Smuttynose Short Batch #7 - Strawberry Short Weisse | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Short Batch #7 - Strawberry Short WeisseSmuttynose Short Batch #7 - Strawberry Short Weisse

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Bierman9 on 09-16-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 77
Photo of cjgiant
2.95/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

On tap:
This beer looked quite nice, yellow-white cloudy. Head faded quickly, however.
Nose reminded me of a strawberry glade plugin, which could be good considering it's a strawberry beer, but the combination with the weak tartness didn't work for me.
Realizing it's essentially a session, I wanted to give it a fair shake, but there is barely ant tartness (watered-down lemonade), and an overall watery feel.
I really didn't enjoy this beer, and I didn't feel it hit on technical aspects enough to rate it higher.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage on tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Slightly hazy body, dull yellow in color. No head but there are champagne-like bubbles suspended in the beer. Aroma is dominated by a lovely, mildly sweet strawberry, with some tart green apples. Taste is extremely tart with the same two flavors dominating. Quite mouth puckering, much more than expected. Delicious.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
3.0% ABV, no date.

Thanks to Rochefort10NH for another exciting-looking brew. I love me some Berliners!

A - Hazed through entirely, this beer has a soft pale golden hue around the outside edges with a light apricot colored mass in the center. Tightly packed bubbles form a nice head but disappear to a ring of lacing-less foam shortly. Acidity more than likely being the culprit.

S - Hints of freshly picked, ripe, but not crushed strawberries floats out from behind the classic Berliner Weisse aroma. Gently sour mash and wet wheat with grainy pale malt finishes with a kiss of tartness for an earthy, rather simple aroma. The fruit certainly isn't forward but it, along with the traces of yeast ester spices, adds something special to the beer.

T - Harsh grainy pale malt, husky straw, and wet wheat push forwards past the meek strawberry nuances which linger in the background. Gentle spice esters from the yeast which can be found in the aroma are missing entirely in flavor; a flavor that, oddly enough, when burped up produces a smell of fresh fiberglass and plastic, taking me back to yacht shows with my Dad.

M - Biting carbonation strikes the tongue with force only to be followed by a harsh mineral feel and graininess; wheat's usually soft feel is absent from this light-bodied beer. The tart, almost sour acidic finish does well to redeem the unusually hard, harsh introduction to the feel of this Berliner.

O - It's no wonder why strawberries are infrequently used in beers; my consensus is they generally add very little to said beers, even when a beer is as stylistically plain as a Berliner. Strawberry Short Weiss doesn't stray from this argument with it's faint fruit notes but what is surprising is how aggressive the beer is. From the strong carbonation to the harsh flavor and feel, it could use quite a bit more wheat to soften out the rough edges but it's nicely tart finish is something to leave in tact.

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Photo of stakem
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle into a tumbler. The brew appears a hazed pale yellow color with a finger of white that sits atop with very solid retaining powers for a berliner. After the cap fades, a light swirl agitates bubbles from solution and reforms across the top. Bubbles of carbonation rise through solution and maintain a ring of bubbles around the perimeter of the glass.

The aroma doesn't quite jump right out and scream strawberries but there is a mild fruited quality present that is mildly seedy and reminiscent of strawberry. There is a bit of carbonic character in the nose that brings out a bit of minerals.

The taste brings forth pale grain mildly like tart wheat and a bit cereal-like with a faint sweetness. Across the middle is a bit of carbonic quality just like the aroma led on and it shoves a bit of mineral and sulfur element into the flavor profile that is not fitting. A faint amount of seedy fruit flavor is present and I cant really state it tastes like strawberry. Maybe, but I only say that because of the name of the brew. It could easily be confused with a faint earthy raspberry berliner as the aftertaste here is similar to that. The aftertaste has a bit of earth and almost a green grassy aspect that is strange.

This is a light bodied brew with an effervescent level of carbonation. The alcohol inclusion is nonexistent and the feel of this is light and refreshing which is spot on for the style. At times, this brew had some real high points that were very enjoyable and quaff-able. However, the grassy aspect coupled with the carbonic/mineral inclusion kinda ruined the experience. Once I get that character locked into my mind, I couldn't shake it and it distracted me from the good qualities of this brew.

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Photo of wedge
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

@ Sam's

Foggy pale straw with a little, creamy white head on top. Fresh strawberry aroma over some yellow cake, subtle dough, and general tartness. Lots of strawberries and berries in the flavor too. A clean sour quality, hints of wheat, and light body with a dry finish make an extremely refreshing beverage. Nothing terribly complex, but lots of flavor for such a light beer and never watery. This really hit the spot after a massive, meaty dinner. Glad I got to try it.

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Photo of palma
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy pear-flesh color body. Little head. Minimal lacing.

Nose - savongion blanc, funk. Strawberry, pear. Definitely very fruity. Light barnyard.

Taste - tart. light strawberry. Wine like astringency. Lemon. Light funk but just enough to keep it very interesting. Dry, clean finish. Puckering. Not too sweet. Very enjoyable. I love the flavor here. Just enough sweet and tart. keeps it very complex but light at the same time.

Spritsy mouthfeel. Seltzer like.

Different, unique, complex. Excellent beer. I could drink a lot of this.

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Photo of corby112
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a very hazy, dark golden yellow color with paler banana colored edges and a one finger white head that quickly settles into lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind. I was expecting it to look artificial like red food coloring but fortunately it looks true to the style.

Slightly funky aroma with musty brett, bready yeast, banana, clove and citrus.  Subtle lactic presence with a bit of fresh beery.  Subtle sulfur like presence but they did a decent job of integrating the dessert characteristics into the Berliner notes.  

Medium bodied with tart, puckering sourness up front that isn't harsh or overly acidic.  Lactic funk and sourdough bread notes with citrus/lemon peel acidity.  Earthy and musty with a decent dry brett presence.  Subtle creaminess with a prominent berry flavor coming in at the end of the palate.  Still, it's not overly sweet and is similar to a traditional Berliner.  Crisp and very refreshing.  Sometimes these fruit infused/dessert Berliners are overly sweet and overpower everything that's great about the style but this beer is excellently balanced and very well done.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 09/18/12 notes. Had this on tap at Pony Bar on the UES in NYC. 8 oz. pour.

a - Pours a hazy yellow color with one inch of white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of strawberries, fruity malts with a little tang, light citrus, earthy notes, grass, and hay. Nice and fruity but not too sweet.

t - Tastes of sweet strawberries, sour strawberries and berries, fruity malts, grass, earthy notes, light lemon and citrus hops, grains, and some wheat. A tiny bit of sourness and more than the nose; pretty nice.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Very easy to drink beer. Nice and crisp.

o - Overall I thought this was a nice refreshing, and easy to drink, berliner. It is not very sour at all, but more a lightly sour blonde ale, with some lightly sour berries to it. Easy to drink and something I would like to have again, though don't go in expecting a big sour beer.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

notes from last night...picked up a 32oz growler of this a day prior and enjoyed from a portsmouth snifter.

a - interesting and intriguing color. brew pours a murky peach orange with a few fingers of foamy head that turned to bubbles quickly. no lacing to speak of.

s - tart grassiness with a hint of berries, not so much strawberry specific...and some lemon. as i drink it i am definitely picking out more strawberry specific smells and flavors.

t - tart berries. grassiness and some lemon. again, not super strawberry specific at first but after my palate starts adjusting to the tart i can pick out strawberry specific flavors, but not intense.

m - prickly and refreshing. very much like a flavored seltzer.

o - overall a nice berliner with a hint of strawberry flavoring. kind of like strawberry seltzer. very nice for the warm weather which we are still hanging onto a bit. loving the 3% ABV.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap tonight at the River Road Tavern Tap Takeover.
Came to my stool a fairly cloudy medium straw color with a tint of pink and without much head at all. The aroma is tart and lactic with a bit of strawberry sweetness to counter. Sour tart fruit mix with a bit of strawberry sweetness before a bit of plastic phenol flavor and funk come up to greet my palette. Medium body which is more than I was expecting for such a low alcohol brew. Moderate level of carbonation with a tart sweet mouthfeel. I'm glad I got to try this as its a pretty good beer. That said I'm glad I didn't rush over to buy $15 bottles of this at the brewery.

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Photo of jlindros
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap at Armsby Abbey

Big pillowy head of 3 fingers fades semi slowly with clouds forming lots of layred lacing cloudy as hell with a tangerine orange color.

Nose just a bit of funk. Bready yeast, a light fluffy bready like sweetish cake thingy malt, a bit of fresh strawberry as well as a bit of tart strawberry like. The nice farmhouse like funk just sits in the background the whole time and gets stronger as it warms, bringing an earthy tannic like seed aroma or something.

Taste starts with tons of fresh strawberry, like fresh cut strawberries, strawberry juice, little tart strawberry, and even thawing frozen stawberries. Then light malty bready cake, a hint of vanilla gives it a vienna finger cake like taste that isnt too sweet either. Funk is def there with a nice light lacto like farmhouse funk and a great creamy sour tartness. It has a light strawberry seed taste with tannins. The finish is fairly dry bready, a definite wild funk limgering, but a bit yeasty tasting and a little watery, some lingering strawberry.

Mouth lighter bodied a little creamy, decnt carb, feels a bit watery.

Overall quite nice. Although i think i remember the first time i had it at Julians beer dinner to be a bit more sour and funky, but this is still delicious. Nose is a bit lagging but very tasty.

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Photo of rudzud
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the Armsby Abbey to kick off their anniversary week party.

A - Poured into a Smuttynose tulip a hazy straw hue with a nice two finger white head that fades into a thin creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of light dirty earth and gentle funk with not so much strawberry persay, but more like a seedy portion of the strawberry.

T - Taste is lightly funky and bread yeast, and then oh boy strawberry! Lots of good clean strawberry, like biting into one in a field. So tasty and clean, the funk ans bread really compliment the strawberry.

M - Mouthfeel is excellent. No off flavours (unfortunately most berliners I try have this odd burnt rubber think going for it) to hash with the great mouthfeel. Very light, albeit slightly thin on the finish.

O - Overall hooray for strawberries!

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bendurgin for sharing! This is light straw colored with a nice white fluffy head.

The aroma on this is really nice. It combines some pepper, nice malt and bread dough, and a nice dose of strawberry (of course).

The taste holds surprisingly true to the Berliner-Weisse style (to a point), The wheat malt is a primary flavor component. The finish has a nice flavor of under-ripe strawberries.

This is light bodied, and pretty tasty. Definitely fun to try and definitely worth drinking!

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. This one pours a cloudy golden yellow with some a slight reddish hue. Has a nice cap of white head.

Sweet strawberries on the aroma with some funky notes. A bit of a sharp tart edge rounding this out. Hints of doughy yeast in the background. Sweet strawberries first on the pallet finishing out slightly tart. Yeasty in the background.

The body is nice and light with slightly low carbonation. Overall this one is pretty tasty. Nice and easy to drink.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle thanks to Brian (Auror). Poured into HF tulip. Cork came off with a very nice pop. This batch is 3.7% and 5 IBUs.

A- Pours a hazy yellow slightly pinkish grapefruit color. Thin layer of white foamy head that recedes very quickly to leave almost no head. Not too much carbonation, a very tiny bit of white sedimentation flecks floating around here and there. Not much in terms of lacing.

S- Tart, sour, strawberries, peaches, some hops. Not as much strawberries as I was expecting, but a little bit more sour.

T- Lightly tart and sour strawberries, peaches, and some light berries. Finishes a little bit tart with some light malts and ends with a nice sour fruity aftertaste.

M- Refreshing, thin, very drinkable, nice carbonation, great feel for a berliner weisse.

O- This was a nice berliner weiss. Nice and refreshing, easy to drink, and a nice level of sourness. Not as much strawberries as I was hoping for, but still had a great taste. I recommend trying this one out if you like sours and berliner weiss beers.

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Photo of CampusCrew
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: golden

smell: loaded berry aroma, also sweet sugar/candy

taste: Was very similar to festina peche but with strawberry, nice sour aspect. a little on the sweet side. kinds of like those little cheap strawberry candys. In a good way.

mouthfeel: light bodied

drinkability: not bad. But I can appreciate when a brewery can properly brew a light ABV and fruit beer right. Nice job!

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Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours a lemon-yellow color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of candied strawberries - somewhat similar to a Starburst - with a good deal of citric tartness. There's also a bit of funk that evens things out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The strawberry flavors complement the smooth tart lemon flavors very well and do not overpower anything. Both flavors carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness for the style with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I went into this beer with high expectations and they were met. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/13/09 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

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

S: The aroma is of tart strawberries and light malts, along with a little bit of wheat.

T: The taste is very sour with flavors of strawberries and citrus. There's a touch of wheat in the background and very little hops bitterness. The malt character is very thin as you would expect from a beer in this style. The after-taste is sour.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, very mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice mild and sour beer to drink for a while if you're looking for one outside of the Belgian styles.

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Photo of taigor
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from growler that I got at Whole Foods Market at Bowery in NYC.

A - Golden color with a hint of redness.

S - Strong smell of spoiled, tart strawberries.

T - Tart, sour with slight bitterness. Overall excellent.

M - Crisp and dry like a bubbly champagne.

D - Drinkable but in small amounts due to sour taste.

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Photo of BiereBlanche
4.62/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Redbones. One off berliner wiesse. They brewed this berliner with hopes of getting it out at EBF 2008, but it wasn't ready. They threw in some more bugs and let it sit for the year and added 200 pounds of fresh strawberry, for the heck of it.

Sharp, sour fruit aroma. A nice dose of funk and light fruity, grainy notes. It hits me like a dirty piece of strawberry chewing gum.

Lightly cloudy, pale straw color. Not much of a head, surprisingly. I kind of wish it were pink, but it looks like a Berliner Wiesse ought to.

Taste is just the way it should be, nice and sharp, refreshing tartness. It's fairly sour, but clean and lactic, again with a nice funk to it. It's got a nice hay-like grainy note. Complex, the fruit comes through and adds another layer, rather than being the forefront. No real bitterness, tart, dry, refreshing finish. Really drinkable.

Light mouthfeel, though it almost feels like the sourness sticks in the mouth, like a sweettart. Carbonation is pretty high and helps the refreshing-ness of the beer.

Very drinkable, very nice, flavorful and clean. Very well done. Strawberries are subtle, but add nicely. Worth the wait!

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Photo of m1ked
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smutty/Swift NYC Beer fest

A- A pale hazy gold color. Minimal lacing. No streamers noted.

S- A sharp (hint) sour strawberry chardonnay nose.

T- Definetly a tart & bright strawberry upfront. Light sulfur notes with a lingering tart strawberry.

M- tart, crisp, dry.

D- I like sours & B.W...and I like this one...not a session beer. More of a sipper & appreciate the craftsmanship.

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Smuttynose Short Batch #7 - Strawberry Short Weisse from Smuttynose Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 77 ratings.
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