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Portsmouth Hefeweizen - Portsmouth Brewery

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85
very good

58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 0
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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PEBKAC

New York

1.4/5  rDev -63%
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. :|

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 04:35:20 | More by PEBKAC
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dublulovesbeer

New York

2.3/5  rDev -39.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2009 05:57:35 | More by dublulovesbeer
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

2.58/5  rDev -31.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 12:17:54 | More by JohnQVegas
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DelicateDelirium

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -20.6%

09-06-2013 13:58:41 | More by DelicateDelirium
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Didier

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -20.6%

07-04-2012 17:18:09 | More by Didier
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nheinzie57

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -14%

04-28-2013 21:37:50 | More by nheinzie57
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rab53

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -14%

04-21-2012 05:34:12 | More by rab53
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2011 02:51:06 | More by GarthDanielson
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berkey

California

3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 19:46:29 | More by berkey
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Bendurgin

Maine

3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2011 15:34:11 | More by Bendurgin
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bckayaalp

New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

05-18-2014 21:42:21 | More by bckayaalp
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steve8robin

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 02:45:29 | More by steve8robin
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

04-23-2013 05:46:25 | More by Kelp
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BeerCosmonaut

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

01-05-2013 21:18:29 | More by BeerCosmonaut
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Satchboogie

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

08-20-2013 00:54:21 | More by Satchboogie
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b00ga

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

08-30-2013 00:17:37 | More by b00ga
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wedgie9

Tennessee

3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 04:38:56 | More by wedgie9
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Nice.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2008 15:13:36 | More by Reagan1984
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: growler

03-15-2006 00:54:21 | More by MuddyFeet
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heganhound


3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

07-08-2012 01:35:10 | More by heganhound
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davey101

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

07-30-2012 02:01:11 | More by davey101
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ajcormier

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

10-31-2013 19:22:21 | More by ajcormier
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Sellen

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

07-23-2014 23:16:40 | More by Sellen
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 00:11:10 | More by AgentZero
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joepais

Maine

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2008 17:06:37 | More by joepais
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Portsmouth Hefeweizen from Portsmouth Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.