Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series) | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series)

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.70%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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%

Added by Bierman9 on 04-13-2005

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy ruby red-brown, with barely any head - beautiful beer.

Nose is caramel and toffee, with some soft cherry mixed in with the nose, and bit of alcohol.

Taste is rich with a toffee and caramel sweetness, with a bit of a wheat tang in there, but balanced by an understated but persistent floral hop note, and an alcohol presence thats spicy some times and a bit boozy at others.

Mouthfeel is perfect - a soft but slightly crisp carbonation that is understated and allows the flavors to shine.

Terrific sipper.

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Photo of tzieser
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

vintage 2008 22oz bottle. this review was taken from notes. poured into a Raftman tulip glass.

a: pours a clear maple-syrup like color (deep amber), with a surprisingly decent one-finger head (i say surprising because no hissing noise was presdent when i popped the cap, so i assumed it would be a bit on the stale side). the head stays pretty well too. very nice.

s: this one has a sweet, sweet nose thanks to the huge amounts of barley and wheat. notes of brown sugar and molasses are noticeable and some of that great weizen-like wheat smell. pretty good, but i was expecting a bit of a stronger nose. maybe the age has diminished it a bit.

t: oh man. this one sips like a fine brandy. sweet barley notes...i'm still getting that molasses/brown sugar character. the wheat is there, but it's much more mature tasting than any other wheat beer i've had. great stuff.

m&d: very complex and deliciously drinkable. i love it .

first wheat wine i've had and i definitely look forward to getting another bottle or two of this. it aged great, but i'd like to try a fresh one as well. recommended.

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Photo of hreb
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The 2006 vintage, now moderately well aged (it's now April 2008, making this bottle at least 1.5 but less than 2 years old), emerges from my beer fridge. Cold 22oz bottle poured into wide-mouth Chimay glass. Pours deep apple juice amber with nearly zero head. Aroma is faint, probably because the temperature is too damn cold, but distinctly of raisins and caramel. Very pleasant. (note: as it warms up, the aroma does get bigger, no surprises)

First taste is smooth and rich, with flavors of both malty barley and flowery wheat. Complex depths of bitterness balances it out nicely. And fizziness is slight, just right for a barley wine style.

There's some alcohol in there. There's also some hops. Both work well in my opinion, and I think the flavor will be appreciated by anyone who enjoys wheat beer.

Not as good as Triticus, or Brooklyn Monster Ale for that matter, but definitely in the same league, which is great praise coming from me. The aging didn't hurt this one bit.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz "Smuttynose Big Beer Series" Bottle purchased from Super Saver in Somerville for $4.99...
Many of their Big Beer Series have been successful, so I was eager to give this one a try, which claimed to be made from "53% Wheat and 47%" Barley - a nice touch of wheat to the traditional barley-wine style ale...
A hefty pour resulted in a ruby-red, dark-copper hue with a decent frothy head that soon dissipated and left minimal froth around the glass...
Great smell, with a nice combination of barley, wheats, and malts with a touch of caramel and vanilla nuances...
Excellent, top-notch flavor... very barleywine like, but without the usual overbearing, and cloying sweet flavors that can sometimes really disinhibit a beers natural taste to flow through...
Good, creamy, rich, thick mouthfeel without too much interference coupled with an equally impressive level of drinkability in which the hefty 10.7% ABV is hardly noticeable behind a rich conglomeration of flavors...
Good stuff...
Definitely recommended...

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Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sharkophile
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Appears a beautiful hazy amber orange with a frothy off-white head that recedes down to nothing. Perhaps due to the high abv?

S: Smells fruity, with some tropical fruit along with honey and caramel. Herbal hop character and a gentle booziness rounds things out.

T: Woah... plums and tropical fruit combine with a toasted malt (toffee-like) background. Very sweet. Some vanilla-like flavors come in as does the alcohol, which is warming at first but then develops some bite. Minty hops come in on the sticky, semi-dry finish. Delicious.

M: HUGE body with a smooth, creamy carbonation. Absolutely coats the mouth in flavor. Excellent.

O: My first wheat wine. What a great style! Hopefully more like this to come from more breweries! Fantastic beer.

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Photo of LennyV
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a growler at Half-time.

Pours a dark mahogany in to my La Fin Du Monde tulip. Small half finger head no lacing.

Smells of malt and alcohol.

Tastes just as it smells. This brew begins with the malt and finishes with a warming alcohol. The alcohol is not well masked.

Feels outstanding in the mouth, medium to full body and perfectly carbonated.

This brew kicks ass at nearly 12% abv. (I know that it says 10.4% above but it is now 11.4% as per Half-time)

So as far as drinkability you can get messed up pretty quick drinking this brew. It is not as smooth as other 10+ abv beers I have had but, I found it easier to drink as the night went on.

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Photo of demcorhip
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to Barleywinebrewer for being a great trader and sending this treat my way. Enjoyed this one during a barleywine session with chonyr and raider. This big beer was a nice break from the BWs, and is more than able to stand up to them in its own way.

A clear, deep amber hued ale. Very little head, no lacings, not surprising for a big beer with a low level of carbonation.

Intriguing rich nose of nutty wheat and sweeter malt backbone. Lemony and floral hops and a hint of bubble gum and cinnamon.

Tasty and complex wheat beer. Nutty wheat, sponge toffee, and a hint of bubblegum. Lemony and floral hops with hints of ginger and clove.

A very well balanced and big medium bodied beer. Lots of good solid wheat and malt flavour and delicate hop spice. Very mildly carbonated.

Very drinkable and certainly sessionable. Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys wheat beers of any sort. Think ill be asking barleywinebrewer to get his hands on more of this for me in the future.

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Photo of jt31914
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A: Amber/red color; no head and no carbonation really.

S: Smells sweet with barley flavor. The sweetness is melded with a slight hoppiness. It smells more like a typical American Barleywine than a Wheatwine to me, but Barleywines are my favorite style anyways so I don't mind.

T: Tastes sweet and smooth; once again it is more like a barley wine to me. The wheat isn't as strong as I'd like for the style, but it still tastes great.

D/M: Smooth and good.

My favorite Smutty product so far.

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reveiewed 12/31/09, NYE with Lee & NYE crew @ CG's. Bought a 22oz bottle to sample with a vertical homebrew Wheat Wine tasting.

Reviewed bottle > beer clear mug.

Appearance is orange/amber/caramel in color. Noticeable head retention, minimal lacing.

Smells as follows; 1) Light barley barleywine aroma - light but dominant. 2) Wheat malt aromas. 3) Hints of caramel & citrus

Tastes as it smells. Hides the 10.7% abv very well. Sneaky as a good wheatwine should be IMO. This is a very nice tasting example of a wheatwine. It most like a light barleywine, mellowed out with a nice wheat malt addition, with a mild but noticeable citrus hop profile.

Mouthfeel is medium+ almost full body. Less body than a true barleywine, but works very well as a "chewy" example of a fine wheatwine. Carbonation is medium level and appropriatte.

Drinkability & comments...
I am a big fan of wheat beers. I am also an avid homebrewer who brews various beer styles, but wheat ales & wheatwines more than any other beer. I brew my wheatwine recipe regularly which produces a similiar but unique twist on the style as compared to this Smuttynose offering. I have found a nice citrus hop profile works well in a wheatwine, which I was excited to see in this offering.
Weyerbacher Fourteen is the best commercial example of a Wheatwine I have enjoyed to date (as a true wheat dominant example).
I would consider this Smuttynose offering as my second favorite wheatwine to date. It is a solid example of the style, and leans more to the barleywine character than big wheat notes. More wheat profile than a Pilgrims Dole, less than a Weyerbacher 14. Overall SN WW is a solid wheatwine example, hides abv well, nice price @ $6/bomber, nice wheat/barley balance for a very enjoyable wheatwine.

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Photo of TK5150
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Bottle I've had in the cellar since it came out.

A- Pours a very nice ruby/copper with a small head.

S- Wow this smells better than I remember back in the day. Smells of oak (surprising), port/sherry, lots of caramel, brown sugar and toast. Smells very sweet and delicious.

T- Malty caramel, oak (surprising again), ripe fruits, apple juice, and alcohol.

M- Fuller medium body.

D- An absolutely delicious wheat wine that is smooth and easy to put down. The alcohol is apparent though.

Surprising oak-like component to this beer(I don't believe there was any oak added to this beer at any point in the process), but adds a nice little complexity. Could last longer in the cellar, but tasting excellent at 1 year 6+ months.

EDIT: This beer has medium toast oak chips added during dry I was right about the oak component being there....also, recently had a 2009...while "ok", I did not like it nearly as much as the 2008 reviewed here.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish orange body. Good clarity. Bubbly, thin off-white head quickly breaks down into an oil slick.

Nose is yeasty, bready, spicy, with a big hit of apple.

Candy sweet beginning, just short of cloying. Light fruits - apples, apricots. Just enough noble earthy hops to balance the sweetness. Hintsof spicy pepper.

Slick full smooth mouthfeel. Surprisingly easy drinking.

A rare style done well.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, deep, yet bright amber body with a thin ring of white bubbles.

Smell: Wonderfully aromatic nose smelling deeply of toasted caramel with a distant tangy note of wheat. Some peaches and pears, as well as some citrus.

Taste: Malty caramel, lightly toasty, and with a full, though not unrestrained sweetness. Definitely a nice wheat component present. Chewy fruitiness. Spicy, lightly citrusy hops with a medium-high bitterness, but it blends very well to counter and balance all of the sweetness. Hint of pepper. Finishes bittersweet with a lingering taste of creme caramel. Upon warming, a taste of Grand Marnier begins to emerge.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-low carbonation. Suspiciously creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Very good, very nice, and I wish I had some extra bottles of it on-hand. Heavenly and delectable! I certainly recommend it.

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Photo of rjp217
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jgap
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ABHatter for this one. Never had a wheat wine but I love barleywines so here we go. Pours a classic barleywine deep amber with no head but a nice head. Smell is light English barleywine with a hint of fresh bread like a bakery. Taste is also like an English barleywine, a strong one at that. Caramel-toffee malts well balanced and very good. But then it gets weird. Not necessarily bad, just different. The taste fades to a light wheat while the solid malt backbone remains. Finally the finish is smooth crisp toffee that lingers. The alcohol is strong at first and masks the flavors of this complex brew but it actually blends better with warmth. Very interesting beer

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Photo of JayQue
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first Wheatwine. Tastes very much like a Barleywine. Pours a cloudy iced tea color, with a fairly small off white head. Takes a good pour to get a head. Head retention is poor (high abv). Leaves a film on the glass when you tilt it, but no real lacing

Smell is great. Somewhat perfumy, dark fruit, caramel sugar. Tastes very good as well. A rich, slightly sweet barleywine taste: sweet, perfume, dark fruit and caramel with bitterness in the finish. Since I knew this was not a barleywine, I looked for a difference and smoothness is about all I could come up with. Wheat provides a smoothness to other beer styles....there was an unbarleywine like smoothness here as fresh Bigfoot "in your face" experience.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth. I did not detect the alcohol and the bitterness was there as a balance, not to shrink your head.

Drinkability is good for this level of flavor and abv. Very nice!!!

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Photo of morningthief
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Pabst chalice.

Whoa, this looks like apple cider! Deep amber in color and very murky. No head to speak of and no lacing. Sediment is very present throughout the glass. I actually like it, but I can see how its appearance would turn some off.

Smells like a barleywine. Sweet, buttery, and citrus hop notes are present in the nose.

First sip is warm on the tongue, buttery and inviting. Malts dominate here along with notes of caramel and some faint bitterness in the finish. I hate to keep harping on this aspect of the beer, but the buttery flavor seems to persist all the way through, and I love it.

Rounding out the flavor is a mild heat that I can only classify as acceptable. However, Smuttynose has really won me over with this one. They've really managed to create a "big" beer with a mildness that can be enjoyed by many and a robustness exalted by few.

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Photo of Pahn
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottle funnily informs us that it was "bottle conditioned in 2009".

Sidenote: this is the first wheatwine I've tried, so I don't know what to expect.

Appearance: Free pour fails to yield a head, instead leaving a small foam ring around the surface of the glass that gradually dissipates to almost nothing. Pours a clear reddish amber, and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Whoa, from the bottle and the glass there's a huge aroma of raisin and caramel, somewhat reminiscent of J.W. Lees Harvest Ale or Hair of the Dog Fred. My expectations rise and my attention perks up a bit when a beer smells like this. As the beer warms, the smell gets more cakelike, and gradually boozier. Not very complex, but very inviting.

Taste: Raisin and caramel, very similar to the smell; delicious. There's a nice, kind of tannic, raisin skin character in the middle leading to a just-aggressive-enough hop bitterness that takes you through to the bready, toasty finish. Aftertaste is great, and sticks around for a long time along with some noticeable alcohol warmth.

Some wheat influence pops up as the beer warms, but mainly this beer tastes like a well done, hoppier-than-usual English barleywine. There aren't too many different flavors happening, but the balance and character of what's there is really excellent.

Mouthfeel: Fuller side of medium bodied. Light carbonation. Juicy and creamy at the same time. Pretty much perfect for the flavor, and very enjoyable.

Drinkability: My only complaint here is that I want to savor it, but I can't stop drinking it. With one glass this beer instantly graduates to "go-to beer" and will be incorporated into regular rotation in my refrigerator.

I had no idea this beer would taste like this... I expected something like a caramely double white, or maybe an American barleywine with some wheat influence, both of which sound at least interesting. What I got was a well-crafted beer suited exactly to my tastes. Another exceptional beer from Smuttynose, and a great complement to their hoppy, tropical-fruit oriented Barleywine in the "Big Beer Series".

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark orange gold in the glass with an impressive two fingers of "not quite white" foam on top that quickly melts to a film that covers the glass with mapping as you sip.

Aromas are amber malts and biscuits. Don't notice any hops on the tail-end.

Taste is sweet amber malts that quickly meld into a hoppy citrus finish. Wheat doesn't really make itself known to my palette, but the blended taste is wonderful.

Aftertaste is mildly drying from biscuit-type yeast and mild hops...finally a noticable alcohol flavor and warmth.

I like.

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Photo of Sanderson
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rudzud
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear caramel hue with a thin had that fades quickly.

S - Aromas rich caramel, toffee, sweet malts.

T - Taste is incredibly smooth, light caramel, toffee, malt sweetness. Delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is super smooth easy drinking.

O - Overall I really enjoyed this beer, super smooth, easy drinking.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured hazy copper color with an average off-white frothy head that motly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate toasted sweet malt, earthy and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation and particle. Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate to long duration. I would share this with a freind and didn't.

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Photo of obywan59
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The ale pours a coppery to orange/amber in color with a 1 finger orr white head that recedes to a film on the surface and a ring around the glass. The carbonation is evident.

A luscious aroma of buttery caramel with amazing tropical fruit, a hint of alcohol and plenty of Belgian yeast.

The taste mimics the aroma except that the buttery caramel is through the roof, and the fruit is more secondary. Very sweet, but tart wheat shines through in the middle, joining with a substantial bitterness that follows through in the finish.

The body is full, with a tingle of carbonation on the tongue. It's moderately syrupy, with the burn of alcohol in the throat.

A superb beer! By it's nature, though, it's probably more suited for mid-winter consumption than mid-summer, but nonetheless, it was an amazing experience. Full flavored and "in your face".

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4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1pt.bottle served into an Oversized glass.Enjoyed on may┬┤11.
Pours orangish red in color,orange to the light.Slightly clear.Headed with a yellowish thin crown that quickly dissipates.Brief lacing rings.Caramel malt,bread,fruit & chewing gum aromas.Not bottering but kind burning alcohol all over & spicy hints.Dark fruit candy & dry hoppy flavor.It finishes with a complex underneath tartar.Funny tickly on nose comes from the aftertaste.Full body & fine carbonation.Good & gentle drinkability.

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: pours dark amber with some reddish notes in it.
Smell: Maple syrup, caramel, raisins, wheat, spicy bitter hops and alcohol
Taste: The taste follows the nose. Bit more fruity than the nose (apple, figs, plum). Bitter-sweet aftertaste with warming alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and medium body
Overall: Nice beer, would drink it again.

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