MrBunn (2736) - 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.
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 23, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Hazy golden in colour. Aroma was of lemon citrus, yeasty, light hops and some spices. Flavour was of citrus (lemons and oranges), some pears, yeasty with some spices near the back. Medium body, high carbonation. Finishes with a medium spicy bitterness.
bsawatzky (153) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
a nice white beer with citrus and yeasty flavors and aromas. a slight hint of spice as well. im not a white beer fan but this one wasnt bad.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Wawood for sending the Winter White!
Pours a hazy golden body and a fatty white head… lacing all over the place. The aroma and flavor offer up a light yeastiness beside some biscuity and buttery malts. (sorry for adding “y”s to everything) There is a pleasant lemon and navel orange citrus presence… maybe a bit peppery along with a hint of clove. I like this very much. A sensational and authentic Belgian Witt.
Bigsky66 (148) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good mixture of the yeasts with wheat. Gives an overall impression of the earth feel to it. I’m a liking bells more and more.
doubletriple (52) - Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Easy drinking and weird. Weird aroma and flavor. Weird because this IS NOT a winter ale, Bell’s should just junk their 2nd rate Oberon and make this their summer wheat/wit. Good....weird...stuff......
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2005 2005 bottle, consumed December 2005.
Much more credit is due to this one than my original rating of 2.9. I’m guessing it’s a case of drinking it when it’s fresh, but it’s quite possible that the latest batch is that much better. Poured the yeast and kicked it up a notch, filling the tumbler as a muted, hazy yellow. Sweet sugary esters grace the nose, spritsed with lemon vibes and cloves. Bananas, sweet lemons, cloves and pepper deliver as the nose would lead us to expect. Ample effervescence and expertly balanced. Bells comes full circle with this and I enjoyed it very much this time around.
2004 bottle, consumed March 2005.
Color is a bright, yellow glow. Sweet and sour smell, coupled with yeast and bananas. Taste is light, slick and thin. Bananas and sugary lemons come to the forefront. Fairly mediocre.
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle courtesy Slikwily via IPFreely and Mr_Kimchee! Very cloudy dishwater golden colour with a thin diminishing fizzy white head. Coriander, wheat malt, light lemon, and I think I caught some banana as well in the aroma. Lemon, coriander, and light bread flavours with a tangy and lightly bitter finish. Light to medium bodied, refreshing and quaffable. A winter beer, though? I think I’d prefer this as a lawnmower beer rather than a snowblower!