kane (111) - USA - OCT 22, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I never really considered Hoegarden a " Winter" beer but I guess with the right spices you could. I found the Bell’s version to be lacking in any fall spices( nutmeg, clove, mace, allspice, cinnamon, and even orange peel). For me not worth the price of a 6-pack($8.00), in this area, or bette than Hoegarden.
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 20, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really nice wheaty aroma from the outset. Pours a nice white head that falls away but lingers as a rind throughout. Cloudy honey yellow, lots of sediment. Full malty flavor of bread and honey. Crisp but lingers creamy. Onl a trace of coriander...almost anise. Nice and warming.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice head, but no retention. Crazy off-yellow, very cloudy color. Sour citrus aroma. Mouthfeel a little too fizzy. Some sour notes in the palate, but overall too bitter for the style. More citrus needed.
badnewsbeers (2317) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2005 not all that great of an aroma...smells very much light a light budweiser with some citrus notes....nice golden color with very small head; taste of spices and hops, and typical of a wit; not bad
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cloudy golden color as it settled in the glass below a small but nice head. Aroma of spice with a bit of citrus. There just wasn’t much there taste-wise besides a bit of orange and clove. The pour and swirl were so promising, I must admit I was a bit disappointed.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
very cloudy pour, with a nice golden color to it. smelled of big spices, clove, wheat, and less noticeable malts. tasted started out pretty shallow, providing the spices and little else. just kinda bland at the beginning, but by the time you finish up, you kinda get its groove and start diggin’ it. my first winter brew since joining the site and was both good and "bad" all in the same bottle, which is itself quite impressive!
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 9, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours bright orangy yellow color with a small head. Aroma is like many a winter ale...yeasty spiciness. Flavor is much like the aroma. Pretty good wit.
igneous1 (1489) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - OCT 8, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
hazy to cloudy pale golden color. head is thick, white and has huge bubbles. nose is yeast and lots of spices. citrus is fairly evident in the nose. flavor is essentially the same except for more subdued spices and more hoppiness. banana is in the finish.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hey - I thought that this was only "on-tap"!!!! Well, here it is, unannounced, on the shelf in Ohio - Cool! It’s about time that somebody brews a typically summer beer for winter drinking - you could easilly get bored with something like "The 11 Stouts of November" (oh, sorry, was that you, Bell’s? hee hee). This brew poured out a hazy thick golden. I paused to swirl the bottle - there’s a good amount of yeast at the bottom of the bottle, I got some of it to mix in with the brew. Medium head, but great lacing. Clove and spicy wheat are the main contenders here. I’ve got to give good marks to palate - milky smooth, and not thick tasting. Orange spiced sweetness with hints of banana peel at the finish. At the end of the glass, you end up wanting one more - excellent - buy it by the 6’er!!
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - OCT 8, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pale yellow hazzy color with a spicy wheat aroma. Flavor is rather calm but ends with a decent crispness. There isnt much to this beer beyond the norm for a witdier, but it is extremely drinkable.