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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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Ratings: 766 |  Reviews: 477
Photo of u2carew
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. Bomber.
A) Pours with a finger thick head. Then settles to a creamy lacing at the edge of the glass. Slightly hazy. Deep bronze in color.
S) Earthy and citrus aroma from the beginning. Hints of raisin. Subtle alcohol.
T) Rich caramel. Hints of smokiness. Alcohol. In the finish a mild hop bite.
S) Syrupy. Full body. Alcohol "burn". Fizzy.
D) Just an average barleywine. The wheat characteristics don't really shine out.

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Photo of ghostwalker
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear reddish-orange body. Very small and thin head, almost none really.

Smell is fruity with very light malt and quite boozy.

Flavor is sharp acidic fruit and boozy. Orange, apricot, maybe a little lemon, there seem to be many estery fruit flavors here. Hop bitterness on the finish. Alcohol flavor and burn is present, I sense a quiet evening on the couch coming up. It's interesting, but kind of a one trick pony.

Mouthfeel is thin, acidic and maybe slightly oily.

Drinkability is moderate to low, a little trouble finishing the bomber.
12 oz would have been plenty.

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Photo of clabaugh
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear amber topped by a light, frothy head. The bubbly, beige head dissipates to a soupy cream around the top of the glass.

Smell: Robust maltiness fills the nostrils with toasty wheat, brown sugar, raisin, and molasses. Spicy hops balance the aroma with a pungent zest.

Taste: Numbingly bitter hop profile infused with malt flavor that channels sourdough bread. Dark brown sugar, molasses, and prune flavors. Strongly alcoholic.

Mouthfeel: Medium- to full-bodied with a rich stickiness on the palate. Intensely warming.

Drinkability: Borders on overwhelming the palate. Warming and hearty, this beer is excellent for my 50-degree house.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.19/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, bottle conditioned in 2009 and allowed to warm some out of the fridge, poured into my Duvel tulip.

The beer pours an absolutely gorgeous ruby, with bright red highlights when held up to light. Two fingers of beige head form, and while retention and lacing aren't great, given the alcohol I can't hold that against Smuttynose Wheat Wine too much. The nose gives me a little cause for concern, as while there's a certain spiciness to it the predominant aroma is of alcohol. The taste is a little bit better, as some sweetness from the wheat shows up to help the spiciness, but alcohol is still a bit too prevalent on my palate for this beer to make a great impression. It's a shame too, as a beer with this great a mouthfeel deserves to be supporting top notch flavors. The body is as rich as it could possibly be without becoming cloying and thick, and the carbonation is very nicely understated. The great mouthfeel helps make this beer drinkable, but with so much boozy flavors flying around it can't be anything more than a sipper. Smuttynose Wheat Wine isn't a bad beer, but the only reason I'd really be interested in revisiting it is to see it with a few years of age (and less alcohol heat) on it.

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Photo of slash196
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Was excited for this one, grabbed a bottle from whole foods.

A - Rich burnt orange, with assertive carbonation and a one-finger head receding to thick lace.

S - Like a fresh barleywine should, good amount of hops, with some distinctive alcoholic notes.

T - Very unusual. Toffee, wheat, vanilla, bourbon, and booze. Lots of booze. Honestly, I would swear this thing had been barrel-aged, the bourbon flavor is VERY forward. To be honest there is a lot going on in this one, and it doesn't all pull in the same direction. Some flavors try to lighten things up, but other flavors drag it down. Not a BAD beer, but very much not my cup of tea.

M - Medium body with prickly carbonation. Some cloying on the finish.

Overall - This was a disappointment, though I didn't know what to expect it was a bit of a letdown. Unbalanced and overcrowded palate and VERY boozy. Nice to see Smuttynose experimenting, but this is a style that is rare for a reason.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just a note that this is the first time I have ever had a wheat wine, so i will be taking that fact in to consideration as I review this..

Poured from a 2009 bottle in to a large snifter.

A-opaque chestnut. there is no head except bubbbles around the glass surface. there seems to be a complete lack of carbonation...a fact i'm not liking.

S-a strong scent of booze. there is also a lot of caramel. to me, this smells a lot like an unbalanced barley wine. the more i smell it, the more i like it though. I must admit that i'm timid to take my first sip though, it smells quite intense.

T-comes in much smoother than expected. hits the tongue with booze and smooth caramel. then comes a boozey bitterness that leads in to an after-taste of cherries, grapes, and caramel. the after-taste is quite sweet and quite tasty. at all points, the caramel can be tasted. now this is my first wheat wine, so my question is...where is the wheat supposed to come in to play? if i had tasted this with out knowing the style, i would've guessed barely wine immediately.

M-low carbonation with a boozey, dry finish

O-This is meshing extremely well with the ham and turkey sandwich that i'm eating. I'm finding out though, that this is a bomber that is best shared with a friend. The tastes, though not extremely bad, just aren't something that I want a lot of right now, or ever. i think this beer needs a bit more carbonation, okay a lot more carbonation. it just isn't something i'll be getting again. i'll admit, i always though the whole wheat wine concept was a little weird, now i believe it even more.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Kevin for sharing this 2012 bomber, had this once loooong ago.

Pours a copper orange with some amberish tones. White head retains decently falling to a spotty cap and thick ring eventually.

Straight up butterscotch+booze scent with some pine sap hoppiness.

Taste is similar but definitely better, a little more complex. Big sweet butterscotch and toffee malts backed with earthy and piny hops. Bready and fruity notes. Big, sweet beer.

The ABV definitely shows itself, that combined with the sweetness makes it a bit much for the palate. Decent body, medium carbonation.

Eh, some alright flavors here but very sweet and boozy, even half a bomber is a bit of a chore.

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Photo of CoolJosh
3.24/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A cranberry red-orange, with some golden features. Pours a head that disappears quickly.

In the nose tons of great caramel and toffee, a slight smokiness probably coming from dry red grapes

Very smooth to start, followed by rough tastes caramel,and harsh toffee notes and then the heat kicks in with a cheap vodka like taste that creeps down your throat throughout the swallow. Very sweet, semi-watery.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.24/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served at between fridge and cellar temperature in a Duvel tulip. 2005 edition.

Appearance- Pours the color of orange blossom honey, rich and slick. No head at all, save for the O-ring clinging to the edges.

Smell- Beautiful aromas of sweet, flowery hops, spearmint, peppermint tea, and apricots.

Taste- A barleywine-style hop attack at the sides of the tongue, with some floral notes buried within. The malt backbone is sufficient, yet overcome by the hops in the end.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Soft in the mouth, with just a hint of cutting carbonation... the alcohol shows some balls here, while the ingredients struggle to maintain their relatively decent balance. This bomber is one that should be enjoyed with at least one other enthusiast.

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Photo of marvin213
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Copper like an old penny, the head fizzes for a cover and then fades to the side. Though to some extent a wine, I expect foods and beverages associated with wheat to resemble the golden, straw-like vegetation to which I'm accustomed. This looks like some sorta imperial amber.

Smells like a barleywine. Had I not known better, it'd be a Sierra Nevada Bigfoot. I guess the 50+% makes it a wheatwine, but there's plenty of barley in this sucker. Like a Bigfoot, this smells like it might need some mellowing.

Though I'm increasing my exposure to wheatwines, it tastes like a barleywine! What gives? It's thick and, as I skip into mouthfeel, I chew its ingredients. There's a bite in the aftertaste I identify as wheat, but I just don't really know what to make of this beverage. Its density is its lasting impression! I've read a lot of reviews that make mention of leather, and here I am drinking this with thought bubbles of belts and boots! Where would that even come from? Fuck brandy--I could see a St. Bernard holding this Smuttynose Wheatwine in a barrel around his neck. Might not do much to nourish a dehydrated hypothermic, but it could certainly help numb the pain! This brew tastes even stronger than its 10.70%, thereby hampering its drinkability. Though not tops among my inaugural escapades into wheatwines, it's definitely memorable.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of Yallnumbskulls
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of EricDu
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of chippo33
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of Zachtheporter
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of Dicers
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of jbertsch
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of Satchboogie
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle, 2010 vintage

appears clear, dark amber in color. no head what-so-ever. very sweet aroma - brown sugar, raisin, some alcohol. taste is also big on the sweet malty flavor. not much wheat. a bit boozey. a little bit of an odd after taste though. thick, syrupy, low carbonation, which works.

overall - definitely rich. surprised this still has this much alcohol heat after 2 years.

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Photo of surlysober
3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

FIRST TRIAL: On tap at the Landmark 1850. This was an unobjectionable brew. I've only had a few other wheat wines, but this was the closest to many of the barleywine's I've had, however, it was quite a bit less extreme in terms of flavor. The beer was a nice copper with a quickly diminishing head. There was very little aroma though (similar to the flavor). There was a slightly sweet/fruity malt taste, and a little bit of hop bitterness, with a reasonably smooth finish that didn't taste very alcohol-y (maybe the wheat?). This beer wasn't bad, there just didn't seem to be that much to it. I enjoy a few Smuttynose products, but don't know if I'd order this one again.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.27/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle

A- Pours a clear copper color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is sweet malt with honey, bourbon and alcohol.

T- The taste is a little on the boozy side right now. It could definitely benefit from some aging to mellow out. There is some ripe fruit and a bourbon like booze in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I didn't particularly care for this beer fresh. However, I could see it aging nicely. I will hold on to my other bottle for a while.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle conditioned in 2009, according to the label.

Pours an amber orange color that is more vibrant that I would have expected. Nice milky white head that sticks around for a while, leaving some nice lacing. Smell is a mixture of some alcohol, wheat notes, a bit of caramel, some coconut, and syrupy sweetness.

Taste follows with similar sweetness--it's almost cloying IMO. Same coconut flavors that I'm sure are from the wheat--and I just don't like them very much. Caramel, some piney hops, a bit of a woodiness to it--it's ok, just not really up my alley. A little hot too.

MF is medium and smooth, nothing really to complain about. Could potentially use a little more carbonation. Drinkability was ok, the sweetness put it down a bit. Maybe some more hops would balance this out, as such it stands as an English Barleywine with a bit of wheat and for some reason I just don't like it very much.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. Bomber Bottled Conditioned in 2006

Pours a nice amber-orange in color with a slightly off-white head that was initially about an 1/8" but disappeared almost immediately. Smell is cirtusy, hoppy, malts, wheat, and maybe molasses. Taste is ok, earthy and citrusy hop presence followed by some malts, and some alcohol. Good mouthfeel, nice full body and a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is ok. The high alcohol content definitely makes this a sipper but overall I'm not really impressed. The taste just really doesn't do too much for me. I'm unable to really detect enough wheat here to call this a wheat wine. That being said I'd drink this again but won't go out of my way to do so.

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Photo of OldSock
3.31/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – 22 oz bottle purchased approximately 4 months ago, can't remember where. Only a slight hiss of carbonation escapes when I pop the cap. A solitary stream of bubbles breaks the clear orange amber liquid. Despite all of the wheat the thin white head quickly subsides from the high alcohol and low carbonation.

Smell – Alcohol is primary component of the aroma, but caramel, wheat and some mild spicy and citrus hops are also present.

Taste – Other than the sharp alcohol, this beer is relatively smooth with a good sweet/bitter balance. There is some mild fruitiness, oranges and some apples. The flavor is relatively light and simple, it doesn't have the deep complexities that I have come to expect from a beer of this high gravity. I didn't realize that there was oak until i read it on the brewer's notes.

Mouthfeel – The alcohol warms the throat, but does not effect the tongue. The body is medium for the style with ultra low carbonation, well done.

Drinkability & Notes – The in check mouthfeel and light carbonation make this a beer that is easy to drink, that is aside from the pungent alcohol. Even though I held off drinking this one for a few months, it looks like I should have waited until next winter for the alcohol to calm down.

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Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 766 ratings
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