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 kshankar
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy yellow, barely any foam. The little foam that is there doesn't stick around, either.

Aroma is somewhat like a mild wit..and I don't really get the chamomile scent.

Taste is of banana, cloves, mild spice, etc. Typical profile of a wheat, but it is slightly mild in all of these aspects. I don't expect full on robustness, but this just seems watered down...

...Which brings me to the mouthfeel. Its watery. Carbonation is okay. Drinkability is fine...but there are plenty of wheats to choose from.

I've had better from Smuttynose.

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

The second new beer I have access to now that I'm back in NC.

Poured a nice, hazy yellow with a thin head. Not much aroma to it, just a little bit of wheat, maybe a touch of citrus. Crisp and clean in the mouth, and the chamomile comes through.

A simple but refreshing summer sipper.

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

This beer pours a lemony yellow with nice peach highlights and a nice white head which even leaves a bit of lacing.

The aroma has a nice grainy bite to it with a clean fresh citrusy scent, overall rather mellow.

The flavor has a nice biscuity/bready malt body with nicely bitter wheat. There is a hint of clove and a touch of banana with with a lemony citrus edge that's just a touch sour.

Mouthfeel is light and lively with a pleasnat amount of carbonation, slightly rough at first but smooth on the finish.

Smuttynose makes good beer period. Summer Weizzen is no exception though you won't hear many raving about it because it's a just a good mild ale. This beer is good and refreshng.

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Photo of Casey10
3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up today from Whole Foods in Portland, Me never had it before so was excited to try it.

A- good yellow body with a thin head.

S - thin staw smell okay as far as weizens go.

T - average taste some cloves and bananas okay

M - sits nice not much feel but not bad either.

D - I caould see this as a summer go to nice to have a change of paste. I rated drinkability high although the other categories were a bit lower.

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Photo of JayQue
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice summer thirst quencher, well done but nothing memorable. Pours a cloudy straw gold color with a nice size white head and surprisingly thick lacing. Smell is very average...grassy with a litlle hint of lemon zest.

Taste is fairly good...kind of half way between a slightly bitter, grassy lager and a mild hefeweizen (lemony but without the cloves, banana etc).

Mouthfeel is crisp..fairly light but that is what the style calls for. Drinkability is pretty good. A nice light summer beer with some flavor. There are better beers out there for this role, but this one is not bad either.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a rwelve ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Cloudy, hazy gold in color , with a moderate head of white foam
Aroma-Definite chamomile flowers, wheat
Taste-Wheat, chamomile, spices, faint lemon zest in the finish
Overall, a light-bodied, tangy, very refreshing and drinkable American wheat. Would pair nicely with a light summer salad.

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

Pours light golden with lots of effervescence and a small head. Smells grainy and slightly sour with fresh grain aromas on the end, as well as slightly lemony. The taste has some nice bitterness that helps rein in the graininess a bit. The finish, especially has a nice bitterness, but there is also a tangy lager-like yeast that asserts itself and makes things a bit more jumbled and less crisp. refreshing enough, but a little unclear in focus.

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

Best by Sept. 2010.

Deeper golden yellow color. Finger width head that, along with the lacing, looked like it wanted to stick around, but quietly went off somewhere else.

Even though it's not advertised as having been included in the recipe, I smell super green, super fresh coriander (cilantro, really). Just a really fresh, almost neutral herb/grass (no, not weed) essence. Just a tiny touch of the scent of the albedo of an orange peel.

Surely has an overall Belgian wit character going on (makes sense, as they use Belgian wit yeast). Lacking much of the zesty spice and orange peel like qualities generally found in a really complex example. Roughly, more on par with a Hoegaarden, but less dynamic. Couldn't pick up much hop, if any.

Nice, zippy, (faintly Berliner) tang up front that develops more astringently in the finish. Tweaks the enamel slightly. Didn't leave much of a lingering flavor, which surprised me a bit, but some light, steady carbonation remained throughout.

Eh, though I did grow to like this offering after 3 separate samplings (spread over 2 weeks), I'll never by a six-pack of it and never order it at a bar unless it's the best choice available. If I'm craving a wit, there's many better ones out there priced similarly, and I'd pay a little more to get one I'd enjoy more. I'd highly recommend it as a great summer beer for those with less finicky taste.

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Photo of uustal
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a pale amber with a decent white head. Little aroma, bits of wheat and yeast. Taste is refreshing. The wheat is evident as well as grains in the flavor. A bit of lemon zest and some slight sweetness. Faint taste of citrus hops on the aftertaste. High carbonation and light mouthfeel.

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Photo of livewire78
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Brez07 for this extra:

Pours a pale honey gold color. Little head that disappears rather quickly.

Smells of banana, clove and I guess the chamomille? Unique smell that I haven't encountered before. Neither pleasant or unpleasant.

Tastes of a slight peppery banana. The hops are pretty muted as they should be. There is a slight mustiness that I wasn't expecting. Again, neither good or bad.

Carbonation and mouthfeel are actually better
than I had expected, given the nose. Nice and crisp.

This one could be pounded all night and day, assuming you'd ever want to. For me, I'd take it again but I wouldn't seek it out on my own.

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Photo of Natural510
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle BBD Sept '10

Pours a cloudy but consistently even golden-orange color; nice swatch of white foam on the top.
Scent is breaded, slightly spicy and citric.
Flavor is tart and lightly sweet; notes of lemon, pepper, wheat. The chamomile actually adds a refreshing quality to the brew. Nice snappy hop finish.
Quite complex compared to other APWA's which are introduced in the summer months, which tend to be bland. I enjoyed this one quite well; nice alternative to summer pilsners.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, best before September-October '10, poured into my Duvel tulip

The beer pours a hazy tangerine with an initial white head of 1-1.5 fingers that quickly fades but holds strong at roughly half a finger. There's not much in the way of lacing to speak of. The nose is a blend of wheat malt sweetness, with a little floral note in the background. The taste is more of the same, though the addition of a small, but noticeable hop bite is welcome. The beer is appropriately light in body, but the carbonation is a little to aggressively high. Nice and refreshing on a hot summer night, but overall a very run of the mill and forgettable beer.

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Photo of DrewKid4
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle to a 12 oz A&W Root Beer Mug.

Appearance: Pours an Old Gold color (GO JACKETS!) with a great finger width white head that does not go away quickly. Seems to be a high amount of carbonation in the bottle I chose.

Smell: Not an overwhelming weizen smell. Reminds me of mass produced weizens from the Munich breweries but not as harsh. A good citrusy refreshing smell.

Taste: Probably the smoothest Weizen Ale I've had to date! Great instance when it hits your tongue but no citrus harsh aftermath.

Mouthfeel: The smell and initial taste lead you to believe you will have a great orange taste in your mouth for at least a few minutes. It actually does a 180 and disappears quickly, leaving you wanting more.

Drinkability: Great for a day like today, which is 90 degrees and my sister's graduation party where wheats will probably conquer, but nothing too special to tell your friends is a must have. A great suggestion for friends who are still not convinced that beer is a great thing.

Overall, one of the best weizen ales I've ever had and is great for hot outdoor parties!

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Photo of babaracas
3.32/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy light amber with thin, fast fading white head. Smell: very light toasted and wheat aromas, a touch of orangey citrus, flowery - maybe the chamomile. Different. Taste: powdery, crackery wheat that coats the tongue, leafy and lemony citrus, as well as flavors reminiscent of herbal tea. Mouthfeel: starts light but creamy, but a somewhat unpleasant powdery feel takes over. Different, not a sessionable summer beer imo.

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

Poured a bottle of this into my Allagash white glass, and was actually pretty impressed with the result. A dark golden, almost brownish amber color, this doesn't look like a hefeweizen or a pale wheat. Head is just off white, and big and fluffy. Disappears nearly immediately. Nose is subtle, but has a good mix of citrus and wheat.

Taste is very pleasant - nice mix of citrus, with lemon, orange and a good deal of wheat. Well balanced, if not outstanding. Good bit of spiciness and surprisingly medium bodied. Altogether, this is a great beer for a summer drink, and thats what pushes it forward a bit for me.

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Photo of jonB
3.89/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Well named beer as it is a an easy drinking "summer" beer with a very subtle "Weizen" taste.

It pours a perfect golden color with a nice white head. The smell is dominated by Belgian yeast, but the taste is smooth and refreshing with a light slightly citrus finish.

Good session beer.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a clear golden yellow color with a nice white bead with good lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is surprisingly pretty solid. There is some grainy malt, some floral notes, citrus and a touch of hops. 

T- The taste like the aroma has quite a bit more character than expected. Citrus and malt up front with some hops in the finish. 

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a medium level of carbonation.

D- Overall, Smuttynose Summer Weizen is a fine summer seasonal beer. Light bodied with a solid amount of flavor. Would be great for outdoor tailgates/barbecues. Definitely worth a shot.

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

A: Hazy straw color with big white head that fades slowly. Leaves some small lacework on the glass.

S: Bready, almost nutty aroma. Not typical for a wheat. Some earthy hop aroma mixed in as well.

T: Earthy and herbal. Bready with some nutty elements. I can pick up hints of chamomile and some light spice. Light citrus hops as it finishes.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Appropriate for the style.

D: This is a decent summer ale, but nothing really outstanding. A little more interesting than your average summer wheat, but not up to par with other smutty offerings.

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Photo of jampics2
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

About 6oz from a bottle @ Heinen's Smuttynose VS Sierra Nevada smackdown.

Not a cloudy wheat by any measure, this beer is hazy and has a nice small white head atop a golden banana colored body.

Smell is wheat, clove, a touch of ripe banana. Just a touch too muted, this doesn't lure me in.

Taste was more malt focused than I expected. I would have liked it to showcase more of the wheat and yeast and peppery hops. I thought it was good but, like the nose, would have liked to see a bit more.

Mouthfeel was too insubstantial, even though this should be a lighter beer, it came off a touch too light. Still refreshing and nice carbonation.

Drinkability was nice but I like some other APWA's more. I mean, a beer like Gumballhead is the exception, but it has more flavor in one sip that this entire bottle had. I'm not asking for extremity for the sake of extremity, I just want a beer with a touch more flavor.

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Photo of 214beernuts
4.52/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Summer Weizen 2010. I do not get very technical with my beer reviews so I apologize for the short and sweet review. I love wheat beers but I am not a fan of the banana aromas/flavors. I really like the decision to use the belgian yeast. I think this beer is very clean tasting, has a great mouthfeel and is extremely drinkable for the summertime. Smuttynose uses chamomile flower in this beer and I have to say as the beer warms up a bit it is very noticeable which is awesome! It has def earned a permanent spot in my fridge this summer!!


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Photo of kels
3.49/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice bright golden straw color. Liquid is somewhat cloudy, but not opaque. Loads of bubbles rise throughout and feed a very long-retaining frothy white head. Loads of sticky lace follow the beer down the glass.

Nose is pretty singularly dominated by toasted wheat - almost smells like grilled or charred bread.

Nice, light and crisp beer. The toastiness and crunchiness from the nose is echoed in the taste. The wheat is definitely the dominant flavor in the beer. There's a touch of citrus hops that don't really amount to enough to be called bitter. A nice banana begins to break through in the aftertaste. All the flavors seem a little muted, a little watery. Vibrantly carbonated with a bright, crisp feel.

Drinks all day. Definitely a good beer for the warmer time of year.

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Photo of albertjr21
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Semi-clear pale golden color with a light and quickly dissipating head.

S: A light wheat yeast aroma with some floral notes, perhaps from the aforementioned chamomile flowers.

M/T: A light but spicy body with a somewhat creamy feel on the tongue and a bold aftertaste.

D: A full flavored and refreshing pale wheat treat for the scorching hot days of summer...

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

This is another example of a barely average American wheat beer. The color is golden and there is a light haze but no yeast floating around at all. The smell is okay but nothing special. A little clovey. The taste is like so many other American wheat beers. There is a small banana taste, but also a little salty. The feel and drinkablitiy are also just average. I wouldn't look for this beer again.

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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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Smuttynose Summer Weizen from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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