Portsmouth Winter Weizen - Portsmouth Brewery
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3.78/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
12-06-2008 23:30:22 | More by mountdew1
3.85/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
12-29-2007 23:21:13 | More by NJpadreFan
3.85/5 rDev -6.8%
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".
04-04-2012 01:04:59 | More by u2carew
3.88/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
12-29-2004 16:19:29 | More by Truh
3.9/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
02-07-2007 21:50:57 | More by lordofthewiens
3.98/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
04-16-2005 18:32:40 | More by PatandDavid
4.15/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
04-29-2011 00:14:53 | More by Kinsman
4.18/5 rDev +1.2%
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!
05-29-2008 23:02:39 | More by corey0212
4.22/5 rDev +2.2%
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
04-19-2008 23:34:30 | More by joepais
4.22/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
03-03-2010 00:30:51 | More by Jwale73
4.25/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
03-03-2010 16:25:05 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.25/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
11-03-2010 02:50:27 | More by Thorpe429
4.29/5 rDev +3.9%
A very solid wheat. I haven't had a ton from TPB, but this will keep me coming back.
Poured from a growler, though on tap it was equally solid. Color is an opaque red, not surprising in a wheat. nose is fruity, wheat is solidly present. Presents with a decent head, even late into the bottle. Mouth feel is slightly silky, very full. Flavor is full, slightly spicy, and with strong citrus overtones. Finishes strong with a smooth aftertaste, notes of spice and citrus.
A great wheat offering from a brewery which, as I understand, isn't their usual. Highly recommend picking it up.
12-30-2013 02:11:44 | More by badgustav
4.3/5 rDev +4.1%
A - Pours a cloudy orange-amber color with a ton of off white head. Head fades very slowly and laces nicely on the glass.
S - Aroma is full of a mix of sweet malt and banana aroma. There is also some spiciness in there (mostly clove)> In the background there is also some bread notes and a bit of almost bubblegum.
T - Starts off with a mix of some light sweetness from the malt and the banana flavor. Through the middle the clove really comes out a bit alongside some lemon/citrus flavor. The finish has a really nice banana flavor with some malt sweetness and some spice. These flavors all linger nicely.
M - Medium-light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. The beer really feels like it expands to cover the mouth and has this really smooth slick quality. Nice slick feeling afterwards.
D - Very drinkable. The banana flavor is really present and stays perfectly balanced with the other flavors. There is quite a bit going on here, but it all works really well.
02-16-2011 03:10:24 | More by ngeunit1
4.33/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
04-07-2008 17:50:39 | More by deltatauhobbit
4.33/5 rDev +4.8%
Enjoyed a couple of pints of this with "Bro" Artied2 yesterday at the Brewpub.
It poured a dull, sort of flat, tawny brown color, and was quite cloudy throughout. The hue was somewhat between a typical Hefe and a Dunkelweizen. Head was thin and light tan, and did not last much at all, though lacing was quite attractive. It has an absolutely lovely aroma, with plenty of clove and banana. This brew was medium bodied, and rather smooth on the palate for a Hefe.
Flavor is also replete with banana and clove, with a sweetness similar to honey. All these flavors linger long and hard in the mouth. Add in a saison-like bit of spiciness, and you have a superb, Bavarian-influenced rendition of the style. Quite flavorful!
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5
03-06-2005 15:45:12 | More by Bierman9
4.35/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
12-15-2008 23:12:17 | More by selecter70
4.38/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
04-21-2009 07:40:16 | More by JohnGalt1
Portsmouth Winter Weizen from Portsmouth Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.