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Slumbrew Happy SolSlumbrew Happy Sol

Brewed by:
Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of 00trayn
5/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - A cloudy golden color that pours with a fluffy head. It has a hint of orange-y red to it, suggesting the blood oranges used.

S - It smells like a summer day. Citrus is the main component, refreshing and light. The wheat comes through as well with hints of spice.

T - A crisp, tart flavor really comes through, with the spices and blood oranges mingling together to create a refreshingly complex beer. It's not overly sweet, and leaves a sweet lingering taste afterwards.

M - A very good level of carbonation, light but not too fizzy. Medium bodied.

O - A perfect beer for a warm summer evening. The citrus flavor is really refreshing and clean. It blows other hefeweizens that I've had out of the water.

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Photo of NickyB617
5/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of Masenten
4.92/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Usually don't look for Hefs, but my beer-trade friend in MA sent this out for me to try along with a couple others. This isn't your father's Hef - this is it's own thing.

A: Pours a hazy yellow. The head is a half finger of light cream, decent thickness.

S: Citrus over a light clean barley foundation. Pleasant and refreshing. Very well balanced.

T: Light, citrusy, not to heffy. pleasant refreshing fruit. The body is near perfect. Very well balanced and built. Also amazingly subtle, to the point that it disguises its own complexity.

M: Clean, crisp and refreshing, and complementary of the flavors. Delicate and light on the palate.

D: Incredibly drinkable. An amazing Hef in my book Very flavourful and complex for the style - you may not like Hefs - I'm not a huge fan, but this makes me think I should try others.

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Photo of bobbybou
4.88/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After trying the Porter last night and really enjoying that, I picked up a bomber of this Hefe and expected to be disappointed, as I am with most American hefewiezens. This is not the case. Now that I'm drinking it, I regret buying only one bottle.
Poured into a Hefewiezen glass, I was pleased to find it cloudy and silky in appearance. The color is a very nice gold with might be hints of orange and red. Very Beautiful.
As I expected, the head broke from tradition and was not tall but I consider this a good thing.
As far as the flavor---I can't wait for Summertime when this beer will taste even more delicious than it does now. It has an undeniable orange/citrus taste hiding in it but it isn't sour at all. Somehow they were able to extract the best attributes from the oranges while leaving behind the worst. The addition of Blood Orange ( who would have thunk it?) completely works.
Little wisps of Belgian lace followed the beer down to the bottom of the glass, which I must report, is unfortunately empty now.
I can't wait to try this on tap so that I might review this beer further. :-) Ohhhh,it's going to be good!

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Photo of Brad007
4.6/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Originally reviewed on 2/12/12.

Pours a blond/blood orange color with a thin white head into my glass. The colors live up to the namesake in a big way. Cloudy too as well.

Coriander, orange peel and honey peek out in the nose. There's a good hint of the blood orange juice. Doesn't seem like an ordinary witbier.

Lots of citrus and coriander in the mouth. Clean. Crisp. The acidity of the blood orange juice is still present. It adds a new dimension to a style that is often marketed towards people that are new to craft beer.

Carbonation clashes with the acidity, which makes the result unsettling to my stomach. Otherwise, it's what you might expect for the style.

I certainly can't give it poor marks just because the acidity bothers my stomach. That is probably from the meal I had prior to this beer. Otherwise, this is an excellent example of the style. It might be too adventursome to a beginner but to me, it's just right.

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Photo of krystensteiner
4.58/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is not your average Hefeweizen! While the appearance and mouthfeel are appropriate for the style this unique take on a Hefeweizen comes from the blood oranges.

You pick up the citrus aroma at first wiff and then it really comes through in the finish providing a nice tartness at the end! This is not my favorite beer style but this Hefe may be the one (other than a few amazing German varieties) that brings me around to this style. Great beer to drink on a hot summer day!

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Photo of Kelp
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- A hazy orange color, you can tell it isn't filtered. A nice hefe color. A nice head is left after the pour around 2 fingers. A nice lacing is left behind in the glass.

Smell- Smells of banana, clove and tangy orange. I have to admit I have never had a blood orange before. The finish is of a bready smell.

Taste- the first flavor is a mild banana and clove followed by the breadiness. A tangy sweetness follows, i would say it is the blood orange to finish off the flavor. A nice citrus flavor is left on the tongue that lingers.

Mouthfeel- Smooth across the tongue a nice bite and sweetness. Leaves the mouth a little dry with a simple citrus sweetness. The carbonation is just right.

Overall- This is an nontraditional hefe, that I will be picking up again and again. I am glad I tried this beer and even happier that I picked up a second bottle. The citrus flavor makes this beer work.

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Photo of WyethBednar
4.31/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Sharkophile
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wheat ale brewed with coriander, honey, bitter orange peel and blood orange juice, let's do this!

A: Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Cloudy golden orange with a big white head that has good retention and lacing.

S: Smells like a witbier more than a hefeweizen. Coriander and orange dominate.

T: Taste all the additions to the beer, especially the coriander, with the honey and bitter orange peel being more subtle. A little tart as well, presumably because of the blood orange juice addition.

M: A bit too light and watery.

O: If this was a witbier I'd say it was the best one I've ever tasted. Very good.

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Photo of PEIhop
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy Sol pours a hazy-golden color with noticeable orange tints. The bubbly head rises to a one-finger height, but quickly disperses. The dispersal left very little lacings along the sides of the pint glass.
Due to the abundance of blood oranges used in the production of Happy Sol, I was surprised that the aroma wasn't completely dominated by citrus notes. There were two main complementary smells to the orange citrus part of the aroma: yeastiness and subtle spicy pepper. Most likely due to the use of blood oranges, a minor tangy quality was also present.
The initial part of the taste profile pops with coriander. Immediately following this short-lived coriander burst, orange enters into the taste profiles and lingers throughout. To round out the taste, pepperiness is present, but not overwhelming, letting the orange be at the forefront of the taste. During my first sips, the traditional fruit esters (banana) were not present, however as the beer warmed and was agitated, banana esters began to enter the taste profile adding farther complexity.
The mouthfeel was light to medium in body with moderate carbonation. I enjoyed the fullness and smoothness of this hefeweizen, which most likely due to my adoration of silky stouts.
At 5.5%ABV, Happy Sol is bordering on sessionability, which raises its drinkability. Its balance is one of it greatest attributes. The spiciness and citrus are held in check allowing multiple players to shine throughout the taste profile. Finally, at 5.95$ this beer is a truly great deal, so if you see it on the shelf at local MA bottle shop its definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of soze47
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy. Golden color with a hefty dose of orangey/red highlights. Very pretty in the glass. High marks here.

Aroma: Like a normal hef with a nice dose of orange tartness. I get a little bit of banana and spice as you'd expect, but there is a nice earthy complexity to it as well. Intriguing stuff.

Taste: Great development. Starts off with a brief but explosive tartness. It quickly turns into orange juiciness that melds well with the traditional hef notes. The after taste rindy and the more sour/bitter notes of blood oranges comes through. Really great ride.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Nice and light as it should be. Maybe a little heavier than others in the style, but it is light enough to keep the flavors dancing.

Overall: Another great beer from Slumbrew. This brewery is doing things the right way by focusing on popular, well-known styles but giving it a unique twist. Blood orange (not normal orange) was a stroke of genius with the tart and sweet flavors.

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Photo of mgrady3
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a pils glass

Color and look are spot on for what I'd expect. Perfect haze for a hefeweizen; the color is really something else, i'd hesitate to say that the blood oranges had that much of an effect but perhaps they did.

Smells great - just the right kind of spice and funk for a hefe.

Tastes good - sure its just about winter time but I can always go for a good wheat beer. I was apprehensive at first about the spices and blood oranges but it comes out very well in the end, not overly spiced or overly fruity. just the right tartness without the unnecessary sweetness many fruity beers suffer from

Only had one bottle but it was plenty fizzy;

overall it gets a thumbs up from me; I'd certainly buy it again and would love to try it on tap if they offer it anywhere.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy Sol pours a cloudy straw yellow with a big, fluffy white head on top. The foam fades slowly leaving a thick coating of lace on the glass.

The aroma is loaded with orange, clove and bubblegum. A hint of wheat is also detected.

Each sip of this light to medium bodied beer is watery on the palate with a mild carbonated fizz. The flavor is mainly orange with some clove, bubblegum and pale malt blended in. Finishes sweet with a lingering orange flavor.

This is an easy drinking, not overly spiced hefeweizen. Very refreshing.

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Photo of Beerisheaven
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had some hot turkey chili last night and decided to match it with this never heard of beer. First off thanks to kelp for continuing to shower me with goodies (both ultra-rare and not)from the local New England area.

A - Pours cluody with a nice white pillow, consistent with the category.

S - Very nice, just the right amount of spice from the orange, coriander, and what seems to be a little pepper as well.

T - Very nice. The orange gives it a different profile. Not sweet but a very pleasant addition. Really good beer with a nice wrinkle, sounds like a winner to me.

M - Good carbonation and very enjoyable.

O - Really enjoyed this beer and would certainly look to have it again. Thanks kelp for another great beer.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This see pours a hazy yellowish straw CPR with a good sized fluffy white head. The smell is light banana with wheat notes. The fast is lightly fruity not just banana though with a nice light wheat finish. The mouthfeel is light good carbonation and mouth watering. Overall this is a beer I will be drinking more often.

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Photo of eclipse54
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bottle from FluffyMcTingle; thanks! Bottled in 10/2011, and split into tulips.

Pours a creamy orange and yellow color with about a centimeter of white, fluffy head. Retention is moderate, and there is some subtle lacing to decorate the glass.

The aroma is of wheat, lemon zest, orange citrus, faint honey, some coriander, clove, and a bit of yeasty funk. Could pass as a fruity saison aroma.

It tastes of wheat, orange citrus, lemon, ample honey (much more honey on the palate than in the nose), coriander, clove, and grass. Very refreshing and well balanced.

Mouthfeel is great, being crisp and finishing relatively clean, albeit a touch dry.

Overall, a very good hefeweizen that is worth trying. I felt like the honey was a nice touch alongside the oranges.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy golden color with an orange tint to it, thin white head that sticks around for a little while then promptly disappears, not much lacing.

Large aroma of coriander and orange, bit of a yeasty spice to it as well.

Taste starts out with an orange zing and follows with a bit of coriander, slightly yeasty, picking up a peppery kind of spice, carbonation is moderate to high but not overwhelming in the least.

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Photo of TomMahan
4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very hazy honey color. Head is thin and dissipates. Translucent body. The head leaves decent lacing especially for being so minute in stature.

S-Yeasty and wheaty. A spicy nose as well. Light citrus juice. Definitely has that Belgian aroma going on here. A pretty aromatic Hefeweizen.

T-Sweeter than the nose would lead you to believe. The most outstanding flavor is the cereal-like taste. Literally tastes like Special K for a few moments. A bunch of wheat. Citrus flavors of orange and lemon. Finishes grassy. Complex.

M-Lively carbonation. Body is a bit heavier than others I have had of the same style. Sweetness adds to the smoothness of the body.

O/D-A sturdy Hefeweizen. I enjoy how it is a bit more intense and concentrated than other Hefeweizens. At $5.75 for a bomber, this isn't a bad bargain either. Their IPA was awesome, this one isn't bad.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy yellow/orange color with a small whitish head on top, about 3/4 inch tall. Retention is average, reducing to a thin layer on top of the beer. Thin lacing forms on most of the glass.

S: Very inviting with a nice orange aroma and some orange rind. Some wheat and spice mixed in as well.

T: A good bit of wheat and spice, as well as the blood oranges coming through nicely, though not as strong as i was hoping for. I don't say that to take anything away from the beer though.

M: Medium bodied with active carbonation, slightly tingly on the tongue.

O: Enjoyable. A Hefe that is heavier than most in terms of citrus presence, and I like it. Would get it again.

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Photo of BigOldOaf
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy, delicious looking orange with a quarter inch head. As you make progress, there is almost no lacing to speak of.

S: The smell is a nice, refreshing blend of citrus fruits, real heavy on the oranges, with some sweet notes mixed in.

T: The taste is akin to the smell: very heavy on the blood oranges. There are also some hints of grapefruit, lemon peel, and honey.

M: This is where the rating goes down for me. I am well aware that this is not the type of beer to have a profoundly full body, but I was expecting more from the way it looks in the glass. Every sip I took I could not help thinking that this beer was missing something. The mouthfeel seems to be where it falls short.

O: Overall, not bad because the flavor is definitely there. As much as I had trouble enjoying it though, I would say it's worth trying.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tapat When Pigs Fly, served in a pilsner glass.

The beer was a hazy orange color with a thick white head. There was a moderate amount of lacing.

OK aroma of citrus and sweet malt.

More in the taste. Orange and lemon, maybe a little tropical fruit. Wheat.

Interesting mouthfeel, tart and on the acidic side. I liked it.

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Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice fizzy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace but partially reinforced by bubbles rising to the top, some decent lacing, over hazy reddish orange colored beer.

Nose has some hefe notes to it, wheat, light hefe yeast aromas, then orange... orange peel, a fleshy orange juice, citrusy, hints of typical hefe spices coriander, juicy, a bit malty, and a hint of clementine.

Taste starts a bit like a hefe again, but not a lot. It brings some light wheat flavors, hefe yeast with hints of spices and even a slight banana, some coriander and maybe slightest hint of clove. Then orange galore, with some fresh squeezed orange juice, again the fleshy orange taste with a hint of bitter rind, a definitive blood orange flavor, with a bit of a clementine like twist and even slight tangerine. Fairly citrusy and juicy, almost more juice than beer at this point. A light malty wheat flavor but not much, with a hint of bitterness more from orange peel than anything else. Finish is slightly dry, it seems like it wants to get dry but can't from all the juice, a little sticky, lingering orange peel and blood orange juice, hint of hefe and wheat, and a hint of a citrus like hop flavor.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad, interesting juicy beer with nice orange flavors, juicy, quite drinakble and without too much of the hefe flavor that can get nagging on a large hefe in the middle of summer, well mostly the American made hefes.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at the Great Lost Bear.

Hazy golden orange beer with a nice white foam head. The head didn't stick around for long, but it did leave some patchy lacing.

It has a slightly sweet aroma with a good portion of lemon and orange citrus.

The flavor is more fruit than wheat, but I would never confuse this for a fruit beer. There is a little bit of the banana you expect from the style, but also some of the lemon and orange I found in the nose. There is some crystal and Belgian candi sugar providing sweetness.

The beer has a tingly quality that is interesting. A small coat is left behind that has a decent amount of flavor. There is a little bit of a sticky film left on my lips after a few sips.

This is an enjoyable wheat beer. It makes a good summer beer. This is also my first experience with Slumbrew. Based upon this beer and my friends' recommendations, I'll definitely seek out more of their offerings.

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Photo of Ammertime
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I enjoyed a pint of this from a freshly tapped keg at Howling Wolf Taqueria in Salem, MA.

A: A surprisingly bright orange-red glow lights up the traditional hefeweizen cloudiness.

S: The scent of orange zest/orange rind dominates. It could pass for an orange Kool-aid or VitaminWater in a blind test.

T: Almost as advertised. The blood-orange is rich and strong, imagine a traditional hefe cut half and half with smooth, pulpless orange juice (Sunny D perhaps?). This is still clearly beer though, sunnily wheaty beer with banana/clove notes readily present.

M: Smooth, a little on the thin side of medium. The alcohol is muted - would be easy to drink several of these over a long brunch or at a ball game.

O: This was an excellent surprise as I'm not often a huge fan of hefeweizens. The coloring makes it a very attractive conversation piece and the flavor is intensely positive. Pay attention to your pairings though. My only note of caution is to avoid consuming Happy Sol with any sweets, as the contrast will bring out some overwhelming sour notes that aren't present otherwise.

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