thealeman (6) - Carlton, AUSTRALIA - DEC 3, 2004 does not count
1.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Looks pretty murky. Smelt OK but way too acidic and sourfor my liking. I thought the first one may have had something wrong with it, but after two I thought..I really don’t like this style of beer.
IJT (40) - Carterton, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2004
1.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
I was greatly looking forward to this one, having read that it is one of their best beers, but alas I’ve been let down again.
The beer looked good, being that off white/yellow colour that a wheat beer is, and it had a nice white head. Alas, however, that was the best of it. The beer tasted very sour and tart, quite acidic. It actually tasted alike it had some sort of lactic infection (quite possible), with the end result being a beer that tasted somewhere between a wheat beer, and a really bad lambic beer. It was drinkable, in the sort of way lemon juice is. In fact I can still feel it eating away at my stomach lining, an hour later.
I may try it again one day to see if this was just a one off as I suspect.
Stew41 (1821) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - SEP 26, 2004
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Slightly cloudy and light lemon in the glass. Subdued nose, gives nothing away. Certainly has some ’variatel’ trais in the flavour, a little spice and corriander, but sadly dominated by excessive carbonation. Coudl be very good if the brewery giets the fizz level under control.
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 24, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2005 Bottle: Poured a lovely glowing gold with a medium sized creamy white head that lasted very well and laced all the way. However, what is intended to be an inviting cloudyness ended up being patches of cloud with chunky yeast bits. Aroma was interesting if a bit weak. Bready yeast with cloves and banana notes, with a wheaty foundation. The flavour was stronger but again weak. Spicy, aniseedy background with slight lemony notes and chunky wheat. This filled the mouth nicely, however its general lack of character and presence lost it points in all categories. Needs to be more assertive in its foundational elements. Saying that though this is a nice beer that is refreshing and will quench the thirst.7/2/6/4/13
Re-rate: A little flat in terms of flavour and aroma. Still nice enough but they definitely need to make it more assertive.
Choos (684) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Some hop and spice notes come through the aroma though banana was dominant. Cloudy yellow. Hoppy with some spicey notes. A bit thin.
AlphaOne (142) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 22, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2004 Light cloudy yellow and a fluffy white head. Wheat and citrus come through in the aroma, nice and tart some spicyness. Its quite dry on the palate with tart wheat and citrus. Banana, cloves and coriander are also present.
SimonLarsen (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 28, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Has that cloudy refreshing look about it. Head died fairly quickly and had that great "drink more" lacing. Nice tart smell not that complex though.
Taste is also fairly simple and clean. Strong citrus.
I am giving it some extra karma due to the nature of it being "made here" which I always respect and support if it is a good try. Although pricing it at the same level as the imports I don't approve of.
Winefly (60) - KEW, AUSTRALIA - FEB 13, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
That was better, than the other we tasted from GrandRidge. It was tasty and had a citrus after taste involved somewhere. I liked this one best out of all the brews this brewer has done so far. Remember though I am not a dark beer drinker so they may be good at that! I don't profess to know.
Trogdor (196) - Cairns, AUSTRALIA - DEC 14, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2004 tart, wheaty aroma, slightly winey/cidery.
cloudy, light golden colour with small/medium head, high carbonation.
tart/sour wheat and lightly biscuity slightly winey finishing with light cascade hop flavour.
sour, dry and tart.
CQC (224) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 14, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Mostly it's got a bit of a false,plasticy aftertaste. That kinda killed it for me. It has the promise of a decent wheat beer with a quality aroma... but fails to deliver that alcoholic warmth. It's smooth, lemon,very bubbly and a bit sweet. Keep trying Austrlia.