auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - APR 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber golden and very murky pour, with hardly coated with a pure white head. Appears heavily carbonated. Lemon and ester aroma, very bright, with a little background of wheat. Oooo...wow, the flavor is very complex. Front end of good mellow wheat and fruit, with some apricot. Finishes with a fantastic bright almond flavor. The palate is very drinkable and not a slew thick wheat, and leaves a fantastic honey flavored sweet aftertaste and smack. Great beer! I’ll add that this beer has probably had some beer store age.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 16, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle. Cloudy dark yellow with a small head that settled into just a thin sheet. Aroma is bready, estery and malty. Taste is smooth but had a medicinal thing going on. Some lemon tartness and some peppery spice but subtle.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 12, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Perfectly clear golden body with a thin white head, lots of carbonation. Estery banana aroma tempered by potpourri. Big yeasty/spice flavor. Tastes like a normal hefeweizen with slightly metallic coriander thrown in. Eh.
Tmoney99 (12994) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at brew pub. Cloudy amber color with average creamy white head. Aroma is heavy yeasty and earth. Flavor is moderate sweet with moderate finish of average duration. Medium to full body with a creamy texture.
zathrus13 (1761) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours cloudy yelloq/gold. Aromas are what you’d expect, yeast, spice, and lemon. Flavor is a little flat, with citrus and spice dominating. Not one of Bells better beers.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma of wheat, citrus and spice, hazy golden/yellow, pours a large white head, leaves some pretty lace. Light wheat flavour, hint of spice and lemon. Light bodied, easy drinking, fair.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thin white head, yellow-amber body. Nose is light sourish banana with wheat and cloves. Flavor is that, plus it brings some citrusy hop presence; a surprise. Makes it more interesting.
MrBunn (2643) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2008 Bottle. Pours a straw-ish gold color with light haze from wheat. Head is minimal and quickly disappeared. Aroma is strong of grain with some fruit/floral undertones that I’m finding hard to describe. Wheat dominates taste, but there are some citrus flavors and coriander/clove spices that come into play as well. Finish is sweet and spicy. Much more airy and refreshing than many wheat beers, while still having a pretty pronounced flavor to it. I think this has gotten better for 2008.
Bigassfish (140) - Naperville/Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours golden yellow. Light aroma. More citrus flavors as the beer warms.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - MAR 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle straight from my cellar @ 52°. Tasted in NB worthy glass. Tons of yeast in the bottom of the glass that declines to move. Medium golden color with a light white head and steady streams of tiny bubbles rises up. The aroma is wheat and, to a lesser extent, yeast, there are also hints of lemon and maybe green apple? What ever the fruit smell is, it has a tartness to it. This is about as far removed from a typical wheat beer as you could get, while still being a wheat beer. The mouthfeel was the first apparent difference; this beer has a weight and chewability that is not found in the refreshing summer wheat beers. The taste is also not immediately apparent as a wheat beer, initially the flavor is yeasty, bready, and spicy then it morphs into the wheat flavor that ends with a bit of spiciness. This is actually more what I expected the Hoegaarden to taste like after hearing so much about it. Very nice indeed.