steerpike (28) - Greenfield, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 15, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A medium yellow color, cloudy but not very cloudy for a hefe. Medium full head. Light wheat malt aroma. Subtle wheat malt and bananas interplay with a wee bit of bitter hops. Very sweet without the balancing yeasty, sharp, peppery bite I prefer in a perfect hefe. Merely average.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 13, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a hazy yellow color with a thick creamy white head. Aroma of wheat with very weak bananas. Flavor of wheat and bananas. Light to medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. It’s very average.
MoritzF (8590) - Bochum, GERMANY - JUL 12, 2005
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
(bottle) Cloudy yellow colour with a large white foam. Not much aroma but some yeasty and citric elements. Taste of wheat bread but very average, short and slightly fruity finish. Drinkable but boring.
ElGaucho (2240) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUL 10, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dry, lagerish aroma with faint wheat. Only becomes more odorous when the yeast is poured in from the bottom of the glass, making it smell like doughy wheat. Color is initially hazy gold, but becomes a little darker when the yeast is poured in. Very large pillowy white head. Served in a Carlsberg pilsner glass which likely accentuated the head on the pour. Tons of bubbles rushing to the top of the glass, reminiscent of champagne. Flavor is disappointing. Smooth and somewhat doughy, but doesn’t exert itself enough. Despite all the visible carbonation, the mouthfeel is only softly carbonated. Just really too blah to be memorable. However, this is probably a good transitional beer for somebody whose never had weissbiers, and although flavorwise this brew tastes almost as much like a lager than a weissbier, it is significantly better than the average pale lager. A thought just came to mind. Will brewers like Erdinger Weissbrau read our reviews and discover that their weissbier is only average and therefore tweak the recipe? If so, over the next 5-10 years we really could see a quality surge in beer.
Lubiere (10488) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy blonde with a thick creamy white head which persists. Light wheaty malt aroma with none of the banana/cloves notes associated with weizen. In mouth, this is more of a malty fruity taste with faint bananas. Decent medium bodied. The weakest of the LCBO weizen release (summer 2005).
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUL 10, 2005
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2005 Though this beer seems catered to an American audience, there remain enough classic elements to give it something approaching a recommendation. This beer has wheat cloudiness but instead of the typical tan-yellow it has a decidedly golden tint (opaque nonetheless). Aroma is SADly like a cheap corn-based malt liquor/pale lager -- how did this come about?! Luckily the flavor has more to speak of, with lots of yeast and a good malt backdrop; still, the pale lager comparison sticks somewhat. But overall not a bad choice at $2.50 per bottle. What can I say, it beats most ... American inner-city malt liquors ... by a mile.
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 9, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Very cloudy gold with a large white head. Looks good! Golden malt aromas with restrained wheat and background floral notes with a touch of fennel. Sweet honey-like wheat flavours with some faint spicyness and citrussy hop notes and echos of banana. Nice, easy, and refreshing, though without any of the complexity and presence of the greater Hefe’s. Nice work nonetheless.
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
A Mes rate:
I’m only drinking this as it was all i could get that was decent. Poor show huh? Standard white. Nose is slighty mouldy and not particularly pleasing. Flavour is pretty much more of the same. In fact there is not much flavour at all. Leaves a thick feeling in the mouth. Erm... there are MUCH better whites than this...
harrisoni (14141) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Westgate Wetherspoons Canterbury. The flavours are not as strong as other wheat beers, but it looks the part with a cloudy golden colour and a thick white head. Slight citrus, a bit of banana and a bit of yeasty spiciness, but otherwise very refreshing
nicholai (100) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 5, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottled. Pours earthy brown, dark and hazy with a foamy tan head. The smell suggests sweet hops and malt. Oddly enough, in the taste I find some almonds, with other sweet and familiar but elusive flavors.