KapitiCritique (345) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - JAN 28, 2010
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
This is only vaguely what the others seem to have rated. Might have been altered in the interim. Head is almost like a carbonated soft drink but rather more firm—and last only a bit longer. Fruity nose—you know it is probably a weizen (German kristall maybe but definitely not dunkel?) and not a substantial one. Semi sweet—could be considered rather sweet. No real substance or body to speak of. On a summer’s day it would be OK for a light drink but is this really beer? Well it has about 5% abv but I would have sworn it was a weizen that had been cut with 7-UP.
bozoNZ (719) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 8, 2010
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
500ml bottle. Copper black, head thins pretty quick. Maybe this hasn’t aged well? Banana esters now dominated by pears although the bananas are still around, not much chocolate and only very light char notes. If blind I wouldn’t pick it as dark. Some wheat notes but its starting to get a bit acetic/soapy and washed out. Wil try again if there’s a new batch later in the year.
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 7, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark black in colour with toffee cloured head. Mild hint of chocloate, smooth mouthfeel.
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. I enjoyed this immensely - certainly somethign different from Green Man. Has everything you expect from a Dunkelweizen, with the banana and spice, along with just a faint hint of chocolate. But there was also a strong ashen-like quality that set off the palate perfectly for me. Well done.
DuffMan (6153) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 13, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, purchased at the Thirsty Bloke in Christchurch. The cap is an ad for the upcoming Brew NZ festival in August, so I wonder if this was brewed specifically for the event. Anyway, it pours a clear copper brown with a medium brown head that settles quickly. Aroma is predominantly estery banana at the start, but given time there is some dusty chocolate notes that can be teased out. The palate is quite light with brisk carbonation. The flavour again is dominated by estery banana fruitiness, subtle spiciness, and interestingly, some subtle burnt malt as well. I don’t actually get any chocolate, just char, and I really have to look for it through all those esters and banana. Finish is dry.
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 11, 2009
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500mL bottle from the brewery. Pours deep red/brown with a tan head.
Whoa, massive banana aroma here. There is a hint of caramel and chocolate there too, which makes it smell almost exactly like a banana split. Very nice.
Banana esters dominate the flavour, there is only an inkling of milk chocolate here so it tastes more like a weissbier. Perhaps a bit of tannin. The finish is quite dry, like after eating a banana...
A wonderful aroma here, yet the flavour is simply average. Still, a very unique beer, and overall highly enjoyable.