Slumbrew Happy Sol | Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

Slumbrew Happy SolSlumbrew Happy Sol
BA SCORE
50.9%
Liked This Beer
3.7 w/ 267 ratings
Slumbrew Happy SolSlumbrew Happy Sol
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
Ranking:
#27,523
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
267
Liked:
136
Avg:
3.7/5
pDev:
12.97%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
46
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 267 |  Reviews: 67
Photo of MasterSki
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Grabbed this from Binny's - figured I'd complete the Slumbrew trifecta. Served in a plastic cup at West Lakeview Liquors. Bottled November 2011.

A - Finger-plus of white foam settles to a thin cap and splotchy lace. Murky apricot body.

S - Wheat, coriander, a touch of sweet malt, and perhaps a hint of the advertised blood orange juice. There's a mild vomit note that dissipates quickly after pouring.

T - Taste is pretty similar, with wheat, grainy malts, and a touch of coriander spice. I don't really get much of the other listed adjuncts - orange peel & honey.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, chewy and mildly grainy texture.

D - Out of all the possible wheat styles, hefeweizen is probably the last I'd use to describe this. It's more of a witbier, but without the phenolic Belgian yeast character. I didn't get much of the banana & clove Weiß yeast character. Not a bad beer but pretty forgettable.

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Photo of thegerm87
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jneiswender
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber bottle into a belgian tulip. Served cool.

Pours a moderate off white head and a brownish orange body that is quite murky.

Strong belgian yeast smell. clove, medicine,

Taste is more complex. Certainly the yeasty front, faint juice flavor, wheat front as well. Some herb middle but the middle flavors are kind of weak. Honey aftertaste hits you about 5 seconds after you swallow. Neat.

Light to medium and steady but not heavy carbonation.

Funny almost belgian for a hefe. Elements of a hefe are there but the middle flavor profile is weak. Nice front and finish but alot to be desired in the middle.

I would drink again.

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Photo of Sammy
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Great Lost Bear. Significant orange aroma. Cloudy orange appearance, with a little head. Cider taste, orange juice added to a wheat beer.Yes o tangerine and these things but I'm not into beer cocktails. Very wheaty character, not a hefe. OK drinkability.Average mouthfeel.

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Photo of brentk56
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a modest head that leaves a few shards

Smell: Bready and citrusy; no banana detectable

Taste: Bready and citrusy, with pith and coriander elements; no real hefe character; much more like a citrusy wit

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Clearly intended to be a hybrid, but this beer doesn't have much of a hefe character at all

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Slumbrew Happy Sol has a thin, fizzy, quickly-dissipating head, no lacing, a murky (especially so, after the bottom caked contents are loosened and poured in), orange appearance. The aroma is odd, but it (and, the flavor) does improve as the beer settles out. I picked up honey, aged dankness, red soil, bread crust, and possibly some juice. Taste is of sweetness, that odd oldness, honey, bread crust, malt, and low bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and Slumbrew Happy Sol finishes wet and juice like. Reminds me of a mimosa.

RJT

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Photo of Rusty_Pabst
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Shawnspl
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Meb3
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of huysmans
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of nquigley16
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Bandi
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of pveilleux
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Fattsmagee
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of HamdenHector
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of jayhunter357
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of swierczt
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of TheAnk
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of morebeergood
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
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 jeanphony
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of rderedin
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.33/5  rDev -10%
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 YouSkeete
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Hazy golden yellow with a two finger thick eggshell white head. Bananas, cloves, coariander, oranges and lemon on the aroma. Pale malts and belgian yeast reveal themselves as well. Orange, clove, and banana on the initial sip. Not much different than the nose: orange, lemon and banana, pale malt, flat hops and belgian yeast with some kitchen spices throughout the body. Aftertaste is mildly dry, mildly hoppy. Bright and sweet with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
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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Slumbrew Happy Sol from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
Beer rating: 50.9% out of 100 with 267 ratings
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