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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 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 Patrick999
2.99/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Upon pouring, it looks kinda lazy in the glass. A few swirls of the snifter remedies that. Reddish-orange color.

Smells like orange, cherry, vanilla, maple. Minor whiffs of alcohol.

Hmmm, I think I'd like this better if they'd gone with more wheat. Kinda lacks the soft, creamy body you associate with wheat beers. The flavor sits uncomfortably close to a regular barleywine - little hoppy, bitter-sweet, fruity, little alcohol. OK flavor, but not really what I wanted from a wheatwine.

Eh. If I'd wanted an American barleywine, I'd have bought one.

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Photo of abuliarose
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shuffling through my weekly beer allotment for something that pairs well with a ripe Bosc pear and some high quality, creamy blue cheese, I found this bottle. Poured into a snifter, revealing deep gold clear body (it's well-rested, later pours turned up some yeasties) with rose hues and a minimal, fast-dissipating head. For what it is, appearance is not bad. Smells malty and alcoholically strong like a barleywine and a little fruity from hops.

Tastes equally strong with some serious alcohol presence for about 11%. Hops are noticeable in there with a persistent vinous character and bitterness. Body is a light medium, but isn't as soft as I'd expect for something with half wheat. The harsher mouthfeel could be because of the alcohol cutting through. Carbonation is mild and tingly. Drinkability is about the same as your run of the mill barleywine.

All in all, a fun one to try and a decent bottle to split. Especially with pears and cheese.

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Photo of sisuspeed
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2009 Bottle

Poured into a tulip glass. Forms a decent white head that quickly fades to a thin film across the body. Orange-red-amber color and clear all the way through. Slightly pink.

Big, biscuity, bready malts fused with sweet alcohol soaked fruit. Cherries, strawberries and hints of grape. Slightly earthy with a touch of floral hops.

The flavor consists of a malty, earthy, herbal mixture that is somewhat hard to pull apart. Nice, slightly burnt, caramel notes dance with cherries and slightly bitter, herbal hops. Alcohol comes into the taste a bit, but is mostly felt as a warming presence. Malts are sweet and biscuit like. The flavor is pretty good, but a little muddled.

Mouthfeel is smooth with low carbonation. Slightly viscous, but thinner than other barleywines. Lots of warming alcohol all the way down into your stomach.

Drinkability is good. I like the flavor and the aroma is nice. However, the beer puts out some cherry cough syrup notes from time to time and comes across as being a bit hot. Cellaring this for 3-5 years might help. I would need to split a bomber of this.

Overall, this is a good offering in the Big Beer Series from Smuttynose. The alcohol is a bit stiff, but would feel nice on a cold night. I like the caramel and herbal notes in the flavor, but beyond that nothing is really pulling back in. I may pick up another bottle for the cellar and see what happens in a couple more years. Still worth giving a try if you see it.

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Photo of taez555
4.67/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Why have I not reviewed this beer before? I've been drinking it for years.

This beer pours a thick mahogany body with a small off-white head.

Nose is a strong malt with mild citrus and a dirty earth smell. Extremely malty and very inviting.

Taste is extremely thick and full bodied. Waves of lush milky caramel and touches of vanilla. This is a malt monster. So simple and just so damn big. Hops are kept in the background with enough bitterness to give just enough balance, but beyond that this is malt, malt and a little more malt.

What an amazing beer. Malt. Like a killer English Barleywine. Just classic.

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Photo of Avagadro
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: pours light copper and surprisingly clear, this brew has to be poured vigorously in order to rouse a head. Carbonation is not visible.

S: bouquet is well presented, with sweet notes of vanilla, caramel, and figs.

T: sweet body, heavy fruit notes, and lots of caramel combine in this heavenly concoction.

M: very full body, slightly solventy, and no carbonation.

D: a rich experience for sure, this brew is meant for the courageous. Definitely worth a shot, as it is a great companion to their barley wine offering.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
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 emsroth
2.89/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22oz bomber

App: This beer is a beautiful ruby--the reddest beer I've seen. Perfect clarity. Minimal head, but nice lace.

Smell: Maple, herbal hops,

Taste: Slight sweetness up front, followed by a strong earthy, herbal hop flavor. A bit of a fruity flavor in the end.

Full mouthfeel with light carbonation.

I had this on tap and loved it, not so good in the bottle.

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

The first time I had this beer was the last time it was released in O8? I didn't like it... too much alcohol content for me to be able to see through it to what was actually happening beyond it. That and I was still young in my general all around beer nerdery and knowledge. Since these have been back on the shelves as of late I figured I give it one more shot. This time, while still having a strong alcohol presence, I was really able to notice the other flavors shinning through. The nose is big with candied sugar, tropical fruits, and sweet malt. The taste was similar with the malt backing nicely. Its very easy drinking and as it warm towards room temp, the flavors really start to develop. Starts taking on a butter scotch characteristic. I think I'll have to get a few more of these for the cellar.

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this is my first "wheat wine" and I'd have to say I like it a lot. It's a lot like a barley wine only different in the ways you'd expect. Lighter in color. A little sweeter. Fruitier in aroma. Give all that, it still packs the same punch as a barley wine with as equally complex a flavor. This is the first of this type of beer I bought but it won't be the last.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-hazy dark amber orange color with a nice two fingers of slighlty off white head that is bubbly on top but thick looking and creamy. The head lingers for a little leaving a light lacing on the glass

S-the nose is pretty big with lots of caramel malt and slightly burnt brown sugar. A fairly strong hop presence comes through in the back with a good bit of pine and a touch of apricot.

T-the taste is quite balanced, bigger malt but a good bit of hops as well. The caramel and brown sugar are strong right up front with some toffee in there as well. Notes of burnt sugar seem to stay with it through the middle. Hops come in next with the pine resign and slightly oily hops appearing. Notes of apricot and grapefruit in the back with a strong hop bitterness to finish this off.

M-medium to full body with a syrupy texture, smooth and soft on the palate. Low carbonation but done well to hold through. Slick on the back of the throat and quite wet throughout.

D-big barleywine with a nice hop profile. Extremely tasty and nicely balanced. Smooth and easy drinking.

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

Got as an extra in a trade with johnnnniee - many thanks! Poured from a 650ml bomber into a snifter. 2009 edition clearly notched on label. Was a reddish amber color with good carb streams from the etching. It had an average sized head that quickly settled into a thin collar. Not much lacing and none sticking but that's not a surprise at this ABV (says 10.7% on here currently but the Smuttynose site says 11.4% for 2009).

The aroma was alcohol, candi sugar and dark fruits. Not getting any hops that the label describes. Only my second wheatwine but the only (Harvest Dance) had a much better aroma with the alcohol more hidden). The taste was better but still had a lot of alcohol taste up-front. Sweet from the sugar and fruits and again not much hops. Mouthfeel was full and creamy with moderate carbonation. Sweet and alcohol after-taste.

Overall, a good beer that I do recommend since it's a unique style. Only my second wheatwine so hard to say which one represents the style best. The other one, to me, had better aroma and taste and I've already got some more in the cellar. This one, while good, had too much alcohol that overpowered the rest of the flavor. It's not available here so hard to get another to age and see what happens to it so this is probably my only shot at it. [N;N]

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

A very nice deep amber, almost ruby, in color with hardy any head at all.

The aroma is all about fusel alcohol: very boozy.

The taste is nicely malty and sweet with a big alcohol flavor and hop bitterness. Very similar to a barleywine, but not as harsh or bitter.

As the Alstrom Bros. write, this wheatwine's body is fluffy and soft. Very cool.

Overall a nice strong beer. I recommend it for American barleywine fans. It's a neat twist on a strong beer.

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Photo of ksimons
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-has a tiny bit of lacing around the top, is a clear orange-amber color with carbonation bubbles visible

S-a bit of hops and lots of alcohol, sticky and sweet

T-dry and sweet, alcohol is present up front with some hops bitterness towards the end. It is very similar to a barleywine, the wheat is not very apparent

M-dry and bitter with a medium body, moderate carbonation, very smooth

D-much easier to drink than a typical barleywine due to the sweetness

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Photo of TK5150
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Bottle I've had in the cellar since it came out.

A- Pours a very nice ruby/copper with a small head.

S- Wow this smells better than I remember back in the day. Smells of oak (surprising), port/sherry, lots of caramel, brown sugar and toast. Smells very sweet and delicious.

T- Malty caramel, oak (surprising again), ripe fruits, apple juice, and alcohol.

M- Fuller medium body.

D- An absolutely delicious wheat wine that is smooth and easy to put down. The alcohol is apparent though.

Surprising oak-like component to this beer(I don't believe there was any oak added to this beer at any point in the process), but adds a nice little complexity. Could last longer in the cellar, but tasting excellent at 1 year 6+ months.

EDIT: This beer has medium toast oak chips added during dry hopping...so I was right about the oak component being there....also, recently had a 2009...while "ok", I did not like it nearly as much as the 2008 reviewed here.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours a lovely clear amber garnet, with a tiny amount of clear sudsy head, which tries to coalesce into a cohesive layer of foam, but to no avail. The nose is wheat, corn, clove, and oak, but it is all quite weak. The taste holds notes of maple syrup, raisins, figs, cornmeal, and grains. The body is thick and lightly heavy, with a slight dab of carbontion. It covers the tongue in a light syrupy manner, but then proceeds to lithely slide right on down. Overall, a very drinkable brew, despite the relatively high ABV.

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Photo of jt31914
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A: Amber/red color; no head and no carbonation really.

S: Smells sweet with barley flavor. The sweetness is melded with a slight hoppiness. It smells more like a typical American Barleywine than a Wheatwine to me, but Barleywines are my favorite style anyways so I don't mind.

T: Tastes sweet and smooth; once again it is more like a barley wine to me. The wheat isn't as strong as I'd like for the style, but it still tastes great.

D/M: Smooth and good.

My favorite Smutty product so far.

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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 BeerNinja007
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a chilled pint glass.

Thick golden strawberry brew. Barely any head, just a thin off-white haze. Massive malt nose, hint of piney hops. Same in the taste. Complex but hard to pick apart. Mouthfeel is thickly sweet but not cloying. Slight alcohol burn in the finish but nicely hidden by carbonation.

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Photo of fairdinkum2
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Took quite a vigorous pour to develop a decent head on this beer. Even so, this beer has minimal lacing and retention. Very nice golden red, hazy color, but not the best first impression.

Things really take an upbeat though when one takes a whiff. Honey and toasted notes. Very appealing.

The taste is almost unctuous. Viscous mouthfeel that develops into burnt citrus peel together with an underlying sweetness. Finishes with a slight bitterness that really speaks to the balance of this effort.

Smuttynose nails it again.

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Photo of burnstar
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pretty reddish gold with a small head. Smells like a barleywine. Big sweet smell with notes of dark fruit. Taste is very sweet again. Caramel. Fruit notes. Just a bit of crispness and tartness from the wheat. Some herbal hops. Spicy warming booziness in the finish. Complex and very tastey. Not as heavy as you might think. Definitely a sipper but more drinkable than a typical barely wine. Very nice overall.

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Photo of alkchrios
4.62/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this a couple times on tap but recently bought two bottles.. one to age for a bit and one to drink and review. This beer I feel is slightly complex. The appearance is almost that of brown ale except this wheat wine gives way to little if no head what so ever. There is minimal lacing in my tulip and its almost a foggy copper color. This wheat wine smells of fruits and caramal upfront. Also, if you give it a couple more sniffs you can smell almost burnt hops but not in a bad way. The smell is really pleasantly potent to the nose. The taste..is rather hoppy and malty but sweet. Slight undertones of roasted pear and cherries.
Mouthfeel.. this beer is rather carbonated but not over done. Finishes a little strong but goes down quite nice. This is a great beer to share with friends and just relax with a couple bottles

Definitely recommend this. This is one of the more complex big beers smuttynose has put out i feel.


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Photo of tzieser
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

vintage 2008 22oz bottle. this review was taken from notes. poured into a Raftman tulip glass.

a: pours a clear maple-syrup like color (deep amber), with a surprisingly decent one-finger head (i say surprising because no hissing noise was presdent when i popped the cap, so i assumed it would be a bit on the stale side). the head stays pretty well too. very nice.

s: this one has a sweet, sweet nose thanks to the huge amounts of barley and wheat. notes of brown sugar and molasses are noticeable and some of that great weizen-like wheat smell. pretty good, but i was expecting a bit of a stronger nose. maybe the age has diminished it a bit.

t: oh man. this one sips like a fine brandy. sweet barley notes...i'm still getting that molasses/brown sugar character. the wheat is there, but it's much more mature tasting than any other wheat beer i've had. great stuff.

m&d: very complex and deliciously drinkable. i love it .

first wheat wine i've had and i definitely look forward to getting another bottle or two of this. it aged great, but i'd like to try a fresh one as well. recommended.

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Photo of everetends
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle that I finally found at the Hop City in ATL. Been trying to get my wheatwine loving, grubby little hands on this beer for a while. Luckily I remembered to look for it amongst all the goodies floating around that store and came up victorious. Served up in a tulip.

A: Very barleywine in appearance. Ha that rich amber, orange glow to this brown body, but its not overly dark. You can see through it and this beer lights up a beautiful amber when held to a light source. not seeing any carbonation activity in this beer, pretty still brew. Took a bit of aggressiveness to get a tiny bit of head out of this beer. All I am left with is a thin but creamy line around the edge of the glass. No real lace to talk about. This just looks like a big ole beer.

S: Sweet goodness. Lots of caramel in this baby. Slightly burnt, absolutely toasted. You can just smell the sugary goodness. A little bit of citrus and herbal hop presence coming out, cutting all this sweetness. Wheat is absolutely in here, bring that nice aroma out. Good and earthy. Just a touch of pear skin rounding this off.

T: Yet again we start off with some serious caramel malt. Sweet, toasted sugar. Getting a really nice wheat presence. Just a wonderful and large does of orange. The orange is mingling nicely with a god amount of booze kickin around in here. Little bit of herbs and spices come out with just a touch of honey. Back end brings out a light note of vanilla (did this see oak at one point or another?). All in all, damned tasty.

M: Full bodied with a light carbonation. Just big and chewy. Good bit of sugary stickiness in here. This beer is big in the ABV department and it doesn't want to hide that at all. Just a big ass warming quality here. Very comforting. Aftertaste is all caramel, orange and booze.

D: You know this is really good. Its a sipper for sure. I am looking at this like a nice liquor. You sip and savor. The alcohol is a bit too big to just sit here and gulp down. This is too taken in moderation and savored which I am doing. Quite good in all departments and I can't complain at all. Fantastic beer and another great offering from the great Smuttynose.

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Photo of soco7tyx7
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A ruby amber with little head. Hazy with sediment

S - Bourbon, some dark fruits with some dark brown sugar

T - Some hoppiness up front with a bourbony alcohol body. Sweet malitness that lingers with some bitterness

M - Medium body, sticky, smooth otherwise

D - A decent brew that is made for sipping on. The alcohol definitely keeps you warm and is felt all the way to the finish. Similar to their barley wine

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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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