vyvvy (4470) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very hazy yellow, almost orange, with a large white head. The aroma has banana, clove, bubblegum and a nice richness. Very smooth and nice aroma. Medium / full body for the style that’s smooth and has fairly soft carbonation. The flavor starts with smooth rich wheat, phenols, clove, light bubblegum and is very rich and full flavored. The finish is like a spicy banana meringue pie. Really nice for the style
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
hazy orange, slightly dark for the style. large white head, but quickly dissolving. sweet nose with clove and some orange. mouthfeel is thick, slightly high for the style. a lot of sweetness, more than typical with restrained but pleasant clove yeast notes. residual sweetness is not cloying, but is present. a nice hefeweizen that treads on the fuller version of the style, but i enjoy more than the watery and acrid versions. quality weizen
unclemattie (4320) - Georgia, USA - AUG 30, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle. Trader Joe’s, Roswell ,Ga. Cloudy orange color, white head. Aroma of bread. Aroma of banana, citrus and bread. Flavor of pale wheat malt, woody bitterness. Lots of banana and clove. A touch of earthy fflavors in the finish. A bit on the yeast filled end of a hefe, but not too much where you feel bloated and gassy. A bit on the thinner side and at a great price. Very nice flavor and perfect to style.
Pailhead (5348) - 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 (783) - 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 (5323) - 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 (659) - 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 (3207) - 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 (9967) - 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.