Smuttynose Summer Weizen
Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose Summer WeizenSmuttynose Summer Weizen
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
American Pale Wheat Ale
3.44 | pDev: 12.79%
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Smuttynose Summer WeizenSmuttynose Summer Weizen
Notes: Light, tasty & full of character, our summer wheat ale is brewed with a combination of domestic and continental wheat and barley malts, lightly hopped & fermented with a Belgian wit yeast, resulting in a delightfully tangy & refreshing flavor.

15 IBU
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 315 | Ratings: 688
Photo of seedyone
3.75/5  rDev +9%

08/12/12 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. This is a perfectly respectable beer. Perfect body. Polite aftertaste. A true summer quaffer. I'll be researching the possibilities of establishing a keg in my livingroom now tha the air conditioner has crapped out. Smutty Summer may have saved my life...but I'll have get back to you on that, assuming I survive.

 352 characters

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 9/5/2014. Pours hazy/cloudy bright gold color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, chamomile, wheat, cracker, bread, clove, pepper, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spice, and pale/bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, chamomile, wheat, cracker, bread, clove, pepper, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy tartness/spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, chamomile, clove, pepper, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spice, and pale/bready malt sweetness; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a nice pale wheat ale. Good robustness, complexity, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spice, and pale/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

 1,408 characters

Photo of ClavisAurea
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

12oz bottle at fridge temps into a weizen glass.

Appearance: pale yellow with a firm head of medium bubbles. Good head retention after 25 minutes in the glass (I had to step away for a few moments).

Nose: Bright and floral hop aroma, almost a bready smell but too faint to tell, some kind of cleaner (PBW maybe but it could be a piney smell from the hops), clean smelling with no (too) off aromas.

Taste: Refreshingly light, slight hops bitterness up front that gives way to the wheat maltyness of this weizen. Crisp; a very nice summer wheat ale.

This is a cross between a sorta hoppy American Pale Ale (APA) and a German Weizen so I don't think it is firmly in either category. This ambivalence makes it an excellent summer pounder though. Good beach beer.

 762 characters

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.2/5  rDev -7%

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful golden color with amazing clarity. I'd bitch about the latter if it were trying to be a proper hefeweizen or witbier, but since it's a regular wheat ale, I don't really care. The head is about a finger high, white in shade. Retention is fine, and the texture is somewhat creamy. A consistent ring of lacing is left on the glass.

Smell: Rather mild. The dominant notes are wheat and a few herbal hops. Additional touches of spicy yeast and flowery tones also come through. A simple nose, but it works well enough for what it is.

Taste: The flavor profile is simple but effective, just like the nose. It starts with notes of wheat and flowers (chamomile), with a gentle kiss of spicy yeast to break up the monotony. It finishes gently tart and dry. Nothing complex here, just a solid hot-weather refresher.

Mouthfeel: Really light and crisp (not quite clean, especially with the dregs in), ergo very easy to drink. Carbonation is intense, cleansing the palate even further.

Overall: Totally respectable for what it is - simplistic refreshment. While I'd rather grab a proper hefeweizen or witbier, I can't deny this hits the spot beautifully right now. It's not an amazing beer, but it's certainly worth guzzl...I mean drinking again.

3.2/5: Respectable (but not great) hot weather refresher

 1,358 characters

Photo of Flounder57
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%

12 oz bottle was poured into a nonic.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a golden straw yellow with great clarity of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Bready and sweet wheat, chamomile, and some grassy notes.

Taste: Same as above with mild bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, refreshing, a little chewy, medium carbonation, and slight bitterness.

Overall: Nice and enjoyable summer beer.

 528 characters

Photo of illpass78
4.3/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow with a two-inch white head that has some pretty great retention. A pretty good sized head stayed on this beer for the entirety of my meal. Lacing moderate to high.

Aroma: This beer has some typical wheat, citrus, and spice aromas, but also kind of smells like flowers. It's not "floral" so much as "like some nice flowers." Appealing to me at least.

Taste: Great summer wheat flavors. It's heavy on citrus, orange and wheat, and there's that nice chamomile accent. There's also some lemon, malt and spice.

Mouthfeel: Summer-level depth, as you'd expect.

Overall: Among my favorite summer beers I've tried this year. It's relatively simple, but it's really tasty and refreshing and reasonably complex for a picnic-worthy beer. Smuttynose is really good at what they do, and this is more proof.

 871 characters

Photo of Act25
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I taste every thing from SmuttyNose as a notch above most east coast brewers.

A: For starters in a tulip glass, pours a golden apricot haze as it should topped by a persistent bright white, tight head that lasts and laces. Perfect.

S: The most interesting and aromatic of "summer" ales, Floral, Belgian cross over to German Wheat. Smells of ancient summer fields.

T: Juicy, citrusy, and well malted, this creamy ale is bready, zesty, yeasty - made me reach for the pretzel bread with dinner. Great with food. Finishes slighty acidic and peppery with notes of herbs, chamomile and mint. Very complex while remaining refreshing and subtle.
MF: Perfect.
Medium-light on the palate, it's well carbonated, refreshing and clean.

O: Effortless, yet interesting and complex. A rare gem. Must try. My favorite summer ale.

 819 characters

Photo of 57md
3.49/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper with less than a finger of head that dissipated down to a thin film on top of the liquid. The nose was very mild. The flavor has wheat and something sweet that was hard to place but moderately pleasant. There is also a mild essence of funk to this beer – definitely nothing too disturbing.

 312 characters

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 11/14/14.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, wheat, and some skunk aromas. Taste is much the same with wheat, earth, and floral flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an average smell and very grain forward flavors.

 553 characters

Photo of flagmantho
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on-tap in a big Benediktiner weizen glass at Nostrand Avenue Pub in Brooklyn.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a moderate haze and a strong effervescence. Head is a thick finger if creamy tan foam - surprisingly dark for the style.

Smell: very light aroma with a little wheatiness. Not very exciting. 3

Taste: malty but surprisingly astringent. Could be some spicing in here ... Grains of paradise maybe? Quite bitter as well. This beer lacks the balance of a good wheaten ale.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and concomitant creaminess. Great!

Overall: it's OK. Perhaps the brewer was just going for something a little different that doesn't super appeal to me.

 700 characters

Photo of Immortale25
3.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. Bottleneck says Best By 09/17/14.

A- Pours a mostly clean light amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing trickles slowly down the glass.

S- Weak wheat aroma with a bit of spice.

T- Also weak in the flavor. Wheat malt, trace amounts of spice, slightly sweet.

M- The only thing keeping this beer afloat. Tangy, slick and lively. Medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Not an impressive wheat beer. Sure, you can probably knock back multiple on a hot day, which is what it's intended for, but I can find many other examples of the style for the same price that are much better.

 746 characters

Photo of argock
2.76/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Best by 08/28/13 on bottle neck. Single purchased at World Market (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.40.

A: Slightly hazy lemon gold with 1-finger of foamy white head with decent retention and a light line of lacing.

S: Very mild herbal aroma and cereal grain. Despite swirling, I am not getting much else. Not objectionable but not much there to work with either.

T: A bit of cereal grain with a sharp mineral middle and finish. The hopping is not much at all, and there is very little to no wheaty tang. There is a slight earthy herbal note in the middle. Aspirin aftertaste.

M: Light body but astringent all the way with mineral notes that are not enjoyable.

O: Dare I say Smuttynose's worst beer by a long shot.

 789 characters

Photo of Amalak
2.52/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A. It has a straw gold color, basically opaque, with tons of little bubbles going up throughout, and even some sediment, it would appear. It has an OK white head that leaves a bit of lacing.

S. There's a metallic flavor mixed with a cherry undertone.

T/M. It is kind of a generic ale, malty, with a mild hint of wheat. There's a very mild dark fruit taste. Perhaps a grape...not really sure. Carbonated and light bodied.

O. It is just very plain and unimpressive. Definitely not a good Weizen.

 496 characters

Photo of secondtooth
3.49/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crisp light golden with white head. Lace is minimal.

Aroma is overwhelmingly lagery grain, malts. Good for the style.

Flavor is rich, with a good amount of malty subtlety. I get the light grains again, and the chamomile addition adds a slightly herbal feel. Again, this is a light and subtle wheat ale that I found quite enjoyable, and perfect for a simmering summer afternoon in Indiana.

 398 characters

Photo of larryarms847
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright and hazy light golden yellow with a fluffy head of foam.

Clove, banana, yeasty spice, lemongrass.

Mild yeasty spiciness, banana, clove, floral hop bitterness.

Light-bodied, high carbonation.

Overall, a decent representation of the style but rather uneventful.

 278 characters

Photo of tdm168
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - bright yellow with a short, soft, white head that leaves a thin lacing

S - lemon, husk, wheat, grass

T - husk, lemon, faint bitterness, a hint of the chamomile flowers in the finish

M - light bodied, well carbonated

This is a nice, light, refreshing wheat beer. This isn't big on flavor but it is big on drinkability. The hop bitterness was a tad intense for the overall flavor, but it doesn't throw the beer out of balance. Overall, a nice beer if you're looking for something light and refreshing to drink during these hot summer days.

 545 characters

Photo of johnnnniee
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Bert's
Pours a hazy medium straw color with a good sized bubbly white head that persists for a while. Smells of yeast and wheat and citrus and a hint of bread and cereal with a light floral scent. The flavor is a little sweet up front with some bready malts followed up by some lemony citrus and light yeasty phenols. A hint of earthy hop or maybe it chamomile to finish this off. Light to medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. OK to drink on this 90 degree and humid day, but not something I think I would ever want again. The flavors don't work for my palette.

 614 characters

Photo of DeFaz
3.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

First of all, as someone who enjoys tea and who studies herbs for their medicinal qualities, I was surprised to find a beer with a "chamomile" addition. I like chamomile, and I drink it as tea to fall asleep
However, one thing that most people don't understand about chamomile is that people are discouraged from consuming chamomile products if they are allergic to ragreed--and most people with summer allergy symptoms are, which makes this one "summer weizen ale" kind of ironic. However, there is no warning on the bottle. DO NOT DRINK THIS IF YOU ARE ALLERGIC TO RAGWEED.

Anyway, this beer has a smell and taste that is dominated by this herb. The mouthfeel is great--not as thin as many summer beers. But the taste is just too simple with its wheat and dry chamomile, and some other flavors to coexist with the chamomile would have been nice. This one is just too simple and finishes too dry for a summer beer.

This brewery took a chance with a very unusual brew, and usually when breweries do that they either hit or miss. However, this one is just average, and with so many summer beers available, next time I'll pass.

 1,128 characters

Photo of utopiajane
3.36/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy lemon yellow with a finger’s worth of foam that fell fast but left good lace. Nose is Belgian. Sweet bread, lemon with a hint of sour, spice and wheat. It’s a calm nose with good yeast. Taste is very complex. Bread, cracker and full, but smooth and mild. Ample carbonation but thin body. Drinks a little heavy but clean and crisp. The chamomile is just lightly on top, combining with the faintly floral hops and meets the malt right where it would get sweet but doesn’t. The lemon and the wheat come together so closely that you are tempted to think that you can’t taste the lemon but your mouth does water. Finishes dry with a touch of bitter and the malt lingers too in the finish. I liked it.

 714 characters

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Built for the heat of summer, Smuttynose comes to the rescue with a light and zesty ale that starts with German wheat beer roots but bridges Belgian wheat and floral blends as well.

The beer pours a cloudy straw color that's just shy of gold. Its translucent character has a weighted appearance as light diffuses through its haze. Capped with a sturdy column of foam, its staying power lessens, leaving behind intermitten islands of foam on the glass.

Juicy, citrusy, and fully malted to start, the ale is creamy and sweet with light bread, yeast, and dough. Softened with a powdered sugar-type sweetness, the ale turns at middle palate to prefer a citrusy acidic tone with a peppery undercurrent of clove and pepper. A waft of floral aromas are rose-like and turn to an herbal vanilla taste and minty-warm final impressions.

Medium-light on the palate, the beer's embedded carbonation causes the ale to seem fuller than actual, but trailing with a tacky sweetness in the middle that doesn't tansition well. But a finish of slick velvet and a cool alcohol feel closes the beer semi-dry and mostly clean.

Delightful all the way around, the Summer Weizen is an easy throw back type of beer because of its refreshing taste, clean texture, and effortless drinkability.

 1,269 characters

Photo of patpbr
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - golden haze color with a small head
S - not getting much more then a light wheat aroma
T - wheat up front with a bit of hops coming though. Not a lot going on
M - light mouth and easy to drink
O - underwelming, expected a little more from smuttynose

 255 characters

Photo of mattsdenney
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A leftover summer seasonal purchased during December. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a NB globe glass.

This beer is light orange in color with a hazy, non-transparent complexion. A finger thick head quickly accumulates and recedes slowly leaving behind a thin lacing around the sides of my glass. This thing looks the way a good wheat beer should look. The smell is interesting and leads with spicy cloves, mild banana, and husky wheats and grains. The beer's flavor follows suit. It's light, fruity, and well-balanced all the while with a solid underlying wheat-iness. Hints of banana, some light grassy hops, and yeasty malts throughout. It's light-bodied and refreshing, a perfect summer consistency. Overall a nice wheat beer that gives a nice balance between an American wheat ale and a hefeweizen.

 804 characters

Photo of scootny
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge head tons of lace. Two finger cap after seven minutes. Hazy golden brew with gentle microfine carbonation. Lemony aroma with wheat malt and light sweet breadiness. Bright citrusy hops. Taste is lemony wheat and crystal malt with a dry graininess like a good pilsner. Very clean. Hops give a zesty dry finish with a touch of pepper and hop oil lingering faintly. Feel is on the lighter side with a crisp carbonation and quenching character. A very nice summer session ale and a good alternative to a well done pilsner.

 522 characters

Photo of chefhatt
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this into a perfect pint glass, it has a golden color body with a nice foamy head that hangs out for a while till calming down. The smell is wheat and a hint of lemon. The taste is of wheat and some lemon, but not much else going on there. The mouth feel is good and overall this is a nice summer beer, good for a couple after mowing the grass or yard work.

 364 characters

Photo of Cavanaghty
2.8/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy amber color with a thin white head.

Smell: Citrus, wheat, no much else.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth, light to medium bodied. Taste of citrus, mostly lemon. Kinda tasted like it was bad beer, but the beer was well within date.

Overall: Definatly not my first choice for a beer, its really not anything special. If you are offered try it, but don't go out of your way to buy it.

 435 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Smuttynose Summer Weizen from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 688 ratings