ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Compared directly to the Josephsbrau Hefeweizen I had earlier.
A: Pours a very dark tawny color with strong yeast haze. The head is a two finger light cream color with decent enough texture, but low retention. More aesthetically pleasing than their hefe.
S: Banana, wheat, brown sugar, caramel, and some lighter fruits. Weak but pleasantly aromatic.
T: A decent amount caramel and brown sugar to start. There are hints of crisp apple and other dried fruits in spots, while the finish is smooth and wheaty. Just like TJ’s hefe, it’s decent enough, but kind of nondescript.
M: A little less carbonation than I anticipated. Thinning out the body a little bit would really help this one be more drinkable - like a lot of the Josephsbrau beers, it’s too heavy to support the flavor profile, but it’s drinkable enough otherwise.
O: Pretty damn average on all counts, but there’s a modicum of enjoyment to be found here. It’s cheap as hell, so it’s still definitely worth a look.
Clarkdvm (216) - Florida, USA - APR 4, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from trader joes. Pleasant aroma. Watery beer. Not bad but surely not warsteiner dunkel.
douglas88 (6793) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 24, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a slightly murky dark bronze color with a small white head. A sweet spicy nose, banana and pepper. Light berries, toast, some caramel. Pretty smooth as all these TJs beers are. Dark toffee. Banana ester finish. Solid.
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - MAR 11, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The head is somewhat lacking but color is great with a hazy dark brown. Notes of banana, bubblegum, and clove along with a noticeable sweetness; almost cake-like.
The flavor is very nice as well closely following the aroma. All of the flavors could be stronger overall but this beer nails it in the drinkability category. Slightly sweet mouthfeel with decent body. For $5.99 a six pack you really can’t go wrong here.
Cousin_Larry (476) - - FEB 15, 2015
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smells and tastes buttery. The wheat flavor helps the finish, but you really have to hold your nose to enjoy this one.
Eberndt (229) - - JAN 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice dark caramel color with lots of head. Plenty of banana in the aroma and the yeast strain is quite present. Good value.
WABeerFiend (274) - - JAN 16, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a weizen glass in late 2013.
A: Dark caramel color with a slight head. Very cloudy with yeast. The head recedes quickly.
S: Strong banana. Delicious. Slight banana bread.
T: Follows the nose.
O: This is a great value for the price. It’s not as good as the German dunkels, but it’s still good.
malrubius (1990) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JAN 11, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fresh bottle from Trader Joes. Cloudy amber brown with lasting tan head and lace. Fresh mild banana clove and dark bready aroma. Mildly roasted nutty caramel fruity sweetness with wheat tang and mild minerally bitterness. LIght and extremely refreshing. Soft carbo. Fairly dry. A very reserved example of the style. Delicious and refreshing. Wish I bought a sixer.
PorterPounder (5933) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tallahassee, Fl - Trader Joe’s - 12 oz bottle - Murky dark orange pour, thick, sticky white head with decent lacing. Slightly funky, butterscotch aroma with some ripening vegetable notes. Flavor has some of the same ripening vegetables, a hint of cotton candy sweetness. Finishes kind of rough with some metallic notes. Thickish mouthfeel.
Aurelius (4561) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very foggy, medium-dark brown. Average label, but a little better than the other Josephsbrau varieties. Standard 12oz longneck. Fruit and caramel, candied, mossy aroma with a faint nuttiness. Candied and lightly bitter up front, a tight carbonation break in the middle and then an almost herbal mossiness at the end. Slightly funky aftertaste with some peanuts, then it goes fadingly sweet. Tasty, sessionable. TJ’s, Tallahassee.
chinchill (2624) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle with a BB date stamp of 17 April 2015.
The body is dark reddish-brown, slightly hazy, with a durable and creamy tan head. There’s some lacing.
Aroma: banana, clove, caramel and baked dark bread.
Flavor: parallels the aroma but with less obvious banana and more prominent medium malts. Moderate complexity.
O: very impressive and inexpensive version of this German style.