Smuttynose Summer Weizen | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Summer WeizenSmuttynose Summer Weizen

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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 mrasskicktastic
1.57/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A - Hazy straw to golden color. Large bubbly head. Thick lacing. Medium visable carbonation.

S - Sort of skunky/musty crap-lager-esque aroma. Not good at all.

T - A little foul. A sort of sulphery malt that stays on an offends throughout the flavor. The aftertaste is a foul bitterness and sulphur.

M - Thin. Not too harsh, but I wouldn't call it smooth. Not even refreshing! A summer beer no less.

D - Ugh. I tried to get my friends to drink this one, but it was too unpleasant for them too. Smuttynose really disappointed with this one. They are one of my favorite breweries too!!! I will have to try this again (against my better judgement), just to make sure this was an okay keg. I doubt I will try this again after that though. Yuck!

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Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
2.05/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance is a light hazy golden color with a pale white head and some light lacing on the glass. Upon opening the bottle, the floral scents were pleasant, but as I drank it, the smell seemed to become more medicinal and unpleasant, almost vomit-like. The taste was different from other wheat beers - a vague floral/herbal flavor comes through, maybe a slight lemon taste, with some piney bitterness in the finish. The smell became so offensive that I couldn't finish it. This one ended in a drain pour. Bell's Oberon Ale is a much better beer of this style.

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Photo of funkengruven
2.12/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Seriously, what is this?!?!

It poured nicely leaving some decent head and some lacing, but it smells terrible, nasty musty aroma that carries into the flavor, none of the smoothness of a good wheat beer just musty funk. Some bitterness at the end but it is not a good bitterness. Aftertaste has some grains in there but it's dominated by an overpowering musty aroma. Not very good, not very drinkable.

This is my third from this brewer and I have yet to be impressed. Their pumpkin ale tastes like turpentine, the Hanami ale tastes like battery acid, and this tastes like a musty old sock. I'm willing to give this brewer a chance if someone could direct me to something decent these guys make.

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Photo of claspada
2.2/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden yellow with a soapy white head. The aroma is typical of weizens; clove, banana and some odd spicing I can't put my finger on. Some hop aromas in the finish. The taste is not impressive in the slightest. Taste is dominated by the yeast character, needs more malty body or hop aroma or something. Floral/herbal presence is unbalanced and offputting for my liking. I have definitely smelled/tasted much "better" weizen yeast combinations. The faint malt and wheat are not enough to overcome the other numerous misses with this beer. No thanks in the future for me.

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Photo of TongoRad
2.36/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a mostly clear golden yellow with a rocky long-lasting head.

Aroma is, well, odd. There is some fruit (banana, mango), spicy phenols suggesting coriander and lemon peel, and some maltiness. On the negative side are medicinal phenols and an overall abrasiveness. It seems like it wants to be either a wit or a weizen but can't commit to either.

Unfortunately that abrasiveness also dominates the palate. Some fruit is there as well as the more pleasant phenols. But there is also a tannic astringency and an over-abundance of bitterness. It is really difficult to get past these negative qualities and into the heart of the beer, but something really went wrong here. Whether that something was in the concept or the execution is hard to say, but something is out of whack, at least in the two bottles I sampled. The fact that the label is incorrect and the freshness date of May is suspect doesn't help. I'd pass on another.

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Photo of Chico1985
2.44/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up on a whim for a mix-a-six at Julio's.

Pours hazy light brownish orange. White head turns to a thick ring and leaves a bit of lacing. Tiny amount of flecks sit at the bottom.

Mostly a lemony, bready macro scent. Not appealing.

Taste luckily beats out the first. Either way it's pretty much like a million other pale wheat ales, no weizen-ness here. Nice yeasty aftertaste but otherwise quite bland. Light lemon, citrus and wheat. I'm not sure what taste chamomile would present (floral/tea?) but I don't think I'm getting it. As it warms up I get tastes of garbage, blech.

Mouthfeel is decent, carbonation is good but a little thin.

This truthfully wasn't bad until it warmed up, hurry and drink it cold and you'll get a mediocre wheat ale.

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Photo of cavedave
2.44/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Cloudy straw color with a thin off white bit of foam that quickly disappears to a few spotty islands. Not a beauty contest winner for sure.

Light aroma of tart yeast, and a bit of spice. No hint of chamomille, or any of the other estery aromas promised on label.

Taste starts with a bit of sweet, some tart yeast, a bit of saison peppery note to it, and some herbal in the swallow. Not really very tasty.

Mouthfeel is sort of thick and very low carb., with a finish that is...less than optimal.

I heartily do not recommend this beer.

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Photo of Gmann
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours an almost clear straw color with a nice soapy white head. This looks more like a pils than a wheat beer. The aroma is grainy, with a lemony detergent like smell, some tart apple skins. Not very good. The taste is of pale malt, kind of grainy, has a lemony and granny smith apple tartness, and a noticable grassy hop profile in the end. The feel is moderate with nice carbonation but finishes quite astringent and tart. This is a very disappointing wheat brew. I won't get into the fact that they call this brew a Weizen. Its very grainy for a wheat brew, not very smooth, and really just a mess. I don't recommend.

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Photo of scottakelly
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a pillowy white head. This beer is rather clear for a wheat beer. Aroma is of chamomile and wheat. The flavor is dominated by chamomile. There is a lack of balancing wheat and yeast flavors in this beer. Not a good american wheat ale. I couldn't finish the bottle.

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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.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
2.53/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Definitely just a usa wheat beer, and not any kind of weizen like the name suggests. Since american wheat beers are very average, generally sub-par offerings as it is, I suppose this beer lives up (down?) to that reputation. The smell is off... kind of mildly offensive like a macro lager, but with a touch of citrus on top. The taste is just kind of disagreeable and not very smooth. Nothing shocking or horrible, just not really good. The Budweiser Summer-spiced-heat-wheat-whatever I had recently was better than this. I split this bottle with my girlfriend, and I'm glad I only had 6oz of it.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
2.53/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served from the bottle into a weizen glass.

A- Clear golden yellow color with one finger of soapy white head the leaves some minimal lacing.

S- Malted barley, wheat, lemon and chamomile

T- Watery chamomile tea flavor, malted barley, wheat, lemon, grassy notes, and a skunky aftertaste

M- Medium body, but pretty watery flavor and finish

O- First Smuttynose beer and a very disappointing one. Very watery and not a fan of the chamomile overload and skunky aftertaste.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
2.54/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a six pack of this beer thinking it would be something different, and I tried to like it for what it is but when it came down to reviewing, I had to be tough on this one.

Appearance resembles nothing of a wheat beer. There is almost no haze, it was actually pretty clear. The head was good but not great, the only redeeming part of the appearance was the rapid stream of bubbles that came up for the duration of the glass.

Aroma had some slight floral hoppiness to it. There wasn't any real yeast presence in it, and I had a hard time figuring out what they were going for.

Taste is very bitter, dry, with a bit of toastiness to it. No real hop flavor, but very big bitterness. It seems like they wanted to go for an American style wheat beer and just over-hopped it. This beer doesn't have any yeast or wheat character, and it doesn't remind me of summer at all. I wouldn't consider this refreshing.

Mouthfeel is light and dry with an appropriatley high carbonation. Nothing special there. Drinkability was okay but not great because of the bitterness/dryness combination. I had a few while playing cards and it did alright for that.

I didn't expect a bad beer from one of my favorite breweries, so this was a big let down. I can't find any thoughtful purpose behind this beer. If you are considering buying this as a summer refresher, get something else.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.58/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a three finger white head that fades quickly and leaves some lace. Almost clear pale amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light bodied. Slight hoppy nose. Flavor is sweet, citrusy but finish and aftertaste is bitter hops. $1.67 for a 12oz bottle from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
2.58/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a weizen glass.

A: Poured a golden, slightly unfiltered yellow with bright wheaty tones and a thick, pillowy top of foam which reduced to a very thin coating.

S: Smells a tad zesty and funky, with clear lemongrass aromas and added to the wheat smell.

T: The taste is a tad harsh, I think. Very puckering citrus flavor turned slightly metallic by the wheat flavor. It could be the carbonation, which was unnecessarily high for this wheat brew, I thought. It was light and flavorful, but a little tough to drink.

M: Mouthfeel is crisp, sharp and overly carbonated.

D: The sweet, crisp lemon taste and wheat flavors would be fine if they weren't together in this brew. Something Smuttynose did with the balance here wasn't quite right to me. It would be sessionable on a hot day if it weren't so carbonated and unbalanced.

I personally didn't care much for this one, which was a downer because I picked up a 6 on the premise of just wanting a different summer beer. I can't recommend it, but maybe you'll find it more palatable than I did.

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Photo of yelterdow
2.58/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served at fridge temperature in a pint glass. Label this year shows a lighthearted, whimsical colorized photo of a woman in a pool.

Appearance- Pours a slightly hazy bright gold, the head drops quickly to a thin mat. Looks lemony, if that makes any sense.

Smell- Some wheat notes are obvious, along with a hint of lemon rind. Some metallic qualities which detract from the nose also.

Taste- There is a spicy, tannic character here that takes away from the potentially nice taste. A combination of pseudo-farmhouse suggestions that get lost in the mix... some grass, bright hops... that get shot down by sharp, aggressive phenols.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Not at all flattering, the carbonation is rough and erratic... and drinkability suffers as a result. This beer actually was more enjoyable right out of the bottle, ice cold on a hot day... but that's not how we review beers! Pass on this one.

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Photo of JayNH
2.59/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a hazy golden color with a large foamy white head.

S- Surprisingly bitter, a generous amount of spicy hops for an APWA.

T- A mild lemony sweetness upront fades to an earthy hoppy finish.

M- Light bodied and flat. Finish is dirty and bitter, very yeasty.

D- I'm having a hard time finishing this one. This just seems way over hopped for an APWA. It tastes like a Pilsner with a little APWA mixed in it.

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Photo of smcolw
2.6/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Moderate nearly white head with decent lace on the glass. Relatively low cloudiness considering the style. Golden color

Very earthy aroma; quite surprising. Reminds me of cow barn during milking. Also, there's a touch of cat pee. What did they do to create this? Sorry, but this is not attractive at all to me.

The flavor is marked improvement, although the wheat level is still quite low. Lots of carbonation, moderate body. The aftertaste is chewy, dry and hoppy. Almost astringent. Not at all like a typical wheat.

If you plug your nose you may have something palatable, but there are many others that I'd seek out before this one.

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Photo of TLove
2.63/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(From Notes)

Bottle from World Market, D.C.

Hazy yellow body with flimsy head. Soft, pilzen malt smell and a bit of tartness, which does not bode well for a weizen style pale. Sharp, citrus taste and little residue. Tartness and bitterness indicative of a strong lean in the direction of a hopped American pale and unbefitting of the weizen style.

Not great and also betraying style-wise. To be fair, I drank this after having a Weihenstephaner Hefe, so the variation within the style is particularly indicative. Ideal for those who like APAs in the summer, but not really worth it otherwise.

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Photo of Dithyramb
2.63/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased a six pack in Avalon with a few other weisse beers to bring in the summer. Cute labeling caught my wife's eye. Don't remember seeing any best before notches.
Must be filtered; poured a clear yellow with faint carbonation, if any. Head was only attainable after a hard pour. Even then, it was decidedly short lived and limp.
Just about no aroma at all, even after sticking my nose way far into the brew.
Your average hefe and won't offend most folks. Finishes smooth and clean. Faint malts are the main flavor, nothing else holds up much.
Not very drinkable. Really couldn't hold its own up to the other two weisse we enjoyed over the long weekend. I won't be buying this one again.

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Photo of omokoro
2.73/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy straw color with about a half inch head. Smells of grass.

This beer looks like an American Adjunct Lager, tastes like an American Adjunct Lager. Not much flavor at all. There may be some tartness from the yeast and/or the chamomile. Do not recommend.

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Photo of AltBock
2.74/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle with a 1950's picture of a woman on a raft in a backyard pool. Under the picture is the caption "C'mon in, the water is great!" The right side of the label has the US Government warning while the left side has a clearly notched best before date of September 2008.

Since it had Weizen on the label, I had to pour it into a Weizen glass. What came out of the bottle was a cloudy creamy lemon yellow colored beer. On top of this beer was a fluffy 1/2 an inch head of white foam. This head of foam never receded by itself. It stayed the same size the entire time. Whenever I took a sip of this beer, that when the head of foam receded and when it did, it left behind a ton of creamy white streaks of lace around the glass. Beautiful appearance!

This beer loved the lemon zest aroma. It loved it so much, that was basically the entire aroma of this beer. The only aroma behind it was a hint of burnt malted wheat and that's aroma you really don't want to write about.

The taste wasn't as lemony or as burnt as the aroma, but it was still slightly burnt. For some reason, the taste was burnt with burnt malted wheat, burnt lemon zest, and ends with burnt citrus fruits. Burnt, Burnt, Burnt!

The mouthfeel was on the light side with a crispy and slightly burnt aftertaste of malted wheat, citrus fruits, and citrus hops. I liked how it got crispy toward the end, but it was still burnt.

It's a good thing this is labeled on BA as a American Pale Wheat Ale because this was nowhere close to tasting like a Weizen. It looked similar to one, but it was nowhere close to tasting or smelling like one. The 2 good things about the beer was the appearance and the crispy side of the beer. Everything else was too burnt for my liking.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Summer weizen poured a hazy orange color with a half inch head into a pilsner glass. It was a struggle to detect anything unique in the aroma aside from a slightly biscuity scent. The taste was a watery weizen flavor with faint hints of spice. It was a very mild ale that did not leave a strong impression. I was not sure what to expect since the label promises the ale to be brewed with chamomile flowers. There was nothing that stood out in this beer. I generally think of a weizen being a wheat beer with a sense of sweetness. Any flavor here was very mild.

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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.

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Photo of olimpia84
2.77/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured the 12oz bottle into a Weizen glass.

A: pale and light golden color uncharacteristic of wheat beers...looks like a lager almost. Not a good start. Two finger head that dissolved quickly. Tons of bubbles from carbonation throught the body making their way up. Lacing is excellent though, lots of white cascades are left on the sides of the glass.

S: floral aromas are predominant, with bread and wheat. Lemon and hops are detected as well.

T: bread, very slight wheat and hoppy character. A tad bitter towards the end. It doesn't feel like a wheat beer at all to be honest.

M: light body with medium carbonation.

O: not quite sure about this beer, some of its characteristics are not very particular of wheat beers which is strange. Maybe I got a dud? Who knows, but if you're looking for a very different type of wheat beer that's on the very light and floral side go for this one.

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