oc4111 (119) - USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle poured into a large wheat beer glass. Pours a dark cloudy orange. Nicely formed head with rings of lacing. Aroma and taste is bavarian yeast, banana, clove and a slight hint of lemon. Refreshing hefe. Best American version of a German hefe I’ve had although I haven’t had the offerings from New Gladiator.
GarrettB (1039) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 2, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
June 3rd, 2012 - Thunderweizens are my favorite summer beer. They’re consistently deep with flavor, and have a nice chewiness without making me or my palate sluggish or drunk. Lightning’s version of the Hefeweizen - the Thunderweizen - has come recommended by many. It’s a light and golden beer with that unfiltered fogginess in the body, and a head that plumps up after the pour, and thins out quickly. The aroma is dominated by bananas, and goes easy on the clove that often appears in the style. Where the aroma is subtle the carbonation is rough and powerful, popping and fizzing all the way through the aftertaste like a Pop-Rock. The flavor is decent, but comes off as a little flat when paired with such a rambunctious mouthfeel - a wheat layer and a nice bread savoriness, and some sweet roasted butternut squash in the aftertaste, but flavors too meek to stand up to an active texture.
Travlr (11812) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Cloudy yellow color, pretty much flat. Aroma of sour orange, banana. Taste is intense banana esters, clove.
mkel07 (3387) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Archive Beer Boutique February 2014. Banana and cloves in the aroma and a huge white head sirs proudly. Refreshing and clean in the mouth.
GT2 (8432) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUL 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
[ Keg ][ 4oz ][ Lightning ][ $1-2 ][ Plastic Cup ][ 7.19.14 ]
>> Cloudy straw pour, good foam. Extreme estery nose with yellow apple. Pretty spot on. Taste is bright, juicy, big yellow apple. Good palate. One of their better beers.
DedicatedToFun (2540) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JUL 19, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap, gold pour, white head, nose is banana, taste is citrus, average hefe here.
Stuedmaster (211) - Vista, California, USA - JUN 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very nice local version of a German Hefeweizen. Pours rich, cloudy gold with a nice white head, no lacing. Aroma of banana, clove, citrus, and wheat. Delicious, rich taste, medium sweet and light sour. Medium body, creamy texture, average carbonation, and sweet/sour finish. A real winner, would repeat. I didn’t know they made such good beer in Poway.
jjh19 (58) - California, USA - APR 7, 2014
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Appearance: Golden orange with a decent head.
Smell: I got subtle citrus in the smell.
Taste: My first taste was quite sharp. I didn’t really get as much lemon or orange as I would have thought from the aroma.
Mouthfeel: Too much bite. A smoother hef where the flavors find balance is more to my liking. Perhaps not an ideal bottle of Thunderweizen?
Drinkability: Okay, I guess. Not a favorite.
BrewBoxer (2003) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the stone resto on the airport. Pours a bright yellow mustard coal or with a fluffy heS. Almost an orange taste with a bready taste. Decent taste with a nice drink ability for the weather
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hawthorne00 (2432) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Hazy gold with a modest white head for a hefe. Wheaty bread aroma with lemon, peach, more vanilla than banana, cloves. Lovely creamy texture. Bready, sweet and fruity with a distinct tanginess and (maybe slightly over-) prominent cloves. Not all that much banana, which is very much to my taste. Rustic and refreshing.
JBoan (176) - Arizona, USA - SEP 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a one finger white head. Aroma is wheat, bread, citrus fruit, banana and some spice. Taste is wheat, bread and fruity citrus and some banana. Light to medium bodied, balanced clean refreshing beer.