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RATINGS: 6   MEAN: 3.72/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   ABV: -
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Combining the fruity, spicy character of a Hefe Weizen and the hoppy citrus of an American Pale Ale. Yet another hybrid in the ever evolving brewing landscape. Served unfiltered.
OG 14.3P. 35 IBUs.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - OCT 24, 2009
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a cloudy straw with a creamy white head. The nose is of bright, "green" citric and sprucy/spicy hops with lighter hefe yeast notes (banana and clove) and a wheat backing. Light-bodied and moderately carbonated with an interesting wheaty and bitter finish. A soft wheat body with the same solid American hop notes found on the nose overriding the more subtle yeasty esters that try and fail to assert themselves. This is an interesting hybrid. It delivers the hops of a solid APA with the lighter body and quaffability of a hefeweizen.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemattie (4117) - Georgia, USA - SEP 19, 2009
Tap @ Free State. Clear golden color. Big citrus flavor, sweet wheat malt. Dry finish. Lemon and grapefruit. Lots of wheat malt and honey flavors. Awesome citrus. My favorite so far from Free State.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (2359) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2009
A few shakers at the brewpub. While I love the idea of a hoppy hefe brew this did not live up to other takes on the style but still decent stuff. Clear golden color with a lightly sticky lacing. Aroma is thick sweet esters with an herbal hoppiness muddled up through the esters. Plenty of sweet banana. Flavor is similar with lots of esters and muddled up hops. I would like the hops and esters to be differentiated a bit more without losing the strength of each.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (3175) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - AUG 31, 2009
Growler filled Thursday, drank the afternoon of the following Sunday. Pour is hazed golden yellow with a thick one inch white head. Nice full lacing left behind as the head falls. Aroma if very fresh and full hops - resin, earth, grass, some mild orange peel honey sweetness. Behind the hop is some gentle perfume and wheat. Really fresh, soft, and inviting nose. Taste leads more with grassy wheat, with the resin orange peel hop behind that. The tail end has the earthiness, and some honey bitterness. The finish is mineral, and fades pretty fast. It is also not terribly clean, tastes "brew pubby" if that makes any sense. The taste really does not have the depth and softness of the nose, but is still nice. Palate is medium bodied, mid to low carbonation. Nice one, thanks for driving this from Lawrence for me Eugene. Fun beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2591) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 27, 2009
Draft at the brewpub. Pleasant Weizen aroma, with apparent cloves, spice, lemon citrus, grainy wheat, faint honeyish sweetness, along with a touch of American hop character. Hazy medium golden color with a lasting, fine head. Flavor is a good blend of the two styles indeed, with the Weizen up front and the Pale Ale on the finish. Simcoe notes come through amidst the sweetness, citrus, banana and spiciness, with a moderate degree of bitterness, finishing dry and refreshing. Thoroughly drinkable with a moderate amount of carbonation and a light-medium body. Really quite nice on a summer night, and a good blend.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2009 Re-rate after a little too good of a first experience. On tap at the brewpub. Pours a cloudy, orange body with a finger-width, dense and frothy, white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a glassful of sticky lacing. Aroma is definitely a mix between a hefe and a pale ale. The hefe part immediately jumps out at me with plenty of clove and wheat as well as a soft banana, lavender, ginger spice. The pale ale side of this is a bit lighter, but there is still a noticable citrus orange backing. The flavor is just like the aroma, but a little better. The hefe part takes up the initial flavor, but the citrus bitterness quickly comes in and is ever-present making this very tasty. Smooth wheats up front before a creamy banana, medium bitter citrus orange guides this to a dry finish. More of that clove, ginger, and lavender in the middle as well as a honey sweetness. Lots of citrus, wheat, creamy banana in the aftertaste that lasts for quite awhile. Medium bodied and creamy. Overall, despite initially giving this a slightly higher score and probably over-reacting (buzzed?), the second time around was still as enjoyable. I took a few points off, but this was still impressive none-the-less.


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