jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A birthday gift from my roomate. Hmm, grapefruit juice! Sweet malt and cassis, a little fruit. Really weak aroma. Bests Oberon.
NaturalIce (146) - originally from Michigan, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2004
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma is filled with wheat and it has a sort of cloudy light amber color. The tiny slightly off-white head diminishes after the first few sips. The taste is a ginger spice with some kind of banana after taste. Overarll I like this beer except for the 4.5 alcohol %, it’s better tasting than Oberon but definitely a Sunday beer.
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yellow colour with some murkyness. Lots of wheat in the aroma, but you can get some citrus notes as well as a bit of fruit. It was a bit chewy. Wheat, citrus, and yeast in the taste. Not a bad bottle as i watch the first snowfall of the year.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - NOV 27, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy, hazy and very orange with little or no head. Very wheaty aroma along with a citrus and spice presence. Fresh and clean in the mouth, nice light wheat and malt taste along with a yeast presence and some interesting spice. It’s slightly sour but finishes nicely.
brentfeesh (1207) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Looks hazzy pale yellow with a tint of green. Lots of bubbles add to what I wouldn’t have called a great looking beer (bumped it up a point as a result). Yeasty, belgian aroma with hay or some other type of grassys grain. Taste was yeasty and included bananna, grassyness, and spice (clover or some such thing). For a winter drink it was not what I expected but it was enjoyable.
Aggie80 (785) - Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yellowish cloudy pour with a little head and no lacing. A yeasty overtone with the spicing and general overtones of the typical Belgian White. Kind of a sticky after taste to it.
thegreenrooster (3210) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 19, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a cloudy yellow with no head. Aroma is very sweet and bready. Flavor is cloves, yeast and spice. You do get some of the grapefruit and banana others have described. Quite thin and watery in the end thought, could use a bit more yeast. Quite flavorful but nothing to put this one over the top.
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy yellow with light whitish head. Nose is sweet and strawlike. Very citrusy with notes of corriander. Flavor is of grapefruit, clove and banana esters. There are some yeasty flavors reminescent of classic German Hefeweizen. Good beer.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a very hazy straw pale yellow with a small white head and some residual lace. The aroma shows typical wheat characteristics and some minor spice notes. The flavor is sweeter than most wheats with the banana showing more than the clove, but additionally provides some spice that compliment the ale nicely. The palate is rich with well suspended sediment. Overall, I like it.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy, slightly lighter then lemon juice yellow in color, white cap lasting for a brief stay before tapering to a thin collar, not much in the realm of lacing sticks, drippings mostly running down to join the collar.
Aroma has a nice light clove spice enactment over a pleasing banana wheat bread sweetness and some of the usual witbier yeast.
Flavors are crisp and clean, not to much dancing on the tongue though, very calm, smooth, and tame. Which is actually kinda nice in that regard, but still lacks some omff. Wheat malt makes up a good portion of the taste keeping a fairly decent body. Light banana, even lighter lemon bits, clove is tame but present, more so midway to finish. Solid in smoothness but less so in a bit of its actual flavor character.
Feel is smooth and calming for a Wit, a bit out of character, but nice non-the-less, lighter bodied, crisp, malty, picks up a bunch towards the finish but nothing lasts. Creamed wheat leftovers on the palate with tiny smidges of the clove for the finish.
Super drinkable; quite smooth, and quite lovely in that respect too; one thing I’ve always found hard to like about Wit’s is the drinkability. This is opposite of that impression, as this is quenchable for sure. A bit odd that it’s a Winter seasonal cuz this would make for a great summer brew; and that’s no foolin’. For me; a hard rating to put numbers to. It seemingly could be better, but I like it alot, which I think the numbers might not show.