YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2006
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Cloudy amber with small white head and lots of particles swimming around. Aroma was of a damp forest, some apple, bits of old wheat. Medium bodied. Very earthy flavor. Too much so. Perhaps past its prime.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 13, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of ClarkVV (if you ever need an organ, Clark, you’ve earned your pick.) Muddy, completely cloudy and caramel-orangish-brown in color with a creamy, fluffy, whipped khaki head. Fresh bakery bread, cloves, jaded pepper and flour-dusted potato rolls conjure up the main aroma contributions while a mild background accent of countertop coriander cackles in the rear. Lemon spray over hardened sourdough crust registers first for flavor. Strange crested pils malt lends a bite while gardenias and a small floral hop presence transfer its qualities to a greener rendition. Husky and musky, with thyme and coriander subconsciously scratching away. Creamy effervescence is perfect, but there’s a soapy citric shine in its recession. Interesting malt bill and perhaps an ill-selected hop schedule. Flower petals, starch, linen spray and crusty baguettes bring things to a close. Not the brewery’s finest hour, but still an honest rendition.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 9, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle courtesy of SuIIy: Pours a lightly effervescent copper bronze with a pillowy, well-lacing off-white head. Aroma of soft buttery malted wheat with a touch of oxidation. Starts with a thin, semi-sweet bready maltiness with a faded hint of coriander and citrus. Finishes thin, dry and with some lingering black pepper. Pretty interesting brew, but most likely past its prime.
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 2, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with Sully, thanks Mike!) Received this retired gem yesterday, drinking it today. Wow, if all "Summer Wheat" beers looked like this, I might like the style a lot more. But I have to think this this bottle has seen significant aging, probably over 18 months, as it tastes and smells fairly woodsy and earthy, slightly oxidized. No way a summer wheat should be earthy like this. A mild wheat base peeks out from under the long-fallen trees. Moderate apple skin is the other significant flavor here. Not getting much in the way of spiciness, maybe a tad of pepper. Body is light-medium and carbonation is very good. Very cloudy, dark golden color, made even murkier by significant particles of all sizes, and there is plenty more where that came from (i.e., the bottom of the bottle). Tall, bubbly, off-white head rises to nearly an inch, taking many minutes to settle to a wide ring. Patchy lacing is deposited on the glass. It’s decent, but only because I tend to like some earthiness in my beers, though the apple skin flavor gets on my nerves after awhile. But if I were buying beer at a package store and bought a sixer of this because I was craving a summer wheat, I would be bitterly disappointed when I opened the first bottle.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Pours a dark orangish/ligh tamber color with a white frothy head and lots of bubbles zoomin to the top. Lodas of miniscule sediment swirls around the bottom of the glass. Nose is very sweet and malty, lightly spicy, soem cherrys and apples are involved. A very ful body that finishes with some fizziness int eh back of the throat. Some dried sweet fruits, apricots, apples, lightly malty, sticky finish on the palate.
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 8, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap: Golden thick haze with awesome lacing and aroma. Had at the brewery, very fresh, and very refresing. Starts with banana and clove, hints of lavender and spice, some bitter hits you on the way down. One of the most refreshing whit’s i think i’ve had, an excellent brew anytime of the year.!!
jtw (1150) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
not a particularly white witbier, but has an attractive short-lived white frothy head. sweet and spicy aroma, some citrus and yeast. very dry. nice neutral flavor, very soft--but that means that there isn’t that much to it. still a good summer drink even though it’s currently winter...
mackg2 (3) - Milan, Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2004 does not count
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Darker Amber than I’m used to seeing in a wheat beer. Big head that didn’t stick around long.Good lace. Yeasty, spicy, nicely bitter. Nice dry finish. Good wit.
ClarkVV (5137) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 6, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2003 bottle. Wow, had no idea this was supposed to be a wit. Taste seemed to have some pale malt in it, light hops, a dry straw-like flavor and not much else. Good color, just a pretty neutral amber-yellow. Bottle conditioned, lightly spicy, grassy aroma. Pretty basic, but still enjoyable during the summer.
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber hue with large frothy head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of wheat, lemongrass, orange zest, coriander, star anise, and floral hops. The taste is citric and lemony at the start with a yeasty background. Picked up some bitterness and spice tones towards the finish. The monuthfeel is lively and refreshing but does have a dryness about it when done. Overall, a good summer wheat, different than some within it’s genre, refreshing.