wxman (1706) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a cloudy pale gold with a thick rich white weizen head with plenty of streaming bubbles. Aroma is cloves and wet french bread. Taste is classic hefeweizen; plenty of banana, clove and fresh yeasty dough. A very good hefeweizen with a bit of a kick.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from BevMo La Jolla. Pours a cloudy deep golden orange with a frothy off white head that left some awesome lacing on the glass. Big nose of banana, citrus peel and clove spice. Palate was reminiscent of vanilla and banana cream, great carbonation and mouth feel.
Embrouille (2835) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 10, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 33cl. I am not a big fan ot the style. Fruity with bubblegum showing up, faint reminiscence of persimmon and dust. Sweet. Not bad at all.
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Pours with a humongous head that fades very quickly and leaves no sort of ring. Mildly filtered with very little sediment. Typical spicy, bubblegum nose feels one dimensional and leaves a lot to be desired. The palate is fine, but the flavor is a bit dull, round, spicy and sweaty, with a non-existent finish. A bit too sweet and lacking in character. A big disappointment from the wheat beer masters.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours cloudy tan with a fluffy white head. Aroma is very nice and balanced with sweet malt, cinnamon, gingerbread, cloves, grass, hay, wheat, caramel, and banana is nicely in the background. Tastes follows suit with Sweet bread dough malt, sweet potato, caramel, cloves, grass, ginger, and plenty of pungent (rather than fruity) yeast qualities. Finishes earthy and gentle, like a sweet sourdough bread. Not heavy, but not light, high carbonation without being irritating, and effortless to drink. As big and well-made as Aventinus, but with a lighter colored beer. Hell yes!!
Rastacouere (6166) - 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 (2452) - 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 (5594) - 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 (390) - 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.