humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - JUL 28, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: nice fragrance of wheaty malts and ester overtones
Palate: dry and a bit empty.
Appearance: Dark orange-yellow with little lacing, though good cloudiness. Flavor: good mellow spice, dry, but missing character. Overall: interesting in it's own unique way: full of spice but not much "beer" flavor. I could easily guzzle this brew. In fact, if it were in a can I would most certainly shotgun it.
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 24, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a cloudy pale golden color, big white head, good lace, and a lot of clingy bubbles in the body. Aroma is lemon zest, other citrus, slightly tart, and some mild spices. Flavor is lemon & citric, some hints of banana (especially as it warmed), light spice, some biscuit, and some bubblegum was detected at the very end. Body is medium-full, lot's of different flavors and things happening as it warmed.
ericnixon (740) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 22, 2003
0.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
When i first smelled it i was like "Fruit Loops! this smells like fruit loops!" then i took a longer, deeper smell and it reminded me _exactly_ of some vomitous-orangy-yeasty-yucky medicine i had to take when i was like 9 and deathly sick. oh yuk. i think i had some awful psychosomatic reaction to the smell and the taste of this because i started gagging violently and almost whoopsed my cookies, just from a small sip. after a minute of calming down i took another sip and i actually started running to the bathroom. the combination of the spices in this is so perfectly like that medicine that made me sick when i was sick...i'm sorry that i rated it badly, but everything about this makes me feel like i'm going to get ill. i'm sure it's a great beer, but there's something in the taste that i can't handle. i ended up dumping it out.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - JUL 21, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml #7. Pours a beautiful hazy honey color. Cloves are ever present in the nose. Semi-sweet delectible flavor. The spices shine through, delicate yet bold. The aftertaste leaves a peppery dry flavor. Excellent as an aperitif or a lazy summer beer. Big and beautiful. I'm happy to make this my 100th ratebeer.
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lots of cloves. Fairly smooth and light. A friend claimed it numbed his tongue. Crisp and clean. Good for a summer night.
jaymobrown (1672) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2003 Second Sampling: Everything holds true. More spice, white pepper in the nose and taste than I noticed during my first tasting of this beer. Original: 750 ml Batch #5: Pleasantly smooth and light. Golden, apricot type of glowing haze color. Semi-expectant head. Very tarty. Maybe there's some orange in here, but mostly a type of appled spice with a good nose. A good balance between nose and taste in the front end. Not really wheaty, or at least dominantly so. Highly drinkable and fastly so. Very solid.
Dorwart (2377) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Decent head and carbonation though does not last long. Aroma of wheat and some spice. Color is a light gold color with the typical wheat cloudyness. Flavor is quite nice but diffenrent that what I expected. I can taste a rather stong flavor of lime which is making the flavor bitter along with the wheat and yeast. Finish has a lingering bitter/sour aftertaste with more lime present. Not what I expected but a different and decent witbier that may not sit all that well in the stomach.
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 11, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a cloudy (yeasty) orange with a thick white head. Darker than most witbiers I've tried. Aroma is spice and light citrus. The flavor was somewhat surprising, with spices dominating the palate. Surprisingly little citrus was noted, and a bit heavily carbonated. An interesting take on a witbier, though I prefer smoother, more citrusy examples.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUL 10, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2003 Yellow/chardonnay look with golden highlights. Very thin, quickly disapating head. Trace sediments floating in glass, and healthy bubbling. Smells of wine, cheese and cream. Has a drying taste in the mouth: yeast, soda water, cloves. Pretty hard to pick up much else on the tongue. Yeasty aftertaste that doesn't linger too long. I expected much more from this beer and came away disappointed.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2004 2003 draft. Cloudy very light straw yellow color. Lighter than most whites I have seen. Smells faintly of spices, and a little bit of yeast.
Begins understated and light, but body comes out somewhat and there is a very delicate coriander and lemon flavor. Yeast flavor comes out as it warms and is very light though distinct. A nutty undertone emerges as well. Very little alcohol taste throughout. Medium body and leaves a fresh lemony flavor on the palate. This was a nice change from the almost cloying Hoegarden, but perhaps takes too much out of the beer and leaves it a little bit light/watery.
2004 bottle. The description from above is surprisingly spot on for the bottle. Maybe a bit less wateriness, as expected. I'm upping the color a point as it is light and very pale, but still bottle conditioned and shimmering.