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Portsmouth Hefeweizen - Portsmouth Brewery

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Reviews: 38
Hads: 63
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 17.28%
Wants: 2
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:
Beer added by: mschofield on 10-01-2004

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.
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Photo of PEBKAC
1.46/5  rDev -61.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

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. :|

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Photo of dublulovesbeer
2.36/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 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.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
2.59/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Draught @ Portsmouth Brewpub.

Pours cloudy orange-gold with a big fluffy head.

Nose is massive banana - to the point of being almost overwhelming and artificial. I love my hefes, but this nose turned me off. Made Weihenstephaner's banana notes seem faint.

Taste is some spicy, crisp wheat and more gigantic banana - like laughy taffy in character. Very sweet, but dominated by the fruity, artificial banana note. Spicy, clean finish.

Disappointing when placed up against the quality of the other Portsmouth brews we tried.

Crisp carbonation and medium to light body.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of berkey
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass at the brew pub. Pours a cloudy straw color with a finger of creamy white head.

This one smells like bananas. Tough to notice anything else but it does have a faint toasty aroma lingering. More of a grainy flavor on this one. Kind of fruity still but it has a nice light toasty flavor and a little bit of spice.

Good feel. Light bodied and soft carbonation. Pretty ejoyable beer. A little fruity but still a nice lower abv offering.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the brewery store.
Hazy light straw color with a frothy bubbly white head that persists forever. Light banana and clove with a bit of malty sweetness and hints of earthy spice and yeasty flavors. Lightly tart, not half bad.

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Photo of wedgie9
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this on a trip to the Portsmouth Brewery. 22oz bottle...

A: Super golden like a light iced tea coloe. Small head that quickly fades to a lace atop the brew. Ok.

S: Smells like super sugary banana. Almost like banana runts. Middle is filled with alcohol and ends with some bubble gum scents. Good.

T: Nope, the smell was so much better than the taste. Super watery with some mashed banana and hints of buried bubble gum. Eh, ok.

M: Super light with not much left on the palate. Ok.

D: Goes down super easy but for some of the wrong reasons. Good.

All in all, this is nothing special here. Don't bother hunting this one at all. I'm not a fan. Just ok. If you like really light beers, you might enjoy.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer certainly looked like a Hefe. It was a hazy gold color with very thin foam across the top. A pretty nice amount of lacing was left behind in the glass.

The aroma was of pineapple and other fruits. (banana) Also very slightly spicy. (clove)

The flavor was quite nice and well balanced. Not too much clove flavor which I really do not prefer. You did get a sense for the fruits along with the crisp wheat flavor and texture. Nice bready notes.

Very light mouth feel. Classic summer Hefe.


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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a shockingly clear apricot-brown in color. Just a bit of haze but not enough to destroy the transparency. Big fluffy white head that had just the slightest tinge of brown. The head vanished completely to a thin scuzz and lots of stringy lace. Nose is wheaty and just a bit of lemon.

There is something odd in the flavor. A green tang-iness that I cannot quite place but want to attribute it to a strange hop additon for the style. Quite lemony and tart too. Lots of sweet wheat tones. Some nice yeast flavors that give off a spicy/peppery flavor. Medium body with a low carbonation (but that may be attributed to the growler even though I taped it up when I picked it up). Nice mid-week dinner beer.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber bottle poured into a Deschutes snifter. No bottle date or ABV is listed here. Bottle purchased at the brewpub on 9/4/11.

A: Pours a really nice light orange color. Finger and a half bright white head. Carbonation is awesome, bottle conditioning? Some faint lacing.

S: Spicy notes. Belgian yeasty smells. Breadiness.

T: Solid Hefe/Witbier character. You get a nice spice note on the tip of the tongue: coriander and orange peel? Definitely yeasty character too.

M: Light to medium bodied. More light though. Good summer brew.

O: B+ beer for me. Not a style that I usually reach for, but really enjoyed it. Really solid food beer. Enjoyed with sushi.

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Photo of joepais
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery
Pale hazy orange/yellow body, small white head that goes away too quickly

Aromas of bubblegum and bananas light grain background along with the customary glove spice note

Flavors are light wheat and sweet fruit bananas and orange almost no bitters here at all, light to medium body almost no carbonation at all

I tend to drink this fairly often the only thing I wish was that the carbonation was increased. I due know if you get it from the downstairs tap the carbonation is slightly better. A good Hefe all an all

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Photo of jamescain
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a sniffer

Appearance: Golden yellow with orange hues and a surprising small head. The head was only about a centimeter high, even with a vigorous pour, it then receded into a ring around the glass with no lacing.

Aroma: Hints of banana and bubble gum, with notes of citrus. More on the banana side of the spectrum as opposed to clove.

Taste: Banana and citrus notes slightly on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and a light body. I would have preferred a little more carbonation.

Overall: I was actually surprised by the lack of head retention. It was a good example of a hefeweizen; however, living in Texas I’m somewhat spoiled when it comes to hefeweizens.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of LittleBreeze
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a standard pint glass on 6/24/2008. Poured a deep orange-gold with a quarter-inch white head that eventually settled into a thin, inconsistent skim and a tight ring of foam around the shoulders. Some lacing, but weak adherence. Poor clarity but some light penetration. Not much revealed in the nose. Surprisingly, no wheat came across. Incredibly flavorful; banana, bubblegum and clove, but again, very little wheat detectable. Mouthfeel was balanced between light- and medium-bodied with light carbonation. Excellent drinkability, but not at all style consistent in my opinion. My first impression was that it was more of a dunkel in flavor and color; however, it was quite delicious.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of sethmeister
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ncvbc
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing and golden in color, slight haze after second pour. Lively carbonation and fluffy white head with pretty good retention. Smell is nice. Some spice is at the forefront with banana lingering. Somewhat doughy, bready scents, making it seem like spiced banana bread wafting through the air. Taste is much of the same...not as complex as the smell. Definitely spicy in flavor, moreso than many hefes I've come across. It's more aggressive to me. Mouthfeel is interesting. Has a creamy texture, less crisp than I'm used to. Coats the tongue and feels excellent, while different. A good drinking beer, one that I'm glad to have tried.

Thanks to joepais for a couple bottles of this.

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Photo of mschofield
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is different from the Weizenheimer, both were on tap at the same time, they bill this as a Bavarian style Hefe.
Pours a cloudy orange-amber, topped with a two finger white head, leaves a partial sheet of lacing.
Grassy, wheat, banana and clove aroma, with a slightly medicinal off note.
Spicy taste, lemon grass, wheat, clove, banana, and ginger?
Light and crisp, great summertime drinkability, there was a lot of clove and it brought down the drinkability a little - I like Hefes more restrained on the clove note.

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Photo of eveninghawk
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the slightly creamy yellow look of other Hefes... nothing particularly outstanding in its look. It smelled pretty darned good, with clove overtones. It tasted fantastic, absolutely fantastic. I had a lot of fun drinking this beer, with its creamy sweet wheaty goodness, with a decent flavor profile so that it wasn't boring as I got further through the beer.

I was impressed enough to take a growler home, and all week I was reminded what a good choice that was!

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Photo of jrallen34
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Sean at our recent tasting...A hazy nice gold color with good carbonation...The taste and aroma are both pretty nice, clove on the front a banana comes through, pretty strong for a hefe. A nice bite at the end as well. Medium feel and pretty easy to drink.

Not the best hefe but worth trying.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented to me from the tap in a pint glass the beer was an orange color with dull bronze hues. A half-finger of pure white lace topped the beer and this was quick to fizzel away and left near to no lacing.

The smell was dominated by citrus aromas and pine with a slight spiciness and some orange, grapefruit, and corriander overtones.

The taste was an innitial burst of fruittiness with a moderate malt presence and very little hops to speak of. Some fruitty easter were very apparent and a definite orange undertone to the taste.

Medium body with a high degree of carbonation.

A very enjoyable, drinkable, and sessionable beer. Would be perfect to have a few in the summer heat, but was just as enjoyable on a cold winter day. A solid offering.

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Portsmouth Hefeweizen from Portsmouth Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.