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Portsmouth Wheat Wine - Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth Wheat WinePortsmouth Wheat Wine

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66 Reviews
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Reviews: 66
Hads: 112
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 70
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-08-2004

A toffee-like flavor predominates this bold & assertive wheat ale.
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Reviews: 66 | Hads: 112
Photo of joepais
4.89/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well time to break down and review another of my regular drinking beers. I am doing it because this years batch deserves it. Not that the others didn't but this one was especially good

I kicked back yesterday with a growler of this and a growler of IPA along with a couple cigars and watched the world cup. I poured it into a strait pint and got a short lived tan head that went away and left a ring of bubbles around the glass. The body was orangey brown if that's a color. The aroma was sweet and caramel Yup there are some sugars' there. There are also some nice dark fruits present in the aromas as well. The flavor comes off the same as the nose but what makes this years special to me was the lack of alcohol heat this brew. It is dangerous there is no warning at all that this is a big beer and the flavor is so delicious that you get sucked into drinking more. It was a great sipper medium to full body with light carbonation it comes off like a cordial more that a brew to me.

This one needs to head back to GABF this year great job guy's

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Photo of Donthoseme
4.74/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It came out in a snifter glass. It was a caramel color with a good head. It had an aroma of toffee, cookies, and caramel. It had med low to low carbonation much like other barleywines i've had. This high gravity beer is not too filling and very drinkable with 10% alcohol. Watch out because you can definately drink a bunch of these and not know that your shitfaced. This stuff is so good i tried brewing it myself.

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Photo of DIM
4.67/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a mostly clear amber copper color, almost peach like. It poured with a small, but sticky and long lasting off-white head.

s: Sublimely sweet nose on this one. Sweet elements of candied sugar, caramel, toffee, and vanilla. Floral, wheaty, bananas, and some alcoholic heat round out this superb smelling brew.

t: This has all the elements of a great English barleywine with the addition of some sweet wheat. Lots of vanilla and toffee here with a hint of banana. Moderately warm, dry, floral finish. Overall, this was sweet, but far from cloying.

m: Viscous and chewy with perfect creamy carbonation.

d: Huge thanks to joepais for this fantastic brew. This was far better than Smuttynose's wheat wine. I'd like to get some more of these next year. (hint hint Joe)

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Photo of mshallah
4.52/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Was very happy to see a healthy carbonation during the pour. Retaining a beer's proper carbonation in a growler is a constant worry. The nose smells of caramel like a freshly unwrapped Werthers Original. Behind that is a very pronounced dried apricot. Some alcohol heat makes it into the aroma as well as some wheat and hop spice. At one time I believed this to be the same beer as Smuttynose Wheat Wine from the big beer series. They do have similar traits of apricot and alcohol heat. This beer however is much easier going down and the caramel nose is an added pleasure. During the pour there was a torrent of fine bubble carbonation leaving a 1/4 inch head which has since dissipated to a thin ring. The mouthfeel is that of a barley wine with high alcohol and light carbonation. Very enjoyable and very drinkable.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another fine offering from the Portsmouth Brewery.
Arrived in a 12oz. chalice...cloudy, dark mahogany in color w/ no head and very little lace.
Nice aromas packed w/ cherries, orange rind, honey, and a hint of alcohol.
The taste was excellent...I was expecting a much lighter/sweeter style ale, but was blown away by this one. Most of the scents mentioned above made its way into its flavor and the alcohol was not easily detected.
Mouthfeel was also thinner than I was expecting, but on par w/ most American Barleywines. Carbonation was perfect IMO.
Drinkability is good for the ABV...I could easily enjoy more than a couple of these in an evening.
Liked it so much I picked up two bombers to go...I believe JayT claims this one will be a year-round offering...that will keep me coming up every few months.
Great job...if you are a fan of barleywines, you need to try this brew.

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Photo of ADR
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap, Extreme Beer Fest 2005...

Copper color, tends toward clearish. Sudsy head, leaves rings on the glass but not a lot of lacing. Lurking aroma, not overt, lightly fruity and somewhat estery, reminds me most of candied citrons with a bit of other candy elements to it. Active and nicely done carbonation -- parses out the licorice and ginger flavors well, making it fun in its mouthfeel and letting the flavors play out in grand style. Finishes with a light bit of green leaves and even some cigar tobacco (the 70 IBUs asserting themselves?). A bit of alcohol comes through at the close. This is a very entertaining beer to drink.

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Photo of Durge
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beauty presents a thick and dark caramel brown color, cloudy and mysterious. It has a decent medium sized off-white head and goodly patchess of lace on this classic chalice served at the Portsmouth Brewery. The aroma is an intense, but tasteful butterscotch caramel, plain and true, very enticing. The taste brings strong malt sugars and hints of licorice and floral hops blended nicely into a full bodied, viscous, fair alcoholed brew of great distinction. Midland drinkability but normal for this style. Quite sweet, perhaps a bit much for the uninitiated. It definitly brings a red wine quality along with the tartness of cherries and the acrid contrast of grassy wheat. Quite a solid brew that deserves a try by anyone interested in the more intense varieties.

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Photo of rye726
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a medium brown with tints of amber and a thin beige head. Nose has sugary malts, citrus, caramel, toffee, grassy hops and ripe fruits. Taste has more sweet fruits, wheaty malts, dark candies and floral hops. Medium body is well carbonated. Tasty Wheatwine from Portsmouth. Drinks very easy for the style.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in snifter at Portsmouth Brewery.

Appearance: This beer poured a small head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a murky reddish brown with bubbles coming up the side of the glass.

Smell: Bready, caramel, toffee, spicy, bananas, and clove.

Taste: Caramel and toffee delight. Spicy, yeasty, bready, bananas, and a little alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Creamy smooth, medium bodied, warming alcohol, low to medium carbonation, and it got better as it warmed up.

Overall: Pretty solid wheatwine from Smutty's sister brewery.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes.

A: The beer was a deep copper color with a touch of orange to it as well. Impressive lacing for the ABV. White head with about a quarter finger.

S: The nose was quite fruity for a wheatwine. A little bit of alcohol creeping in. The wheat did come across nicely. Got a little bit of pineapple. For a moment it had something in common with Bottle Rocket in that how the hops in that come across super fruity.

T: The taste was awesome. The best non oak aged etc wheatwine I have ever had. Not that boozy enough malt and yeast complexity to keep you coming back. The fruity esters really made this one for me.

M: Little bit on the thick side. Carbonation was soft and enjoyable.

D: I wish there were more examples of this style out there. This is the second best beer I have ever had from them.

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Photo of mothman
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of kbutler1

Pours ½ finger of beige head. Color is an amber orange.

Aroma: Sweet. Honey flavors, caramel, green apples, wheat. Fairly hoppy.

Taste: Sweet honey, kind of wine like (even though I know the style wheat wine has nothing to do with it having wine like flavors). Fruits. Bananas, green apples, some spices, wheat. Pretty solid. A decent amount of hops as well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Nice feel to it. Ends clean.

Overall, a really solid wheat wine. Nice flavors and a good drinkability. A must try.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This review comes from a growler purchased from the brewery. Pours a lively strawberry blond color, with a small white lacing. Smell is on the sweet side, with elements of cotton candy, toffee, kiwi, strawberry and banana. Taste is dominated by a lovely tart fruit flavor...sour apple and watermelon come to mind. Wheat and a dry husky grain note make themselves apparent in the aftertaste. Body of the beer is the highlight for me in that it seems so light and sessionable for a beer of this size abv wise. Although the alcohol catches up with you after a couple glasses, it is still highly drinkable. This is a real treat of a beer. I might go so far as to say that I like it better then the Smutty Wheat Wine, which would pretty much put it in the top slot among Wheat Wines for me. Cheers

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Photo of BeckyFreesTibet
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another solid offering from Portsmouth. The appearance was coppery, hazey and golden with moderate egg-shell colored head. The bourbon, brown sugar, candied fruit and slight maltiness in the aroma actually reminded me of a scotch ale. The taste was a little syrupy and a little boozey but was true to the smell, with noticeable yeast and sweet fruit and a nice caramel hint. The mouthfeel was also a little syrupy but overall very pleasant. Drinkability was average for the style.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This seemed like a good beer to drink on a snowy day (in April, yet). It was a hazy copper color with a small white head that dissipated quickly. Impressive lacing early on, but less later. It had a sweet, spicy odor, with a bit of graininess. It tasted sweet (caramel) with a little spice, and a lot of hops that lingered. It was a big, bold beer, very reminiscent of a barleywine.
Very good.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I took notes on this with my cell phone. I'm sorry. I had a few wheat wines, and decided to get a good sample of this and use it as a reference when I want to explore more wheat wines. I enjoy the style.

Good head and retention. Nice apple phenol on the nose. This beer has a good strong and smeet maltiness fron the great amount of wheat. It is also balanced with a good hop bitterness. I enjoyed this beer and it made me seek out wheat wines to try when I was at the GABF to get a decent initial understanding of the style's characteristic. I am a fan of wheat wines.

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Photo of Boto
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught @ Brewpub: 10 oz. goblet: This beer poured a clear, reddish copper color. There was about no head on it at all. The aroma was a bit mild, but had nice notes of wheat and fruits. A hint of spice. The taste is somewhat sweet, mainly consisting of caramel malt, wheat, toffee and some dark fruits. This goes down real easy. A nice beer.

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Photo of sendsilk
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:
22 oz bottle poureat a recent barleywine tasting. No indication as of the year or date.

Let me start by saying this was at a barleywine tasting and I really don't care for barleywines. This was one of the few offerings that I was able to bring froma great trader up in the NE.

This wheat wine was very refreshing as it differed pretty nicely from the barleywines. Notes of citrus, honey and a somewhat floral bouquet. Nice creamy mouthfeel and great taste, but can taste the alcohol coming through. My wife would really like this one. Wouldn't mind having one again.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: On tap at the brewery poured into a snifter.

Appearance is hazy mahogany to medium brown with a light beige one finger head with decent retention. Strong bouquet of brown sugar, molasses, wheat, and slight booze. Taste is lots of brown sugar and molasses sweetness countered by some light fruit notes. Not much hop bitterness, just enough to keep the brew from being overwhelmingly sweet. The wheat also presents nicely providing a nice breadiness to the brew. Mouthfeel is full and very creamy. Drinkability is rather average due to the high ABV, strong flavors, and full mouthfeel. Definitely a sipper.

Overall, my first experience with this style was pleasant and enjoyable. Great flavors and a stellar mouthfeel really made this a standout in my mind.

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Photo of flexabull
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle is courtesy of warriorsoul. Thank again for this one! This is a bottle from April '08.

Pours a dark, semi cloudy, amber color with a thin white head.

Aromas are very nice. There is a very sweet creamy and candy like smell on the nose. A bit of booze, oak, and general spiciness as well. This is a complex smelling beer.

Taste is very complex, like the nose, and very different than any wheat wine I have tasted. This beer has a very thick mouthfeel, with a creamy sweet taste to it. There are some hard candy flavors, and a boozy alcohol like warmth on the finish.

Very nice thick and full mouthfeel. Top notch balance between an easy initial crisp feeling, and then a thick and full finish.

Drinkability is good. This is a very interesting wheat wine with complex nose and flavors. Not quite my favorite for the style, but it is certainly up there. I just think it's a little too sweet for my taste.

All in all... a very good wheat wine, I just prefer the one from Smutty.

I'll revisit my second bottle at a later date and see what some age does to this one.

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Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewery—served into a pint glass

Appearance: copper in color, hazy, minimal head, moderate carbonation

Smell: caramel and wheat

Taste: big time caramel, toffee, wheat, alcohol, and some hops—maybe citrus at the end

Mouthfeel: very sweet with alcohol burn—slight bitterness at the end, low carbonation, medium-heavy bodied

Overall: A nice, complex, and hot sipper. I like wheatwines and this one holds up as another highly recommended brew from Portsmouth. I would certainly get this again. It was my favorite from what I tried in my recent visit.

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Photo of Buebie
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this little lovely from joepais.

Poured from a bomber into an oversized merlot glass. The pour produced a smallish half inch white head, quick to recede and leave really no lace.
The color is a darker brownish red, with darker glowing copper colors. Its not transparent, but not completely hazy either.
Retention ring leaves a thin collar.

Aroma is sweet and malty, caramel, brown sugar, tangerines, a citric floral note, no alcohol present.

Taste is pretty fruity upfront with more tangerines, caramelized sugars, vanilla, a touch of a bourbon. The weat comes in much stronger as it has warmed to near room temperature. There is a strange aftertaste that reminds me a bit of orange peel. Hops bite just enough to keep the balance very even. Citric like with good amount of orange and a touch of banana.

Mouthfeel is slick with mild carbonation and a bit sticky with just a bit of a syrupy texture.

This is a delicious brew, very grateful to have tried it. No warming in aroma, but mildly in taste and not at all boozy. Very interesting take on this, not sure what style its following, but overall its refreshing and delicious. Hoppy, malty, wheat, citric surges....delicious.

Thanks Joe!

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Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle shared by EnfronCFO. 2010 vintage. Pours slightly lighter than cider in color with a loose head that dissipates into an oily skim and a bubbly band around the shoulders. Nose is sugary off the initial sniff, followed by wheat malt and a hint of ethanol. Cotton candy comes out as the brew warms. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of a slight chemically aftertaste at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an oily texture and an even carbonation. Overall, this beer seems spot on for the style. I would recommend trying this beer both fresh and cellared. Another great beer from Portsmouth.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at Portsmouth Brewery.

This wheat wine poured a slightly hazy amber color with white foam that settled. The smell was a nice wheat malt aroma with a hint of alcohol. The taste was lightly sweet and malty (wheat) with a touch of alcohol and low hoppiness. There were some wood notes, including vanilla, as well. A nice overall flavor. The mouthfeel was smooth and relatively clean with medium-full body and low carbonation. This was an enjoyable brew.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a slighlty hazy copper color with a slight white head. Crazy sweet aroma with big notes of caramel and fruit. Medium/heavy mouthfeel with slight mouthfeel. Nice lace on the glass. Very sweet with notes of honey, caramel, and orange. It’s actually a pretty good beer with nice flavors. Some banana as well. The alcohol is surprisingly mild in the flavor. Overall, a solid beer that I would drink again. Split between 5 people was the perfect amount as I think the sweetness may become a little overpowering with bigger pours.

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Photo of mnj21655
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep copper color with a nice off whire head. Nice aroma, very sweet with some floral hops a malt presence as well. Taste is strogner than the smell, wheat is followed by the hops but its not overly bitter. Nice mouthfeel, decent carbonation and has a dry finish. Drinkability is excellent. The alcohol is very well masked. You only really find out its there by the nice warming effect it provides. Bottom line: this is a very drinkable beer and I highly reccomend it.

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Portsmouth Wheat Wine from Portsmouth Brewery
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