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Portsmouth Winter Weizen - Portsmouth Brewery

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45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 20
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

rab53, Mar 11, 2012
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 Jwale73
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle purchased on KTG eve. Served in a weizen glass at 50 degrees. Poured a dull burnt orange with hazy clarity and a three inch creamy, off-white head. Head eventually settles into a frothy, quarter inch cap. Some web-like swaths of lacing revealed during the tasting. Smells great - banana and bubblegum dominate the front with some clove character coming out behind. Taste is somewhat muted in comparison to the boldness of the nose. Also, a bit of citric acid comes out in the middle, as well as a subtle wheat quality in the mix. Finish reminds me of banana peel strings. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with a pleasant background carbonation. I love this style and I really dig this beer.

Jwale73, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of corey0212
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got the last bottle in the shop at The Portsmouth Brewery!!

Pours a hazed copper color, darker around the edges. Creamy white head diminishes, but stays with the beer for the duration. Smells like banana bread, and I'm loving that! There's clove in there, too. Crazy lingering banana flavor, spicy too. Nice creamy mouthfeel....this is just excellent!

corey0212, May 30, 2008
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 phingdong
4/5  rDev -3.1%

phingdong, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of Dicers
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Dicers, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of DonFrap
4/5  rDev -3.1%

DonFrap, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of ZEB89
4/5  rDev -3.1%

ZEB89, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of PatandDavid
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was still on tap when we last visited the brewpub. Pour when served was the color of burnished copper, and was slightly cloudy. The 1/2 inch white head died quickly. I was still able to pick up on the banana/cloves/yeastiness in the aroma. Medium in mouthfeel, tastewise the bananas and yeastiness is what stood out for me.

PatandDavid, Apr 16, 2005
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 Truh
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Walked in a winter wonderland with this one on 12/28/2004. 16-oz. pint in a shaker glass at the source.

Fluff of half-inch head that stuck and laced straight down; very pleasing. Hazy, golden honey to an almost amber hue with little discernible action going on. Kind of a soapy fining note on nose with orange peel and maybe some annise; on the whole, a sedate bouquet that is difficult to pull out. Cloves, allspice, nutmeg, clover honey, husky wheat throatiness to taste that dissipates quickly. Quite busy at the start, it finishes quickly and leaves little residue.

Truh, Dec 29, 2004
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 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 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 GrotiusM
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

GrotiusM, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of mklisz
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

mklisz, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of AlexFields
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

AlexFields, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of ajcormier
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

ajcormier, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I purchased this at Ktg day '10 and entered it since it is obviously not the same as the dunkelweizen and has 'Winter Hefeweizen' clearly marked on the handwritten labels.

A - A medium apricot color w/ 2 fingers of sudsy cream w/ pillowy look. The lace clings well and clarity is lightly hazed and the beer has good head retention.

S- The smell has lots of ripe banana and mild cola notes w/ subtle sweet biscuit and gentle peppery aroma

M - The mild tang of yeast in the feel is moderate as is carbonation w/ mild sweetness and med light body w/ gentle spiciness and subtle alcohol in the background

T - The flavor has a toasted wheat cereal flavor w/ mild tropical notes from the yeast and slight caramel. There is mild dried fruit sweetness in the flavor w/ a light pepper taste. A gentle kiss of alcohol lets you know this isn't the standard hefeweizen as it finishes w/ mild element of apple

D - This is a tasty brew, a good hefeweizen but still lacks some of the smooth wheat character of a traditional example. I consider this better than average for the most part.

Slatetank, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of funkel81
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

funkel81, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Kelp, Apr 23, 2013
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 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
Photo of Reagan1984
3/5  rDev -27.4%

Reagan1984, Dec 18, 2011
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Portsmouth Winter Weizen from Portsmouth Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.