jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - JUL 28, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Aroma is sweet and fruity like brown bananas. Hazy, beige head, good lace. Sweet, light bitter and surprisingly hints of licorice. Smooth and alcoholic.
Quinten (1060) - zaandam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 21, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Darkly amber misty color, foamy head, Palate is slightly thin and flavours aren’t as complex as Aventinus. Smooth and fruity and a reasonable option if the big A isn’t available
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUL 14, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark body, blackish, yet thin looking. Head is toasted white bread and long-lasting, thick head. Smells of robust hops, polite chocolate malt. Taste is large, sweet medium-thick palate. Carbonated, toffee, caramel, a little bitterness to go with sweetness, grapes, agridulce as they say in Spanish. Wonderful roasted malt characteristics and lingering froth, well-made beer. Purchased at Supermercado Haas in Cochabamba, Bolivia.
Rune (11120) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUL 6, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
500ml bottle in an Erdinger World Cup glass at Blå Rock Cafe in Tromsø while watching France vs Portugal on TV. Cloudy, reddish brown in colour topped with a small, but lasting brownish head. Aroma of wheat and dark chocolate. The flavour combines lots of sweet, roasted malts with an yeasty backbone. Medium bodied and dry mouthfeel. A bit too carbonated. OK.
thewolf (12078) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Great dark brown colour with thick beige head. The aromas are limited,, mostly a caramel tone. It has low carbonation with good creamy texture. The taste is caramel that is roasted, lending some bitterness from that.
turbothy (1141) - Bonn, GERMANY - JUN 26, 2006
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a murky brown. Very fizzy and not very palatable for me. Give me a Weizen or give me a Bock, but don’t mix them, dagnabbit!
Nicko (223) - Ashfield, AUSTRALIA - JUN 24, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Smooth dark brown pour, with great tan head. Not-too-sweet flavour with a lovely creamy texture. Buy me again!
gunnfryd (14115) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 21, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is dry fruit and malt. Flavour is malt, hidden banana and light roasted caramel.
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - JUN 20, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy rootbeer brown with a massive tan head that refuses to dissipate. Aroma is yeasty, malty, and nutty with hints of brown sugar and cloves. Very good flavor - excellent balance. While it’s not very complex, I’m glad it’s not overpoweringly sweet like most dark bocks. There is just the right amount of malt sugars to balance the hops. There is a nice dry finish with only slight bitterness. The mouthfeel isn’t great however - there is a thin, oily texture. But overall, this is a good beer - not great, but it is very smooth, and has a good "traditional" weizen bock flavor.
EithCubes (5616) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2014 Bottle. Muddy chocolate brown pour, lively, with a creamy yellow-tan lacy head. Sweet smell, wheat and yeast, cloves, maybe some kandis, orange peels and grape, spice, hint of alcohol. Tastes yeasty, wheaty, bockily vinous, and medium spicy. Feels smooth, creamy, and a bit oily, warming from the mild alcohol but nothing harsh. Medium-dry finish. Overall, a mild but flavor-packed synthesis, a successful fusion of two (or three) distinct styles. Erdinger does use a bit of its “magic” to dull this – it could have been much sharper – but there’s no point in complaining – they’ve finally given us a good one! [2006.06.20: 4.2]
Have had about a dozen bottles over the years, but here’s a fresh one in the States. Soapier, oilier appearance than I remember from two years ago, with a little more red berry on top of the above. Still has interesting vinous character and strangely complex fruitiness that seems to be hard to find elsewhere -- lots of interesting esters and yeast metabolites, flashes of lots of different kinds of candy. A bit airy, medium body, malt a bit flat and the wheat isn’t really given a chance to shine, and the alcohol seeps and singes despite the sudden flatness, but this really, really hits the sweet spot for me as the third beer of the evening, just enough for the sweet-tooth but dry enough to continue things along smoothly. Still the best in the brewery’s portfolio, meiner Meinung nach, und immer noch empfehlenswert. [2014.11.10: 3.9]