Portsmouth Wheat Wine - Portsmouth Brewery

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88
very good

66 Reviews
THE BROS
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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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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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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 mikesgroove
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Believe it or not I had not tried this one before, I could have swore I did but apparently no. One of the random bottles I pulled from the fridge last night, served cold in a snifter, this one was consumed on 05/16/2010.

Nice pour, a very odd amber color, almost like apple juice with a light cloudiness to it. Small, very quickly fading head that left really no lacing at all. Strange.

First aroma is light, lots of fruit here, figs, grapes, touches of pears as well. Sweet with an almost candy like aroma at times that comes across nice at first but gets to be a little much after a while, still though decent and well recieved. First sip is slick, with an almost syrup like feel, just not carbonated enough for me, but thats the style, what can you do. Bready notes mix with loads of fruit and touches of earthy hop notes. Lots of bread and figs, pears especially in the finish are also very prevelant. Light boozy notes is covered quite well and one thing I can say is this did not drink like 11 percent.

Overall a very nice, solid beer. Not really my prefered cup of tea, but very solid none the less. (1,110 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.03/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Joe for sending me this beer awhile back in the 666 BIF.

A: The pour is a deep golden-copper color with a finger's worth of off-white head.

S: A slight sour fruit note to the nose along with caramel,brown sugar, and grapefruits. Also some dark fruit notes and a touch of alcohol make their way into the aroma.

T: The sourness is much more pronounced in terms of the flavor. I think an accurate descriptor would be caramel covered sour apples. There is some brown sugar and a light fruity character to the beer as well, but it's really overwhelmed by the sourness.

M: The body is medium to full with a slightly sugary/grainy feel on the tongue and a lively carbonation.

D: The sourness kept this from being cloying, but it wasn't exactly what I was expecting or hoping for. (787 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 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 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. (799 characters)

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. (1,350 characters)

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. (581 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 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. (482 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.08/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the source. Pours a slightly cloudy deep reddish brown color with a huge cool whip looking head that takes forever to recede to a drinkable level. Smell is sweet with malts. Sugar coated dark fruits, tangerines, some brown sugar and a fair amount of ethanol and buttered popcorn. Taste is sweet with a lot of sugary fruits. Mildly spicy with a hint of tart and some alcohol. Medium to thick body, light level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. I am not to impressed with this batch. It’s a bit like an old ale in its sweetness but a bit rough with alcohol and diacetyl. I have had this beer before and enjoyed it quite a bit, but I remember it being a hell of a lot hoppier.

On tap at the source 4/28/13 comes to the table in a snifter a slightly cloudy reddish brown with a good sized beige head. Smells of caramelized dark sugars, a bit of spice, some earth, light sweet citrus fruit, oranges and tangerines come to mind. The flavor is sweet and malty with lots of dark sugars and light fruits. Thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. This beer is miles ahead of the last time I had it. My score reflects this tasting. (1,192 characters)

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. (769 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 AgentZero
3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Did an '09 and '10, '10 was better.

A - Orangish beer, had a small white head, not much else.

S - Just never been a huge fan of this style. Too light and fruity for me, always smell a bit overripe or rotten. Has some fruit, honey, little bit of citrus.

T - Taste is fruity, some orange and banana and a bit of spice. It has the wheat whine sweetness that I don't care for, but it's not horrible.

M - Smooth with medium carbonation.

O - I guess it's not bad, but I have yet to have a beer of this style that blows me away. A bit more drinkable than many, but not something I'd ever try to find again. (605 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 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. (394 characters)

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 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 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 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 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. (341 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 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. (473 characters)

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) (778 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)

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Portsmouth Wheat Wine from Portsmouth Brewery
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