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Portsmouth Winter Weizen - Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth Winter WeizenPortsmouth Winter Weizen

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 18
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This hefeweizen is brewed with a bit more wheat malt & hops to create a well balanced, robust winter ale.

(Beer added by: Truh on 12-29-2004)
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Reviews by mjn5036:
Photo of mjn5036
3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery.

The beer arrives at my table in a standard pint glass. There is not head to be found. No lacing. No carbonation seems to be present at all for that matter. The color of the beer itself is vibrant amber with golden/orange hues. Not a great start.

The nose is a little subdued for the style but I still get the generic banana and clove, a bit of spice and a nice malty background.

The initial flavor is ripe banana and other sweet fruits. From here on out the clove and heavy dose of spices takes over and never really leaves. Clove and cinnamon seem to be the culprits here. The taste is good; don't get me wrong, I just prefer a more balanced tasting brew in this category.

The mouthfeel seems to be spot on with a light-medium body and silky smooth feeling over my tongue, however it lacks one thing...CARBONATION. As this was the way it was served to me I feel as though I have the right to review it as such. There was zero carbonation in this glass of beer which is a killer for it.

Overall, I think this has the potential to be a quite solid dunkelweizen. It would have been vastly better if the spice and clove was cut back a bit in order to let the banana shine, and if it were carbonated - these two crucial areas really hurt its overall score.

mjn5036, Apr 09, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy orange color with a medium head and nice lacing. The beer had a sweet, malty aroma. A fruity, banana taste with a little hoppiness at the end, althought the hops presence died out as I drank the pint. Decent mouthfeel, and very drinkable. I will have this again.

lordofthewiens, Feb 07, 2007
Photo of Janeinma
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Janeinma, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of glid02
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tried this courtesy of Norica - thanks again!

Pours a hazy orange-copper color with a thin white head that dissipates into a wispy layer on top leaving some lacing.

Smells of light fruits - mostly bananas but with some hints of pears - with some light spices. The fruits smell fresher than most other weizens, i.e. they don't have as much underlying sweetness - I like this.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The spices are a bit more pronounced, but the fruits still run the show. Like the smell the fruit flavors don't have as much of an underlying sweetness as the average weizen. Again, I'm a fan.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness with soft carbonation that makes this beer go down smoothly.

Drinkability is very good. I could have more than a few of these at any time of year.

Overall this was a very tasty beer. The flavors are crisper than I've come to except from this family of beers, and needless to say I was impressed. Worth a shot, and thanks again for Norica for sending this one along!

glid02, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Portsmouth- Winter Weizen

A- Hazy brown with a small head but heavy lacing.
S- Clove and spice, black pepper.
T- Syrupy spicy malt with big doses of clove and black pepper. A touch of toffee.
M- Very spicey and dry.

Overall- Tasty but the alc. really comes through for a 5.5% beer.

NJpadreFan, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of Kinsman
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seems a little late in the year for them to be serving Winter Weizen but hey, who cares? I'll drink it anyway. Grabbed this bottle on my way out the other day.

Cloudy dark amber colored body with an impressive eggshell colored head, a full 3 fingers thick and pillowy at first. Fades with a fair bit of sticky lace left behind. Unfortunately I don't have a Weizen glass on hand but I'm sure this beer would look damn sexy in one.

Aroma initially has hints of banana bread before the stronger spice not comes along. Yeast strain seems quite appropriate for a dunkelweizen, providing plenty of phenolic notes and some estery fruitiness.

Taste is rather heaving on the spice note, with the usual suspects of clove, corriander, and maybe even a bit of white pepper (admittedly, I need to become more familiar with this so I can more easily identify it in beer). Wheat adds some sweet biscuity like qualities. Finishes with a light touch of grassy and earthy hop flavors.

Mouthfeel is a bit heavy for a wheat beer but it gives this more of a robust quality I feel is appropriate for a Winter beer. Overall, a nice dunkelweizen but spice qualities overpower the malts a bit too much.

Kinsman, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of scootny
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So I go to Kate day and since I'm a hefe head and love all related beers I had to get a growler of this.

A cloudy burnt orange with a white head. Decent retention and touches of lace. Not much bubbling going on until you sip, then a fog like carbonation wells up from the middle of the glass.

Smell is your first clue that you have struck gold. Large amounts of banana followed by a healthy amount of clove and an undercurrent of bubblegum. Nice. A deep dark wheat grained malt with a peppery spiciness and maybe a hint of alcohol. Just maybe. Some caramel like notes. A light hefe like yeasty funk with faint lemon adds the finishing touch.

Taste is just perfect. If a 5 means can't improve then that is what I'm saying. All the attributes of the nose with a bigger lemon presence. There are so many flavors in this glass. All of the nose flavors with so much more. Banana rides in first and sits on the horse. Followed by cloves and juicy sour green apples. A subtle lemon background. There is a roasted wheat malt breadiness for a backbone and faint cinnamon. So delicious. Sweet caramel and more banana. There is a dry tartness that expresses the peppery spiciness. Finish is long and filled with banana bread, caramel, and dry tart apples with a melon juiciness and cloves. Alcohol just barely peeks out but if you are not paying attention on a hyper level you will miss it. Feel is crisp and light with a perfect microfine effervescence. A quenching brew that while satisfying does not have any heaviness.

Drinks like a low abv beer. You want to quaff this one and kick back but it's so well made you have to sip and savor. At least for the first glass. After that all bets are off. Then you have to watch out for the sneaky abv. Now that I've had it I'm going to have to contact my new friends in the area to procure some more of this stuff. If I could get this all the time the only thing that would stop me from drinking it would be a hefe of the same caliber. Then I could switch beer from warm months to cold. Best dunkel I've had

scootny, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of Snellgg5
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Snellgg5, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of u2carew
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber
A) Pours with a two finger head that settles quickly. Slightly hazy body. Rusty to brick red in color.
S) Fruity esters. Hints of caramel and toffee. Bready.
T) Caramel. Clove. Yeasty notes. Grainy with hints of apple.
M) Fizzy. Medium light body.
O) A delicious beer. I'd say I would have another one, but this is my "other one".

u2carew, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Soooo... I received a completely unexpected box today from rpstevens... Contained within was a Portsmouth Wheatwine!! While it may be a while before I get to the WW... It did remind me that I still have a Winter Weizen received as an incredibly cool extra from our first (and hopefully not our last) trade... Huge Thanks to Ryan for both beers. Poured into my small weizen glass.

Huge head towers more than an inch out of the glass.. very rocky and amazing retention.. very cloudy lite copper colored brew... surprisingly.. not a whole lot of lacing.

Nose is more banana than clove... a little bit more than expected "pink bubblegum" aroma that is appreciated... a nice toasty bready element ties all the esters and phenols together.. very balanced.

Flavor mirrors the nose with a little caramel riding with the maltiness.. very balanced banana with a little lesser clove and still an inviting bubblegum essence.. grainy pale malts emerge a little bit more as it warms up.. medium body with a creamy mouthfeel and small bubble carbonation that is still pretty effervescent..

This brew could easily have been brewed in Germany.. nearly perfect.. I honestly can't find any flaws.. finish is long and reminds me of banana bread..

Thanks again Ryan... A superb trade from a fantastic trader... I'll do it again any time.

4.5/4/4.5/4.5/4

JohnGalt1, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Portsmouth Brewery for dinner.

Pours a hazy yellow/orange color with some decent lacing.

Smell is very yeasty with a hint of orange zest, some clove.

Taste is very spicy, bit malty but the spiciness really controls this beer, strong orange taste with a yeastiness, very sweet, slight lemonish taste, good carbonation if only slightly high.

deltatauhobbit, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of carln26
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was wonderfully surprised to see this beer on tap today when I drove to Portsmouth for lunch. It poured a hazy dark gold color with little head or lace. The nose has the clove, banana, and vanilla character you expect from a hefe weizen, but there is a little caramel not from the malt. All of the same is found in the flavor along with just a hint of orange peel, and a little roast malt character. Nice rich, smooth mouth feel. This is a highly drinkable beer that is really growing on me. I'm not sure about this being a dunkel. Great beer though.

carln26, Mar 06, 2005
Photo of mountdew1
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass. Color was a golden amber, beer was very cloudy with small amounts of bubbles rising from the bottom. A very small thin foamy head disappeared quickly leaving a ring around the top. Aroma was strongly banana bread, and was slightly sweet with a dash of vanilla. Taste was slightly of banana bread, more bread than banana with a bit of sweet cloves. Also a bit of citrus hiding in there. Felt good in the mouth. Coated nicely, a bit of carbonation. Vey easy to drink. Worked pretty well for a style I usually associate with summer not winter.

mountdew1, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of selecter70
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A summery winter wheat, or a wintry summer wheat? Both. And as such, something very drinkable throughout the year. Recommended by staff at the brewpub itself, this Weizen poured out a bit flat with no head, yet upon sampling had 'hidden' carbonation that opened up a nicely complex flavor. On on hand there was a slightly Christmas quality with apple ginger hints and a medium body. On the other hand, there was a lightness that displayed lemon-cloves that reminded one of summer. Not too sweet, nice wheat hops and definitely an easy beer to enjoy.

selecter70, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 3/1/2010 at the brewpub, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a pleasant blend of bananas, wheat, spices, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of bananas and spices that are quickly followed by a strong wheat breadiness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and the hops presence is mild but complementary, creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a really nice beer to session with for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of phingdong
4/5  rDev -3.1%

phingdong, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. On tap before KTG 2010.

Pours a moderate brown color with a nice off white head. The nose is caramel as well as banana and clove. The taste is a good balance between caramel sweetness and some banana and clove. Great feel with a really nice balance between the yeast and malt. Drinks very well and is a nice take on the style.

Thorpe429, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of GrotiusM
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

GrotiusM, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a cloudy, golden-brown coloring that is slightly hazed with a thin, filmy coating. Good lacing along the glass. The nose is subtle, with fruity highlights, some clove spicing, as well as some coriander. Flavors are heavily spiced, with coriander, nutmeg, and all-spice on a tangy caramel backbone. The aftertaste is a spicy blend, with a smooth, creamy finish. Interesting brew.

GarthDanielson, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of mklisz
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

mklisz, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of Dicers
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Dicers, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of AlexFields
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

AlexFields, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of joepais
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap poured in my Imperial pint glass with a cloudy yellowish orange body. There was a large quickly dissipating white head that falls away to almost no lace

Aromas of Belgian yeast is strong along with the typical bananas and clove

Medium body and smooth on the tongue

I have been drinking a few of these this weekend getting ready for summer. The experience has been quite pleasurable
I say this brew is a must try for any fans of the style

joepais, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of DonFrap
4/5  rDev -3.1%

DonFrap, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of Norica
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a weizen glass, appearance and lacing doesn't get any better. Aroma and finish of slight cloves, faint banana in the nose but predominantly bubblegum. This beer blows away any import dunkelweizen that you can find stateside, a true joy to drink. 7% and loaded with yumminess, a beer to drink all day/night long that doesn't B$#@*slap your palate and forget where you parked your car. If only other US brewers would pay more attention to similiar styles and doing them as well as this. I hope there is more left the next time I'm in Portsmouth. Cheers to great beers <7%!!!

Norica, Jan 03, 2009
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Portsmouth Winter Weizen from Portsmouth Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.