IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - APR 29, 2006
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Poured a hazy golden with a small white head. Aroma of acidic lemony citrus with some off notes, like sweaty gym socks. Taste is toffee, lemon, and more sock character. Not impressed.
beastiefan2k (2260) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I worte my rating of this beer knowing nothing other than it is a hefe: Bottle poured into a small pilsner glass. Color is cloudy light yellow. The nose is very lemony, more lemon than just citus. A very present aroma. The beer has a bite to it when you taste it. Jumps in your mouth and tickles the taste buds. The flavor is again lemony, not hefe-like. The beer has a light body with a bit of bitterness. It seems my original notes go hand in hand with the decision to make it a spice/herb/veg beer.
BitchesBrew (714) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 27, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
[bottle] Sweet sugary aroma. Flavors are strong wheat, yeast and lemony citrus flavors. Finishes quite bitter. Not the greatest.
Beerdedone (2465) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2006 From the Joeís garage collection sampled with Stegosaurus, pours golden with a decent white head, aroma of citrus, sweet malts, slight hoppy aroma. Flavor is sweet up font, lemony flavored with some hoppy bitterness and a dry finish, i enjoyed this.
cjw163 (109) - hummelstown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from joes garage.. Hefenwiesens are an aquired tasted and I loved it.. But a buddy of mine hated it... love the lemongrass flavor.
argo0 (11167) - Washington DC, USA - APR 23, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz bottle, best by end of 7/06) Hazy straw body topped by a medium pillowy white head. Aroma is medium sweet, herbal (lemongrass), lemon, some clove. Taste is medium sweet, tart lemon, some lemongrass, banana, herbal. Creamy light-medium body with some crispness. Guess Iím in the minority, but I enjoyed this one.
TheBeerLover (1024) - DC Metro Area, USA - APR 23, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Interesting and flavorful wheat beer that stylistically is a hefeweizen but with the addition of lemon grass. Pours to a hazy, pale yellow color, with a thick, tall, creamy, white head, and a vibrant carbonation. The nose is intresting with aromas of lemon grass/cirtrus aroma, with hints of esters of banana, and clove. The palate is firm, with good, tart, malted wheat flavor, paired with esters of fruit, and some lemon grass/citrus flavor. This beer finishes with more wheat malt up front, then ends spicy with some notes of citrus/lemon grass that lingers. This is one of those, love it or hate it type of beers. Many beer lovers will find this beer to be a failure and hate it. I personally liked this one. I enjoyed the addition of lemon grass, and being a big fan of Thai food, I could see matching this beer up with a papaya salad, or with coconut lemon grass soup. Would also work well with pad thai, or red and green curries.
VTHopHead (1493) - Barre, Vermont, USA - APR 20, 2006
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle - Poured a hazy yellow in color with a "hefty" bright white head. Aroma is slightly reminicient of what a hefe is supposed to be... clove/banana, yeasty... the lemon grass imparts a "fake" lemon taste that does not meet up to what a nice fresh lemon slice would be in a good hefe. Not as good as I hoped it would be... a pretty poor showing for this brewer...
beerbeer420 (4) - manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 19, 2006 does not count
1.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
its not worth saying anymore then smells realy bad i love most magic hat this sucks
bubbleflubber (1700) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - APR 19, 2006
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Large portions of collective yeast in this bottle. So much that it sticks to the side/bottom of the bottle, depending on how it lays. Pours with a nice retentive head, and has a lot of yeasty aromas intermingling with what smells like a permed hairdo. And this perm goes directly into the flavor. Man, if this is labeled a hefe, then it sucks.... there is nothing (other than the look) that is reminiscent of a hefe AT ALL. The editorís note is correct... this is a herb/veg/spice brew. Iím picking up some earthy vegetables (and that stupid perm) with a spiced-back medium finish. It feels like Iíve accidentally swallowed a bottle of perm solution (sorry, I just canít avoid it, as it predominates the ENTIRE brew). Iím not huge on veg/herb brews, but I would NEVER recommend this to a hefe seeker. This couldnít be further from one. Itís possible my bottle could have been bad, but since so many others make that same statement, Iím beginning to feel as if this is the best it gets.