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Portsmouth Smoked DunkelweizenPortsmouth Smoked Dunkelweizen
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Portsmouth Smoked DunkelweizenPortsmouth Smoked Dunkelweizen

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Portsmouth Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by MuddyFeet on 10-26-2005

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of akorsak
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Deuane for sharing this growler. We originally thought that it was a smoked doppelbock.

A: The dunkelweizen is a dark brown hue, completely opaque, with a rather substantial white head atop it. That head should have been the first indication that it wasn't a doppelbock.

S: The nose is thick and meaty, heavy with smoke. A veritable smokehouse of cured meats, this one smells very nice. There is, however, little (okay, no) indication of a weizen.

T: The smoke, much like in the nose, rules everything tastewise. The first sip is full, well-smoked with a lingering meatiness that refuses to dissapate. Behind the smoke, there is very little malt-wise that stands out. That makes some sense, as it is a weizen behind the smoke and not a big malt bomb. The ale is very chewy, easily passing for a smoked meat plate.

M: The mouthfeel is a meat-lover's delight, a smokehouse. I'd like to taste more dunkelweizen though, it does get lost behind the smoke.

D: The ale scored lower because the dunkelweizen side shys away from the limelight. I do like the ale though and would gladly have another glass.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub on 11/1/08. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a muddy brownish orange without much of a head. Just a thin, fizzy, white retention with just some thin wisps in the center that. To it's credit though, this does stick around for a while, leaving some solid lacing behind. The aroma starts out with a nice pugent smokiness right off the bat that greets the nose. The Dunkel smells come in right after, with oranges, wheat, clove, and yeasty banana notes that shine.

The taste is similar to the aroma but in reverse. This time those solid Dunkel flavors come out first but are then followed by a subtle yet pervasive smoked malt character that works itself down along the backend of the profile, finishing with notes of smoke and tang. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a touch of beef to it and a firm carbonation that carries the flavors well.

Very nice. Quite robust with a nice balance between the smoked malt character and the other flavors. I definitely could have enjoyed another glass of this.

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Photo of sethmeister
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the Smoked Dunkelweizen from a growler poured off the tap at Portsmouth today, 10/25/2008.

Beer is cloudy to the point of opacity and is a rust brown shade like apple cider. A thin cream-colored head disappears rapidly leaving a ring and a little spotty lace.

Scent is lightly smoky at first, then yeasty and fruity. The smoke flavor is mouthwatering.

Taste is banana, apples, apple peel, lemon, and spices - clove, coriander, cinnamon. An apple cinnamon flavor now and again. Sour, yeasty and wheaty. Following is a subtle smoked flavor which takes its time developing and, once established, lingers on the palate for a remarkably long smoky finish. The smoke flavor is understated and subtle; it's balanced well by the fruit and yeast / wheat flavors.

Mouth is creamy and smooth with a very fine light carbonation; somewhat coating.

Drinkability is very good.

I have to admit I love smoked beers. They just really do it for me. In typical Portsmouth fashion this is a delicious and well crafted ale and I'm glad I have a whole growler of it.

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

David absolutely loved this one. This isn't my favorite style, but knowing Portsmouth's quality, I knew it would be a good brew. Hazy nut brown and a bit ruddy in the glass. Intitial whiff of smoke, folowed by the traditonal German Weizen aroma. Some bubblegum as well. Medium mouthfeel. Tastewise, the initial smokiness is followed by some weizen bubblegum notes. Some nuttiness also present.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a couple of pints of this today at the Brewery. Had the pleasure of sitting next to asst Brewer JayT. He said he and Tod Mott personally smoked some malt for this baby.

Poured a deep, dark brown/chestnut hue, and was opaque. Head was hardly evident, just a bit of a rim job: tan, fine bubbles around the edge, though they did lace the glass up a bit. Aroma of light choco, some clove, and an easily evident smoky nature. Body was a middle of the road medium, and the bier was fairly smooth, without the usual Hefe bubbly/prickliness. Good to hear.

Flavor was a bit crisp; choco notes, as in the nose, plus clove again. Smokiness present; not strong, yet easily evident. It tends to linger, and stick in the throat a bit. Nice!! Also possesses a touch of fruitiness... bananas like a good Weizen should have.. Has some characteristics of an Aventinus combined with a Schlenkerla plus a Scotch Ale. An interesting combo, and eminently quaffable!! Tod and JayT, nice work!!

Zum Wohl!!

overall: 4.05
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5


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

Picked up a growler of this freshly tapped beer while at the brewery for an early lunch. An interesting take on a style I have little experience in trying.

Poured a murky brown in color. Almost sludge like in color but fortunately without a sludge-like texture. Little rings of lace around the edge of the beer up against the beer and extremely thin filmy spots of head on top. A couple rings of lace around the glass.

Nose is full of toasted malts and there are its of banana and cloves behind it all. But those other aromas are very subtle and it took me a while to place them.

Reminded me of eating slow smoked hickory ribs. The smokiness is very pungent and want to be clopying but slides away after a moment. The wheat provides a nice sweetness. Also got some slight hints of lemon zest.

The wheat gives the beer a texture that is kind of soothing. Medium body but perhaps a little watery.

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Portsmouth Smoked Dunkelweizen from Portsmouth Brewery
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 31 ratings