Slumbrew Happy Sol | Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

Slumbrew Happy SolSlumbrew Happy Sol
BA SCORE
3.7/5
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:
#28,119
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
267
pDev:
12.97%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
47
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 267 |  Reviews: 67
Photo of WDJersey
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of VelvetExtract
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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 PEIhop
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
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 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 Fettpopps
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of costanzo_mike
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of cbutova
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
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 scruffwhor
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had to wait till I got to the bottom of my 22 oz. bottle to start reveiwing. Need that yeast sediment.

Murky bronze and wheat grain color with a super quick head and no retention.

Light tartness to the blood orange citrus, wheat, and some chalk mixed in.

Dry, chalky palate that seems to fit Summer so well. Citrus that there, but not overpowering. This is real citrus flavor, not hop bitterness. Earthy at times, but pretty dry, and a light tart finish. This beer is good and easy to drink, just a little too dry and tart for the style.

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Photo of Brad007
4.6/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Originally reviewed on 2/12/12.

Pours a blond/blood orange color with a thin white head into my glass. The colors live up to the namesake in a big way. Cloudy too as well.

Coriander, orange peel and honey peek out in the nose. There's a good hint of the blood orange juice. Doesn't seem like an ordinary witbier.

Lots of citrus and coriander in the mouth. Clean. Crisp. The acidity of the blood orange juice is still present. It adds a new dimension to a style that is often marketed towards people that are new to craft beer.

Carbonation clashes with the acidity, which makes the result unsettling to my stomach. Otherwise, it's what you might expect for the style.

I certainly can't give it poor marks just because the acidity bothers my stomach. That is probably from the meal I had prior to this beer. Otherwise, this is an excellent example of the style. It might be too adventursome to a beginner but to me, it's just right.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
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 Dizzy242
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of mynie
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
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 scottfrie
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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 rderedin
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kvgomps
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of trevorpost
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of PatGreer
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of braican
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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 Hootie159
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jsh420
2/5  rDev -45.9%

Photo of AnitaBrewski
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of JamesStreet
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Satchboogie
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Slumbrew Happy Sol from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 267 ratings
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