Slumbrew Happy Sol | Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

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BEER INFO

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

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.

Added by mduncan on 11-01-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
263
Reviews:
65
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
12.9%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
43
For Trade:
0
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Photo of swierczt
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up this week in Totowa, having never had this or any beer from Slumbrew before. I thought that this would be a bit more crisp and bright but as other reviewers have mentioned, this seemed like orange juice with some spices thrown in for good measure. It went down easy, was relatively thin, and could have been a bit more full in taste, which was surprising given how cloudy the beer was and the level of carbonation that was apparent when I poured this out.

The pour to this was the best aspect of this beer, as it had a cloudy, swirly deep apricot hue and a head that filled up the remainder of my pint glass. Once that settled, this seemed like a lesser version of Hoegaarden, a Sam Adams Witbier, or the Bert Grant's Mandarin Hefeweizen that I had years ago. Lots of blood orange here, a lesser amount of coriander and a very wet citrus taste tot his. Not a lot of bitterness, hops, or the kind of orange taste that would make you want to pucker up. Just a bit of banana and pepper here, which made this feel more like a Witbier than a Hefeweizen.

This was easy to drink and had I had another bottle, I could have downed it in the same sitting. The alcohol wasn't noticeable and there was just a touch of carbonation in the aftertaste to scrub the range of muted flavors away. While nothing spectacular, there's enough here to enjoy and on a warmer (read: any other) day, I'd give this a go as a preferred "lawnmower" beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

- Ale brewed with honey, orange peel, corriander and blood orange juice.

A: Dense blood orange coloring with a heavy dose of carbonation. The head was soapy, bubbly, quick to dissipate leaving a clean vessel behind.

S: Blood orange aroma and orange juice, soft dry wheat, honey sweetness, with a hint of trailing grapefruit.

T: Flavor was tart, some wheat backing, blood orange is dominate. Peppery orange peel, citrusy-grapefruit with some honey flower. Finishes dry and yeasty.

M: Fairly crisp mouthful, decent viscosity, with a light honey consistency.

O: Overall, decent, passable, hardly worth seeking out or getting seconds.

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4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

Photo of msondel
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of yoyogopants
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of harsley
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of cbutova
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

BA timed out while submitting my review a few minutes back. Here is the summary.

A- Cloudy light orange body poured from the 12oz bottle into a snifter. Fizzy white head builds to about one finger high with decent retention. A few legs but no lace for me after the foam falls to just a ring.

S- Coriander up front and foremost in the aroma. Backing that is a pretty big dose of citrus juice and zest. Some yeast spice and light malts.

T- Coriander spiciness seems to level out with the citrus additions, especially after several sips. The orange juice and citrus rinds create the flavor of an orange juice somewhat diluted with a Saison, especially because of that coriander. Peppercorn, banana, fruit esters, apples, phenols and some clove feel.

MF- Light bodied with a medium-high level of carbonation. Foamy and fizzy overall texture with just a bit of creaminess. Somewhat bitter spiciness and sweetness throughout. Slightly tart OJ feel.

Feels like mixing a Saison with a shot of OJ.

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Photo of jayhunter357
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of Peter1977
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of k_clarkie
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Bjlps
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of 666_MPH
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of ThisMoonlife
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Pens1967
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clouded orange with a foamy white head. Patches of lacing stick.

The smell is of coriander, honey and orange.

The taste is sweet honey, wheat malt, coriander and orange juice. It is sweet, but a spicy finish balances it nicely.

It is smooth, not quite spritzy.

It does not fit the style, as it is much closer to a witbier than a hefeweizen. Still, it is enjoyable, unique and refreshing!

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Photo of paresis
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Immortale25
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours an orangeish medium amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small wisp of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves a thin ring behind on the glass.

S- Sweet wheat smell with some hints of clove and other spices. Some wet cardboard leads me to believe this beer is oxidized.

T- Yeasty flavor brings notes of banana and bubblegum but doesn't go much further than that. The spices are there but seem to have faded since, judging by the appearance and mouthfeel, this bottle's been sitting a while.

M- Nearly no carbonation leaves the beer thin and lifeless.

O- I find it strange that I've seen a bottled-on date on one Slumbrew beer I've bought before but all the ones I've bought since have not and have shown signs of age. If I knew exactly how old this bottle was, I would hesitate to give it a bad review.

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Photo of jwps214
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Slumbrew Happy Sol from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
3.72 out of 5 based on 263 ratings.
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