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Smuttynose Summer WeizenSmuttynose Summer Weizen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
smuttynose.com

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.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
315
Ratings:
689
Avg:
3.44
pDev:
18.9%
 
 
Wants:
12
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For Trade:
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Reviews: 315 | Ratings: 689
Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Initial refreshing, somewhat sour but not the most lemony sour unpleasant as several other American wheat beers around this year. a drop of vanilla, but I found it less than drinkable. aggressive carbonization.
On tap 4.5 years later on a hot day and pretty nice drinkability.

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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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into the Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A: Single finger head with slowly dissipating head leaving a strong lace. Murky golden with hints of amber/brown colour.

S: Nothing special though after reading other reviews I expected more. Wheaty smell.

T: Initial taste was more sour than I expected. Very bready. Solid taste for its genre.

M: Mild to moderate carbonation. Light bodied and smooth.

O: Not my favorite beer genre though I did purchase 6 different breweries' versions to try and compare. This one isn't too bad. I feel some of these are brewed to suit the more causal beer drinker but also to go well with summer foods and the heat, which this one would accomplish those objectives.

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Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured cloudy straw yellow in color with just a lacing of bubbles on the surface. A light to moderate level of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are gentle aromas of wheat and lemony hops on the nose.
T: The overall taste is rather bland and has flavors of wheat and citrus.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate.
D: This beer is very easy to drink but there's nothing that really stands out about the taste, although it's probably a good beer for a hot summer day.

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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.

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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 oriolesfan4
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Usually I like most of the Smuttynose offerings, time to try their summer seasonal. Pours the typical cloudy orange color that is seen across most wheat beers. Sort of a sweet smell to it, not bad, not bad at all. Taste is very smooth and somewhat under carbonated. Nothing too different about the taste but there is a slight sweetness to it.. label says it was brewed with chamomile flowers, could be that or could be my mind being biased after reading that. Well balanced and finishes clean, nothing harmful going on here... and nothing spectacular either.. makes for a nice summer drinker but if you want uniqueness, look elswhere.

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Photo of emerge077
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip, it has a pale pastel yellow gold color, slightly hazy with an irregular cap of white foam, sticky around the edges. Retention is good and it leaves a sheet of lacing on the opposite side of the glass. Sticky crown of lacing looks nice.

Minerals, apple, floral notes that must be the chamomile.

Finishes dry and floral, notes of mellow grainy wheat and a hint of hop bitterness comprise the main flavors. Somewhat thin but well attenuated and dry like a Belgian Pale. Clean and easy drinking, just not all that interesting. Minimal and crisp, easy to pair with food. Probably a touch too bitter and dry to use as a conversion beer for macro-drinking friends.

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Photo of zeff80
3.82/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a slightly hazy, golden yellow color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left soapy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of lemon, wheat, chamomile and some yeast.

T - It had a spicy bite upon first sip with a good dose of wheat, yeast and lemon. I could faintly taste what I believe was chamomile.

M - It was crisp, sharp and dry. A light bodied ale that was perfect after a day at the beach.

D - This is an interesting wheat ale. I've only ever seen chamomile in shampoo, so I was curious to see it used in a beer. It was nice.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a pale straw color with some light cloudiness. A bit of a white head and not too much lacing. The nose brings forward light grain as well as some light citrus and floral hops. The hops aren't nearly as prevalent in the taste, although some flavor is there. A few grain notes as well. Feel doesn't provide much bitterness and is quite light. Easy to drink, but not too much going on.

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Photo of oberon
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very light straw with quick dissapating white head,relly liked the aromas really clovey I even picked up a hint of nutmeg in there as well a lighter lemon pith and banana aroma sits underneath the spice.Not a real complicated or complex wheat ale but that makes it pretty drinkable,clovey spice with a hint of banana and toasted wheat malt.A real summer drinker here goes down easy and has some nice flavors.

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Photo of jlindros
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap at Portsmouth Gas Light Co

Creamy light 1 finger head, hazy golden wheat colored

Nose light creamy malts, lots of wheat, light citrus and touch of banana, orange peel, zest

Taste had some wheat, light sweet malts, light citrus and orange zest, light bitter citrus hops, little creamy, finish is dry, light banana, crisp and light, some fruit and light herbal hop addition

Mouth is lighter bodied, good carb

Drink is great, light dry and crisp, light herbal hops though

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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.

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

Hmmm.... what to say about this one. Although I find it kind of average, and certainly not as appealing as a true Bavarian-style hefe-weizen, I could sure go for one right now! It does at least do justice to the style.

It gives a good appearance for a hefe-weizen, but the yeast is American. The head rests lazily above it's golden yellow body for quite some time, and it leaves some nice lace throughout the first half of the glass.

The nose reveals the Smuttynose yeast strain in a nutty, bready, and wheat-like aroma. It's not particularly enticing, but it is clean and fresh, as an American wheat should be!

The mouthfeel follows suit, delivering a zesty snap of carbonation along with it's medium-light body - perfect for a hot summer day!

The flavor is very much as the nose suggests it will be, with the addition of a bit of spicy hops and some balancing bitterness.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin and spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is wheat, lemon, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong wheat flavor along with some lemon & spice as well as a little bit of a metallic bite to it. A mild hops character comes in next and brings a little balance. The malt character is thin. The after-taste is bready and slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, clean finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down easy, not filling at all, decent representation of style but not the best APWA. I’ve liked almost everything I’ve had from Smuttynose thus far, but I wasn’t too impressed with this beer.

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

Best Before: November '09.

Appearance: Pours out a lightly hazed, flaxen-hued body topped with a nice cap of white froth.

Smell: Aroma smelling of grainy malts, wheat, lemon peel (pith and all), light spice, and summertime sunshine.

Taste: Lightly tangy wheat with some grainy touches of barley. Mild honeyish sweetness. Zesty, citrusy hops with a low amount of imparted bitterness. In fact it gets more and more lemony as it warms. Minor hint of sweet ginger. Dry finish with a final little zip to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Very slight creaminess to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A light, refreshing, wheaty brew for summertime fun and floating around the pool with blonde chickypies.

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

Grabbed this one as I just had to try it. Have really liked nearly everything they have put out lately so I really felt I was sure to have a winner with this one. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 06/25/2009.

The pour was nice, lightly clouded and nice looking golden color. A big head of white coming up and over the top had some decent staying power I have to say. I was quite impressed with nice side glass lacing and the smooth, light look to it. Aroma was a bit off, nice touches of wheat, light grass, and a hint of banana or maybe clove, but it needed a bit more for me to really push it over the top, still through a decent overall presentation. The first sip was very clean. Nice herbal and grainy flavor to it with a bit heavier feel then I normally would have expected. Nice carbonation though gave it a very good overall presence. Lots of bready taste, lots hops coming though, a touch of lemon perhaps in there as well. Light fruit notes mid palate, bananas maybe, light apricot touches. Very easy to drink, this one will go down well all summer.

Overall a very solid example of the style and one I would have no issue at all with going back to again. Really very nicely done and I was happy to have gotten a hold of it.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Northern Soul in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a hazy straw to pale golden yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall bright white head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat with light citrus/lemon hops and some lemon citrus.

T: Like the smell, there is a light flavor of wheat with hints of lemon citrus - the flavor overall is very mild.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink and refreshing, a quite enjoyable beer for the hot summer weather. I liked this beer and I would seriously consider this a regular summer session beer.

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

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a wheat glass chilled.

A - A very clear golden w/ 2 1/2 fingers of fluffy white cap that appears like soap suds. A good lace stickage results and the head has a fine bead. The ale is visiblly carbonated

S - A pleasant aroma of flowers and wheat yeas give the nose a unique blend of musky earthy and light perfume from chamomile

M - A crisp high effervescent and lighter bodied ale. A clean feel which finishes semi-sweet but has a mild resinous tinge of the flowers w/ very mild astringency

T - The taste while obviously wheat is mild and allows the taste of the chamomile to come through. A mild spice from the yeast and astringent flavor like a squeezed tea bag trails the malt and chamomile flower flavor. The flower resonates w/ a dry crisp malt note - not sure if the spice is hop, malt or yeast derived, but it overtakes the sweetness halfway through. I am a fan of flower accented ales for the most part, but I think the style doesn't lend itself as well for some reason.

A refreshing beer that is certainly above average to my taste and is appropriate to the style except for the floral addition which keeps it interesting but doesn't really add to it overall.

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Photo of Jason
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with a best before Oct 07 freshness date. With this sample I swirled the yeast into the glass ... no lemon garnish.

A- This beer has a beautiful head, sticky all around with a semi-stable bubbly lace. Hazed from the yeast in a glowing yellow hue.

S- Nutty yeast and a bready wheat malt aroma. Slightly phenolic and fruity in the nose.

T- Snap of wheat malt and the mildly sharp hop bitterness is a touch spicy, wheat malt character stays on the dry side and clean at that. Bitter phenols cloud out some of the maltiness middle to end. Nutty yeast and a touch of alcohol show a bit of fruitiness.

M- Solid crispness in a moderate body, great mouth feel.

D- Not half bad, I personally think they should have gone all the way and spiced it with orange peel and coriander or used a cleaner yeast.

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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 WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap recently with my wife out for dinner, much more enjoyable so far than this bottle has been. This one pours a clouded bright yellow golden hue with a nice thicket of bright white head. Lacing forms bands of uneven lacing down the sides of my glass. Aroma has a touch of honey biscuit malt character to it with very nice floral/herbal notes, minimal banana or clove, and somewhat of a graininess. The label says it's brewed with chamommile flowers which would make sense for what I'm getting. Flavors provide some balanced bready/grain husk sweetness with a touch of honey, harsh bitterness from herbal/floral notes almost something perfume like in nature, probably the chamommile flower additions. I like my summer weizens to have a bit more banana and clove from the German yeast additions, this seems to be running on house Smuttynose yeast or at least an American Pale Wheat yeast addition. Mouthfeel is actually medium bodied with a bit of oily textures going across my palate, finishes rather dry, not sure of the hopping rate or IBUs on this but I'd venture to say higher than your average hefeweizen. Carbonation isn't an issue but overall enjoyment level was lacking a bit, first off better on draft, and flavor wise the herbal/graininess was a bit off putting for me. Still an enjoyable summer sipper just not what I was looking for in a Weizen.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another example of this style that I just don't like. That makes 2 I like, 12 I don't. Joy.

Pours hazed straw. Metallic nose. Slight citric edge. Flavor is slight citrus with strong hefe characteristics. Nice and smooth, this is nothing above or below what it should be. Feel is typical. Overall fairly good. For a person looking for something traditional, well here ya go. Looking for something wild? The next one over might be a better bet.

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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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.12/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Best before August 2006 - Reviewed well ahead of that.

Poured a hazy yellow - more hazy than cloudy - with a slight white foamy head that didn't last long.
Smell - upfront yeast and some raw hop aroma with slight floral undertones.
Taste - some hints of citrus, slight grainy flavor - just a touch of wheat The yeast was certainly present. Nothing terrible - but nothing special about it.
Mouthfeel - a bit too bitter and metallic - Not as refreshing as I would expect from a summer ale. It seems that the refreshing part came more from the water.
I have had several styles from this brewery - I have always been pleased. This one - IMO - is just average/mediocre.

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