mkel07 (5228) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
640ml bottle. This beer has a lot of colour and a strong body for the style. Hazy murky golden amber colour with a solid head. There is a lot going on in the aroma with a real fruit bowl of aromas bursting forth. Good texture and body and a really good strong flavour. This one was a nice pleasant surprise.
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Blocky head strong carbonation orange gold pour aromas mild spice passionfruit citrus floral sweetness yeast green banana flavours grainy smoothness sweet matching bitter lemon passionfruit floral sweetness spice very mild some green banana resiny taste the finish above average hefe good sweetness some fruit floral spice a decent bitter goes down well
hawthorne00 (3544) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 8C. Clear rosy amber with a large off-white head. Aroma of kumquats, lychees, passionfruit, lemon pudding. Taste is slightly sweet with caramel, a hint of wheat, window cleaner, tropical fruits. A little odd licorice note at the end. Seemed a little syrupy as it warmed. Quite interesting. Nothing to do with hefeweizens at all.
maneliquor (3484) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours bright orange with a small white head leaving solid lacing. Nose gives the impression of a citra hopped ipa. Loads of citrus with a touch of spice behind it all. The ’wheat’ side of things comes out a little more in the taste. Citric hoppage over cloves and floral undertones. Works very well and is rather balanced despite a decent amount of hops in this one. Quite a full and lengthy mouth feel with nice, prickly carbonation. Actually a very pleasing beer which surprises me from this mob and I would buy it again. Yes, you just read that
bluevegie (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 17, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden amber body with lasting head. Some clove notes on the aroma with only a little of that in the taste, light orange also coming through in the taste will try again but don’t know if it will improve.
ALLOVATE (2912) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Of two minds about this one and that was before I tried it. The marriage of wheat malt and wheat beer yeast is a fantastic thing and high-hopping goes against the grain and is best left to pale ales. After all, what is the use of it being a wheat beer to start. Anyways.
5 on 5 for appearance, but not of a wheat beer; radiant light copper and just off bright with well conditioned, fine carbonation. Off-white head, a good inch thick, rocky and steadfast leaving a curtain of foam upon the glass. Big, bold, juicy, perfume soaked hop nose; resinous and full of tropical fruit esters with little nuances reminiscent of vine-clippings, green cooking plantains and olfactory piercing spice. Syruppy, jungle juice mouthfeel; reminds me a lot of Golden Circle™ pineapple juice in both feel and taste. It is rounded, soft and oily past the tonsils. Perfumy rasp in and around the swallow with moderate bitterness quashed under the syruppy, tangy and sweet fruit esters. So much pineapple, a little peach and apricot, guava, etc, like the aroma. The alcohol makes an appearance too giving it a liqueurish, warming feel. Little of anything else really. I’d be daft to call it anything but a tasty, appealingly aromatic ale. I just don’t get it is all!!! (66cL, BB 23/01/13, Mane Liquor, Belmont)
Davros (2831) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy dark amber with a large, fading head.
Nose shows tropical fruity hops, lychee, peach, nectarines. Like fruit confectionery, very sweet smelling.
Similarly fruity falvours, but not more of the wheat comes through. Pretty sweet. Very sweet actually.
Body should be a bit lighter, it’d make it more refreshing.
Muggus69 (2142) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - MAR 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Finally got my hands on one of these bad boys.
Pours a deep gold body into my Erdinger weizen glass. Clarity is somewhat hazy - to be expected from a hefe right? Holds a decent sized creamy white head, leaving sparce lace.
Aroma screams hops - pine, pineapple, peach, along with some golden syrup malt character and faint clove phenolic.
Full on the palate, somewhat chewy alluding to a bit of extra booze/high finishing gravity. Carbonation is relatively high, perhaps not as much as a hefe, but it think that’s a good thing; high carb + hops = not so good.
Plenty of malt upfront; biscuit, light caramels, some grainy toasted cereal wheat character which is nice. Hops are at the forefront without being overly aggressive; more pine/cedar, ripe stonefruits. Finishes with seemingly just the right amount of bitterness, more hop woodiness lingers with a suggestion of yeast-derived phenolic.
It has to be said, well done to the Mad Brewers on this one. A hybrid style that really hasn’t had many attempts on the Aussie brew scene, and particularly by such a big player. The beer is very sound, tastes great, well balanced, excellently drinkable; can’t help but compare it to the closest Aussie beer in style, Murrays Whale Ale, but a far bigger, more substantial version.
davidm (2069) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 5, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Vintage Cellars. Great beer, with great hop notes. Aromas of caramel, grass, hay, with hints of citrus and bubblegum. Taste starts sweet, with bitterness taking over for a long finish. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Amber, with a frothy head.
Stew41 (1942) - Phuket, THAILAND - MAY 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Without a doubt one of the best efforts from the series but regardless does’t quite hang together. The nose and front palate shows clear here notes of citrus ad spice but the heavy hop component progressively drowns out of the fruit. Gets bitter and firm and also shows a mild ’’imperial’ note of heavy resin and cooked fruit.