vanvenlo (1236) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JAN 10, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
4 Oct 05 - Good citrus wheat hop aroma. Clear yelloq golden colour, good head and OK suds lacing. Big citrus hop flavour. Low biterness, light m outhfeel, lacks complexity or something, but easy drinking
Tyler*Durden (72) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 6, 2006
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very tasty wheat beer...my second favorite Australian beer on tap (after Alpha Pale Ale, also by Matilda Bay). Is flavourful, with banana/clove. Very easy drinking and interesting wheat beer.
djm (5) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 3, 2006 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent filtered wheat beer without the expected flavors of a german hefe, banana/clove, but far more tasty and refreshing than most american style wheat beers. Delicious with just a thimble of raspberry syrup too.
Sadly, this beer hasn’t been available in the US since the early 90s. Why we get Fosters and not this is beyond me.
Monty84 (18) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 8, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I really love this beer. Easily the best Australian brewed beer that I have tried. When drinking redback I always find it to be refreshing and easy to drink. The taste is difficult to describe - sweet, yeasty and wheaty. It has a lovely aroma too. I could drink these all day. Well done to Matilda Bay for producing such a fine beer.
wenzeled (10) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 6, 2005
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A reasonable attempt, but not what you would call an outstanding beer.
Lacking in bannana/clove characteristics. lacking in aroma. A nice summer beer if you couldnt get a Hoegarden.
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - NOV 11, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Found this in Tokyo at an International Food Festival right outside Shibuya Station (Thanks for directions TimE) A clear medium gold with a white head.
Mostly bubblegum, some Banana not much with the cloves though. Sweet but a bit sticky. Not bad but I’d call it a Kristalweizen not a Hefe, no cloudyness at all.
thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 4, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nothing wrong with this one really, just a bit lacking in all of the characteristics I would expect from a good hefe. Its like the yeast derived banana, bubblegum flavors wanted to get out but were held back. Nice mouthfeel that you would expect and a lasting frothy head lead you to believe the wheat beer claim, but it just isnt quite up to the challenge.
batchsaid (1) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 29, 2005 does not count
1.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
This pours as quite a nice beer, first sip in good but when it leaves your mouth the overwhelming flavour is... BACON!!! WTF. It is seriously wired. I didn’t expect it and certainly didn’t appreciate it one bit. Salty cured meet is not a nice flavour in beer. But if have to give them points for ingenuity I cant imagine how the hell you get a bacon flavour into beer.
caesar (5131) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 16, 2005
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I had this beer at the 3 wise monkey’s pub in Sydney. Crowdy bar for young people (like me or younger), but the reason i went over there was the live music. However, they served this draft beer with a huge slice of citrus in it, so I couldn’t recognise this one as a Hefeweizen. Clear yellow color, short head. The slice of citrus made it smell like citrus, sweet and penetrating, only some hops. I couldn’t recognise any banana or clove. Taste was like a regular pale lager, but with a more sirupy texture. Still, it was not too bad.
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 10, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted 10/08/2005. 345ml bottle from BrewNZ.
Yellow gold, crystal clear (where’s the yeast), with a few bubble trails rising through the glass. Just off-white head that dimishes and disappears. Nice, subtle, nose that is all german wheat yeast - banana, bubblegum and cloves. Same notes dominate mouth; a sweetish flavour up front is followed by a woody, spicey, middle and a lingering lemon and mint (!?) finish. Spiciness lingers all around the mouth. Mouthfeel is lightweight, a little fluffy and has a slightly sharp tingle. A better beer than I, sceptically, thought this would be but it definitely lacks the smoothness of a great interpretation. Perhaps a bit light on the wheat.