RobertDale (5440) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - SEP 20, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample at GABF. Somewhat clear brown with a biege head. Aroma of malt and fruit. Tastes of sweet malt and spices. Nice.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 28, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap 4/5/10 at barrio. 6.1%.
auburn brown color. fairly opaque with a toasty off white head and splotches of foam.
heavy aroma of malt powder... mixed with vanilla, clove-y spiciness, must, wood, florals and a bit of alcohol.
the flavor is the same... lots of vanilla with spice and a touch of sourness on the finish.
it is medium bodied with a creamy mouth feel. 7/3/7/3/14/3.4
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAR 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Barrio - Pours a brown color with a small light tan head. Faint lacing. Aroma and flavor is esters (banana), light spice, and lightly roasted malt. Medium body. A very nice beer.
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled on tap at Barrio Brewing; March 2010
The beer arrives from the tap in a frozen pint glass with a half-finger thick, lightly browned, tan colored head. The beer is an opaque brown color that shows some amber around the edges. When held up to the light it reveals a deeply hazed hue that remains quite opaque. Upfront the nose smells of smooth clove, banana, rich toasted malt, sharp carbonic acid and maybe a touch of fusel alcohols. As the beer warms up it becomes much more generally fruity; this helps to balance things out in the aroma.
As the expected, the beer is quite cold and really numbs my tongue to the flavors here; I get a light sweetness along with a touch of banana in the finish. Clove flavors tend to accentuate the perceived sweetness of this beer, but it is actually not all that sweet. The body is pretty light, definitely refreshing, but it has a bit of viscousness to it and even lingers on the palate after the beer has left my mouth. Subtle toasted grain notes distinguish this from a pale Hefeweizen; as does a touch of caramelized malt character that becomes more prominent as the beer warms up.
This is a nice example of the style, and I am a sucker for Hefeweizens in general; this certainly hits the spot right now. I could certainly wish for a bit more malt complexity, especially as this is a Dunkel.