a half, stuck around for a while and then settled into a thing but even coating on the surface of the beer. Random particles of carbonation rise to the surfce and some patchy lacing is present.

Nose is very yeasty, a little lemon, slightly phenolic.

taste is of lemon and yeast, maybe a bit of orange or grapefruit in there.

Mouthfeel maybe the best quality of this beer, smooth and juicy with a super clean finish, just a bit of carbonation tickles the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2008 22:29:56 | More by DaggerEyes
Photo of Lenny2884

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw yellow color with a nice billowy two finger thick white head. Leaves spotty lacing as it falls back into the beer.

Smell is very wheaty and yeasty with a hint of nuttyness. Has a spicyness to it also, possibly coriander although I don't know if they used it.

The taste reminds me a lot of Sam Adams White, only cleaner. Spicyness hits the tongue first followed by a mild hop bitterness and finishes dry and biscuity. Slight lemon/citrus flavor in the middle.

Overall, a nice wheat ale from one of my favorite breweries on the east coast. Not my favorite wheat beer but worth a try for Smuttynose lovers. Great summer beer, very poundable. Try this one after cutting the lawn. Cheers!!

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2008 00:44:46 | More by Lenny2884
Photo of DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smuttynose usually never fails me so I figured this would be a nice summer brew. What I got, was just your average run of the male summer wheat ale. Dissapointing, but honestly worth a try. Some may like this one.

A- Light gold color with a big white head. Cloudy and hazy.

S- Smell to me was grassy, earthy, and hoppy. Notes of lemon zest as well.

T- Very similar to the nose with more of the yeast and lemons present. Floral towards the middle with a spice kick and malty/bread like finish.

M- VERY carbonated, but light bodied, and somehwhat flat in this department.

D- Easy drinking average summer beer. Somewhat of a dissapointment from Smutty, but its not terrible.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 00:04:24 | More by DavidSeanNJ
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single, 12 oz bottle copped from Super Saver in Somerville for $1.79...
A hefty pour resulted in a hazy, cloudy, and murky appearance that yielded a minimal frothy head and lots of lacing around the edge of the glass...
Faint aroma of citrus, wheat, florals, lemon, and candied sugars thrown into the mix...
Taste strongly complemented the smell, with a strong suggestion of lemon, citrus, florals, pears, apples, and sweet grapefruit...
Overall, not a very strong smell or flavor associated with this one, although a decent representation of the style nonetheless...
Good mouthfeel with an equally good level of drinkability associated with this one...
Good stuff...

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 00:32:06 | More by dsa7783
Photo of BoitSansSoif


2.88/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Poured thin head. Nice color...golden straw-hued. Left some suds on the side, but I wouldn't call it lacing. Slight bit of sediment.

S-Bits of malt and hops, with citrus tones and white bread.

T-OK initially, wheat and light orange, bread, and then I sensed a bit of skunkiness as the stuff lost its cold edge. The bottle says best before 6-7-08, so it should still be good unless it was improperly stored at some point. Aftertaste is like what you would taste 20 minutes after eating Wonder Bread with a glass of Sunny Delite.

M-Pretty good considering. The body is bolder than what I would have expected, the carbonation is perfect.

D-Probably not a bad beer if it was fresher, but I'll never know, since even if it was, it's still not my bag. The balance was surprisingly good, and it was still worthy of finishing despite its handicap.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2008 02:17:20 | More by BoitSansSoif
Photo of MTNboy


2.78/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I don’t know about this one. It seems like more and more Smuttynose is putting out beers I don’t care for. Do not get me wrong they have some great beers but they have their fair share of not so great and average ones too. This one is to me is just average.

Appearance- I liked the appearance. It was a hazy, orange and gold as a wiezen should be. Huge white head that is very frothy

Smell- A strong beany and bread scent.

Taste- A lot of orange taste for of a beer of this style but to bitter and not in a good way for a beer of this style aswell.

Mouthfeel- Thick and creamy. I would say a full bodied beer..

Drinkability- This beer is alright but I would not go out of my way to drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2008 14:13:57 | More by MTNboy
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another example of this style that I just don't like. That makes 2 I like, 12 I don't. Joy.

Pours hazed straw. Metallic nose. Slight citric edge. Flavor is slight citrus with strong hefe characteristics. Nice and smooth, this is nothing above or below what it should be. Feel is typical. Overall fairly good. For a person looking for something traditional, well here ya go. Looking for something wild? The next one over might be a better bet.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 17:43:30 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of shirfan

New York

3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light gold with a thin layer of foam.

Aroma is slightly sour and grassy, something like lawn clippings that have dried in the sun for a while.

Flavor is quite pedestrian... there's a typical wheat tang, but other than that, this is lawnmower beer. Lightly sweet malt, wheat, very mild grassy hops and a touch of sourness in the finish.

I agree with previous reviews... the "weizen" is a huge misnomer. Call it a summer wheat beer, aim it at crossover drinkers and be done with it.

Certainly not a drain pour, but it's nothing to search out again either.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2007 22:33:07 | More by shirfan
Photo of Chaz


3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, pale golden-straw in color, topped with a two-fingered off-white head and good lacing. Plenty of suspended yeast here. Nose is quite yeasty, with a semi-sour tang and softer notes of pale and wheat malts. I was expecting an American take on a hefe-weizen, but this is definitely an American Pale Wheat Ale. Lightly sweet and just a touch tangy on the first sip, it glides across the tongue leaving a light impression, mostly of that suspended yeast and its smooth interplay with the wheat malt and some lightly toasted pale malts. Very little in the way of spice, but enough residual hop bitterness and aromatics to give some interest. I paired this with a hearty, spicy vegetarian soup and it held up very nicely - the spices brought out some more of the tang I detected in the nose, and while it seemed a bit thinner than on the first sip it retained great depth in its malt character. Overall Summer Weizen feels just about right for its size and weight, and is very easy to drink.

Very good stuff, and I wish I'd been able to procure more than one bottle. Hope to find some next summer!

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2007 22:37:14 | More by Chaz
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy


3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a hazy amber color with little head and noticable carbonation.

Smell- Bread and yest notes in the nose.

Taste- Slightly bready/wheaty taste with some notes of fruit. What comes to mind here is olives, especially in the aftertaste, definitly some fruity notes here. One of the more unique aftertastes Ive expirienced.

Mouthfeel- Initially fills up the mouth and then lingers around for a strong aftertaste of fruit, quite pleasant.

Drinkability- A decent brew, a few of these would be most pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2007 01:40:04 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
Photo of abcsofbeer


3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle with a Nov 7 drink by date. The pale yellow color is has great clarity and is topped by a 2 finger white head. I detect some of the unfiltered nature of the beer.

The aroma is of banana and other fruits, maybe, peaches and apples. The taste is mildly hoppy and refreshingly smooth. The hops actually overpower the malts in this weizen. The mouthfeel is very lite bodied and pretty dry. This is a fairly decent example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 03:17:01 | More by abcsofbeer
Photo of Bighuge


4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-rate on 7-16-08.

Keeping my comments the same, just upping my marks in the context that this is NOT a Weizen, but an Am. Pale Wheat Ale. Nice citrus feel to it from the hops and quite quenching. Overall, this went from a 3.4 to a 4.0.

Slightly hazed light golden body. Thin off white head leaves moderate amounts of lace. Smells like a cross between an American Style Wheat and a Pale Ale. Has some snappy hoppiness present on the nose along with some very light wheat properties. Inviting aroma. The aroma works better than the actual falvor, which is very average. Some West Coast hoppiness is noted (cascade like) and leaves a little bit of a lingering bitterness. Yeasty character is pretty subdued unfortunately. Otherwise, just a bit of wheat tang. They should call this "Summer Wheat Ale." Using "Weizen" in the name just invokes a German expectation to me and this is in no way, shape or form, any type of a German Weizen.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 03:19:11 | More by Bighuge
Photo of funkengruven

Ontario (Canada)

2.1/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Seriously, what is this?!?!

It poured nicely leaving some decent head and some lacing, but it smells terrible, nasty musty aroma that carries into the flavor, none of the smoothness of a good wheat beer just musty funk. Some bitterness at the end but it is not a good bitterness. Aftertaste has some grains in there but it's dominated by an overpowering musty aroma. Not very good, not very drinkable.

This is my third from this brewer and I have yet to be impressed. Their pumpkin ale tastes like turpentine, the Hanami ale tastes like battery acid, and this tastes like a musty old sock. I'm willing to give this brewer a chance if someone could direct me to something decent these guys make.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 23:14:55 | More by funkengruven
Photo of DaPeculierDane


2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Nice bottle.

Appearance: Miller lite like body. White head that dissipates quickly. Disappointing.

Aroma: Herbal, spicy, bread, wheat, skunk.

Taste: Skunk, bitter hops, spice, pizzaz, light fruit, phenols.

Body: Crisp, spicy, light, bubbly, coriander seedy, eh.

Drinkability: nil.

Not very enjoyable. Weird.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2007 01:11:42 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With a beautiful blue sky overstretched, the smog levels down and all other characteristics of summer in tact in these closing days of August, I took advantage by heading out for a lengthy run, returning for a cooling dip in the pool and celebrated it all with a refreshing Summer Weizen. "C'mon in, the water is great!" the bottle exclaims...

While it bears a deep gold colour no clarity is compromised. The head does tend to get lazy and fall asleep on the job but any light swirling motion will reawaken it. The stream of bubbles seems to become slower and sparser with every passing minute.

Despite being (by design) very light, the aroma still holds some elements to boast of: A light coating of Saaz like hops and strong contingent of wheat greet the nose. The Belgian yeast can be noticed, if you pay close enough attention, and does carry with it a faint note of citrus and suggestion of spice.

The mouthfeel hits upfront with a sharp hop bite. The taste then turns over to the malts, which share the flavour with the wheat. The hops can be tasted more than they are smelt. All flavour is choked out by a dry and grainy finish. The result is something that stays quite drinkable throughout.

The malts taste like those of Euro lagers but are so well entwined with the hops and wheat that it makes for something considerably more tasty. And with no flavours compromised I find it far more refreshing too. Especially if considering the high degree of refreshment this bears, one can be pleased with how much flavour this - by design - light bodied beer yields.

A beer perfectly crafted for the season of summer! The write up is quite right in saying: "This beer is brewed for warm weather enjoyment. Bring some to your next picnic, barbecue or Frisbee game." I know I plan to big plenty!

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2007 23:12:21 | More by biegaman
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

T'is hot and humid enough today to merit some summer brew.
This fellow is lookin pretty good. Pours an attractive pale gold color with a fizzy white head. Some rings and smudges of lace manage to hang on after the head has receded some.
Smells like an amber ale, oddly enough. It's a scent that has never resonated with me but I guess it's ok for the style; sort of a sweet, souring citrus fruit thing. Reminds me of Magic Hat's Hocus Pocus and Circus Boy.
Tastes better than it smells. Flavors flirt with that line of rotting citrus fruit but holds the line of a pleasant nuttiness. There's something of a citrus twang on the palate without really holding onto citrus flavors. Maybe a hint lime but that's about it. Also hints of Jewish rye bread from time to time.
Not quite what I was expecting when I saw this on the shelf. Frankly, I was hoping for a tasty hefe weizen but this was not to be the case. If American pale wheat ales are your thing then you'll probably enjoy this.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2007 00:24:46 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of mnj21655


3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle with a Oct 07 freshness date poured into a weizen glass.

Pours a fairly pale straw color with about a finger's worth of white head that leaves behind some lacing. Smell is lemons interspersed with wheat and a faint yeastiness. Taste is similar to the aroma with lemons and wheat upfront. Also present is a slight spicynes which gives way to a bitterness in the finish. Throughout there is are slight floral and fruity notes. Good mouthfeel, moderate body with nice crisp carbonation. Drinkability is good as well. IMO this is slightly muddled and not quite as good as it could be. I think this should be a little truer to its style (which I had assumed was a weizenbier from the name) or they should throw in some more spices. Regardless this is a solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2007 02:57:03 | More by mnj21655
Photo of mshallah

New Hampshire

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

Smuttynose Summer Weizen is a light yellow gold with a tall soapy fluffy head. A medium sour aroma of lemon with a yeasty nuttiness. Wheat spiciness rounds out the aroma. These are also the flavors and lead to a crisp semi-dry finish. This is a basic summer refresher. Good flavors and meant to be consumed cold and preferably outdoors. Smuttynose doesn't make a bad beer, this is just on the bottom of their list. There are a few, more complex summer refreshers out there that outshine this beer. Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat comes to mind.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2007 21:32:21 | More by mshallah
Photo of adowney523


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

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass. Color is golden with an amber tint, and appearance is slightly hazy. The white head fades quickly and leaves minimal lacing.

Smells of apricot, peach, and light fruity esters.

Taste is a bit grainy with the fruity esters in background along with some solvent-like taste in the finish. Hop bitterness is minimal.

Refreshing with an average mouthfeel. Nice on a hot day, but nothing outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2007 01:41:48 | More by adowney523
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin and spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is wheat, lemon, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong wheat flavor along with some lemon & spice as well as a little bit of a metallic bite to it. A mild hops character comes in next and brings a little balance. The malt character is thin. The after-taste is bready and slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, clean finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down easy, not filling at all, decent representation of style but not the best APWA. I’ve liked almost everything I’ve had from Smuttynose thus far, but I wasn’t too impressed with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 01:45:53 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of blackie


4.03/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

single bottle from The Caboose in Ashland, VA...notched as best by October 2007

a: Pours a 1" fluffy white head that slowly falls, leaving a nice complete layer on the surface. Heavy lacing is left behind on the glass. The beer is a slightly hazy straw golden in color.

s: Pretty comparable to the flavor (which I always rate first). Clean wheat malts and notes of lemon dominate the nose. Maybe some peppery clove. Hops barely noticeable. Pretty simple, as I'd expect from the style.

m: The carbonation is between medium and high, and the body light.

t: Clean wheat malts make up the majority of the flavor, with some lemon and subtle hops to keep things interesting. Perfect bitterness level with a clean finish. Nothing deep, but definitely a nice one for the summer.

d: certainly easy

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2007 23:15:39 | More by blackie
Photo of tempest


3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've been rolling through some of the summer beers/pale wheat ales and this is the richest and thickest I've come across. It reminds me a bit more of an American hefe in that the flavor is all wheat. It's a full light roasted wheat taste with some pale malt in the background. While its rich, I can't say it's terribly deep, but it's not a bad wheat beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2007 03:40:52 | More by tempest
Photo of GRPunk


3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Weizen glass

A- It poured a hazy gold with a thin white head. I was expecting to see a some more yeast. It had lots of carbonation and left medium lacing.

S- Mosty fruity scent coming through. I picked up a blueberry aroma.

T- I noticed some sweeter malts and spice tones while it was quite bready.

M- Pretty medium mouthfeel. It left a slight coating effect.

D- Light summer taste. It was good but not great. It seemed lacking some of the fruity and spicy tones I was expecting for the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2007 00:29:53 | More by GRPunk
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New Jersey

1.55/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A - Hazy straw to golden color. Large bubbly head. Thick lacing. Medium visable carbonation.

S - Sort of skunky/musty crap-lager-esque aroma. Not good at all.

T - A little foul. A sort of sulphery malt that stays on an offends throughout the flavor. The aftertaste is a foul bitterness and sulphur.

M - Thin. Not too harsh, but I wouldn't call it smooth. Not even refreshing! A summer beer no less.

D - Ugh. I tried to get my friends to drink this one, but it was too unpleasant for them too. Smuttynose really disappointed with this one. They are one of my favorite breweries too!!! I will have to try this again (against my better judgement), just to make sure this was an okay keg. I doubt I will try this again after that though. Yuck!

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2007 23:44:24 | More by mrasskicktastic
Smuttynose Summer Weizen from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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