Portsmouth Wheat Wine | Portsmouth Brewery

very good
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Portsmouth Wheat WinePortsmouth Wheat Wine

Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This seemed like a good beer to drink on a snowy day (in April, yet). It was a hazy copper color with a small white head that dissipated quickly. Impressive lacing early on, but less later. It had a sweet, spicy odor, with a bit of graininess. It tasted sweet (caramel) with a little spice, and a lot of hops that lingered. It was a big, bold beer, very reminiscent of a barleywine.
Very good.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the brewpub with dinner on 11/19.

Poured a hazy copper color with a cummy head. Essentially flat appearing. Lots of lace at first but it dissolved completely after a little while. Nose was spicy and had some heat in it. Kind of nice because it was a bit chilly out. Flavor was pepeery at first followed by malty and and then some wheatiness. Alcohol has a quite apparent burn. Soft-ish body that hold up well as the beer warmed. Honestly, this beer reminded me more of a barleywine with a slightly more textorous body.

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Photo of Boto
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught @ Brewpub: 10 oz. goblet: This beer poured a clear, reddish copper color. There was about no head on it at all. The aroma was a bit mild, but had nice notes of wheat and fruits. A hint of spice. The taste is somewhat sweet, mainly consisting of caramel malt, wheat, toffee and some dark fruits. This goes down real easy. A nice beer.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
3.64/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had from the tap, presented to me in the 10oz. mini-pint glass. The beer was a dark golden bronze with a faint sliver of barely-there white head. No outright signs of carbonation but some lacing throught the sample.

The nose was of toffee and caramel with a healthy hop and darker fruit smell as well. A warming alcohol was also present.

The taste was dominated by a strong alcoholic and malty backbone. Much softer fruit and caramel flavors hit the palate to produce a well balanced and warming beer.

Medium body with a good degree of carbonation and a nice not-so-sublte warming from the alc.

Drinkable in moderation and a good night-cap beer. Very warming although not especially high in alc. A good balance and a good beer.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another fine offering from the Portsmouth Brewery.
Arrived in a 12oz. chalice...cloudy, dark mahogany in color w/ no head and very little lace.
Nice aromas packed w/ cherries, orange rind, honey, and a hint of alcohol.
The taste was excellent...I was expecting a much lighter/sweeter style ale, but was blown away by this one. Most of the scents mentioned above made its way into its flavor and the alcohol was not easily detected.
Mouthfeel was also thinner than I was expecting, but on par w/ most American Barleywines. Carbonation was perfect IMO.
Drinkability is good for the ABV...I could easily enjoy more than a couple of these in an evening.
Liked it so much I picked up two bombers to go...I believe JayT claims this one will be a year-round offering...that will keep me coming up every few months.
Great job...if you are a fan of barleywines, you need to try this brew.

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

On-Tap at the brewery. Nice. Dark red with some rusty edges. Not muchof a head to speak of, but some nice lacing ensues. Aromas are crazy. Pumped up wheaty hefe-like aromas mix with barleywine like alcohol vapors, fruits, spices, and more. The taste is like a barleywine on crack. Fruity, yeasty, wheaty, and all-too drinkable for it's alcoholic heftiness and big bodied mouthfeel. Nice. A new style that is breaking some ground in the beer world. Good show.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
3.77/5  rDev -5%
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 PatandDavid
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
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 GolgiIPAratus
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz (and 3 oz draught sample*)

{Review is based on bottle, with a few comparisons to draught sample}

Sampled: 3.16.05 (*3.7.05)

I originally tasted this in a 3 oz (FREE!) sample at the Portsmouth Brewery in Portsmouth, NH. One of my favorite brewpubs and lunch spots when the wife & I go to Portsmouth. Our trips there are usually centered around going to this place. I suggest the pulled pork sandwich and the BBQ chicken strips. They use a homemade sauce made with one of their fine brews. Old Brown Dog Ale if memory serves me correctly (if I'm wrong, someone please email me, so I can correct that!). After our meal, we popped over to the brewshop next door and I was psyched to find one 22 oz bomber of the Wheat Wine left in the fridge case. The sample was so good, I couldn't resist...

The bottle is a brown glass bomber with a plain paper bag style wrapper with the brewery logo over the beer name hand written with magic marker. All their beers come this way when you get a 22. A slow pour into a snifter produced a headless honey hued liquid. Lighter than actual honey, but darker than I remembered from the sample. Slight foam with a swirl, but dissipates quickly. Zero lacing, obviously.

The nose was malt-ridden sweetness. There are barleywine similarities that taper into a slight alcohol tinge.

A sip was a round maltiness. The middle of the swell brings a sweetness that slips back down again into a bitter finish as the sip cascades down your gullet. Alcohol heat warms the mouth and face. Server mentioned something in the range of 10/10.5%, and it sure felt that way, but not enough I'd report a change. More carbonated than it looks, leaves the tongue feeling tingly. A slight gluey flavor sat after each sip. Not sure what it was, and I also didn't get this on the sample at the pub. Something to do with bottling, perhaps.

The drinkability of this is pretty low. It's made to savor. And if this had been a better bottle, I'd probably have savored it longer and slower. That glueyness I mentioned disappointed me, but I know it isn't a specific characteristic, more an anomalistic flaw (BIG words). I'd get this again and HIGHLY suggest to others to try it *at the pub*, but I'd think twice about a bottle. Though, it seems the only way TO get a bottle is at the shop right NEXT to the pub, so you do the math….

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Photo of Jason
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
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 UncleJimbo
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at Portsmouth Brewery.

This wheat wine poured a slightly hazy amber color with white foam that settled. The smell was a nice wheat malt aroma with a hint of alcohol. The taste was lightly sweet and malty (wheat) with a touch of alcohol and low hoppiness. There were some wood notes, including vanilla, as well. A nice overall flavor. The mouthfeel was smooth and relatively clean with medium-full body and low carbonation. This was an enjoyable brew.

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Photo of ADR
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap, Extreme Beer Fest 2005...

Copper color, tends toward clearish. Sudsy head, leaves rings on the glass but not a lot of lacing. Lurking aroma, not overt, lightly fruity and somewhat estery, reminds me most of candied citrons with a bit of other candy elements to it. Active and nicely done carbonation -- parses out the licorice and ginger flavors well, making it fun in its mouthfeel and letting the flavors play out in grand style. Finishes with a light bit of green leaves and even some cigar tobacco (the 70 IBUs asserting themselves?). A bit of alcohol comes through at the close. This is a very entertaining beer to drink.

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Photo of carln26
3.85/5  rDev -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 Truh
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
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 Bierman9
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on 01MAR04, on-tap here at the Portsmouth Brewery. I recall it being a very popular item at the Extreme Beer Fest, too. A special brew made at the Portsmouth Brewery by Smutty's Dave Yarrington in collaboration with Keith Gosselin, consisting of about 50% wheat malt and Warrior and Liberty hops, and now a regular Tod Mott offering.

This baby poured a dark golden/orangey color, with a semi-cloudiness present. Head was quite short, and shrank quickly to leave just a ring of white foam around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing was decent, though. Nose was a combo of wheaty dryness and a big sweetness somewhat akin to honey. Body was medium without much effort, and the carbonation level was fairly low giving it a smooth tongue-feel. A warming bier from the start...perhaps even a bit "hot" with the alcohol. Has some vanilla notes, with a healthy amount of sweetness, again with honey-like aspects, the latter reminding me a touch of Dogfish 120-minute IPA. Though the sweet aspect is dominant, there is still a floral-hoppiness present in the latter part of the quaff. A pleasant bier, though one packing a punch. Zum Wohl!!

overall: 4
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


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Photo of brewandbbq
3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a clean 12oz glass on a cool,rainy Saturday afternoon in Portsmouth.
Missed this one at the EBF,and was looking forward to it.
I was also nicely informed that they were selling growlers of it.
Light gold in color with a slight chill haze,cold from the tap.
Medium carbonation with a thin head that dissapated quickly.
Aroma had alcohol,some sweetness,light fruit,and no off characteristics,pretty clean,very minimal hop character.
Flavor was quite clean also,with warming alcohol and some slightly tart fruitiness,maybe some spiceyness from very light hopping.
Body was thin and crisp.
Finish was slightly warm and quick.
I was somewhat dissapointed with this beer.
I'm a huge fan of Barleywines and wheat beers,and this beer left me unsatisfied on both fronts.
More hops,please.Maybe a german yeast strain also or just leaving it unfiltered would have given this beer some much needed character.
This beer would be very good on a summer's eve alongside one last piece of apple pie with vanilla ice cream.
Kind of like Weizenheimers bigger brother.
I'd like to try this out of an wooden cask also,it would be similar to an oakey Chardonnay.

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