Portsmouth Wheat Wine | Portsmouth Brewery

Portsmouth Wheat WinePortsmouth Wheat Wine
BA SCORE
81.3%
Liked This Beer
3.98 w/ 112 ratings
Portsmouth Wheat WinePortsmouth Wheat Wine
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewery
New Hampshire, United States
portsmouthbrewery.com

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A toffee-like flavor predominates this bold & assertive wheat ale.

Added by Bierman9 on 03-08-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,117
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
112
Liked:
91
Avg:
3.98/5
pDev:
10.05%
Alströms:
3.95
 
 
Wants:
71
Gots:
5
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 112 |  Reviews: 66
Photo of scxcrunner
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Thing
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of CharlesRiver
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a nice dark copper color with a very small head that doesn't last. Very clear. The smell is as excepted sweet and more sweet. Hints of flowers and something a bit citrusy. A touch of pepper in the background as well.

Wow! Is the first thing that I can think of when I first sip this beer. The taste is sooo much bigger than the smell and really doesn't do it justice. A bit syrupy thick in the mouth. The wheat is definitely present along with a ton of alcohol. The bittering at the end is wonderful.

I think this beer lacks a bit in the beginning and middle as nothing really comes out. The ending has the bitterness and stays with you. I also get the burning feeling with this beer.

What a different beer. I really can't compare it to anything. I don't think the wheat can stand up to the alcohol the same way barley can in a barley wine. This my friends is a sipper!

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Photo of Damian
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 1 pint 6 fluid ounce bottle purchased at the Portsmouth Brewery, Portsmouth, NH
Served in a snifter

The beer poured a cloudy, dark rust color with a small, light tan head that faded to a layer of bubbly froth. As the beer warmed, the chill haze eased up and the liquid turned a hazy shade of ruby red.

The aroma was sweet, smooth and boozy. Bready. Rich and malty with a noticeable spicy quality.

The taste was intense. The beer indeed was like a cross between a barleywine and a hefeweizen, with the former style being more dominant. Malty (caramel malts came through strong), sweet and boozy. Bitter orange peel appeared up front. Super piney hops and some sour notes came through in the center and lasted into the resonating tart (lemony) and bitter finish.

The mouthfeel was medium-light bodied for the style (a touch watery) with a fine and mild carbonation. Somewhat smooth and creamy initially. Sticky on the lips. By the drink's end, the beer was nearly flat.

Drinkability was decent. This was a tasty and intriguing (yet super hoppy and boozy) beer that is definitely not for the faint of heart.

Wheatwines are slowly become a more popular style amongst a number of craft brewers, and that is a good thing. Although I enjoyed this offering from the Portsmouth Brewery, it was not one of the better examples I have come across.

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Portsmouth. This beer really delivers the alcohol (at least to me it did), but let's start at the beginning. Clear and coppery when served, the head was thick and creamy and almost milkshake like in composition. The aroma had some wheatiness, yeastiness, and also that candied hop essence I enjoy. There was also some notes of alcohol in the aroma. Mouthfeel and tastewise, while I enjoyed it's smoothness, I also thought it did come packed with alcohol in each sip. Nice wheatiness in the taste as well.

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Photo of carln26
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I’ve been wanting to try Todd Mott’s Wheat Wine since he moved up to Portsmouth. On vacation about 5 years ago, I stopped by the Boston Beer and Fish company down town, and was blown away by his barleywine. This beer poured an amber color with a thick cream colored head. Mild hop aroma. There really wasn’t much beyond the hops in the nose. A mild boozy character, but little else/ The head did leave a remarkably good lace for this style. Mildly boozy taste too. A sweetness comes to the front with some citrus hop character. Very slick mouth feel. Ok drinkability. This wasn't what I remembered from 5 years ago, but was still a decent beer.

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Photo of jabocu
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium clear copper color with two finger head that hung around for a few minutes. Aroma was not real strong, but sweet with lots of malt. Lots of flowery and citrus hops and some spice hanging in back. The flavor was much stronger than the aroma. A little syrupy but not cloying. Wheat, spices, a little pepper, and a very nice citrus bitterness to round it out at the end. The alcohol is not real strong in the mouth, but has a little warming effect. Definitely a sipping beer. Has medium carbonation and finishes dry.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mini-vertical. '10 sent to me by Reagan1984, '09 supplied by Mike (AgentZero). Served in a Russian River tulip. I'm going to mainly review the 2010, as it was superior. The '09 seemed..."off".

A - A finger of white foam settles to a partial cap and leaves behind spotty lace. The body is a transparent orange. In contrast the '09 was hazy and darker in color.

S - Fruity esters, sharp wheat and toasted grain, light honey, and some sugary notes as well. The '09 had a strange off aroma that was very musky and vaguely reminiscent of body odor and cologne.

T - Taste has more apple flavor mixed with fruity yeast esters, sweet malted grains, and surprisingly well-hidden alcohol. Somewhat bland, but easy enough to drink. The '09 again has a weird cloying rotten fruit flavor.

M - Medium body, low carbonation, and a fairly clean finish. Minimal alcohol presence - surprised to see this is 11%, as I would have guessed 9% tops.

D - The '10 was a pretty good wheatwine, a style that I don't generally find very exciting. The '09 had unfortunate similarities to the '10 Bare Tree from Two Brothers (although it wasn't nearly as awful). While the '10 is one of the better Portsmouth offerings I've had, it's not something I'd actively seek out or highly recommend. Still, the well-hidden alcohol and inoffensive flavor led me to have a second pour.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Portsmouth- Wheat Wine

Appearance- Amber brown with a small light lacing head.
Smell- Big fruityness. Cherry, apple, and pomogranite.
Taste- Cherries and pomogranite really come through. Slight grape undertones. Chewy malt throughout really balances this beer out.
Mouthfeel- Sweet, yet never cloying.

Overall- Quite delicious and the high alc. is really hidden. This could easily be a session beer. My next trip up hopefully I'll buy a bomber or 2 to bring home.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at the brewpub in Portsmouth. Pours orange with ruby highlights. There is a tight head that sticks around as a cap and leaves some nice lacing. Smells lightly of bubblegum and slightly sour wheat. Strangely enough, this tastes a bit like sake. Hot with alcohol with distinct soft rice grain flavors, a hint of banana, cherry, and clove. The mouthfeel is a bit hot, but drinkable. I wouldn't exaclty call this challenging, but it is most definitely a sipper. Unusual.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from my notes. Served in a tulip glass at the brewery. This is the 2010 edition of the Wheat Wine (it was listed as Aged Wheat Wine at the pub).

A: Cloudy burnt orange liquid. Tan bubbles on top settle down to expose the liquid. I cannot see any rising carbonation. Swirling the glass leaves behind plenty of film and foam.

S: Some sweetness and some alcohol. Reminds me of crystalized ginger, but also has some ties to strong English ale styles (Barleywine, Old Ale).

T: Some fruit and alcohol. Apple, pear and plum are all present--lots of non-citrus fruits! Tastes of honey as well.

M: Full bodied, but viscous. The carbonation tickles my tongue, as does the alcohol. Sticky lips. Light coating that is sweet.

D: A slow drinking beer. 10 ounces is plenty at the end of this session. Strength and thickness of the body limit this beer.

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Photo of rderedin
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky reddish brown, not much head with no lacing.

Smell is surprisingly weak, couldn't make out much of an aroma, slight malty aroma with some fruitiness though.

Taste is very smooth and slick, not quite what I expected but very welcome, the alcohol is well hidden and only has a slight warming sensation, very malty with a fruit backing.

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Photo of Jason
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz brown bomber with a bottled date on the label.

Appearance: Decent frothing with some killer stickage from a good head retention. Clear but quite dark, orangey brown in color.

Smell: Shortbread cookies, vague vanilla, caramel, sweet blueberry skin … clean nose and subtlety aromatic.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Creamy slick full bodied mouth feel. Thick malty palate with a warming alcohol attached. Modest hops let the malt character unfold; toasted malt, hint of soft cocoa, faintness of brown sugar and a bold spicy wheat. A touch of herbal hop middle to end. Nice lining in the finish of a toasted malt flavor.

Drinkability & Notes: This brew proves that wheatwines are very different from barleywines. Without a doubt this is a sipping brew, a great one none the less.

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Photo of BassAssassin
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy copper with minimal head.

S: Sweet. The first thing that comes to mind is cotton candy soaked in bourbon. Hints of vanilla are also present.

T: Malty and spicy. Malt is sweet, but not cloying at all. Very pleasant. Faint hop bitterness is tasted on the back of the tongue. Alcohol is very apparent, and actually quite welcome.

M: Manages to be round and full bodied without feeling thick. The wheat lends a soft and smooth character to this beer. Well done.

D: This goes down almost too easily. However, at 9.5% this brew is definitely meant to be sipped. Another excellent offering from the Portsmouth Brewery.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Truh
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This review should be taken with a grain of salt as it came at the tail end of the crawl Kumar and Jim and I undertook over the weekend up in Portsmouth. This was our hair of the dog offering for the weekend, imbibing it on Sunday at noon after a great brunch at Saucy Gray’s around the corner.

Poured in what looked like a 10-ounce goblet. Lazy ruby red with golden tinges around the edges, striving to penetrate the crimson inside. Slight cream coating at top with a tight sheen. Berries (raspberry?), and alcohol at front, with a slight soapy character later, though not detracting in any way. Alcohol belies a low-level buzz throughout, with the malt just above the radar. Kumar eyed the goblet suspiciously and mumbled that he could swear there was some fruit in it, but if there was, I didn’t think it made the ale any less drinkable. In fact, the mingling of the different profiles was excellent and Jim agreed by stating in his best Homer Simpson impression, “Yummy.” We agreed to have another, even Kumar.

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Photo of JuliusCaesar
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jh1982
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of qcbrewer
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of richbrew
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of phingdong
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of rpstevens
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Portsmouth Tulip.

The beer pours a deep amber with ruby highlights. The head is a frothy white two-finger affair that fades quckly to a white still crust. There's some oily lacing left on the sides of the glass.

The smell is sugared candy malts (or is that a sugar cookie sweet? this beer is hard to pin down), a splash of citrus, caramel, a hint of blueberry?, and a slight boozy (yet strawberry) sweetness.

The taste is incredibly complex, candied fruits, caramel, orange, lemon, graham cracker, and fresh cut grass roll over each other and compete for attention. The final taste is strawberry jam sweetness, very interesting.

The beer is heavy, almost syrupy, and the alcohol is still present even after aging, but the flavors keep enticing me back to the glass, dangerous.

It is worth noting that when this beer was released I found it almost undrinkable on draft, it was hot and almost overly malty sweet. By the end of its time on draft I started to enjoy it, and now the bottle is really coming into it's own after a few months.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Portsmouth Wheat Wine from Portsmouth Brewery
Beer rating: 81.3% out of 100 with 112 ratings
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