locarboy (129) - USA - MAY 29, 2007
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
nice pour. smells like a belgian, looks like a belgian, tastes like a belgian...but it isnít. despite the corny label i bought this one (kinda reminded me of someoneís 60ís panel basement). give credit where credit is due. not many are brewing experimentally with this kind of focus. so not everyone will appreciate when someone pushes the style envelope. bell is no hedgehog.
corby112 (2722) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2015
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a very cloudy, dark golden yellow color with ripe banana edges and a two finger, pillowy white head that very slowly settles into a lasting ring. Very good retention with streaks of soapy lacing left behind.
Slightly earthy aroma with soil-y, piney hops, zesty spice, bready yeast, citrus peel and malted wheat. Strong bread/bubblegum character along with a prominent banana presence countering the citrus zest, peppery spice and resinous hops. As it warms, the hop presence fades a bit and the wheat beer characteristics start to really stand out. The eight different yeast strands starts to dominate the nose and are complimented by lemon zest and coriander. A little heavy on the yeast/bubblegum/banana but smells pretty good.
On the lower end of medium body with really strong, tight carbonation that hurts the mouthfeel. The carbonation and a slightly creamy texture compliment the malted wheat and yeast notes but overpower the spice and sweeter citrus notes. Slightly tart with strong hints of sourdough bread, bubblegum, wheat and banana countered by peppery coriander spice and zesty lemon peel. Thereís a touch of boozy sweetness in the finish but the high ABV is very well masked. Tastes more like a strong wheat beer/hefeweizen than a wheatwine. Light and pretty easy to drink but the carbonation hurts the mouthfeel/drinkability and the flavor profile is one dimensional. I would have preferred more spice and sweet citrus character to balance out the heavy yeast notes.
Cybercat (4290) - Georgia, USA - JUL 17, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours clear golden amber with a thick, though effervescent, eggshell head. Wheaty aroma has fruity underpinnings, mainly apple with snips of banana and pear, and a subtle yeasty tone. Flavor has wheat and more malt, a little less fruit and yeast, and toasty and hoppy notes. Texture has firm, smooth body if not much fizz. Wheat love indeed.
phaleslu (8006) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle purchased locally. This is the late 2013 edition; glad they resurrected this long-dead bottled offering. Pours a hazy gold with a huge frothy white head that settles rocky and leaves some sticky lace in the glass. Notes of apricot, citrus, bread, wheat, florals, mild spice, esters, honey, grapes, peach, and sweet malts. More complex than anticipated. Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation and a dry, fruity, estery mouthfeel. Unusual beer; lots going on here.
nuplastikk (5268) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle, bottles 9/18/13...opened 2/16/15. Slightly hazy orange-tan body lots of bubbles rising up to meet a soda-like non-head. The aroma isnít so impressive, kind of some cardboard on top of old wheat, but as it breathes it gets better. The flavor holds up fine, this is sort of unique and enjoyable. 8 different wheat malts, different wheat yeasts...wow. Really clean for the ABV, has some mild honey tones. Probably my favorite Wheat Wine Iíve had. This is unique, not like a Barleywine or a German Weizenbock either. Very cool beer experience, recommended for sure.
JDBaker11058 (1647) - Maryland, USA - JAN 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: hazy deep gold, minimal near white head. Aroma: huge aroma of orange, vanilla, banana, marmalade, peaches in heavy syrup, honey, cereal. Taste: sweet, decently boozy, with strong orange and vanilla over a bananas foster note, with cream of wheat, honey smacks, and apricots. Finish: a bit of yeasty spice, with lingering citrus and light candi sugar. Notes: Liked it a lot. First real exposure to the wheat wine subgroup of barleywine. Like drinking a rich, boozy orange creamsicle. Bottle dated September 2013, consumed in January 2015, so not sure how much impact the aging had. Bottle from Knightly Spirits in Orlando, Florida.
nathan30533 (915) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wheaty ale but quite boozy. This one is truly a barley wine so donít think youíre drinking a wheat ale as you might be slightly disappointed. Good ale.
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a hazy golden color. The head is HUGE - three fingers high, barely off-white in shade, and immensely creamy. Retention is great, annoyingly. There are even some splotches of lacing left behind, which is a rarity in many wheat beers.
S: I admit, the whole "wheatwine" thing made me expect something akin to a hoppy barleywine with wheat, but this is actually closer to an weizenbock (or, if you want to be cynical, double APWA). The aroma is very banana-forward, with underlying notes of wheat and orange sweetness. There are also twinges of clove. In general, this is a sweet brew, but the aroma itself works quite nicely.
T: It opens, like I anticipated, sweetly - primarily, itís bringing candied sugar and banana. On the back end, the ester character becomes slightly clove-like. Could use more hops, but hey, the bottleís over 4 months old. However, the fact that Iím just not picking up ANYTHING resembling hop bitterness is rather disappointing. Itís solid, but too sweet for my personal tastes.
M: While thereís something of a dry finish to help counteract some of the sweetness, thereís a subtle but uncomfortable astringency thatís really bothering me. Carbonation is good, stopping just short of being intense. Itís drinks about as well as youíd expect an 8% wheat beer would.
O: Itís good to be surprised once in a while. I definitely wasnít expecting an imperialized hefeweizen. As a rule of thumb, Iím going to compare this to other weizenbocks, and in that regard, it falls a little short. Still pretty good, still worth drinking again, just not worth buying 6-packs of.
superspak (3751) - Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/13/2013. Pours very hazy deep gold color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big banana, apricot, pear, orange, apple, clove, wheat, bread, pepper, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of banana, apricot, pear, apple, orange, clove, wheat, bread, pepper, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of peppery spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of banana, apricot, pear, orange, apple, wheat, bread, pepper, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and pale malt flavors; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice beer. More of a weizenbock in flavor; but has all around good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and pale malt flavors; and is very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
Homer321 (2982) - Melboring, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle to snifter. Batch 12351, bottled on 9/18/13. Pours a hazy dark yellow with a medium white head. Nose is slightly clove like with some perfume notes and a ton of alcohol. Taste is Belgian like with a mix of alcohol and perfume and spice. Very lively carbonation. Interesting, but not my thing.
madmitch76 (19648) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
6th April 2014
Hazy gold beer, good fluffy white head. Palate is airy and crisp. Airy creamy malt, faint wheaty notes, slightly sweet. Light citric note on the backend. Finishes soft and airy with a little lactose. All right, pretty drinkable.