Ernest (6838) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Head is initially small, fizzy, white, fully diminishing. Body is hazy medium yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers), with notes of green raisin, kiwi, and honey. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Nice fruity aroma that still shows ample evidence of beer underneath (Goldings hops, perhaps). A bit watery and banal in the mouth, but still nicely balanced and quaffable.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle, wheat glass. Average sized, lasting, foamy white head is on a hazy peach-orange-yellow body with light carbonation. Grainy (wheat) malt (mod); doughy yeast (mod); banana, clove, apple, butter aromas. There's one aroma I can clearly detect but can't identify. I guess that's the gooseberry part. It's not dominant, but it adds a certain sour / bitter spiciness to this brew. S'alright, but I much prefer Fraoch so far in the traditional category. Moderately sweet throughout with a lightly bitter, lightly acidic finish. The aftertaste is mostly berry flavored and somewhat tart. Taste leaves out a paper / carboard element present in the aroma. Medium body, watery texture, soft carbonation. The bottom line is: a dangerous category of beer, but this one isn't undrinkable.
JK (5123) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Only a little aroma. some wheat, a little fruit. Aroma is very similar to sam adams cherry wheat. Appearance is light, cloudy copper color. There is no head.
This beer is more complex than one notices at first. The first taste was of a standard lager. Some fruit comes through, but not much. Next is the wheat, which is a little sweet. There is considerable bitterness, finished with sweet malt and sour fruit. Despite all of the things going on in this beer, none of them are well done or stand out in a positive way, and everything there seems filtered and restrained. Sweeter as it warmed.
This bottle was past the expiration date.
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pale and cloudy.Was bitter and had no fruit flavor at all.Has a some what clean finish.I don't think this will go on my must have list.
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 16, 2003
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Smells like cinammon. Tastes a little like dirt and water with a little bit of cooked corn juice. Unimpressive but different. It's kind of sour as well. Odd.
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 16, 2003
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Tasted in Toronto from LCBO.
Pungent grassy, grainy malt scent. Appearance is cloudy with little or no
head. Taste is fairly bland or subdued. No hint of
goosberry (whatever in the hell that is). As for rating in the wheat
category there is little or no traditional wheat flavors - no
banana, no hints of cloves. Its a shame, because the other beers in the Heather Ale
historical beer line were pretty good.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 10, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
I noticed a lot of corn and crisp berry flavor. About the color of unfiltered wheat. Lots of floaties, I hope they were pieces of gooseberry. I would say that this is underrated but also, I was disappointed. The label is very unique and I expected more earthy joy.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2003
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
A vigorous pour yielded 2 fingers of white froth atop a hazy honey colored ale. Has a starchy muskiness to its aroma with slight citrusy wheat note. Head has settled down quickly and retains abit with lacing. Mouthfeel is rather flat feeling with a slight dryness. Flavor is completely unusual and a bit unpleasant. A bit sour and earthy with a staleness added to it. I'm not sure if I'll finish this one or not. Not a good tasting brew.
RobBestwick (684) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 17, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
malty/fruity aroma, pours with a cloudy orange hue and a small head, gooseburies/pears with underlying earthy malt tones, I think there are also some subtle hints of honey.
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 4, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fruity, floral and sweet aroma, some of which must be from the unfamiliar gooseberries, along with pale and wheat maltiness. Lighter golden yellow color, with a thin head. Fruity and wheat-accented flavor, some flowery sweetness and very faint hop spice. Palate is very clean and light, with low effervescence. Soft bodied. Seems to work pretty well as a summer quencher. According to the label, also contains bog myrtle and meadowsweet. Unique, just don't go into it expecting layers of hidden complexities. It's a rather simple brew.