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Slumbrew Happy Sol - Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

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Ratings: 205
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 8
Gots: 19 | 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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Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -13.8%

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

05-30-2012 11:36:54 | More by brentk56
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

12-20-2012 05:20:01 | More by Rusty_Pabst
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

04-19-2014 15:58:07 | More by Meb3
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

05-24-2014 12:30:24 | More by huysmans
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

06-20-2013 18:10:23 | More by nquigley16
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

07-28-2013 17:39:53 | More by pveilleux
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

05-05-2012 23:01:27 | More by Fattsmagee
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

12-20-2013 20:54:49 | More by jayhunter357
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

02-08-2014 16:44:49 | More by swierczt
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

08-29-2012 23:19:42 | More by jeanphony
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3.28/5  rDev -11.1%

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.

12-04-2011 22:32:52 | More by morebeergood
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

3.34/5  rDev -9.5%

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.

09-16-2013 04:24:29 | More by Immortale25
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3.35/5  rDev -9.2%

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.

02-03-2012 00:43:10 | More by YouSkeete
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3.38/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

06-29-2012 01:02:01 | More by jb413
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New Jersey

3.39/5  rDev -8.1%

- 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.

01-29-2014 01:41:24 | More by beerthulhu
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3.4/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

11-24-2011 18:44:19 | More by plehnus
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3.4/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

02-04-2012 04:45:27 | More by Phelps
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3.43/5  rDev -7%

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.

06-22-2012 00:05:55 | More by scruffwhor
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New Jersey

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.

01-30-2014 00:39:16 | More by JerzDevl2000
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

01-20-2013 22:25:31 | More by Janeinma
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

12-16-2013 03:53:59 | More by doremite
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

05-28-2013 23:05:23 | More by JamesStreet
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

11-24-2012 15:24:40 | More by KenC
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New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

10-07-2013 23:48:31 | More by mjstacker
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

11-21-2012 04:33:51 | More by PaBeerLover
Slumbrew Happy Sol from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
83 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.