wedgie9 (1794) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted on 6/28/11 from a bottle, shared by ryan585, thanks to Ryan. Pours hazy bright yellow orange with a thick white head that recedes to thin, even lace, leaving some lace residue along the inside of the glass. The nose is very earthy with some raw hazelnut, vanilla almond, and lemon peel underlying. The flavor is a bit more acidic lemon, with the vanilla more prevalent, otherwise featuring the same hazelnut and almond flavors. The body is light with average, stinging carbonation and a long earthy vanilla almond finish. This is one of those interesting beers that overall, I rate pretty highly, but if I were rating to style, wouldn’t receive quite as high marks.
VTHopHead (1505) - Barre, Vermont, USA - MAR 11, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at a private party - Pours a light golden amber in color with a medium white head. Some clove-banana in the aroma along with bready yeasts, mild hops and some citrus. Flavor also has some of the clove-banana and citrus, but now the hops come through fairly strongly. Like all of the Lawson beers, this one is extremely well made and, of course, very tasty!
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden body with a white head. Nice fruit tones peach, lemon grass, wheat and citrus tones. Dry floral yeast tones. Mild wheat y body, and a hint of tea. Nice Weizen.
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2010
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle at the Shenandoah Throwdown. Pours a hazed gold with a small white head. Mustard, acetone, and some vegetal aromas. Vinyl and plastic. Ugh. Had to spit this one out. After the first two bees I tried from Lawson’s I was expecting this one to be great as well. I guess two out of three isn’t terrible, but this beer was a letdown.
GT2 (7901) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUN 29, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Growler courtesy of j12601 sampled at Shenandoah Throwdown. Pours a cloudy light yellow to straw with a thin but dense off-white head. Very nice aroma of light funk (is the Brett intentional or am I just making this up?), lemon zest, spices, prominent yeast. Taste is lemongrass, sourdough. Body is rich, creamy, but fairly boozy with not much spice to balance.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 31, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bomber shared with rciesla. Fresh bottle from the warren store, vt. Pours a hazy golden yellow- very light with a nice fluffy lasting white head some lace. Aroma is spicy sharp clove, earthy vanilla grassy hops, big doughy wheat, fresh and lively. Flavor is doughy cracker wheat, toast, zesty spicy hops, grass, lemongrass, not big doughy and too smooth but very good overall clean and crisp - some astringency or harsh bitterness in the end as well. I do get some DMS on the aroma as it warms now though- still something must be wrong with previous bottles on raters, cuz this was pretty good.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 24, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a hazy yellow color with a thin white head. Aroma of fruity esters and hops. Flavor of fruity esters and hops with bitterness in the end. I was surprised to detect so much hops in that hefe-weizen, can’t say I liked it much.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 23, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber, hand signed and numbered #14 of 72. Pours a cloudy, glowing, golden-yellow colored body with a billowing head of rocky, off-white foam. Lasting for ages, the crown leaves behind vertical columns of sticky, bubbly lacing. Fine, champagne-like carbonation bubbles stream slowly towards the surface. It looks the part of an impressive hefe. Initially a bit metallic and dusty when cold, the nose evolves to show lightly soured, somewhat stale wheat grain, along with a touch of honey sweetness and floral, lemony notes. The flavor shows even more of a stale, grainy, cereal character. It tastes earthy, almost to the point of being dirty, and that’s not a good thing when it comes to this style. Medium bodied and sweet, the palate is dusty and somewhat prickly. Eh, not a very good brew.
TaktikMTL (5552) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 10, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bouteille de 22 oz partagées lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal chez moi. Arôme: Odeur de banane avec une très faible pointe de menthe. Apparence: La couleur est blonde très pâle. Présence d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Léger goût de banane et d’houblon. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement minérale. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement houblonné. (Rating #1938)
MartinT (7549) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 7, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
My Bottom Line:
This hoppy Wheat bier develops citrusy fruitiness and resinous bitterness in a slender and lightly bubbly mouthfeel. Hard to understand what happened here since the commercial description clearly evokes the German Hefeweizen inspiration...
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A thin veil of foam covers the misty pale blond.
-Where’s the Weizen yeast presence? There are barely any of the esters and phenols which I normally associate with the style.
-This smells and tastes like a Golden Ale. Or a Wheat Ale without the German Weizen yeast.
-Once the initial surprise is passed, one can focus on the fact that this is still well brewed and very drinkable, offering delicate hoppiness throughout. But one has to wonder what happened with this bottle/batch. I’ll have to try this again.