Darn_it (18) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I have had this beer over three days. Day one there was a large presence of a bitterness like under ripened banana peel. This taste explains why I have had a few reviewers mentioned a chemical like presence. At least I presume this is what they were also picking up on.
This beers high ABV has thinned the body and added a wonderful warming effect to the beer. Main characters included the already mentioned bitterness, lemon and a heavy amount of clove and coriander.
But due either the role of oxygen in the bottle or the addition of the yeast this beer improved greatly. The aforementioned bitterness was minimal and no longer distracting me from the lemon, vanilla and bannana notes. The beer moved from a heavily sweet and spiced beer with a unique but slightly unpleasant bitterness to a wonderful balance of spices, fresh citrus and banana.
If this is due to yeast I wish they would add more to the bottle or filter less out. I am pretty sure it is the yeast apposed to oxidation as my second tasting was identical to the first and the third was so much better.
If you enjoyed this beer I would suggest you try La Buteuse by Le Trou du Diable. It matches a wonderful balance between sweetness and fruit, much like king heffy but with a bitter finish. Unlike this beer the first glass is as good as the last!
ljthiessen (640) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Slightly cloudy golden pour, with a decent white head. Smells and drinks more like a Belgian strong ale or tripel - full-bodied and warm, citrusy, light spices. Not amazing, but pretty tasty.
Braudog (5975) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2014
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Hazy golden fruit color with a frothy, sudsy head. The aroma is sweet banana creme. This drinks with a super-sugary flavor, lemonade, meringue, heavy cream. They might market this as a dessert beer. Not my bag -- far too sweet. (#5565, 6/25/2014)
swiseman (441) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 22, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours a golden-amber color with medium white head. strong, fruity aroma. taste is extremely fruity with banana, melon and possible light nuts and spices. finish is bitter fruit with a lot of alcohol left on the palate. This is simply a great beer, but it is also as unbalanced as they come. While sometimes that can be a good thing, in this case, much of the fruit flavours start to beome muted as the beer warms up and the alcohol becomes more prominent. This is my first Howe Sound tasting, so I am definitly looking forward to more even if the price-point is a little steep.
cards04 (2148) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A fantastic brew. Big banana and clove aromas and flavors lots of sweetness balanced by the alcohol. I feel this is more of a hefe then a weizen
dreamflower (641) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 21, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with northropfrye. I guess I just needed a beer. Not sure what it tastes like on the front but on the back it taste like cream soda to me, but in a different way than the last beer I rated. This is more insistent and lingering. Banana and clove is coming across to me as cream soda, but without the ridiculous sugariness of a pop.
northropfrye (2499) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy yellow body with foamy white lasting head and lots of little bubbles rising to the surface - pretty typical hefeweizen appearance really. Warm straw, wheat sweet aroma. Taste is sweet, slightly tart, a bit more intense and a touch of bitter, but doesn’t taste radically different than a regular hefeweizen. Abv well masked.
weihenweizen (2064) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JUN 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Refrigerated 1 L brown bottle with fliptop poured into weizen glass. Pours cloudy light orange with large deep golden highlights and medium off-white head. Aroma is bready, medium body, medium carbonation, and some lacing. Taste is estery, bready, some clove, some bubblegum, and hints of alcohol. Good weizenbock, but not my favorite and at $15 for a 1L bottle I won’t be seeking this out.
Oakes (13270) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Spicy, sweet, citrusy, herbal, well balanced, and a dash of alcohol. Top weizenbock. Or Imperial Hefe - an interesting beer that can be understood equally by either name, but in any case is one worth seeking out.
kschep (1706) - DENMARK - JUN 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose is decent banana, iron whiff, hay, feel is quite broad, taste is heavy banana, lime zing, hay, late subtle alcohol warmth, dough, very balanced and still with that extra oomph