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Portsmouth ThaizenheimerPortsmouth Thaizenheimer

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Portsmouth Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
This twist on our Weizenheimer is brewed with ginger, lemon grass & kafir lime leaves. What we have here is a refreshing summer wheat beer.

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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 40
Photo of KTCamm
2.62/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

Pours a light yellow color with some white foam. Very little lacing. Smells light and wheat, some citrus. Lightnmalt flavor backed with lime and grass. Ginger too. The whole thing is oddly disconcerting and doesn't quite work. The ginger annoys me.

I tend to like everything from PBC, but this one did not work for me.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to dpuia for sharing this bomber on 10/31/11.

A - Poured a cloudy golden liquid with a thick dollop of pouffy white foam on top that reduced to distribute some spotty lacing around the glass.

S - Initial whiff reveals a bold citrus nose with lime and lemongrass at the helm, followed by exotic Thai spices reminiscent of those found in lighter Thai cuisine dishes. The light bready malt and bright leafy, citrusy hop character indicates that this should be a crisp, refreshing beer.

T - The lime character is prevalent from the get-so, giving the flavor a uniquely citrusy character overall. Spicy notes appear in the middle and are accompanied by lemongrass and light grassy hops. Finishes with a distinct bready malt character.

M - Light bodied with crisp, peppy carbonation and a hint of syrupy texture. Light on the palate with minimal hop bitterness.

D - Thaizenheimer is a great light summer thirst-quencher with lots of citrusy flavor. I'd have this again!

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Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazed gold (which does eventually clear out after a while) with a finger of sudsy bright-white head. This retains with a foamy ½ finger, which leaves back a moderately looking rich cascade of lacing that dots the sides of the glass with spotty foam. That ginger stands right out in the aroma, which then gives way to tart citric notes of lemon and lime. A crisp twang of wheat and additional spice round out the back of the nose. This literally just floats up into the nostrils with a breezy and zesty feel that I’m really digging.

The taste has a firm wheat base to it that offers up a sweet bready tanginess on the palate. Zesty lemon mixes in with this, as does a citrus peel bitterness that lingers into the finish with a light dry pithiness. The ginger adds a flavorful spiciness to this that works nicely against that wheat. The flavors really integrate nicely here as this warms. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a lively carbonation that perfectly complements the zestiness of those flavors and some creaminess on the underside of the feel that keeps this smooth in the mouth.

I’ve never had the base Weizenheimer before but I enjoyed this special version of it. Especially as this warmed and combined with that spritzy feel to the carbonation to take on an almost Ginger Ale like character in the glass. This was quite easy drinking and borderline refreshing at times. I’m glad I decided to grab a bottle of this.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass at the pub. Pours a hazy golden straw color with just a thin collar of white head.

The aroma is toasty with some a trace of floral hops and some lemon in the finish. The flavor is kind of off for me. It reminds me of popcorn. Not bad and has a nice lemon finish.

The body is light and there is good carbonation here. Overall and pretty easy drinking brew. Nice offering for a summer evening.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought the bottle at the brewery in August 2011.

The beer is hazy and yellow. Nice head made of small bubbles. It disappear quickly 'tho. The aroma is floral with some thai notes. I get some ginger. The aroma is nice. It is inviting and smells to be very refreshing. Taste is dominated by ginger. Spicy at the end, due to the presence of ginger. This is easy to drink. Thin bodied. Overall, this is an interesting beer. Not a must have, but good for the summer days.

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Photo of JAXSON
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub. Pours a hazy orange with a small head. Nose is very soft, pleasantly spiced with a light orange/peach. Mouth is very pleasantly fluffy, focusing on peaches, orange zest. Spices are nicely integrated, the lime leaf is really interesting, gives a numbing sensation. I didn't try the base version of this but the Thai spiced one was unusually nicely integrated, fluffy, and refreshing.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured on tap at the brewery in Portsmouth into a shaker pint.

Absolutely no head at all on this beer when served. Looks like tang orange juice, wet, dull, watery. Cloudy hard to see through but there is some sight of small carbonation rising but you have to look. No lacing whatsoever. You shake this thing up it fizzes like soda and doesn't keep a head. Looks unappetizing.

Great smelling lemon grass, and ripped wheat grain. Hints of dry flour and walking into an open bakery, with sweet citrus. Smells very good.

Taste is lemon bodied with grassy feel. Unfortunately the mouthfeel on this is terrible. This doesn't even feel like beer but more like a flat cola bordering instant breakfast Tang orange drink. Extremely wet bodied, hint of flat carbonated cola and soda syrup. Good baked bread finish on the swallow.

Overall this is the most uneven beer I've had. It's refreshing, it smells great and has some great flavors, but this is like drinking flat soda not beer. I can't recommend it, but I can see why it's popular. But this is not a good Pale Wheat Ale, it has great attributes but it also had really bad ones also.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a half pint glass. The color is hazy yellow orange with a very small bit of lacing and not much for a head at all; just a few white bubbles.

The aroma is mellow bit mostly I pick up on that wheat component. There is the slightest bit of lemon. This just isn't very aromatic.

The taste is heavy on the lemongrass. Any yeast or malt flavors are secondary. It is incredibly hot and humid and this hits the spot.

The body is light and the carbonation is spot on refreshing.

I wouldn't call this a great or very good beer, but it is better than most lemony wheat beers.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle, purchased at the brewery. This is the Weizenheimer recipe brewed with ginger, kafir lime leaves and lemongrass. It is a bright gold brew, with medium carbonation and a thin white cap. Smells sweet, with toasted and caramel malts, ginger, lemongrass and a breath of ethanol. There is a mild bitterness, a hint of malt and a nice ginger spiciness atop a light and tingly, dry body. Tasty and very refreshing; easy to drink, with a well-integrated spiciness.

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Photo of papat444
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up directly at the brewpub early August. Shared with my wife over our supper which was beef tacos.

Poured from a bomber into my Portsmouth pint glass.

Appearance: Thick 3 finger head appears and underneath is revealed a pale honey colored body.

Smell: A bit of dough though mostly citrus fruit shines in the aroma.

Taste: Very heavy on the banana and dough here which is fine. Some good spices in there though not enough to really prick the tongue. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Really full-bodied for the style. Robust while still remaining relatively light.

Drinkability: A great pleasure to drink. I'll definitely try this again.

Overall: I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. Made me think i was on a nice summer night instead of a blustery October evening. Highly recommended.

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Photo of KrisPaulk77
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on draft on a recent trip up the East Coast. Bought a growler to go. Unfortunately, the growler didn't travel well on the trip back to Mississippi and this beauty suffered for it.

My notes from the brewery...
L - Nice looking, deep golden yellow, hazy, textbook wheat beer appearance.
S - Wow. What is this? Spicy, citrusy and sweet. Fresh and wheaty, bready. Ginger? Definitely not an average wheat beer. ( Iasked the server about this after the fact and she explained what the beer was, the Weizenheimer spiced with lemongrass, Kefir lime leaves and ginger)
T - Follows the nose. Fresh and inviting. The spice is upfront but not overpowering. Sweetness from malt, wheat, good balance and a linger of spice.
M - Good all around. Good feel, nice carbonation.
D - Yes please. Get a growler to go.

Definitely a good summer beer, quenching and different. Alas, my growler of beer just wasn't as good when I got home.

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Photo of FishGetter
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 9-12-09
Light yellow apperance, slight cloudy haze.
Wheat aromas mixed with mild malt sweetness and faint spices. Some lemongrass in here too.
Crisp wheat/grain flavor, mild but represented. Some bitterness show through halfway. Grassy/lemon flavors finish at end. Clean finish.
Refreshing, thin mouthfeel, very spring-summerlike feel.
Very light and enjoyable. Doesn't leave you full. Most definate hot summertime thirst quencher. Great seasonal offering.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught @ Portsmouth Brewpub.

Cloudy dark gold with a decent, somewhat fluffy white head.

Aroma is very citrusy - lemongrass is very noticable, with a very sweet malt character to complement.

Taste is lightly sweet caramel with a crisp, spicey lemony citrus and a very restrained grassy, pilsner-like hop character on the finish.

Mouthfeel is fluffy carbonation, with a nice, medium-light body. Beautifully done summer beer, I can't imagine a better beer for a hot day.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at the Portsmouth Brewery store.

Pours a hazy yellow/brown color with a great sized head with some patchy lacing.

Smell is pretty weak, pretty much the only thing I can make out is some citrus aroma and some yeastiness.

Taste is citrusy upfront with a bit of bitterness at the end, good carbonation and crispness, nice balance between the lemony sweetness, some bitterness and spice.

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Photo of ericlawton007
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewery. Appears like any other summer ale, with a slight lace on the glass. The smell is where this beer starts to be unique. Spices hit you and you can't quite place all of them. As you taste the beer, lime and cilantro roll on ot the tongue. Highly drinkable, especially with some of their seafood chowder. If had by itslef though, I could definetly see yhe lime being a little overbearing, but Portsmouth still gets a lot of credit for doing something different to the american wheat ale.

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Photo of joepais
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer on tap at the brewery. Poured into a imperial pint glass with a nice two fingers worth of white head on top of a hazy golden yellowish brown body the head turns to a thin halo of lace around the glass

Tons of lemon and lime aromas on this brew. Quite interesting a nice change for the summer

The taste is very much like the nose you get the citrus lemon lime going for it along with some ginger. Nice and light on the tongue not much carbonation, I wish it had more.

A very drinkable brew had a few for lunch. This is a Great refreshing brew on a hot day. A good blend of spices keeps it from getting dull in your mouth

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Photo of Hautacam
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted first at the brewpub and decided on a growler.
An excellent spicy summer wheat ale.
Deep golden ..almost clear with a small white head. The smell is herbal and floury. Tastes pretty sweet...honey.. doughy, with quite a bit of lemony citrus. I don't think they put coriander in this , but I could swear I was tasting it along with some ginger.
Mouthfeel was medium and carbonation was low. I don't usually like ales that have lemon grass or ginger in them , but this was a subtle enough combination with the nice wheaty background that I was really sad to see the bottom of the growler.

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Photo of Enola
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Obtained in a trade with Purplehops

I never thought I would reveiw a wheat beer this high. But I actually like this brew. The beer was a cloudy light orangish with just a little head. The smell was very citrusy. The taste and smell both is like a lemon filled Krispy Kreme doughnut. The mouthfeel is smooth and the drinkability is good. I could go for this beer again. This was a real suprise for me. An interesting brew. One of the best of the style I have had. It does not taste like wet, hot hay like most of the style do.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.27/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to enola for sharing his bomber.
Pours a hazy golden color with a off white head that quickly recedes to a halo. Nice lace covers the glass.
Smell is of honey and citrus. The aroma is a very nice bittersweet.
Taste is very citrusy. Hint of honey. Bitter finish with a lasting bitterness.
The mouthfeel is what really turns me off of this beer. I know to expect a higher carbonation for the style. But this is so carbonated it burns the mouth.
The mouthfeel really hurts the drinkability for my personal taste.
This is the third American Pale wheat Ale I've had today and I'd recommend Southern Tier's first. Then Bell's Oberon Ale ahead of this one.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on draft in early August. I don't think the lemongrass added much, but it was still a good beer. It was a cloudy gold color with a thick head that quickly went away. Definite citrus aroma, as well as some malt. It tasted tart/citrus, nice little bite to it. I thought it was quite refreshing (the temperature was near 100 that day), and would definitely try it again.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on-tap at the brewpub in Sept. 2005. I think this one was a version of their Weizenheimer wheat beer with added Thai lemon grass.

This beer poured a cloudy, yellow-brown color with white foam that settled. The smell was very modest with only some malt coming through. Sadly, the lemon grass did not add to the aroma. The taste was malty with wheat malt dominating. There was citrus and the flavor of lemon grass and a light fruitiness overall. The mouthfeel was smooth and tart with medium body and good carbonation. The malt and yeast flavors lingered nicely in the finish. This was a very nice beer, and was quite refreshing to drink.

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3.75 out of 5 based on 40 ratings.
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