NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Corvallis. Pours a lightly hazed orange-gold with a white head. Nose is cloves, light banana and faint citrus. Clean. On tasting, light tartness, grainy wheat malt and banana esters. Some light cloves. Overall, perhaps a bit too light bodied to compete with the classics. Still, very drinkable and tasty.
Homer321 (1961) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to joenugs. Pour is very dark orange, almost red. Medium white head. Light banana nose. Some pear. Taste is light caramel then shows off some traditional hefe character. Definitely ester focused which I prefer. Minimal clove but its there and in check. I hate clove bombs. A tad sweet but otherwise very good. After seeing how dark this poured I wanted to hate it but its really good.
AirForceHops (3295) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle that was purchased in San Fran and consumed in my hotel room. I didn’t have a glass so I drank about 14 oz. right out of the bottle. Not the perfect condition by any means but... The flavor was rather good.
Banana bread with spices upfront. Nice yeasty body with some cereal grain. The body is medium with a nice carbonation level. The finish is crisp and displays a lot of yeast phenol quality. Wish I could have had this in a glass because right from the bottle it was on of the best American made Hefe’s I have sampled in a long time. Nicely made.
popery (1433) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer is a hazy light to medium amber, sorta orange. Bright highlights, glowy. Relatively small head for the style. The aroma is clean bready sweetness. Some banana, light spice. Definite wheat. Really nice grain flavor. Taste similarly brings a lot of precise and fresh doughy sweetness. Just a perfect level. A bit more spice. Light bitterness in the finish. My only complaint, and this is kinda hard to explain, is that it’s almost too perfect, too clean. The beer doesn’t quite have the depth and richness of the top German examples. That said, I still think the beer is excellent. It’s refreshing and incredibly easy to drink. The wheaty, malty sweetness is bright and inviting. Mouthfeel is full. The beer packs a ton of flavor for the abv. Heater Allen continues to impress. Thrilled that these guys are sending bottles out.
Suttree (5177) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Prufrockstar for the trade. I remember when I was first getting into beer, back maybe 15 years or so ago, I like wheat beers. As time moved on, though, wheat beers became wheat ales, and suddenly wheat beers had to have a bunch of hops, or fruit, or spice (with some hits and a lot of misses), and fresh well-made hefeweizens became harder to find. Soooo, that said, I really enjoyed this beer...
joeneugs (3324) - Livermore, California, USA - JUL 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle dated 6/2/14. It pours a lightly hazy golden color with a white head. The aroma has some mild toasted grains, subtle hints of clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and banana. Maybe a hint of powdery baseball card gum, but very subdued. It definitely smells like theres some banana bread in the oven. The flavor is similarly toasty with more baking spices, hints of banana and gum, crisp wheat character and a firm floral bitterness in the finish. Perfect carbonation. This was super enjoyable. If more Hefeweizens were like this, I would drink them much more often.
Prufrockstar (1017) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 17, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber, thanks to Ryan. Surprisingly dark amber, clear pour without much head. Aroma of banana, cloves, cereal, cherry, and plastic pool toys. Moderately sweet throughout. Medium body, average carbonation, slick texture. Overall: I have another bottle I’m going to try of this, because this feels uncharacteristically off to me. If the second bottle is markedly different, I’ll wipe this rating out in favor of the new one.
Steve_0 (2757) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Horse Brass Pub in Portland. Pour is slightly hazy golden in appearance with a small white head and good lacing. Big bubblegum, clove, light banana, citrusy, doughy, biscuity, and floral aroma. Taste is bubblegum, banana esters, phenols, waxy, coriander, basil, and white pepper with a lightly spicy finish. Full mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Tasty hefe.
Experiment_Ale (1033) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At horse brass pub with Taglor Stephen and Dina. Aroma is clean wheat, air. Taste is super drinkable hefe, light wheat, malt is present but soft. The beer is just like Stephen’s mom; super poundable.
Ernest (6257) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Heater Allen Isar Weizen (bottled Jun 09, 2014)
Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly lasting.
Body is hazy medium yellow, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain, popcorn), with notes of banana, clove.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation.
Popcorny malt note brings down the aroma, but the banana and clove are certainly prominent.
douglas88 (6111) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Whole Foods. Pours a cloudy orange color with a medium white head. A nice of nutmeg, clove, banana esters, some grains. A smooth rich flavor with big yeasty spiciness, some lemons, a light earthy almost smoky flavors. Really nice clean and tasty brew.