Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A large ivory head settles over the opaque, dulled down golden hue. I somehow had not expected a pale weizenbock. Profoundly yeasty nose has plenty to offer. Over a bready/toasty bed, phenolic linens procure spicy, clovey, borderline medicinal aromatics while banana bread, apple flesh&rhubarb (without the tartness) and litchi fruitiness provide ample complexity. Highly carbonated on the tongue, its initially explosive bubbles settle to an intense, albeit lightening motion for its considerable malt base. Full toasty breadiness develops an obvious biscuit character as honeyed wheat evocates candied breakfast cereals. Despite its strong maltiness, the yeasty nature and refreshing wheat bill remove any suggestion that this is too sweet. It remains very drinkable from the first to last sip. Competent stuff from these malt extraction experts.
kuphish (381) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - FEB 6, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a massive, frothy white head. Lasting. Unexpectedly light colored body - rich golden with abundant, pearly carbonation. Clear body becomes hazy with yeast. Aroma is big-time yeast, even from across the table. Vanilla and fruit (tropical) at first. Closer sniffs reveal big, bready wheat malt and tangy citrus zest from the yeast. Some requisite clove and a touch of bubble gum. Flavor has more of the big, rich wheat malt and some banana and spice. Light, warming alcohol. Less of the bubble gum, but bigger clove and hints of vanilla and cream. Medium body is smooth and creamy with lively carbonation. Big malt presence with just enough bitterness to balance and keep it from being overbearing. Alcohol comes through in the finish, but isn’t distracting. Lingering spice. Overall a super beer. The Ayinger doesn’t dethrone Aventinus for me, but it’s right up there.
SamGamgee (2451) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - FEB 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
50cl bottle. Well, Ayinger certainly knows how to do bock and weizen, so put the two together and you have a pretty solid beer. A relatively pale take on the style, though I suspect some munich malt got thrown in there, lending a deep bready and bready-crust maltiness that stands up to the alcohol and spicy banana. Typical baked banana bread aroma with a dusting of clove. They got a good attenuation in this though, which makes it quite drinkable, while still packing a lot of malt flavor in. Yeasty and not really bitter at all, with ripe banana giving way to a generally clean finish. Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Very nice for a paler weizen bock, but I still miss the chocolate notes that you get in something like Aventinus.
JK (4972) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great aroma of wheat, coriander, and a little citrus. Flavor has a little hay, with lots of sugar, orange, coriander again, and a very sweet finish. A great looking beer, hazy, with a huge head that took some time to drop before I could drink it.
mybrainhurts (375) - North Dakota, USA - FEB 1, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pleasant aroma of fresh wheat, yeast, and citrus fruits. Tastes of banana, wheat, yeast, and tangy citrus. Finishes slightly tart and acidic. Very easy to drink and refreshing. Alcohol is deceptive and hits like a brick. Good stuff.
mcg80 (5) - Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2010 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I really love that taste of this beer, it has everything that is great about a hefeweizen with a hint of tartness in the aroma and taste to give it a unique character.
robforbes (2087) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a cloudy orange-yellow with a large white foamy head, and great lacing.
smell is of ripe banana, wheat, a touch of citrus, and some spice.
taste is smooth, wheat, and banana, ends creamy.
Reid (2080) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JAN 29, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly hazy golden beer body with a large tightly bubbled white head.
Lovelly,honeyish,spicy, banana-bready aromas..very delicious..my mouth is watering.
taste is very similar to the aroma but with a more phenolic quality, and for me hints of marischino cherries. peppery finish.
Nice intresting mouthfeel to this its carbonated but just anough to let this roll over the tongue easily.
very nice beer. i am really enjoying this.
AmEricanbrew (6331) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Murky golden color with a lasting, viscous off white head, nice pour. Tart pale wheat, clove banana estery aromas. Rich smooth mouthfeel. Hearty banana bread, clove, pale wheat flavor is lightly sweet. great wheat brew.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 28, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bright,bubblegum,spicey banana ,wheat tang aroma, that Ayinger does and no one seems able to match,generous weizen head, taste has all the wheat aspects up front they actually fade to background and your left with malt and melanoidin sweetness and German biscuity malt,surpringly different from Aventinus. Excellent