Portsmouth Wheat Wine - Portsmouth Brewery

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88
very good

66 Reviews
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very good

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Reviews: 66
Hads: 111
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 7.3%
Wants: 69
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
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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: 111
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. (639 characters)

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. (1,021 characters)

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. (1,068 characters)

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! (621 characters)

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. (532 characters)

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. (458 characters)

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. (686 characters)

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. (530 characters)

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. (882 characters)

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. (483 characters)

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. (664 characters)

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. (623 characters)

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. (707 characters)

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. (575 characters)

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! (1,209 characters)

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. (626 characters)

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. (468 characters)

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. (560 characters)

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. (476 characters)

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. (610 characters)

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. (767 characters)

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. (1,075 characters)

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. (771 characters)

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. (590 characters)

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