Metalhead (615) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly hazy gold with a fairly short lived 1 finger head. Aroma of wheat,hints of freshly baked bread,faint citrus. Tasted kinda like a 60/40 mix of a Hefeweizen and Sprecher abbey tripel. ABV well masked. Not remarkable but pretty good.
Kinda $ at $10 a six.
MrBunn (2321) - Western, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2007 Aromas of bread, cloves and lemon, light colored body with a pretty big foamy white head. Wow! Banana and cloves are huge in the flavor with a nice bread-like flavor that comes through late. I had no idea that this was going to be anything like this and it totally took me by surprise. Very distinct and highly recommended!
I came across a case of this recently and went out on a limb, hoping it would have aged nicely. I was rewarded. It seems from my previous rating that this has changed character quite a bit. Gone are a lot of the wheat and banana clove qualities, and what remains is sweet and sticky. The bottles are batch 7155 (from December, 2005). Aromas are fairly sweet, of honey, sweet apple juice and maybe a touch of banana. Body is a clear golden color and the head is fairly small and it dies down quickly. Flavor is heavy and sweet, almost like a barley wine that has aged well, but instead of having a dark fruit complex, it is light fruit like pear and apple with a honey malt backbone. The alcohol is slightly warming and blends well with the sweetness. It is strangely reminiscent of some of the ice wines Iíve sampled.
Dogbrick (6864) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
So this is a "Wheat Wine" eh? Seems similar to Two Brothers Bare Tree Weiss Wine in that regard. Pours a bright and lightly hazy copper/orange color with lines of rising bubbles. Medium thin off-white head and rings of lacing that stick to the glass a long time. Pleasant aroma of cloves, wheat and banana. Medium-bodied and clean with sweet malt, fruit and spice flavors. Hops bitterness lingers throughout. The finish is tart fruit at first and hops and alcohol after. A pretty enjoyable experiment overall.
SpringsLicker (2944) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 8, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to CaptainCougar for this one!
Just a touch of haze appear in this golden brew. Frothy, sticky white head on top.
Faint yeast and honey in the aroma.
Malt sweetness is a bit honey like with a mild spicyness. Itís not a wheat wine or barleywine, itís truly experimental in itís nature.
Nuffield (3549) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bright, hazy amber. Notes of clove, pepper, orange chewing gum, alcohol, and rich sweetness. Slightly lifted on the palate, keeps a fluffy quality there. Enjoyable, quite enjoyable. No one should mistake this as a barleywine in the common American tradition.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 6, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2008 12oz - Aroma is sweet cotton candy, wheat, honey, and fresh malt. Pours clear yellow-brown with no head and little lacing. Not very inviting. Flavor is wheat and fresh malt followed by the honey sweetness and a touch of spice. Palate is clean and tart. Not as complex as I hoped, almost a mead.
01/22/2008 same batch as initial rating. Aroma of alcohol, orange peel, wheat and a touch of honey. Flavor matches aroma with a slight cardboard finish. Not sure why I held onto to this one as I didnít really like it to begin with. If you got it, drink it. I canít imagine itís getting any better.
DrnkMcDermott (2718) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2006 Bottle, Batch 7155. Well, with no stake in the Super Bowl enough to make me seek out a Washington or west Pennsylvania beer, letís just tote up this Michigan beer. Pours blond with a thick but transitive head. Yeasty smell as with others in the Wheat Series. Taste is mostly like an abbey tripel. Yeasty still, but with a touch of fruit and Belgian wheat. Otherwise, malts hard to pick out. Well, letís save some for later and check em out.
core (19) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy copper. Aroma is wheat with some citrus maybe a little orange. Flavor is sweet with more fruits and some alcohol. Very drinkable, another great beer from Bells.
rajendra82 (914) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - FEB 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My first ever wheat wine pour, from this 12 oz. brow bottle acquired from BA CRJMellor during a recent trade, started out clear and pale yellow, until the yeast came out and clouded up the whole beer and made it look opaque and orange-ish in color. The head was relatively modest to begin with, and was shortly reduced to a collar of bubbles. The smell was very intoxicating, with an abundance of cloves, bananas, and oranges. The taste was a cross between a hefeweizen and a barleywine. The sweet fruity phenols were typical of a hefeweizen in their bready and tropical profile. The hop bitterness lingering in the back and the hint of prickly alcohol were reminiscent of a mild barleywine. The two flavor profiles were a little disparate, and the clashing they created prevented from reaching harmonious balance. If there had been other flavors that occupied the middle ground between the sweetness and bitterness, this would have melded better. Mouthfeel was sticky, but not too thick. An enjoyable beer despite the little flaws, and makes me want to explore this style further, but there arenít too many of these around.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Murky-hazy golden copper with white head that fades to ring of bubbles. Will agree with some others in that it has a definate belgian ale-triple quality to it. Aroma is bready wheat, with some fruit, smoke and sugary sweet alcohol. Flavor begins all banana and quickly fades to a smoky astringent alcohol character. Finishes a little hot.