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 hasnít 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 Iíd 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 didnít expect it and certainly didnít 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 (4721) - 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 monkeyís 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 couldnít 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 couldnít 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 (whereís 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.
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 27, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Doughy aroma with hints of banana. Pours a small head that disappears within a few seconds. A fairly modest flavour, but not unpleasant. Compared to most other widely available Australian beers this is a pretty good beer. Compared to other international hefeweizens it would be considerred average.
DuffMan (6172) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was soooo much better when I had it on tap at The Vic after my first footy match, so Iíll base my rating on that experience. Pale gold, hazy, with a big head and nice lacing. Terrific sweet citrus aromas, with a light palate of tangerine and vanilla, and something else... cinnamon? Iím not sure of the latter, but overall it was surprisingly excellent. Equally surprising was how the bottled version failed to deliver any of these flavours! Much better on tap.