Portsmouth Belgian Wit - Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth Belgian WitPortsmouth Belgian Wit

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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 8.03%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A touch of sweet & bitter: orange, coriander, pepper & cumin along with a special yeast make this summer wheat ale crisp & refreshing!

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-12-2004)
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3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the Portsmouth Brewery and served in a pint glass. The beer pours a cloudy, unfiltered, pale yellow coloring with no head. The beer has an extremely clingy body, and it leaves traces all over the glass while you drink. There is a very fruity and spicy nose, with cloves and pepper throughout. Flavors of cloves and citrus sweetness, with a creamy body. The aftertaste is lightly spiced, with toasty qualities. An extremely smooth finish, with a mid-linger to the flavors.

Photo of Sean9689
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub.

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color, thick collar, thin cap.

S - Fruity, spicy, malty, citrus peel.

T - Lots of fruits and spices, orange peel, malts, sweetness.

M - Light to medium, good carbonation.

O - The fruity notes are nice along with the spices. I enjoyed this one and had another glass while I was there. Easy to drink and for 5%, perfect for the summer.

Photo of alpinebryant
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy straw yellow with a large white head that pretty quickly receded to a light dusting.

S: Bread dough, spices, oranges, coriander and pale malts

TMD: Relatively sour for a wit, sourdough flavored yeast, light biscuit malt, citrus / orange peel and some spices (coriander?). This is a relatively thick for a Witbier but I still enjoyed it pretty well. Drinkable yes but for a witbier only slightly less drinkable than you would expect it as a witbier due to mouthfeel and a light carbonation.

Photo of andrewinski1
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass with very little head that all but disappears on top of a clear light straw colored body; not a great start. Smells nice and spicy. I get a lot of banana and a hint of citrus and clove/cinnamon spice. Taste mimics the smell. The spice flavor dominates the finish leaving a less than pleasant after taste. This is a relatively light beer so if you're not put off by the taste it could be refreshing. Overall, not too impressed.

Photo of aahynick
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

40F in a pint glass 22oz bottle

A- hazy gold with very little head (I'm betting they fill these bottles from the tap and cap them)

S- a sweet malty aroma

T- sweet malt flavor

M - full body

D- very pleasant. Could use more carbonation and hops,but I go for it again.

Photo of portia99
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a cloudy, pale, pale yellow. A thick, two finger white head forms and quickly recedes to a thin, even layer across the surface of the beer. Thin, uneven lacing down the sides of the glass.

S - Yeasty, spicy, tangy...orange peel, citrus, coriander. A little bit of sugary sweetness.

T - Tart and refreshing...sour enough to make me think wild ale. Some sweetness and a bunch of bisuity, bready malt and yeastiness underneath the tartness. Lots of citrusy flavors too - lemon, lime, orange...Sour/tartness is quite good for me, but not exactly what I expected out of a white beer...a bit too heavy for the style.

M - Medium body, ample carbonation that keeps things lively. Tartness is a bit puckering, but interesting nonetheless.

D - This is quite refreshing on this very warm summer evening. Easy drinking, but the tartness is the limiting factor. A little less tart and this would disappear quickly. Low alcohol level keeps this sessionable too. Wish I had a couple more of these to share with friends on another warm evening.

Photo of tpd975
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer after a long trip to Turkey.

A: Pours a murky shade of yellowish orange. Nice puffy white head with pretty good retention. Very light lace.

S: Nice wheaty aromas with strong notes of clove, banana and yeast.

T: Nice citrus up front. Orange and lemon are both represented. Lots of clove and corriander to support the light wheat.

M: Light, good carbonation.

D: Pretty solid beer. Tasty on a hot Florida summer afternoon.

Photo of Bierman9
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stopped by the Brewery last Sunday (05JUL09) with my ladies for a late Fathers Day meal. First round? The Wit!

My shaker pint was filled nearly to overflowing with a muted, murky, golden hued liquid. Lots of haze here, yes. Head squeezed onto the top was thin, fine and white; mostly a rim-clinger, with a touch of lace. Nose was restrained, with a bit of citrus and hints of spiciness. Nice body and feel for the style. Medium all the way, with a low level of prickliness.

A little biscuity malt caresses the palate to start, leaving a suggestion of sweetness. Soon after some citrus comes out of the woodwork, with a pithy, orange-peel quality to it. Layered on is some coriander to spicen things up. Finishes dry and crisp; refreshing on a warm summer day. A fine representaion of the style.


look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4


Photo of JohnQVegas
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Portsmouth Brewpub.

Pours hazy gold, with a nice, fluffy white head.

Nose is citrus, a bit of banana, some coriander.

Taste is clean, spicy wheat, moving quickly to banana and bubble gum with a very clean coriander and lemon zest bitterness on the finish. Med light body with crisp carbonation. Almost tastes like a wit made with Bavarian hefe yeast. Interesting beer.

Photo of PatronWizard
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tedstertm in Mass. Thanks buddy. You can get Portsmouth, huh? That means you can get ....

Dark caramel color until held in the light - then it's peach caramel. Head come up and head come down rather quickly. It was white.

I smell the spices and malts. Rather pleasing. Cloves.

Taste like marmalade and alcohol. Lots of alcohol. Some days this might be no bueno, but after sixteen hours away from home some alcohol is most welcome. To be honest, I don't taste the spices at all. Can smell 'em but there's too much alcohol in the tongue to taste 'em.

Pretty smooth stuff.

Typed in the above from notes. Looked at the ABV on the site here and all I can say is bullshit! I like alcohol, I drink straight liquour often, and I say this has more than 5%. You gotta be kiddin me. I couldn't catch a buzz on 5% if I tried all day, and this bomber had me feelin quite relaxed if you know what I'm saying.

Overall: greatful for the opportunity

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle bought at the Portsmouth Brewery store.

Pours a pale yellow color with hardly any head, no lacing.

Smell has a light grassy aroma, not very citrusy or yeasty but I can make out some orange, bit of a butter scent which is rather odd.

Taste is light and crisp, still rather grassy, strong clove taste, slight buttery banana taste with an orange rind bitter aftertaste, carbonation is barely existent, rather disappointed in this witbier.

Photo of DIM
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: This was a hazy pale orange color. It poured with a medium sized, creamy, sticky white head.

s: The usual suspects are here. Yeasty, sweet bananas and spicy cloves. This leans to the spicy side ove rthe sweet.

t: This is spicier than the average wit, I tasted lots of cloves here. In addition, there were some sweet, wheaty, banana flavors before the dry, flowery finish.

m: Pretty well carbonated with a prickly, dry bite to it.

d: Thanks to joepais for a very tasty summer brew.

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Portsmouth Belgian Wit from Portsmouth Brewery
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