beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 23, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On-tap at the brewpub: Cloudy straw yellow with a pale glow about it, medium white foamy head is adorning the top and holds for a good long while before fading to a slim coating of whipped foam and bubbles. Lacing is minimal with some light strings.
Aroma is all about the fresh wheat tang with this one. Snappy, fresh, and whole-hearted. Seemingly near the aroma of wheat crackers and pretzeled bread.
Taste brings lots of fresh wheaty tang to the table. Substantial flavors of wheat crackers, dry bread, and pretzel-like saltyness. Has a very distinct dryness to its character thats really nice and finishes with favorable herbs and spices dusted in with bread crusts. Comes across more like a really super nice Czech Pilsner then a Wit as there is very little to nothing of lemon, orange, or corriander thats usually associated with the style. But that didn’t bother me one bit as it is fairly strong in its wheaty tangyness, almost bringing its own fruityness within. Quite an interesting approach and is good none-the-less.
Feel is about medium with a nice wheat tang to its overall body, drys out moderately while holding its own delicate carbonation.
A very nice beer here. Perhaps a bit off-style, but I’m putting that aside as it suits me just fine. Drinkable by leaps and bounds compared to alot of past GW brews that were always coming up short in the smell, taste, and body department. A sign of things to come as the new brewer is well on his way to keeping up with the taste trends of the brew enthused. Looking forward to more.
badgerben (4535) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 14, 2005
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Hazy yellow color with a medium head. Very pungent aroma of corriander, lavender and wheat. As much as it smelled nice, the taste mixture was not kosher. The corriander overloaded the wheat to a bad degree. Too bitter and lacking in the needed wheat character. Good try, but no.