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Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewery
New Hampshire, United States | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A German style wheat ale, mit hefe (with yeast). This cloudy, classic is light in body yet big in flavor. Lots of clove & a bit of banana make a big aromatic presence.

Added by mschofield on 10-01-2004

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38
Ratings:
63
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
17.28%
 
 
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Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 63
Photo of TLJ
4.62/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had a pint at the brewery itself, and we took home a growler, which we have just opened and are now drinking, about five days later.

This beer is a golden orange hue, with just a little lacing and not much head or carbonation, although the draught version had considerably more of both. The smell is sweet in a floral way; in addition to malt and a little of the grain, the odour is of honeysuckle, clover and ripe bananas.

The creamy, lush, long-lasting mouthfeel of this beer is truly the highlight for me. Perhaps it is my great love of hefeweizens, but to me, this beer is a bit like a creme brulee in texture and in certain aspects of its flavour.

The hops taste is not terribly present; in the growler version, there is a hint of spice at the very end of the sip until the beer has had a chance to warm up a little. Unfortunately, it is not the most refined of hop flavours and may even be just a little funky.

The sweetness in the taste is extremely present: it comes across as clementine, lavender-infused syrup, vanilla, a little hazelnut, pineapple, and a whole boat-load of bananas.

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Photo of SQNfan
4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub during the Kate the Great release: One of my favorite beers of the lineup on tap that day. This had wonderful power and concentration with classic banana and clove aromas. In the mouth this was palate-coating yet still very refreshing just packed with flavor. This just really hit my sweet spot on this day!

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Photo of Bierman9
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stopped by the brewpub yesterday (17AUG09) for lunch with daughter Caitlin. It was also a special day, as it was our first time visiting a pub together since she turned 21 (on August 5th)! To top it off, Caitlin joined Alewife and me as members of the Imperial Pint Club.

Our first round together? Each a Hefeweizen! I was surprized that I hadn't ever reviewed this one. The imperial pint glass was filled with a cloudy, muted, flat golden colored liquid. Lots of very fine carbonation bubbles were steadily progressing topside, almost in a Guinness-like fashion. The head was a creamy, white mass of marshamallow-like foam, almost slipping over the edges. Lacing was excellent from top to bottom. Aroma was quite inviting, with a great banana-clove combo wafting forth. The bier was medium-bodied, and exceedingly smooth for the style. It was soft and velvety on the tongue, displaying none of the typical prickliness most Hefes have.

Flavor has light sweetness in the initial stages, almost a bit biscuity. Smooth banana and subtle clove the come into the spotlight, remaining until the curtain is drawn on this fine potable. It is crisp, dry and quite refreshing. An excellent Tod Mott rendition of the style! Zum Wohl!!

4.4
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | drink: 4.5

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Photo of RixBeer
4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It's been a while since I had a really good hefe. Everyone's making one now. Tod Makes his better. I think it's called caring and having taste.

64oz brown growler. Filled today at the release of KTG. Seriously, no need for a random time like 2:27pm. No need for this kind of hoopla on a Tuesday. I took the day of for this sh!te. No need what so ever. 6 Hours later in a pint glass (one of those new Sam Adams glasses).

A hazy orange-gold beer pours out with a thin head that fades in a few minutes. Sticks to the sides and leaves a visible trail of suds.

Huge banana with a nice and very inviting citrus aroma in the background. There is a slight hint of yeastiness in overall smell but it's very subtle.

Huge banana-nana-nana with a nice mild citrus and some spice that really helps keep the beer grounded. Otherwise you'd loose bready and malty (wheat) undertones that linger in the mouth after every mouthful.

Feel like a decent mouthful without being either to thin or heavy. This beer is quiet complex enough without the fact that it feels good in your mouth as it slides down into the throat. It's a great hefe to drink in this New England humidity. it's cooling off but it was hot. This beer is also quiet refreshing. Bonus.

O yeah, back porch with a growler after a nice summer day, after a long day in the heat, just needing a good one, this beer is incredibly easy to drink.

Awesome!

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at the brewpub. Pour is a hazy orange/yellow with a light head that settles to a ring. Nearly opaque. This hefe is heavily toward the banana side of things with very little clove. If you like that, you'll probably enjoy this beer. The smell has lots of banana and some light wheaty aromas. The flavor screams banana and adds some bubblegum into the mix, but is light on the clove spiciness. The mouthfeel is extremely smooth and creamy, so much so that it lacks a bit of the hefeweizen crispness than is fairly common in the style. Overall this is delicious, but this is a very particular hefeweizen. I liked its intense fruitiness and almost unctuous creaminess as a change of pace. Others might not feel the same. I certainly wouldn't call this one balanced.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

another great new one from portsmouth. i was thrilled to be able to try this one and it went very well with dinner tonight.

Poured a bright pale golden amber with a big frothy white head. Very slight haze kept it from being completely clear, nice carbonation. No lace.

Smell was light, very grainey with lots of yeast evident. Nice hints of cereal and malts, classic pilsner/german light lager/ hefe araoma. Very nice and was a very welcoming smell.
First impression was very light, frothy feel. Lots of subtle hints of mainly grains, and euro hops mixed in. Almost a burnt cereal type back to it and a nice caramel maltness. As it warmed some hints of fruit and spice, banana in the backround. Feel was great, with awesome carbonation.

Overall this was really a great session beer for a hot day. Very flavorful and really just awesome tones. Highly recommneded.

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Photo of Damian
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pint 6 fluid ounce bottle
Purchased at the Portsmouth Brewery, Portsmouth, NH
Served in a weizen glass

Cloudy, golden-amber in appearance with a frothy, meringue-like, three-finger head of off-white foam. Spotty blocks of lacing clung to the sides of the glass.

Lots of dry, powdery yeastiness came through in the nose. Bubblegum notes were noticeable. Sweet and rather spicy. Slightly lemony. A touch musty.

The flavor profile was intriguing. As in the nose, the spices were quite prevalent. Clove and coriander dominated. Nutmeg came through as well. Crisp, wheaty and a bit tart in the center. Citrusy (lemony). Banana and bubblegum flavors also made an appearance but they were definitely dwarfed by the spices. The finish was crisp, tart and off-dry with a lingering, phenolic yeastiness.

The body of this beer could have a bit more heft to it. Somewhat slick and creamy with a medium amount of carbonation.

This hefeweizen is highly drinkable, yet it had enough character to keep my interest. Drinking it was a terrific way to mark summer's end.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle bought at the Portsmouth Brewery store last week.

Pours a hazy golden/orange color with a decent sized head that fades fairly quickly, no lacing.

Smell has a strong yeasty aroma, slight citrus presence.

Taste is also quite yeasty, lemon zest as well, the carbonation is bubbly and soft, not harsh, incredibly creamy and smooth for a hefeweizen.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 6/24/08 at the brewpub, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is loaded with wheat and bananas with some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste likewise has a lot of wheat and banana flavors that dominate. There's a little spice to it and a decent hops presence to provide some balance. The malt character is quite hearty. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style even though it's a little on the darker side, this is a very good beer to drink for a whole evening.

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Photo of aahynick
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

40F in a pint glass 22oz bottle

A- hazy gold with very little head (I'm betting they fill these bottles from the tap and cap them)

S- a sweet lemon-peach aroma

T- light with low carbonation. Hints of citrus and banana

M - smooth, medium body

D- nice drinker, love the flavor. Could use more carbination

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Photo of KTCamm
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber striaght from the brewery poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dirty blonde light amber with 1/2 inch foam that settles out completely. Powerful banana smell, light on the clove. Wheaty. Wheaty to the taste, some citrus that gives a sour tinge. Long sour finish. Good carbonation, Really drinkable, very good.

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Photo of Durge
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the downtown brewpub this poured a cloudy tan color with a very thin off-white cover and decent lacing. The aroma is lemony citrus and sweet wheat. The taste brings out more citrus with bubblegum and wheat. It has a very good feel, satiny smooth and very drinkable. Very fine carbonation. This is a real nice light choice with quality and flavor.

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Photo of Franchise
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a caramalized sugar color wth blonde highlights throughout leaving a small white head. The aroma is fig, banana fruit, small amounts of citrus, cloves with a similar smell to "Mr. Clean" in a good way. The taste is buttery and malty starts with a fruit background followed by a wheat, grainey taste then takes you to very light honey hop mild carbonated finish. Very nice Hefe, I find it nice and true to the style.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented to me from the tap in a pint glass the beer was an orange color with dull bronze hues. A half-finger of pure white lace topped the beer and this was quick to fizzel away and left near to no lacing.

The smell was dominated by citrus aromas and pine with a slight spiciness and some orange, grapefruit, and corriander overtones.

The taste was an innitial burst of fruittiness with a moderate malt presence and very little hops to speak of. Some fruitty easter were very apparent and a definite orange undertone to the taste.

Medium body with a high degree of carbonation.

A very enjoyable, drinkable, and sessionable beer. Would be perfect to have a few in the summer heat, but was just as enjoyable on a cold winter day. A solid offering.

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Photo of mschofield
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is different from the Weizenheimer, both were on tap at the same time, they bill this as a Bavarian style Hefe.
Pours a cloudy orange-amber, topped with a two finger white head, leaves a partial sheet of lacing.
Grassy, wheat, banana and clove aroma, with a slightly medicinal off note.
Spicy taste, lemon grass, wheat, clove, banana, and ginger?
Light and crisp, great summertime drinkability, there was a lot of clove and it brought down the drinkability a little - I like Hefes more restrained on the clove note.

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Photo of eveninghawk
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the slightly creamy yellow look of other Hefes... nothing particularly outstanding in its look. It smelled pretty darned good, with clove overtones. It tasted fantastic, absolutely fantastic. I had a lot of fun drinking this beer, with its creamy sweet wheaty goodness, with a decent flavor profile so that it wasn't boring as I got further through the beer.

I was impressed enough to take a growler home, and all week I was reminded what a good choice that was!

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Photo of jrallen34
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Sean at our recent tasting...A hazy nice gold color with good carbonation...The taste and aroma are both pretty nice, clove on the front a banana comes through, pretty strong for a hefe. A nice bite at the end as well. Medium feel and pretty easy to drink.

Not the best hefe but worth trying.

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Photo of sethmeister
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled at the brewery yesterday and poured into my pint glass today.

Pours golden amber. Murky to the point of opacity with a thin white ring of foam. Fine stringy lacing.

Scent is mild - citrus (lemon), banana, tangy wheat, grassy.

Taste is tart lemon, sweet creamy banana, subdued wheat flavors. A grassy note. A spicy note peeks out after a while - cloves and white pepper. Allspice? Bread notes.

Mouth starts creamy and ends tart and slightly sour.

Drink is good

Another typically well made and tasty brew from Portsmouth.

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Photo of ncvbc
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing and golden in color, slight haze after second pour. Lively carbonation and fluffy white head with pretty good retention. Smell is nice. Some spice is at the forefront with banana lingering. Somewhat doughy, bready scents, making it seem like spiced banana bread wafting through the air. Taste is much of the same...not as complex as the smell. Definitely spicy in flavor, moreso than many hefes I've come across. It's more aggressive to me. Mouthfeel is interesting. Has a creamy texture, less crisp than I'm used to. Coats the tongue and feels excellent, while different. A good drinking beer, one that I'm glad to have tried.

Thanks to joepais for a couple bottles of this.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Portsmouth Brewpub. Review from notes

A: Cloudy yellow/orange with smallish head that reduces to a small layer of bubbles on the top.

S: Immediately made me think of banana runt candy, very strong and sugary. Also some cloves as expected and a little bubblegum.

T: The bananas dominate the flavor profile as well. There is also a yeasty flavor on the back end. It is overly sweet and has a spicy finish.

M/D: Smooth and creamy, with the spicy finish. I enjoyed this beer, but it is in your face banana through and through. If you don't like your hefes this way, stay far away.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Portsmouth Brewery- Hefeweizen

On tap during the Kate the Great Day.

A- Hazy brownish orange with a thick frothy head.
S- Fruity bubblegum (juicy fruit gum) and cloves really dominate.
T- Sweet fruit gum, cloves and ripe bananas are well blended and hit you from start to finish.
M- Sweet and fruity throughout. A bout of dryness at some point in the middle but only lasting a second.

Overall- Boy is this tasty on a hot summer day. Might be a little too sweet for a Hefe.

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Photo of LittleBreeze
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler purchased at the Kate release. Opened 7/25/08

I'm not a big Hefeweizen fan. The style is a big hit or miss for me. I loved this one.The expected banana and clove (just a hint) is present. However there seems to be more fruity smells and flavors. Smooth, crisp and delicious.

Lacks the strong wheat ick that usually turns me off.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a standard pint glass on 6/24/2008. Poured a deep orange-gold with a quarter-inch white head that eventually settled into a thin, inconsistent skim and a tight ring of foam around the shoulders. Some lacing, but weak adherence. Poor clarity but some light penetration. Not much revealed in the nose. Surprisingly, no wheat came across. Incredibly flavorful; banana, bubblegum and clove, but again, very little wheat detectable. Mouthfeel was balanced between light- and medium-bodied with light carbonation. Excellent drinkability, but not at all style consistent in my opinion. My first impression was that it was more of a dunkel in flavor and color; however, it was quite delicious.

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Photo of jamescain
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a sniffer

Appearance: Golden yellow with orange hues and a surprising small head. The head was only about a centimeter high, even with a vigorous pour, it then receded into a ring around the glass with no lacing.

Aroma: Hints of banana and bubble gum, with notes of citrus. More on the banana side of the spectrum as opposed to clove.

Taste: Banana and citrus notes slightly on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and a light body. I would have preferred a little more carbonation.

Overall: I was actually surprised by the lack of head retention. It was a good example of a hefeweizen; however, living in Texas I’m somewhat spoiled when it comes to hefeweizens.

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Photo of joepais
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery
Pale hazy orange/yellow body, small white head that goes away too quickly

Aromas of bubblegum and bananas light grain background along with the customary glove spice note

Flavors are light wheat and sweet fruit bananas and orange almost no bitters here at all, light to medium body almost no carbonation at all

I tend to drink this fairly often the only thing I wish was that the carbonation was increased. I due know if you get it from the downstairs tap the carbonation is slightly better. A good Hefe all an all

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