JMerritt (1931) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampled at Clybourn brewpub. Yellow, mildly cloudy with a medium-sized white head that is mostly diminishing. Light banana, clove and lemon aroma, very difficult to distinguish. Grainy, rye flavor is definitely heavy on the cereal grains. An aptly named beer, yet disappointing.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 21, 2003
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draught: Dangerously light yellow, with a slight musty scent in the air and maybe some wood chips. A beer for those looking for fizzy water, with a the possiblity of alcohol.
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 25, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
A blander-styled American Wheat...nobody quite knows what to do with this wide-open-for-interpretation style. Yellow, slightly hazy with a hoppy citric nose. Lightbodies and thin, grainy malt is barely there, but a nice orange-peel hoppy end quenches my thirst! This style as a whole is pretty weak.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2003
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
A hazy lemon-juice yellow with a small head. The aroma is mostly non-existent, but does provide slight glimpses of mediocrity. The flavor does have some malt acting as a backbone. Partially wheat and partially grain, I didn't really get a whole lot from this. The end does have a strong hop finish, reminiscent of the Gumballhead, but it without the depth of character. A Goose Island beer crafted for the masses, if even them.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Kind of picking up where Oberon or Sierra Nevada leads in "American Wheat". Relatively thin malt profile, with a bit of tanginess from the wheat, covered with a blast of citric hops that seemed ham-fisted to me. But then, I'm not a lover of Oberon either.
BBB63 (6527) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 28, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Wrigleyville: A new wheat beer from the Goose, it's not a hefe but more like an American but still not that either. A British wheat? The beer had a hazy golden hue but no head. The aroma was fruity and lemony but no banana and only slight spice. The hop character seems to be based on fuggles or another British hop. Some grain and honey notes. The taste was clean and crisp with a mild bitterness and slight spice undertone. The wheat is hardly noticeable until the twangy and acidic finish. The mouthfeel is thin and fizzy. Okay unfiltered beer, not really sure what Goose Island was attempting here.