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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (3423) - Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2016
On tap at the brewery. Opaque straw pour with a white head. Orange peel bouquet. Quite a bit of flavor for a wit. The coriander and orange peel really come through. This gives way to that bitter wheat note so common prevalent in the style. Good body and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (5533) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goodgrief (1997) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JUL 19, 2010
Pale golden color, the head existed in distinct chunks on the beer (is that bad?). Aroma is fruity and spicey. The flavor is mild and subdued, but enjoyable. Lots of orange flavor, very fruity. Kind of reminds me of Oberon, but with Belgian spicing and yeast. Pretty good...even better as it warmed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 25, 2005
Hazy golden in color with a small white head. Artoma of ginger,herbal and medicinal. Flavor is fruity,spicy,peppery,ginger.orange.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (5857) - 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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmm635 (994) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2010
Pours cloudy and pale yellow. Small soapy head. Aroma is a bit spicy with coriander, yeast, lots of citrus. Mouthfeel is a tad light but nicely carbonated. Good example of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AirForceHops (6281) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 26, 2014
Draft @ the source on 24 April, 2014. Hazy gold in color with lasting head retention. Aroma is what you find in any Wit beer. Lemon and orange citrus, coriander and wheat.

Flavor matches the aroma with sweet fruits and Belgian yeast upfront leading to a lightly spicy coriander and pepper. Thankfully the spice is not over done. The body is in the medium range with a yeasty chewy texture. Some citrus zest or rind is in the finish to help cut the sweetness giving a pith like tartness. Overall pretty well made and was a refreshing finish to my meal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (12198) - 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.

   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.

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