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 rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer pours a deep copper body that is slightly hazy with a reddish hue to it and a creamy beige head on top. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles that glide to the surface.

S- The dry spicy hop note has a slight sweet malt note to follow and a finish of floral esters that smell a bit like shampoo.

T- This beer has a sweet malt flavor that is slightly syrupy and a pine hop bite with some alcohol bite that finish the dry finish. As the beer opens up there is an aged penny brassy flavor that sometimes come with lots of wheat and some caramel notes that are dry.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a creamy texture that really thins out as the beer warms. The alcohol is present but warming in the finish.

D- This beer has some nice wheat wine flavors but it is a bit thin without much depth. Perhaps a little age will help bring things together but that may make it even thinner. The brassy flavor was a bit off putting and soon became stronger than the other malt flavors.

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Photo of akorsak
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is a deep amber orange color with a sizeable head on pour that retains well and laces the glass.

S: The aroma is a big malty mess that is mellowed a bit by a strong wheat airiness.

T: The ale is a mouthful. It starts out with a strong malt body, concentrated and sweet with some fruit and mint, before revealing a strong wheat body that is heavy on alcohol. In moderation, wheat is light and refreshing. When used heavily, the wheat takes on a more sinister character. It is heavy and conveys the alcohol much easier. The finish is all wheat alcohol and has a buttery bourbon taste to it.

M: The concentration of wheat and barley has given the ale a very pleasant bourbon buttery taste.

D: The high abv and bourbon sweetness can hurt the drinkability, but they add a nice quality that is flavorful and warming.

This review of a bottle of Smuttynose Wheat Wine was at a warmer temperature, which lead to a greater accentuation of flavors and a higher score.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a cloudy blood orange hue. The beer's cap is thin, even after an aggressive pour. Head is initially about a half-pinky high, but it pops off to a few islands of fluff. Sporadic lacing speckles. Looks like a high gravity brew.

S-Wheat and honey and tons of booze. Hay and corn syrup. Caramel all over the place. Hops are very complacent. It first smells like just your average Barleywine, but then the wheat really sets in. Dry, milled wheat. Super-sweet overall.

T-Has its highs and lows. Starts of sweet and complex. Then finishes too boozy. Liqueur-dipped fruitcake. Toasted Wheat Thins with dried prunes on top. Citrusy with a herbal hop character.

M-Full, sticky and syrupy. Very dry. Moderate bitterness. Slow-sipper. Carbonation is quite soft.

O/D-Well worth a try. I haven't been too impressed with Smuttynose's Big Beer Series. This one is pretty good, but far from awesome. I didn't really like their S'muttonator but their Baltic Porter is phenomenal. This lies somewhere in between. (Definitely closer to S'muttonator). It's a unique style of beer, but I won't be getting this again.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.73/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Label says bottle-conditioned in 2010. Say Wha?!! I had no idea when I purchased this. Could be either a good or bad thing. Let's find out.

A- From a heavy pour comes just an 1/8 inch ring around the edge of the glass and a bit of surface foam. Sticky, spotted lacing.

S- Lovely, sweet malt that's also quite hoppy in an earthy way. Smells more like an imperial IPA or barleywine.

T- Merk. Lusciously sweet and smooth malt in the front with some hop bitterness in the follow-through and a clean finish. Alcohol is sublimely well-hidden (probably due to the aging) and there's even a bit of oak in the aftertaste. Notes of caramel, nougat and lemon from the hops.

M- Tangy and a bit dry. Low carbonation and a medium body.

O- Yeah, the flavor profile is closer to a barleywine, but you can't put a label on delicious. Damn near perfect in my eyes.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a mahogany color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There wasn't much head, but there was good lacing.

S: Smelled of malt, a sugary element and alcohol.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, caramel and alcohol. You could really tell this had a 10.70% ABV. Not very well masked.

M: A fairly high rate of carbonation and a smooth finish. Full-bodied.

D: While this is a well made beer, it's not my favorite. Still outside of the alcohol, the taste is very well done.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle from 2009. Served in an oversized wine glass, the beer pours a hazy reddish/amber color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention is decent, not much lacing. Aroma is brown sugar, caramel malt, sweet booze (maybe brandy or sherry), and some dark fruit (figs, cherries). The beer tastes like brown sugar, earthy hops, dark fruit, caramel malt, booze and some butterscotch. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's rich and a bit syrupy and coating with low carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth going down and enjoyable to drink. I think this is a good brew, I liked it.

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Photo of tigg924
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: orange brown in color, minimal head, clear, minimal carbonation

Smell: alcohol, wheat, toasted malt

Taste: very boozy, wheat, some hops, bread, and caramel

Mouthfeel: slick, sticky sweet, low carbonation, moderate body

Drinkability: The alcohol is very present in this one and I think it overshadows the taste some. This reminds me of an above average barleywine. An interesting beer, but not the first I will reach for.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single at Town & Country Liquors, West Springfield, MA. Label notes Bottle Conditioned in 2005.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" manila tan head over the orangey amber brew. Head lasts well, esp for the style, with sticky, slow falling lace. Aroma is sweet, malty, fruity, and boozy. Taste is dominated by the alcohol in this young brew, probably best to let it age for awhile. But I didn't, so let's see what else we have. Light fruitiness and wheat character both wave from beneath the surface of alcohol, but hardly can make themselves noticed. Alcohol even numbs the mouth a bit. Mouthfeel is exceptional from the wheat input, sliding so nicely across the tongue, gives a valiant effort in tempering the alcohol, just comes up a tad short. Drinkability is good, because even though I'm not quite happy with this one right now, it has great potential for the future. A brew to look forward to, for sure.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The beer is a copper color. There was a small white head present at the onset but it quickly receded. No lacing is to be seen.

Smell: I smell oak, grapes, and floral hops with the sweet malts. There also seems to be some spicy wheat and tropical fruits.

Taste: The malts provide nice room for the grapes and tropical fruits to breath. The finish is of oak and the floral hops. I can't quite put my finger on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with some low carbonation that balances the body nicely.

Drinkability: Overall this is a nice beer and I will have it again. The aftertaste feels off but I am unsure why.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle, 2007 release split with a friend. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A: Crimson with a thin-off white head that quickly settles down to a ring. A little bit of lace forms as I drink this. Not much carbonation visible

S: Wheaty and fruity with plums and raisins. There's some caramel and a mild alcohol heat is noticeable

T: Starts off sweet with caramel, toffee and wheat. Takes on a fruity character with ripe plums before drying out on the finish

M: The dryness of the finish is pretty nice after a sip of this medium bodied brew. The carbonation is also sufficient

D: Oh boy, halfway through half a bottle and my body's hurting. This is potent stuff.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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 jmdrpi
3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
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 DrJay
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The cap popped with a weak hiss. Crystal clear amber with an orange hue. A vigourous pour resulted in a thin head that quickly fell to a ring. Just a bit of spotty lacing initially. Crackery malt aroma, some caramel, with a floral and powdery hop aroma. Toffee and faint alcohol were present as well. Ripe tropical fruit became fairly strong as it warmed. Moderate bitterness with a malty start, a bit crackery, fruity (a bit of citrus, very mild ripe berries). Caramel at the mid. Towards the end, alcohol really moved to the front and lingered through the finish. Lighter bodied than I expected, quite dry, with low carbonation that resulted in a flat mouthfeel. Not bad. I enjoyed it, but wasn't overwhelmed. Still, this is a solid beer.

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Photo of Brad007
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
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 Jwale73
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage. 22oz. bottle served in my DT tulip. Poured a semi-translucent plum with a quarter inch, loose, tan-colored head that quickly dispersed into a band of bubbles and a slick of foam. Some large globules of lacing appear on the tilt side of the glass. Nose reveals caramel, toffee, dark fruit, toasted malt and booze. Taste is not as sweet as the nose suggests, there also some bittering hops in the flavor profile and an alcohol quality that borders on caustic and presents itself throughout from start to finish. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a prickly carbonation level, a slight viscosity to the consistency and some residual alcohol heat that lingers at the finish. A pretty tasty brew, but definitely allow this one to warm to round out the flavors and disperse the carbonation. Best shared between one or two friends.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Scarlet red-orange body. Thin light beige head. Recedes to a thin collar that leaves sporadic lace. Aroma is alcohol and fruits and more alcohol. Passion fruits mostly. Kiwi and mango come to mind. Oh, and a little pepper as well. Upon tasting, I find out that this beer packs a little punch. Well, maybe a big punch. Alcohol is hidden in no way whatsoever. Spicy and hot. And lingering. There are some good qualities to go along with that. The fruits are there. And some rich barleywine-esque malt characteristics. Just not enough to make this taste any better than average to me. Besides the heat, the mouthfeel is also lightly carbonated and close to medium in body.

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Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from purplehops as part of BC2!

Pours a hazy orange/brown, thin off white head forms, leaves some spots, decent layer. Smell is fruity, some cedar/oak woodiness, citrus, grapefruits, buttery, some toffee and alcohol. Taste is caramel, very malty, wheat, fruits, dry oak, alcohol, citrus, very thick rich flavour, moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Pretty solid beer, Smuttynose can do no wrongs. Thanks Stan!

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Photo of maximum12
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to MrRetardedMonkey for shipping me a bottle of this...a while back. Man, I need to trade/buy less beer & drink more. Sipping this to warm me up after an evening of fishing in 44 degree weather...

Dark, rich, ruddy reddish hue to this bad-boy. Smells much the same, rich & sweet & full, with perhaps a faint memory of sun-kissed fall grasses. Although I missed fall this year. All five hours of it in Minnesota.

This is a fine wheat wine, companiono. Sugary, malty, fruity, and what the hell, bourbon on the bottom? Is this barrel aged or just some weird concoctional accident? Riding shotgun is a vague, almost medicinal herbality & a ginsu knife of alcohol holding it all together. Wow. A whole alphabet soup of stuff going on here, & it works.

This is a thick, languid beer. That I want to gulp. I'd probably choke. Near-perfect for the style, it has to be so to hold all that depth. I'm not sure I could drink more than one of these, but damn, I'd like to try.

Smuttynose. I'm fast becoming a fan, they're churning out some good stuff, & some great stuff. This falls into the latter category. Excellent beer. I will seek this one out again.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, 2012 release, pours golden-copper in color, with a thin bubble head, tons of carbonation in the body of the ale. Aromas are sweet with honey, vanilla, raisin. Tastes are cloyingly sweet with more vanilla, oak, caramel, toffee, raisin, booze. Mouth-feel is full bodied and syrupy, with moderate carbonation, finishes with a dash of white pepper and a tingle on the tongue. Alcohol is warming, but not overly assertive. Overall, this seemed to be too sweet. Good flavors, but cloyingly sweet. A whole bomber by myself was too much to handle. Nice take on the style, but needs to be drunk in smaller doses.

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Photo of Suds
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an orange-bronze-caramel color with a nice, stable white head. Slight haze, but otherwise the appearance is very appealing. The smell is a mix of wheat grist, alcohol, complex fruit esters, and spice. It’s got a little citric qualities thrown into the mix, making it an interesting aroma. The taste is sweet and strong, with an immediate warming sensation. This is a sipping beer for sure. The wheat is present through the entire taste, which retains a lot of fruit and a little malt character. There’s not much in the way of hops in this beer, and it could use a bit more balance. Full in body, this is a thick beer with some serious substance. I couldn’t have too many of these, but it’s spectacular nonetheless.

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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 claspada
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, dark golden, light amber color with a small white bubbly head that recedes to leave some spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with sweet toasted caramel maltiness with a distinct tangy wheatiness. As it warms you get some stone fruitness, highlighted by peaches and pears, with some emerging citrus which could be hop derived.

The tastes begin with sweet, caramel maltiness and lightly toasted breadiness. The wheat once again makes its presence known and there is also that same fruitiness as well. It the background there are some lightly spicy, orange, citrusy hops creating a moderate bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium-to-full bodied with medium carbonation. The finish is fairly sweet, lightly bitter and fruity with a chewy presence.

Overall this style is really hit or miss for me but luckily this was in the hit column. The fruitness from the yeast and/or hops helps to balance the sweet maltiness. I really enjoy these Smuttynose Big Beer Series offerings as they are readily available to me and quite reasonabley priced with above average quality.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from Smutty's Big Beer Series. A hazy red/orange color with very little head. It had a flowery, sweet aroma. A sharp, crisp hop presence. This is a pretty assertive beer, one made for sipping and quiet contemplation. Definitely not a session beer.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy orange, one finger head and a good deal of carbonation

S-Lots of malt/wheat. Tad bit of citrus hops, but wayy to much wheat to the point where balance is thrown off.

T-Starts with a lot of malt and wheat, citrus hops, some grass with slight bitterness in the finish.

M-Medium bodied, not much carbonation, little thick.

O-The wheat is too powerful and doesn't balance out nicely with he rest of the brew.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy red-orange color with lighter orange highlights and a half-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sweet malts that have a distinctive aged aroma - hard to explain but a bit sweeter and less crisp than I would expect it to be fresh. Also present are light hints of light fruits - mostly pears.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malt flavors with a faint hint of booziness increase in body midway through the sip before making room for mild light fruit flavors. All these carry through to an ending that's certainly on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness, but not quite nice enough, with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall I would like to have this fresh (assuming my assumption that it's on the older side is correct) to compare the two. As it stands now I'd say it's worth a shot.

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