ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught tulip at Sunset Grill on 9/25/07
Thin, but dense off-white head is well-retained, leaving light lacing. Medium clarity in this peachy-gold colored beer, with ample carbonation.
Tremendously hoppy nose is full of lush grass and herbs, with almost an afterthought of very light pine. Some minor tropical fruit notes can be found too. Though it’s quite dominant in aroma (and flavor), I can’t deny it’s very enjoyable. Add to this the soft banana, mild wheat and medium-dry toffee notes that break through, and you’ve got some type of German IPA, you might say. With each sniff, I get something different, sometimes lemon/lime, sometimes hickory nuts, sometimes pineapple or even cherries. The well-attenuated malts allow the hops room to roam, but you can sense a solid backbone of pale malts and only light medium malts (toffee, as mentioned). Medium-high strength of aroma, with no flaws or alcohol.
Just as vividly hoppy in flavor, though, with a superb maltiness that manages to provide both a soft, supple body and balance to the (low) bitterness of the hops. Not much balance is needed, because they’re mostly finishing hops, thankfully, though there is a moderate lemony punch on the finish from the acidity. Creamy wheat and vanilla/honey-like pale malts work perfectly with the succulently grassy, fruity, juicy hops. Mild carbonation, but enough to boost the drinkability. Very good, much more focused/cohesive than its counterpart (though I need to try that one again).
rlgk (10085) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Stockholm Beer Festival 2007) Draught. Hazy golen, nice white head. Grassy bitter aroma with spicy notes. Hoppy bitter flavor, metallic and with fruity notes. Some wheat, bana and tropical fruits.
NachlamSie (2730) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at Barley’s. After having Schneider’s bottled rendition of this, I was very excited to try the Brooklyn version with American hops! Pours a cloudy gold with a magnificent head. The aroma is spicy, green, and grassy. Banana, citrus, and deep leafy, grassy scents tantalize my senses. Hm, I take a sip and find loads of fresh, fruity, juicy flavors. This is a delightful thirst quencher with depth and a huge amount of orange, melon, and leafy flavors. I reluctantly say that I enjoyed the prior recipe more with the Hallertau because it had more sharpness and a dryer finish. . . and dare I say it was more hoppy? This was very enjoyable though and a really unique concoction.
jeremytoni (2948) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 3, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From tap poured hazy golden with lots of head. Nice hefe flavor with a solid finish.
beerbill (3331) - Laurel, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught. Growler filled at Superstar Beverage in Huntington, NY. They had a tough time filling the growler becuase the head was so lively. It never did fill completely. Pours a hazy yellow-gold with a thin white head (I think the head would have been thicker but for the filling problem at the growler station) that eventually faded to a thin white film that left light lacing on the glass. Strong aroma of lemons, wheat, some banana, and cloves. The lemon citrus was less noticeable in the flavor, while the wheat and cloves were more pronounced. Cloves were also present along with some black pepper. Light bitterness at the finish. This was a very different and very enjoyable beer.
BitchesBrew (714) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2007 [draught @ Sunset Grill] Cloudy yellow color. Strong bubblegum aroma, with plenty of citrus hop character. Very interesting flavors, sweet wheat and banana. Impressive hop bitterness. Overall, very interesting and tasty stuff.
Arayaga2 (1769) - portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy yellow with huge white head. Intense hop and spice aroma is strong enough to make me cough, but also has delicate pineapple undertones. Taste is intense as well, and singes my palate with cloves and massive amounts of resinous dry hops. Vastly different from the Schneider version.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 30, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Source: Brewfest, Asheville
opaque yellow? lasting dense white head, lots of drippy lace,
spicy sweet banana aroma,
lots of sweet banana flavor, well balanced by a pepperyspicy clove character with a light bitterness,
the great spicy character makes this beer
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 15/20
lovibond (115) - New York, USA - SEP 27, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The Weisse part really works, with familiar clove and banana, but clashes with the assertive nature of the hops. The amount of hop presence is part of the problem here; the type of hops is another. I’m sure my personal preference is another. Still, I have to hand it to Mr Oliver to get Schneider to participate in a great experiment.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - SEP 26, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours out a nice straw color with large white head. Aroma had some clove, citrus to it. flavor was fantasitc. I was completely taken off guard by the beer. Lots of yeast and spice. Had no idea this brew was near 8%. Fantastic job!!