GarrettB (1220) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 15, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Summer 2011 - Dry Dock holds a special place in my heart. When I evacuated Japan after the 2011 earthquake, Colorado was where I returned, it being home and a refuge with family support networks. And Dry Dock was a surprisingly important part of that. It’s where I went with friends to shake off the the general stress of a summer spent like a ship listing to port. I had momentum, but it was taking me in circles. Dry Dock reminded me why I enjoyed beer culture and breweries - good people, experimental brews, and fascinating variance in the beer itself. I premise this by saying this is a negative review, and that there is a positive review coming. The first time I had Dry Dock Brewery’s Hefeweizen, it was from a bottle and spent over an especially heated board game. I didn’t like what I had. The second time I had their Hefe it was fresh from the tap, and was a totally different brew. Today I’m writing about that first go - insipid and flat. There was very little head, and the beer poured a dark tapioca, almost like an aged cedar plank brown. I should have suspected that the bottle was bad, but I lowered my nose anyway. There I found a thick aroma full of corn tortilla, light pepper notes and cracked wheat, but not much else. The carbonation felt appropriate on the first few tastes, but grew limpid later as I tried to reconcile the faint flavors with the mouthfeel. Soft overripe banana, a mid-taste shudder of hops and a light astringency delivered their flavor, and then hurried out the door, leaving almost no aftertaste, and no satisfaction. Admittedly, this was a bad beer, and it turned me off of Dry Dock. It was my first beer with them, and I had high expectations that this would be ideal for a summer board game session. It was only later when I took a trip to the brewery proper that I was able to recognize how good Dry Dock really is.
puboflyons (2537) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the 22 fl. oz. bottle. The pour was a hazy pale yellow with a large foamy white head and considerable carbonation. The nose pleasantly wheat-filled with banana and citrus zest. The body is light and smooth. The taste is a fine example of a Hefe with crisp wheat, yeast, banana and a low bitterness. I liked it.
Steve_0 (3346) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2013 On tap at Rackhouse with friends. Poured hazy orange in appearance with a fluffy white head and great lacing. Sweet bananas, biscuit, big bubblegum, lemon zest, biscuit, citrus, and wheat in the aroma. Taste is spice, banana, clove, yeasty, a touch of sweet malt, biscuit, hay, bubblegum, fresh melon, honeydew, melon peel, and dough. Medium body with high carbonation. Damn decent hefe and a lot better than I remember it. Nice stuff!
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Dry Dock. Hazy golden. Clove, wheat, banana, and a bit of bubblegum. Awesome.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUN 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Rating #37. Hazy dark yellow pour. Sweet banana aroma, light spice. Mild flavor, more banana and wheat. Nice stuff, good drinker. (2406)
sonnycheeba (4232) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours hazy, pale yellow with thick, fizzy white head; short retention and decent lacing. Aroma is bananas, herbs, straw malt, lemon, faint grassy hops, and biscuit malt. Flavor is malt forward with good supporting citrus esters and minimal hops; dry finish. Light body, medium carbonation, and low warmth.
Cwrw42 (29) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 18, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A good example of the style, my sample (bomber) was cloudy and had enough colour to it to suggest the presence of a little dark munich or crystal malt. He nose had the expected and desired banana and clove characters indicating that a true bavarian yeast was used. Mouth feel was appropriate, bready yet refreshing with a nice malt balance. Eminantly drinkable, easily passes the four pint test and one I will come back to.
Great summer beer - would pair well with grilled fish, seafood and salads.
peteinSD (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Scott - thanks! Clear, slightly glowing yellow pour with some haze and a large and frothy white head. Aroma is banana, clove, clean wheat, and a bit of underlying spice. Taste is clean banana/clove up front followed by light wheat and some spice (pepper? no. something else) into the finish. Light and spritzy mouthfeel. Nice hefe.
ads135 (3357) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - APR 22, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Better than average hefe. Typical hefe, but less watery. Has hints of banana, spices, and, of course, wheat. Tried at the brewery on my way to New Mexico.
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - MAR 18, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz bottle: poured a hazy banana yellow with a little white head and moderately streaming carbonation. Mild yeasty aroma and banana esters. Nice aroma. Mild banana notes with a bit of cloves in the flavor. Slightly watery finish. Decent.