Slumbrew Happy Sol | Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

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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.

Added by mduncan on 11-01-2011

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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 261
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Translucent dark orange color. Fingers width head that's quick to skim and melt apart. No lace and poor retention for a wheat beer.

Aroma is predominantly yeast spice. Maybe some coriander/orange spice in there to but mainly yeast spice.

Taste like an orange banana smoothie with a crisp, malty backbone. Good stuff.

Come summertime I could find myself at Atwood's patio with a pint or two of this. I've yet to be disappointed by Slumbrew, which is surprising because I'm often disappointed by Somerville - like the fact that as of last year all parking is either metered or resident parking.

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Photo of bobbybou
4.88/5  rDev +31.2%
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 scottfrie
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into weizen glass. Thanks for this one, shawnm213!

A: Pours a lightly cloudy deep citrus-honey color with a large, fluffy, dense, eggshell white head that slowly faded into a long lasting well retained film.
S: Definite blood orange citrus on the nose. Coriander comes through as well along with a bit of chalky yeast and lemon zest. Sweet and citrusy smelling.
T: Not as much orange as the nose suggested but it’s still possible to pick out if you know it’s there. Earthy hops are also a nice touch to the flavor. Citrus and coriander bring up the rear. I’m not getting much honey but this brew does have a juicy sweetness to it. I get just a hint of banana as well. The aftertaste is full of wheat and chalky yeast, and is surprisingly dry. There is also a light sourness to this brew, a citrus juice sourness.
M: Dry mouthfeel, medium body with ample bubbly carbonation. Goes down smooth and dry.
O: An interesting heff. Easy to drink with good flavors and a clean mouth. It’s not my favorite, but if you’re a fan of the style definitely check it out.

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Photo of PEIhop
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
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 VelvetExtract
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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 deltatauhobbit
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
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 celticfutblclub
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into alchemist pint glass

A - opaque golden yellow with a thin half finger thick head with big bubbles. very good retention on it and good lacing.

S - wheat, bread malts, spicy yeast, blood oranges, citrus.

T - wheat present up front with a creamy taste as well. blood oranges come in the middle. finishes with wheat again and yeast.

M - light to medium bodied with lots of carbonation.

O - its a really good hefeweizen and the blood oranges are a nice touch.

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Photo of smcolw
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

White, moderate head. Leaves decent lace. Light amber/orange color. Appropriately cloudy.

Good wheat presence. It has some elements of a Saison--a little bit of white pepper, light yeast and lighter malts.

Creamy flavor with a strong dash of coriander flavor. High carbonation, but there's also a full, round body. There's a hint of the blood oranges--it doesn't add anything dramatically distinctive, perhaps a mild tartness.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap last night at Area Four in Cambridge. Thought I would give the new guys a try. Served in a standard pint glass. Murky orange colored body, with a thin whispy white head. Smell was like a bit like orange rind. Taste was good but average. Some clove, banana, citrus, but nothing hugely grabbing my palate. Mouthfeel was appropriate for a hefe - light and refreshing. Went well with a spicy pizza. While this beer didn't impress me too much, I'd try some of Slumbrew's other beers at some point, because this was a decent first introduction.

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Photo of Beerisheaven
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
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 CheezyBlaster
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells nice and a tad Belgian. Sweet with bananas, nice funk, ripe citrus, wit. I enjoy sniffing this little guy.

Sweet, slightly bitter and bready, some classic hefe characteristics come through as well. Mild, soft, and somewhat wet mouth. A little duller than I would have expected given the whole blood oranges in the brew, but some of that sweet citrus comes through. I expected a more punchy take on a hefe, though.

Still, it's solid. If you are a hefeweizen person you should definitely try this. You may love it.

Wish I was drinking it in the summer :/

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Photo of plehnus
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: Lemon initially followed by Belgian spices, eventually the orange aromas prevail.

Appearance: Cloudy golden-orange body with a fluffy slightly bubbly white head.

Flavor: Mild singular malt taste. Only a faint hint of bitterness on the back end. Some citrus and spice notes throughout, but the dominate flavor is wheat and orange.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a creamy feel. Not highly carbonated.

Overall: It grew on me gradually but still seemed a little one-dimensional overall. Has a heavy reliance on the blood oranges. It is fairly light and drinkable but fell a little flat overall.

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Photo of mgrady3
4.13/5  rDev +11%
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 amphion1065
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a pilsner glass. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a really beautiful, hazy ochre. Dark red at the core but lighter around the edges - this really does look like a blood orange, or perhaps a sunset. A one-finger white head fades quickly. Minimal lacing.

The aroma is quite sweet, with a very strong wheat presence. This is, to be sure, untraditional. In addition to some classic ester fruits, there is a very strong undercurrent of bright citrus. Indiscernible combination of spices.

The taste is a little less enchanting than the smell. Again, there is a very strong wheat character, with a slight spice mix. What really sticks out is the pure, unadulterated flavor of blood orange. Tart, sour and very natural, it imparts a lingering bitterness to this beer. Not unlike eating a real orange, I suppose.

The carbonation is on the low side, and the mouthfeel suffers as a result. More life would make this easier to drink, though it's certainly not difficult to put down now.

A really solid effort from this new local brewery. I'm very excited to see what's in store for Slumbrew.

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Photo of Kelp
4.5/5  rDev +21%
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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Slumbrew Happy Sol from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
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