skoisirius (1882) - Earth, Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
You know, I’m normally not big on American Wheats, but this brew actually fulfilled the flavor department enough for me to actually dig this style! Nice work gentleman. Lots of sweet sugary like malts on the nose, transfers into the body of the beer, and then you’re blasted with a firm hit of wheat in the finish, which sizzles on the tongue lightly for a moment, before subduing to make you want another sip. Finally, someone does it right!
omhper (21892) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught at Vino Versato, Pismo Beach, CA. Cloudy golden, creamy head. Fairly sweet with an aroma of sugared banana. Medium bodied with rounded, creamy mouthfeel, Persistnt but light banana flavour.Low bitterness. Tasty, but on the sweet side.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUL 25, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle, though I had a couple pints on draught back in the spring when it came out. To be honest off the bat, I haven’t particularly cared for it either time, though for different reasons. The spicing turned me off back then, as did the sweetness and generous body for a summer refresher. This time, it’s flat and dead on the palate, with not nearly enough carbonation to get the sticky, heavy wheat texture from coating your mouth. The aroma is very yeasty, but more actual yeast than phenols or esters, though there is still some spice and vague fruit. The flavor has some melon rind, light clove and cinnamon, and light stone fruit. Very light hops and a lingering sweet finish. I see some saison elements mixed in with wit or weizen or something, but the blend and execution just isn’t really there. I know that Matt is better than this, so I can only assume that he wasn’t in complete control here, or got pushed out of his comfort zone. Lil’ Opal was a great summer session beer, but the heaviness of this, coupled with it’s higher alcohol and weird mix of flavors really kills its function as a summer beer or anytime beer for that matter. I have to be this critical of a Firestone beer as I have a huge amount of respect for them, but I really hope this gets replaced or overhauled next year.
beerbill (3575) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle courtesy of a trade with joeneugs. Usually as August approaches I’m pretty tired of wheat beers. This beer was a happy exception. Pours a cloudy gold with a thin-moderate linen white head that evaporated before the first sip. Pleasant aroma of malt and lemon. The flavor is malt with a bit of sweetness to it along with lemon that likewise was just a tad sweet. Fairly smooth mouthfeel. Medium bodied. A solid choice for a summer ale.
GT2 (9412) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUL 9, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
355mL. Poured a clear yellow with really no head. Aroma is a bit urine, a bit vegetal. Taste is somewhat spiced, some unflaked malt, lager graininess, honey. Not very good.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 7, 2010
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Overall, this beer was terrible, it was about as vile a beer as they come. I’ll avoid it like the plague form now on. tastes like a grainy butthole.
boFNjackson (4192) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 3, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Poured hazy, golden, with a white head. Crisp, refreshing, very sweet. Tones of honey, tangerine-like citrus. Quite floral with a malty backing. Also a yeast tanginess.
mar (5064) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. yellow pour with a white head. nose is wheat, lemon, and clove. decent on the palate, flavor is wheaty, light clove, and lemon.
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 1, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden hazy pour with a moderate white head, falls fairly quick. Smells of citrus, grass, spice, clove, light sweet toastiness. Smells a little better than it tastes. Little bit of overripe banana on the flavor, more clove and spice, citrus and juicy tropical fruit, herbal and grassy notes. Doesn’t really fit together very well, somehow.
zdk9 (183) - Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12oz bottle thanks to bu11zeye) Sweet citrusy and yeasty aroma. Super hazy yellow color with a slight green twinge. Bitter with a bit of vegetalness. Not as yeast in the taste.