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Portsmouth Belgian Style White Ale
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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.28/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11083) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (10969) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2010
Bottle. Pours lightly cloudy, glwing gold with a mild, white head. Clove and banana aroma with some yeast. Flavor is lightly sweet with notes of yeast, booze, metal and fruit. Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation and some warmth. Finishes sweet with bread, fruit and a bit more metal. Not bad save for a few minor things.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TaktikMTL (5761) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2006
Verre de dégustation (provenant d’un fût) au Vermont Brewers Festival 2006 (Burlington, VT). Arôme: Odeur d’épices, de citron et de bananes. Apparence: La couleur est paille légèrement voilée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Gout de bananes et d’épices. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps et la texture sont mince. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de citron en arrière goût. (Rating #563)

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
kramer (4943) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
markwise (4467) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2012
On draft at Portsmouth Brewery. Pours a hazy yellow with a white head. Nose is sweet citrus, lemon peel, sugar, and slight coriander. Flavor is similar with lots of sweetness, lemon, and mild pepper/ coriander. Light to medium in body and very sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4396) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 22, 2012
Pours hazy gold into a shaker. Fluffy white head tophats and very slowly recedes leaving clump lacing. Orange, wheat and coriander aromas. Sweet yeast and citrus front to back. Mild coriander bitterness in the lasting finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
czar (4369) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 8, 2013
bottle from retail store. pours hazy golden with a white head, some retention and lacing. coriander upfront, sweet toasted malts, some honey and pepper, very floral and spicy, belgiumness, some soap too. lively carbonation, light body - oily, citrusy-spicy finish. more than decent but i’m not a wit guy..

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jkwalking05 (3753) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2009
On tap at the brew pub. Light gold in color and hazy with a decent sized head. Aroma is of citrus, yeast and light spices. Taste is of yeast, citrus, dough, a little honey andgood carbonation.


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