ThisWangsChung (836) - 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.
ozzy70 (775) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 26, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle purchased at Trader Joe’s in Omaha. Poured murky brown, foamy off white head. Aroma was malty, fruits, raisin.
Taste was sweet, raisin, figs.
Poobah (378) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - JUN 7, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Caramel-colored and cloudy with a medium head and a spicy, ripe banana nose. Smooth entry with a thin, somewhat malty mouthfeel followed by a caramel finish.
Quick3Beers (945) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 27, 2016
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a dark brown from a bottle, almost no head. Smells and tastes like a caramel malted milk shake, but thin and watery with no depth. Meh.
NallePalle (511) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 6, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, 12 fl oz, Trader Joe’s, Fort Lauderdale FL. Decent, clear features of banana in aroma. Not that complex aroma, though, as expected.
scarletfire65 (1323) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Reddish brown pour. The aroma is ripe brown banana, spice, toasted wheat. The taste is toasty malt, spice, yeasty esters, dark ripe fruits. Nicely balanced finish.
Larry_Duffman (374) - - NOV 18, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I poured it from the bottle into a pint glass. It pours a dark amber color with an off-white head and some lacing. The aroma is bubblegum, banana, yeast, and clove. The taste is banana, clove, funk, and yeast. There is a lively carbonation to it with some sour notes on the back end. I bought a six-pack of this once and got tired of it. A single bottle was enjoyable though.
Bavarian_Beer (49) - Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, GERMANY - OCT 23, 2015
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a dark Amber color with soft tan head. Aroma of bubblegum, clover and spices. Taste is light and full of the same flavors. Palate is light and thin for style but not bad over all.
tnkw01 (1717) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 20, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Medium brown in color. With a medium off while head. Aroma was clove and banana bread. Taste was banana bread with hints of caramel and a slightly bitter finish.
cheap (5307) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2015
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nice darker hefe looking thing from a bottle. Mild sweet candy olfactory. At first a little difficult, again seems somewhat aged but date is 9/12/15. Perhaps more bitter and medicinal than was expected. Creamy hefe co2 is welcomed on gulps. Getting better as session continues. Banana is more apparent on the finish.
Sarlacc83 (1932) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 18, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle, because, really why not?
A: Dark amber color with a firm, foamy creme colored head. Very slight lacing.
N: Rye bread, clove, banana, some toffee, some cinnamon, bits of toasted biscuit, white peppercorns.
T: Sweet side with a bittering element, but somewhat bland here.
M: Light to the point of watery, fizzy carbonation, no alcohol presence.
O: Honestly, not half bad. I wouldn’t want a full six pack of these, but given how well the nose comes off, I wouldn’t refuse another one, either. I just wish the body didn’t make the taste seem so flavorless.