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Slumbrew Happy Sol - Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

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Reviews: 62
Hads: 251
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 25.88%
Wants: 8
Gots: 36 | 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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Photo of asdfx0rz
2.31/5  rDev -37.7%
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.

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Photo of Sean9689
2.85/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks, Alex. Poured into tasting glass.

A - Pours a mirky yellow, white head, thin ring.

S - Orange peel, citrus, spices, wheat. Pretty straight forward, but not a Hefe, by any means.

T - Pretty straight forward and right along with the nose. Creamy orange, citrus, some spices. There's not much sweetness to this one, and it's pretty un-hefe-esque.

M - Light to medium body, good carbonation, creamy finish.

O - Not a hefe and more of a wheat beer then anything. An average beer that I'd have again, if offered, but wouldn't actively seek out.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.11/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Grabbed this from Binny's - figured I'd complete the Slumbrew trifecta. Served in a plastic cup at West Lakeview Liquors. Bottled November 2011.

A - Finger-plus of white foam settles to a thin cap and splotchy lace. Murky apricot body.

S - Wheat, coriander, a touch of sweet malt, and perhaps a hint of the advertised blood orange juice. There's a mild vomit note that dissipates quickly after pouring.

T - Taste is pretty similar, with wheat, grainy malts, and a touch of coriander spice. I don't really get much of the other listed adjuncts - orange peel & honey.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, chewy and mildly grainy texture.

D - Out of all the possible wheat styles, hefeweizen is probably the last I'd use to describe this. It's more of a witbier, but without the phenolic Belgian yeast character. I didn't get much of the banana & clove Weiß yeast character. Not a bad beer but pretty forgettable.

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Photo of jneiswender
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
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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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
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.


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Photo of morebeergood
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap last night at Area Four in Cambridge. Thought I would give the new guys a try. Served in a standard pint glass. Murky orange colored body, with a thin whispy white head. Smell was like a bit like orange rind. Taste was good but average. Some clove, banana, citrus, but nothing hugely grabbing my palate. Mouthfeel was appropriate for a hefe - light and refreshing. Went well with a spicy pizza. While this beer didn't impress me too much, I'd try some of Slumbrew's other beers at some point, because this was a decent first introduction.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of YouSkeete
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Hazy golden yellow with a two finger thick eggshell white head. Bananas, cloves, coariander, oranges and lemon on the aroma. Pale malts and belgian yeast reveal themselves as well. Orange, clove, and banana on the initial sip. Not much different than the nose: orange, lemon and banana, pale malt, flat hops and belgian yeast with some kitchen spices throughout the body. Aftertaste is mildly dry, mildly hoppy. Bright and sweet with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of jb413
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of Phelps
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Happy Sol is an unfiltered wheat ale brewed with orange peel, coriander, honey and blood orange juice. 22-ounce bottle poured into a tulip.

Cloudy tangerine, capped with an inch of dense, merengue-like foam. The bubbles are the color of the center of a Cadbury egg and disappear after a few minutes, not leaving much lace behind.

Smells like an orange julius. Wheat, orange juice, apple, a bit of flowers, touches of vanilla. A bit of grainy, crackery malt makes up the rest.

The orange peel acts like hops in the flavor, imparting citrus notes as well as pithy bitterness. Lots of fruity wheat in here, with a bit of grainy tang on the back sides of the tongue. A little vanilla rises before a dry finish.

Frothy medium-light body with moderate, massaging carbonation. Light and refreshing.

Happy Sol starts decently enough, but kind of dies off at the finish. I finished half the bottle and was tired of it.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of plehnus
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: Lemon initially followed by Belgian spices, eventually the orange aromas prevail.

Appearance: Cloudy golden-orange body with a fluffy slightly bubbly white head.

Flavor: Mild singular malt taste. Only a faint hint of bitterness on the back end. Some citrus and spice notes throughout, but the dominate flavor is wheat and orange.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a creamy feel. Not highly carbonated.

Overall: It grew on me gradually but still seemed a little one-dimensional overall. Has a heavy reliance on the blood oranges. It is fairly light and drinkable but fell a little flat overall.

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Photo of metter98
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
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

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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!

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of mtnasty116
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of illpass78
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a really nice hazy oragne with a very nice head that trails the glass as you drink. The smell was full of wild flavors along with some sweet fruits such as orange peel. The flavor was nice with sweet fruits like banana acompanied by sweet bread and wild yeast. I thought the feel was a bit too thick for a Hefe with an almost syrupy texture. Could be better but overall very nice.

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Photo of cbutova
3.6/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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).

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Slumbrew Happy Sol from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
84 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.