Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - JAN 21, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Average wheat. Cloudy. Malty aroma with tastes of banana and slight cloves.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Solid freaking wheat beer with some banana/clove/orange elements but nothing extreme which makes for a well crafted and fine hefe. An easy session beer with a swig of hops, medium texture, and balance.
BBB63 (6526) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 10, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Joe and served in my basic hefeweizen glassware: Very hazy golden hue with a mostly lasting white frothy head but not much lace. The aroma has notes of clove and pepper esters, light banana and lemon zest, wheat bread and some mineral vapors.
The taste is yeast and wheat driven with fruit and spice in support. What kept this down is a out of place wine-like sourness and a hint of a medicinal aftertaste. The mouth feel is sprite and aggressive but not all that refreshing sadly. A bit metallic on the finish. While hardly a bad bier, there have been better examples of the genre coming out of America (namely Piece and New Glarus). Worth a try if available.
heemer77 (5283) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 2, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured into a hefe glass. Cloudy dark gold and orange with a slight off white head. The aroma was strong with over ripe bananas and light clove. There was also some cinnamon toast. The taste has banana bread with some light clove. There are also some notes of vanilla in the finish. A decently made hefe, but it’s a little heavy in the body for the style.
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 22, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
A very nice looking beer with citrus and floral aromas. The flavor, of bananas, toasted malt, and a touch of yeast, is pleasant and refreshing, however it is far too light for the style and was nothing spectacular.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 22, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty good flavor but lacking body. The flavor is a bit light and lacking in depth as well. Quite pleasant to drink though, hay with just a hint of barnyard.
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose of citrus, funk, hay, hops. Surprisingly clear, barely hazy gold, almost no head as wheats go, but still cloudy gold tipped with pure fluffy white is pretty enough. Taste of citrus sour, almost lambic notes, a little pepper bite, but at first I couldn’t find banana on a dare. Medium body,lively with good tingle. Quite enjoyable, but not up to BORIS. And yet, as this guys warms up, from fridge temp to cellar temp to table temp, the clove and the pepper become more forward, there is a kind of banana taste and honeydew mouthfeel, and I really started to enjoy this.
Beerman6686 (6109) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
a bit darker than most hefeweizens, smells mainly of wheat with a hint of alcohol. Tastes like a strong hefeweizenw ithout the spice. Very good offering for the style.
Brigadier (3490) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650 ml bottle
As I work my way through the offerings from Hoppin Frog I can’t help but feel they know how to make good beers. They may not quite be on the same level as Alesmith but it does compare well with breweries like New Glarus and Stone. If you ever swing through Ohio pick up a bottle of each.
Aroma / Appearance - The body is a cloudy orange. Without being aware that it is a hefeweizen I could have guessed it from the appearance. A short lived white head fades to nothing after a few seconds. Rye bread, nutella and peanut butter present a nice surprise. A hint of white wine finishes off the creamy sweet nose.
Flavor / Palate - The mouthfeel is very dense with a combination of tartness and hoppiness. The citrusy kick brings it into the wheat beer realm. The way that it comes across is like the glazing put on carrots (orange juice). As far as hefeweizens go it is not the strongest one but I still find it enjoyable. At the price it is a great beer that it is worth a look.
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured hazy yellow with a fluffy white head. Light aroma of barley. Sweet malt flavor. Rather watery. Drinkable.