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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

104 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 64
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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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +0.3%

12-16-2012 03:04:03 | More by t0rin0
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raffy313

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.3%

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

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6%

09-30-2012 01:09:47 | More by acurtis
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heganhound


3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

07-08-2012 01:43:12 | More by heganhound
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 21:21:50 | More by Jwale73
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mcgwire756

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

03-06-2012 22:34:05 | More by mcgwire756
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +0.3%

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.3%

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

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +0.3%

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

Arizona

3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to the ratebeer (yes and BA too) Boise crew for this bomber. It pours sort of ruby with copper hues and white head. The aroma has fruity esters mixing with wheat as well as a wine barrel like sense to it. barrel aged? The taste confirms as modestly tart and sour wine barrel notes start things off. Behind these notes are some sweet wheat malts mixing with tart tangerine like citrus hops and spicy hops. Interesting. It seems somewhat like Alesmith’s 2008 Decadence. I don’t know the vintage of the current bottle. It’s pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 05:36:06 | More by BigMcLargeHuge
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.08/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2012 00:30:05 | More by johnnnniee
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Miamilice

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

01-18-2012 02:07:41 | More by Miamilice
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Khazadum

Illinois

2.23/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Low development of froth. Takes a heavy flow to get anything. What does prevail above the deep ruby body is short lived, frothy, juice like. Mild lacing, if you wish to call it that. Nothing too spectacular.

S- Ugh.. what is that? Oh... Oh I think. Diacetyl? Yea, that buttered popcorn aroma. Least there is a biscuit malt to back this up so its not just buttery, lightly sulfured, apple, and popcorn aroma.

T- Not as bad. Its a caramel apple and popcorn mix. Like reaching into a brown bag and hoping you pull out a handful of trail mix that isn't going to make you vomit. Its got popcorn throughout it. It lasts into the finish leaving you with a lingering popcorn but mostly rancid butter flavor. Sometimes its sweet in the middle that is bright in caramel and brown sugar, but overall... not so great for me.

M- Full bodied, light carbonation giving a gentle crispness in the center of the flavors. Light creaminess, lingering flavors do not benefit this beverage.

Its an older beer. Not my favorite. Not even sure on the style. An American amber? Not sure at all what this is.

Wheat wine. Interesting. With all the diacetyl, I don't get much wheat at all. I can see where they are coming from with the high alcohol and sweetness of a wheat wine though. Interesting!

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 02:23:31 | More by Khazadum
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

New York

2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

01-04-2012 13:20:55 | More by whartontallboy
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billab914

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 02:46:15 | More by billab914
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +25.3%

11-24-2011 15:18:17 | More by Rochefort10nh
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jh1982

Nevada

4/5  rDev +0.3%

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

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +25.3%

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

Delaware

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-16-2011 15:57:45 | More by BeerThursdays
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richbrew

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.3%

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

Illinois

3.48/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 03:31:02 | More by AgentZero
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sendsilk

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 00:24:45 | More by sendsilk
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 22:34:38 | More by MasterSki
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emerge077

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 02:29:26 | More by emerge077
Portsmouth Wheat Wine from Portsmouth Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.