Brigadier (2830) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap in San Diego (CA)
Eschewing the local house beers at Stone I opened a flight with a sample of this passable hefeweizen. Parked squarely in the middle of the spectrum it is neither a banana bomb nor a malty bread dough experience. Instead it maintains aspects of both.
Aroma / Appearance - A yellow golden base has a nice warmth to it that pairs well with the clean crisp head. Bread dough, yeast, lemons, and other citrus flavors ground it effectively. Lacking the fruity bite of some hefeweizens it instead favors a more balanced approach.
Flavor / Palate - A malty sweetness soon coats the palate with a mixture of lemons and three day old bananas on the verge of spoiling. Cascades of wheat build on this before a chewy finish that sticks to the palate. For a session beer it is effective although I think that I would go in favor of other examples instead if I had a crazing for a wheat beer on a warm summer evening.
rick_91709 (118) - USA - APR 6, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured from a can. Hazy pale gold. Little head or lacing. Typical wheat beer smell and taste. Not great.
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tfox57 (1) - Temecula, Oregon, USA - MAR 31, 2014 does not count
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This Hefe just hits home with me. That European style with flavors of clove and banana is just so much better then the orangey flavor like in Blue Moon (personal preference). The finish and aftertaste is great too, hangs on the palate for just the right amount of time.
Mora2000 (5346) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to 5000 for sending me this can. Hazy golden pour with a white head. The aroma has some heavy wheat notes as well as a hint of bubblegum. The flavor is more of the same. The sweet wheat notes are complemented by some bubblegum and a bit of clove. I don’t really get much banana character. Medium, creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Nice hefeweizen.
nealblind (529) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light gold pour slight cloudy dense egg white head. aroma of bread lemon sulfur, ivory soap. tastes yeast lemons coriander. strong acidity over carb. needs more yeasty smoothness like the real german hefe have.
Leighton (9851) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the brewery taproom. Pours cloudy yellow with a creamy topping. Extremely basic, even for a hefe. Some lemon, mellow wheat, faint yeasty dough. Light bodied with fine to average carbonation. Tasty enough but very simplistic.
5000 (6027) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Thick dirty straw, soft sudsy white head, little lacing. Wheaty nose, faint straw and hay. Has only a smidgen of banana and clove. Big wheatiness on the tongue, smooth, moreso American like in that by the time it hits the tongue I am not really getting any clove or banana. Smooth on the tongue, but missing some of the components for a German Hefe. Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full. Feels pretty good, and isn’t overly carbonated. Finishes with soft straw/hay, somewhat sweet, and very much like an American Wheat. Better than most American examples, but not quite up to par for being German. Still enjoyable tho.
luttonm (2069) - Belgrade, SERBIA - JAN 19, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Naked City Brewery in Greenwood. Bright hazy yellow. Grayish foam head. Medicinal, minty wheat. Slight bubblegum sour. Medium body. Not bad, sweet.
mavericks0619 (38) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good flavor. Notes of banana, clove, and bubblegum. Light yeasty flavor. Refreshing but slightly watery.
o_Merlin_o (159) - California, USA - DEC 6, 2013
1.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pours a milky golden yellow with HUGE carbonation (it looks like a volcano). Aromas of banana and a strange skunky smell I can't place. Unpleasant aroma. Tastes of burnt banana. Not very nice.
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