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American Wheatwine Ale
Ranked #43
Ranked #14,781
3.89 | pDev: 11.83%
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Smuttynose Wheat Wine Ale is a unique hybridization of two well-known beer styles, combining the rich, voluptuous taste of a traditional barleywine with the subtle, tart flavors of an American wheat ale, topped off with a healthy dose of crisp, herbaceous hops.

2007 - 11.4%
2008 - 10.3%
2009 - 11.4%
2010 - 12.0%
2014 - 10.8%
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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Consumed in the middle of August 2015, can't tell from the picture of it I took what year it was.

Pours a dark copper, burnt orange like color with 1/4" off white head. Aroma pops of wheat and alcohol to a much lighter degree. Underneath that a mild toffee note.

Taste was like a crisp caramel and toffee bar, the wheat usage kept this from a heavier mouth feel of caramel and toffee. Even though the carbonation was slightly lower it still did a good job at not seeming too heavy or sticky of a mouth feel. Hops seemed restrained to make it more of an old ale/English kind of wheatwine even though I think wheatwine is generally an American thing. What is the commercial tug job talking about, there is nothing tart going on here? Hint of dark fruit bitterness.

Neat to try, a notch below Boulevard's Harvest Dance.

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Photo of Bluecrow
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a cellared bottle from 2012. -deep rose-amber bottle pour with no discernible effervescence. The aroma includes caramel and toffee and leather notes. The flavor includes tobacco, toffee, raisins, grape must and a late woody influence. There is some alcohol heat eight years on. The finish is pleasant. Another draught is welcome enough. Pleased to have an opportunity for an aged version.

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Photo of VABA
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy dark amber color with a slight tan head and lacing
A- Aroma has grain and malt hints
M-The taste follows the nose with a grain and malt flavor
M-A medium bodied moderately carbonated beer
O-A well done Wheatwine

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Photo of Brolo75
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle poured into a snifter, bottled in 2013

Pours a light amber color with an off white head that did not retain, beer is clear, decent amount of lacing and a head that turned into a soapy film. Lots of malt in this one, toffee and caramel, red licorice, touch of lemon and grass, hint of alcohol that lingers in the finish. Same as the nose, toffee, caramel, red licorice, slight lemon peel, and hay/grass note, some alcohol burn that lingers in the finish. Low carbonation with a sticky mouthfeel that clings to the palate.

With almost five years on this beer there is not much left. I would like to try a fresh bottle but this was the only one I could find. I will definitely pick up a fresh bottle if I come across one.

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Photo of GeoWitt
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got this as a pint-size growler fill at Pinehurst Wine Shoppe in Baltimore, and poured into a tulip glass. An incredible bargain from the distributor, who I guess was looking forward to getting rid of the 2014 stock. A beautiful golden color, with aromatic yeast and grain aromas. A little alcohol forward, which isn't too surprising, but a bit of a thin feel on the tongue. However, the concentrated hop and grain flavors with the subtle but noticeable wheat character, made me rate this highly.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a semi-dark amber color with a finger's worth of quickly dieing head. Not much lace, somewhat stringy and sliding to what was there.
The aroma had some raisins, sweet wheat, light caramel, light toast, light honey and boozy sugary notes.
The flavor was mainly sweet through the prior mentioned aromas subsiding a sweet leaning aftertaste through all of those noted aromas.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation seemed to have died off a bit and some cloying qualities want to invade over my tongue. ABV still felt close to par.
Overall, 2014 bottle and well, I didn't mind this for me. But I'm guessing this probably would have been better fresher.

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Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Vintage 2009 bomber poured into a wine glass appears mahogany in color with a finger of khaki head that fades quick leaving spotty lace.

Aroma is malty and raison-like. Minimal oxidation with a hint of caramel and booze.

Taste is toasty malt, slightly herbal bitter with plenty of raisony alcohol. Almost sherry-like with its oxidation.

Medium in body with modest carbonation. A pretty decent and still quite boozy wheatwine.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.54/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Cervezalandia. In Teku glass. 65cl. Watching Los Soprano 5x03 + playing Broken Sword 5. Barleywine-like, with lots of raisins and a smoother,silkier body probably thanks to the wheat.Noticeable non USAish hops. Alcohol present too, but nice, providing a warming feeling. To drink slowly

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Photo of Gajo74
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it on tap at Top Hops Beer Shop, NYC. My first wheat wine review!
Pours a light copper with an amber hue. A moderately large sudsy head soon recedes into a frothy cap and collar with sticky lacing.
In the aroma; sweet honey and lightly burnt caramel, buttery, raisin, sugary and alcohol.
Medium to full body with a moderately thick coating of honey and caramel malt sweetness. Lots of peppery alcohol. The herbal and piny hops become more pronounced, as the finish and linger become increasingly drier with a moderate to biting bitterness.
The alcohol warming is significant, yet, it is drinkable. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

For two reasons, I'm glad that BA created a new category for those barleywines that blend in wheat.

First, wheat is much smoother than American barleywines tend to be. That comes from the wheat and it is harder for brewers to work with. So to help reward their innovation, a new category seems a good idea.

Second, American barleywines tend to be too hop-forward and go with too few foods. And I like higher alcohol styles that focus on blending the malts and, now, using wheat.

I hope I find this again this spring. I'll buy two. One to try with dessert. The other for 2017.

A "1001" beer and deservedly so.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first experience with a wheat wine. Poured into pint glass. The color is a hazy orange-amber with a one-finger milk-white head and thick lacing. It has a nice aroma of malt, butterscotch and dry, dark fruit. It tastes of malt, caramel, and raisin or fig. It starts out with the sweetness typical of a barley wine but the sweetness gives way to a hoppy bitterness and a strong alcohol burn at the finish. In fact, it seemed more hoppy and bitter as it warmed in the glass. It is a medium-bodied, somewhat syrupy ale and the 10.70% ABV is very noticeable. Overall, I enjoyed this wheat wine and would drink it again. Smuttynose is a quality brewer.

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Photo of thebeers
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Deep orange-amber-brown color with a finger of off-white head. Big aroma of toffee, dates and alcohol. They carry over, combining into a sweet taste up front, followed by a somewhat yeasty and dry aftertaste -- as well as an ass-kicking of alcohol on the back end. No hop flavor or bitterness to speak of. Syrupy mouthfeel. Definitely a "big beer." A bit too hot for my taste. There's a lot in there, but not too smooth or harmonious.

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.13/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A - cloudy amber with puffy off white non clingy head. 3.5

S - hoppy crystalline. Rye. Cake.3.5

T - hoppy. Too hoppy. Sweet pastry tastes all masked by over hopping. 2.75

M - smooth silky slightly syrupy. 3.75

O - an ok barely wine that suffers due to.over hopping. Tasty but not as good as it could be. 3

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Photo of mattcrill
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Light caramel and sugary notes. Slightly sweet bready character. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Hazy brick red pour with a low white head. Head retention is poor and quickly fades and rings the glass nicely. Floaties noted in the glass...appears to be hops.

Flavor: Firm earthy bitterness up front with rich caramel flavors. Caramel and candied orange flavor continues to be assertive as it warms. Balance is to the firm American hoppy bitterness. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste lingers with leafy American citrus hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. No alcohol heat, astringency, or creaminess noted.

Overall impression: A big, enjoyable, easy drinking wheat wine. More like a drinkable barleywine. Worth a try.

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Photo of SR_619
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Overall, rock solid - normally a stout drinker, but stepping into the world of other strong beers, the high ABV really helps pull this together. Notes of dates & raisins on the aftertaste (really carrying a good barleywine flavor there) with the lighter notes of wheat. Balanced well - hops stay where they should be (complimenting the malt, but not standing out too strongly.)

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from a growler in a Rhinegeist snifter. The beefy ale pours a luminous orange with an off white head that dissipates to a thin pool and ring with light lacing. Nose of apricots, moderately strong astringent grain alcohol, sweet malts, and light bittering hops. Flavors are sweet malts on all sides with a heavy grain taste to the rear mingling with bittering hops and a chardonnay like quality. A more pronounced peach and apricot flavor comes through with warmth. A mild bitterness shines through on the aftertaste giving this wheat wine balance. Smooth moderate carbonation makes it easy to drink despite the relatively high alcohol. Very nice.


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Photo of JMS1512
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured hard into my Duvel glass.

Sight- Raw sienna with orangey hues. Big beige head that recedes to a thin, caldera-like cap. Lacing leaves thick bands full of tiny pockmarks. Chill haze is present and settled, spread out on the bottom and sides of my glass.

Smell- Malty sweetness, a hint of hops. I also get a touch of fruit, but unsure of which one. Alcohol also present, but subtle for an almost 11% brew.

Taste- There is a definite malty sweetness here, balanced against a solid but not overpowering piney hops partner. At a cool temperature the alcohol is masked. As it warms, I’m sure it says “hello” with more confidence. I also get a woody dryness, sort of like the Lukcy Basartd I reviewed last week. Is there a touch of rye-like sour/spice, or is it just me?

Feel- It’s a full-figured woman of a beer (plenty of body). Medium or medium-plus coating, nice amount of carbonation.

Overall- Not as abrasive as its mainstream cousin, the American barleywine, but VERY nice to drink on a chilly November in NWNJ.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

On tap at Funcks in Palmyra, PA, part of a flight, 4.5ozs. First experience with this style.

Very hazy coppery color, thin white head. Sweetness, malt, faint alcohol on the nose. Mixture of malt sweetness and warmth in the flavor. Similar to an English Barleywine in feel, but softer, less fruit, and alcohol hidden a little better.

Overall, and enjoyable experience. Will get the larger serving next time.

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Photo of sommersb
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 07-22-2014
Freshness: 2014 Vintage
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Snifter
Purchased: Received in a trade

The first pour is copper colored and clear. Subsequent pours are cloudy and show sediment floating in the glass. The nice-sized offwhite head shows a low retention and good amount of lace.

Smells have an alcohol note, followed by caramel and wheat malts. Other aromas include dark fruit like fig, wood/oak, and a mustiness.

First the taste is sweet and malty; which is followed by some tannin aspects that give it bitterness and sourness. Hops are woody, and some alcohol warmth is present.

Mouthfeel has a thick body and is moderately carbonated. The aftertaste has the same sour and bitter notes from tannins as noted earlier.

Overall an interesting beer. I liked some aspects of it but felt some of the flavor notes were off-putting.

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Photo of zac16125
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into a snifter
Vintage 2012

A: Pours a clear apricot/dark cooper with only a sliver of light tan head that dissipates almost imediately and leaves effectively zero lacing. It looks like a bourbon or some other spirit as it sits in the glass. Very pretty color though.

S: Lots of sweetness with candied sugar and vinous fruits. There is also a tart, apple-like component; in a way its reminiscent of apple cider. Some booze, a bit of caramel/toffee. Its very unique but I really dig it.

T: Like the nose its sweetness forward, with candied sugar and caramel/toffee. There are also some hop characters including citrus rind and bitterness. Some burnt, almost char-like characters. Flavor is more traditional barleywine-esque than the aroma. Again, I like it a lot.

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation very low but it actually works well for this particular beer that almost drinks like a spirit. Gives a whole body warming sensation. ABV is present but not overwhelming, and its not hot at all. Drinkability is good.

O: Overall, I was a big fan of this one. The price was great too. I plan to buy a few more of these.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle conditioned in 2014. 10.8% ABV.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Small chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, wheat, caramel, toffee, wood, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour wheat, caramel, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop and wood bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a unique tartness in the flavor that I am not sure I have experienced in other beers of the same style.

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Photo of Dope
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 batch, 10.8% ABV.

A: Pours a dark red with a tall, fizzy and kinda soapy-looking head. Lacing is also soapy but fades along with the head, leaving almost nothing behind. Decent retention at least.

S: Unsurprisingly, a heavy wheaty character. A bit of oak? Don't really get much else past that, very simple.

T: Hmph, more of the same. Heavy, heavy wheat from start to finish. A little herbal up front. A little oaky in the middle. A hearty, toasted bread in the middle and finish. The aftertaste is all herbal hops with a spicy, toasted bread.

M: Medium-heavy body. Lighter on the carbonation. A touch spicy.

O: Interesting wheatwine. The herbal hops and the heavy breadiness makes me think this is like a triple ESB or something along those lines. Lots of hearty, wheaty bread and herbal hops throughout. Honestly I enjoyed it. It's a bit simple but almost no wheatwines aren't.

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Photo of babaracas
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2014: (10.8%) Pours a clear red tinted orange with thin but dense cream colored head that settles quickly to a thin ring. Not much lace can stick, but leggy. Smell: huge fruity and caramel aromas... sweet grape juice, plum skin, cherry. Slightly spicy and herbal hop coming through. Taste: date, cherry, orange liquor... biting into a sugary juicy black plum, then into booze, herbal pops from hopping (and maybe oak...was that used in the last edition?), and a lightening "crispness" from wheat. Drying finish, full bodied, fine carb -- maybe it would be better with less? (Feel-wise, fits more into weizenbock-y than barleywine-y). More depth than I remember from 2010, though I'm drinking this one a bit fresher.

2010: 3.5/3.5/4/4/4

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Photo of JAFoley
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear amber body with thin off-white head. Took a vigorous pour. Not too much retention but some good sudsy lacing.

S - Sour grapes and tannins. Molasses and wood

T - Slight bitter hops are taken over by big sugary, molasses and cherry malts. Smokey, woody, and huge spicy alcohol throughout.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Sticky and resinous.

O - Really great beer that kicks you on your ass. I'm really glad this is being brewed in my home town.

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Photo of BWED
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013 bomber, poured into a tulip

A- Pours a burnt orange, with rosy hues. A really unique and beautiful color. Very light tan head retains a little.

S- A bit of peach and caramel notes. Boozy aroma stings the nose.

T- Light caramel notes, with a bit of a fruit character. A little burnt vanilla, and oak. Booze as well.

M- Full body, velvety. Carbonation is subtle but leaves a little tingle in the mouth. Boozy burn finish.

O- The booze is quite noticeable, but this was a ver great sipper, with lots of depth in flavor. Beautiful color.

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