Portsmouth Wheat Wine - Portsmouth Brewery

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Reviews: 66
Hads: 112
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 69
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
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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 inlimbo77
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, October '11 bottle
Riedel tulip

A: Pours a clear deep orange color. Crystal clear. Initially a layer of bright white. Turns into a nice collar around the edges of glass. Some alcohol feet. Some lacing bits.

S: Sweetness. Breadiness from the malts. Some orange blossom. Some honeysuckle. And there is booze.

T: No bitterness on tongue. Hops have faded. Getting nice butterscotch like sweetness. Again, maybe a touch of orange and citrus (just a hint). Some herbal notes. Really nice tasting brew. Finish has some lingering sweetness. A little booze on back end as you sip. Warms throat.

M: Big medium.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice aggressive tan head forms atop this beer. There seems to be a distinct almost dull straight brown amber color to wheat wines. This one does not stray from what I've seen from other versions of the style. A healthy amount of lacing.

Aroma is deep, thick and quite nice. Very fruity. Just a hint of alcohol. Certainly hints of grain/wheat here.

The fruit festival continues in the flavor. There is a pleasant combination of light caramel, wheaty bread flavors and the fruit. ABV is not in your face and there is a nice warming tone to the flavor. Enjoying this. My buddy who is learning about beers and different styles loves it.

Bold body, slick and warming, but not hot from ABV.

Enjoyed sharing this bomber with a buddy and wish I had another.

Nice beer.

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Photo of MrMonkey
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery.

Pours a dark amber with a one-finger off-white head that fades slowly to a sticky ring. No lacing.

Smells of toffee, bubblegum, caramel malt, wheat, vanilla and a hint of booze. Very appealing.

Taste is toffee and caramel malt up front with some bubblegum flavors and a hint of hops and alcohol. Finishes semi-dry, with a little more bubblegum, but there are some herbal/floral hop flavors finishing things up.

Medium-bodied, creamy mouthfeel.

A great beer, but one is enough to sip on; there's almost too much residual sugar, and with the ABV, I don't need another. Wheatwines for some reason always have a strange effect on me, more than any other beer. Still, quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Boppar
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alright, review #100!

Served from the tap into a tulip glass.

A: Deep, deep gold to the point that it is almost orange. Two fingers of huge, billowy head.

S: Hard to detect too much going on in here except for alcohol heat, and some wheat.

T: The taste is bold and assertive, yet smooth. It is a very malt-heavy beer with almost no detectable hop presence, except for the faintest hint of ginger. I don't know where that's coming from, but I'm glad it's there. It tastes of sweet breads.

M: Thick, heavy, and slick.

D: It does down a little too well for 11.00% ABV. One could get himself into trouble with this one.

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Photo of mountdew1
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. No noticeable head. Was a slightly hazy/cloudy orange amber. Aroma was slightly fruity, maybe fig or prune. Hints of alcohol were detectable, along with bits of wheaty grain. Taste was up front sweet, but not in a sugary syrupy sweet way. Spiciness tended to end the sip, maybe some pepper? Felt outstanding in the mouth. Coated very well, felt great in the mouth. Hid the alcohol nicely, but still a sipping beer. Extremely pleasant, mellow beer.

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Photo of billab914
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle picked up at the brewery today. It poured orange amber in color with a thin, frothy white head to it.

The aroma is on the sweeter side with caramel, honey and wheat flavors all coming out in it. I get some hoppiness in the form of an orange like citrus to it as well.

I get a lot of caramel and wheat flavors throughout the flavor as well. Some zesty, bitter, candied orange like hoppiness is there in the finish.

the mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being average. Overall I thought it was a good beer of the style and very flavorful and enjoyable beer to sip on this evening. It also helps that I'm a big wheatwine fan as well.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Portsmouth Brewery in Portsmouth, NH on 6/23/07, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, brown sugar, dark fruit and alcohol along with a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with a strong brown sugar sweetness and a hearty but easy malt character backed up by the flavor of dark fruit and a mild hops presence. There’s a slight alcohol burn but not enough to make you realize the potency of the 9.50% ABV. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Very smooth with a little crispness, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not very filling, nice hard kick, this is a good beer to stay with until it catches up to you, which it does very quickly.

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Photo of nickd717
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at the after-Bruery tasting. Wait a minute - this wasn't wine, it was beer! Oh man, I love that joke. Actually, I thought this was Kate the Great at first after seeing the bottle, then I just realized that Portsmouth has the same boring label art on all their beers.

This "wheat wine style ale" pours slightly hazy orangish-copper with a one-finger white head.

Aroma is very nice, wheat, banana, clove, caramel, and hops.

Flavor is wheaty, yeasty, and mildly hoppy, very fruity with banana and mild citrus. A little alcohol. Pretty good for the style.

Medium-full body with slight syrupiness and booziness.

Drinkability is good for the ABV. A very nice beer overall.

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Photo of emerge077
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Wil for sharing this! Review is from written notes.

Saturated golden orange body, bubbles form a string of pearls around the edge. Spotty lace with a thin initial skim across the surface.

Rich and malty sweet caramel toffee aroma, fruity notes of plum and pear. The flavor brings more sweet fruitiness of apricot and apples.

Lush and velvety, creamy feel, with a sweet toffee aftertaste that additionally has a somewhat mellow bitterness. Very drinkable, almost perilously so in the words of the late Michael Jackson.

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Photo of rpstevens
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Portsmouth Tulip.

The beer pours a deep amber with ruby highlights. The head is a frothy white two-finger affair that fades quckly to a white still crust. There's some oily lacing left on the sides of the glass.

The smell is sugared candy malts (or is that a sugar cookie sweet? this beer is hard to pin down), a splash of citrus, caramel, a hint of blueberry?, and a slight boozy (yet strawberry) sweetness.

The taste is incredibly complex, candied fruits, caramel, orange, lemon, graham cracker, and fresh cut grass roll over each other and compete for attention. The final taste is strawberry jam sweetness, very interesting.

The beer is heavy, almost syrupy, and the alcohol is still present even after aging, but the flavors keep enticing me back to the glass, dangerous.

It is worth noting that when this beer was released I found it almost undrinkable on draft, it was hot and almost overly malty sweet. By the end of its time on draft I started to enjoy it, and now the bottle is really coming into it's own after a few months.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty fogged in brown with an orange tone and a thin creme head. Nose is malty caramel. Slight touch of orange on the nose as well I think? Flavor is interesting in its caramel tones. That touch of orange is there as well. There is a hit of alcohol that doesn't come until the latter part of the ride of flavor. Fairly robust. Almost seems slightly like a barleywine. Feel is thick enough on liquid. Carbonation is slightly subdued, but still nibbles just a slight bit on the tongue. Not too shabby. A bit boozy, but overall a nice production. Would love to see how this ages.

Thanks to brewandbbq for this one!

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Photo of Overlord
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to rpstevens for the great trade!

Pours an orange-ish brown. Big tan head. Smells like ... caramel, brown sugar, some orange-y citrus, and an almost hefe-weizenish wheat backing. Interesting.

The taste, is frankly, a bit raw, but pretty tasty nonetheless. Some definite barleywine character with the sweet malt and creamy mouthfeel, but it almost tastes like it was blended with a wit and a hefeweizen, as there is orange/tart citrus and wheat in there as well.

Good, would revisit, but will probably never get the chance.

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Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on 01MAR04, on-tap here at the Portsmouth Brewery. I recall it being a very popular item at the Extreme Beer Fest, too. A special brew made at the Portsmouth Brewery by Smutty's Dave Yarrington in collaboration with Keith Gosselin, consisting of about 50% wheat malt and Warrior and Liberty hops, and now a regular Tod Mott offering.

This baby poured a dark golden/orangey color, with a semi-cloudiness present. Head was quite short, and shrank quickly to leave just a ring of white foam around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing was decent, though. Nose was a combo of wheaty dryness and a big sweetness somewhat akin to honey. Body was medium without much effort, and the carbonation level was fairly low giving it a smooth tongue-feel. A warming bier from the start...perhaps even a bit "hot" with the alcohol. Has some vanilla notes, with a healthy amount of sweetness, again with honey-like aspects, the latter reminding me a touch of Dogfish 120-minute IPA. Though the sweet aspect is dominant, there is still a floral-hoppiness present in the latter part of the quaff. A pleasant bier, though one packing a punch. Zum Wohl!!

overall: 4
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap at the brewery. Nice. Dark red with some rusty edges. Not muchof a head to speak of, but some nice lacing ensues. Aromas are crazy. Pumped up wheaty hefe-like aromas mix with barleywine like alcohol vapors, fruits, spices, and more. The taste is like a barleywine on crack. Fruity, yeasty, wheaty, and all-too drinkable for it's alcoholic heftiness and big bodied mouthfeel. Nice. A new style that is breaking some ground in the beer world. Good show.

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Photo of Truh
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This review should be taken with a grain of salt as it came at the tail end of the crawl Kumar and Jim and I undertook over the weekend up in Portsmouth. This was our hair of the dog offering for the weekend, imbibing it on Sunday at noon after a great brunch at Saucy Gray’s around the corner.

Poured in what looked like a 10-ounce goblet. Lazy ruby red with golden tinges around the edges, striving to penetrate the crimson inside. Slight cream coating at top with a tight sheen. Berries (raspberry?), and alcohol at front, with a slight soapy character later, though not detracting in any way. Alcohol belies a low-level buzz throughout, with the malt just above the radar. Kumar eyed the goblet suspiciously and mumbled that he could swear there was some fruit in it, but if there was, I didn’t think it made the ale any less drinkable. In fact, the mingling of the different profiles was excellent and Jim agreed by stating in his best Homer Simpson impression, “Yummy.” We agreed to have another, even Kumar.

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Photo of Jason
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz brown bomber with a bottled date on the label.

Appearance: Decent frothing with some killer stickage from a good head retention. Clear but quite dark, orangey brown in color.

Smell: Shortbread cookies, vague vanilla, caramel, sweet blueberry skin … clean nose and subtlety aromatic.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Creamy slick full bodied mouth feel. Thick malty palate with a warming alcohol attached. Modest hops let the malt character unfold; toasted malt, hint of soft cocoa, faintness of brown sugar and a bold spicy wheat. A touch of herbal hop middle to end. Nice lining in the finish of a toasted malt flavor.

Drinkability & Notes: This brew proves that wheatwines are very different from barleywines. Without a doubt this is a sipping brew, a great one none the less.

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Photo of BassAssassin
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy copper with minimal head.

S: Sweet. The first thing that comes to mind is cotton candy soaked in bourbon. Hints of vanilla are also present.

T: Malty and spicy. Malt is sweet, but not cloying at all. Very pleasant. Faint hop bitterness is tasted on the back of the tongue. Alcohol is very apparent, and actually quite welcome.

M: Manages to be round and full bodied without feeling thick. The wheat lends a soft and smooth character to this beer. Well done.

D: This goes down almost too easily. However, at 9.5% this brew is definitely meant to be sipped. Another excellent offering from the Portsmouth Brewery.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky reddish brown, not much head with no lacing.

Smell is surprisingly weak, couldn't make out much of an aroma, slight malty aroma with some fruitiness though.

Taste is very smooth and slick, not quite what I expected but very welcome, the alcohol is well hidden and only has a slight warming sensation, very malty with a fruit backing.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from my notes. Served in a tulip glass at the brewery. This is the 2010 edition of the Wheat Wine (it was listed as Aged Wheat Wine at the pub).

A: Cloudy burnt orange liquid. Tan bubbles on top settle down to expose the liquid. I cannot see any rising carbonation. Swirling the glass leaves behind plenty of film and foam.

S: Some sweetness and some alcohol. Reminds me of crystalized ginger, but also has some ties to strong English ale styles (Barleywine, Old Ale).

T: Some fruit and alcohol. Apple, pear and plum are all present--lots of non-citrus fruits! Tastes of honey as well.

M: Full bodied, but viscous. The carbonation tickles my tongue, as does the alcohol. Sticky lips. Light coating that is sweet.

D: A slow drinking beer. 10 ounces is plenty at the end of this session. Strength and thickness of the body limit this beer.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Portsmouth- Wheat Wine

Appearance- Amber brown with a small light lacing head.
Smell- Big fruityness. Cherry, apple, and pomogranite.
Taste- Cherries and pomogranite really come through. Slight grape undertones. Chewy malt throughout really balances this beer out.
Mouthfeel- Sweet, yet never cloying.

Overall- Quite delicious and the high alc. is really hidden. This could easily be a session beer. My next trip up hopefully I'll buy a bomber or 2 to bring home.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at the brewpub in Portsmouth. Pours orange with ruby highlights. There is a tight head that sticks around as a cap and leaves some nice lacing. Smells lightly of bubblegum and slightly sour wheat. Strangely enough, this tastes a bit like sake. Hot with alcohol with distinct soft rice grain flavors, a hint of banana, cherry, and clove. The mouthfeel is a bit hot, but drinkable. I wouldn't exaclty call this challenging, but it is most definitely a sipper. Unusual.

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Photo of carln26
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I’ve been wanting to try Todd Mott’s Wheat Wine since he moved up to Portsmouth. On vacation about 5 years ago, I stopped by the Boston Beer and Fish company down town, and was blown away by his barleywine. This beer poured an amber color with a thick cream colored head. Mild hop aroma. There really wasn’t much beyond the hops in the nose. A mild boozy character, but little else/ The head did leave a remarkably good lace for this style. Mildly boozy taste too. A sweetness comes to the front with some citrus hop character. Very slick mouth feel. Ok drinkability. This wasn't what I remembered from 5 years ago, but was still a decent beer.

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Photo of jabocu
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium clear copper color with two finger head that hung around for a few minutes. Aroma was not real strong, but sweet with lots of malt. Lots of flowery and citrus hops and some spice hanging in back. The flavor was much stronger than the aroma. A little syrupy but not cloying. Wheat, spices, a little pepper, and a very nice citrus bitterness to round it out at the end. The alcohol is not real strong in the mouth, but has a little warming effect. Definitely a sipping beer. Has medium carbonation and finishes dry.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mini-vertical. '10 sent to me by Reagan1984, '09 supplied by Mike (AgentZero). Served in a Russian River tulip. I'm going to mainly review the 2010, as it was superior. The '09 seemed..."off".

A - A finger of white foam settles to a partial cap and leaves behind spotty lace. The body is a transparent orange. In contrast the '09 was hazy and darker in color.

S - Fruity esters, sharp wheat and toasted grain, light honey, and some sugary notes as well. The '09 had a strange off aroma that was very musky and vaguely reminiscent of body odor and cologne.

T - Taste has more apple flavor mixed with fruity yeast esters, sweet malted grains, and surprisingly well-hidden alcohol. Somewhat bland, but easy enough to drink. The '09 again has a weird cloying rotten fruit flavor.

M - Medium body, low carbonation, and a fairly clean finish. Minimal alcohol presence - surprised to see this is 11%, as I would have guessed 9% tops.

D - The '10 was a pretty good wheatwine, a style that I don't generally find very exciting. The '09 had unfortunate similarities to the '10 Bare Tree from Two Brothers (although it wasn't nearly as awful). While the '10 is one of the better Portsmouth offerings I've had, it's not something I'd actively seek out or highly recommend. Still, the well-hidden alcohol and inoffensive flavor led me to have a second pour.

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Portsmouth. This beer really delivers the alcohol (at least to me it did), but let's start at the beginning. Clear and coppery when served, the head was thick and creamy and almost milkshake like in composition. The aroma had some wheatiness, yeastiness, and also that candied hop essence I enjoy. There was also some notes of alcohol in the aroma. Mouthfeel and tastewise, while I enjoyed it's smoothness, I also thought it did come packed with alcohol in each sip. Nice wheatiness in the taste as well.

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Portsmouth Wheat Wine from Portsmouth Brewery
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