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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Photo of amphion1065
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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 DoreenAndDave
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of mynie
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
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 mountdew1
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a hefe glass. Color was a light orange amber, with plenty of carbonation rising from the bottom to build a generous 2 finger white frothy head, ended up leaving 1/4 inch. Aroma was a citrusy floral aroma. Strongest note was oranges. Flavor was pleasantly sweet, not overwhelmingly so. A nice orange undertone with a hint of wheat in the backend. Felt good in the mouth. A bit of carbonation, with enough coating for this style. Overall a nice well balanced hefe. A good sipper.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light cloudy gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, light caramelized malts, citrus and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some sweetness comes in from flavors of citrus, honey and some spice. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are others in the style that I would pick first.

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Photo of JK4Stout
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Now this 22 has a little age to it, but not so mcuh as that it skunked.

A: I love the look of wiess beers! This one reminds me almost of a clover honey mead I made once. Just a tiny bit of head, little bubbles flowing throughout and a rich but not "sticky" golden color

S: I can certainly pick up a bit of coriander and that hefe yeast smell. I'm not too big on the smell with this style, but this is better than most.

T: Interesting! Almost gives off a Saison vibe! A little pepper mix for the sweet of the honey. the aftertaste can't be beat here either...Reminds me a bit of honey candy drop, but with just a hint of bitterness so it doesn't feel like a dessert.

M: Good Carb with a strong light feel. Rolls about the tongue a bit but from the spice not the beer itself. Perfect for the style. (Maybe not this time of year, but it's a heat wave here in VA)

O: I enjoyed this beer greatly. I think the only thing to make it better would to have had an 80 degree day to open in on and to have just finished washing the car. I can't say I am completely on board with the price, so that certainly takes it down a peg. Still my first experience with Slumbrew isn't a negative one.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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 PittBeerGirl
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Body is an orangish yellow hue. Live transparency and cloudiness. Pours with a 3+ finger foamy white head that has excellent retention. Plenty of lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Orange and a lot of it. Behind this is floral hops, a hint of coriander, and some tartness.

T- Big orange flavors upfront. In the background is spices and floral hop accents and a light to moderate breadiness. The finish adds a slight floral hop bitterness, some tartness, and a little bit more spice. Left to linger is a lot of orange, a hint of tartness, and a hint of spice.

F-Medium to high tingly carbonation, and a light to medium weight mostly bready/juicy body with a slight acidity to this.

O- Overall this is a decent, rather unique brew. Its an orange juice bomb. The orange overshadows everything hefeweizen about this beer. It is slightly tart and acidic as well. I bought a bunch of Slumbrew beers on vacation this year because I had never heard of them and I like their labels-none of their beers have been awesome-but interesting and worth a try I guess.

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Photo of Andrew041180
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - on tap at James Gate in Jamaica Plain. The beer arrived as an immensely cloudy golden orange, so much so that I almost expected to have to chew through it. There was little to no head and little to no lacing. I loved the color and cloudiness though.

S - A little light, but I mostly smelled the yeast. Some mild fruitiness. I've since read the description of what I should be smelling and tasting and didn't arrive at any of those flavors on my own.

T - I'm not really sure what is going on with the taste. It's nice, but I can't really pick out a distinctive flavor.

M - Nice, rich medium body. Pleasant and better than most, but nothing memorable.

O - I think this beer could stand a few more revisions, but is clearly on the right path. The individual flavors could pop a little more. In this case they sortof stew together and make it difficult to pick out something specific to note.

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Photo of CheezyBlaster
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
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 scottfrie
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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 brewandbbq
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle.

pours murky copperish gold with a spritzy, quickly fizzling-out head. A placid surface with zero lacing for the duration.

Citrus and bannana lead off the palate. Some mild orange pulp follows through.

Medium bodied with a crispish mouthfeel.

Orange-spritzed bannanas with some plump malt to balance and a hint of tart wheat on the palate.

Finishes with some lingering orange, bannana and apples.

Tasty beer, a good one for summer. The presentation is poor though, a hef should have mountains of dense, whipped froth and plenty of tattered lacing.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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