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Portsmouth Hefeweizen - Portsmouth Brewery

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85
very good

59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A German style wheat ale, mit hefe (with yeast). This cloudy, classic is light in body yet big in flavor. Lots of clove & a bit of banana make a big aromatic presence.

(Beer added by: mschofield on 10-01-2004)
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Reviews by LittleBreeze:
Photo of LittleBreeze
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%

Growler purchased at the Kate release. Opened 7/25/08

I'm not a big Hefeweizen fan. The style is a big hit or miss for me. I loved this one.The expected banana and clove (just a hint) is present. However there seems to be more fruity smells and flavors. Smooth, crisp and delicious.

Lacks the strong wheat ick that usually turns me off.

LittleBreeze, Jul 26, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of mdaschaf
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%

Had on tap at Portsmouth Brewpub. Review from notes

A: Cloudy yellow/orange with smallish head that reduces to a small layer of bubbles on the top.

S: Immediately made me think of banana runt candy, very strong and sugary. Also some cloves as expected and a little bubblegum.

T: The bananas dominate the flavor profile as well. There is also a yeasty flavor on the back end. It is overly sweet and has a spicy finish.

M/D: Smooth and creamy, with the spicy finish. I enjoyed this beer, but it is in your face banana through and through. If you don't like your hefes this way, stay far away.

mdaschaf, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%

Portsmouth Brewery- Hefeweizen

On tap during the Kate the Great Day.

A- Hazy brownish orange with a thick frothy head.
S- Fruity bubblegum (juicy fruit gum) and cloves really dominate.
T- Sweet fruit gum, cloves and ripe bananas are well blended and hit you from start to finish.
M- Sweet and fruity throughout. A bout of dryness at some point in the middle but only lasting a second.

Overall- Boy is this tasty on a hot summer day. Might be a little too sweet for a Hefe.

NJpadreFan, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of dublulovesbeer
2.3/5  rDev -39.2%

Visited the Brewery for the first time with the family during my last trip up to Maine. My mother actually ordered this brew, being a big fan of Franziskaner hefe-weizen. The beer looked promising, had a cloudy tannish-yellow appearance with a nice 2" head. Upon tasting the beer she made a grimacing face, which surprised me, expecting this homemade hefe would be pretty top notch. Like another reviewer mentioned, this beer tastes like banana laffy-taffy. The mouthfeel is too thick and chewy, and good god, the banana!!! You can almost tell that this beer would be quite good had they laid off a bit. Luckily, the 5C's IPA on the board more than compensated for this disappointment. Not to slam this joint, the sampler-plank was fun, the food was solid and we had a great time, the waiter even explained to my father the history of IPA's. Just a word of caution for those hefe-weizen lovers out there.

dublulovesbeer, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of KTCamm
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%

Bomber striaght from the brewery poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dirty blonde light amber with 1/2 inch foam that settles out completely. Powerful banana smell, light on the clove. Wheaty. Wheaty to the taste, some citrus that gives a sour tinge. Long sour finish. Good carbonation, Really drinkable, very good.

KTCamm, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of Franchise
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%

Pours a caramalized sugar color wth blonde highlights throughout leaving a small white head. The aroma is fig, banana fruit, small amounts of citrus, cloves with a similar smell to "Mr. Clean" in a good way. The taste is buttery and malty starts with a fruit background followed by a wheat, grainey taste then takes you to very light honey hop mild carbonated finish. Very nice Hefe, I find it nice and true to the style.

Franchise, Jan 23, 2006
Photo of berkey
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%

22oz bottle poured into a seldom used Weizen glass I picked up years ago in Germany. Received this as an extra in a recent trade. From last nights notes.

Body is a hazy but not cloudy orange color. Nice thick white head dies down fairly quickly but what remains is pretty stubborn and is retained for most of the tasting.

Banana aroma is very strong on this one. Almost like banana flavored candy (while typing up my handwritten notes I notice others have had similar opinions). Also some light citrus and a faint apple character. Good yeast presence along with some very light leafy aromas.

More bananas, which is expected from the style, but something is strange about it. Like a milkshake of over ripe bananas drowning in too much ice. Beyond that the flavor profile is very thin. There's an extremely subtle leafy bitterness in there but it's extremely faint and I really had to reach to pick it out.

Medium bodied and carbonation is where it should be so I can't complain about the feel. Drinkability? Well that depends. If all you're looking for in a Hefe is uneven banana esters then this might be fine. If you're looking for balance and complexity look to other craft brewers or, better yet, pick up a German variety. Although to be fair, this is supposed to be much better on tap.

berkey, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of PEBKAC
1.4/5  rDev -63%

Poured into an a cheap & less then flattering pub-branded weizen glass.

Voluminous flow of off-white head. Hazed, honey colored body.

Smell is composed of dusty wheat, honey, some banana, pepper, & no clove. Quite muted. Hmmm...

Taste isn't so clovey, as yeasty & lemony &... ohh, so infected. It is iron-y(think blood) & sour like apricots. A little lettuce, a little leafy bitterness. Vinegary. Body is thin, with a dry, cracker finish. Carbonation is big & stiff. Only my curiosity allows me to even attempt to drink a small portion of this bottle.

Consumed on 8/10. Bottle was purchased in the middle of June. Growlers are fine of course(delicious!), but these bombers are just so frustrating. I'm barely batting .500 with these guys!

I'll gladly edit this review once I stop getting suspect beer. :|

PEBKAC, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

another great new one from portsmouth. i was thrilled to be able to try this one and it went very well with dinner tonight.

Poured a bright pale golden amber with a big frothy white head. Very slight haze kept it from being completely clear, nice carbonation. No lace.

Smell was light, very grainey with lots of yeast evident. Nice hints of cereal and malts, classic pilsner/german light lager/ hefe araoma. Very nice and was a very welcoming smell.
First impression was very light, frothy feel. Lots of subtle hints of mainly grains, and euro hops mixed in. Almost a burnt cereal type back to it and a nice caramel maltness. As it warmed some hints of fruit and spice, banana in the backround. Feel was great, with awesome carbonation.

Overall this was really a great session beer for a hot day. Very flavorful and really just awesome tones. Highly recommneded.

mikesgroove, May 21, 2011
Photo of heganhound
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

heganhound, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%

22oz bottle bought at the Portsmouth Brewery store last week.

Pours a hazy golden/orange color with a decent sized head that fades fairly quickly, no lacing.

Smell has a strong yeasty aroma, slight citrus presence.

Taste is also quite yeasty, lemon zest as well, the carbonation is bubbly and soft, not harsh, incredibly creamy and smooth for a hefeweizen.

deltatauhobbit, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of wedgie9
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%

Tasted from a bomber bottle. Pours a cloudy dark orange with a medium but quickly dissipating white head. Nose of orange peel, orange oil, and a marshmallow sweetness. Palate is wheat, orange peel, cereal, marshmallow comes through on back of palate. Carbonation and body are both high, and the finish is oily and long. Overall, this is a very good example of what a wheat beer can be. The heavier body is somewhat surprising based on the lower alcohol percentage.

wedgie9, May 12, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%

On-tap 6/24/08 at the brewpub, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is loaded with wheat and bananas with some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste likewise has a lot of wheat and banana flavors that dominate. There's a little spice to it and a decent hops presence to provide some balance. The malt character is quite hearty. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style even though it's a little on the darker side, this is a very good beer to drink for a whole evening.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of phingdong
4.5/5  rDev +19%

phingdong, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of sethmeister
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Growler filled at the brewery yesterday and poured into my pint glass today.

Pours golden amber. Murky to the point of opacity with a thin white ring of foam. Fine stringy lacing.

Scent is mild - citrus (lemon), banana, tangy wheat, grassy.

Taste is tart lemon, sweet creamy banana, subdued wheat flavors. A grassy note. A spicy note peeks out after a while - cloves and white pepper. Allspice? Bread notes.

Mouth starts creamy and ends tart and slightly sour.

Drink is good

Another typically well made and tasty brew from Portsmouth.

sethmeister, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of projektyle
4/5  rDev +5.8%

projektyle, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of AgentZero
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%

A - Golden colored beer with a moderate white head that left some decent stick on the sides.

S - Banana and clove, with a little bit of bubblegum. Some decent yeast, smells like a pretty good hefeweizen.

T - A lot of banana, with some yeast and clove. Pretty sweet, little bit of spice on the finish. Slight bit of citrus, good take on the style, and one of the best Portsmouth beers I've tasted.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied, with some present carbonation.

O - Good beer, good take on the style. Not a fan of portsmouth, but this is probably the best one I've had.

AgentZero, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of RixBeer
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%

It's been a while since I had a really good hefe. Everyone's making one now. Tod Makes his better. I think it's called caring and having taste.

64oz brown growler. Filled today at the release of KTG. Seriously, no need for a random time like 2:27pm. No need for this kind of hoopla on a Tuesday. I took the day of for this sh!te. No need what so ever. 6 Hours later in a pint glass (one of those new Sam Adams glasses).

A hazy orange-gold beer pours out with a thin head that fades in a few minutes. Sticks to the sides and leaves a visible trail of suds.

Huge banana with a nice and very inviting citrus aroma in the background. There is a slight hint of yeastiness in overall smell but it's very subtle.

Huge banana-nana-nana with a nice mild citrus and some spice that really helps keep the beer grounded. Otherwise you'd loose bready and malty (wheat) undertones that linger in the mouth after every mouthful.

Feel like a decent mouthful without being either to thin or heavy. This beer is quiet complex enough without the fact that it feels good in your mouth as it slides down into the throat. It's a great hefe to drink in this New England humidity. it's cooling off but it was hot. This beer is also quiet refreshing. Bonus.

O yeah, back porch with a growler after a nice summer day, after a long day in the heat, just needing a good one, this beer is incredibly easy to drink.

Awesome!

RixBeer, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of randomdanger
4/5  rDev +5.8%

randomdanger, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of davey101
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

davey101, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%

Poured on-tap at the Portsmouth Brewery and served in a weisse glass. The beer is a light, bright, pale yellow, and the unfiltered nature makes this brew almost opaque. No head to speak of on this one. There are very light aromas of lemon and bubblegum. Interesting. There is a decent cling along the glass while you drink. Flavors are sweet, with the bubblegum characteristic once again, as well as a basil and oregano spicing at the end of the palate. The aftertaste is mostly spice, with a dry, rough finish.

GarthDanielson, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of TLJ
4.63/5  rDev +22.5%

I had a pint at the brewery itself, and we took home a growler, which we have just opened and are now drinking, about five days later.

This beer is a golden orange hue, with just a little lacing and not much head or carbonation, although the draught version had considerably more of both. The smell is sweet in a floral way; in addition to malt and a little of the grain, the odour is of honeysuckle, clover and ripe bananas.

The creamy, lush, long-lasting mouthfeel of this beer is truly the highlight for me. Perhaps it is my great love of hefeweizens, but to me, this beer is a bit like a creme brulee in texture and in certain aspects of its flavour.

The hops taste is not terribly present; in the growler version, there is a hint of spice at the very end of the sip until the beer has had a chance to warm up a little. Unfortunately, it is not the most refined of hop flavours and may even be just a little funky.

The sweetness in the taste is extremely present: it comes across as clementine, lavender-infused syrup, vanilla, a little hazelnut, pineapple, and a whole boat-load of bananas.

TLJ, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of mklisz
4/5  rDev +5.8%

mklisz, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of Damian
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%

Drank from a 1 pint 6 fluid ounce bottle
Purchased at the Portsmouth Brewery, Portsmouth, NH
Served in a weizen glass

Cloudy, golden-amber in appearance with a frothy, meringue-like, three-finger head of off-white foam. Spotty blocks of lacing clung to the sides of the glass.

Lots of dry, powdery yeastiness came through in the nose. Bubblegum notes were noticeable. Sweet and rather spicy. Slightly lemony. A touch musty.

The flavor profile was intriguing. As in the nose, the spices were quite prevalent. Clove and coriander dominated. Nutmeg came through as well. Crisp, wheaty and a bit tart in the center. Citrusy (lemony). Banana and bubblegum flavors also made an appearance but they were definitely dwarfed by the spices. The finish was crisp, tart and off-dry with a lingering, phenolic yeastiness.

The body of this beer could have a bit more heft to it. Somewhat slick and creamy with a medium amount of carbonation.

This hefeweizen is highly drinkable, yet it had enough character to keep my interest. Drinking it was a terrific way to mark summer's end.

Damian, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of Jefe73
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Jefe73, Jan 29, 2012
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Portsmouth Hefeweizen from Portsmouth Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.