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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: 263
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 brewandbbq
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
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 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 OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium cloudy orange with a decent white foam head. Nice ring of retention.

Perfume of tropical fruit is very very light. Some malt.

Some sweet wheat and orange rind up front. More bitter than malty, and then very dry. Coriander comes thru, as does the blood orange, but again, dry and bitter. Finish carry some of the fruit from the malt, but balances with bitterness.

Lighter bodied and carbonated.

Just ok overall. A bit harsher than I like, and this takes away from the refreshing aspects of the beer. Worth a try.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy golden orage body with an inch of white head.

Smells heavily of wheat and coriander, with a touch of grain. I pick up a little of the orange, but only because I know it's there. I'm not sure I would have pinpointed that one unless I already knew it was in there.

Decent taste for a hefe. It's a bit grainy, but the wheat is good and there's a light citrus sweetness.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. The carbonation is just right. Body is light.

Overall, a fairly good hefe. I can appreciate that this would be a great summer outdoor bbq beer.

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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 Phelps
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Happy Sol is an unfiltered wheat ale brewed with orange peel, coriander, honey and blood orange juice. 22-ounce bottle poured into a tulip.

Cloudy tangerine, capped with an inch of dense, merengue-like foam. The bubbles are the color of the center of a Cadbury egg and disappear after a few minutes, not leaving much lace behind.

Smells like an orange julius. Wheat, orange juice, apple, a bit of flowers, touches of vanilla. A bit of grainy, crackery malt makes up the rest.

The orange peel acts like hops in the flavor, imparting citrus notes as well as pithy bitterness. Lots of fruity wheat in here, with a bit of grainy tang on the back sides of the tongue. A little vanilla rises before a dry finish.

Frothy medium-light body with moderate, massaging carbonation. Light and refreshing.

Happy Sol starts decently enough, but kind of dies off at the finish. I finished half the bottle and was tired of it.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
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 ToasterChef
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
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 jneiswender
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
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 Andrew041180
3.72/5  rDev 0%
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 soze47
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
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 illpass78
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a one-finger white head. Lacing is a little less than expected.

Aroma: This beer brings a big citrus aroma to the drinker, along with generous amounts of wheat and spices, and some lemon.

Taste: Reading the ad copy, I expected something a little more bombastic than this - I mean, the label references using 1,000 blood oranges or something. It's a nice wheat beer, but it doesn't explode on the palate or anything. Flavors do become a bit more pronounced as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Pretty standard, summery depth.

Overall: Decent wheat beer from this Mass. brewer, which, in my experience, trades in decent beers, but maybe not astounding ones. A nice addition to a mixed summer six, but not a mind-blower.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a really nice hazy oragne with a very nice head that trails the glass as you drink. The smell was full of wild flavors along with some sweet fruits such as orange peel. The flavor was nice with sweet fruits like banana acompanied by sweet bread and wild yeast. I thought the feel was a bit too thick for a Hefe with an almost syrupy texture. Could be better but overall very nice.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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 Hopdaemon39
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pilsener- pours a hazy ruby orange color with less than a finger of head, good retention, and barely any lacing.

Smells wheat-y but not a robust scent.

Tastes like wheat of course, a little bit of tangerine with a nice mild finish (a little citrusy). Yeast present as well.

Mouthfeel is good- light body with medium carbonation. Not a beer I'd buy again and not the best wheat beer (I just had Weihenstephaner Hefe and this can't touch it).

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Photo of BigOldOaf
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
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 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 eclipse54
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
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 YouSkeete
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
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 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 TomMahan
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
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 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 DoreenAndDave
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
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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Slumbrew Happy Sol from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
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