badnewsbeers (2316) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
hazy yellowish orange appearance.....aroma of a belgian wheat (complete with honey, citrus hops, sugars, and spice); flavor is heavy in spice and sugars....somewhat like a wit, but nothing like a barley wine...maybe even an abbey trippel....the whole wheat project was a major success in my eyes....but calling this a barley wine is a crime
Cornfield (5276) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A pleasant wheat ale, hazy gold with a meager white head. Smells like a hefeweizen with some added juicy fruits, a floral scent, and a hint of the 8% abv. Wheat, yeast, banana, clove, and some alcohol pepper fill the mouth quite softly. An enjoyable, relaxing drink, but Iím not convinced that this is barley wine material.
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cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer is very nice appearing. However, to call it a barley wine is really incorrect. This is really a belgium storng ale. It tastes very similar to Great Lakes Anniversary Ale. Both good beers, but very sweet with few hops to balance. Clearly well made.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Barleywine? I think not. Must be a typo. Pours cloudy orange, looks like watered down orange juice. Strong and pleasant banana clove aroma. Wheat malt dominates the flavor, with hints of vanilla and spice. Feels fizzy in the mouth. Finishes chalky, mildy sweet, with a hint of alcohol. For those that think German Hefes are too sweet, try this one. Good beer.
Zeswaft (1280) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I really like bells but are they for real with this wheat stuff? Iíve only had two of them and I canít imagine being able to tell the difference between the others. Only this one gets you drunk. Itís got a great rich taste. The aroma smells rubbery and awful. oh yeah, this is nothing like a barleywine. Who are the ad wizards that deemed it so? Because they are way off. I hate to say it but I know they had the best of intentions but the brewers probably wasted so much time conceiving this whole project.
Ughsmash (6722) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 27, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, batch #7155. Poured a slightly hazy medium golden with a short cap of white head. Bananas, wheat, and cloves were predominant in the aroma, along with some caramel and a bit of alcohol. Clove presence was rather heavy in the flavor, and was complemented by the bananas and some sharp (lightly sour) wheat notes from the aroma and some orange peel. Smooth on the palate, with sour wheat and some alcohol around the edges and at the finish (along with some spices and a nice warming sensation). This was very tasty, and went down dangerously easily.
CaptainCougar (7107) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy amber orange with a thin, lightly-lacing white head. Sweet, complex lightly fruity and malty aroma has a good yeasty presence and some clove and citrus notes. Body starts with a full, viscous sweet maltiness and lots of tasty wheat. This is balanced with a very good, authentic bready German yeastiness and pleasant peppery clove spice. A very nicely balanced, complex and enjoyable wheat wine, which essentially tastes like a doppel-hefe-weizen. My favorite of the wheat series.
badgerben (4255) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy gold with an ever so fading head. Distinct apricot aroma with some banana, cloves and wheat tagging along. The taste is odd... I get the wheat, but itís lighter than I would expect for the last one in the series. A very small pinch of corriander; itís so light that a corriander-hater like myself can actually enjoy it. Bitter and almost a bit sour. A touch spicy. Doesnít strike me as too íclearí in the flavors, but maybe a little time will let it shine out.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - DEC 26, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Styles and BBB63. Pours a moderately hazy, light amber color. Decent white head which fades down rather promptly to a ring. Scant lacing is left behind. Aroma is wheaty, not quite as clovish as the six or eight, but seemingly fuller of bannana esters than the previous two. Sweet sugar in aroma also. Medium bodied, soft carbonation. Sweet residual candi sugar presence. Mild yeast presence, somewhat spicey. Decent beer, probably wouldnít turn another away. An interesting project from the folks at Bellís.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy light golden color with a thick head of eggnog colored bubbles that diminishes slowly to a thin covering. Fairly simple wheat aromas, with hints of bananas and cloves. A mild tripel a scent with a touch of honey and candi (7+). Thick near chew feel. Slightly mouthcovering. Very full flavored, and I really can not find a flavor that I would object to. Lots of wheat, some dry flowers, mild white pepper with a touch of alcohol. A long light spicy in the linger. I find this dangerously drinkable.