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Portsmouth Wheat Wine - Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth Wheat WinePortsmouth Wheat Wine

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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: 65
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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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +3%

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.

03-19-2011 20:32:17 | More by Reagan1984
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.5%

06-01-2013 17:05:51 | More by ZEB89
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.22/5  rDev +6%

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.

04-05-2006 20:39:15 | More by lordofthewiens
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +3%

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.

01-04-2012 14:01:07 | More by tigg924
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +0.5%

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

718

06-20-2004 14:28:58 | More by Bierman9
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +3%

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.

02-14-2005 00:48:12 | More by UncleJimbo
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +0.5%

02-18-2012 22:56:57 | More by jfcaa193
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flexabull

California

4.1/5  rDev +3%

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.

05-21-2008 03:25:53 | More by flexabull
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Boto

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +6%

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. The taste is somewhat sweet, mainly consisting of caramel malt, wheat and some dark fruits. This goes down real easy. A nice beer.

11-09-2005 21:14:14 | More by Boto
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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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Overlord

California

4/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

05-29-2009 09:11:28 | More by Overlord
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ADR

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

02-01-2005 20:39:30 | More by ADR
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nickd717

California

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

01-25-2010 17:53:16 | More by nickd717
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +16.8%

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)

06-20-2008 09:48:25 | More by DIM
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rye726

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

09-13-2009 02:45:15 | More by rye726
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Fettpopps

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

04-21-2014 21:22:33 | More by Fettpopps
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aerozeppl

New York

4.28/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

02-19-2011 19:08:52 | More by aerozeppl
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.11/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

04-15-2013 16:16:46 | More by inlimbo77
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev -9.5%

Served in a clean 12oz glass on a cool,rainy Saturday afternoon in Portsmouth.
Missed this one at the EBF,and was looking forward to it.
I was also nicely informed that they were selling growlers of it.
Light gold in color with a slight chill haze,cold from the tap.
Medium carbonation with a thin head that dissapated quickly.
Aroma had alcohol,some sweetness,light fruit,and no off characteristics,pretty clean,very minimal hop character.
Flavor was quite clean also,with warming alcohol and some slightly tart fruitiness,maybe some spiceyness from very light hopping.
Body was thin and crisp.
Finish was slightly warm and quick.
I was somewhat dissapointed with this beer.
I'm a huge fan of Barleywines and wheat beers,and this beer left me unsatisfied on both fronts.
More hops,please.Maybe a german yeast strain also or just leaving it unfiltered would have given this beer some much needed character.
This beer would be very good on a summer's eve alongside one last piece of apple pie with vanilla ice cream.
Kind of like Weizenheimers bigger brother.
I'd like to try this out of an wooden cask also,it would be similar to an oakey Chardonnay.

03-08-2004 00:28:15 | More by brewandbbq
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Photekut

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +25.6%

11-17-2011 01:43:43 | More by Photekut
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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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bobv

Vermont

4/5  rDev +0.5%

07-10-2014 20:04:47 | More by bobv
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kbutler1

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +3%

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.

05-12-2011 12:30:39 | More by kbutler1
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

04-21-2013 23:52:42 | More by Flounder57
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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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