Portsmouth Belgian Style White Ale
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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.31/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
White ale, also called "wit," gets its name from the hazy appearance caused by the use of unmalted wheat in the mash which creates proteins that can not break down in fermentation. Our white ale is light bodied, very low in hops and is spiced with curacao orange peels and coriander seeds.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - JUL 2, 2009
Banana citrus and clove make up the aroma, with a bit of nectar and caramel. Flavor is quite citrusy with some sweeter malt and spice notes. Palate is smooth with an excellent body for the style, finishing semi-dry and crisp. Great example of a refreshing style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 16, 2009
Sample at the brewpub. Pours a hazy golden with a soapy white bright head. Aroma is typical orange zest, coriander herbal fruity notes with doughy wheat and a bit of solvent, cleanser- soap with wamr chloriney biscuit notes- strange. Lemon zest, dough wheat and light phenolic belgian yeast with more orangey coriander and earth. Finish is pretty smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2008
20080729 Tap at brewpub. Golden color. Not very wit like but a tasty wheat beer nonetheless. Lemony citrus. More like an American wheat to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 22, 2008
Pours clear gold with a cola-like effervescence. A faint white head barely made an appearance before fizzling to nothingness. Zero lacework. Aromatics are an interesting mix of orange peel, grape jam, honey, and bubblegum. Some mild coriander rounds out the nose along with some doughy malt. Light bodied and slightly creamy. A low carbonation level causes the beer to fall a bit flat on the tongue. Bitter orange peel, coriander, earthy cumin, and lemon zest lead off the pallet. Some dusty wheat malt follows through along with some silky oaks and clove-studded bannana. Finishes somewhat watery with fading mild spicing and a lemony dryness. I think a higher level of carbonation and some yeast in suspension would have made a world of difference with this brew. On the second half of the bottle I swirled the yeast into the brew and it added a nice yeast bite.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
urnamesucks (92) - New York City, New York, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Nice citrus flavor, with an excellent light color with thick head. I would come back for more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2008
This poured golden in color with a fluffy white head. The nose was spicy with aromas of orange, corriander, yeast and a bit of rock candy. In the mouth it was medium-bodied and smooth but on the simple side.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 26, 2008
Draught @ Portsmouth Brewpub. Pours hazy gold, with a nice, fluffy white head. Nose is citrus, a bit of banana, some coriander. Taste is clean, spicy wheat, moving quickly to banana and bubble gum with a very clean coriander and lemon zest bitterness on the finish. Med light body with crisp carbonation. Almost tastes like a wit made with Bavarian hefe yeast. Interesting beer, though doesn’t fit so well into strict style guidelines.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
kramer (5827) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2007
22 oz bottle, from brewery. Pours a mostly clear light yellow body under a minimal thin fizzy head that was actually more clear in color than white. It completely vanished within a minute. The nose is all spice, lots of coriander and orange peel. A little bit of Ivory soap. Minimal yeast or yeast influence, light wheat. The lack of yeast and its byproducts really ruins this beer, reducing it to an overspiced American Wheat. Lots of coriander, but no complexity at all. Mouthfeel is thin and light bodied with moderate fizzy prickly carbonation. Watery in texture with just nothing to chew on. Overall, boring and simple.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (5798) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 22, 2007
Draught tulip at the brewery on 7/6/07
I don’t know how this manages to keep getting changed to 7.5% abv, as it certainly is not. I believe this is between 4.5 and 5. Anyhow....
Lucid, white-gold intertwined with soft apricot/banana yellow. Moderate haziness and an initially full, fluffy white head that quickly recedes to cover, leaving minor lacing.
"Chewy", or "fat", wheatiness in the nose leaves a full impression while pinches of pale malt sugars are dotted about. It trails off with lemon, white pepper and a moderate citrus juiciness. Proper attenuation, without any syrupy/sticky sweetness, and a very light, airy yeastiness that matches the sligthly bubbly, light-hearted carbonation well. Medium strength of aroma, no flaws.
Delicious attenuation is probably its strongest point, with a wheat softness that further sells its drinkability. Light tanginess on the finish, of lemon/orange and yeast acidity, but there is an unfortunate nuttiness that adds some blandness. A very competent, drinkable wit. Somewhat low on flavor, but the flavors present are used efficiently, interjecting tartness and tanginess to give it a modest complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (12186) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 16, 2006
on tap-pours a creamy white head that laces with hazy/cloudy gold color. Aroma is rock candy, fruit, perfumy, yeast. Taste is rock candy, fruit, perfumy, yeast, coriander, spice. OK carbonation.

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