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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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3.7
rlgk (18844) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 8, 2012
Draught at Rattle&Hum, NYC. Somewhat hazy/golden beer with a small beige head. Malty nutty aroma, barley, bready, caramel, vinous notes, figs, grass, some plums and pear, spicy notes, some dark bread. Malty nutty flavor, bready, grainy, grass, dark bread, vinous notes, salty, hop notes, caramel, a little roasted, fruity, some figs and dades. Alcohol is very well hidden.

3.7
chrisv10 (18504) - DENMARK - DEC 30, 2011
Bottle. Unclear amber with small off-white head. Aroma is malt, caramel, fruit and toffee. Flavour is malt, caramel, fruit, toffee, sweet, dried fruit and notes of alcohol.

3.6
jtclockwork (17284) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Bottle shared with Yanick. Pours murky brown. Nose and taste of caramel, toffee, maple syrup, pureed banana, malt, fig juice and dark fruit. Full bodied.

3.7
yngwie (17234) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 20, 2008
Bottle, 22oz. It pours an almost clear, golden body with a beige head. Piney and citrusy hops dominates the aroma, but the brewer found room for a good dash of malty flavors too, beef-stock and some caramel, as well as some notes of alcohol. Sweet and malty flavor with beefstock and a good hoppy bitterness towards the finish. The bitterness in the finish almost overpowers the malty flavors. Full, oily palate. As expected, the hops dominated, leaving the malt in the background. The result is a really nice beer, but it’s not as balanced as I could wish for. (080301)

3.6
Ferris (16521) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 4, 2013
Bottle vintage 2012 - Hoppy and nice balancing malts with a touch of spice. Cloudy copper with no head. Nice spices sweetness with a boozy burn and a hop bite. Finish is lingering with a hoppy aftertaste. Sweetness is followed by intense bitterness. Fun to taste but couldn’t drink a lot.

3.7
Dedollewaitor (16387) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 27, 2011
Bottle @ Odense Tasting, Jan 2011. Pours unclear copepr with a small white head. Sweet and vinous nose. Hops, caramel and toffee. Full bodied. Dry hoppy end. Good.

3.9
MiP (15973) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2008
Cask at GBBF08. Weak caramel aroma. Clear dark chestnut colour. Very small tan head. Quite sweet. Caramelly hop flavour, a little hop bite, probably mostly alcohol. Quite nice, but I do not taste any wheat.

4
bhensonb (15760) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 13, 2011
Bomber from Half Time. Pours ruby copper with a decent creamy off-white head. Aroma is like fresh fruit. Dunknow what kind of fruit, but the suggestion is citrus. Full bodied. Flavor is fresh fruit, and there’s a spicey, near wintergreen, thing that hit’s the back of my palate. Wowser. It’s one of those minty kind of things. Really surprising. Just exellently brilliant. Finishing fruity, and well balanced.

3.1
Ratman197 (15368) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 17, 2008
On tap @ Boulder Strong Ale Fest poured a hazy copper with a lasting amber head. Aromass of wheat, carmel, light fruittiness and a hint of spice. Palate was light bodied and smooth. Flavors of wheat, carmel and light fruittiness with a smooth dry lightly bitter finish.

3.7
gunnfryd (15290) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 22, 2008
Bottle. Golden colour with a beige head. Aroma is citrus, hop, malt. Flavour is alcohol, hop, citrus, malt. Nice beer.


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