Simon (42) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 17, 2006
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Wasn’t crazy about this one. Did not like the flavors of bubblegum and heavy yeast.
SSSteve (3993) - - JAN 17, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2008 yeasty aroma. hazy white beer with a a huge creamy head. spices and banana on palate. the strong yeast element adds to the complexity of this beer nicely although i enjoyed the Ur-Weisse a little more - 1/16/06 6/4/7/4/14.---re-rate---a pretty good banana, clove aroma. cloudy gold under a huge creamy rocky white head. flavors of banana, clove, and cream. creamy palate and medium bodied. i didn’t like it as much as weihenstephaner but still very enjoyable.
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 13, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
"WOW this beer poured a cloudy golden color. The lasting head was light and fluffy and large. Aroma was of bananas and citrus. Tasted much of the same. Only disapointing part was the mouthfeel, thin. Overall not bad."
kreepindeth (404) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 12, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2007 What a delightful beer! Pours a pale banana yellow with a thick, fluffy white head. Smells of bread, banana, and yeast. Taste is very bready with hints of banana and citrus. Extremely smooth beer with a clean finish.
RE-RATE: I still think this is an excellent wheat beer, one of the best, but I don’t really like wheat beers much anymore.
georgekessel (68) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 8, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Allright, I’m in love - sort of
This beer had such nice citrus and bananna flavors it was almost like drinking a Bannana-weiss. The only problem is the complexity prevents me from making this my everyday beer.
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
illini08 shared some of his 500ml bottle with me. poured a cloudy yellow with a big head. aroma and flavor was quite strong with cloves with some banana and lemon zest. a well done hefe, just way too much carbonation for my liking.
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 6, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 mL bottle. Poured a hazy yellow with a big, sustained white head. Strong aroma of clove, bananas, and citrus. Flavor was the same with some yeast as well. Tart finish. This hefe is right up there with Hacker-Pschorr’s and Weihenstephaner’s hefe-weiss beers as one of the best that I’ve had.
mabjork (681) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 5, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught. Hazy light yellow. It had a lacing with a rich white head. The aroma is fruity with a wheaty aroma. The flavour is fruity and has a flavour of wheat.
Kione (15) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a hazy golden yellow with a stiff creamy head. Strong aromas of vanilla and banana. The taste is light and refreshing, starting off with a lemon-orange citrus flavor and finishing with a mild but enduring sour fizz. This is truly one of the great Weisse beers.
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
17-Dec-05 (22 oz bottle: Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA) Oh yeah, a rerate was definitely in order on this one. Purchased at a truly reputable store, I have no fears about whether this will be a good bottle. The bottle opens with a fairly loud phhhttt, and the beer pours about two inches of white, creamy head with tight beading. Retention is superb as several minutes later, I still have a quarter inch cap, though this is partially aided by significant carbonation bubbles rising through the beer. The color is medium straw and slightly hazy, so the streams of carbonation bubbles are plainly visible and combined with the wonderful head retention make for a visually stunning beer. The only problem is the lack of lacing on the glass. The very enticing nose projects a prominent banana aroma with very light clove and wheat. Banana again plays a prominent role in the flavor initially, but this fades a bit in the finish to allow the wheat flavor to come to the forefront. Bitterness is low but not missing, sweetness is mild, and a slightly spicy character makes brief showings from time to time. The overall flavor is very pleasant and enjoyable, but shows proper restraint, giving an air of classiness. A small complaint is that the flavor tails off a bit too much late in the finish rather than showing resilience on the palate. Body is light-medium and very well carbonated for a lively and exciting mouthfeel. I’m not a certified beer judge (yet!), but I consider this to be a textbook example of the German Hefeweizen. It just needs a better finish to be the "be all, end all".
12-Sep-05 (12 oz bottle: Cost Plus in La Jolla, CA) Bought this bottle from Cost Plus, so a rerate might be in order, we’ll see. It pours a pale orange-golden color and is fully cloudy. The white head is tall, fluffy and white in color. Unfortunately, it’s all downhill from here. The flavor shows moderate wheat maltiness, and banana starts mild and finishes with more gusto, the clove is in deep hiding the entire time, and it tastes a bit stale and cardboardy. Not bad, but tastes "old". The nose is funky and fruity when first poured, with no sign of anything resembling a Hefeweizen, but I guess once the funky aromas subside, I’m getting more banana. Light-medium bodied, and lightly carbonated, but the stale flavor just sits on the tongue. This beer isn’t horrible, but I imagine it is much better when purchased at a real beer store. It definitely improved the longer it sat in the glass (up to a point, obviously). Based on my experience with beer purchases at this store, I will not spend my money (on beer) there again. (6, 4, 6, 3, 12, total: 3.1)