Smuttynose Wheat Wine

Smuttynose Wheat Wine

Rated 3.682 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Smuttynose Brewing Company

Portsmouth, NH, United States

Style:  Wheatwine

10% Alcohol by Volume

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Another recently created American style, wheat wine, as its name implies, is a strong ale made with a substantial measure of malted wheat as well as barley. A close cousin to barleywines, wheat wines are typically strong, full bodied, deep gold to amber in color and feature a subtle soft tangy flavor derived from their wheat malt. A note about our Wheat Wine. The much-anticipated debut edition of Smuttynose Wheat Wine, brewed and bottled early in 2005, has not yet been released to the public due to delays stemming from the federal label approval process. The Tax and Trade Bureau (formerly ATF) rejected our original label approval application, claiming that use of the word wine in a beer name will confuse and mislead the consumer and retailers. We don't agree (barleywine, anyone?) and have appealed their rejection of our application. Ours is the first, but definitely not the last, wheat wine application the federal government has seen, so until they create new guidelines regarding the use of this name, our application will be held up, and 750 cases of Smuttynose Wheat Wine will continue to age nicely in our warehouse.

ID: 18783 Last updated 18 years ago Added to database 18 years ago

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Overall Rank1210
Overall Percentile97.7
Style Rank3 of 87
Style Percentile96.6
Lowest Score3.0
Highest Score4.4
Average Score3.767
Weighted Score3.682
Standard Deviation0.303

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  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 4.4 9 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Comes out of the tap a hazy, barely transparent coppery red-brown with a thick, fine-bubbled, fairly persistent pale tan head that leaves some good lacing. Aroma is wheaty and fruity, the latter an interesting mix of apple and citrus, with a hint of an alcohol bite. Fruity, wheaty flavor has an undertone of barleywine (i.e., serious alcohol content) and equal parts sweetness and bitterness. Very tasty! Texture is rough and rowdy, leaving behind a nice fizz. Heartily recommended.

  • FISHINGFAST 685 reviews
    rated 3.6 9 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Pours out the color of reddish copper with a white head that disappears quickly. The aroma is like a Barleywine. The mouthfeel is thick but a touch hoppy. The taste has a slight bitter aftertaste. However it's mixed with the flavor of maple syrup. The aftertaste is of oak smoke. This beer does get better as it warms up.

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 4.0 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Bottle share: this one from Ratchet. Light brown pour, little head nor lacing, constant creamy cap though. Rich sweet boozy toffee nose and flavor, some citrus, fruits and earthy hops, more sweetness and booze. Big, even better as it warms. Excellent beer.

  • RICHSBEER 1960 reviews
    rated 4.0 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Pours a cloudy blood orange hue with small head with sporadic lacing speckles. The aroma is of wheat and honey and tons of booze. Hay and corn syrup. Caramel all over the place. Hops are very complacent. It first smells like just your average Barleywine, but then the wheat really sets in. Dry, milled wheat. Super-sweet overall. The taste has its highs and lows. Starts of sweet and complex. Then finishes too boozy. Liqueur dipped fruitcake. Toasted Wheat Thins with dried prunes on top. Citrusy with a herbal hop character. The mouthfeel is full, sticky and syrupy and very dry with moderate bitterness. Carbonation is quite soft.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 4.2 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    10.5% hybrid. sampled June 2011, unknown that we'd just bought a 2009 bottle off the shelf. ironically, it would have been passed on if we knew it was 2 years old, but damn, this thing aged to near perfection. the bitter finish still balanced out the sweetness from the 47% barley malt and 53% wheat, which also made it just fruity sweet enough without being overbearing. somewhat thick, but hid the alcohol well. great beer, and another notch in the belt for Smuttynose!

  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 3.9 14 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 9

    Sparkling amber/copper in color with little to no carbonation and only a trace of a swirling head. Filling and creamy that suddenly moves to a dry heat and then back to a smooth aftertaste. Aromas of sweet bran cereal, honey, maple, figs and bananas. Plain cereal, dry grains, sweet fruits and a trace of citrus. Some vanilla and wood notes in there to boot. Drinkable winter beer.

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 3.5 14 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    There is not enought Smuttynose out there for my liking. This rare find would turn out to be a VERY good beer. A light cloudy orange-red colored ale. Small creamy off white head rises above. Doesn’t stay round very long, settling into a small bubbly ringlet. The aroma is familiar to barleywines, floral, malty and phenolic. The body is heavy and smooth. The alcohol kicks on the palate. The sweetness of the malt dances through the alcohol. Paired this with burgers and fries. And it paired oh so well.

  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 3.6 16 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 7

    A scrumptious brew. This beer pours an orangy-brown colour with very little head. The aroma is grainy malt, and tons of citrusy hops, and you can smell the alcohol a tad. The flavour is very hoppy with the grapefruit flavour coming through, and again, you can smell the alcohol a tad.

  • PHILB 2479 reviews
    rated 3.9 16 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured a medium copper color ale with a medium size foamy head with some average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of sweet malt is dominating and reminiscent of a regular barleywine. Taste is also dominated by some sweet malt notes with some notes of caramel and toffee. Full creamy body is well done with some medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well done but I can’t say that the wheat notes were clearly discernable.

  • ANTE 2674 reviews
    rated 3.2 16 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Draught at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Hazy pale amber with a creamy white foam. Perfumy aroma of coriander, green bananas and sugar. Clean and fairly alcoholic flavour of of green bananas, dried oranges and vanilla. Dried oranges, wheat and alcohol in the finish.

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