AgedOak (98) - Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle that pours a deep dark brown with a somewhat fizzy tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, some spice and yeast. Chocolate, caramel and roasted malts are the flavors up front. As it warms a creamy coffee mouthfeel dominates the tounge. A very nice dunkel that seemed a mild porter in the finish. Very nice while grilling out in 20 degree February weather in Ohio; standing in 15 inches of snow.
blutt59 (5914) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, via trade with the pittsburghkid, deep brown pour with orange highlights, lasting cream tan foam, aromas of bananas, roast and chocolate, nice roasty coffee and chocolate flavors, lighter bodied but not watery
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another 12 oz extra from the Epieest! Pours a deep coffee brown with a small bubbly beige head, not much lacing. Big clove spice, banana, coffee grounds and blackened malt on the nose. Big flavor to this brew, banana bread, dry wheat and toasted malts. great carbonation and mouth feel.
mmmbeer (1190) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle from Guerde- thank you! Served in my stein that has seen better days- poured a near perfect black when held to a light source, huge white head formed, laced very nicely, and made me sleepy from it’s pillow like inception. Aroma of a hearty roasted malt, wheat, and ... something that I just can’t put my finger on, but it’s a nice memory of what I beer could be, and life should be. Hits the mouth with high-medium body, malt is definately there, banana and clove in the middle, finish is lasting, cloying, and smacks you across the face. Definition of a dunkel.
BelgianBeerGal (2874) - Dayton Area, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz traded bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a tall brown head. Pretty big aroma of bitter chocolate and roasted malt. The mouthfeel is very creamy and honestly reminds me of chocolate milk mixed with caramel sauce. Maybe a little thin overall but pleasant.
kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 15, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of MatSciGuy. Thanks, Levi!! Pours a dark, murky cola-brown color; light tan head with good retention and lacing. The aroma gives a lovely, clear chocolate and roasted malt note, alongside a hint of roasted meats and cloves; very clear presentation, nicely dry; complex and terribly refreshing; every note here strikes clearly: chocolate, roast, cinnamon, and cloves, all above a nicely intricate estery character. Medium mouthfeel: after the Crack’d Wheat, this seems a touch heavier and an entirely different beast, but gorgeous in its own right: creamy carbonation, lively citrus acidity, hugely drinkable; the chocolate and roasted malts take center stage here, alongside the clove and cinnamon and roasted meat character; lively acidity, carefully roasted without astringency or ashiness; just a beautiful presentation of dark and well-roasted malts; hugely sessionable, nicely dry core, and just a generous, clear display of everything tasty in dunkelweizens; most likely the tastiest rendition I’ve ever sampled. Lovely stuff. Medium finish of roasted malts, light smoke and sweet cloves; nicely balanced end. An absolutely lovely, hugely sessionable dunkelweizen.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black is the new wheat according to New Glarus Brewing out of New Glarus, Wisconsin and if they say so, then I believe them. New Glarus is well established as a brewery to look forward to, to aspire to, and to challenge. A brand new challenge for me is their Black Wheat.
Dirty brown glares at me from my glass while small bubbles clump together to form a small head which is all fine and dandy with me because it would just get in the way of its tasty nose. Banana, bubblegum, cloves, pumpernickel bread warm from the oven, burnt sugars, and a wisp of black fruit and I am near nirvana. Rich yet delicate, her nose is black as pitch and I am in no need for illumination anytime soon. Licking my lips, I set foot into her lusciously smooth and slightly thin body to find that what she lacks in weight she more than makes up for in flavor. Anybody who believes that only big, rich, heavy, high-test beers can showcase heart-stopping complexity have obviously not had the New Glarus Black Wheat, or any other truly artisanal small/mild/table beer. A gentle dryness permeates her palate while warm pumpernickel and banana bread, cloves, burnt brown sugars, and a whisper of rotten bananas play together in perfect harmony. Prunes, raisins, and plums have their moment in the spotlight, but the main star of the show is a sweeter, dryer, slightly burnt take on rich artisanal banana and pumpernickel bread. Slice me a chunk, slather on some butter and cinnamon sugar sprinkles, and I am good to go. Maybe a wee bit more weight to her body, but that is a minor nitpick as I am far too busy enjoying her boisterous flavors. Tasty.
Brilliantly different and satisfyingly tasty; I have zero qualms about the Black Wheat from New Glarus Brewing. I usually expect a bit more weight and a fuller mouthfeel from a wheat beer, but I think she worked perfectly just as she was. Expectations are meant to be broken, and judging by how much I enjoyed her as-is, I know that if she were to add more weight and a fuller mouthfeel, I wouldn’t enjoy her as much. If it aint broke, don’t fix it.
JoeTheYounger (1113) - Claremont, California, USA - JAN 1, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a dark brown color with nice head. Aroma was very roasty and nutty with some spices. Taste was caramel roasty, and toasty with some chocolate present. Pallet was medium. Very good beer.
MrChopin (2763) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 25, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2010 Bottle thanks to brian23456 (BA)!
Black cherry body with a thin beige head. Nose has heavy anise, chocolate, and roasted grain. Flavor is similarly but shows too much alcohol, adding a medicinal note that grows through the finish. Incredible body with light carbonation and silky weight. Pretty good, but the anise and heavy medicinal quality aren’t personal favorites.
alexsdad06 (3846) - Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle shared by shigadeyo. Pours a dark brown color with a large fluffy beige head. The aroma has notes of chocolate, roasted malt, spices, yeast, and slight banana. The flavor has nice amounts of roasted malt, mild caramel sweetness, banana, cloves all with the expected wheat notes. The mouthfeel is rather full for a wheat beer, but soft and smooth with every sip. Another solid offering from one of my favorite breweries.