thirdeye11 (5343) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(750ml bottle thanks to bu11zeye) hazy medium gold, effervescent, fine creamy white bubbles. Nose of wheat, muscat grapes, white wine. Taste of white wine, muscat grapes, wheat, well carbonated, medium thick body and sort of tart, but not like a sour.
Trev (1777) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Medium gold/orange pour with a thick bubbly head.
aroma is a bit too sweet. Malty bordering on caramel, lemony and tropical fruit. yeasty, clove spice and banana. Impressions of a too sweet smelling strong wheat beer so far.
The tartness is downplayed quite a bit in the flavour. Just a hint of that tartness behind malted wheat, light estery fruit, and spice. I think amping this up into an imperial verison of a Berliner definitely failed for me. Not nearly tart enough to be considered a Berliner. Might have been more lenient on it if they had just aimed for a weizenbock or something like that.
TheAlum (4989) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
750 ml bottle from Binnys Marcy (Chicago, IL). Pours a rich glowing golden orange hue, healthy glow and lively carbonation. A cakey whitish head sits atop, sticks around as a layer and laces ok overall. Lively carbonation, firm haze and inviting glow. Aromas are tart sour mash, lactobacillus, lemons and dust. Flaked wheat, bready malts, and touches of yogurt. A more vibrant lemony and orange aroma starts to grow as it warms, firm sourness on the front. Lactic, yogurt, and dry bready grainy malts, mellow sweetness swept up into a sufficiently citrusy sour nose. Simple yet inviting. Initial is medium bodied, a bit thicker and sweeter up front presenting some estery fruit, apple and touches of banana. A yeasty dryness, grainy bready, straw and dry grass. Mellow spice, gentle pear, light touches of tartness hit the palate, a firm kick of sweetness, straw, and estery fruit. Middle is a bit thick and more in line with a wheaty beer, lacking a stronger tart kick, remaining a bit sweet, malty, with some flashes of dryness. Backend offers yogurt, spicy yeast, and flaked wheat and estery fruit. Lacks the refreshing sourness and lighter easily drinkable body Iíd want. Perhaps some time will do it good, but it shouldnít be drank right now.. Itís mildy tart with more defining bigger wheat ale characterstics, estery fruit, spice, and dryness, flaked wheat elements and some thicker body in there. Nose wasnít bad, but the beer falls well short of the goal it set for itself. Itís not a bad beer, but itís just much different than expected.
jtclockwork (6256) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 10, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours cloudy yellow orange. White head. Nose/taste of banana, sour wheat malt, yeast and citrus. Mild acidity. Heavily carbonated. Lighter bodied. Finishes with banana and lightly soured citrus.
Ratman197 (8516) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml bottle poured a hazy gold with a lingering ring of white foam. Aromas of wheat, lemon, light earthiness and light yeast. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of wheat, yeast and citrus with a smooth citrus finish.
jcnielsen (1329) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUN 5, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy golden-orange with white head. Lemon, wheat, corn aromas. Lemon, citrus, wheat, and yeasty flavors. Not very sour or acidic, more of a sweet, citrusy wheat. I was very underwhelmed by this beer.
arminjewell (5231) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 4, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pour out of 750 mL bottle is hazy orange with fluffy white head, aroma has notes of sour grain, corn, slight funk, dirty basement notes, some fruity off notes as well. Taste is sweet white grape, some earth, biscuit, bread, some slight pear and peach, finishing sweet. Definitely no part of this is sour...more like a belgian ale that is sweet.
portableparty (1880) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 4, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2012 bottle. Pours pale gold amber color with a white soapy head that settles to a thin bubbly film. Aroma has strong notes of malt banana and clove with a subtle lemon scent. Taste has subtle lemon tartness and then the malt and banana show through greatly with some spice of clove and yeast and bread. Palate is medium and slick with a chalky dry finish. Pretty refreshing, but a little to malty to be a go to Berliner Weisse.
Travlr (9944) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 4, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow, terrific ideat o bring a berliner weisse to a festival on a hot summer day. Draft at the 18th Mountain Brewers fest. Cloudy yellow color, thick white head, solid lacing. Aroma of seawater and lemon. Taste is light lemon, salt, white bread. Really nice. Closer to a gose than a berliner.
poisoneddwarf (1483) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - JUN 3, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2013 Initial rating from 6/3/12: 750 ml 2012 bottle. Aroma is doughy, sour funk--smells a bit like sour raspberry jam. Pours cloudy cantaloupe with a medium white collapsing head. Tastes like a German Hefe more than anything. It starts out sweet before becoming only faintly tart and finishing dry and meaty. There are flavors of clove and white wine. Itís a tasty beer if nothing like a Berliner Weisse or a sour/wild ale. Re-think: beer seems to deteriorate after sitting in the glass for awhile; loses carbonation. The lacto comes more to the forefront, making it more in line with an average-to-boring sour. I wish I had another bottle to age, because this could end up improving after a year or more. 7,3,7,3,15=3.5
I wanted to see how this aged, so here we go again. I wasnít too impressed when it was fresh so I got another bottle shortly after my initial rating, hoping it would get better with age. 750 ml bottle pours hazy cantaloupe with a medium collapsing off-white head. Aroma is doughy, a little lemony. Taste starts out a little sweet with strong Bavarian yeast notes of clove and banana before turning lightly tart; finishes dry and a little bitter. Body is thin, carbonation high. This didnít get any better. I seem less impressed than I did the first go around. Itís not bad, and I can see where they were going with this, but itís just not that impressive. 6,3,7,3,15=3.4