Portsmouth Winter Weizen - Portsmouth Brewery
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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
4.25/5 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
3.75/5 rDev -9.2%
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.
06-14-2010 11:29:43 | More by Slatetank
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
4.43/5 rDev +7.3%
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!
01-31-2009 22:54:22 | More by glid02
3.6/5 rDev -12.8%
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.
03-28-2012 23:22:49 | More by GarthDanielson
4.38/5 rDev +6.1%
Bomber shared by glid02.
Pours a cloudy golden orange with a sizable white head that showed good retention and left only a trace of lacing.
The aroma has the typical Belgian yeast aroma of bubble gum and bananas with some cloves as well. Faint hints of hops and a light fruity sweetness.
The taste amps up the sweetness with the same bananas and light fruit as the aroma. There is hop kick up front with some apples and pears in the middle before some spices finish it off with a dry finish.
The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with lots of sticky sweetness.
I really enjoyed this one and it's very, very drinkable. Thanks to Gregg for sharing.
02-06-2009 04:18:33 | More by gford217
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
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
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
4.3/5 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
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
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
Portsmouth Winter Weizen from Portsmouth Brewery
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