Summer WeizenJuly 1, 2012
Smuttynose Brewing Co. Portsmouth, NH Brewed with a combination of domestic and continental wheat and barley malts, lightly hopped & fermented with a Belgian wit yeast, resulting in a tangy & refreshing flavor. ABV: 5.5 ABW: 4.4 COLOR: N/A BITTERNESS: 15 ORIGINAL GRAVITY: 1050 AVAILABLE: CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, MA, MD, MN, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, VA, VT, WI
I would buy it for the label alone, so inviting, like a lazy summer day by the pool. Vivid yellow, with a bright white head. Clean, but a non-discernible nose yields to a unique and delicious flavor which coats the mouth; drier and more acidic than a brew simply seasoned with hops. I couldn’t identify the seasoning as chamomile, one of my favorite tisanes, but no matter, I liked the taste. Refreshing, it is a wheat beer that goes down easy with summer fare, like grilled vegetable skewers, hummus and even strawberry short cake.
- Charles Finkel
Pale gold with an inviting wheat haze. Beery aroma with flavor expressed as a super wow delicious yeast/hop character. Delicious and yummy. Hops not aggressive but flavorful without being citrusy or fruity. Unusually inviting with food. Nice aftertaste. Brewers skill achieves a smooth balance. Clean crisp and a mouthful of flavor for a easy drinking summer wheat.
- Charlie Papazian
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com. Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
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