Slumbrew Happy Sol - Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

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Ratings: 241
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 8
Gots: 34 | 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: 241 | Reviews: 61
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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 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 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 mdaschaf
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy yellow/orange color with a small whitish head on top, about 3/4 inch tall. Retention is average, reducing to a thin layer on top of the beer. Thin lacing forms on most of the glass.

S: Very inviting with a nice orange aroma and some orange rind. Some wheat and spice mixed in as well.

T: A good bit of wheat and spice, as well as the blood oranges coming through nicely, though not as strong as i was hoping for. I don't say that to take anything away from the beer though.

M: Medium bodied with active carbonation, slightly tingly on the tongue.

O: Enjoyable. A Hefe that is heavier than most in terms of citrus presence, and I like it. Would get it again.

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 Hopdaemon39
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pilsener- pours a hazy ruby orange color with less than a finger of head, good retention, and barely any lacing.

Smells wheat-y but not a robust scent.

Tastes like wheat of course, a little bit of tangerine with a nice mild finish (a little citrusy). Yeast present as well.

Mouthfeel is good- light body with medium carbonation. Not a beer I'd buy again and not the best wheat beer (I just had Weihenstephaner Hefe and this can't touch it).

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

Slightly hazy golden orage body with an inch of white head.

Smells heavily of wheat and coriander, with a touch of grain. I pick up a little of the orange, but only because I know it's there. I'm not sure I would have pinpointed that one unless I already knew it was in there.

Decent taste for a hefe. It's a bit grainy, but the wheat is good and there's a light citrus sweetness.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. The carbonation is just right. Body is light.

Overall, a fairly good hefe. I can appreciate that this would be a great summer outdoor bbq beer.

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 Sharkophile
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wheat ale brewed with coriander, honey, bitter orange peel and blood orange juice, let's do this!

A: Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Cloudy golden orange with a big white head that has good retention and lacing.

S: Smells like a witbier more than a hefeweizen. Coriander and orange dominate.

T: Taste all the additions to the beer, especially the coriander, with the honey and bitter orange peel being more subtle. A little tart as well, presumably because of the blood orange juice addition.

M: A bit too light and watery.

O: If this was a witbier I'd say it was the best one I've ever tasted. Very good.

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 krystensteiner
4.58/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is not your average Hefeweizen! While the appearance and mouthfeel are appropriate for the style this unique take on a Hefeweizen comes from the blood oranges.

You pick up the citrus aroma at first wiff and then it really comes through in the finish providing a nice tartness at the end! This is not my favorite beer style but this Hefe may be the one (other than a few amazing German varieties) that brings me around to this style. Great beer to drink on a hot summer day!

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 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 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 deltatauhobbit
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy golden color with an orange tint to it, thin white head that sticks around for a little while then promptly disappears, not much lacing.

Large aroma of coriander and orange, bit of a yeasty spice to it as well.

Taste starts out with an orange zing and follows with a bit of coriander, slightly yeasty, picking up a peppery kind of spice, carbonation is moderate to high but not overwhelming in the least.

Photo of mountdew1
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a hefe glass. Color was a light orange amber, with plenty of carbonation rising from the bottom to build a generous 2 finger white frothy head, ended up leaving 1/4 inch. Aroma was a citrusy floral aroma. Strongest note was oranges. Flavor was pleasantly sweet, not overwhelmingly so. A nice orange undertone with a hint of wheat in the backend. Felt good in the mouth. A bit of carbonation, with enough coating for this style. Overall a nice well balanced hefe. A good sipper.

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 jneiswender
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber bottle into a belgian tulip. Served cool.

Pours a moderate off white head and a brownish orange body that is quite murky.

Strong belgian yeast smell. clove, medicine,

Taste is more complex. Certainly the yeasty front, faint juice flavor, wheat front as well. Some herb middle but the middle flavors are kind of weak. Honey aftertaste hits you about 5 seconds after you swallow. Neat.

Light to medium and steady but not heavy carbonation.

Funny almost belgian for a hefe. Elements of a hefe are there but the middle flavor profile is weak. Nice front and finish but alot to be desired in the middle.

I would drink again.

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 donkeyrunner
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Translucent dark orange color. Fingers width head that's quick to skim and melt apart. No lace and poor retention for a wheat beer.

Aroma is predominantly yeast spice. Maybe some coriander/orange spice in there to but mainly yeast spice.

Taste like an orange banana smoothie with a crisp, malty backbone. Good stuff.

Come summertime I could find myself at Atwood's patio with a pint or two of this. I've yet to be disappointed by Slumbrew, which is surprising because I'm often disappointed by Somerville - like the fact that as of last year all parking is either metered or resident parking.

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 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 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 jlindros
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice fizzy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace but partially reinforced by bubbles rising to the top, some decent lacing, over hazy reddish orange colored beer.

Nose has some hefe notes to it, wheat, light hefe yeast aromas, then orange... orange peel, a fleshy orange juice, citrusy, hints of typical hefe spices coriander, juicy, a bit malty, and a hint of clementine.

Taste starts a bit like a hefe again, but not a lot. It brings some light wheat flavors, hefe yeast with hints of spices and even a slight banana, some coriander and maybe slightest hint of clove. Then orange galore, with some fresh squeezed orange juice, again the fleshy orange taste with a hint of bitter rind, a definitive blood orange flavor, with a bit of a clementine like twist and even slight tangerine. Fairly citrusy and juicy, almost more juice than beer at this point. A light malty wheat flavor but not much, with a hint of bitterness more from orange peel than anything else. Finish is slightly dry, it seems like it wants to get dry but can't from all the juice, a little sticky, lingering orange peel and blood orange juice, hint of hefe and wheat, and a hint of a citrus like hop flavor.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad, interesting juicy beer with nice orange flavors, juicy, quite drinakble and without too much of the hefe flavor that can get nagging on a large hefe in the middle of summer, well mostly the American made hefes.

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.

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Slumbrew Happy Sol from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
83 out of 100 based on 241 ratings.