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Smuttynose Summer Weizen - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Ratings: 681
Reviews: 315
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 8
Gots: 43 | 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:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 06-05-2005

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
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Photo of bcastine
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
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!

Photo of farrago
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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.

Photo of mjaskula
2.86/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of jeffthecheff
2.54/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

Photo of TLove
2.63/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

Photo of kenito799
4.15/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

Hazy dark yellow brew with nice foamy head and copious rings of lace down the glass.

Lemony aroma with more grapefuity hoppiness than usual for a wheat. The flavo brings on the hoppy bitterness to complement a lemony wheaty tartness. I think this works quite well, unlike any european style wheat, befits an American experiment. Refreshing and summery but keeps hop lovers happy. Another nice offering from this brewery.

Photo of washburnkid
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to jdmek9 for sending me so many awesome bottles of Smutty!

A: Not much activity like most good weizens/wheats in regards to appearance. The bubbly, ivory head is only about a finger thick, which leaves a lot of space in my weizen glass. The brew is a dark golden to orange hue.
S: Not what I expect from a weizen ale. Cooked grains, and a bit of citrus and grass.
T: More spice and wheat pull through in the flavor. The chamomile is definitely apparent here, and very interesting. Grains and grassy hops pull through in flavor. Citrus, bitter orange peel and maybe even some corn?
M: Medium carbonation. Surprisingly dry.
D: This is a perfect summer beer in the sense that it's seemingly part wheat and part adjunct, making it easy on the palate and definitely drinkable.

Photo of Slatetank
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a wheat glass chilled.

A - A very clear golden w/ 2 1/2 fingers of fluffy white cap that appears like soap suds. A good lace stickage results and the head has a fine bead. The ale is visiblly carbonated

S - A pleasant aroma of flowers and wheat yeas give the nose a unique blend of musky earthy and light perfume from chamomile

M - A crisp high effervescent and lighter bodied ale. A clean feel which finishes semi-sweet but has a mild resinous tinge of the flowers w/ very mild astringency

T - The taste while obviously wheat is mild and allows the taste of the chamomile to come through. A mild spice from the yeast and astringent flavor like a squeezed tea bag trails the malt and chamomile flower flavor. The flower resonates w/ a dry crisp malt note - not sure if the spice is hop, malt or yeast derived, but it overtakes the sweetness halfway through. I am a fan of flower accented ales for the most part, but I think the style doesn't lend itself as well for some reason.

A refreshing beer that is certainly above average to my taste and is appropriate to the style except for the floral addition which keeps it interesting but doesn't really add to it overall.

Photo of emsroth
3.26/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz with freshness date.

App: 2.5 finger head. Pale golden with a slight haze.

Smell: Fruity yeast (peaches and apples) with a bit of sour wheat smell. Hints of alcohol.

Taste: Predominantly malted wheat. A bit of alcohol comes through now and again. A slight bitterness in the end that comes from the hops and the grains. A slight bit of a sour undertone.

Full bodied but refreshing. Leaves behind a bit of a film.

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

Grabbed this one as I just had to try it. Have really liked nearly everything they have put out lately so I really felt I was sure to have a winner with this one. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 06/25/2009.

The pour was nice, lightly clouded and nice looking golden color. A big head of white coming up and over the top had some decent staying power I have to say. I was quite impressed with nice side glass lacing and the smooth, light look to it. Aroma was a bit off, nice touches of wheat, light grass, and a hint of banana or maybe clove, but it needed a bit more for me to really push it over the top, still through a decent overall presentation. The first sip was very clean. Nice herbal and grainy flavor to it with a bit heavier feel then I normally would have expected. Nice carbonation though gave it a very good overall presence. Lots of bready taste, lots hops coming though, a touch of lemon perhaps in there as well. Light fruit notes mid palate, bananas maybe, light apricot touches. Very easy to drink, this one will go down well all summer.

Overall a very solid example of the style and one I would have no issue at all with going back to again. Really very nicely done and I was happy to have gotten a hold of it.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Usually I like most of the Smuttynose offerings, time to try their summer seasonal. Pours the typical cloudy orange color that is seen across most wheat beers. Sort of a sweet smell to it, not bad, not bad at all. Taste is very smooth and somewhat under carbonated. Nothing too different about the taste but there is a slight sweetness to it.. label says it was brewed with chamomile flowers, could be that or could be my mind being biased after reading that. Well balanced and finishes clean, nothing harmful going on here... and nothing spectacular either.. makes for a nice summer drinker but if you want uniqueness, look elswhere.

Photo of KTCamm
3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | 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 spacechimo155
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a-looks good, not really any yeast, a ring of thin but nice head that leaves a white lacing
s- i didnt like the smell of chamomile without the heat that comes with steam in hot tea, hard to get over at first
t- like sweet tea. very good, chamomeile lingers. If you like it, this is your beer.
m-good carbonation but not too much, juice and tea come to mind.
d- very drinkable yet satisfying

Photo of avalon07
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a brownish-yellow color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that didn't last very long. Decent lacing.

S: Smelled mainly of wheat and citrus, though not in an overpowering way.

T: Taste consisted of wheat and mild citrus up front and some yeast in the finish. Slightly acidic. A mixed bag in this category.

M: Lots of carbonation and a nice and dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: A decently drinkable beer, though not Smuttynose's best effort. Still, easy to drink.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.14/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz single bottle into a pint glass, this is within the freshness date.

A- A bright hazy golden color with some soft orange toward the middle. A nice 1/2 inch of bright white foam settled into a semi decent cap, nice lacing.

S- Not the greatest nose on this. I get a weizen sense but also a macro like smell. Getting faint wheat with lemon scents. Some light spices and just a trace of the chamomile flower used.

T- The taste is a step up from the nose with a big wheat taste with some yeast in there as well. The spices come out more although I cant pick up on the flower. A very mild hop taste with a lemon finish.

M- A good below medium feel with active carbonation giving off a crisp feel but not over the top. A light and refreshing feel perfect for summer.

D- Good for a go but there are better weizens out there. Smutty's version has the chops to hold up to it's intended style but the recipe could use some tweaking. The smell really throws me off of this one though.

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a good what spice and lively esters.

The tasts conssted of a grainy malt, a moderate wheat presence and a balancing grassy hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style and smooth.

Overall a tasty and basic wheat ale.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.76/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Emerges golden in color with a stark white head of about one finger. Great lacing and the foam remains a solid quarter inch in size.

Aroma was hay, slightly sour, grainy, faint faint cloves and white pepper.

More graininess in the flavor profile. Slight hop bitterness with a touch of bread and vienna malt. Slight bit of wheat in the flavor. Very grainy and a touch biscuity. I really like the grainiess. No hop flavor.

Dry on the finish; really dry. Nice carbonation. Slightly sweet but the graininess and the touch of hop bitterness make this one complex and quite tasty. Great summer beer for sure.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my Harpoon UFO weizen glass. Appears a hazed golden straw color with about an inch of pillowy white foam. Smells and tastes of fresh wheat, citrus such as lemon and orange, mild spicy yeast. A bit thin bodied with adequate carbonation. Refreshing and light, just in time for the warmer weather.

Photo of selecter70
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

While dining at Tupelo (excellent!), I spied this on draught, which was exciting after having a blah Abita. Served up with a nice hazy-cloud of yellow-gold, it soon settled to pale as it's 2 finger foamy head crept down to 1/2. The aroma was definitely less than expected...very mild wheat and lemon. The flavor was a bitter lemon & earthy yeast, but on a minor scale, which again was unexpected...I would have thought the draught would have made this more full and pronounced. On its plus side, it was an easy-to-drink medium-bodied mild wheat that would be perfect on a warm day or barbecue.

Photo of JayNH
2.59/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a hazy golden color with a large foamy white head.

S- Surprisingly bitter, a generous amount of spicy hops for an APWA.

T- A mild lemony sweetness upront fades to an earthy hoppy finish.

M- Light bodied and flat. Finish is dirty and bitter, very yeasty.

D- I'm having a hard time finishing this one. This just seems way over hopped for an APWA. It tastes like a Pilsner with a little APWA mixed in it.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.67/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle obtained at Shaw's (7.49$/sixer) best by October 2009. Pours a hazy golden yellow body with a half inch of short-lived off-white head. Smells really good - lemon, orange, a bit of pith, a touch of spice maybe? Tastes sweet and fruity, with orange and lemon at the forefront, some pith, and a touch of caramel toward the middle to finish. Aqueous mouth-feel with moderate carbonation. Goes down way too easily, even for the style. An extremely decent American wheat. Another slam-dunk for Smuttynose! And for the availability and price down here, I can see myself drinking an awful lot of this beer this summer!

Photo of DannyS
2.96/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip glass, poured from a 12. oz. bottle.

A - Very golden orange with a thin head that leaves decent lacing.

S - Citrus and a little hoppy floral notes, but that's it.

T - Disappointing. A bit too much bitter hoppy flavor, and little of the citrus or wheat. A very unbalanced taste profile.

M - finishes clean enough and is pretty fizzy. light to medium on the body. Kind of watery.

D - I finished the glass I had, but I don't know if I'd want another. the taste was really a disappointment.

Overall - Bland, a real disappointment from an otherwise good brewery.

Smuttynose Summer Weizen from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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