HonusWagner (1331) - Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brute and Le Bleu get the props, but this might be the best Excelsior beer...overwhelming beautiful hoppiness with citrus, spice, tropical fruit notes. Just an incredible beer. I wish it could be made again...
Damico (2508) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Notes from earlier...pours clear golden orange with a big white head. Aroma and flavor are both big citrus lemony hops in a smooth body with a decent hop bite. Fresh it was so juicy and delicious.
harrymel (1481) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2013
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
A: Dusky cardboard colored ale with a couple fingers of really light yellow foam falls to a sheet of the same, broken at times. Roped sheets of lace. I like the look.
S: Leather, citrus, vinyl, peppercorns, some corn and wheaty sweetness. Definitely short of wheat dominant, and Iím uncertain if I dig the nose here, gimme a minute. Minute and half a beer later, itís got a bit of a plastic smell. Nope, donít really dig it.
T: Really bitter, pointers of sweet bran syrup, and bitter orange peels. Chemical flavors and some yeast.
M: This beer is super dry, really really dry. Itís got real interesting finish as my mouth waters so hard on the breath back. The carb is lively and balances the heavy feel well.
O: Not really feeling this beer. But it is not particularly offensive. Below average for me, but Iím not really an expert on Wheat Wines. Conversely, this one seems hoppy, indicating it doesnít really fit the traditional profile.
Serving type: bottle
unclemattie (4134) - Georgia, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle, capped. Orange color, tall white, creamy foam. Floral aroma, citrus hops, orange blossoms, pale malts, puffed wheat, rolled oats, band-aids. Flavor of pale grains, floral hops flavors, citrus zest. Sharp hops bitterness, pine bark bite. Aged perfectly, smooth taste, creamy body.
merc7186 (1989) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Orangish Hue, Passes Almost No Light, Creamy White Head, Great Lacing
S: Orange, CitraHops, Wheat
T: Grapefruit, Orange, Bready
M: Great Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Sweet, Bitter
Overall, this is mis represented as a wheat wine as it is more like a citra hopped DIPA. I have had this previously in bottle and thought draft was better (but still great in bottle). Recommended.
alexsdad06 (5338) - Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle shared with the group. Pours a cloudy orange amber color with a small white head. The aroma and flavor have a strong juicy citrus burst, floral notes, wheat grass, lightly toasted malts. The citrus in the flavor is less juicy and more zest. Interesting interpretation of a hoppy wheat.
shigadeyo (2980) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
8/31/2011: Excelsior Thirteen Anniversary Ale (Malt Beverage Brewed with Citrus Peel Double Hoppy Wheat Ale; made with Citra and Sorachi Ace hops)... Aroma: Yummy aroma; cornucopia of juicy citrus; slightly floral. Appearance: Opaque orange color; foamy beige or slightly ivory-colored head. Flavor: Mild maltiness covered by a good level of citrusy (light in the mouth, not the thick juicy fruitiness sometimes found in hoppy beers) bitterness with a tinge of pine; wheat malt is nice because it adds body without adding much sweetness or heft to the feel; a bit of alcohol coming through in the backend. Palate: Medium to medium-full body; well carbonated; nice mouthfeel. Overall: I donít mind hoppy wheat ales, but the wheatiness is somewhat lost and gets buried by the typically aggressive hops.
1 Pint, 9.4 FL OZ bottle shared by alexsdad06. Thanks Brad! Rating #134 for this beer.
TheJester (1806) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL bottle. Pale, not much head. Smells pretty much like an ASA. But the lemon peel adds a really cool touch to the flavour, which differentiates this one from the competition. Excellent hop flavour and bitterness.
EithCubes (4746) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL bottle, just capped, Batch E!030, letís see how this oneís held up over the years. Nose of wheat and lemon meringue, even some pie crust. Yeasty despite my careful pour, and potent yeast in the nose, and developing some nice jammy fruit. Sorachi for sure and some strong alcohol just breaking through the surface of the bouquet. Fizzy-soapy beige head on a cloudy golden body. Body very sharply crisp with strong, sharp bitterness and some resin; a little oily hop sweetness but otherwise very dry and even a little harsh. Strong orange and lemon peel with scratchy coriander and black pepper, jammy fruit pushed off the stage to allow for some cool saison flavors. Alcoholís actually hidden to dangerous effect but the aggressive hopping puts me off somewhat.
glennmastrange (2226) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Moderate to heavy roasted grain for the malt, moderate grapefruit and orange for the hops, lightly dough for the yeast, with hints of dried apricot and and dates. Head is small, fizzy, off-white with nice crusty lacing and is mostly lasting. color is hazy orange/amber. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and acidic, and lightly to moderately bitter. palate is medium, oily with a lively carbonation. Perfectly balanced flavors and aromas for an American Strong Ale with lots of dried fruit, though it does have a nice DIPA aspect to it.