Slumbrew Happy Sol - Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

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Reviews: 61
Hads: 246
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 8
Gots: 37 | FT: 1
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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 Sammy
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
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. (286 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
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 (705 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
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 (396 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (827 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (1,470 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.11/5  rDev -17.3%
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. (918 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

White, moderate head. Leaves decent lace. Light amber/orange color. Appropriately cloudy.

Good wheat presence. It has some elements of a Saison--a little bit of white pepper, light yeast and lighter malts.

Creamy flavor with a strong dash of coriander flavor. High carbonation, but there's also a full, round body. There's a hint of the blood oranges--it doesn't add anything dramatically distinctive, perhaps a mild tartness. (428 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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! (397 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (701 characters)

Photo of Kelp
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- A hazy orange color, you can tell it isn't filtered. A nice hefe color. A nice head is left after the pour around 2 fingers. A nice lacing is left behind in the glass.

Smell- Smells of banana, clove and tangy orange. I have to admit I have never had a blood orange before. The finish is of a bready smell.

Taste- the first flavor is a mild banana and clove followed by the breadiness. A tangy sweetness follows, i would say it is the blood orange to finish off the flavor. A nice citrus flavor is left on the tongue that lingers.

Mouthfeel- Smooth across the tongue a nice bite and sweetness. Leaves the mouth a little dry with a simple citrus sweetness. The carbonation is just right.

Overall- This is an nontraditional hefe, that I will be picking up again and again. I am glad I tried this beer and even happier that I picked up a second bottle. The citrus flavor makes this beer work. (904 characters)

Photo of PEIhop
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy Sol pours a hazy-golden color with noticeable orange tints. The bubbly head rises to a one-finger height, but quickly disperses. The dispersal left very little lacings along the sides of the pint glass.
Due to the abundance of blood oranges used in the production of Happy Sol, I was surprised that the aroma wasn't completely dominated by citrus notes. There were two main complementary smells to the orange citrus part of the aroma: yeastiness and subtle spicy pepper. Most likely due to the use of blood oranges, a minor tangy quality was also present.
The initial part of the taste profile pops with coriander. Immediately following this short-lived coriander burst, orange enters into the taste profiles and lingers throughout. To round out the taste, pepperiness is present, but not overwhelming, letting the orange be at the forefront of the taste. During my first sips, the traditional fruit esters (banana) were not present, however as the beer warmed and was agitated, banana esters began to enter the taste profile adding farther complexity.
The mouthfeel was light to medium in body with moderate carbonation. I enjoyed the fullness and smoothness of this hefeweizen, which most likely due to my adoration of silky stouts.
At 5.5%ABV, Happy Sol is bordering on sessionability, which raises its drinkability. Its balance is one of it greatest attributes. The spiciness and citrus are held in check allowing multiple players to shine throughout the taste profile. Finally, at 5.95$ this beer is a truly great deal, so if you see it on the shelf at local MA bottle shop its definitely worth checking out. (1,619 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (640 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Originally reviewed on 2/12/12.

Pours a blond/blood orange color with a thin white head into my glass. The colors live up to the namesake in a big way. Cloudy too as well.

Coriander, orange peel and honey peek out in the nose. There's a good hint of the blood orange juice. Doesn't seem like an ordinary witbier.

Lots of citrus and coriander in the mouth. Clean. Crisp. The acidity of the blood orange juice is still present. It adds a new dimension to a style that is often marketed towards people that are new to craft beer.

Carbonation clashes with the acidity, which makes the result unsettling to my stomach. Otherwise, it's what you might expect for the style.

I certainly can't give it poor marks just because the acidity bothers my stomach. That is probably from the meal I had prior to this beer. Otherwise, this is an excellent example of the style. It might be too adventursome to a beginner but to me, it's just right. (937 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.42/5  rDev -9%
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. (543 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very hazy honey color. Head is thin and dissipates. Translucent body. The head leaves decent lacing especially for being so minute in stature.

S-Yeasty and wheaty. A spicy nose as well. Light citrus juice. Definitely has that Belgian aroma going on here. A pretty aromatic Hefeweizen.

T-Sweeter than the nose would lead you to believe. The most outstanding flavor is the cereal-like taste. Literally tastes like Special K for a few moments. A bunch of wheat. Citrus flavors of orange and lemon. Finishes grassy. Complex.

M-Lively carbonation. Body is a bit heavier than others I have had of the same style. Sweetness adds to the smoothness of the body.

O/D-A sturdy Hefeweizen. I enjoy how it is a bit more intense and concentrated than other Hefeweizens. At $5.75 for a bomber, this isn't a bad bargain either. Their IPA was awesome, this one isn't bad. (869 characters)

Photo of mynie
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at their weird little outdoor beergarden restaurant thing.

Pours cloudy, more orange than yellow, with a respectable white head. Smells like a pleasant, albeit very sweet, combination of wheat malt, clementines, and orgeat syrup.

Tastes like it smells: very sweet, big citrus fruit, and a yeasty, wheaty finish. Thick and rich throughout.

I can't claim to be able to recognize the aromatic differences between different types of orange (and despite what BIG CITRUS might tell you, clementines are a type of orange). So I guess I'll trust Slumbrew when they say this is made out of blood oranges. It just smells, and tastes, sweeter than that. (661 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.91/5  rDev +4%
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. (325 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (993 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
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. (976 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into weizen glass. Thanks for this one, shawnm213!

A: Pours a lightly cloudy deep citrus-honey color with a large, fluffy, dense, eggshell white head that slowly faded into a long lasting well retained film.
S: Definite blood orange citrus on the nose. Coriander comes through as well along with a bit of chalky yeast and lemon zest. Sweet and citrusy smelling.
T: Not as much orange as the nose suggested but it’s still possible to pick out if you know it’s there. Earthy hops are also a nice touch to the flavor. Citrus and coriander bring up the rear. I’m not getting much honey but this brew does have a juicy sweetness to it. I get just a hint of banana as well. The aftertaste is full of wheat and chalky yeast, and is surprisingly dry. There is also a light sourness to this brew, a citrus juice sourness.
M: Dry mouthfeel, medium body with ample bubbly carbonation. Goes down smooth and dry.
O: An interesting heff. Easy to drink with good flavors and a clean mouth. It’s not my favorite, but if you’re a fan of the style definitely check it out. (1,082 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
2.85/5  rDev -24.2%
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. (552 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (1,074 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
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 (531 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy Sol pours a cloudy straw yellow with a big, fluffy white head on top. The foam fades slowly leaving a thick coating of lace on the glass.

The aroma is loaded with orange, clove and bubblegum. A hint of wheat is also detected.

Each sip of this light to medium bodied beer is watery on the palate with a mild carbonated fizz. The flavor is mainly orange with some clove, bubblegum and pale malt blended in. Finishes sweet with a lingering orange flavor.

This is an easy drinking, not overly spiced hefeweizen. Very refreshing. (533 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (595 characters)

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Slumbrew Happy Sol from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
85 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.