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Portsmouth Hefeweizen - Portsmouth Brewery

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85
very good

57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.55%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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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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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-24-2011 01:40:27 | More by djrn2
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
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
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2008 00:13:50 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-01-2011 19:57:02 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
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
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rab53

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -14%

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

Washington

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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
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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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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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jrallen34

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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
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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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Durge

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
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
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2008 13:50:22 | More by Jwale73
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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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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
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
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2008 20:36:25 | More by NJpadreFan
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KTCamm

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
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
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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
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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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deltatauhobbit

Maine

4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 20:40:16 | More by deltatauhobbit
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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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Damian

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
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
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mklisz

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +5.8%

06-27-2013 12:40:47 | More by mklisz
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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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mschofield

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2004 20:14:39 | More by mschofield
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