Slumbrew Happy Sol
Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

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From:
Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
 
Massachusetts, United States
Style:
Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
84
Avg:
3.7 | pDev: 12.97%
Ratings:
271
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Aug 03, 2019
Added:
Nov 01, 2011
Wants:
  8
Gots:
  51
SCORE
84
Good
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Notes: A refreshingly tart and crisp hefeweizen brewed with local MA wildflower honey, orange peel and coriander, and fermented with the juice from over 1,000 blood oranges. It’s a cloudy, yet effervescent beer, with lingering banana and citrus notes balanced against a healthy wheat backbone and hoppy finish from Mt. Hood and Crystal hops.
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Ratings by NickyB617:
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5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by NickyB617 from Massachusetts

I've certainly sampled many Slumbrew beers and haven't found one that I dislike yet, but Happy Sol continues to be my all-time favorite! It's a great refreshing taste with the blood orange and is perfect for spring and summer although I pick it up all year round.

May 26, 2016
More User Ratings:
 
3.95 by Tiffpanman from Massachusetts on Aug 03, 2019
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3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by LukeGude from Iowa

On tap at Conley's, Clayton got one too. Murky, orangey. Solid hefe but not amazing head - probably on the bar.

May 26, 2019
 
3.75 by ChrisG523 from Massachusetts on Apr 25, 2018
 
3.99 by GravityKills from Massachusetts on Mar 18, 2018
 
3.97 by flek from Massachusetts on Jul 03, 2017
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4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by LIODIYA from Massachusetts

Looks: Medium golden amber color with a nice haze going on.

Smell: Light on the nose. Citrus, banana and yeast.

Taste: Very well rounded hefe with a slight sour on the aftertaste. Banana and citrus on the main body. A bit of funk going on.

Feel: Great feel. Satisfying but not overwhelming by any means.

Overall: A great Hefe. Would recommend.

Jul 01, 2017
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3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

The appearance is a hazy golden orange body with a one finger white foamy head that quickly dies. Carbonation is still seen rising. The smell has the esters/"banana" yeastiness up front, light coriander all balanced pretty well, light citrus as it continues to warm. The taste is sweet yet light spiciness through all previously mentioned flavors. Light wheat bite at the end leading into the aftertaste, dry finish. The palate is light, sessionable, and has a moderate carbonation seems to be right now for the style. Overall, it maintains some of the qualities of a hefeweizen but seems like they're not presenting enough strength for the style such as a Weihenstephaner.

Jun 25, 2017
 
3.8 by tpauer from New Hampshire on Jun 24, 2017
 
3.56 by PJCarnell from Massachusetts on Apr 14, 2017
 
4 by jmphillips88 from Massachusetts on Apr 05, 2017
 
3.5 by Aisha from Massachusetts on Mar 31, 2017
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4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Stephenmheadley from Massachusetts

Favorite beer from Slumbrew! Very flavorful fruit beer and an amazing dark orange with a malty mix to it. Tart to the finish with a nice sour finish to combat the sweet orange.

Mar 05, 2017
 
3.98 by Dirk_Chappelle from New Hampshire on Dec 09, 2016
 
3.48 by Gkruszewski from New York on Sep 25, 2016
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4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Severymusic from Massachusetts

I tried this after a long day of tasting at other breweries in and around Boston, so my rating might not be entirely accurate.

Jul 18, 2016
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3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by DoreenAndDave from Maine

Beer poured from a can into a goblet. It's murky amber with a hint of orange. Nice thin ivory head. Nose is estery with perhaps a bit of crackery malt. Taste is tart and estery---a bit more sour than I was anticipating. Perhaps this is from the blood orange. There's a bit of a coriander kick in the finish, which seems a bit off to me. Mouthfeel is ok; it's well carbonated, but a bit heavy. Overall, I'm not in love with this beer. This might be because I'm not a huge fan of wits, and I also don't like beers with too much coriander. I was hoping for something more citrusey and less tart/coriander-ey. But maybe I went into this with unrealistic expectations.

Jul 04, 2016
 
2.85 by Shellynix from Massachusetts on Mar 06, 2016
 
3.3 by rderedin from Maine on Jan 16, 2016
 
3.61 by Bissel328 from Massachusetts on Dec 19, 2015
 
4.1 by I3eer from Massachusetts on Oct 31, 2015
 
3.59 by Petegrieco from Massachusetts on Oct 07, 2015
 
3.75 by NeverSettle from Texas on Sep 09, 2015
 
3.75 by zbooks from Texas on Sep 09, 2015
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4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by TomMahan from Massachusetts

If you like hefe's and if you like fruit beers at all, this is a great find. Had it on draft in Bethel Maine this weekend. The beer had a super cloudy look with a decent head, but the flavor was really exceptional, and the mouthfeel was substantial to say the least.

Aug 31, 2015
 
3.62 by Brew_42 from Massachusetts on Aug 22, 2015
 
3.59 by SlightlyGrey from Minnesota on Jul 07, 2015
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3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by WhiteHillsStore from Connecticut

Pours a really nice hazy oragne with a very nice head that trails the glass as you drink. The smell was full of wild flavors along with some sweet fruits such as orange peel. The flavor was nice with sweet fruits like banana acompanied by sweet bread and wild yeast. I thought the feel was a bit too thick for a Hefe with an almost syrupy texture. Could be better but overall very nice.

Jun 30, 2015
 
3.52 by edzo22 from Massachusetts on Jun 28, 2015
 
3.54 by lzepplin01 from Arizona on Jun 28, 2015
 
4 by OnTheBusWithGus from Massachusetts on Jun 07, 2015
 
3.75 by Ultimate from New Jersey on Jun 02, 2015
 
4.4 by WhitmansNiece from Massachusetts on May 30, 2015
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3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by mynie from Maryland

On tap at their weird little outdoor beergarden restaurant thing.

Pours cloudy, more orange than yellow, with a respectable white head. Smells like a pleasant, albeit very sweet, combination of wheat malt, clementines, and orgeat syrup.

Tastes like it smells: very sweet, big citrus fruit, and a yeasty, wheaty finish. Thick and rich throughout.

I can't claim to be able to recognize the aromatic differences between different types of orange (and despite what BIG CITRUS might tell you, clementines are a type of orange). So I guess I'll trust Slumbrew when they say this is made out of blood oranges. It just smells, and tastes, sweeter than that.

May 25, 2015
 
3.59 by Child_Pugh from Rhode Island on May 21, 2015
 
3.59 by brother_rebus from Maine on May 21, 2015
 
3.69 by LoudRed from Massachusetts on May 17, 2015
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4.55/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by eulogos10

Fruity light hefeweizen. More hops than German hefeweizen.

May 15, 2015
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4.31/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by WyethBednar from Massachusetts

Appearance: Hazy orange, with a decent white head. Very heavy carbonation, to the point that it initially looks a little but like pop in the glass. Very inviting and juicy look to it.

Smell: Delicious. One of my favorite parts of this beer. The wit yeast really comes through, with a bit of the citrusy tang of oranges. Really gets you excited to drink it.

Taste: Delicious and juicy. Lots of orange accompanied by the funky spice of the wheat and fermentation flavors give this an approachable yet complex flavor.

Feel: A little heavy carbonated for my taste. At times it felt a bit pulpy due to the high levels of bubbles.

Overall, this is a super tasty beer that works well either as an occasion session beer, or as a more complex thinker, depending on your taste. One of my favorite wheat beers.

Apr 30, 2015
 
3.81 by LutherBrau from Massachusetts on Apr 26, 2015
Slumbrew Happy Sol from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 271 ratings