highlandlad (1431) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - DEC 30, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From memory, this was easily the best of the African beers at the Sydney Xmas ding-dong. A surfeit of crap Australian wheat beers has rather turned me off these styles, but this was a classic German hefe by any measure. Cloudy lemon colour, short head. Typical hefe nose of wheat yeast and bananas.
Very refreshing, a little tart, with the usual bananas and cloves. (Bottle, Sydney RateBeer Xmas gathering 2005)
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sydney thingo. I liked this one a lot. Very pale. An intensely clovey, lemony aroma with a reasonable tartness and some yeasty flavour in the best way. Great lively mouthfeeI. I thought it was somewhat different to the Bavarian stuff - specifically I thought this had a lot less malt character - but it’s unique and brilliant in its own way. Yum.
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - DEC 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I used to avoid rthese beers in the past but a number of pleasurable experiences have turned me around somewhat. This presents as expected with a hazy light golden body and small ead. The nose is quite a diversion from the numerous hoppy styles had on the night, typical cloviness and big banana esters. The wheatiness of this beer is quite prominent and balances beautifully with the citric and spicy flavours. Thanks Per, gor this and many others.
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (RB Sydney XMASG ’05): One of the highlights of the gathering. Cloudy pale gold with a small oily head. Classic Hefe aromas; smokey, clove laden, a little banana, a touch of ham, and some exquisite lemony herbs and floral notes. In the mouth this sang beautiful, yet very simple harmonies; lemony wheat paired with bursting juicy sweet grains; spicy wheat malts paired with a frangipanni lemon fruits. Simple and soulful. Delicious.
eczematic (1321) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - DEC 21, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
RBsydneyXMASG ’05 - in a way this was my favourite of the night, even though we had a ton of big fat beers that can obscure the simple pleasures of a good hefe. big banana aroma, creamy, grainy, bready in the mouth, with a delicious touch of acidity in the finish. really well made, authentically bavarian tasting stuff. thanks per!
omhper (20448) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught in Glenfair, Pretoria.
Hazy yellow rich lively head. Estery banana aroma. Medium dry with crisp soft mouthfeel. Refreshing and well balanced - the estery yeast character is kept under control by the somewhat bready maltiness. A class act!
Krasulak (88) - Wapadrand, Pretoria, SOUTH AFRICA - MAR 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2006 Straw yellow, cloudy with large white head. Good head retention. Aroma of light bread and grain malt, yeasty dough, banana and light clove. Light malt flavour somewhat acidic with hints of banana and cloves. Very light hop bitterness. Finish is fresh , lightly acidic with just a hint of bitterness. Light body, watery texture and lively carbonation. A very good hefeweizen , maybe not quite as good as ol’ Franzy (Franziskaner Hefe Weissbier) but easly beats Erdinger.