Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Tuesday Night Tasting - Smuttynose Summer Weizen Ale

Smuttynose Brewing Co. - Portsmouth, NH
Summer Weizen Ale
5% ABV, 12 oz.

This is Smuttynose Brewing Co’s summer seasonal wheat ale, which pours a golden, pale blonde color. It’s rather clear for a hefeweizen, but it doesn’t deter from the overall color. It also features a wonderful frothy head, which hangs out in your glass for a short while. The weizen has a gentle and smooth flavor and mouth feel, with a subtle citrus flavor. Its smell accentuates the flavor as well.

The beer leaves little aftertaste, which compared to other summer wheat ales, is somewhat different. It is certainly a drinkable beer, and would pair well with fish, or salads. It is notably different than Sam Adams or Harpoon’s summer seasonal beers, so if you haven’t tried one of these, I would recommend it. It’s not my favorite Smuttynose offering, but is a suitable seasonal brew!

The Smuttynose Brewery, which is located in beautiful Portsmouth, NH is now offering tours on Saturday mornings at 11am. They formerly only had tours on Friday afternoons at 3pm (still do!), which although made for a great afternoon of sampling and learning about their beers, was a bit inconvenient for anyone coming from somewhere outside the seacoast area. Thankfully they're making it a little easier for fans of their beer to come and see their facility.

Sarah and I visited their brewery last March and had a blast! Check out "Brew-Trippin' in Portsmouth" to read about our trip!

*Sorry for the stock photo - ours will be added soon!

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