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 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 jneiswender
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
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. (646 characters)

Photo of krystensteiner
4.58/5  rDev +21.8%
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! (480 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle.

pours murky copperish gold with a spritzy, quickly fizzling-out head. A placid surface with zero lacing for the duration.

Citrus and bannana lead off the palate. Some mild orange pulp follows through.

Medium bodied with a crispish mouthfeel.

Orange-spritzed bannanas with some plump malt to balance and a hint of tart wheat on the palate.

Finishes with some lingering orange, bannana and apples.

Tasty beer, a good one for summer. The presentation is poor though, a hef should have mountains of dense, whipped froth and plenty of tattered lacing. (566 characters)

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
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). (478 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 eclipse54
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bottle from FluffyMcTingle; thanks! Bottled in 10/2011, and split into tulips.

Pours a creamy orange and yellow color with about a centimeter of white, fluffy head. Retention is moderate, and there is some subtle lacing to decorate the glass.

The aroma is of wheat, lemon zest, orange citrus, faint honey, some coriander, clove, and a bit of yeasty funk. Could pass as a fruity saison aroma.

It tastes of wheat, orange citrus, lemon, ample honey (much more honey on the palate than in the nose), coriander, clove, and grass. Very refreshing and well balanced.

Mouthfeel is great, being crisp and finishing relatively clean, albeit a touch dry.

Overall, a very good hefeweizen that is worth trying. I felt like the honey was a nice touch alongside the oranges. (779 characters)

Photo of mountdew1
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (489 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (562 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 Masenten
4.92/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Usually don't look for Hefs, but my beer-trade friend in MA sent this out for me to try along with a couple others. This isn't your father's Hef - this is it's own thing.

A: Pours a hazy yellow. The head is a half finger of light cream, decent thickness.

S: Citrus over a light clean barley foundation. Pleasant and refreshing. Very well balanced.

T: Light, citrusy, not to heffy. pleasant refreshing fruit. The body is near perfect. Very well balanced and built. Also amazingly subtle, to the point that it disguises its own complexity.

M: Clean, crisp and refreshing, and complementary of the flavors. Delicate and light on the palate.

D: Incredibly drinkable. An amazing Hef in my book Very flavourful and complex for the style - you may not like Hefs - I'm not a huge fan, but this makes me think I should try others. (826 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 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 Phelps
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (915 characters)

Photo of YouSkeete
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (458 characters)

Photo of soze47
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy. Golden color with a hefty dose of orangey/red highlights. Very pretty in the glass. High marks here.

Aroma: Like a normal hef with a nice dose of orange tartness. I get a little bit of banana and spice as you'd expect, but there is a nice earthy complexity to it as well. Intriguing stuff.

Taste: Great development. Starts off with a brief but explosive tartness. It quickly turns into orange juiciness that melds well with the traditional hef notes. The after taste rindy and the more sour/bitter notes of blood oranges comes through. Really great ride.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Nice and light as it should be. Maybe a little heavier than others in the style, but it is light enough to keep the flavors dancing.

Overall: Another great beer from Slumbrew. This brewery is doing things the right way by focusing on popular, well-known styles but giving it a unique twist. Blood orange (not normal orange) was a stroke of genius with the tart and sweet flavors. (982 characters)

Photo of 00trayn
5/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - A cloudy golden color that pours with a fluffy head. It has a hint of orange-y red to it, suggesting the blood oranges used.

S - It smells like a summer day. Citrus is the main component, refreshing and light. The wheat comes through as well with hints of spice.

T - A crisp, tart flavor really comes through, with the spices and blood oranges mingling together to create a refreshingly complex beer. It's not overly sweet, and leaves a sweet lingering taste afterwards.

M - A very good level of carbonation, light but not too fizzy. Medium bodied.

O - A perfect beer for a warm summer evening. The citrus flavor is really refreshing and clean. It blows other hefeweizens that I've had out of the water. (711 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 rowingbrewer
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This see pours a hazy yellowish straw CPR with a good sized fluffy white head. The smell is light banana with wheat notes. The fast is lightly fruity not just banana though with a nice light wheat finish. The mouthfeel is light good carbonation and mouth watering. Overall this is a beer I will be drinking more often. (318 characters)

Photo of Sharkophile
4.25/5  rDev +13%
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. (618 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 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)

Photo of bobbybou
4.88/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After trying the Porter last night and really enjoying that, I picked up a bomber of this Hefe and expected to be disappointed, as I am with most American hefewiezens. This is not the case. Now that I'm drinking it, I regret buying only one bottle.
Poured into a Hefewiezen glass, I was pleased to find it cloudy and silky in appearance. The color is a very nice gold with might be hints of orange and red. Very Beautiful.
As I expected, the head broke from tradition and was not tall but I consider this a good thing.
As far as the flavor---I can't wait for Summertime when this beer will taste even more delicious than it does now. It has an undeniable orange/citrus taste hiding in it but it isn't sour at all. Somehow they were able to extract the best attributes from the oranges while leaving behind the worst. The addition of Blood Orange ( who would have thunk it?) completely works.
Little wisps of Belgian lace followed the beer down to the bottom of the glass, which I must report, is unfortunately empty now.
I can't wait to try this on tap so that I might review this beer further. :-) Ohhhh,it's going to be good! (1,129 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 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)

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Slumbrew Happy Sol from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
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