DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 19, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
04-Apr-08 (500-ml swing-top bottle: Purchased 17-Mar-07 for $3.49 at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA) A great presentation starts with the flip-top bottle, then proceeds to the textbook pour. Hazy, but not cloudy, golden-yellow in color with a tall, white crown of foam that very gradually settles to a thin layer. Lacing is poor, however, because it slides right down the glass. Gregarious yet balanced aromas of peppery spice, extremely ripe banana, musty books, and sourdough waft from the glass, pleasuring the senses with an enticing greeting. Yeast-induced spiciness and fruity, ripe banana esters are equally generous on the palate, with a late finish of mildly tart and sour breadiness. After several sips, the ripe banana and heavy doughiness are easily the two dominant aspects of this beer. There’s a hint of hoppy flavor and bitterness, but it’s very light. On the palate, the beer is medium in body and high in carbonation, but despite the sweet, fruity esters, the beer is quite dry on the palate, especially in the finish. Unfortunately, the heavy, doughy finish that sits on the palate eventually leads to the palate feeling stale and this hurts drinkability. But overall, this is a fine, full-flavored hefeweizen worth trying at least once.
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 16, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This German Hefeweizen pours a medium yellow gold color from a 50cl swing top bottle. Medium to large sized off white foamy head, with nice lacing and good retention. Aroma is wheaty, citrusy with some banana. A medium bodied Hefe. The malts are wheaty, with some yeast and a little banana and clove. The hops are spicy. Nice balance. Lively carbonation. A nice hefe, a very refreshing beer on a warm summer night. Mouthfeel is full. The finish is crisp and clean. The aftertaste is slightly bitter.
GarrettB (1220) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 14, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The Innstadt Hefe Naturtrub marks the first beer in a second wave of German experimentation. A thick cuhsiony white head, and a strong lacing gripping the glass makes this beer look desperate to avoid its fate of imbibement. The beer is colored a cloudy gold marked by an asteroid field of bubbles. These in turn crash into the nose, with a soft and butter nuance, along with the sterile smell of hand wipes and salt. The texture is not unlike chewing on a marshmallow or cotton ball. It’s soft, but also persistent, pressing all corners of the mouth in a second desperate bid for freedom. The flavor is also buttery, soft, savory and quenching. A light wheat flavor permeates the brew, but it’s not a whip-cracking wheat flavor that a lot of wheat beers prefer. Mostly this is just a smooth, mostly mellow, tasty but none too bright beer. "Yum!" says it all.
BBB63 (6442) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 13, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Flip top bottle and served in weizen glass: Hazy golden hue with a bellowing frothy head and excellent lacing. The aroma has notes of banana and clove esters, wheat husks and pale bready malts, some clove and pepper esters on the phenolic yeast driven nose. The taste is fruity and twangy with a light handed layer of wheat and pale malt. Some yeast spice upon the finish, does not have the depth of palate of the better example of the genre however. The mouth feel is sprite and watery, refreshing enough I guess. Started nice but petered out in the end, quaffable enough however.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JUN 20, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2008
Swing top 500 ml. bottle, notched freshness date on the back label, sampled in a weizen glass.
L: Given a proper hefeweizen pour, yeast cloudy, ripening banana peel yellow with a fluffy, bubbly topped white head that ever so slowly sank into a creamy crown. Splotchy rings of lace follows the body down the glass as I consumed it, overall, a very traditional and taste inducing appearance.
S: Mellow aromas of banana and clove, mildly lemony, nut bready yeast, and a backing of malted wheat. Further whiffs bring out a soft peppery spiciness and medicinal phenols. Far from resembling a stellar hefeweizen nose, just a very stock, average one.
F&T: Medium bodied, this hefeweizen starts out with a nice mild creaminess, but becomes flat feeling towards the end as the carbonation fades. The moderate carbonation loses its zip a bit too early for me, creamily crisp in the beginning, but over the duration of the taste, turns drab and deflated feeling. The first tastes I notice are nutty banana bread and lemon juice, along with a little lemon peel, followed by tiny pinches of clove and pepper. The softest of wheat twangs in the finish, along with hints of a delicate herbal hop spiciness, everything finishes on a clean and dry note.
Yeah, this is a barely average German Hefeweizen, but because of it’s affordable price, a somewhat passable drinkability. Makes a nice change of pace beer, something I might drink maybe one or two times a year if my budget didn’t allow for a top notch hefe, like one from Weihenstephan, Paulaner or New Glarus.
bhensonb (12440) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 14, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
500 ml. bottle. Hazy apricot color with a multifinger white head. Aromas of banana, wheat, citrus and mild spice. Flavor is banana. With a little wheat, citrus and clove. It surely fits the style, and it’s very tasty. Finishes with banana and clove, but mostly banana. There’s a little noble hop bitter playing in the background.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 10, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Pours a nice hazy gold color. Nice head and lacing. The nose is malty with nice wheat notes and a ton of yeast esters, banana, clove. Smooth classic hallertau and wheat combination. Very traditional and tasty.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - APR 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours cloudy gold with a tall smooth white head. Big banana ester nose, wheat and soft clove. Very smooth on the palate. This is a beautiful beer for hot days, easy to drink, very refreshing.
thegreenrooster (3533) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - APR 13, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour is a cloudy yellow with a large fizzy white head. Aroma is some banana with clove. Flavor is very creamy with banana and clove but with also a nice spice to it. A decent exaple of the style.
armando629 (2448) - Budapest, HUNGARY - APR 12, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Honey golden, little hazy appearance with a nice white head. Aroma of citrus, banana. The flavour is sour lemon with a small phenolic banana taste and minimal hop. Good balanced carbonation, smooth mouthfeel.