Smuttynose Summer Weizen | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Summer WeizenSmuttynose Summer Weizen

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.46%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Bierman9 on 06-05-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.67/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle obtained at Shaw's (7.49$/sixer) best by October 2009. Pours a hazy golden yellow body with a half inch of short-lived off-white head. Smells really good - lemon, orange, a bit of pith, a touch of spice maybe? Tastes sweet and fruity, with orange and lemon at the forefront, some pith, and a touch of caramel toward the middle to finish. Aqueous mouth-feel with moderate carbonation. Goes down way too easily, even for the style. An extremely decent American wheat. Another slam-dunk for Smuttynose! And for the availability and price down here, I can see myself drinking an awful lot of this beer this summer!

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Photo of Naes
4.54/5  rDev +32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not my normal style of beer, but because it is a Smutty, I had to try it.

This one is golden yellow and slightly cloudy with a fast fading white head. Even pored this one aggressively, and still the runaway head. (Later I noticed that it does cling to the side of my glass)

The smell is strong. Fruit and spice overpower the aroma in a very inviting way.

This beer has a bold flavor (spice) that I can not put my finger on. It leads me to take another sip, just to try and figure out where I know that flavor from. A wonderful mix of mystery spice and hops.

This beer is very drinkable, smooth and easy going, yet has enough flavor to satisfy those who need a bit of bite. I could definitely have another.

Another job well done by the people at Smutty.

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Photo of 214beernuts
4.52/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Summer Weizen 2010. I do not get very technical with my beer reviews so I apologize for the short and sweet review. I love wheat beers but I am not a fan of the banana aromas/flavors. I really like the decision to use the belgian yeast. I think this beer is very clean tasting, has a great mouthfeel and is extremely drinkable for the summertime. Smuttynose uses chamomile flower in this beer and I have to say as the beer warms up a bit it is very noticeable which is awesome! It has def earned a permanent spot in my fridge this summer!!


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Photo of mmmbeer
4.42/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, best by September '06. It pours a cloudy pale gold that borders on yellow and it has medium carbonation that goes up to a 1 finger white head that leaves nice lacing. It smells pleasantly spicy, with yeast, banana, a wheat tang, and some perfumy/citric hops. The flavor consists of this and a nice dose of medicinal phenols, orange peel, light lemon and coriander, light piney hops and a medium bitterness from both the hops and the phenols. The body is medium, it leaves a medium finish, and it's overall a tasty summer ale that is packed with flavor and tastes almost Belgian. Would definitely come back to this one.

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Photo of gpcollen1
4.4/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Almost a year to the day of my previous review oddly enough. This one still stays in the underrated category as per my first review. Aroma is slightly tart with hops coming through. Taste is again slightly tart and citric with some bread-like aspects. Hops jump in and dominate the finish although still a bit of a twang. Just a simple, thirst quenching, hoppy and delicious summer drinking beer. I am kicking up drinkability and taste on this one.

Pours a golden yellow into my Imp Pint yielding a playful half-inch head that maintains its fluffiness for a while.Lots of carbonation billowing from the etched bottom. A hint of cloudiness remains as proof of the yeast swirl.

Aroma is slightly citric and spicy with a bit of hoppy overtone. Tast follows right up the nose with some citrus and spice on top of a medium bodied bready malt flavor. Hops rides in throughout but really lingers on the finish encouraging another sip.

This is quite nice. I like some of the slightly hoppy versions of American Wheat Ale. Just a solid sessionable summertime - or all year round - brew. [4 4 4 4 4.5]

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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.

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

Aroma is of lemon with wheat. Pretty simple and basic...smells like a summer beer to me.

Hazy and golden, as per expectations.

Taste is predominately citrusy, most notably of lemon, all over the body of the beer. This is followed by a large dosing of wheat and graininess together leading the beer out to the finish where there's a small but persistant lingering medicinal bitterness that finishes the beer.

I really, really enjoyed this beer. Great summer refresher here. The lemon and the wheat/grain work so well together.

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Photo of MattBrooks
4.23/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Packaged in the new Summer Weizen Ale bottle with yet another "vintage" photograph on the label that looks like it was taken at a pool party over at my grandparents house 20 years ago. The name says it all "Summer Weizen Ale", because it starts off with fruit notes such as macintosh apple and orange peel but has a rich frothy head with classic wheat notes throughout. It also has a strong, clean, pronounced finish. At 5%, it goes down smooth and easy and is a great addition to the Smutty line.

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Photo of mzrebiec
4.21/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this beer at the Millvale Brewfest. It was on draft and poured a beautiful gold with a very slight haze. The head was present and diminished quickly. The nose was not very apparent but did offer some slight citrus notes. Then came the refreshing flavors of the beer. Not overwhelming by any stretch of the imagination, it offered very clean and crisp flavors that were light in a good way. It was so refreshing in the heat of the day. A note to most people who do not like wheat beers or say they do not. Try this beer. It will change your mind on wheats, as it does not have that huge mouthfeel that some wheats can carry. It is moderate in that department which makes it a great beer for everyone in the summer heat.


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Photo of Gavage
4.19/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a pale and hazy yellow color with a 2" head that lingers. Spotty lacing develops during the session.

Smell: very pleasant wheat, spices, and yeast.

Taste: this leans more heavily towards the wheat tones over the banana, clove, and pepper making it more bread like. Nice complimenting bitterness rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: very crisp at the start and finish, and the aftertaste is pretty clean as the wheat tones gently linger on the tongue very briefly. Light-medium in body.

Drinkabilty: I found this to be an easy quaffing beer on a warm summer day. Refreshing and leaves you wanting another when the glass is empty.

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Photo of villainchiwwin
4.18/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served in pint glass at glb
glowing golden yellow color with a creamy head. decent retention; better than decent lacing. yeast, esters (spec. fruit) in the nose. tastes esthery, very light on hops, slight citrus. yeast is pleasantly noticable as are banana and a tiny touch of spice. clean, sweet finish wrapped around a subtle hops snap and slight tanginess. excellent balance. smooth, light-bodied, and crisp on the swallow.
great hot-day weizen. i need to find this in bottles.

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Photo of kenito799
4.15/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

Hazy dark yellow brew with nice foamy head and copious rings of lace down the glass.

Lemony aroma with more grapefuity hoppiness than usual for a wheat. The flavo brings on the hoppy bitterness to complement a lemony wheaty tartness. I think this works quite well, unlike any european style wheat, befits an American experiment. Refreshing and summery but keeps hop lovers happy. Another nice offering from this brewery.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a Smuttynose pint glass.

Pours clear, bright yellow with a finger and a half of sticky foam that dissipates slowly and coats the glass. Aroma is fairly neutral, some pale malt sweetness, minimal hops, and a tinge of lemon/grapefruit.

This beer tastes clean and refreshing with little to no aftertaste. The chamomile does come through with a subtle floral flavor that compliments the beer nicely. Hops aren't really present, but this beer gets along nicely without.

Overall, supremely refreshing and drinkable. Just enough body and sweetness to give this one some depth. I like.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.12/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very cloudy banana yellow golden color with a frothy one finger white head. Dissipates slowly and leaves a film of head on top.
S: Aromas of sweet fruit with grassy and wildflower hops. Nice bubblegum background. Very good smelling.
T/M: Big sweet bubblegum flavors up front with a good spritzy carbonation blast that follows. Flavors that also came through include pear, lemon, and a good spicyness. Grassy hop flavor with a wheaty malty presence in there. A bit gritty on the palate, mostly on the roof of the mouth. Nice above average bitter finish thats slightly dry. Refreshing, thirst quenching and extra tasty.
D: Anything from Smuttynose is drinkable. I was just talking about that tonight. Good one to grab in the summer if you can. Recommended.

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Photo of Chugmonkey
4.12/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Holy zingy tartness. This has a unique flavor for sure. Kind of hazy yellow, average head, some lacing. Fruity, zesty, apple like tartness. I love the apply fruity spiciness vs. your typical Wit spices. Little earthy, but this thing really sets itself apart. I like it & will be picking up some more this summer for sure. Keep on keepin on Smutty, you guys rock!

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Photo of Schmidts
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour's Hazy yellow with a bright white creamy head and lots of laceig, Head stays through the whole time.
Smells of Lemon pie and sour apples and citrus.

Sour crisp and frankly delious. It balences with hops and lemon and grainy pie crust for a refreshing summer ale.

Leaves a dry clean taste in its finish. It is highly refreshing in its finish. Overall I give this one a 4.00. One of the most refreshing and flavorful summer Ales I have ever had. Thanks to Jason at Epps Beverage in Limerick for the sample. I may just have to get a case of this. I find Smuttynose Beers to almost always be an excelent quality product.

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Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Looks like an American Pale Wheat, with a hazy pale golden color and a fluffy head with lots of nice lace character

Smell: The comparison to an American Wheat ends right here as this one smells more like a Saison, with lots of funk, with a very lemoney character; the chamomile clearly comes through, as well

Taste: The lemon and chamomile flavors appear almost from the outset, as the beer barely has a chance to display its bread crust character; nice white pepper hop bitterness, too, by mid-palate; after the swallow, a bit more of the bread crust wheat comes through but the lemon, chamomile and grassy flavors dominate

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: One of those beers that defies characterization, I wonder why they call it a Summer Weizen as that is misleading, at best; whatever you want to call it or style box you want to place it in, this is a very interesting summer beer

Thanks, ohmesohoppy, for the opportunity

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.07/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a nice crisp golden colour with a decent sized frothy head that leaves a mild amount of residue on the glass.

The aroma is a pleasant mix of lemon, yeast, wheat and a hint of candy.

The flavour hints on all of these aspects and expands upon them a bit. It starts wheaty then hits you with a bit of lemon which mixes in with some spice and wheat flavour. The finish is perplexingly warm, but fitting. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing.

This is a nice easy drinking brwe for the summer. It's one of the better seasonal offerings. I'll definitely come back to this one in the future.

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Photo of DrewKid4
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle to a 12 oz A&W Root Beer Mug.

Appearance: Pours an Old Gold color (GO JACKETS!) with a great finger width white head that does not go away quickly. Seems to be a high amount of carbonation in the bottle I chose.

Smell: Not an overwhelming weizen smell. Reminds me of mass produced weizens from the Munich breweries but not as harsh. A good citrusy refreshing smell.

Taste: Probably the smoothest Weizen Ale I've had to date! Great instance when it hits your tongue but no citrus harsh aftermath.

Mouthfeel: The smell and initial taste lead you to believe you will have a great orange taste in your mouth for at least a few minutes. It actually does a 180 and disappears quickly, leaving you wanting more.

Drinkability: Great for a day like today, which is 90 degrees and my sister's graduation party where wheats will probably conquer, but nothing too special to tell your friends is a must have. A great suggestion for friends who are still not convinced that beer is a great thing.

Overall, one of the best weizen ales I've ever had and is great for hot outdoor parties!

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

single bottle from The Caboose in Ashland, VA...notched as best by October 2007

a: Pours a 1" fluffy white head that slowly falls, leaving a nice complete layer on the surface. Heavy lacing is left behind on the glass. The beer is a slightly hazy straw golden in color.

s: Pretty comparable to the flavor (which I always rate first). Clean wheat malts and notes of lemon dominate the nose. Maybe some peppery clove. Hops barely noticeable. Pretty simple, as I'd expect from the style.

m: The carbonation is between medium and high, and the body light.

t: Clean wheat malts make up the majority of the flavor, with some lemon and subtle hops to keep things interesting. Perfect bitterness level with a clean finish. Nothing deep, but definitely a nice one for the summer.

d: certainly easy

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a traditional Weisse glass, a golden straw color with a nice white head, kept alive for a good long time by large cascading bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Bready wheat aroma with an herbal hop punch and a smattering of malty spice. Crisp and quite refreshing, with hints of sweet citrus to balance the grassy dry malt and mild bitterness. Just a slight tingle is left on the tip of the tongue from the carbonation. American wheats usually are openly lacking in some way, but this is quite a nice, flavorful example. Certainly worth a try.

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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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer has a crystal clear body with a slight hue of orange and a bubbly white soft head supported by a strong carbonation.
S- The soft flinty note is pleasant but otherwise pretty clean. T- The soft wheaty notes have a soft raw grain note underneath that grows a bit as it warms. There is a soft flint note followed by a hint of pine hop finish with a pungent green bite.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a cleaning fizz and a dry finish.
D- This beer is a nice crisp light beer with a good depth of character to it.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've recently been dissapointed in some "summer" brews I've had, and was very surprised to find that I had never reviewed this beer before now.

This puppy pours out a white gold color with a bit of haziness in the middle and very good carboantion. The crown rises at least 1" at first and then settles to only a scatterd white foam covering but solid around the edge.

The nose is very appealing, dank, hearty wheat and oats, very herbal with All spice upfront and a earthy tanginess in the back-drop. This is a very rich and potent scent, that reminds me of some country farm's wheat, wet hay field in the summer.

Now...this one is actually refreshing! Very crisp and clean feel (A trademark of Smuttynose IMO) with that wheat and earthy flavor that is just right for summer. It's mostly herbal and earthy with wheat, spice's and a crispy pale malt that mellow and allows for the earthy yeast and hops to really pop. There are very subtle citrus notes as well, I find way too many "summer" brews trying to achieve a VERY lemmon and citrus edge to the flavor profile, this is refreshing enough with only slight suggestions of lemmon zestiness. Please, Hold the lemmon slice!!

This is a quality summer brew.

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Photo of Franchise
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer from the smuttynose family is delicious, it pours a clear rich gold color. The head is a thin white lace that sticks to the side of the glass. The smell is of lemon and grass. The taste is smooth most prominate flavors on you palate are honey, lemon rinds, and bitter. This beer is something you would crack open on a hot day. It would pair well with a nice grilled shrimp or chicken salad.

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