JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 23, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I sampled this beer at Kona Brewing in Kona, HI.
This is a solid hefe: banana & clove on the nose, tangy flavor. very good
Derek881 (1016) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Another beer I sampled on tap at the Kona Brewing Company in Hawaii, and it stood out from the rest. A cloudy, straw-colored beer with a creamy, off-white head. The aroma was a pleasant mixture of wheat and yeast with some fruity notes too, featuring orange and banana. The taste was sweet and wheaty, only mild bitterness. It had a wet body with a smooth and clean finish.
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - MAY 29, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Refreshing hefe. Well balanced with thick opaque body. Strong bubblegum and banana flavors. Creamy mouthfeel. Citrus and lemon accents.
kseecs16 (1207) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub in 11/03/2006. Served up a foggy yellow-orange with minimal off-white head. Aroma was sweet, spicy, and full of rich clove, very nice. Somewhat sweet and sour in flavor, a hint of citric fruit and banana over a rich body and a mild bitter finish.
Ernest (6343) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught, Kona Brewpub, HI.
Head is mostly diminishing.
Body is murky dark yellow.
Aroma is moderately malty (bread), with notes of banana and clove.
Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
One of the better offerings from Kona (and yeah, that includes the Da Grind, which I’m not fond of), an accurate representation of a German Hefe (who the heck put this in the db as an American Wheat???).
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this on-tap at the brewery. The beer poured a murky, light orange-yellow color with a small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing head. The aroma was bright with light hoppy notes of lemon/citrus, grass and apricot and a moderate yeasty note of basement in the background. There was also a very strong and neat banana overtone. The flavor started moderatley sweet and ended in an average-length, moerately sweet, lightly bitter finish. The body was light-to-medium and the texture was watery with lively carbonation. Very refreshing and interesting!
ElGaucho (2240) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strong banana aroma. Murky, dark orange body with no head. Nice flavor. Fruity. Good complexity of flavors. I would put this up against most American Hefe’s and it would do quite well. A good effort.
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - OCT 6, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I had this on tap at a place where I’m Sure they don’t sell alot, so I may have to try it again! I wasn’t too impressed, very light taste, I like a heavier Hefe, it was ok on the hot day, but it tasted watered down, and bland, not much like hefe, I’ll try it again in bottle!
Braudog (5894) - Traveling the USA, Missouri, USA - OCT 2, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Milky and opaque, cloudy and orange. Good banana-like aroma but only a light yeasy character, while lightly fruity.
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - MAR 29, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(24Mar2003--draft at brewery)
Certainly better and more style-consistent than the limp mainland offerings like Pyramid's Hefe.
Still, one of my least favorite Kona brews.
Banana should be a component of the aroma/flavor of a good weissbier. Here, bananas
dominate. Very hazy, with a disappointingly small, limp head.