hopscotch (10563) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle... Hazy peach-colored pour with a small, wispy, white head. Decent retention. The aroma is a collage of fuzzy stone fruits, pear, floral perfume and a whisper of yeast-driven spiciness. Medium-bodied with effervescent carbonation. The flavor is perfectly balanced, fruity and tangy, followed by a crisp, clean, refreshing finish.
Leighton (18221) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared during HamTech Reunion 2014. Pours mostly clear gold with a moderate, foamy white head. Good and sweet, with some sugary wheat bread, caramel, candied sugars and berries. Light bodied with average carbonation. Sweet and somewhat basic on the finish, more more sugary bread and ripe fruit character. OK.
Mora2000 (6154) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yellow pour with a white head. The aroma has a lot of wheat notes. The flavor is full of wheat, maple, orange and biscuit malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
bu11zeye (12679) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(22oz bottle) Pours a hazy yellow body with a medium foamy white head. Aroma of wheat, herbs, banana, and dough. Flavor of wheat, citrus, and light bread.
jkwood04 (5260) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours deep amber with a lacy, off-white head. Aroma of wheat, some pale malts, a little maple, a little bitterness, and light dough. Flavor the same. Average texture. Not a bad beer, but not great.
TaktikMTL (7034) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
En fût. Verre de 6 oz chez Prohibition Pig (Waterbury, VT). Arôme: Odeur de blé avec une pointe d’agrume. Apparence: La couleur est blonde. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de blé avec une pointe d’agrume et d’érable. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement minérale. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de blé en arrière goût. (Rating #5142)
ChadPolenz (1675) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I poured a 22oz bottle into a weizen glass. There was no freshness date. I got it from friends who made a roadtrip to Vermont (thanks, Alex and Marissa!). It cost $7 ($0.32 per ounce).
Appearance: Light orange/dark gold hue. A clear body with vigorous carbonation visible. Pours to a large, white, foamy head which mostly dissipates but leaves minor lacing.
Smell: A light, refreshing aroma of wheat, some citrus, as well as banana and spice.
Taste: I don’t know anything about Lawson’s Finest Liquids beers other than what’s on their label, so I only have limited data with which to make a hypothesis as to what they’re "going for" with their brews. In the case of the Maple Wheat Ale it seems to be a stab at the usually boring "American Pale Wheat Ale" style. It’s definitely not a traditional hefeweizen, though some of the characteristics are there. This seems to be a deliberately cleaner, more refreshing brew and in that aspect it works really well.
The label indicates that the beer is brewed with "a blend of specialty yeasts," though I’m sure the traditional Bavarian strain is one of them. It has the standard wheat beer qualities of a strong, natural and refreshing taste of banana, lemonpeel and hints of cinnamon. Not quite as overtly spicy and zesty like many German brews, this one seems to embrace its mildness and opt for a tropical fruit juice taste. I think I detect some passionfruit here as well. Unfortunately there is no maple character at all, though that’s not entirely surprising since yeast tends to gobble up all the maple syrup since it’s so high in fermentable sugar. Perhaps there’s a trace of it in the aftertaste, though it doesn’t really make that much of a difference to me since the rest of the palette is so tasty.
Drinkability: Though Maple Wheat Ale is light-bodied at only 4.2% ABV, it’s not lightly flavored per se. There’s plenty of taste while in the mouth, while also being extremely refreshing. The mouthfeel is light and crisp, but not overly fizzy or watery. It’s hard to not drink it in continuous gulps, actually. This is my idea of a perfect summer brew.
SudsMcDuff (7971) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Considered especially . .. Pours a slightly hazed yellow ... Foam is solid ... Mild yeast, wheat and sweet wheat ... Quite a nice beer but not overly intricate .. . . Whats on your mind? ...skull
blutt59 (6501) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 20, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottled, thanks to brystmar, cloudy yellow pour , sweaty rubber aroma, flavor dry fizzy wheat note, rubbery
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 18, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
So much carb! Cloudy gold body. Lactic for some reason, some hops, sweetly malted grain. Kinda boring honestly.