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 Ineedabeerhere
4/5  rDev +16.3%

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

A - Hazy straw in color. Nice white rocky head. Looks like a typical Hefe Weizen.

S - Sweet grain and bottlecap iron in the nose. Subtle spices?

T - Taste is nice and subtle. Not as spiced as other summer ales and finishes a little cleaner than other summer wheat ales. The chamomile is apparent but not quite overpowering. The hop bitterness is actually noticeable at the finish.

M - Thin and medium carbonation.

O - Nice easy thirst quenching beer.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy lemon yellow with nice white head. Head only lasted a moment.No lacing to speak of. Scent is warm and welcoming. Taste is citrusy with a bit of a tangy lemon wedge. Slight aftertaste, a bit bity. The citrus becomes more pronounced as its' drunk.

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

Waitress said this was a red/amber ale.... When it arrived I corrected her but kept the brew since I had not tried it before.

Served in a standard stein.

Minimal but lasting head that left a strong lace. Hazy golden color.

Smell not outstanding, but typical for a wheat

The taste was a bit more bitter that I prefer for this type beer. Certainly drinkable but not outstanding.

I would have again, but only if my other choices were very limited. There are many better beers out there!

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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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Photo of SickGnar
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, dark, slightly tawny golden color. Smallish white head with fair retention and a few good gobs of lace.

S: General wheat beer, just slightly bready. Hint of soft rounded sweetness blending with an herbal note that must be the chamomile. Interesting, but overall it is a meager nose.

T: Opens with a flash of juicy pils & sugar cookie sweetness. Then the chamomile come in as floral and herbal and playing off the sweetness in a pleasant way. Chamomile is not too powerful, and perhaps even softer than the nose – or maybe there is just so much more going on. A spice note comes in the middle to end. Source is not obvious – chamomile? Hops? Yeast? In the background, the base wheat beer is slightly bready with hints of light crystal. Herbal hops come through in the middle to end and linger in the finish. Hint of earth from the yeast in the finish.

M: Medium body, but firm finely textured carbonation makes it seem less. Opens sweet and ends semi-dry with herbal & hop impact.

D: Okay base wheat beer. What makes it interesting is the transition from sweet, floral, herbal chamomile open to the bitter, herbal, earthy close. Really a pronounced & attractive flavor arch. Besides that, it is “just” a pleasant and easy drinking summer beer.

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Photo of fields336
3.61/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by October 11
Served in Shaker pint

A: yellow/gold in color, with a finger of white creamy looking head. Hazy as expected, with a slight lace on the sides of the glass as it is consumed. Leaves a decent coating of head along the top of the beer

S: Sweet wheaty bready smell with a generous amount of chamomile behind it. Some citrusy and yeasty fruity notes are also present. Smells pretty nice.

T: Call me crazy but i think there should be more chamomile wheat beers, because this is a great marriage. Sweet flowery chamomile mixed with the slight ting of hops and the bready what backbone all combine to make a delicious refreshing beer. The fruity flavor from the yeast is in the background too.

M: Light Bodied, With good carbonation and a decent finish.

O: This is an easy drinking and pretty delicious. Call me a fan.

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Photo of CHickman
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours slightly hazy yellow in color with a 2 finger frothy white head with tons of bubbles in it that faded slowly, leaving good foamy lacing sticking to the glass and a creamy layer on top.

Smells of toasted grains, wheat, yeast, toasted malt, lemon, bread, light citrus hops, earthy grains, medicine and metallic funk like a penny. Smells like a toasted grain hefeweizen.

Tasted like toasted grains, wheat, yeast, sweet malt, lemon, wheat bread, grass, flowers, herbs, light citrus hops, earthy grains or dirt, medicine, pepper, spices and some metallic funk. There is a hop and/or spice bite that then leaves a grainy yeast taste lingering.

Mouthfeel is slick and smooth on the tongue, with very light crisp carbonation, a light body and a grainy sweetness that trails off dry and almost powdery.

It was OK, but I wasn't sold on the taste and did not find this as refreshing as I thought it would be. I expected a light summer beer, but this just had too much of a grain edge to suppress the wheat/yeast and not enough fruit to meet what I had hoped for. It was decent, yet disappointing to me.

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Photo of greenmonstah
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into perfect pint.

A - Clear gold in color with a finger of frothy white head. Nice retention. Tons of carbonation rising up from the bottom.

S - Subtle honey sweetness and Belgian yeast. Crisp and clean.

T - Stronger than the nose, you can taste a chamomile tea flavor, sweetened with honey and with Belgian yeast added. Lemony and grassy in the end.

M - Light body, refreshing and heavily carbonated. Leaves the mouth a bit dry.

O - One of my favorite summer beers. So light and refreshingly delicious. Simple, yet effective and very tasty.

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

Best by Sept 2011. Clear golden color with a solid one finger of head that had good retention. Quite a bit of lacing is left on the glass during consumption.

Typical wheat ale aroma with hints of lemon glass with floral notes. I see that chamomile flowers were used.

Nothing remarkable in the flavor. About what this drinker expects in a pale wheat ale. A little more bitterness and dryness is the only things seperating this beer from so many others.

Nicely carbonated that matches well with the light body.

A refreshing beer but I think I would prefer to drink a hefe or one of the hoppy wheat ales that are becoming increasingly popular.

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Photo of Morey
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

120z. bottle with October 2011 notched on the side of the label.

Pours a pale hazy orange color with one finger of foamy white head which settled rather quickly to a thin layer. Moderate amount of stick.

Pretty mellow aroma overall, but I'm picking up a slight fruitiness along with some wheat/grains.

Taste is slightly fruity as well (maybe some white grapes). Just a touch of hops towards the middle, and then wheat and malts help round things out on the back end making for a smooth and refreshing finish.

Thin to medium body with moderate carbonation.

I was expecting this to be a bolder beer, but once I realized that not's what Smuttynose intended, I accepted it and came to the conclusion that this is their summer session beer.

Morey's Bottom Line: Something I could drink plenty of on a hot summer day, but there are others that I'd probably reach for first.

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Photo of Schneic8
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle to a mug.

Appearance: Has very much the color of honey. It did not have much of a head and it didn't last. Also seems to have a minimal amount of carbonation.

Smell: Has a typical wheat beer smell but not very strong. I get some earth hops and light fruit also.

Taste: Has an initial crispness that is smooth. It has a bready taste with some lemon towards the end. Also has a slight bitter after taste.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and smooth feel at the beginning. Has a thin feel to it, almost watery, and minimal carbonation.

Overall: Good beer that has a lot of good qualities. The thinness of the texture makes it a good summer beer but the flavor is lacking somewhat. Would definitely try again.

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Photo of Samp01
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice pale yellow / golden, with a nice whitehead, some good lacing. Aroma is of citrus, lemony, light hops, with somw light malt and fruity esters. Taste has some good citrusy, lemon and fruity spices, some light grassy notes. Palate is nice light body with good carbonation. nice crisp mouth feel. Finish is a nice citrusy lemos, some sweet spices and grassy notes with some light hops, has slight sweet nutty aftertaste. Overall a very nice crisp and refreshing summer ale.

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Photo of iadler
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass

A- Pours a clear straw gold with a fluffy 3 finger head that slowly dissipates and form a nice white cap. Leaves some nice lacing.

S- Faint aroma of wheat, lemon and orange zest, banana, clove, and some floral notes.

T- The floral notes including chamomile are much more noticeable in the taste with some peppery spice, banana and clove. There is a bit of sweetness from the wheat as well as a slight citrus bitterness.

M- Medium carbonation and light body with a very crisp mouthfeel. Finishes fairly dry and is quite drinkable.

O- Not one of my favorites from Smuttynose, but a nice offering. The chamomile provides some nice floral notes and is quite drinkable and refreshing on a warm day.

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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 lechroy
2.89/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. A is nice. Wonderful fluffy head with cool golden feel. S is kind of harsh with a pilsner feel. Cereal is prominent. T is just ok, good shallow beer for summer with a real hint of bitterness, its uncommonly harsh in the aftertaste. M is decent. Maybe a bit overcarbonated. O its just kinda okay. I wouldn't pick it off a shelf.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Shock Top Weizen glass.

The color is a clear yellowish/gold with two fingers of pillowy white head ans some thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a bit banana with a hint of cherry in the nose. There is a bit of a wheat aroma coming out that is sweet and a bit bready in aroma.

The taste is somewhat banana as expected but also has a bit of a carrot flavor as well. The sweetness hits slightly in the middle that carries a slight hop flavor that is grassy toward the end.

The feel of this beer is a nice light summer drinker. The body is great for a hot summer day. It is manageable and goes down easy just when you want a beer that does so.

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Photo of Buggies
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice tasting beer but it's nothing to cheer about.

Aromas of citrus, floral hops, and bread. Tastes good enough. Mostly citrus and that typical American wheat taste.

It really lacks anything amazing, but that it is pretty typical of the style. But what it is is drinkable. It's light and refreshing, and highly drinkable. But there just isn't a lot going on in the flavor department.

Overall, an OK beer. My wife enjoys drinking it a lot. And I'm happy to buy it for her since it's craft... and well... she likes it :)

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a translucent gooey honey color. A pretty white head forms and refuses to fade. The head is an almost bleach white hue. In terms of appearance, this one looks quite attractive. The head is shockingly sturdy. This beer also leaves some good lacing.

S-Uh oh. This one is coming up very muted in the scent department. Light yeast, light lemon peel. Wheat may be the most noticeable smell. Just a very meager aroma. Not impressed.

T-Well, the taste is better than the nose. The citrus comes out more on the tongue. Wheat is clearly there. Slightly yeasty too. A bit bready. Happy that this beer helped its cause with a more impressive flavor than nose. But still, is this enough to warrant a $10 six pack?

M-Light and refreshing. Carbonation is subtle. Decent feel. Finishes easy.

O/D-This one is okay. $10 six Worth a try...yes. I love Smuttynose. This one is not bad. Finest Kind is such a fantastic beer that my expectations are very high for the company. Still pretty decent.

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

A cellar temperature bottle is poured into my Smuttynose pint glass.

A: Clear golden straw with a good sized white head made up of foam and small bubbles. Plenty of carbonation can be seen rising within.

S: Wheat malts and some citrus hops make up the aroma. A bit of clove and banana, but it isn't too strong.

T: Good pale malt and wheat flavors. Sweetness and bitterness levels are both low.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. Leaves a coat behind that is slightly sticky but not all that flavorful.

O: A crisp and refreshing beer without an overpowering flavor profile; this is one that you can easily drink without focusing too much on, perhaps at a cookout or over a game of horseshoes.

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Photo of ClevelandG
3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I filled my growler with this summer brew within an hour of it being tapped. Sudsy pour. The wheat gives the ale a really nice flavor, with yeast in the aftertaste. Clear and light yellow in color, nothing great. Fun to share with friends on the back porch, sitting in the cooler on ice.

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

12oz bottle to weizen glass.
Standard looking american wheat. Pretty clear, pale yellow with a bubbly white head. Smells a little musty and a bit grainy. Palate is refreshing and pleasant. The floral notes from the camomile are mild and suprisingly work well. Mouthfeel is pretty lively and light. Overall, this is a nice summer wheat but not one to seek out.

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Smuttynose Summer Weizen from Smuttynose Brewing Company
3.44 out of 5 based on 688 ratings.
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