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Portsmouth Wheat Wine - Portsmouth Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

107 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 66
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A toffee-like flavor predominates this bold & assertive wheat ale.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-08-2004)
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

04-23-2013 05:51:11 | More by Kelp
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GolgiIPAratus

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

22 oz (and 3 oz draught sample*)

{Review is based on bottle, with a few comparisons to draught sample}

Sampled: 3.16.05 (*3.7.05)

I originally tasted this in a 3 oz (FREE!) sample at the Portsmouth Brewery in Portsmouth, NH. One of my favorite brewpubs and lunch spots when the wife & I go to Portsmouth. Our trips there are usually centered around going to this place. I suggest the pulled pork sandwich and the BBQ chicken strips. They use a homemade sauce made with one of their fine brews. Old Brown Dog Ale if memory serves me correctly (if I'm wrong, someone please email me, so I can correct that!). After our meal, we popped over to the brewshop next door and I was psyched to find one 22 oz bomber of the Wheat Wine left in the fridge case. The sample was so good, I couldn't resist...

The bottle is a brown glass bomber with a plain paper bag style wrapper with the brewery logo over the beer name hand written with magic marker. All their beers come this way when you get a 22. A slow pour into a snifter produced a headless honey hued liquid. Lighter than actual honey, but darker than I remembered from the sample. Slight foam with a swirl, but dissipates quickly. Zero lacing, obviously.

The nose was malt-ridden sweetness. There are barleywine similarities that taper into a slight alcohol tinge.

A sip was a round maltiness. The middle of the swell brings a sweetness that slips back down again into a bitter finish as the sip cascades down your gullet. Alcohol heat warms the mouth and face. Server mentioned something in the range of 10/10.5%, and it sure felt that way, but not enough I'd report a change. More carbonated than it looks, leaves the tongue feeling tingly. A slight gluey flavor sat after each sip. Not sure what it was, and I also didn't get this on the sample at the pub. Something to do with bottling, perhaps.

The drinkability of this is pretty low. It's made to savor. And if this had been a better bottle, I'd probably have savored it longer and slower. That glueyness I mentioned disappointed me, but I know it isn't a specific characteristic, more an anomalistic flaw (BIG words). I'd get this again and HIGHLY suggest to others to try it *at the pub*, but I'd think twice about a bottle. Though, it seems the only way TO get a bottle is at the shop right NEXT to the pub, so you do the math….

04-07-2005 14:30:25 | More by GolgiIPAratus
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Thing


3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

06-26-2014 14:54:46 | More by Thing
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Damian

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -4.5%

Drank from a 1 pint 6 fluid ounce bottle purchased at the Portsmouth Brewery, Portsmouth, NH
Served in a snifter

The beer poured a cloudy, dark rust color with a small, light tan head that faded to a layer of bubbly froth. As the beer warmed, the chill haze eased up and the liquid turned a hazy shade of ruby red.

The aroma was sweet, smooth and boozy. Bready. Rich and malty with a noticeable spicy quality.

The taste was intense. The beer indeed was like a cross between a barleywine and a hefeweizen, with the former style being more dominant. Malty (caramel malts came through strong), sweet and boozy. Bitter orange peel appeared up front. Super piney hops and some sour notes came through in the center and lasted into the resonating tart (lemony) and bitter finish.

The mouthfeel was medium-light bodied for the style (a touch watery) with a fine and mild carbonation. Somewhat smooth and creamy initially. Sticky on the lips. By the drink's end, the beer was nearly flat.

Drinkability was decent. This was a tasty and intriguing (yet super hoppy and boozy) beer that is definitely not for the faint of heart.

Wheatwines are slowly become a more popular style amongst a number of craft brewers, and that is a good thing. Although I enjoyed this offering from the Portsmouth Brewery, it was not one of the better examples I have come across.

01-03-2009 18:27:31 | More by Damian
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PatandDavid

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

04-16-2005 18:29:09 | More by PatandDavid
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MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

06-13-2011 22:34:38 | More by MasterSki
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carln26

Missouri

3.85/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

01-15-2005 19:18:36 | More by carln26
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jabocu

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

07-11-2006 13:27:30 | More by jabocu
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

08-10-2008 21:10:11 | More by Georgiabeer
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -2%

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.

07-10-2007 21:33:32 | More by NJpadreFan
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ToasterChef

Maine

3.9/5  rDev -2%

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.

03-03-2011 17:19:04 | More by ToasterChef
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

03-29-2005 03:47:03 | More by Jason
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

04-23-2008 03:35:37 | More by deltatauhobbit
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BassAssassin

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

09-30-2006 02:51:43 | More by BassAssassin
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jh1982

Nevada

4/5  rDev +0.5%

11-24-2011 03:43:57 | More by jh1982
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qcbrewer

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.5%

07-10-2014 00:45:59 | More by qcbrewer
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richbrew

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.5%

11-15-2011 18:28:41 | More by richbrew
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phingdong

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +0.5%

02-02-2012 23:55:18 | More by phingdong
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rpstevens

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

10-15-2009 01:11:08 | More by rpstevens
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snowmageddon

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.5%

05-26-2014 14:25:21 | More by snowmageddon
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bleeps

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.5%

12-14-2013 17:00:23 | More by bleeps
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mklisz

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +0.5%

05-08-2013 20:42:11 | More by mklisz
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raffy313

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.5%

12-15-2012 04:26:09 | More by raffy313
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.5%

02-06-2012 03:21:22 | More by ejimhof
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ajcormier

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +0.5%

10-31-2013 19:31:43 | More by ajcormier
Portsmouth Wheat Wine from Portsmouth Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.