Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden body - deep glowing gold, it looks thick; short head, great lacing. Aroma is clove, apricot, orange, banana, yeast, spice. Full flavored wheat - tangy citrus, more apricot, orange peel, oak, malty - reminds me at times of a good tripel. Very smooth and thick palate - tiny bubbles at the edges. Ends with a tang of wheat and citrus and a bit more bitter orange peel. Picked this up at 101 Bottles in Kent.
piwodevo (53) - chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
a just-arrived-today 12oz sample, bottled 24 days ago--batch 7083. poured into a 10oz pilsner glass.
mine’s fairly settled in the bottle, resulting in a slight yeast haze, nice golden body. quickly dissipating head. just a faint hint of belgian yeast aroma in the nose.
nice texture and flavor. sweet malts, light flavor hops. silky sweet on the throat.
overall, a fairly impressive American Wheat Ale, if ever there were one. Subtle yeast flavors, malty-sweet body with subdued hops: that’s the recipe for widespread acceptance. Most anyone would agree that this is a tasty drink, from fratboys to the beer-igentsia. I can’t wait to see how the next batches start to slowly tweak that original base beer, warp it until it becomes a beer version of the Transformers: four related but unique parts that combine to become what it was meant to be: the Wheat Love....
Pailhead (5748) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - OCT 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2005 Bottle: Aroma is moderately lemony with light banana and hints of spice. Pours a hazy yellowish-orange with a nice white head with good retention and great lacing. Flavor has a moderate amount of banana with hints of lemony tartness. Finishes with a touch of spice and acidity. Mouthfeel is very creamy and feels more thick than your average wheat.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle pours golden slightly cloudy with a fluffy white head that stays pretty well and laces down the glass. Aroma is honey, and a nice fresh baked loaf of bread. Flavor is very similar.. Some very nice honey sweetness in there.combines well with the yeasty bread flavors and just a touch of spice. Palate is very crisp and clean.. not overly carbonated and quite smooth for a wheat beer. I really liked this.. It is better than Oberon in my opinion. Nice.. I look forward to the rest of this experiment..
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Bells. Given the nature of this series of beers, assigning styles isn’t straight-forward. That said, the first of the series most closely fits the American Wheat category, despite the use of a Wit yeast in addition to the house yeast. OK, review. Nice hazy yellow-orange body, medium off-white head. Sweet, tangy aroma, nectary and almost honeyish. The flavor resembles Oberon, with tangy, bready malts and little sweetness (contrary to what the aroma suggested), crisp and fresh with no off-notes. Highly carbonated with wheat in the forefront. The hints of banana make things even more interesting. A solid first offering in the series that I may prefer to Oberon.