Portsmouth Hefeweizen - Portsmouth Brewery

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Reviews: 38
Hads: 63
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 17.28%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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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Reviews: 38 | Hads: 63
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 SQNfan
4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub during the Kate the Great release: One of my favorite beers of the lineup on tap that day. This had wonderful power and concentration with classic banana and clove aromas. In the mouth this was palate-coating yet still very refreshing just packed with flavor. This just really hit my sweet spot on this day!

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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 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 TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of RixBeer
4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
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.


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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 deltatauhobbit
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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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 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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Photo of Franchise
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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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 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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Portsmouth Hefeweizen from Portsmouth Brewery
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