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

Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series)
BA SCORE
3.85/5
766 Ratings
Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
smuttynose.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,985
Reviews:
477
Ratings:
766
pDev:
11.95%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
58
Gots:
67
Trade:
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Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark buckwheat colour and taste, with different wheats. If you like wheat beer, this is a must try- it will be more aggressive. If you like barleywine-it's a tasty variation. Drinkable.Had on draft at Prime 16 3.5 years later and good mouthfeel, fruitiness. A barleywine. ('09 aged version)

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
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 djrn2
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.07/5  rDev -20.3%
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 t0rin0
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I believe this is the last vintage that came out.

Pours a reddish orange color, small head, only slightly hazy for a beer with this much wheat.

Smells like wheat, caramel (crystal malt), alcohol, and more wheat.

The taste is coming around. Well, I didn't try it new but the wheat and malt are starting to age. A bit heavy on the alcohol but its all upfront, doesnt leave much alcohol taste in the aftertaste.

Body was real thick and syrupy. Nice that its heavy but a bit over the top. Tastes pretty good and is therefore enjoyable but the abv will catch up with you rather quickly.

This is only the 4th new wheatwine I've tried but its probably the best, with the exception of aged versions of the Marin Starbrew.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It poured clear amber in color with a thin layer of bubbles on the surface that slowly disappeared. A very light amount of carbonation is visible, along with some floating yeast particles.
S: There is a mild amount of malty sweetness in the nose, which smells a tad boozy and has some notes of toffee.
T: The overall taste is rather sweet like the smell and has notes of caramel, piney hops, raisins and toffee.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, somewhat viscous and very smooth on the palate.
D: Although this beer should be sipped, the alcohol content is surprisingly well hidden from the taste.

Note: 2009 vintage

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

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured a medium copper color ale with a medium size foamy head with some average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of sweet malt is dominating and reminiscent of a regular barleywine. Taste is also dominated by some sweet malt notes with some notes of caramel and toffee. Full creamy body is well done with some medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well done but I can't say that the wheat notes were clearly discernable.

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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in 2009. Pours slightly hazy red orange color with a small fairly dense light khaki head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap of lace. Small patches of lacing clinging to the glass. Aromas of big caramel, molasses, banana, orange zest, clove, spices, and a bit of booze. Very nice and balanced aromas. Taste of big caramel, banana, molasses, citrus, light fruits, light vanilla, spices, and maple syrup. No real amount of bitterness noticed on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, light fruits, molasses, and spices on the finish for a bit. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a warming on the finish noticed. Great balance of flavors, the alcohol definitely cleans the palate with every sip and doesn’t detract from the flavor profile at all. Nice drinkability but it is still a sipper. Overall this is a damn nice wheat wine that is very enjoyable and smooth for the level of alcohol.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer. I was expecting something a little big bigger with more body and more malt to it, but as it is, it's very drinkable. And although the 11% alcohol is there, it's not really too distracting (although I guess that knowing it's there helps you to prepare for it). It's got a very nice appearance with a hazy reddish-orange-copper body, but there's little head and even less lacing, which I thought was odd for a beer with 53% wheat (even if it does have a high alcohol content). Hops are noticeable in the nose, along with some very nice yeasty fruitiness and a flicker of alcohol, and it's quite welcoming. It's smooth across the palate with a very fine bubbled, restrained carbonation and medium body. In the flavor it's lightly sweet and somewhat candyish, but still well-balanced, and the malt and hop bitterness seem to have a tug of war going on until the finish where the bitterness overcomes. The alcohol is more apparent here than in the nose, and it rises up at mid-palate, and remains a bit in the finish. However, it does lend a bit of pepperiness that helps to balance the malt and give it greater depth of character. Overall, an interesting tipple.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2012 Vintage

A: Pours a clear medium amber in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some copper highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy medium tan head that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toffee and caramel malt sweetness with a touch of booze.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of toffee and caramel malty sweetness with light amounts of dark fruit (raisin) and moderate flavors of pine hops. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish that fades quickly.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: This is an enjoyable beer but it is a very big beer and there is a definitely alcohol presence - you need to slowly sip this one.

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Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2009, so about a year old and should be tasty! Wish I had taped the cap which I usually do for cellar aging beers, but I was expecting to drink this right away and as that didn't happen I think some of the carbonation is gone.

A light creamy head covering comes with an aggressive pour, and fades somewhat quickly. The beer is a murky, yeast chunk filled rosy caramel orange color.

The nose coifs wheat wine. It has lots of wheats, both dark and light, as well as some reddish malts and caramel. Some maple syrup, and some sweetness, a little candi sugar, and some light booze. I think there's a hint of an earthy hop bitterness.

The taste is more of the same, loaded with malts and wheat. Wheats both dark and light, lots of malted barley with that. Some syrups and sugars, little maple, little molasses, and juicy. Hints of dark fruits, nothing in particular though. Pretty sweet overall, with some warming and lightly tingly booze, but seems to drink less than 10.7%. It also adds a slight creamy taste to it, and light chewy malt flavors. A hint of vanilla too, and I think a slight bourbon like flavor. Some light earthy hops as well, that I bet were a lot more dominant early on in the beer's life. It dries slightly on the finish but keeps a strong sweetness, but surprisingly not sticky. A nice long barleywine like finish, with lots of dark sugars and malts, some wheat, and a light bitterness all lingering for a long gorgeous finish.

The mouth is pretty thick, ever so slightly syrupy, with low carbonation, but decent for the style.

Drinkability is surprisingly well, for being 10.7% and loaded with malts and sweetness, I expected a lot more boozy taste, and sticky finish, but it really had neither. The long finish is the only thing keeping me from drinking this fast, that and not getting drunk too fast.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 release, on-tap 11/23/08 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very candy-like with brown sugar, caramel, dark fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is likewise, very sweet up front with flavors of caramel, dark fruit and brown sugar. The hops presence is strong but subdued. The malt character is very hearty. The after-taste is sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is pretty clean for a style that is normally a little sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, very strong kick, excellent representation of style, this is a very good beer to keep drinking until the ABV catches up with you.

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Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass kind of a odd mix of deep burnt orange with ruddy brownish hue to it a thinner but well formed slight off white head atop.Boozy and quite sweet aromas like alcohol dipped apricot and a nutty terrine malt presence not much hop to be had here,definently a malt based big brew with a sweet alcohool kick dried apricot and dare I say applesauce flavors mixed with alcohol burn,definently flavorful and definently ballsy.Iam finishing the bomber and I will sleep well tonight,glad I tried it it really warms the insides.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a nice amber-copper with a moderate head.

S: a bit darker with some caramel as compared with other wheatwines that I've had. Some nice citrus, earthy hops as well as some mild notes of skin fruits such as pears.

T: caramel comes out with a bit of alcohol flavor as well as a mild wheat crispness. The hops certainly restrain any potential for excessive sweetness. Some pear notes and hints of mild peaches.

M: medium body with adequate carbonation, but not quite as heavy on the wheat elements as I'd like.

D: pretty good, but certainly not something I need 22oz. of.

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Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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

First had: on tap at Portsmouth Brewing Company

And probably the best beer I had there.

Hazy amber pour with a ringlet of white bubbles. Aroma of toasted bread, caramel malts, light stone fruits. The taste reflected the smell, caramel malts, fairly sweet, toasted bread, notes of soft fruits, pear and peach, nice citrus/herbal hop presence. Smooth mouthfeel, medium body, low-medium carbonation, and quite drinkable overall.

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Photo of billab914
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured a deep caramel color with a little bit of red highlights to it. It started with a moderate frothy white head to it that retreated to the edges of the glass after a minute or so. It left some decent lacing as I drank it as well.

The aroma shows a lot of sweeter malt flavors to it with the wheat really coming through. Caramel also plays a pretty big role in the maltiness. I can tell it's pretty hoppy as well with the amount of grapefruit citrus present. Very appealing aroma overall, I love the way the malty and sweet wheat flavors mix with the hoppy aromas.

The taste starts off with the sweeter wheat malt coming through along with some of the citrusy grapefruit flavors. Towards the middle I start to get more of the caramel playing a role in it. The finish brings some hop bitterness mixed with the the malty wheat flavors and a small hint of roasty flavors. A little of the bitterness lingers. Very flavorful and relatively balanced beer overall. the wheat really mixed nicely with the hoppy flavors.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being below average. Drinkability is good, I really liked the flavors it brought. it was a very flavorful beer overall with some bold flavors to it. They all came together nicely though and made a great beer. I'm really starting to love this style of beer, and this was another very good version of the style.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 bottle drank August of 2016.

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Photo of smcolw
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Moderate head but it settles very slowly. Leaves a coating of lace. The beer is dark amber and nearly clear.

Sweet and floral nose. Comes across as a perfume; has an element rose water with sugar. No wheat detected.

The alcohol is notable, but isn't the predominate flavor. Mostly malty, with very little wheat bite. The swallow has some warming brandy elements and a touch of hop. The aftertaste is long-lasting alcohol with a background of distant wheat (finally). Closer to a barley wine, imho. Rich bodied, this is a sipper's beer.

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Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 766 ratings
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