JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 26, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours hazy golden with light white head. Faint citrus aroma, but not much else. Flavor is smooth but lacking.
Strykzone (4478) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2006
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Not a lot of aroma but what there is seems to be mostly cloves. This beer is advertised as unfiltered but is much more clear than other unfiltered offerings. Mouthfeel is somewhat syrupy but it is quite dry in taste. There is a hint of banana but also some soap that gives an unpleasant bite. Perhaps just a hint of sweet citrus is evident, but not very much. Some lemon can also be found. I love wheat beers but was disappointed by this one. It comes from a great brewer, too which adds to the disappointment.
troyc (2214) - Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Tap) Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a small amount of white head. Smooth flavor, with mild citrus notes and a little bit of wheat mixed in. Light in mouthfeel and charactor. Overall, not a bad beer, but not as good as I expected.
SGTHibbert (100) - Perry, Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice deep golden color. Nose of cookies and grain. Light citrus. Moderate dough and soap. Very light hints of banana and honey. Not bad but not good. Decent wheat beer but I think Boulevard does it better.
brewhan (14) - USA - DEC 20, 2006
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Starts nicely if you let it sit for about 3 seconds, but I agree that it feels somewhat lacking in body as if it were watered-down.
valpoaj (613) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2006
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a bright white cloudy head with a characteristic wheat body. Aroma is somewhat odd...not necessarily pleasant, but not really bad either. Nice on the palate with a nice, smooth finish, but the flavor is somewhat lacking, with an empty feel to the brew. A light fruity flavor, particularly lemony, is evident, but overall, this beer was hollow and lacked any distinguishable trait...somewhat of a disappointment
hotstuff (3953) - Indiana, USA - DEC 16, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at Pier 32 in Hamilton, IN. Marked best when consumed by 022107. Poured a very small off-white head that quickly dissipated, sparse lacing, visible carbonation, slightly cloudy, and a yellow hue. Nose was sweet, wheat, spicy, hops, fruity, and crisp. Flavor was sweet, thin, wheat, spicy, some maltiness, and a little bit fruity. Fairly smooth mouthfeel and a bit thin. Light body. A so-so brew.
redlem (1296) - Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2006
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
How about 411, have you seen a flavorful wheat beer? Not here. I suppose the "urban" quality just ran over any of the farmhouse feel to this style but this was just aweful. Never been a fan of GI but this was just bad.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy pale golden color. Smallish white head that settles. Aroma is wheat, lemon, straw, floral. Taste is lemon, wheat, spice, floral. Palate is light with decent carbonation. Mediocre.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2006
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This was on-tap at the last hotel I stayed at when visiting Chicago.
Appearance was an odd semi-transparent appearance. It was only a bit cloudy and still transparent. Usually, it seems beer commits to either being cloudy or clear and sparkling. This one seems to straddle that line, which is not extremely endearing.
The beer came with an orange garnish, which seemed to dissipate the head.
Odor was mild and slightly sweet, possibly due to the orange slice.
I discarded the orange garnish, but the beer still tasted sweet with an artificial citrus sweetness reminsicent of Blue Moon Belgian White Ale. It seemed almost like the orange slice was meant to explain this chemical artificiality, although my orange slice never got close to my beer. Other than this unpleasant citrus astringency, the beer was OK.
I don’t plan on having this again. Honker’s Ale and the Christmas beer from Goose Island are much, much better.