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Slumbrew Happy Sol - Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

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83
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208 Ratings
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Ratings: 208
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 8
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: mduncan on 11-01-2011)
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Reviews by JerzDevl2000:
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.49/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

JerzDevl2000, Jan 30, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

lordofthewiens, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of Fiore757
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Fiore757, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev +8.4%

JakerLou, May 12, 2013
Photo of Ammertime
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

Ammertime, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of Janeinma
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Janeinma, Jan 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

doremite, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

acurtis, Feb 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

JMS1512, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of PopGun
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

PopGun, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of JamesStreet
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

JamesStreet, May 28, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

mdaschaf, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of KenC
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

KenC, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%

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.

Sammy, Aug 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Roguer, Feb 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Larrydoherty, Dec 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +22%

twinpeekaboo, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%

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).

Hopdaemon39, Mar 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

mjstacker, Oct 07, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

nookiebrown, Jul 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

PaBeerLover, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of Vonerichs
3.58/5  rDev -3%

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.

Vonerichs, Feb 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

ThisMoonlife, Nov 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Bjlps, Dec 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

timbre, Jan 10, 2012
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Slumbrew Happy Sol from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
83 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.