redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Slightly hazy honey color with a medium white head. Crisp spicy aroma. Spicy hops taste. The finish and aftertaste turns dry and bitter. Reminds me more of a Kolsch.
orangelazarus (53) - USA - APR 5, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Slight carbonation, slight barky, grassy bitterness, but otherwise quite sweet, with a fruity taste very close to strawberries. Lingering annoying aftertaste from the sweetness.
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a cloudy, golden body with a quickly dissipating white head. Some lacing.
Very malty and wheaty. Lots of yeast too.
Very subtle wheat taste with the perfectly balanced hop bite of the Saaz. Some yeastiness in the flavor.
Very drinkable beer.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 9, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On the pour, a magnificently chill hazed golden yellow color, the head is mountainous in size, creamy in consistency, and as it erodes, the lace left behind is a fine cover upon the glass. The aroma of yeast, orange peels, sweet malt, quite a treat for this old nose. Sweet with lots of malt, the top middling in feel to the palate, finish has a moderate acidity, the hops spicy in their persistent bite, dry as a desert bone aftertaste, quite a nice beer.
ElGaucho (2285) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2003
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Aroma is strong, orange citrus, not unlike Bell's Amber. Appearance is where this beer doesn't measure up. In Has a rapidly dissipating head (I couldn't get my stopwatch out fast enough) and a slightly murky dark gold color. Medium carbonation. With everyone before me seemingly giving 4s for appearance, either I got a bad batch(or old batch)(it was marked down in price) or my thoroughly rinsed glass didn't do anything for it. Taste is definitely on the sour side; reminded me somewhat of Schultheiss' Original Berliner Weiss, though this actually tastes like beer. It has some faintly pleasant undertones, like some fruit that wants to come out and some mild bitterness, but it's just not scoring points for me. One caviat is that I had just previously eaten some very strong, raw onion, which might have shot my taste buds. I'll give this brew a second chance at a re-rate.
Nuffield (3771) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 18, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A lot of nice characteristics, to be sure, and easy drinking. Nice white head over a golden-yellow body. Some citrus, but not striking me as complex as some wits--lacking a certain edge of spice and replacing it with a hint of sour in the finish. A bit watery at times.
WabashMan (1017) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2003 RERATE: I'm not a huge wheat fan, but this is one I truly enjoy. I'm always sad to see it go out of season! The aroma is fairly typical wheat, but not overpowering. As far as "weaknesses" go, the aroma is this beer's weakest point. The look of the beer is very nice, with a deep gold color. The flavor is crisp, has some depth, and finishes very nicely. A great beer for summer!
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2004 Update 4/11/04. Pours cloudy yellow-orange with a medium off-white head and abundant sediment. Tangy, floral, yeasty aroma. Flavor is spicy and tangy with orange and other citrus, finishing slightly bitter. This year's batch is enjoyable, but I am adjusting my rating to more accurately represent the beer's current status.
Old rating: Here's a great summer beer. This one is thick and unfiltered, with a golden color and pungent, citrusy aroma. The flavor is strong, murky, and citrusy. Take this one to the front porch on a nice spring or summer day. And swill. Note: the 2003 incarnation has, to this point, been very disappointing. I will leave my rating intact, knowing how unique this brew once was. Major consistency problems this year.
Rating: 9 4 8 4 17
Ernest (6597) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2006 Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy medium yellow, unfiltered. Aroma is lightly malty (cereal, grain), lightly hoppy (herbs), with light notes of soap. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Not bad.
greco (41) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Nice golden color. Very drinkable and refreshing on a nice summer's day. Very inconsistent from year to year though. In 01 it was my favorite summer beer. Summer of 02, the batch left a little to be desired but still tasty.