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Portsmouth Weizenbock - Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth WeizenbockPortsmouth Weizenbock

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31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-20-2005

A dark wheat bock beer. The addition of NH maple syrup in the fermenting beer creates a complexity unknown in most beers.
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Ratings: 31 | Reviews: 20
Photo of WoodBrew
2.72/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

So I am in New Hampshire for the Great Bay Half Marathon...its the night before a race and ....why not drink some....ok....alot of the local beer!!! The Weizenbock from Portsmouth is ok...not a bock fan. This beer has was a amber in color with thin white head and great lace. The smell has a subtle malt and bitter nose. This beer was grainy and malty in taste! The smell funnels into the taste of this beer. The light ABV leads to this beer being a being a potential Session...certainly worth a taste.

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into red wine glass. Poured around 45 degrees. Thanks to Zach (GarthTaargus) for the chance to try this one!

Pours dark, opaque brown, red tints showing through, with a moderate light tan head that settles into a solid cap that lasts the length of the glass.

Nose is nice, bearing notes of clove, brown sugar, dark fruits, hints of banana, dark and bready. Some noticeable spicy alcohol mixed in as well.

Taste carries notes of dark fruits, clove and banana, as well as a savory, meaty caramelized quality; almost takes on the quality of roast pork with a hint of new leather. Very odd. Some dark brown sugar in there as well, that tend to get drowned out by the meatiness as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is soft but lively, not quite crisp, medium-full bodied.

The meatiness is really kind of odd. I've gotten a similar taste before in Ramstein Eisbock, which is a similar base beer. Not my thing.

Drinkability is

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of carln26
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark amber with a nice white head. It had a mild aroma of roast malt along with some scents associated with a weiss beer (mild cloves and banana. There is more malt in this beer, so that brings dates and figs into the mix. Now the taste… Wow, very boozy with sweet figs and dates. Very smooth almost creamy mouth feel medium drinakbility due to the alcohol.

Photo of Kegatron
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a couple of pint glasses.

Pours a deep clear copper, topped with a finger of off-white head. This retains with a thin fizziness that leaves back some light spotty froth. The aroma smells of toasted bread and sweet notes of sugars and ripened fruit. A touch of spice sits in the background.

The taste is thick and tangy on the palate, with notes of bread, caramel, and then more fruity and estery flavors of orange and banana. Hops give this an earthy bitterness that stretches into a mostly dry and spicy finish. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied here, with a lively crispness to the carbonation, which is then layered on top of some underlying alcohol warmth.

This was decent for a Weizenbock but ultimately just came off as a little too thick and chewy at times. I’m glad that I had someone to split the bottle with.

Photo of brdc
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks rpstevens for this one. Large capped bottle poured into my Aventinus glass.

Copper with reddish highlights, minimal tan head, little retention.
Aroma shows sweet malts, bubblegum, anise, cloves.
Medium bodied, average carbonation, taste is mostly sweet, with similar notes from the aroma, but more anise than anything else. At times a little astringent, but never bitter.
Decent, but it is certainly no Aventinus.

Photo of stakem
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bomber I purchased at the brewery during a visit that was nearly 2 years ago to this day. Poured into a matching Portsmouth snifter, the brew appears mahogany in color with a finger of yellowish stained khaki cap. It fades to a thin film leaving some spots of lacing effect on the glass. When held to the light, the brew shows a brilliant ruby clarity with a yellowish orange coloration around the edges.

The aroma is sweet with almost a belgian candy sugar sort of aroma blended with a hint of bubblegum and typical weizen yeast character. A hint of clove spice and some dark fruity quality reminiscent of raisins, apple and pears. As it warms up, there is a bit more focus on the dark burnt sugary quality like caramel, toffee or molasses.

The taste has a pretty solid focus on dark sugary fruit. Earthy apple skins, pear, raisin, prune. Some weizen yeast aspect minorly like clove and some wheat ygrain inclusion blends with almost a buttery bread aspect. A slight hint of cardboard and earthy almost molasses and herbal hops.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The alcohol inclusion is well integrated at first and gets progressively warming as the experience continues. There is lots of character to take in with this brew and while it is quite complex, it is very enjoyable and easily approachable. I regret forgetting about this bottle for so long and wonder just how delicious she was when fresh. Regardless this was a good brew and I would buy it again if presented with the opportunity.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of sethmeister
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this first on tap at the brewery and again in a 22oz bottle.

Appearance is slightly hazy reddish brown with a fluffy tan head and no lace.

Scent is bubble gum, bananas and cloves, wheat and spice.

Flavor is bubblegum, tangy wheat / yeast notes, very subtle sweetness of maple syrup. Bananas and light spices (cloves primarily). Impressive long finish allows the various different flavors to develop. Raisins and a light rum note. A touch of lemon and toward the end.

Mouth is creamy with a very light carbonation.

Drink is decent but I don't think I'd want more than 2 of these.

This is a well crafted, nicely balanced and wonderfully executed ale - typical of Portsmouth quality. Lots going on here. The maple syrup is a great idea and is very subtle. I might not have known it was even there had I not read about it on Portsmouth's website. None of the various flavors or spices dominate and each has a chance to express itself. However I have to admit the apparent bubblegum note really threw me off. I initially did not like this beer because of that. After trying it again I still notice a bubblegum flavor but don't seem to mind it. Incidentally, letting this beer warm a little really helps it to open up.

Photo of jamie2dope
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 22oz was picked up by my mom a couple days ago. Thanks Mom! It comes out a copper color, with two fingers of white heading. The nose is musty at first, but is followed by some sugar coated brown bread, and a small amount of fruit. The taste blows the doors open here. I get rich brown bread, dark berries, and a slight taste of coconut. Mouthfeel is fairly heavy on this one, with the alcohol making its presence known. This one doesn't wow me that much as far as the style goes, but it is definitely worth a try if given the chance. Weizenbock is an amazing style that does not get the recognition that it deserves, Try this one and remedy that.

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3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes. Plenty active, chestnut with thin tan head that rises and falls quickly. Backlighting reveals good clarity which is not anticipated or necessarily desired in the style.

Dark fruit, caramel malty, gently boozy, and faintly spicy. Kinda faint. Gotta work to get much.

Very rich caramel malty sweetness, gentle bitterness, and lightly floral hop flavors are all present. But the spicy and dark fruity flavors coming form the yeast add the depth and complexity and make it really good.

Good carbonation with rich full body. Highly viscous with a mildly bitter finish.

This quite sweet beer is pretty well done to style, I think. Better yet, it has layers of flavor depth and complexity that are very well balanced. This is a smooth, rich, balanced and complex brew.

Photo of Bendurgin
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. This pours dark brown with about an inch of creamy beige head. It settles down to a thin layer of foam with sticky lace.

Toasty malts in the aroma; this one is very grainy with a hint of sweet caramel to finish it off. There is a slight floral hop aromA in the background here. Kind of a dark purple grape flavor here with a doughy finish. Wheat and toasty malts round this one out nicely.

This has a medium to light body. Really low carbonation with gives it a smooth feel. Overal not a bad beer, I'm not overly familiar with the style but this seems to be a good one.

Photo of damienblack
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours deep dark blood-red in color. Looks more like a Doppelbock. Not a ton of head or lacing. Smells typically of sort of roasted dark fruit, sweetness, a bit boozey. Typically again, more like a doppelbock. Flavour is absolutely massive. It is bready, it is thick, it is boozey. The first thing you notice is that it doesn't carry its alcohol too well, and that is the main drawback. It's got a lot of plumy flavours, not much in the way of citrus here. Mouthfeel is decent, appropriately carbonated. This is like a Weizenbock2.0, a lot stronger than you'd typically find. Also not as easy to drink, but still very good.

Photo of jmz62565
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark mahogany with a medium sized tan head. The head is alittle small and leaves almost no lacing,but the color is very good. The smell is strong with raisins and other dark fruit,roasted malt,and alcohol. The taste is strong with dark fruit,roasted malt,alcohol,candy sugar,and cloves. The m/f is medium with all the flavors mixing very well. This tastes like it has more alcohol in it than it does. A very good beer,not my favorite style,but this is damn good.

Photo of Damian
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle purchased at the Portsmouth Brewery Company Store, Portsmouth, NH

Poured a dark, murky, amber-mahogany with a tan, fluffy, three-finger head that left huge rings of lacing all down the glass.

The aroma was spicy and fruity. Ripe banana, clove and allspice were apparent along with a rich, rummy, brown sugar kick. As the beer warmed, a smooth, fragrant yeastiness came out strong.

The taste was sweet, fruity and malt heavy as well. Caramel malts, dark fruits and spices were most noticeable. A tart, wheaty, lemony smack appeared on the back end, along with a rummy alcohol warming. The finish was initially slightly metallic and sour, but this seemed to slowly subside. A touch of hops also appeared as the beer warmed.

Mouthfeel was medium/thin with a fine, mild carbonation. If the beer faltered anywhere it was definitely in this area.

Drinkability was rather good. While I would have liked the unique complexities in the flavor of this beer to be a bit more pronounced, this was nevertheless a smooth and quaffable brew.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Whew! This was some tough sledding. Had this in a tulip glass at the Brewery. Very pretty:dark brown, thick head, very sticky. It had a sweet, fruity aroma, and was fairly malty. The taste was sweet, but not overly so. It tasted like honey or maple syrup, with a faint banana flavor. This is a pretty substantial beer. I had two, and had had my fill.

Photo of Franchise
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brown with red highlights that left a thick tan head. The smell is fruit, figs, plums, rich dark fruits are ever present. The taste mirrors the nose, sweet malty floural hop presence. Figs, candided fruit, plums follow the earthy texture. The finish has a alcohal presence but is very warming and nicely balanced with an acidic feel to balance out the sweetness on the palate.

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Portsmouth Weizenbock from Portsmouth Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.