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

Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series)
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69.3%
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3.85 w/ 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:
#9,728
Reviews:
477
Ratings:
766
Liked:
531
Avg:
3.85/5
pDev:
11.95%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
58
Gots:
68
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 766 |  Reviews: 477
Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Dicers
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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

Thanks goes out to TheManiacalOne and barleywinebrewer for this one.

Poured into a chalice a nice slightly cloudy ruby red color, nice carbonation, nice fizzy off-white head, only some small islands left behind. The nose is slightly sweet of cherries, malts, slight oak, and some caramel. The taste is a little sweet, malty/oak, spicy, and some caramel. The alcohol is pretty up front on this one, nice warming feeling going down. Medium body. Drinkable, but not really a fan.

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Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Gavage
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear copper in color with a thick 2" fluffy white head. Thick lacing develops on the glass. Cabonation level is low.

Smell: the aroma is of ripe fruits, alcohol, and candy sweetness.

Taste: the flavor is of strong caramel, yeast, earth, sweet fruit, alcohol, and decent bitterness.

Mouthfeel: smooth and dry. The finish is long on the sweetness and alcohol.

Drinkability: decent drinkability, even though this is high on the alcohol scale. Find this one and enjoy it.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wheatwines are hit and miss. This beer is dark amber and clear with no lacing, no head, low carbonation. Looks OK.

Aroma is sweet, alcoholy, and strong, like bourbon. Smells good.

Beer is pretty sweet, strong alcohol character. Odd bitterness, its dry on the finish, overall its pretty drinkable for an 11% beer. My hand hurts, I'm not typing anymore.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of tempest
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I feel like if a beer is 10.7% abv, you should really mark that on the label. Labeling aside, this was an interesting beer and definatley one that could benefit from cellaring. It was still good, but a touch boozy. It tasted of rich wheat and barley malt with fruit coming out and a finishing bitterness, but still tasted hot. Worth a try if you want to try the biggest wheat beer around in the Northeast (or anywhere).

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Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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

The beer pours an amber/red color with a 1/2" offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light pale, wheat, and crystal malt scent that shows it's elevated abv., but also lends itself to a lighter body and malt aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a warm, malty flavor that goes down slow and steady and finishes bitter with a powerful alcohol bomb. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a well brewed beer with loads of complexity, but it's definately a sipper beer. This one will take a while to drink.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark orange with little head and some floaties present. Smells sweet, wheaty, and like golden molasses, with some hop and spice notes and a touch of alcohol. The taste is, thankfully, much less sweet. Firm and earthy with some good spice notes, some nice piney/spicy hoppiness, and a honeyed finish. Firm and almost chewy in the mouth, this is obviously strong, but the alcohol itself is fairly well hidden. The high hop levels help to camoflauge the sweetness, and overall make this beer seem pretty big for the style.

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Photo of Derek
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Copper with a light tan head, very little retention but it leaves a nice leg.

S: Bubblegum, cotton-candy & plenty of alcohol in the aroma.

T: Alcohol is really upfront, burnt caramel, piny hops, very bitter & quite boozy. This would probably improve with some cellaring.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body, off-dry finish.

D: Definitely a sipper. It's big & boozy. I couldn't imagine having a whole bomber when it's this fresh!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.77/5  rDev -28.1%
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 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 BARFLYB
2.41/5  rDev -37.4%
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 Latarnik
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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 Gueuzedude
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Date 2005, Sampled July 2006.
Pours with a brilliantly clear, ruby tinged, amber color and is topped by a frothy, dense, three-finger thick tan colored head that has some definite staying power to it. The aroma has candied malt notes to it mixed with some noticeably hop notes that just seem to add to the candied note. A touch of citrus & herbal hop notes rounds out the dominant notes of caramelized grain, toffee, and an ample fruitiness that is characterized by sweet plums. It is quite interesting how the wheat notes have played out in the aromatic components in this beer; this is much lighter than your typical Barley Wine, not nearly as darkly caramelized (if that makes sense), instead there is a large sweet grain note that is just caramelized, especially when compared to a typical Barley Wine.

An solid bitterness leads from the get go, it is quite well balanced by a sweet malt note as well. Actually though this beer is certainly hop dominated; it takes on a menthol like note in the middle that lingers on and mixes with the astringent bitterness in the finish. The beer is quite light, which seems to be the signature of the wheat as opposed to a lack of gravity or alcohol. The light, yet amply sweet, wheat grain character adds just a touch of tartness and combines with the menthol note just so.

Interestingly enough, even after about a year, this could use some more time in the bottle. Perhaps a bit more age will perk up the malt complexity and mellow the hops a bit more. As it is though, this is quite tasty and I certainly could do with a few more of these in my cellar.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been sitting on this bottle for nearly a year and have been looking forward to cracking it open.

A - Pours a clear amber (deep orange/red color), no head, small traces of carbonation, and a super thin ring of lacing. The beer clings to the side of the snifter like syrup and slowly oozes back down into the glass as it's swirled.

S - Toffee, caramel, light molasses, and boozy rum. Smells like a strong ale or barley wine.

T - With the first sip my mouth is slammed with heavy fusel and booze which heat the throat on the way down. At least from the first few sips, the alcohol presence is so distinct and so aggressive that it drowns out any flavors initially, it's all I can focus on. After several sips when my palette finally makes the adjustment, subtle flavors emerge: oak, roasted toffee and caramel, light pine and grapefruit bitterness, and slight hints of maple.

M - Thick, full bodied, and syrupy.

O - Very sweet and boozy. I probably should have opened this after I bought it, or better yet, should have purchased a few bottles and opened them over time to compare the changes as it ages. I really enjoy the beers from Smuttynose and always look forward to my next glass from them. This is a brewery that doesn't get enough love here on BA! This particular bottle is a total sipper, it tastes bigger than 10.7% and will creep up on you very quickly so take your time and enjoy.

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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.

3.5/4/4/4/3.5

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

Photo of rudzud
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear caramel hue with a thin had that fades quickly.

S - Aromas rich caramel, toffee, sweet malts.

T - Taste is incredibly smooth, light caramel, toffee, malt sweetness. Delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is super smooth easy drinking.

O - Overall I really enjoyed this beer, super smooth, easy drinking.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of jwc215. Thanks Joe!

Ah, my first Wheatwine....

2008 bottling, it pours(aggressive) a clear brownish red with about a finger head of foam.

Taking a few whiffs I'm getting a lot of malty sweetness, some fruit, some roasted notes, and a touch of alcohol.I'm not sensing any wheat in the nose....

With the first sip comes the caramel malt sweetness that's very sugar-like, some hint of wheat, definitely some good bitter hop tones, some toffee, and plenty of alcohol. Wow, lots of warming! Btw, the foam is doing great in my glass and lots of sticky lacing is left behind after every sip.

I'm going to call this full bodied as it really is that close to being so and the carbonation is at a nice soft low level.

Drinkability? The abv is there in your face so this one is certainly a very slow sipper but I'm kind of fond of the overall taste(I was afraid that this would end up being too sweet) and it is a very nice looking brew. I didn't know what to expect from the style but the bottom line for me is that I like this. A very interesting style.

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Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of RBorsato
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 69.3% out of 100 with 766 ratings
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