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 cooch69
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a bright semi clear yellow with quite a small and quickly dissapearing head.

Nose of lemon, flowers, and corn husk.

Taste is pretty dry, wheaty, a little spicy and low bitterness. Does Chamomile show off? I'd say so. Almost like dandelions as well.

Very vibrant mouth feel. Prickly carbonation and low-medium bodied. It reminds me a lot like Sam Adams Wheat Beers more than I've ever related any other beer before. Pretty good Summer Wheat beer, however a little harsh around the edges.

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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 Genuine
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour resulted in a cloudy yellow-ish body with lacing that is present for most of the enjoyment.

Smell - trademark smuttynose yeast, bready, wheat like aroma. Smells very refreshing

taste - the carbonation greets you first, then the light-medium body and then the flavors of citrus, maybe lemon, show up for a refreshing bite, if you will and then quickly goes away. This beer would be awesome for a hot summer day.

mouthfeel - light to medium but nothing more than that.

drinkability - I could have a few of these on a hot summer day without any problem. Good show of the style, definitely worth the try!

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured a very nice, very hazy golden color with a very nice, white, light and fluffy head that was well retained. No lacing to note.

S: The beer had a better, stronger aroma than most APWAs. A nice wheat and yeast aroma with subtle hints of citrus and some spices.

T: The taste, I think was dead on for the style, a lighter, less flavorful version of a hefeweizen. Nonetheless, it had a light wheat/yeast taste with that hint of citrus. Pretty much as expected, but better than most of the style.

M/D: The beer left light, as expected, but very smooth and the drinkability may have been the best quality, as since it had a stronger taste than most beers of the same style, it was extremely drinkable. Overall, if I was comparing it to other beers of the same style, this might be one of the best for the style, but when comparing to the other beers that I have tried, this one is better than average, certainly not one of the best, but one that I will defiantly order to buy again.

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Photo of tzieser
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours an extremely hazy (I swirled in the sediment) golden color with a two finger head that quickly settles into almost no lacing.

S: notes of wheat, citrus and yeast. notes of spice and chamomile. not your average aroma but its nice.

T: sweet, slightly tart wheat flavor. more complex than your average wheat beer. certainly not your traditional hefeweizen.

M&D: smooth mouthfeel; good drinkability.

I liked this. Be sure to give it a try. A good change of pace from your traditional hef.

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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 allergictomacros
3.94/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Lightly hazed yellow-orange with a thin-ish head.

S - Nose is wheat and lemon and floral notes. Fruit and grass.

T - A little bit of butter in the back end. Lots of breadiness and husky grain, light bitter orange and what I assume to be chamomile. Light fruity flavours.

M - Smooth, soft body. Very nice.

D - Easy drinking tasty brew.

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Photo of beer2day
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey gold pour with 1 finger pale head. Decent retention and nice bands of lace.

Straw and grass all over the nose. Nice malt backbone with underlying dry fruit.

Slightly sweet flavor with honey and weak lemon and cherries. Again, nice malt underneath. Fairly crisp finish.

Feel is right for the style. Light and refreshing.

Crisp summer cooler.

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Photo of lstokes
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured hazy with a small head but good lacing, and smelled kind of disappointing--I think I drank it a little bit too cold, so part of it is surely my fault, but I got a fairly thin wheat smell with fruity notes.

It's a very subtle beer with an interesting taste profile--bready wheat, a little bit of grass and lemon, peppery hops, some of that medicinal chamomile--but honestly, I drank one yesterday and one today, and both times I kept thinking that I wanted to be drinking a real weizen right now--not a good sign to have your tongue wandering! The body is very smooth, and I'm certainly glad I tried it, but ultimately I just don't think this is my beer.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue V:

German in the name, brewed with a Belgian yeast strain and a blend of continental and domestic malted barley and wheat. It doesn't get any more American than that.

Hazy, dusty yellowish gold color, the haze comes from the wheat and possibly some yeast, though with this sample we had to rouse the yeast pretty hard to lift it from the bottom of the bottle. Bright white crown of lacing adorns the top of this beer with top notch head retention. The nose goes from bread crust to lemony to a faint spicy and medicinal aroma, pretty complex to say the least. The impeccable smoothness is exactly what we were looking for in a summer seasonal wheat beer. Moderately-sized body. The malt peels layers back quickly from doughy biscuits to fresh bread crust, fresh grass to mild animal feed. Hop bitterness takes a good whack at the malt to keep the balance, the spicy character from the wheat following the same suit. Finishes with a lot of complex lingering flavors of lemon peel, medicinal phenols, herbal hop and a thick graininess from the malt. Lands dry in the end.

One of the most complicated yet drinkable summer seasonals, there are so many flavors to deal with yet none come at the taste buds in an aggressive way. Match that with the smoothness and you have a winner.

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

Presentation: It was poured into from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tall Pilsner glass. The label has a freshness date but no ABV%.

Appearance: The body is pale and hazy with a straw yellow color. It has a nice tall white head on top that has good retention and lacing.

Smell: In the nose I pick up only light hints of wheat malt and pale grain with some citrusy and grassy hops.

Taste/Palate: On the tongue there is some light tangy wheat notes like sour dough bread, pale grain and dry yeast. The hops add light bitterness as well as some light floral, citrus, and grassy notes. The palate is light to medium bodied with a lively well carbonated texture.

Notes: It is definitely a light summer time beer and a good one.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
2.95/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Is a hazy pale yellow, the color of straw, with a decent two finger head of small bubbles.

Smells of light malt and barley, yeast, some straw, and floral notes.

Has a sour-malt taste, well carbonated, light grass and straw with a yeastiness to it. Aftertaste is unpleasantly bitter, slightly metallic.

Thin mouthfeel, with little complexity.

While this isn't my favorite style of beer, I've had many better examples, and as such don't plan on buying this one again.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.86/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A single 12oz bottle of this made its way home with me as a left-over from a party where there was a ton of great beer. Best before Nov 2010 notched on the label. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

This beer put up a great head, it took two pours with a 3 minute intermission to get the whole 12oz into a 16oz pint glass. A stable foamy off-white head on top of a cloudy lemonade-colored brew. Good retention and decent lace. Smell has some moderate wheaty spices and mixed bitter citrus hop. Feel is mostly dry with a hint of sugar sweetness to even it out, taste same as the smell. Finish is of candied lemon rind and a little soap. Pretty good American wheat ale.

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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 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 FunkyMacGroovin
3.21/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip. Bottle reads "Ale brewed with chamomile flowers" - I don't think I've ever had chamomile in anything but tea, so I'm not sure what to expect Pour is a crisp gold color with some haze, 1 finger head quickly dissipates leaving no lacing. Aroma is subdued wheat with some banana and a few other fruits I can't place; there isn't much to the nose at all.

There isn't a lot going on with the first sip - more than anything else it comes across with a crisp finish. Maybe I don't know what to look for with the chamomile, but I can't taste it at all. Mouthfeel is much more interesting - it's medium-bodied and a bit creamy, but leaves a distinctly clean and refreshing feeling on my palette after each sip. Definitely a good choice for a hot summer afternoon outside.

Overall there isn't a lot to this beer, but I think that's just fine. I'd describe this as a lawnmower beer, but one that you wouldn't have any qualms about reaching into the cooler for again and again.

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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 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 Brenden
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours out a hazy gold with some action going on in the glass. The head, which pours out at about one finger, is a bit spritzy and dissipates rather quickly. A light foam remains and a swirl will always bring up more head. Little, but some, lacing remains behind.
Initially a tart smell comes out of the glass with a strong yeast presence. A light herbal hops bitterness with some light spices and some grains kick through as well.
There's a light bready malt mixing it up under the wheat and spices with a tart lemon rind and very light leafy hops in the flavor. I think the yeast is a bit "unclean," for the who know what I'm trying to get at, and a little grainy.
This one's a pretty smooth brew with a crispness up front and adequate carbonation for the style that just barely doesn't go too far. Body is light-medium.
This is a pretty good one that just needs a bit more depth and strength to it.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tall weizen glass.

Pours with a decent sized fluffy white head over a washed out golden body - good cloudiness. Tons of majestic effervescence. Some foamy lacing.

Aromas are nice - leads with fresh clove, followed closely by wheat, and finishing with a light/dull citrus.

Hits the palate smoothly, with more tart lemony quality than the aroma suggested. Good base of wheat malt. Light white pepper. Slightly smoky aftertaste. Pretty dry mouthfeel and finish.

Relatively drinkable / enjoyable for the style.

Aromas were my favorite characteristic of this one.

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Photo of DeliciousSeeker
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice hazy golden color, with blondish highlights in a glass. Not that much head nor carbonation.

S- Flowery sort of aroma, you can smell the chamomile that is used to brew this beer. Good smell of a summer beer.

T- Ample taste, although a little bit puzzled by the after taste. There's sort of a lingering taste that I can't really figure out. I don't think I've had to many pale wheat ales though, so I'll take it as something I'm just not used to.

M- light, and fairly smooth. Not much carbonation as I said earlier.

D- This is a pretty good beer; the more I have the more I think that I can have another. As I said earlier, I haven't had to many American Pale Wheat Ales, but I think over time I can appreciate this one more. So, I'd say pretty drinkable.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a golden color with just a touch of haze and a thin white head.
the nose has plenty of light wheat characteristics, with some grassy hoppiness and a touch of that chamomile mentioned on the label.
the taste follows suit with the aroma, but to somewhat better effect. the chamomile seems a little more pronounced. there is a bit of hop crispness at the finish and a touch of citrus in there too. the yeast is also more demonstrative than in the aroma with some nutty bready things going on.
the mouthfeel seems a little thin, but is appropriate. it has moderate carbonation.
the drinkability is good. it's quenching, and unique. the chamomile is something that while pervasive in the beer, works well, and is not your typical beer additive.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours with a thin head that hangs around only at the edges.

Smell is almost non-existent -- very mild.

Taste is also mild, with a little bit of bitterness. I'm not seeing the "weizen" part of this -- I don't get any of the notes that I'd usually associate with a wheat beer. Maybe they're in there somewhere -- but what I get is just a relatively pedestrian bite of mild hops, and not much else.

Mouthfeel is mild, hanging around a bit on the roof of the mouth. Light aftertaste centered in the back.

It's a perfectly drinkable beer -- but also one that doesn't really impress. It's by no means bad -- but I think I may already have forgotten it!

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Photo of ozzyCobblepot
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours yellowish-gold, surprisingly clear for a weizen--only a little haze--a good head that dissipated quickly, not much carbonation.
S: Wheat malt, touch of chamomile (had to read the label to pick that up).
T: Wheat malt hits first as it rolls over sweet taste buds, but rolling back it has a deep and bitter flavor, definitely drier than the typical weizen ale, let alone the typical summer brew.
M: Barely moderate bodied, crisp as a damp cracker.
D: Drinkable, and a unique take on a summer weizen, but not particularly easy or refreshing among summer brews.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.42/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Kind of a dirty golden yellow with notes of sediment floating. Quick white foamy head. No lacing, clean down the glass.

Smells yeasty with a hidden hint of something - I am guessing that is the Chamomille they advertise.

Taste is malty, notes of citrus - mostly lemon. Relatively smooth brew. Moderately carbonated in the mouthfeel. About what you'd expect from a well made summer wheat.

Solid beer. Definitely drinkable. Good for a deck party in the summer.

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Smuttynose Summer Weizen from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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