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RATINGS: 597   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 357   ABV: 11.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Smuttynose Wheat Wine Ale is a unique hybridization of two well-known beer styles, combining the rich, voluptuous taste of a traditional barleywine with the subtle, tart flavors of an American wheat ale, topped off with a healthy dose of crisp, herbaceous hops. The much-anticipated debut edition of Smuttynose Wheat Wine, brewed and bottled early in 2005, was delayed for nearly a year due to problems 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 would confuse and mislead consumers and retailers. We didn’t agree (barleywine, anyone?) and appealed their rejection. Ours is the first, but definitely not the last, wheat wine application the federal government has seen, so they had to create new guidelines regarding the use of this name. We did prevail, at last, and the issue has been put to rest, and although there are several outstanding examples of this style offered at brewpubs, we are pleased to say that Smuttynose Wheat Wine Ale was the first commercially bottled Wheat Wine on the market.
GOLD MEDAL WINNER – 2005 Great American Beer Festival.
GOLD MEDAL WINNER – 2010 Mondial de la Biere, Strasbourg, France
GOLD MEDAL WINNER – 2011 Great American Beer Festival

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4.4
JoeMcPhee (9427) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2006 Deep copper coloured beer, no head at all. Sweet aroma of licorice and anise, fat maltiness, stong wheaty spice and a touch of oaky vanilla aroma as well. Amazing body, smooth, creamy, body. Sweet and spicy malt flavour, a bit of pepper mixes well with the spicy hops and clean sweet malts. Awesome brew. Tap at Collins Bar. Bright golden beer with light haziness and a thick white head. Aroma is gorgeous, sweet spicy pale wheat malt, a touch of bubble gum and pepper along with lots of bright orangey hops. Flavour is sweet but not overly so, spicy and wheaty with light bubble gum character and fresh citrusy hops. Lightly acidic on the finish with serves as a counterpoint to the sweet malts and spiciness. A bit of coranderish flavour as the temperature comes up. As quaffable as a beer this size is ever going to get.

3.8
IMtheOptimator (1170) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - NOV 30, 2005
Poured an effervescent amber with a small fizzy white head. Aroma of lemony citrus hops, orange juice, and a touch of candy malt. Flavor is surprisingly mild with an alcohol kick and citrus and grassy hops up front with a bit of sweetness, leading to a mildly dry finish. Rather soft spoken but quite drinkable.

4.2
ElDuderino (184) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 29, 2005
I stumbled upon this beer not knowing anything about it. Actually, I was obsessed with Bear Republic’s Hop Rod Rye at the time and thought this might be similar. To my pleasure this beer is absolutely outstanding. The aroma is malty and mild, it pours a nice amber color with a creamy but light off white head. The initial taste is slightly bitter and dry but it rests on the tongue very gently. As the beer warms up, subtle floral notes become present and it drinks easier and easier. It wasn’t until I had 5 or 6 of these that I realised it was such a strong beer. The alcohol cannot even be tasted. The info thing says 10% but at The Sunset Grill and Tap in Allston, MA they list it as 11.5% so who really knows. This is an amazing beer and I hope everyone has a chance to try it.

4.2
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2005
Subtle, ephemeral, floral, sage, sesame? lavender, honeysuckle, hints of tea and mint, finish of tea and faint licorice. Light bodied, soft carbonation, smooth finish, alcohol not noticed, subtle, complex, and quite superb! I want some bottles of my own.

3.9
austinpowers (2831) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 25, 2005
Wow. This was a potent wheat bomb of flavor with tons of yeasty character. The 10% ABV was adequately well hidden. The beer reminded me of the wonderful Two Brothers Bare Tree Weiss Wine.

4.1
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2005
bottle thanks to 46er3498 pours a nice light red with an orange hu. aroma is hops caramel and orange peel. taste is wheat, hops and caramel malt. pretty tasty

3.8
can8ianben (1556) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2005
Weird, I feel like it was a deep earthy IPA. Big hoppy notes, red amber colour, not what I typically see in a barley wine. In fact, I don’t see much wheat characteristics at all, and there is no aroma to suggest a wheat beer. Basically a big IPA, maybe wrongly labled???

3.7
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - NOV 16, 2005
Thanks to gputty for sharing this one. Caramel-orange pour, zero head. Nose is slightly floral, hops, wheat, some malt. Aromas are not strong, but easier to pin down after it warms. Flavor is wheat and hops, with the barley wine flavors coming through as it warms up. Citrus-ish finish, a bit of the alcohol lingers. Really a rather pleasant offering, just seems kinda hard to classify.

3.5
Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 15, 2005
UPDATED: APR 15, 2006 Medium amber-orange. Fruity-hoppy nose. Very smooth and weighty texture with a creamy carbonation; kind of chewy. Wholesome malts had an organic quality; wheat germ and crackers. Noticeable alcohol -- fruity and vodka-like; warming. Healthy bitterness; sharp, grassy hops. Overall, decent flavors; aromas seemed a bit restrained. Sweetness was mild, but the beer seemed to be balanced.

2.6
Ernest (7722) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2005
Head is initially small, fizzy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is medium amber. Aroma is lightly malty (caramel), lightly hoppy (flowers, apricot), with a note of alcohol. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Almost zero aroma, big disappointment there. Flavor is ok but pretty uninteresting. Big yawner.


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