Rastacouere (6154) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Forever lasting white head thrones above the delicate pure amber body. Initially seemingly simple nose: yeasty bananas and cashew nuts. It just grows on you and boasts a great palate, full, creamy with the finest bubbled carbonation, smooth and delicate. Plenty of ripe fruits (Bananas with a capital B, berries, pomegranate, orange, apricots) accompany the perfumey and bready yeast, elegant in itself and unveiling traces of cloves and even rye or grilled marshmallow sweetness rather than straight caramel. Good stuff, very malty, extremely clean with a confident balance. One of the most quaffable (while being pleasant) products I’ve encountered. Thanks Clark!
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - APR 14, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours cloudy brown with a huge head that fades very slowly. Aroma is of a strong hay and wheat with some banana. Flavor is wheat then caramel and banana, and a slight spice. Flavor is nice.
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 9, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark coppery color, very cloudy appearance. Little vanishing white head. Strong banana aroma with mild spices. High carbonation. Flavor has banana, mild caramel and citrus, ends with lasting dryness and biting carbonation. Thin to medium bodied. Too much carbonation, still nice refreshing dunkelweizen.
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 5, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy golden brown with a white head. Aroma of bananas, clove, and yeast. Expected more body. Banana sweetness gets more pronounced as it warms, nearly to the point of being cloying.
carlitos99 (184) - The Big Apple, USA - MAR 27, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dry, large head, high carbonation, medium body, dark amber color. Taste very clean and crisp, subtle flavors of carmel, banana, citrus fruit, spice (clove?). Excellent.
tiggmtl (4547) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Banana, caramel and chocolate with some citrus tones and a lovely soft spiciness in the doughy aroma that seems malty but light. Hazy amber-tan coloured body is topped by generous off-white head that recedes slowly to a lasting cover. Caramel and banana flavours are apparent but somewhat subdued after the promise of the aroma. Citrus and cloves also make appearances with none taking the spotlight. Strong carbonation and medium-light body that is very dry and well-attenuated. Lager glass, fridge temp. Bottle (Winooski Beverage Warehouse, Nov. 2004).
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - MAR 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2009 Walking around John’s Grocery, and there was the line of Ayinger beers calling out to me. There are so many I haven’t tried, I figured I could just pick one and probably it would be a rate. Nope. Realized as I was adding this I had had it before. Oh well. This was clearly a fresher example, so it’s nice to be able to bump my rating up a few points.
Hazy orange, generous layer of lasting off-white head. Spicy hay nose, apples, warm rustic bread and a hint of butter in the background. Mint and apple flavor, yeasty baguette, sweet menthol finish. Soft and full, good depth and complexity. A beer very happy like this on its own, but one that suggests a myriad of possibilities paired with food.
(Previous rating, 3/16/2005. Pours light copper with a big head of light tan foam that fades quickly. Lemon, carmel, mild roast aromas, with a subtle spiciness. More sour lemon in the flavor, with hard-candy carmel. Soft, mouthfilling. Completely lacking the nice sparkly-bite I sort of expect with a weiss. This seems like well-crafted beer...just not all that interesting. Have I toasted my tastebuds with IPAs? No...I don’t think so. I think this is just a little bit boring. 6/3/6/3 14)
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 10, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours amber iwth a slight haze. Thick lasting head. Ridiculous carbonation- this one was actually sitting on its side in the trunk of my car and started leaking a bit. I only lost about half an inch from the bottle but I was expecting it to be flat. No, when I cracked that cap this beer popped. Still had immense carbonation. Yeasty aromas with some citrus peels. Good rich flavor and extremely well balanced. Citrus flavor like tangerines come to mind. Quite drinkable. Creamy mouthfeel typical of Ayinger brews.
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy darker golden color with a medium head. Very yeasty aroma with hints of wheat malt and citrus. Flavor follows suit. Yeasty with a bit of citrus some banana and a bit of barn yard. Medium mouthfeel and very smooth.
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yeasty caramel-citrus aroma, herbal pear flavors, touch vanilla. Retains head well, finishes clean and a bit sour with some residual creaminess. I am impressed.