JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2007 Hazy golden color with a medium white head. Aroma is sweet with some light banana, wheat, cinnamon, and spice. Flavor is incredibly smooth - quality wheat malts, light banana and citrus, cinnamon, and a great finish. Really well put together, unlike most Hefeweizens. I love it when a good brewery takes an average style and really goes all out with it.
yespr (33187) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 fl oz bottle thanks to brewfiend. Pours hazy yellow with a white head. Clean wheat aroma. Banana and slight bubblegum wheat flavour, medium sweet and dry. Dry wheaty finish, very nice and flavourfull and clean. Very nice surprise, crisp and clean.
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2007
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottled. Hazy golden coloured. Overripe banans and yeast in the aroma. Sweet flavour of old bananas. Light to medium bodied. High carbonation level. Some sharp yeastiness in the finish. Bland.
Pailhead (5240) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - AUG 29, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2008 Courtesy of Styles
Bottle: Outstanding aroma that contains huge amounts of bubblegum, lots of banana, clove, cinnamon (definitely there, but I have a feeling I may have missed it if not stated in the description since it blends so well with the clove), and light citrus. Pours a cloudy golden-orange with a small orange tinged white head that is short lasting and leaves no lacing behind. Flavor starts with a nice blend of bubblegum and banana with light yeastiness. The finish has a quick dose of tangy citrus wheat notes along with clove, cinnamon, and light acidity. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Even at 7.2%, I’d have no problem making this a regular session beer of mine. One of the best Hefeweizens you’re going to find. Easily ranks at the top of my list.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - AUG 28, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The quintessential wheat beer appearance and pour from the bottle. Looks like peach-apricot juice, multi-hued orange, just exquisite. Tiny bubbles stream upwards and support a mid-sized, very creamy and fantastically retained head. I could go on for paragraphs about how perfect this appearance is. I poured it in the kitchen and as I walked quickly to the living room to begin rating it, a jetstream of banana notes infiltrated the air I waded through. The nose is very seducing silky wheat malt, mild but glowing bananas, light clove and very light alcohol. Milder notes of lemon peel, orange and bready malts, with just a touch of cereal grain. Simple, near perfect for the style and as quenching as an aroma could be. Alcohol is more prevalent in the flavor but doesn’t indicate a flawed aspect of the taste, rather it’s so high to be this well integrated it nearly unbelievable. Banana creme pie and vanilla roll across the tongue first, followed by silky wheat, very light tropical fruit notes and light yeast. No astringency at all, very little acidity. The palate is silken, soft, caressing, stunning. If it were any softer you’d never know it was there, but for lively and very compacted carbonation. Light spice in the finish, banana lingering on and fading steadily and slowly. This is absolutely amazing!!! New Glarus brews wheat beers as good as they as they have ever been, anywhere, and I can yell that from the highest peak or in the most crowded room with 100% confidence. A mind-blowing experience, especially considering the style.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 28, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a gorgeous glowing orange, yellow with a medium, fluffy off white head. Well retained, with light bubbles floating to the top. Huge banana and orange citrus fruits fill the air around the top of the glass with the wheat esters balancing them out fully. Really inviting smell. Just a flutter of some cinnamon spice shows up during a big inhalation that makes the mouth almost water. Very creamy texture, seems almost perfectly balanced. The wheat really takes a hold of the reigns in the flavor, with the banana and orange taking their spot in the backseat to give moral support. The cinnamon also clings around too to give it a little zest and spiciness. The finish is long and soothing, with a semi-sweet little aftertaste. Really well done wheat. I need to get more of this.
sloth (2564) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - AUG 28, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle supplied by eaglefan, thanks Brian! Pours a large white head, excellent retention with minimal lacing. Hazy gold colored ale. Solid appearence. Nose of bananna, yeasty, doughy and lightly fruity. Body is a tad thin, watery, lightly creamy, but will do in a pinch i guess. Medium sweet maltiness backed by a pleasent fruitiness, bananna, a hint of apple, lightly spicey, clovey and some caramel malts hiding in there also. Fairly dry fruity finish. A solid Hefe for sure. Unfortunately,,, Hefes just dont rock my world much any more. Thanks again Brian!
badgerben (4529) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 28, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Many thanks to Skyview for letting me bum a bottle of this off his most recent Wisconsin trip. Very cloudy yellow color with a medium head. Holy freaking banana aroma! Ever made banana bread and had a pile of mushed bananas in front of you? Yeah, jam your face into it; that’s more or less what this smells like. Significant wheat aroma, too. Oh man... Sweet banana, orange, lemon, wheat and slight cloves all blend together magically. Thick and creamy mouthfeel. Dan Carey of New Glarus, you are the rock god of wheat beers. Wheat may not be my favorite style, but I would almost be willing to give up Imperial Stouts for life if I could drink an infinite lineup of New Glarus wheat beers. Okay, maybe not that extreme, but getting damn close.
twindadplus2 (619) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 28, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy amber-orange with a big pillowy head. Aroma of wheat, cinnamon and sweet fruit. Flavor is smooth and sweet with lots of clove and bananas. Crisp, peppery, fruity finish. A very nice wheat.
Thure (152) - DENMARK - AUG 27, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy orange with a thick white head. Nice wheat aroma with lots of phenols and esters to the nose. Strong banana and clove flavor with a dry slightly tart finish that hase some citrussy aftertaste.