Pailhead (4622) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - AUG 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2010 Bottle: The aroma consists of caramel, banana, and clove. It pours a cloudy golden-orange with a small white head. Th flavor starts with banana and a hint of citrus. The finish has light-moderate caramel with a hint of clove. It seems like a really solid Hefe, but the caramel really throws things off. I wonder if freshness would have anything to do with it and maybe age has added the caramel notes. Medium bodied with soft carbonation and mouthfeel.
robertjm (761) - Albany, California, USA - AUG 27, 2010
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked this up on the spur of the moment. Small head white head. Nothing to really get excited over. At first I thought this was "mit hefe", but it appears to be just cloudy. Perhaps they didn’t bother filtering it? Orange colored body. Somewhat subdued bananas and clove in flavor. Aroma nothing to really write home about. This would be a good hefe to have in the house when throwing a party. Not overly yeasty, but with a little more flavor than some I’ve had before.
radagast83 (4445) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber from Trader Joes in Fairfax VA. Poured a cloudy light-orange color with a white head. Aroma is cloves, bananas, light malts. Flavor is bananas, cloves, wheat. A decent brew, though a bit unrefined. For the price it is hard to beat.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - AUG 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bomber, purchased at Trader Joes for $1.99. No, that is not a typo, the beer was $1.99.
Killer lively pour. Poured a golden, almost amber color. Aroma was bread, clove, banana. Flavor was much of the same. Definitely true to style, and easy to drink. Did I mention it was $1.99?
yemenmocha (658) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - AUG 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
American attempts at Hefe-Weizen are often lame, but this one is fairly decent. Pours a rather luminous straw color that is nonetheless hazy, and it yields a beautiful rocky white head. Nose has a good balance of esters and banana. On the palate the soft wheaty flavors mix nicely with the banana clove, though the flavors don’t leap onto the palate like many genuine Bavarian examples do. Rather easy drinking.
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle, purchased at Trader Joe’s Santa Rosa. Pours a hazy, bright orange color; fine-bubbled off-white head with decent retention (though things fizzle at the end, to just a thin perimeter of bubbles) and patchy lacing; great appearance, to decent appearance. Bright, juicy citrus at the front of the aroma, followed by rich, creamy banana notes and creme brulee character; the clove character seems a bit malformed, if it’s possible to have something like a malformed clove character... in any case, this comes off more peppery in the nose, and doesn’t quite have the richness and light caramelization that I enjoy in certain German wheat beers (definitely an American rendition, let’s say); overall, solid. Medium body; lively carbonation; just a touch of creaminess in the mouthfeel; the lively, modestly acidic citrus again plays a significant role here, more than I really prefer in the grand scheme of things (gives it a sharp approach); the bananas notes play out accordingly, and the clove character is a bit better-formed than in the aroma, meshed with a slight pepperiness; I’m getting a touch of tea-like character at the core, which isn’t what I want; but I’m being nitpicky altogether, and honestly this is a pretty damn tasty beer, just a significantly Americanized version, which doesn’t tend to do it for me quite the same way well-decocted, creamy-as-all-get-out German hefeweizens do; still, tasty. Medium, toasty finish: light husky wheat; dry.
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 10, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber from Trader Joe’s Glen Allen, VA. Pours a hazy orange-amber color with a thin head. Fair head retention and lacing. The aroma is yeasty and bready with mild spice and caramel. The taste is canned fruit salad, including pineapple and pear. Some bready notes. Thin-medium bodied. Meh.
mjg74 (2490) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 4, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Trader Joe’s. Good price coming in at 2 bucks. Nice hefe. Very refreshing. Not quite as sweet as I like in a hefe though. Some bubblegum and a fair amount of spice. A really well made hefe.
obguthr (3653) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUL 28, 2010
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Banana and clove aroma, balanced, some coriander present. Cloudy golden, thin white head. Clove and lemon flavor, lightly tart, not a lot of character. A bit over-carbonated and stale aftertaste. This one started out fine and just went south. A pity.
BrewDad (4844) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz Bomber – Trader Joes – Olympia, WA
Aroma – Great bread like aroma with strong grapefruit.
Appearance – Amber in color, Hazy, with a thin head.
Flavor – This has great wheat malts strong fruit flavors with grapefruit and close flavors.
Palate – Dry finish with a Good Mouthfeel.
Overall – Tasty hefe. Loved the flavors. This beer was a great beer for the summer night.