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Portsmouth Dunkelweizen - Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth DunkelweizenPortsmouth Dunkelweizen

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BA SCORE
85
very good

29 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This dark wheat ale has a touch of roastiness & a crisp refreshing character with a medium body.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 09-15-2002)
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Ratings: 29 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by sethmeister:
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sethmeister

New Hampshire

3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured roughly into my Aventinus glass this dunkel raises two fingers of creamy nougat colored head atop a crystal clear caramel brown body. Spotty lacing. Surprised that there is no cloudy murky body.

Very fragrant - bananas, banana bread, cloves, spice notes reach me before I even raise the glass.

Flavor is warm banana bread with spices. Caramel flavor comes out and lingers along with a very slight bitterness. Nice but it seems to be missing the thicker tangy yeast flavors I appreciate in dunkels

Creamy but thin mouthfeel. Strikes me as a little watery.

High drinkability.

A pleasant ale but a bit thinner and lighter than I would prefer. I don't know if they were going for a lighter and more summery ale but it doesn't stand up to my cloudy yeasty dunkelweizen faves.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 21:45:17 | More by sethmeister
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RevCraig

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.1%

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Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

it's oak-brown with some ruby tinge in the light; a small off-white clings around the rim and leaves some lacing. pungent ripe bananas dominate the nose. tastes like fresh baked banana bread with a very mild bitterness. finishes slick. it's refreshing.

great stuff. on-tap there's a little more crispness in the finish, but it's still very good bottled. i don't think i drink enough of this style.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 20:07:45 | More by NardiByNature
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CoryR

Oregon

3/5  rDev -20.4%

05-08-2012 23:00:07 | More by CoryR
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leschkie

California

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

05-08-2012 15:52:46 | More by leschkie
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mdaschaf

Washington

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: This beer is a hazy brown color with one finger of beige head on top, moderate retention and minimal lacing

S: A good amount of banana on the nose with some brown sugar and spices, mostly cloves.

T: Similar to the aroma, very clean with bananas and cloves, lots of malty goodness here, some more brown sugar and a little bit of bread.

M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

O: Very tasty and easy drinking. Had no problem putting it down at all. Wish I could have stayed longer and sampled some more of what Portsmouth had on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2012 16:59:18 | More by mdaschaf
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark brown color with ruby highlights and a beige head. Good cling of lacing along the glass as you drink. Light nose of nutty sweetness. The flavors are smooth and rich, with a deep layering. Date and raising fruity characters on a toffee sweet backbone. This brew is a malt bomb. Rich, sweet aftertaste leading into a smooth and creamy finish. Tasty beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2012 23:10:09 | More by GarthDanielson
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funkel81

California

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

03-18-2012 18:24:56 | More by funkel81
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Boppar

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at PB in a pilsner glass.

A: Pours a dark, cloudy brown with two fingers of head.

S: Bananas, clove, vanilla.

T: Bananas, clove, vanilla, sweet malts.

M: Carbonated and smooth with a medium body and a yeasty finish.

O: Goes down without too much of a struggle. Nice. A very good example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2012 02:44:34 | More by Boppar
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Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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Massachusetts

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BeerAndBourbon

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Pours brown with amber with a thin creamy head that quickly dissipates to a ring of foam.

S. Tons of bananas with some brown sugar and caramel with some light acidity.

T. It's like beers best version of bananas foster - creamy banana with caramelized brown sugar with a touch of acidity/bitterness on the tail to finish an enjoyable sip.

M. Medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation.

D. I could put these back all night. This and the Blue Beery were my favorite beers that I was able to sample at Portsmouth. I took a growler and two bottles of this beer to go. The bottled version wasn't quite as good as the draft version - less banana flavor and a bit more acidity. That said, I enjoyed every last drop of this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2010 01:46:27 | More by BeerAndBourbon
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomer thanks to Bendurgin. Poured into Goose pint glass.

A - Pours a light brown, a fingers worth of white head, a thick ring around the glass, and a thin film on top.

S - Burnt malts, slight dark fruit, bananas, slight tart, brown sugars.

T - Slight tart up front, dark brown sugars, malts, bananas, licorice. Not sure if I dig the tart notes, would rather have more malt and burnt sugars. FFF does this style right, so I'm comparing.

M - Light, crisp, medium carbonation, creamy finish.

D - Good, not great. I really like this style, however, FFF and their dark lagers are superior to this. Not really digging the tart notes at all.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 03:14:01 | More by Sean9689
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u2carew

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber
A) Pours with a very thin, nearly nonexistent head. Visible active carbonation. Hazy body. Mahogany in color.
S) Bananas. Apple. Bready. Toasty.
T) Subtle banana. Toasted grain. Spices - cloves and nutmeg. Mellow malt sweetness throughout. Finishes with a pleasant tree fruit sweetness.
M) medium body. Fizzy. Fairly smooth.
D) A great beer. Very drinkable. I'd have another.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 22:19:45 | More by u2carew
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured straight from the tap into a Portsmouth Brewery pint glass at the brewery. Served slighty chilled on the outdoor patio.

Appearance: Cloudy dark brown in color. Color is a bit dull and hazy. Slight lacing with very little retention.

Aroma: Pretty basic here. Bananna bread and clove with a bit of astrigency. Nicely balanced and not as sweet as I expected.

Taste: Much like the aroma, bananna bread and clove dominate. More astrigency than most dunkels I have had. Some nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth. Nice crispness.

Drinkability: The moderate ABV and nice light flavors make this east to drink a couple of.

Overall, a nice, light dunkelweizen. Nothing too special but with a solid flavor profile. Nice option to enjoy with a meal in the warm weather.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2010 01:28:34 | More by Gosox8787
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younger35

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 22:40:32 | More by younger35
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a pretty thick creme head that falls quickly. Flavor comes off with malts on the first hit and then morphs into a smoked edge that really hits me more like a rauchbier than anything else. Smoked and meaty though it calms down a bit fairly soon. Or perhaps my palate gets used to it. Feel is slick and thicker. Carbonation is fairly full. This is a tasty beer, but i'm not feeling that it's giving other dunkels a run for its money. Still worth drinking though.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 05:38:50 | More by RblWthACoz
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Extremely aggressively carbonated as a very soft pour nets me seven fingers of foamy, lightly browned head (including one above the rim of my glass) and some foam overflow on my desk. The beer is a dark plum color that shows a hazy, red amber color when held up to the light. The aroma has lots of clove, a touch of up front banana, a toasty malt character and a definite smokiness in the finish. The smokiness has overtones of burning plastic to it, though it never gets really out of hand and really reminds me of Peat smoked malt. Definitely interesting, certainly not bad, but I was not expecting the smoke.

The taste has a sweetness to it up front with some light clove notes, the smokiness then kicks in adding smoky flavors as well as phenolic notes that seem to be a little harsh at times. This has a rich maltiness to it up front that is quite nice (unfortunately this is quickly drowned out by the salty peat smoke). The peat smoke really lingers on in the palate too and interferes with subsequent sips; it is really hard to pull out any other flavors because of this.

A very interesting interpretation of a Dunkel Weizen. I think that beech-wood smoked malt would have been a better choice here as it would have melded better with the traditional Weizen flavors (indeed I have had good smoked Weizens in Bamberg before). Ultimately the Peat-smoked malt clashes with the rest of the beer, such that this really just doesn't work for me. I do like the attempt though as it is an interesting try.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 01:37:29 | More by Gueuzedude
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