1. Don't miss our 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers this May 30 & 31 in Boston, MA! Buy your tickets now!
  2. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Portsmouth Hefeweizen - Portsmouth Brewery

Portsmouth HefeweizenPortsmouth Hefeweizen

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

56 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 56
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.51%


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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Ratings: 56 | Reviews: 37 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of TLJ
TLJ

Ontario (Canada)

4.63/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: growler

06-09-2010 02:55:42 | More by TLJ
Photo of sethmeister
sethmeister

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

06-22-2009 20:12:22 | More by sethmeister
Photo of LittleBreeze
LittleBreeze

New York

3.98/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: growler

07-26-2008 03:59:31 | More by LittleBreeze
Photo of RixBeer
RixBeer

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: growler

06-25-2008 00:12:02 | More by RixBeer
Photo of MuddyFeet
MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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
Photo of inlimbo77
inlimbo77

Delaware

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 18:27:50 | More by inlimbo77
Photo of GarthDanielson
GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
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
Photo of Bendurgin
Bendurgin

Maine

3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
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
Photo of AgentZero
AgentZero

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 00:11:10 | More by AgentZero
Photo of jamescain
jamescain

Texas

3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 15:48:20 | More by jamescain
Photo of mikesgroove
mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 01:09:20 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of KTCamm
KTCamm

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 11:23:38 | More by KTCamm
Photo of mdaschaf
mdaschaf

Washington

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2010 02:22:56 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of jrallen34
jrallen34

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 01:57:11 | More by jrallen34
Photo of Damian
Damian

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 01:45:07 | More by Damian
Photo of steve8robin
steve8robin

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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
Photo of aahynick
aahynick

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | 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 lemon-peach aroma

T- light with low carbonation. Hints of citrus and banana

M - smooth, medium body

D- nice drinker, love the flavor. Could use more carbination

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 14:21:55 | More by aahynick
Photo of wedgie9
wedgie9

Tennessee

3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
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
Photo of berkey
berkey

California

3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
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
Photo of dublulovesbeer
dublulovesbeer

New York

2.3/5  rDev -39.3%
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
Photo of PEBKAC
PEBKAC

New York

1.4/5  rDev -63.1%
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
Photo of Bierman9
Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stopped by the brewpub yesterday (17AUG09) for lunch with daughter Caitlin. It was also a special day, as it was our first time visiting a pub together since she turned 21 (on August 5th)! To top it off, Caitlin joined Alewife and me as members of the Imperial Pint Club.

Our first round together? Each a Hefeweizen! I was surprized that I hadn't ever reviewed this one. The imperial pint glass was filled with a cloudy, muted, flat golden colored liquid. Lots of very fine carbonation bubbles were steadily progressing topside, almost in a Guinness-like fashion. The head was a creamy, white mass of marshamallow-like foam, almost slipping over the edges. Lacing was excellent from top to bottom. Aroma was quite inviting, with a great banana-clove combo wafting forth. The bier was medium-bodied, and exceedingly smooth for the style. It was soft and velvety on the tongue, displaying none of the typical prickliness most Hefes have.

Flavor has light sweetness in the initial stages, almost a bit biscuity. Smooth banana and subtle clove the come into the spotlight, remaining until the curtain is drawn on this fine potable. It is crisp, dry and quite refreshing. An excellent Tod Mott rendition of the style! Zum Wohl!!

4.4
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | drink: 4.5

1155

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2009 12:54:12 | More by Bierman9
Photo of JohnQVegas
JohnQVegas

Tennessee

2.58/5  rDev -31.9%
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
Photo of Durge
Durge

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the downtown brewpub this poured a cloudy tan color with a very thin off-white cover and decent lacing. The aroma is lemony citrus and sweet wheat. The taste brings out more citrus with bubblegum and wheat. It has a very good feel, satiny smooth and very drinkable. Very fine carbonation. This is a real nice light choice with quality and flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2008 00:25:57 | More by Durge
Photo of Georgiabeer
Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at the brewpub. Pour is a hazy orange/yellow with a light head that settles to a ring. Nearly opaque. This hefe is heavily toward the banana side of things with very little clove. If you like that, you'll probably enjoy this beer. The smell has lots of banana and some light wheaty aromas. The flavor screams banana and adds some bubblegum into the mix, but is light on the clove spiciness. The mouthfeel is extremely smooth and creamy, so much so that it lacks a bit of the hefeweizen crispness than is fairly common in the style. Overall this is delicious, but this is a very particular hefeweizen. I liked its intense fruitiness and almost unctuous creaminess as a change of pace. Others might not feel the same. I certainly wouldn't call this one balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2008 18:10:48 | More by Georgiabeer
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Portsmouth Hefeweizen from Portsmouth Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.