hockeybeerguy (1854) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - AUG 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Into a pint glass, I see a nice hazy orange to glossy yellow color with a good transparency and a two finger white foamy head that starts with a nice rockiness that ends up dissipating and leaves a nice slightly sticky lacing gracing the sides of the glass, a bit messy but at least there’s something there.
The smell, hot damn, very nice as it leads with a nice apple and honey conglomeration.
Into the taste, the previously mentioned flavors come back sweetly and sticky. The wheat malt does end up coming in and allowing an even more gentle rolling sweetness.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium and shows a great sessionability about it. The carbonation seemed to be fairly smooth and runs across my tongue in a great somewhat smooth manner.
Overall, only qualm about this - was the wheat just seemed more subdued that I thought. I was expecting a kick in the taste or palate, but nothing ever came even after three bottles. Hmmm...other than that, I did like this one for the style and for me. It would be well worthy of having again and could go pretty good with its respected food. Funny, last thing, though I’m not a bleu cheese fan, I could really see this beer going extremely well with a black & bleu encrusted NY strip steak. I’m not exactly sure why that just came to my mind, but hey, ah, who knows.
rangerred (916) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JUN 12, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a clear medium copper with a one finger soapy white head. Head retention is ok due to the abundant carbonation but there is absolutely no lacing at all.
Aroma is light and citrusy with lemon rind and orange peel. A little bit of soft vanilla and bread coming through too. Maybe a touch of grass.
The flavor is on the light side with lemon dominating but allowing some orange to sneak through. More lightly baked bread and that same vanilla note that I was picking up in the aroma. Seltzer-like mouthfeel with a tad bit of sweetness in the finish.
Overall, I can see how this might have been groundbreaking in 1984 but in today’s world, it just doesn’t really cut it. A bit weak and uninteresting. It is drinkable, though, and a fairly enjoyable brew.
superspak (2542) - Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 8/13/2013. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep golden color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of pear, apple, lemon zest, wheat, cracker, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt, earthy hop, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of pear, apple, lemon zest, wheat, cracker, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, pear, apple, wheat, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good balance and robustness of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice pale wheat ale. Good balance and robustness of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.
DYCSoccer17 (3305) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 20, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle from a mixed 12 pack. The aroma has the typical metallic Anchor house character. Some floral notes, and a little pepper is also there. Transparent golden body with a small, white head present. Kristalweizen? Starts a little metallic and slightly astringent. Becomes a little spicy in the middle, before a bit of an herbal finish. A really interesting beer, as there isn’t much wheat character in this at all. Seems a bit more like their regular Anchor Steam than anything else.
johnnymusky (210) - Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
damn tasty wheat beer....pours pale golden...minimal head....very light lacing....a very smooth bodied beer....refreshing with a clean finish.
badhack (303) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle into an irish pint. Lots of lacing. Smells strongly of wheat. Tastes of wheat, a little citrus/lemon and hops. Bready, light carbonation. Good beer, no off flavors, solid offering.
bth122 (1256) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Golden color. Medium head. As the description states, has a wheaty nose with light fruits. Light sweetness. Average carbonation. Crisp finish. A solid wheat beer.
HughConway (787) - Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2014
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours clear golden. Stiff white head. Not much of a nose. Taste is slightly sweet, not much wheat. Not much happening here.
Beerandhockey8 (228) - Three Forks, Montana, USA - FEB 9, 2014
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
From 12oz bottle to shaker. Pour is a bright and clear straw yellow with a thick and frothy head. Nose is bland, dominated by wheat. Taste is light bodied, mostly sweet. Finishes carbonated and sharp. Ok beer, see what they are doing but not my style.
IrishBoy (3822) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from Anchor Craft Originals Pack from Safeway Salinas. Nose is bigtime ripe bananas with hints of Boudin’s French bread right off of Fisherman’s Wharf and some very light clove. Clear orange tinged yellow with a medium, heavy lacing pale yellow head. Flavor is lightly bitter with some contrasting banana sweetness.