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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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Ratings: 766 |  Reviews: 477
Photo of erosier
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: Pours a thick amber-orangey brown color with a small and medium bodied tan colored head that fades fast to almost nothing on to of the beer. Not alot of lacing either.
S: Smells of sweet wheat and barley, somewhat vinous in aroma and somewhat yeasty.
T: Very complex up front taste. Barley malt, wheat malt is present, then fades to a sweeter vinous fruit taste, then a bit yeasty, then a bit of alcohol at the end.
M: Very rich, complex, warming, and nice amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable, there was alot of alcohol in this one so it was a bit less drinkable, but it was an interesting taste.

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Photo of bonkers
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. It pours a dark orange with a thick, sticky head. The smell is rather sweet, but not really remarkable for specific characteristics, perhaps a hint of alcohol. I did enjoy the taste. This full bodied beer is smooth as it goes down, initially malty sweetness followed by phenols and alcohol. The 11% abv is fairly well hidden, but this beer is a definite sipper. Even though this is my first wheat wine, I think it is a great style.

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Photo of OStrungT
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a golden amber color, with a thin light tan head. The head fades very quickly, leaving minimal lacing.

This beer has a very sweet malty caramel aroma. It smells of dark fruit. Some spices are also present. Some cloves. It has a very slight grainy aroma also.

This beer tastes much like it smells. A little less wheat like and more barley wine like than I expected. Very sweet caramle malt flavor. Some cloves mix in as well. A subtle grainy flavor is also present.

This beer is very full bodied. It leaves a caramel sweet aftertaste. It is low in carbonation. The alcohol warms slightly as it goes down.

This beer would probably not make a good session beer. It is high in alcohol, and the aggressive flavor would become cloying after a time.

Overall: Thanks to Mbrandon2w for the generous hook up. I am happy to have tried this beer. It is a new style, and I have been looking forward to it for quite some time now. I wouldnt say it is my favorite beer, or style, but I didnt think it was bad. Worth checking out.

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Photo of Brad007
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish-brown color with a one-finger head and what appears to be low to mid-range carbonation.

Aroma is smooth with wheat, raisin and a bit of clove in the nose. A light touch of alcohol in the nose as well.

Taste starts out smooth at first and then transitions into a range of wheat, raisin and caramel followed by a mild alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel is somewhat less harsh than that of a regular barleywine. It's lighter and seems more tolerable. The alcohol at the back of the throat stings a bit going down.

Very good and it's the first example of this style that I've had. I would probably buy another bottle to age as this has a bit much alcohol heat but would definitely smooth out with some aging. Need to seek out more examples of this style but I think this one is well done.

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Photo of corey0212
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a handsome mahogany/ruby-red color, small tan head fades into a thin collar around the beer, and some interesting swirls of foam in the center of the snifter. Smell is heavy with caramel, almost syrupy sweet smells, faint citrus hop aroma. Smell is big and dangerous. I believe one previous review referred to caramel apples when describing the taste, and I couldn't agree more. Big juicy apple-flesh flavors, warming alcohol, and some bitter grapefruit on the back of the tongue. Velvety-smooth & thick, very very sticky, mouth-coating flavors, lingering spice/bitterness/alcohol burn. A sipper, for sure. Delicious beer from Smuttynose.

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Photo of marcpal
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with multiple pours into a Chimay chalice.

Ive been searching for wheatwines lately and have always been eager to try this one. Love smuttys big stuff and this didn't dissapoint.

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Dark mahogany brown with no head at all, looks like a trappist quad if I didnt know any better.

S: Roasted sugars with not much in the way of wheat aromas. As it warmed, so much more came out and the honey was delicously inviting, honey/rum soaked raisins. Could sit back and smell this all night- they should make air fresheners out of this scent.

T: Sweetest of wheats with a ton of flavor. Butterschotch schapps flavor with a deep sweet caramel apple taste. Im sold on this one even though it was too sweet at first but rounded out well. Strong relation to those round dried apples you get from the bulk bins.

M: Very thick and heavy with an inviting burn from the abv.

D: This one has some balls but is a very tasty beer. To be able to easily have a beer of this strength in a wheatwine and have no problem with a big bottle says good things about drinkability.

I honestly dont catch the wheat portion of it, more notes of a barleywine, but doesnt mean I dont like it.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours in a snifter with a auburn, copper, bourbon-like body w/ a 1-finger head that receeds quickly and leaves a little bit of lacings. The aroma is packed with a heavy, thick malt smell of caramel and other sugariness, plus some spices. A little bit of alcohol sips in, creating a warming sensation. Even though this is a mix, it really comes across as a barleywine. The sugariness and syrupiness comes through in a thick, almost full-body and is matched with a pronouced sourness. A heavy, almost alcohol burning taste on the tongue; just a tad smoothness. This is a good beer but much more barleywine that wheat (not an even mix). Still contains a dry, hot backbite that resembles a cinnamon burn - and retains drinkability. There's still a good amount of sweetnessl this beer is complete with nut, almond, roasted and other malts that give it that sweet edge. I'd have this again, but I'm not going to seek this out. Just a little too potent and a little too sugary for a sessioning.

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Photo of macster
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper-amber color under a thick bone white head which fades quickly to a thin film. No lacing noted.

Immediate sweet aromas of buckwheat honey, dark brown sugar, green apples, fresh wheat bread, spices and ethanol greet the nostrils.

Pleasant subdued carbonation resulted in a smooth, full-bodied, creamy mouthfeel.

Flavors were sweet and almost a tad cloying but the big alcohol content cuts it down nicely. Notes of caramel apples, almonds, brown sugar, butterscotch, and fresh baked wheat rolls coat the palate.

As sweet as this brew is it serves up a big kick with a warming finish. Definitely a sipper.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber (2008) into a Meantime snifter.

Pours much darker than expected, with a barleywine-esque amber/deep ruby-red hue. The wheatwine is slightly hazy with no visible carbonation, but minute traces of dark yeast particles are visible. A fleeting tan head recedes to a ring of bubbles and a wisp of foam. Great aroma on this one--again, it's akin to a barleywine, but I don't mind when it smells this good. The nose picks up a huge presence of toffee and caramel malts backed by some sour tartness, lots of herbal hops, and a slightly fragrant alcohol note.

An intense rush of syrupy (and sligtly sour) wheat and rich, candied malts greets the palate. The sweetness is immediately kept in check by a hearty dose of spicy, floral hops and a liquor-esque boozy warmth. Finishes with a complex blend of spice, alcohol, nuttiness, and some veggies. The body is a bit too viscous and heavy on the tongue, and the alcohol makes things sticky at times, but the mouthfeel significantly improves as the beer warms. A low carbonation level allows it to meld into a creamy, velvety malt bomb. Overall, this was a great beer and one helluva tasty sipper. I wish I had another bottle to age for a few years in the cellar.

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Photo of Traquairlover
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A = Murky maple syrup colored liquid with little to no head, only very slight foam on surface.

S = Almonds (almost like an oloroso sherry), maple syrup, pungent floral hops, well balanced, I really like the nutty smells.

T = Sweet syrup, almond and walnut with slight walnut bitterness, fresh baked whole wheat bread, very well rounded flavors.

M = Heavy body, good mouthcoating, stings just a little with alcohol burn.

D = A tasty brew, definitely worth coming back to.

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Photo of PBoegel
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 edition.

Sweet burnt sugars, intense caramel, some crisp lemony citrus underneath, a big body but balanced with dry alcohol warmth that melds well.

Very complex dried fruits, the nose is the showcase of this brew.

As far as extreme beers go, this one meets the mark and then some. It is the truth.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a chimay goblet; bottle conditioned in 2008

Pours a hazy, light mahogany with tawny highlights. A slightly off white cap rises and fades quickly. Little to no retention and lacing.

Fusel alcohol and sweetness jump out of glass, followed by brown sugar and ripe fruit (granny smith apples and grapes). Llmost like a really good apple cider. Lots of spice and heavy fusel alcohol.

Dry and very wine like. Brown sugars, dried apples, grainy wheat, medicinal hops....this guy is all over the place, and I really like it. Sweet and sugary and finishs dry and fruity.

Full-bodied and viscous. Big on the palate and sits heavy.

A sipper. Big and heavy, very wine-like.

I really enjoyed this beer. First example of the style and I really think Smuttynose has a great interpretation here. I paired this with some really sharp cheddar cheese and it was excellent. The sharpness of the cheddar cuts through the booze, leaving behind the sweet sugars and fruits.

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Photo of matty
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber colored ale with a thin rapidly fading head.Aroma is alcohol and very faint caramel.Taste is alcohol and molasses.This is not as sweet as the barleywines I've tried yet still had a good amount of sweetness.Overall pretty good but not something you can drink a lot of in one sitting.I would recommend to try it at least once.

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 vintage from bomber to Reidel Cab glass...

Pours darker than expected-a nice bourbon body with little or no visible carbonation and a light tan head that dissipates quickly with sparse lacing.

Excellent caramel malt blends with fervent wheat electricity and apple spicy sweetness of alcohol. Hop presence is mildly piney at first. Not quite 100% synergistic but it's a nicely blended package.

The roastiness of the malt emerges on the palate well with a latent hop presence with a strong pucker becoming somewhat grassy as well as slightly floral. Alcohol is forward at first but comes in nicely. Woody wheat texture gives this a rustic, roasted austere bite to it.

The feel is interesting-strong all-around with balance in abundance. Surprisingly more of a Scotch Ale feel with extra hop bite on the finish. Would be good in front of a fire, indoors or outdoors.

The alcohol burn of this one makes it a definite sipper. Could use some time to cool off. Still, yet another compelling offering from Smutty.

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Photo of biegaman
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2006 Vintage sampled October 12, 2008.

A tiered colour scheme that sees brown ocher on top progressively brighten to mandarin orange on bottom. The two tones bind and blend together beautifully. Deep set shades impede a see through body but glisten with luster. A thin white lace traces its outline.

Its aroma is surprisingly depleted of any fruity esters or spicy phenols common with high gravity wheat beers. The malt bill falls just short of bringing out any rich notes of butterscotch or toffee. There seems to be a good content of hops but I wouldn't consider this fruity. It is an herb-like smell, very botanical in character. The closest association I can make is a spicy pumpkin pie, but this bouquet is a hard one to peg down.

The taste isn't all that distinguishing either; it isn't brimming with flavour like most other beers of this strength would be. Again a spice filled pumpkin pie comes to mind along with other herbaceous, almost vegetable like notes. There is a splash of buttery caramel. Altogether the taste comes off as being considerably perfumy with a very delicate presence on the palate.

The 10.7% alcohol has been nearly completely polished out of this bottle with the more than 24 months it spent in the cold cellar. Any bitterness has gone by the wayside as well. The result is a beer lacy and perfumy. There isn't a whole lot of flavour and there is even less mouthfeel. Each sip is remembered after by but a dash of spice and lingering wheat.

What may make for shortcomings in flavour and mouthfeel may just work to its favour in drinkability. Make no mistake - this is a big beer. That said, it certainly isn't hectic, it isn't audacious and is far, far from overbearing. This would make a wonderful pairing to a classic Thanksgiving turkey dinner, take my word!

I wasn't taken by Smuttynose's Wheat Wine, but I was certainly happy I decided to hide one in the cellar way back when. The age seems to have done it well. I've never had a bad beer from the Smuttynose Big Beer Series. In fact, I've never even had anything less than a really good one. Like the other offerings, this is one I look forward to revisiting again later down the road.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice apple cider amber, with a short lived fluffy head. Did not lace the glass.
I put my nose in the head nosing for the nose.
A robust bitter hopped start with enduring bitterness throughout the flavor with roundness or body to the flavor supplied by a malt character.
A nice long finish consisting of the same lingering bitterness that dominates the flavor.
The finish is vibrant- that my taster turns into the energizer bunny-- keeps going and going and going. This beer really has a finish quality about it- memorable.
Mouthfeel is cordial. This beer is nice to savor after each sip.
Drinkability is down because the 10% ABV but that's a minor complaint.
I wish there was more complexity to the flavor but I'm looking for something to complain about.
I bought two bottles! Yippeee!

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Photo of wiseguy142
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours really thick looking like it has a high viscosity, a deep amber with a nice looking blotchy head on top. Aroma is a little weaker than I expected, very airy hops with a touch of light crystal going on there. The taste is pretty prevalently alcohol-y with really not a lot going on there. It tastes very clean other than the alcohol without a lot of roastyness or sweetness that really draws your attention. There's a moderate hop aftertaste but nothing overwhelming or similar to other barleywines I've had. I guess what differentiates this as a wheat wine is the smooth mouthfeel which is pretty nice, I just wish there was a little more flavor behidn it to back it up. I just brewed one of these and I think mine is signficantly more heavily hopped which I think would go well for this.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the big beer series.

A: Ruby red color light beige and small head.

S: Huge citrus on nose. Big spicy hoppiness with loads of pine, and citrus (pungent grapefruit) for flavor, reminds me of chinook.

T: Very dry wine like palate but smooth and silky on the tongue and lightly carbonated. Alcohol is very well hidden for 11.0 abv and drinks more like a 6 or 7abv. Big bitterness from hops, some dry floral flavor, with a slight sticky pine resin ending and some woodiness and earthy tones.

M: smooth and light. light carbonation tingle. felt really good.

D: Alcohol more noticeable when it warms on the tongue but still very easy to drink. Must try.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage received from MarkD... thanks a bunch. Shared with Brenda... my share poured into my shaped SA glass.

1/2" head.. dies back to nothing in a flash... no lacing.. brew is a viscous clear amber... no cap.. still pretty though.

Aroma is much like a slightly aged English BW... rich and malty.. reminiscent of a tawny port... some caramel.. and a little bit of alcohol is more spicy than like a solvent.

Flavor mirrors the aroma but with a nice punch of spiciness... reminds me of a rye brew. Citrus and some piney hops are present.. but they are not front and center... very viscous.. yet smooth... carbonation is small bubble and lends to a slick and creamy mouthfeel... finish is loooongg. spicy and citric... very nice. some yeasty fruitiness emerges as it warms.. a little bit of fresh cherry and subtle fig.. but still the spiciness is around.

Still seems young.. quite a bit of alcohol.. I don't think it's too distracting though.

Anyway... pretty damn good brew... I've had it once before.. and still have an '06 in the cellar.. but if I had this available, I would probably pick it up fairly regularly... and put quite a few down for safe keeping.

MarkD is the man! He hooked me up with Triticus!! I've been trying to get a bottle for a couple years... Mark deserves some props.. Recommended trader for sure.


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Photo of Durge
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A solid copper tone with a thin disappearing off-white head and very little lacing. A mild and pleasant malt and wheat, sort of rye and molasses aroma. This has a beautiful viscous feel, smooth and warming with alcohol. Very tiny carbonation, some herbal hops, lots of sweet toffee in a thick mix of malt and rye flavors. Not a big drinker but very satisfying.

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Photo of scootny
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 22 oz bomber bottle, poured into my tulip tumbler. A coppery amber with a light tan head. Clear for the most part and minimal visible carbonation. Nice lacing considering the thin head. It sticks around the glass after each sip.

Smell is sweet, slightly burnt caramel and piney hops. Some malty breads (sweet again) and yeasty esters. A spicy, peppery alcohol.

Taste is almost like an imperial IPA, but not quite. Sweet malt and burnt caramel. Big piney hops follow. More sweet and peppery alcohol. Bitter, dry, grapefruit skin and crusty sharp edges of sourdough dinner bread. Spicy and hot booziness is present but subdued enough to encourage continual sipping. Big and piney hops finish allow a hint of light wheat twang to come through.

Mouthfeel is thick and somewhat syrupy, fine carbonation cleaning it up a bit to keep it from being too heavy. A light creamy texture as it sits on the tongue. This is a big beer to be sure and yet large swallows do not torture the mouth.

Drinkability is good enough to go deep into the bottle, aware of the strength and still have it sneak up. Better than average for the abv but certainly not a session beer.

A very high powered beer that is light enough in personality to catch you unaware.

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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 BigMcLargeHuge
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of tpd975 hooking our weekly tasting group up with a yummy barleywine. You know what I like!! Pours hazy copper with thin gold edges and thin tan head. The aroma is plums, prunes, crystal malts, sweet malts, pine hops and some alcohol heat. The taste is sweet sticky sugar malts mixing seamlessly with some caramel candy. Those rich tasty notes are followed by prunes, dried cherries, figs, pears and raisins. The wheated malt note isn't all that noticeable or less than I was expecting anyway. I can get a sense of the wheat just behind the rich malt and caramel goodness. Yeah, I can get used to drinking a bomber of this. Thanks again Greg.

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Photo of changeup45
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Smuttynose BIG BEER series. 53% Wheat, 47% Barley. Brownish color, slightly hazy with a sweet hoppy aroma. Moderate head and lacing on the glass. The taste is hoppy with sweet caramel malts and a bit sour. Bitter finish. A pretty good combination of flavors. The flavor is a little lingering. I liked it and I'd drink it again.

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Photo of AltBock
2.98/5  rDev -22.6%
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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Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 766 ratings
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