Reid (1783) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ayinger always a favourite brewer of mine.
Comes in the typical Ayinger slopped 500ml brown bottle..same simple label..and painted cap.
Very nice loking beer bright yellow and hazy with a very large pure white head.
Lovelly german hefe aroma..but this has more "spiciness" than bananas..also more wheat sourness is detetcted than usual.
Tatse is very nice as expected from the aroma the banana taste is muted..but theres an attractive creamyness to the beer, slightly bitter aftertaste.
Strangelly for it having a creamy flavour the mouthfeel doesnt hold out..it becomes rather watery near the end.
Drinkable summer beer..but far from the best of the style
UNCCTF (477) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 27, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy golden appearance with a VERY rapidly diminishing white head. Aroma of a hodgepodge of spices and fruits - namely bananas and oranges. Flavor is just lacking, in my opinion - after such a strong aroma, the tastes are bland in comparison. Lacking complexity, but nothing offensive I suppose.
Aubrey (3413) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 18, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sudzy-white head atop a whitish and cloudy, yellow-orange that glows brilliantly in front of a light. Citrus and fresh yeast aromas exude in the nose. Light mouthfeel with a lively carbonation. Malts are slightly sweet, doughy and yeasty. Notes of orange, lemon, yeast, biscuit, banana, whole wheat and spices, with some sourness thrown in to round things out. Finishes on the dry side. Overall, has quite a bit of flavors and aromas going on, but none of them are very intense. Nevertheless, enjoyable.
kyzr (1143) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - OCT 15, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours out to a nice thick off yellow color with a head that hung around. Aroma of yeast, fresh cut wheat, and a touch of fruit. Flavors were that of slight lemon with touch of banana and yeast. This is what a hefeweizen should look and tast like.
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - OCT 12, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazey whiteish yellow with a real nice head and some lace. The aroma is yeasty, wheaty, ripe bananas, and a touch of clove spice. The flavor is clovey with a less developed banana flvavor as in others of the style. The flavor is nice and dry and quite refreshing. The palate is right for the flavor. Overall, this is a very good Hefeweizen that I will seek out as a summer beer.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2004 Hazy, banana color, soft white head, and a body that bubbles like a fish tank aerator is hidden in my glass. Aroma of citrus, kiwi, and fresh bread. Clean citrus flavors with a touch of bubble gum and butter on the tongue. A refreshing and tasty palate cleanser and pleaser. Another worthy beer from Ayinger. Great summer beer that goes well with sushi.
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 3, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a cloudy medium straw color, with a huge frothy white head that mostly lasts, leaving good lace on the glass. Aroma is quite big and nice - banana, lemon, cookie dough, honey, some clove. Flavor is also quite large - sweet start with a good bit of banana and honey, some spiciness in the middle and end, and a slightly sour, acidic finish. Medium-full bodied, but not heavy at all. Lively carbonation. Supremely drinkable, perfect for quaffing on a nice summer day, out on the boat fishing...and would pair equally well with said fish at the dinner table.
DavidP (1746) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 30, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2003 Meringue-like head, didn't stick around terribly long, though. It reminded me of one of those stupid snake "fireworks" you'd have as a kid in the way it solidly rose above the rim of the glass. Spicy-citrusy aroma. Has the color of watered-down apple cider. The flavor starts with a citrusy malt flavor, and finishes with a dry huskiness. What I dislike is the dry aftertaste, it doesn't seem refreshing enough for this type of beer.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy, but low head retention. Banana and clove aroma. Nice malt and good carbonation. Refresching. This one rates with the best.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Light pale cloud of whiteish yellow with a two finger high head off white tight pillowy cream, the very top much like a moonscape that settles as slowly as sand in an hour glass to a thin steady foam always present; lace is drippy. Smell has a strong sense of banana at first pour with the clove, but subsides as it sits it becomes more of a regular hefe aroma but still favorable of dullish lemon, yeasty must, and the banana and clove not so potent. Taste is mild and full of a soild hefe, good heft with a frothy bold wheat start that leads into the lemon citrus brigade, quite smooth, lightly sour, calming banana and musty yeast takes some grip as it pushes through into the finish with nice lingering clove. Feel starts easy and smooth and fills up quickly to a pretty solid fullness with a substantially lasting finish. This is one very nice hefe, quite enjoyable, refreshing and flavorful. Another one to keep around in the fridge during the summer; heck, any time will due.