Portsmouth Weizenheimer | Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth WeizenheimerPortsmouth Weizenheimer

Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our most popular summer elixir. An American wheat beer made with 55% wheat malt and 45% barley malt. Light, crisp, tart, & refreshing.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-30-2002

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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 57
Reviews by damienblack:
Photo of damienblack
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw golden in appearance. Average head, not a ton of retention. Smells slightly sour in a vinegaric way, competing with lemon and citrus. Taste, pale wheat and citrus, not a bad way to go for a summer style beer. Light in body, surprisingly coating and quenching for something so light. Not a huge depth of body, but extraordinarly drinkable. Quite surprising.

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Photo of Janeinma
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Portsmouth. Review from notes.

A: Served in a tall weizen glass, the beer was extremely hazy, light orange in color with yellow highlights. Small ring of foam on top minimal lacing.

S: A little bit of honey and wheat with some light citrus. There is a little bit of a yeast aroma as well.

T: Very wheaty with little else going on really. Some very light citrus hops and faint fruit flavors.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with low to medium carbonation.

O: It was just ok. Not bad, but a little boring especially after the other beers I had that day.

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Photo of leschkie
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of JohnFatAss
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Staw yellowish cloudy with white head. That about sums up the color. The taste was a little mild in comparison to the bottled version, but overall, still a fine example of style. Slightly citric and refreshing. Good carbonation. A definite session beer.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Take home bomber from the brewery in October. Retained freshness very well. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Very cloudy, golden yellow. Hazy - with minimal white foam.

S: Very faint - light lemon, if anything.

T/M: Very clean, yet not crisp, with a light citrus tone. Very mild hop at the finish. Modestly wheaty. Good carbonation.

D: Overriding cleanliness with a mild wheat lemon flavor makes for an easily drinkable brew. Very much enjoyed.

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Photo of u2carew
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber.
A) Pours with a finger thick head, tight and creamy. Quickly settles to big bubbles at the edge of the glass. Hazy, golden orange body.
S) Grainy. A pleasant caramel malt aroma - of which was not expected.
T) Nutty. Caramel sweetness with a citrus bite - lemon-esque but not a negative effect. Finishes grainy dry with a lingering
M) Light on the carbonation side - feels similar to a cask pull. Smooth. Light body. Chewy.
D) A nice brew. Wouldn't be my first pick every time but I'd have another.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at the Portsmouth brewery into a pilsner style glass.

Very nice simple light orange and consistent throughout. Opqaue in appearance with a nice standard like white head and fluffy. Looks like a hefeweizen. Some minimal lacing while drinking. This beer also looks a little flat as well.

Bouquet is once again very closed, perhaps a faint lemon but that's about it.

Bready light malt in taste and spice. Does lean to clove in the mid palate, but a bigger bread punch on the finish and swallow. Feel is pretty good too almost crisp but balancing some good density.

Overall this is alright, but I know I've had better.

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Photo of tjcamm
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of andylipp
3.14/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a Augustiner Weissbier glass. Purchased in…April of 2011?

A – An aggressive pour produced rather short head which disappeared rather quickly, although it left lacing all down the side of the glass. A lovely golden color. A bit hazy as expected.

S – Grain, yeasty, a bit of citus in the nose.

T –More of a citric hop pucker than the aroma would predict. A long noble hop finish as well. Flavorful, but not massively so.

M – A heavier body than most , but medium body is still the best descriptor. Really lacking in carbonation for my taste.

O- I’m kind of underwhelmed. While the flavor was good for the style, the low carbonation made this a bit of a drag to drink. I truly don't remember how long I've had this bottle in the DBF, but maybe it is past its prime. I'll try a fresher one the next time I have an opportunity to do so.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a decent sized head and a little bit of lacing, but the cloudy bright golden haziness really makes this a looker.

Smell is a yeasty and citrusy mix, light and fairly appealing.

Taste is similar to the aroma, good crisp carbonation, nice balance between the lemony sweetness and spice, slight sourness that adds another dimension but certainly isn't the headlining feature.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a hefe glass. Slightly dark amber color with a thin off white head that lasted 5-10 minutes. Smell was very slightly sweet, grains was the predominant aroma. Taste was clean, matched with the aroma. Mostly grains with a small touch of citrus sweetness. Felt good in the mouth. Coated nicely, with a decent amount of carbonation. Very good beer to drink on a hot 90+ degree day.

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Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light copper hue with a thin assemblance of foam. There was little retention and lacing.

The smell featured a thin round malt and grassy hop.

The taste consisted of a simple light grain, a hint of wheat and a light lemony hop.

The mouthfeel was a bit thin.

Pretty uneventfull. I was expecting more thinking this was a brewery only selection.

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Photo of raythealeman
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of papat444
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Gosox8787 for this. Shared with my wife over our supper, homemade pizza.

Poured from a bomber into my Portsmouth pint glass.

Appearance: Light gold body with is clear with a slight haze and 2 fingers of foam that don't hold strong.

Smell: Mostly yeast and a bit of banana, not much else.

Taste: Wheat, with some banana and citrus. Doughy a bit maybe and gains a spice-like edge as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation that isn't overdone and a body that is pretty good.

Drinkability: Easy to quaff though i didn't feel like i was entirely satisfied.

Overall: Average beer that has a decent flavor profile but left me kind of ho-hum.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Portsmouth Brewery in Portsmouth, NH on 6/23/07, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is fruity (orange & lemon) with a background of wheat, spice & hops.

T: The taste is bready and fruity with flavors of wheat, orange and lemon. The malt character is light and the hops presence is very mild. The after-taste is slightly bready and a little sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not very filling, good representation of style, it’s a good lighter beer to stick for an evening.

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Photo of phingdong
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of sethmeister
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours from my bomber into a pint glass an ever-so-slightly hazy pale gold with a small white head.

Scent is very hard to discern unfortunately. After concentrating for a while I get fresh bread primarily.

Taste is fresh doughy bread, a touch of honey sweetness, a very light hop bitterness. Citrus and spice notes are there but are somewhat faint. Very clean, crisp and easy to drink.

Mouth is crisp, dry and light.

Drinkability is exceptional.

Weizenheimer is probably a very good beer to start a neophyte craft beer drinker on. Very crisp and easy to drink. A decent session ale and although it doesn't tickle my fancy the way Portsmouth's bolder and more complex ales do, I have to say this is still a tasty and well crafted beer and I am enjoying drinking it.

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Photo of jlindros
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tap at brew pub

Light fizzy head hazy pale golden orange wheat color.

Nose light malts, light straw, touch of fruity lager aromas, light citrus and touch of banana.

Taste starts light creamy toasty malts, light overall, bit of citrus and and light spices, touch of grassy and spicy hops, wheat, light banana and fruity lager yeast flavors. Finishes a bit drier from the semi sweet start, lingering wheat and lager flavors.

Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall decent, nice light flavors, good summer beer.

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Photo of grub
3.22/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

MasterSki was nice enough to give this one to Viggo and i. thanks alex!

22oz bottle. sampled aug 1/2010.

pours hazy deep yellow with a small cap of fine white head. the head quickly drops to a ring around the glass and leaves a bit of spotty lace.

aroma is nice. caramel and honey. buttery. bit of light citrus. multi-grain bread and cracker. bit of biscuit. touch of tropical fruit - pineapple and mango mostly. hint of alcohol.

taste is nice. honey and buttery caramel. whole wheat bread. bit of alcohol. tropical fruit - pineapple and mango - and a touch of citrus. just a touch of weizen spice. low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is ok. medium-light body. low carbonation level.

drinkability is nice. hides its alcohol pretty well.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the Portsmouth Brewery and served in a weisse glass. The beer is a cloudy goldenrod color, with no head whatsoever. There is a light spicing, with a fruity balance to the aroma. The flavors are a citrus sweet blend, with light spicing in the background, mostly coriander. Very tasty. There is a tangy sweet aftertaste, with a puckering finish. The citrus notes really kick in strongly at the end. Tart, but tasty!

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Photo of CHager94
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mklisz
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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