Portsmouth Smoked Dunkelweizen - Portsmouth Brewery
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4/5 rDev 0%
Maple syrup brown color. I had to use a hard pour to force a decent head. Lacey speckles left like a frozen snowglobe.
Smells like fall. Light clove and gentle smoke mingle with maple syrup and squishy 'nanas.
Smooth, not particularly spicy clove, and woody Munich. Smoke is subtle and compliments the other flavors rather than overwhelm them. The strength of this beer is that all the flavors are blend well and compliment each other in perfect balance.
11-25-2011 00:48:54 | More by donkeyrunner
4.08/5 rDev +2%
Fills the glass with a murky brown body and a decent tan head, but it failed to provide the big fluffy head you look for in weizens.
Sweet brown sugar and caramel malts on the nose. Yeast seems to add in some fruity esters as well. Smoke is present but a bit reserved.
A lot of different flavors going on with the first few sips. Nice malt presence with some toasted bread and caramel character. A healthy dose of yeast flavor as well, with some clove like spice and a fruity bubble gum note. The smoked aspect doesn't really come through until the end but leaves a nice lingering flavor.
Mouthfeel is light and bubbly. Finish is a bit drying. Overall, this beer was a bit underwhelming at first but it really grew on me as I worked my way through. Lots of flavor in a nice low-ABV package.
11-07-2011 02:06:45 | More by Kinsman
3.6/5 rDev -10%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Portsmouth glass. As I opened the bottle foam started gushing out of the bottle. It took a long time for it to settle down in the glass as well. Once it did though it was a very nice looking caramel color with a huge, fluffy, tan head to it.
The aroma shows off the sweeter, bready, wheat flavors nicely. I get some malty, dark fruit, caramel and toffee flavors all coming out as well. The smoke is pretty reserved, but noticeable.
The taste starts out with more of the sweeter, bready, wheat and dark fruit flavors. The smoke really starts to come out in the back end and gives it a very nice campfire like quality. I really liked the wheat and smoke combination.
The mouthfeel is where things didn't seem right to me. It was extremely carbonated, to the point where it was so fizzy it was hard to drink. Overall it had some very nice flavors to it. I really like how the smoke and wheat mix. The mouthfeel didn't fit at all though and hurt the beers enjoyability for me. Overall a good beer that had potential to be excellent.
04-15-2011 00:56:21 | More by billab914
3.65/5 rDev -8.8%
A - Pours a huge(1/2 the glass), foamy light tan head that sits around forever. The beer is dark brown with red highlights. It is cloudy with tons of visible carbonation bubbles.
S - There is a little bit of bacon and smokiness on the nose combined with a spiciness. There is also a fruitiness from the yeast.
M - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. I expected it to be over-carbonated with the huge head, but that wasn't the case. Has a creamy feel to it.
T - Malty sweetness up front followed by light smokiness. Some fruity esters hit the tongue next along with banana and clove which linger in the finish.
The smokiness isn't as strong in the taste as in the aroma. The Dunkleweizen and smokiness play together very well.
03-01-2011 02:46:15 | More by boralyl
4/5 rDev 0%
A huge fluffy 3 finger head rises up and fades semi slowly, making it difficult to pour, over slightly clear reddish maroon mahogany colored beer. As it eventually fades, the head leaves a ton of sticky lacing.
Nose is weird, it has some campfire smoke and a bit of smokey malts, but with that is some Belgian yeast like dark fruits, some toasted malts, a very slight salty minerality that seems to come from the smoke, and a touch of brown sugar, its interesting to say the least.
Taste brings smoke again, but this time comes with some creamy malts, a bit of dark wheats and dark malts, slight taste of bananas foster with caramelized brown sugar, light taste of dark fruits, and some sweetness. The smoke comes with a touch of campfire and smoked malts, but is creamy and light, not overpowering, but does bring a slight salty minerality. A very slight clove like taste as well. I can almost get a slight apple wood flavor from the crab apple tree smoke. A slight sweetness to start dries quite a bit and adds to the smoked experience as it dries quite a bit, with some light malts on the finish, and plenty more lingering smoke, bringing a bit of smoked cheese flavor on the finish as well.
The mouth is medium bodied with good carbonation.
Drink is OK, a long lingering smoke makes me not drink quickly so I can enjoy the smoke, reminds me of late night BBQs, it's actually almost sessionable with the low abv and creamy taste and feel, but a bit of the salty minerality gets in the way.
12-25-2010 03:29:10 | More by jlindros
4.03/5 rDev +0.8%
22 oz bottle
A: Deep brown body under a medium to large sized slightly off white head. Good lace and retention.
S: Nice blend of smoke and typical dunkel character, clove, banana, bit of bubble gum, sweet. Smoke drowns out most toasted character and carries a nice "meatiness" to it.
T: A lot of smoke with some malty sweetness in the back ground. Dunkel character is a little drowned out by the smoke. Some bread and banana character with a slight smoke bitter finish. Not quite as balanced as the aroma but still good.
M/D: Medium bodied, carbonation is low, body feels slippery on the tongue. Good drinkability, a very solid beer.
12-13-2010 01:36:21 | More by NCSUdo
3.73/5 rDev -6.8%
Received this brew from the ever generous BeerTruth. I'm not a huge fan of Dunkelweizens but he assured me it was good. Drank from my Surly nonic pint glass.
Appearance- Pours a hazy dark reddish brown with a beautiful one finger super creamy off-white head. A perfect half finger cap and collar remain the entire beer along with thick sheets of coated lacing.
Smell- Lightly spicy with those unmistakable yeasty Weizen notes of banana and clove. A nice toasted maltiness as well with a light bit of cocoa and nuttiness. As I really breath the beer in deep I definitely get a nice peat smokiness but its definitely subtle. Nothing too crazy here but a fairly nice smelling nose.
Taste- Hmmm, a bit different than what I was expecting but nice. The yeast and banana notes are VERY light compared to the nose. The smoke isn't really strong either as I think the slight fruitiness and slight smokiness really offset one another. Its nutty and toasty with a sort of lingering husk and black pepper spice. The finish is long and lingering as a somewhat charred, somewhat citric bitterness that coats my tongue.
Mouthfeel- Very creamy and rich with a nice full body and a sort of tingly aggressive carbonation that really cuts through the big body.
Drinkability- Very interesting beer that I enjoyed. I think the smoke and Weizen aspects aren't a match made in heaven but none-the-less fun to try. The body and look of the beer are top notch though, that's for sure. Thanks much Adam!
01-18-2010 00:15:28 | More by younger35
3.98/5 rDev -0.5%
Dispensed via growler on 11/15/09, courtesy of Deuane.
A - Poured a cloudy, smokey brown body with deep amber highlights and a bubbly beige-colored head that settled into a patchy retention and very modest lacing.
S - The somkey character of this dunkelweizen dominates the aroma, imparting hints of woody notes and tree bark, but with a slight dark fruit tang. Malt character is thick and sweet, suggesting maple syrup.
T - Flavor combines hints of dark fruit and thick caramel malt with moderate smokey and meaty notes and a touch of earthy bitterness. There is also a very faint inkling of coffee in the background. However, there's not a lot of dunkelweizen attributes present.
M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and moderate carbonation. Finishes with mild bitterness on the palate.
D - Pleasant, easy-drinking brew with a fairly complex flavor profile and nice smokey character, although this doesn't really strike me as a dunkelweizen.
11-19-2009 00:22:38 | More by ffejherb
3.65/5 rDev -8.8%
Thanks to Deuane for sharing this growler. We originally thought that it was a smoked doppelbock.
A: The dunkelweizen is a dark brown hue, completely opaque, with a rather substantial white head atop it. That head should have been the first indication that it wasn't a doppelbock.
S: The nose is thick and meaty, heavy with smoke. A veritable smokehouse of cured meats, this one smells very nice. There is, however, little (okay, no) indication of a weizen.
T: The smoke, much like in the nose, rules everything tastewise. The first sip is full, well-smoked with a lingering meatiness that refuses to dissapate. Behind the smoke, there is very little malt-wise that stands out. That makes some sense, as it is a weizen behind the smoke and not a big malt bomb. The ale is very chewy, easily passing for a smoked meat plate.
M: The mouthfeel is a meat-lover's delight, a smokehouse. I'd like to taste more dunkelweizen though, it does get lost behind the smoke.
D: The ale scored lower because the dunkelweizen side shys away from the limelight. I do like the ale though and would gladly have another glass.
11-16-2009 21:35:54 | More by akorsak
Portsmouth Smoked Dunkelweizen from Portsmouth Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.