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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Ratings: 688 |  Reviews: 315
Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -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 kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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 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 djrn2
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
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 oriolesfan4
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
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 BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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 emerge077
3.41/5  rDev -0.3%
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 WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
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 zeff80
3.82/5  rDev +11.7%
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 Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
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 dbrauneis
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
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 NeroFiddled
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
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 jlindros
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
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 paulish
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of oberon
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
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 REVZEB
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
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 billab914
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of smcolw
2.6/5  rDev -24%
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 Thorpe429
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
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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Smuttynose Summer Weizen from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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