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)

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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%

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Photo of Kudashov
1.27/5  rDev -66.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured in a Guinness pint glass . Had bland apricot color . Smell of wheat & sweetness . The taste however is awful .Keeping an open mind and trying to give this brew a chance was tough . 3/4 of the way through I felt like dumping it in the sink and out to Dorchester Bay . With each swallow felt like drinking cologne . Was looking forward to trying this and was not impressed .

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.36/5  rDev -64.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer pours an orange-gold color with no head or lace. It's aroma is mainly wheat with a hint of caramel. The flavor is like sour grapes mixed with a hefeweizen. The sourness is puckeringly strong. The mouthfeel is light with a mild sour aftertaste. Snuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series) is a disappointing beer, not recommended!

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Photo of twelvsies
1.93/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Hate to do it, because I love Smutty, but this beer is a trainwreck. Pours a decent looking amber red color, zero head, though that could be expected because of the high ABV. Smell is filled with oppressive alcohol, though under that, if you try hard, you can find some nice sweet malty notes and vanilla. Taste is much the same, lots of alcohol compared to the little flavor that manages to break through. Oily, uncarbonated mouthfeel, doesn't back up the attempted boldness of this beer. Almost undrinkable. If I had to describe this brew in a word, I'd say abrasive.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
2.16/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

An orangish color with very slight white head. No lacing, not a lot of retention.

Smells malty with a slight metallic odor. Boozy.

Tastes really malty, molasses and caramel. Very sweet, tastes like honey. Alcohol definitely comes through here.

Mouthfeel is thick, but carbonation is pretty decent.

This is too sweet for me, drinkability hurts.

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Photo of mentor
2.27/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

2005 issue provided a while back by my buddy Sulldaddy and cellared in my cool dark cellar. Thanks for the opportunity! Pours a solid two finger yellow-tan head over a clear bright copper (with reddish tint) liquid. Some streamers rising to feed the head. Smells oxidized sherry-like. Old caramel and rubbing alcohol.

Tastes fruity sweet on the pull, but drying with phenols and edgy alcohols quickly jumping in. Ending smooths out and is much maltier than I would have expected it could possibly finish. Drying with strong carb cleaning the palette. Md-thick body. Not much to talk about as this beer does not complex and the flavors that are present are a bit unpleasant and too intense.

Don't know how this one tastes fresh, but it's not so good aged. Needed more malt to balance the edginess and the alcohols stood too tall and were too abrassive for my preference. Bummer of a drinker tonight. By holding off temptation I built high expectations and they were definitely not met. 5 or 6 sips into it and I found it rather too brutal to drink more. Blech!

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Photo of mntlover
2.38/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours an amber brownish mixture with a small foamy white head, not head really just foam, that falls to a ring.

Aroma is wheat and malt some citrus and well sort of subdued nose on this one.

Taste woo nelly lots of strong astringent flavors mixed with wheat and caramel but too much alcohol in the mix to be masked. Some citrus flavors try to rise but are soon drowned out by alcohol. This is way out of balance needs some major help or lots of cellaring not quite sure.

Mouthfeel is ok bright spot, nice light carbonation with right of medium feel.

Drinkability is well horrible wouldn't want to try again unless they fix it or its 5 years old maybe. Want to thank Sam (merlin48)anyway for sharing this one it was at the end of our review session so had good buzz but didn't help this poor brew one bit.

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Photo of BARFLYB
2.41/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2009 22oz bottle into a Hill Farmstead Tulip glass.

Fallen Autumn Leaf maroon with some ruby red highlights when back towards the light. Shades of orange intertwine. A stealth pour yielded almost an inch of brown sugar colored foam that dissipated, no lace, becomes dead.

Smell is very one sided at this point in the game, everything is all but stripped from this except a heaping of caramel that is pungent. A whiff of booze. The wheat is dead, toffee remains. smells like an average B-Wine at this point.

Taste is one sided and well, it's dead. Not much to say with this one. The efferveset flower that is used is gone as well as the wheat. Caramel is large and in charge, not much wiggle room here. After a while some fruity pebble taste comes out and wrecks me. Im pretty much drinking this as a awkward homebrewed barleywine with a lot of heat.

The heat grabs the mouth and stirs the degrees up. some sips drown that out but up front this is some hot stuff. A coating texture with an above medium grip. Carb is all but lost after the time went by.

I know Smutty makes good beer so im going to get a freshie to compare. I am going to review this aged bottle as is though and say that it lost pretty much everything. This is one to drink fresh, since the heat did not die one bit.

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Photo of DIM
2.43/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

a: This is a clear yellowish copper color, the color of rootbeer barrels candy. It pours with almost no head.

s: There are some sour earthy grains, sweet caramel, raisins, and some floral hops. The alcohol is too potent, almost masking everything else.

t: There are some good elements here. Sweet, sugary raisins and sour grains. On the negative side this is one of the hottest beers I've ever had. The alcohol all but overwhelmed the hops and burned my throat a bit. I love a high abv in my beer, but this was just too noticeable.

m: This had a decent body and carbonation I suppose, but all that heat makes it hard to judge fairly.

d: Smuttynose is a great brewery and I love the fact that they are willing to try different things like this. I almost couldn't finish this though, it was just too hot.

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Photo of champ103
2.46/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a dark, nearly opaque reddish/orange color. A bubbly white head is slow to form, but quick to fade, Not much lace.
S: A big sweetness and alcohol punch. Caramel is big, dried figs, raisins. No wheat to be seen.
T: Follows the nose. To much sweetness up front. Caramel and sticky toffee. That is about it besides the alcohol punch.
M/D: A medium to full body. Very low carbonation. Sticky and syrupy. This is not easy to drink. To much sweetness and alcohol to be enjoyable.

Urg, another overly sweet and overly boozy mess. Not something I enjoy, and not something I would recommend.

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Photo of pentathlete
2.73/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Popped this open because the spouse fried up a panful of oysters. The wife enjoyed this with these succulent shellfish. But let's look at it on the individual merits. This pours a dirty orange, cloudy, and no head to speak of. Nose is a chalky sugar odor with no malts or hops discernible. Taste follows with another chalky sugar soaked alcohol bath of the tongue. There is an abrupt cherry prune flavor but it isn't all that pleasant. Mouthfeel is medium but the taste gets in the way. To be sure I've tried this after having two stouts and a tripel, but I expected much more from this.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.77/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Smuttynose Wheat Wine pours a hazy, murky brown with large and weird looking bubbles. Head dies down to nothing.

Smell: Sweet, malty, prevalent alcohol.

Taste: Malt sweetness followed by a big blast of alcohol. Some mild vanilla and cocoa do little to stand in the way of a very hot, boozy presence. A big beer, but perhaps too big for its own britches.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, good amount of carbonation, lingering alcohol burn.

Drinkability: A hot mess of a beer. If you love the taste of alcohol, this is for you.

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Photo of Braudog
2.78/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber; this wheat-barley wine is an interesting concept, so I’m intrigued to try it. It pours a bronze-orange color with just a thin fuzzy top and moderate carbonation. The aroma is definitely barley-winish with a big syrupy sweetness to it, but there’s also an interesting orange twist to it. The first taste is perplexing ot me ... it’s overtly tangy, almost like a dry blood orange, that makes you shiver and squint. The strong alcoholic burn intermingles with this very earthy, dry citric bite in an odd way. I don’t think I’m diggin’ the combination. The more I sip at it and it warms, the flavor combinations start to give it a medicinal bite. (#2756, 3/18/2007)

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Photo of tgbljb
2.8/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a Hazy very deep amber color with miniscule head. No lacing. Smell is fruity and a bit like sour wine, but not at all unpleasant. Taste is loaxded with alcohol which seems to overshadow any other aspect of this beer. Finished with a strong alcohol tang which is not at all enjoyable. Not my style of beer.

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Photo of emsroth
2.89/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22oz bomber

App: This beer is a beautiful ruby--the reddest beer I've seen. Perfect clarity. Minimal head, but nice lace.

Smell: Maple, herbal hops,

Taste: Slight sweetness up front, followed by a strong earthy, herbal hop flavor. A bit of a fruity flavor in the end.

Full mouthfeel with light carbonation.

I had this on tap and loved it, not so good in the bottle.

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Photo of kkipple
2.9/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Here's something you don't get every day - a Wheatwine! I can only assume that when someone at Smuttynose suggested brewing yet another barleywine, a wiseguy decided to get crazy and use 50% wheat instead... thus we have this here brew.

Pours a hazy pink-orange with a small head. Few bubbles.

This one is quite sweet smelling... some citrus hops, very wheaty and boozy, some grain coming through. Overly sweet to me, smells a little rough around the edges and lacks nuance, but not bad.

Everyone who tried this beer agreed it was "odd". Wheatwine is very sweet, with some big fruit notes -- peaches? -- and while it's sorta barleywine-like, the overall impression is one of an exxxtreme wheat beer with loads of residual sugars. I shudder to think the hangover one could get off this stuff...

Mouthfeel is slick and smooth, finish is sweet and grainy. The best way to approximate this in your head is two parts barleywine to one part American wheat beer, say, Oberon. Then take out most of the hops.

Props to Smutty for trying something different, but this one didn't do much for me. Give it a shot if you come across it, just so you can say you've tried a genuine Wheatwine.

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Photo of Mit
2.91/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance was a nice brownish red. Very thick pouring almost syrupy.

Smell was very sweet and the alcohol was very prevalant.

First taste very sweet with slight fruit notes (figs came to mind) that are quickly overwhelmed by the alcohol bitterness.

Mouthfeel was very thick and it burned from the alcohol.

Drinkability....well it was neat to try one but a little overwhelming. As with some extreme/high abv beers it's drinkability is IMO lowered. I could have used like half the portion they gave me....that bottle is huge.

Definitaly worth a try and may be more palatable to those who fancy themselves as Barleywine afficionados(sp). For myself who is much more into the bitter beers it was a little much and I probably won't buy it again.

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Photo of mclaughlindw4
2.98/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

2012 vintage

A- golden beer color. Nice fluffy head which lingers a short while.

S-a little sweet. Raisons and plums and some estery compounds.

T- there is a bitter quality that first hits my tongue and persists through to the aftertaste. Boozy caremel and the raisons.

M- A little sticky.

O- Perhaps it could use some time to mellow out. Hard to judge I guess because its not a specific style. But thinking of it as a wheat wine, not one of my favorites.

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Photo of AltBock
2.98/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Another Smuttynose big beer bottle that has a label that's a work of art. This one depicts a sad woman sitting in the middle of a wheat field. It's nice, but it's not as good as the Baltic Porter label. In the lower right hand corner is a bottled date of 2006. To the far right of the label is the Government warning and to the left are 2 paragraphs. The top one gives a brief description of the Wheat Wine style and a few flavor notes. The label also says that it's made with 53% wheat and 47% barley. This was my first ever Wheat Wine.

Appearance: I decided to pour this Wheat Wine into a Chimay Chalise. What came out of the bottle was a beer that was a hazy cherry amber with a small tint of caramel coloring mixed in with the beer. The head of foam was non existent. I'm not sure if it's suppose to have a big head of foam, but I know it's suppose to have something of a head of foam on this beer. Instead of a head of foam, it instead had a fair amount of small fizzy white bubbles. Well, at least the color of the beer was good.

Smell: The aroma emitting from the bottle was lightly sweet with malted whaet, a hint of roasted barley, sweet toffee, herbal hops, and a drop of alcohol. The smell coming off the poured beer was much different. This aroma was medicinal like with roasted alcohol, malted wheat, roasted barley, and a touch of herbal hops. I wish the bottled aroma had moved over to the poured aroma. This strong medicinal aroma was too much for my nose.

Taste: It started off gentle with some malted wheat, but then it quickly went medicinal based with a strong taste of alcohol, roasted barley, herbal hops, a subtle touch of sweet caramel, and tart grapefruit. I might have it enjoyed more it the taste slowly progressed from the malted wheat to the medicinal alcohol, but it didn't do that. It said here is the wheat and HERE IS THE MEDICINAL ALCOHOL! The medicinal alcohol came in like a punch to the face. At least it more than a medicinal taste to it.

Mouthfeel: It was a full bodied beer with a medium sized medicinal alcohol aftertaste of alcohol, malted wheat, and roasted barley. Yeah there was plenty of medicinal alcohol in the aftertaste, but it wasn't nearly as strong as it was in the initial taste. I kinda wish the aftertaste was the intial taste.

Drinkability: Even though it's filed to the brink with medicianl alchol, it's still worth a shot. Why? The reasons are because it's a Smuttynose beer, it's not expensive, and it's an obscure beer style. Smuttynose big beers always give you more bang for your buck! Would I ever drink this beer again? Probably not.

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Photo of Patrick999
2.99/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Upon pouring, it looks kinda lazy in the glass. A few swirls of the snifter remedies that. Reddish-orange color.

Smells like orange, cherry, vanilla, maple. Minor whiffs of alcohol.

Hmmm, I think I'd like this better if they'd gone with more wheat. Kinda lacks the soft, creamy body you associate with wheat beers. The flavor sits uncomfortably close to a regular barleywine - little hoppy, bitter-sweet, fruity, little alcohol. OK flavor, but not really what I wanted from a wheatwine.

Eh. If I'd wanted an American barleywine, I'd have bought one.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A modest tan head of small and large bubbles tops a new penny copper colored liquid. There are a handful of carbonation streamers lazing their way to the surface. The smell is big and hoppy; piney and sappy with hints of malt sweetness. The first taste is medicinal in a high alcohol way. Finishes astringent, almost whiskey-like with its alcohol heat. It has a big body and is only somewhat malty, but the alcohol dominates, and it is not well integrated or balanced. I could not find a hint of the wheat notes I expected. Barely drinkable.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A generous pour created a small, cream, oatmeal colored head that faded briskly to a ring. Slightly hazy, amber colored beer with a golden hue. Faint aroma of candied fruits with alcohol undertones. Wow, that's different. By the way this is my first wheat wine. It has strong candied (sugary) flavors and a bunch of alcohol in the finish. I'm going to let this one sit and warm because the combination of alcohol and bitterness is overwhelming.

Round Two: Poured the second half of the bottle in, and got better head. Aroma is still faint, and strangely perfume-like. Very soft mouthfeel and mild flavors. Alcohol and bitterness have subsided greatly. Candied apples and peaches, a bit of lemon zest every few sips, and possibly some floral hops. Finish is still bitter and alcoholicly warming, and while it's dominant, it's not overwhelming.

Maybe this is the way wheat wines are, but it seems unbalanced. There's the soft mouthfeel, and faint aromas and flavors, but it leaves you with a bitter alcohlic finish that borders on unpleasant. I'll try some others, and give this one another go.

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Photo of Naugled
3.02/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

light copper color with a quick tan head

strong malt aroma, sweet and light.

tastes strong and sweet, a bit hot with earthy hop flavor.

full body is thick and chewy

well carbonated but little head

not the most drinkable beer, too cloying and strong and out of balance.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A 22oz bottle split with my boy onix1agr.

A- a finger or so of light tan head from a hard pour that settles slowly to a few wisps on top and a frothy ring. Amazing ruby burnt orange in color that glows beautifully when lit from behind.

S- toffee, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread. A bit of clove studded orange. Definitely some alcohol in there.

T- sweet malts a spicy ester. Toasted wheat bread and burnt brown sugar. Spicy and herbal hops for sure. Orange marmalade, cloves, a touch of cinnamon.

M- medium to full bodied with a chewy sticky mouthfeel. Medium carb. A lot of alcohol burn still with a year in the bottle.

D- its a bit of a mess maybe with some time things will level out and it'll come together. Very hot and a tough drink.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.07/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Felt this was too similar to a normal barley wine. I thought that this would have been a little bit different. Expected it to be lighter I guess. To me not much really stood out and made much of a difference. It was a brownish colored brew with a little head that survived for a little while. The flavors in this beer was strong for sure. I would try this again in hopes of enjoying this a little more the second time around.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.09/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A curious beer - big, heavy, difficult to drink and yet rather interesting.

Pours a deep, clear amber with a very small, late-developing head that produces a small fizz of light tan head and no lacing whatever. The smell is strong, syrupy and with a distinct tang of copper, like licking an old penny. The flavor is quote sweet and almost soda-like, with a big round bite of wheat and a rich, plummy syrup, with strawberry and tropical fruit. The finish has that same odd old copper metallic tang. The booze is strong but muddled, like a fruity tropical drink - it almost has the feel of a mai-tai, with a candyish finish.

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