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%

Added by Bierman9 on 04-13-2005

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Photo of carln26
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on tap Wednesday at RedBones. It poured a dark amber, very hazy, almost no head. Clearly the high alcohol content kept the production of head to a minimum. I was struck by the lack of a defined aroma. I guess it’s my reflex to associate wheat wines wit barleywine, and the latter always have a complex, layered aroma. This really lacked that, it had notes of pear, bit nothing from the hops and little from the malt.. Taste is over the too alcohol. Lot of apple pear, orange fruit. Slick mouth feel medium drinkability.

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: pours dark amber with some reddish notes in it.
Smell: Maple syrup, caramel, raisins, wheat, spicy bitter hops and alcohol
Taste: The taste follows the nose. Bit more fruity than the nose (apple, figs, plum). Bitter-sweet aftertaste with warming alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and medium body
Overall: Nice beer, would drink it again.

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Photo of nathanjohnson
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of everetends
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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 kzoobrew
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage. Big thanks to ShogoKawada for the bottle.

Heavily hazed body. The color resembles a peach, shades of bright orange, brown and reds layer themselves in the glass. Modest oatmeal colored head does not last long, though a decent amount of lacing is left.

Grain malt aroma is dominate. Time has really smoothed out the aroma. Lighter caramel is set behind. Subtle dried pineapple aroma reminds me of an old ale or English barleywine.

Sweet malt flavor stands out on the tongue. Much the same as the aroma the caramel flavor is light. The wheat lends a grainy, bready quality to the flavor. Candied pineapple flavor transitions into a fig flavor as the beer moves across the palate. The fig flavor increases with warmth. A very slight molasses flavor also begins to show. Slight honey flavor lingers midpalate. Light grassy hops hit the back of the tongue providing an excellent counterpoint to the malt. No booziness can really be noted in the flavor. A slight warming sensation is noted but for a beer of this ABV I would certainly expect more.

Medium bodied. The carbonation is subdued though appropriate. Slight sweetness linger but not for long, the finish is a bit drier than I would expect.

I am once again impressed by Smuttynose. A tremendous beer that has aged rather gracefully. In my opinion this one still has legs, I would wager it is still tasty in another couple years. Very smooth for a higher abv beer. Flavors are pleasant, never overwhelming.

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Photo of horshack7
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an orange copper clor with slight red hues not any head yet still a very nice looking beer.

Aromas: Lots of dried fruits rather pleasant.

Taste: A little tart but more towards to hoppy side medium bodied with hints of dried fruits and cherries.

Mouthfeel: Slightly bubbly.

Notes: A certainly unique style of beer very enjoyable.

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Photo of jaminjohnson
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jrs3994243
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PeteRiz
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of matty
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber colored ale with a thin rapidly fading head.Aroma is alcohol and very faint caramel.Taste is alcohol and molasses.This is not as sweet as the barleywines I've tried yet still had a good amount of sweetness.Overall pretty good but not something you can drink a lot of in one sitting.I would recommend to try it at least once.

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Photo of YeastEnthusiast
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of burnstar
4.3/5  rDev +12%
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 BlindPig
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Thin light tan/off white head on a kind of cloudy orange amber body. Thin lacing with a collar.
S- Aromas are on the lighter side. Breads come out a bit mixed some different types of wheats in it. Some lighter style of hops. Maybe some lighter grass and a hint of piney hops.
T- Strong on alcohol that gives you a bit harsh of a warming. Some different flavors come out of this than what I am used too (only had one other wheat wine). Some citrus hops come out with a orange flavor. Bits of breads but not much. Is strong on a wheat flavor just can't really pin point it more than that.
M- Full body with low carbonation but does leave a little tingle on tounge from the carbonation and maybe mixed with the alcohol too.
D- It is a sipper and a very strong in alcohol beer. I think it is a bit rough. Would love to see how this would be after a few years (if you are even supposed to age these?). I think the marin triple wheat ale is more refined than this one.

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Photo of twowheelssoar
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.77/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber from Cuzco in the Blind Beer BIF #3, thanks Nate for some great beers.

Poured into my MJ tasting glass. Pours a medium copper with a spritzy tan head that doesn't last. Leaves a little lacing on the glass.

Aromas of sweet caramel malt and grapefruit hops. Leans more toward the hops. Actually, the malt character is a little more toffeeish, than caramel.

First sip is like the aroma, sweet malt with a big hop bitterness, citrusy, grapefruit. Malt flavor is toffeeish. Long finish with a focus on the grapefruit hops. No noticeable alcohol bite. Very much like a barleywine, american version. Wheat character doesn't really come through, masked by the hops.

Mouthfeel medium, sweet, a little puckering bitterness. Big chewy malt. Very well carbonated. Expected more of a prickle based on the pour, but no carbonic bite.

Drinkability is very high. Very nice beer. Alcohol makes its presence known about half-way through the first glass. This is a big beer that deserves to be shared.

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Photo of phingdong
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of hoppymeal
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours burnt orange to copper in color, fairly clear, small off white head fades away quickly. Raisiny sweet maltiness in the aroma along with a ripe fruit warm boozy alcohol smell. There is some pruney sweetness in the taste along with some citrusy hops and a noticeable alcohol presence. A crisp alcohol and slightly dry bite in the finish, are preceded by a medium bodied somewhat chewy maltiness. Interesting beer, although I don't get much wheat beer characteristics in it, maybe just a hint of wheatiness behind the malts and also contributing to the body. It definitely seems like an ipa/dipa-barleywine hybrid. This bottle is an 06, I look forward to an aged sample of this one, but an enjoyable warming beer to relax with now as well.

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Photo of HumphreyLee
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of EPICAC
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I noticed another Smuttynose Big Beer release at Downtown Wine & Spirits last week. This one is a Wheat Wine, which is a style I've never had before. I let it warm to around 45º F and served it in my New Belgium glass.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy amber. It's topped by a one-finger, off-white head that quickly thins to a sudsy film that slowly fades to a ring. Lace is low and sporadic.

Smell: Very aromatic. Tart fruitiness, floral hops, and spicy and peppery alcohol in the background.

Taste: Lightly fruity with sweet malts upfront. The malts run throughout and provide a nice backbone. There is substantial hop bitterness in the finish that mingles with spicy alcohol. The aftertaste is a light citric tartness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, low carbonation, with a lightly oily texture.

Drinkability: High alcohol, but it's very warming, which is nice on a cool night like tonight.

Overall: This is my first Wheat Wine, so I'm not sure how it compares to other examples of the style. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Dithyramb
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured after a slight chill into a snifter. Unlike the recent Bell's wheat wines I had, this one had extremely little head nor much in the line of lacing from the ring. Isn't the addition of wheat supposed to help w/ ye olde retention issues? Oak brown slightly chill hazed.
Some ETOH and a bit of hops on the nose, but mostly just some roasted malts

Smooth and creamy, once you get past the big alcohol bite (so that's why the head didn't last and mine is getting red and warm). Loads of candied fruits with some apple and citrus. Caramel and bready tastes too.Finished a bit sweet, but went down mighty easy.

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Photo of NCSUdo
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle

A: Clear amber body uner a small white head. No lace, spotty retention.

S: Smells of caramel, grassy hop, faint wheat, sweet. Pretty good nose.

T: Wheat, caramel, hint of toasted malt, very boozy, sweet, mild bitterness.

M/D: Full bodied with low carbonation, alcohol is warm. A bit syrupy on the tongue. OK drinkability, but a beer like this has to be sipped and I don't know if I'd choose to drink.

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Photo of seplo
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of obywan59
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The ale pours a coppery to orange/amber in color with a 1 finger orr white head that recedes to a film on the surface and a ring around the glass. The carbonation is evident.

A luscious aroma of buttery caramel with amazing tropical fruit, a hint of alcohol and plenty of Belgian yeast.

The taste mimics the aroma except that the buttery caramel is through the roof, and the fruit is more secondary. Very sweet, but tart wheat shines through in the middle, joining with a substantial bitterness that follows through in the finish.

The body is full, with a tingle of carbonation on the tongue. It's moderately syrupy, with the burn of alcohol in the throat.

A superb beer! By it's nature, though, it's probably more suited for mid-winter consumption than mid-summer, but nonetheless, it was an amazing experience. Full flavored and "in your face".

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Photo of Kinsman
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark copper color and surprising clarity. Head is off-white in color, but minimal. Some lacing does remain, but not as much as one would expect.

Smell is reminiscent of a bourbon but sweeter (think bourbon and cola). This brew does not try to hide the alcohol but there is nothing wrong with that for this style. Hop aroma is weak but can be detected.

Taste is citrusy and fruity, and rather tart. Alcohol adds to this sweetness to give it a cough syrup like flavor without being as rough. Again the hops are weak but do add some bitterness and a noticeable herb-like flavor.

Mouthfeel is certainly warming given the alcohol but also fairly smooth. Overall a medium-body feel.

Wheatwine is an interesting style but doesn't seem like it could stand up against the best barleywines. That being said this still a great brew to enjoy when in the mood for something big. It would be interesting to see how this one ages.

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Photo of changeup45
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Smuttynose BIG BEER series. 53% Wheat, 47% Barley. Brownish color, slightly hazy with a sweet hoppy aroma. Moderate head and lacing on the glass. The taste is hoppy with sweet caramel malts and a bit sour. Bitter finish. A pretty good combination of flavors. The flavor is a little lingering. I liked it and I'd drink it again.

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