ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown and slightly cloudy. Thin fizzy and a small amount of lacing. Nutty carmel malt aroma. Yeast and raisins up front nice banana bread finish
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Badgerben’s Cellar Reduction night. Nice dark color with a wheaty nose. Usual spices that one would expect. A little grainy in the body.
Skyview (5453) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled entire series at Badgerben’s Cellar Reduction Night. Wheat #8 pours a dark caramel amber brew with a thick off-white head that has good retention and some thin lacing. Aroma is more rich than the previous numberred wheats. Scents include caramel malt, some buckwheat, light yeast a touch of chocolate and some spicey vegetable. Taste is semi-sweet, medium bodied, light carbonation with some smooth caramel, yeast and banana bread. Finish is semi-sweet, smooth, clean with a banana bread aftertaste. Pretty cool brew.
drfabulous (6012) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A dark wheat. Very flavorful. My wife’s least favorite of the wheats, but I loved it. I wish they’d bring these back. They were quite good. The whole series.
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 6, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Side by side comparison with bottles of Two, Four, Six, Eight and Love. New Years Day 2006, I believe.
*TWO pours light orange with minimal, but noticeable haze in the bottle. Sweet nose does have a bit of spice showing through as it warms. Body is light. Dry and spicy at the finish of the bottle. Not as creamy as Oberon, lighter body. Light spices remind of a lighter witbier. Quite average, though.
*FOUR is much drier and straigh grainier wheat flavor than the two. Re-writing this review, it is what GI 312 is like today. Straw and grass with tiny hints of sweet bread and cookie barely coming through...teasing.
*SIX is a bit darker and more malt flavors are present in the nose and especially in the flavor. Sweet and mapley with the grassy dryness at the end quickly fading.
*EIGHT is dark and cloudy, nutty aroma. Flavor is really weak, as is the body. Some tiny roasted flavors, but this one seems the weakest of the bunch, despite it’s color.
*LOVE - I thought the order would go lighter to darkest, finishing with LOVE, but this is just as light as TWO. Nose is compoletely different, with alcohol upfront and some banana bread. Body is nice and rich, malty, some spices drying at the finish. The aftertaste, dry from apparent alcohol is also spicy and wonderful. The clear winner of the series for me!
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Name: Wheat Eight
Source: Tasting, Cask Eve, 2006
dark amber, whispy head, slightly sweet rich malt aroma, dark malt flavor with a bit of chocolate,
Aroma: 4/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 4/10; Overall: 9/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JUL 29, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle via Secret Santa in July 07 - thanks to whoever! Murky dark brown with a big tan head. Lightly sweet nose of toasty wheat, clove and mild banana. Toasty wheat flavors, clove, chocolate and banana all make an appearance. A mild pepper in the finish. Nice!
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a slightly hazy dark mahogany brown Dunkelweiss color. Initially produces a nice 1/2" thick dense tan head which gradually fades to some sparsely spotty foam. No lacing observed. Nose was restrained but with pleasant notes of slightly burnt biscuits, Wheat Chex cereal, semi-sweet chocolate along with a faint hint of clove and smokiness. Mouthfeel was moderately full and creamy with a lively carbonation level as expected for the style. Taste profile was fairly complex showing off flavors of burnt wheat toast, spices, dark chocolate, roasted malts, with a subdued raisin-like sweetness balancing out the porter-like roastiness. Finish is nicely balanced between the roasted wheat grains and fruity sweetness. All in all very drinkable and satisfying. Easy to go back for more than one.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very dark brown reddish color, milder aroma than the others and no banana. Has a smoky, roasty tone, mild and smooth, finishes on the sweet side.
jsquire (4061) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAY 14, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep mahohany color with a thin foamy tan head. Puffed wheat nose with lots of dark caramel sweetness. Almost smokey dark caramel flavor with raisens and burnt toast. Soft mouthfeel. Long burnt toast finish.