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

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767 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:
#10,888
Reviews:
478
Ratings:
767
pDev:
11.95%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
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Gots:
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Ratings: 767 |  Reviews: 478
Photo of JuliusCaesar
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Jonbw
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of grayburn
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

She pours a dark amber with a nice white head on top. Small bubbles stick around and cling to the glass for some nice lacing.
The smell is strong malt, with little hoppiness or much else to back it up.
The taste is a bit too cloying for a wheatwine, I was expecting something a bit more attenuated. With the addition of a large percentage of yeast, I was expecting something a bit drier. The taste isn't bad, its a well rounded sweetness comrpised from multiple malts and such. There is a bit of a piney hoppiness that rounds things out just a bit.
The mouthfeel is nice, the wheat adds such a nice silky touch. The carbonation is pretty spot on, a bit high...that'll mellow with some age.
This one isn't the most drinkable in the world, but it goes down pretty easy.

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Photo of JasonHaviland
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PSUDREW
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, such a nice, well rounded brew. I am actually sorry that I didn't save this for longer, but the urges wouldn't let me. And I am happy and sad in the same breath. Happy that I got tot taste it, sad that I didn't save it for curiousity's sake.

pours a nice, solid amber color. Some tanihs head, that dissaptes slowlt, and leaves some lacing. The nose is kinnda malty, kinnda hoppy, and vaugley spicy. All in all, a nice presentation

This beer shows off everything it has in it's charecter. It is malty and smooth. It has enough hop presence to make a statement. But it done so in a very balanced way. The mouthfeel is vaugley oily, but, not so much that i ttakes away from the beer. despite the high ABV, this is a very drinkable beer. I am very sorry that I do not have more of thise

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Photo of Sycodrummer
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Sunset Cantina in Boston, Mass. Was presented to me in a 12oz. toulip glass. The beer was a light brown/copper color with just a sliver of off-white head. Streams of carbonation ran up the sides of the glass and there was lace galore with this beer.

The smell was very matly upfront with a faint balanced wheat in the nose and some hops as well.

The taste was very alcoholic upfront with an assertive hop bitterness to follow. Malty in the finish with a crispness to each sip. All flavors are well balanced with only the alcohol sticking out perhaps a bit more than all else.

Moderate mouthfeel, with a slight degree of carbonation.

This beer is very drinkable in moderation. More of a sipping beer, but very enjoyable as such.

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Photo of pmccallum86
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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 hyuga
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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

22 oz. provided by HogHill, helluva guy

I really dig the label. If you are reading my review you can click and see it up there in the corner. Nice huh?

I poured this into a tulip glass – a brown amber color with a creamy head, maybe too much of a head , as I didn’t pour it very well. Tulip glasses kinda fuck me up. It had a interesting aroma: sweet and citrus with a hop lingering. And alcohol – I could definitely smell booze was in there in abundance. It tasted fruity with a lot of malt going on. Hops were around too. It was a bit like a barleywine but not as intense – even though they have similar alcohol levels – this seemed lighter, more subdued.

The alcohol was very much kickin’ it. It gave that nice warmth in the medium body, but it also was a bit much. I struggled to make it through the whole 22 oz.

Interesting beer, my first wheat wine – I’m up for more.

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Photo of ImperialStout
3/5  rDev -22.1%

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

A - pours a slightly cloudy peachy/deep orange color with one finger of bubbly head that recedes fairly quickly and leaves little lacing
S - wheat and alcohol with caramelized sugar
T - wheat and some big alcohol warmth, sugary sweetness with hints of caramel and only the faintest touch of hop bitterness way in the back. develops some bourbon like characteristics as it warms
M - medium-bodied and sticky, a bit oily
D - definitely a sipping beer, but at room temp it still tastes good and I'd have another

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Photo of ObiWanKushnobi
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of zahara15
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.36/5  rDev -64.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer pours an orange-gold color with no head or lace. It's aroma is mainly wheat with a hint of caramel. The flavor is like sour grapes mixed with a hefeweizen. The sourness is puckeringly strong. The mouthfeel is light with a mild sour aftertaste. Snuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series) is a disappointing beer, not recommended!

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Photo of ToddT
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Clear ruddy orange liquid topped with a thin off white head. Head fades quickly to a ring and leaves little lace on the glass.

S- Dark candied cherries, caramel, molasses, and a hint of yeast.

T- Sweet notes of candied fruit at first, cherries and raisin come to mind. This is followed by a warming note of alcohol, which fades in to a bitter hop note for the finish. Finish is dry with a little sweet candied fruit taste to counteract the bitterness.

M- Medium in body and low in carbonation, much like a barleywine. Does not feel viscous as some wheatwines do, relatively clean on the palate.

D- Kind of on the sweet side and the alcohol is noticeable, but the 10.7% ABV would be pretty hard to hide. Not unpleasant but it does lose some point here.

A little too sweet for me but interesting enough to try again. Going to age this one for a year or so before try number two.

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Photo of vbiliyar
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber in color with a late-erupting, quickly dissipating head. Aroma of raisins, burnt sugar and bitter hops.

Flavor is deep and complex. Biscuity malts spiced with nutmeg and clove sit beneath caramelized figs and hops, with a faint touch of apricot at the periphery. Finish is mostly clean, with a late, slightly cloying sweet note, and the high ABV adds a phenol punch.

Balanced, but big - and enjoyable. Easy does it on this one.

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

Pours a slightly hazy, amber-copper color. Thin, almost non-existent head with a bit of lacing.

Big fruit nose of cherry and raisin with slight banana. A bit of alcohol aroma. Smooth, rounded flavor of cherry and grape notes. Sweet caramel maltiness, with only a bit of wheat coming through. Definite alcohol warmth toward the end but relatively subdued. Slightly estery.

Medium body with a chewy mouthfeel that fills the mouth. I didn't get much of the wheat contribution in this, making it substantially similar to a barleywine style. A bit hot and sweet, which isn't a total surprse for the style. Overall a pretty well-rounded and mostly balanced beer.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle
Pours a reddish copper color. I was honestly expecting this to be darker, but whatever. Pours with an off white head. Retention and lacing are above average.
Smell is strong, bready, wheat. Candied fruits are present as well as a slight chocolate and roasted character. Not quite as complex as I would have hoped.
Taste is very good. The smooth, bready, wheat character complements the very strong chocolate flavor. Caramel also makes a cameo as do some dark fruits, plums, figs, and dates. Slightly spicy, but not particularly enough to warrant discription.
Mouthfeel is good, this beer is sweet, but not cloyingly so, and the slight hops balances it all out.
Overall, a good beer. I've had a few wheat wines and this one isn't really like the others, but it's still a very good beer.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber into the Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a near hazy copper and red color. Appears to be lighter with the carbonation. Very fine bubbles that don't cling to much. Very nice color though.

S: Could smell the sweetness of this while it was pouring. Quite sweet, malty and fruity smelling. Sweetness comes through with some vanilla, some pear/apple type aromas and a hint of maple syrup. The wheat isn't strong on the nose, but some grassy and earthy notes are definitely in here. Alcohol heat is minimal, which is always nice. Only problem I am having is differentiating this wheatwine from a barleywine as far as the aroma goes.

T: Much more bitter than the smell would indicate. Getting a lot of the grassy and floral hop flavors. Taste is a bit hot but the sweet malts are still distinguishable. I'm not sure if the wheat is part of this earthy/spicy thing going on here, but it is definitely different from a barleywine on the palate. I do enjoy the sweet fruits coming through as well. Getting apples right up front and a bit of a muted pear flavor. Good hop bitterness to balance these flavors. Very complex and interesting flavors going on here.

M: Interesting mouthfeel, slick like a barleywine but the alcohol heat leaves the tongue burning a bit. A bit of a mismatch.

D: Certainly warms the cheeks up, may be a little off-putting on a warm day. Slow sipper here for sure.

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

The ber poured a pale orange unfiltered color with a thin watery head which disappated quickly. The smell got more intense as it warmed, as did the taste. It smelled fo wheat and hops mainly, some spice and a lot of alchol. I wasn't ready for the taste. maybe I wasn't expecting what I got, but it caught me off gaurd. I keep readung other reviews and the term 'earthy" keeps coming up. I really can't do better than that, it kinda sums it up. I understand it was a wheat wine, but there was not much wine-y about it. Wheat and more wheat. There also was a serious ammount of alcohol and it wasn't masked as well as it should be to fully enjoy the beer. I appreciate what Smuttynose is trying ot do with the big beer series, and this might be a better drink if it was cellared for a while, but right now, I'm not much of a fan.

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Photo of UA8
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle labeled 2008

A- Pours a syrupy and hazy brownish garnet with a thin tan head.

S- Sweet malts, apricots, peaches, wheat spiciness, yeast.

T- Leads with explosive apricot and dried peach flavors, midpalate rolls in sweet and spicy wheat malt notes. Finishes with the remnant of sweet and spice for the midpalate but adds a balancing hop character that brings in a bit of pine and citrus rind.

M- Syrupy, light carbonation, and hint of the abv with a warming finish.

D- This is my favorite Wheat wine so far, which is to say of the two I've had. Smuttynose does a nice job of having just enough hops in the finish to balance out the sweetness and prevent the beer from being cloying and yet add complexity. Impressive beer especially for the price.

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

pours straight up crayola certified amber, with a very thin white head that laces very well. the nose is like an american barleywine or perhaps a mellow I.P.A., hops grab your attention right away. the taste starts off mellow as well, the hop bite/flavor comes out close to the end, however the finish is smooth not bitey as the late hop emergence would have you think. the mouth-feel is with the exception of when the hops first rear there head is smooth as can be, a very nice texture. drinks very very easy for it's abv, this is an overall impressive beer, i highly recommend this

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Photo of hopsaplenty
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A modest tan head of small and large bubbles tops a new penny copper colored liquid. There are a handful of carbonation streamers lazing their way to the surface. The smell is big and hoppy; piney and sappy with hints of malt sweetness. The first taste is medicinal in a high alcohol way. Finishes astringent, almost whiskey-like with its alcohol heat. It has a big body and is only somewhat malty, but the alcohol dominates, and it is not well integrated or balanced. I could not find a hint of the wheat notes I expected. Barely drinkable.

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Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 767 ratings
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