Slumbrew Happy Sol - Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

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Ratings: 238
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 8
Gots: 32 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mduncan on 11-01-2011

A refreshingly tart and crisp hefeweizen brewed with local MA wildflower honey, orange peel and coriander, and fermented with the juice from over 1,000 blood oranges. It’s a cloudy, yet effervescent beer, with lingering banana and citrus notes balanced against a healthy wheat backbone and hoppy finish from Mt. Hood and Crystal hops.
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Ratings: 238 | Reviews: 60
Photo of eulogos10
4.55/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fruity light hefeweizen. More hops than German hefeweizen.

Photo of WyethBednar
4.31/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hazy orange, with a decent white head. Very heavy carbonation, to the point that it initially looks a little but like pop in the glass. Very inviting and juicy look to it.

Smell: Delicious. One of my favorite parts of this beer. The wit yeast really comes through, with a bit of the citrusy tang of oranges. Really gets you excited to drink it.

Taste: Delicious and juicy. Lots of orange accompanied by the funky spice of the wheat and fermentation flavors give this an approachable yet complex flavor.

Feel: A little heavy carbonated for my taste. At times it felt a bit pulpy due to the high levels of bubbles.

Overall, this is a super tasty beer that works well either as an occasion session beer, or as a more complex thinker, depending on your taste. One of my favorite wheat beers.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Slumbrew Happy Sol has a thin, fizzy, quickly-dissipating head, no lacing, a murky (especially so, after the bottom caked contents are loosened and poured in), orange appearance. The aroma is odd, but it (and, the flavor) does improve as the beer settles out. I picked up honey, aged dankness, red soil, bread crust, and possibly some juice. Taste is of sweetness, that odd oldness, honey, bread crust, malt, and low bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and Slumbrew Happy Sol finishes wet and juice like. Reminds me of a mimosa.

RJT

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light cloudy gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, light caramelized malts, citrus and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some sweetness comes in from flavors of citrus, honey and some spice. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are others in the style that I would pick first.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Body is an orangish yellow hue. Live transparency and cloudiness. Pours with a 3+ finger foamy white head that has excellent retention. Plenty of lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Orange and a lot of it. Behind this is floral hops, a hint of coriander, and some tartness.

T- Big orange flavors upfront. In the background is spices and floral hop accents and a light to moderate breadiness. The finish adds a slight floral hop bitterness, some tartness, and a little bit more spice. Left to linger is a lot of orange, a hint of tartness, and a hint of spice.

F-Medium to high tingly carbonation, and a light to medium weight mostly bready/juicy body with a slight acidity to this.

O- Overall this is a decent, rather unique brew. Its an orange juice bomb. The orange overshadows everything hefeweizen about this beer. It is slightly tart and acidic as well. I bought a bunch of Slumbrew beers on vacation this year because I had never heard of them and I like their labels-none of their beers have been awesome-but interesting and worth a try I guess.

Photo of metter98
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with just a few bubbles on the surface that rapidly vanished.
S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat are present in the nose along with notes of bananas from the yeast.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the banana-like flavors are stronger and dominate those from the wheat. Some acidic hints are also present.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I enjoyed the banana and wheat flavors in this hefeweizen, but it could could of used a head that lasted more than ten seconds and some more carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of illpass78
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a one-finger white head. Lacing is a little less than expected.

Aroma: This beer brings a big citrus aroma to the drinker, along with generous amounts of wheat and spices, and some lemon.

Taste: Reading the ad copy, I expected something a little more bombastic than this - I mean, the label references using 1,000 blood oranges or something. It's a nice wheat beer, but it doesn't explode on the palate or anything. Flavors do become a bit more pronounced as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Pretty standard, summery depth.

Overall: Decent wheat beer from this Mass. brewer, which, in my experience, trades in decent beers, but maybe not astounding ones. A nice addition to a mixed summer six, but not a mind-blower.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up this week in Totowa, having never had this or any beer from Slumbrew before. I thought that this would be a bit more crisp and bright but as other reviewers have mentioned, this seemed like orange juice with some spices thrown in for good measure. It went down easy, was relatively thin, and could have been a bit more full in taste, which was surprising given how cloudy the beer was and the level of carbonation that was apparent when I poured this out.

The pour to this was the best aspect of this beer, as it had a cloudy, swirly deep apricot hue and a head that filled up the remainder of my pint glass. Once that settled, this seemed like a lesser version of Hoegaarden, a Sam Adams Witbier, or the Bert Grant's Mandarin Hefeweizen that I had years ago. Lots of blood orange here, a lesser amount of coriander and a very wet citrus taste tot his. Not a lot of bitterness, hops, or the kind of orange taste that would make you want to pucker up. Just a bit of banana and pepper here, which made this feel more like a Witbier than a Hefeweizen.

This was easy to drink and had I had another bottle, I could have downed it in the same sitting. The alcohol wasn't noticeable and there was just a touch of carbonation in the aftertaste to scrub the range of muted flavors away. While nothing spectacular, there's enough here to enjoy and on a warmer (read: any other) day, I'd give this a go as a preferred "lawnmower" beer.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

- Ale brewed with honey, orange peel, corriander and blood orange juice.

A: Dense blood orange coloring with a heavy dose of carbonation. The head was soapy, bubbly, quick to dissipate leaving a clean vessel behind.

S: Blood orange aroma and orange juice, soft dry wheat, honey sweetness, with a hint of trailing grapefruit.

T: Flavor was tart, some wheat backing, blood orange is dominate. Peppery orange peel, citrusy-grapefruit with some honey flower. Finishes dry and yeasty.

M: Fairly crisp mouthful, decent viscosity, with a light honey consistency.

O: Overall, decent, passable, hardly worth seeking out or getting seconds.

Photo of cbutova
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

BA timed out while submitting my review a few minutes back. Here is the summary.

A- Cloudy light orange body poured from the 12oz bottle into a snifter. Fizzy white head builds to about one finger high with decent retention. A few legs but no lace for me after the foam falls to just a ring.

S- Coriander up front and foremost in the aroma. Backing that is a pretty big dose of citrus juice and zest. Some yeast spice and light malts.

T- Coriander spiciness seems to level out with the citrus additions, especially after several sips. The orange juice and citrus rinds create the flavor of an orange juice somewhat diluted with a Saison, especially because of that coriander. Peppercorn, banana, fruit esters, apples, phenols and some clove feel.

MF- Light bodied with a medium-high level of carbonation. Foamy and fizzy overall texture with just a bit of creaminess. Somewhat bitter spiciness and sweetness throughout. Slightly tart OJ feel.

Feels like mixing a Saison with a shot of OJ.

Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clouded orange with a foamy white head. Patches of lacing stick.

The smell is of coriander, honey and orange.

The taste is sweet honey, wheat malt, coriander and orange juice. It is sweet, but a spicy finish balances it nicely.

It is smooth, not quite spritzy.

It does not fit the style, as it is much closer to a witbier than a hefeweizen. Still, it is enjoyable, unique and refreshing!

Photo of Immortale25
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours an orangeish medium amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small wisp of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves a thin ring behind on the glass.

S- Sweet wheat smell with some hints of clove and other spices. Some wet cardboard leads me to believe this beer is oxidized.

T- Yeasty flavor brings notes of banana and bubblegum but doesn't go much further than that. The spices are there but seem to have faded since, judging by the appearance and mouthfeel, this bottle's been sitting a while.

M- Nearly no carbonation leaves the beer thin and lifeless.

O- I find it strange that I've seen a bottled-on date on one Slumbrew beer I've bought before but all the ones I've bought since have not and have shown signs of age. If I knew exactly how old this bottle was, I would hesitate to give it a bad review.

Photo of Andrew041180
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - on tap at James Gate in Jamaica Plain. The beer arrived as an immensely cloudy golden orange, so much so that I almost expected to have to chew through it. There was little to no head and little to no lacing. I loved the color and cloudiness though.

S - A little light, but I mostly smelled the yeast. Some mild fruitiness. I've since read the description of what I should be smelling and tasting and didn't arrive at any of those flavors on my own.

T - I'm not really sure what is going on with the taste. It's nice, but I can't really pick out a distinctive flavor.

M - Nice, rich medium body. Pleasant and better than most, but nothing memorable.

O - I think this beer could stand a few more revisions, but is clearly on the right path. The individual flavors could pop a little more. In this case they sortof stew together and make it difficult to pick out something specific to note.

Photo of asdfx0rz
2.31/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22 ounce bottle purchased from Craft Beer Cellar in Belmont, MA.

Appearance: Cloudy golden orange, what is to be expected from a hefeweizen. Almost no head, and what little head there was, instantly disappeared.

Smell: Yeasty and tart smelling. This beer is heavy on the phenols produced by the yeast used. After my nose got past the yeast, sweet orange and citrus lingers.

Taste: I didn't get as much orange as others here have noted. It very much tasted like a watered-down hefeweizen that was a little too heavy on the orange. The bottle states honey and blood orange, however I tasted none of that. I expected a complex flavor profile, but got a more crisp, lighter on the wheat Blue Moon. Severely disappointed.

Mouthfeel: I love wheat beers, but for a hefeweizen, this was too thin and light. Even with the disappointing flavor, had it been a little more accomodating in the mouthfeel, I might have enjoyed it more.

Overall: I would not recommend this, unless I was trying to lure a Blue Moon fan into the craft beer market. I felt like this beer should have had a sticker on it that said "for fans of Blue Moon," because it was about as disappointing as a BMC product.

Photo of Ammertime
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I enjoyed a pint of this from a freshly tapped keg at Howling Wolf Taqueria in Salem, MA.

A: A surprisingly bright orange-red glow lights up the traditional hefeweizen cloudiness.

S: The scent of orange zest/orange rind dominates. It could pass for an orange Kool-aid or VitaminWater in a blind test.

T: Almost as advertised. The blood-orange is rich and strong, imagine a traditional hefe cut half and half with smooth, pulpless orange juice (Sunny D perhaps?). This is still clearly beer though, sunnily wheaty beer with banana/clove notes readily present.

M: Smooth, a little on the thin side of medium. The alcohol is muted - would be easy to drink several of these over a long brunch or at a ball game.

O: This was an excellent surprise as I'm not often a huge fan of hefeweizens. The coloring makes it a very attractive conversation piece and the flavor is intensely positive. Pay attention to your pairings though. My only note of caution is to avoid consuming Happy Sol with any sweets, as the contrast will bring out some overwhelming sour notes that aren't present otherwise.

Photo of BigOldOaf
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy, delicious looking orange with a quarter inch head. As you make progress, there is almost no lacing to speak of.

S: The smell is a nice, refreshing blend of citrus fruits, real heavy on the oranges, with some sweet notes mixed in.

T: The taste is akin to the smell: very heavy on the blood oranges. There are also some hints of grapefruit, lemon peel, and honey.

M: This is where the rating goes down for me. I am well aware that this is not the type of beer to have a profoundly full body, but I was expecting more from the way it looks in the glass. Every sip I took I could not help thinking that this beer was missing something. The mouthfeel seems to be where it falls short.

O: Overall, not bad because the flavor is definitely there. As much as I had trouble enjoying it though, I would say it's worth trying.

Photo of mtnasty116
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Can taste the coriander and the hefe. Personally this beer has a sour aftertaste which I not a fan of. Smells great though with a great mouthfeel. This beer looks thick and opaque. Not my fav but not bad. Personally I would want the beer to be sweeter for the 5.5 alcohol level.

Photo of JK4Stout
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Now this 22 has a little age to it, but not so mcuh as that it skunked.

A: I love the look of wiess beers! This one reminds me almost of a clover honey mead I made once. Just a tiny bit of head, little bubbles flowing throughout and a rich but not "sticky" golden color

S: I can certainly pick up a bit of coriander and that hefe yeast smell. I'm not too big on the smell with this style, but this is better than most.

T: Interesting! Almost gives off a Saison vibe! A little pepper mix for the sweet of the honey. the aftertaste can't be beat here either...Reminds me a bit of honey candy drop, but with just a hint of bitterness so it doesn't feel like a dessert.

M: Good Carb with a strong light feel. Rolls about the tongue a bit but from the spice not the beer itself. Perfect for the style. (Maybe not this time of year, but it's a heat wave here in VA)

O: I enjoyed this beer greatly. I think the only thing to make it better would to have had an 80 degree day to open in on and to have just finished washing the car. I can't say I am completely on board with the price, so that certainly takes it down a peg. Still my first experience with Slumbrew isn't a negative one.

Photo of Sammy
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Great Lost Bear. Significant orange aroma. Cloudy orange appearance, with a little head. Cider taste, orange juice added to a wheat beer.Yes o tangerine and these things but I'm not into beer cocktails. Very wheaty character, not a hefe. OK drinkability.Average mouthfeel.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium cloudy orange with a decent white foam head. Nice ring of retention.

Perfume of tropical fruit is very very light. Some malt.

Some sweet wheat and orange rind up front. More bitter than malty, and then very dry. Coriander comes thru, as does the blood orange, but again, dry and bitter. Finish carry some of the fruit from the malt, but balances with bitterness.

Lighter bodied and carbonated.

Just ok overall. A bit harsher than I like, and this takes away from the refreshing aspects of the beer. Worth a try.

Photo of jb413
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Straight from bottle.

S - Sweet fruity nose with lots of orange, some honey, hint of grapefruit, very slight spice and some sweet maltiness.

T - Wheat backbone, decent maltiness, some fruity and accenting flavors from the nose. A little bitterness. Finish kicks in late with honey and a witbier type drift.

MF - Thin wheat with super light feel and body. Good carbonation. OK yeasty edge.

O - A little disappointed. Not bad for a Hefe in general though.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had to wait till I got to the bottom of my 22 oz. bottle to start reveiwing. Need that yeast sediment.

Murky bronze and wheat grain color with a super quick head and no retention.

Light tartness to the blood orange citrus, wheat, and some chalk mixed in.

Dry, chalky palate that seems to fit Summer so well. Citrus that there, but not overpowering. This is real citrus flavor, not hop bitterness. Earthy at times, but pretty dry, and a light tart finish. This beer is good and easy to drink, just a little too dry and tart for the style.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tapat When Pigs Fly, served in a pilsner glass.

The beer was a hazy orange color with a thick white head. There was a moderate amount of lacing.

OK aroma of citrus and sweet malt.

More in the taste. Orange and lemon, maybe a little tropical fruit. Wheat.

Interesting mouthfeel, tart and on the acidic side. I liked it.

Photo of ToasterChef
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at the Great Lost Bear.

Hazy golden orange beer with a nice white foam head. The head didn't stick around for long, but it did leave some patchy lacing.

It has a slightly sweet aroma with a good portion of lemon and orange citrus.

The flavor is more fruit than wheat, but I would never confuse this for a fruit beer. There is a little bit of the banana you expect from the style, but also some of the lemon and orange I found in the nose. There is some crystal and Belgian candi sugar providing sweetness.

The beer has a tingly quality that is interesting. A small coat is left behind that has a decent amount of flavor. There is a little bit of a sticky film left on my lips after a few sips.

This is an enjoyable wheat beer. It makes a good summer beer. This is also my first experience with Slumbrew. Based upon this beer and my friends' recommendations, I'll definitely seek out more of their offerings.

Photo of brentk56
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a modest head that leaves a few shards

Smell: Bready and citrusy; no banana detectable

Taste: Bready and citrusy, with pith and coriander elements; no real hefe character; much more like a citrusy wit

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Clearly intended to be a hybrid, but this beer doesn't have much of a hefe character at all

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Slumbrew Happy Sol from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
83 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.