Brigadier (3175) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Halfway through the sampler I came across this gem. Sort of like the Military Ridge Trail it is named after (which runs behind the brewpub and connects Madison to Dodgeville), it connected the lighter session beers with the heavier stuff that was to follow. As far as brewpubs go this may be one of the best hefes I have come across. I have had better bottled examples but even so this is right up there with the likes of Solstice Wheat. In fact it may be better simply because you don’t have to wait three years for it to be brewed again.
Aroma / Appearance - The cloudy yellow body was exactly what one would expect from a well made hefeweizen. The mild carbonation pushed ahead a thin foamy white head. Lemon shortbread, oranges and vanilla beans comprised a package of smells which was thick enough to stick in the nasal passages. While it might not be the sharpest example of the style (Kloster Weizen from Capitol comes to mind for that) it does a good enough job.
Flavor / Palate - Chewy peanut butter, oranges dipped in inexpensive (but quality) chocolate and banana bread play across the tongue. The chewy full mouthfeel leaves a pleasing aftertaste. This is filling for such an easy drinking beer. I agree with Blake on this one - it was a hidden gem worth further visits.
1FastSTi (3342) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ok, well I must be on crack because this hefe was fantastic. Pours to a hazy golden body with a white head. The aroma is tart and wheaty. Fruity with lots of banana, pear, and wheat. Moderately full bodied. The flavor is awesome with tart wheat, sweet sugars, cloves, and bananas. This is an awesome wheat beer.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - MAY 2, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Okay rendition, but chalky, not many esters, low carbonation, overall bland.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 22, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at the brewpub. Served with a lemon wedge. Cloudy yellow color with thin white head that laced the glass. Smelled of banana, clove, and citrus. Flavor was similar with some apple.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy Yellow Coloring with No Head. Lemon and Wheat on the Nose. Lemon Notes, Malty Background...with a Wheaty Aftertaste..Although Not Very Dry. Nice But Not Very Interesting.
badgerben (4563) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy gold color with no head. Hint of lemon in the aroma. Good helping of wheat in the taste with a slightly bitter finish.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 20, 2005
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Brewpub. Cloudy yellow with a white head. Wheat and ester aroma is subtle. Smooth and very drinkable. Lolw hop bitterness. No tartness. Slight banana finish.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 14, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Semi-cloudy and stagnant gold in color with only one line of bubbles to signify life. Smells are very rural. Heaps of freshly harvested yeast, hay, barley for the horses and a hint at lemon briskness in the nose. Ugh. Tingly and heavy carbonation makes the palate jumpy. When fizz recedes, we’re left with an impaling lemony-yeast complex that insults Bavaria in a most grievous manner. Some spastic white pepper and imitation vanilla extract for spicing and sweetening. Blah.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice looking beer. Wheats are quickly becoming one o my tob brew styles, and this beer helps the cause.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 1, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2008 3 2 5 3 8 Very light straw color, looks watered down from a normal wheat. Light husky aroma. Oxidized flavor. Some dry apple skin along with dusty grain. Smells like a wet dog.
Re-rate 3/1/08: Banana and soft malts in the aroma. Light banana and spice over a husky wheat base - not the best hefe. Apparently Not as bad as the first time I tried it but certainly not in line with the rest of their beers.