Brigadier (3470) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle
I’ve had a couple of these now. My conclusion is that while this is an awesome release I can’t wait for the next one. It is a perfectly made hefeweizen ... which means I can’t get all that excited about it. It is on par with the Piece Top Heavy Hefeweizen which I had later (but entered earlier). If only it were possible to cellar this, I would drink it again next summer.
Aroma / Appearance - The hazy orange body danced lightly around the glass swirling into a yellow murk towards the base. A bleached white head sat on top the entire time, wavering only a little towards the end. Vanilla, wheat, whipping cream and a very strong fruit foundation make it accessible to almost anyone.
Flavor / Palate - Ripened bananas, wheat and a hint of butterscotch (not in a bad way) hit the senses the first. The tastes do not really change over the course of this very sessionable beer. It only took ten minutes to finish off and then I was ready for the next one. Perhaps I just like my hefeweizens heavier on the fruit than most but that was the only major flaw I was able to find. If this were an annnual relase I woul buy several sixers a year.
JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours cloudy gold with average head. Aroma of wheat and spice with dark fruit. Flavor matches aroma - a tad too much sweetness for me, but I could just be getting sick of the dark fruit theme... it’s been in virtually all their unplugged series and now seems to be creeping into their others... .
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2007
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a nice cloudy gold with a medium-sized white head. There is plenty of lacing throughout. Aroma is heavy with wheat and spice. The taste is very robust for a wheat beer but not too over-the-top. It finishes very crisp and is not as rich as other wheats. Nicely balanced, and thus easier to drink a lot of it. Cheers New Glarus!
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Skyview for sharing. Hops and wheat on the nose with faint yeast. Similar flavor. Cloyingly sweet bubblegum finish.
awautlet (45) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 7, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nutty brown. Aroma smells of rich wheat with hints of spice. The palate was fuller for a wheat beer which makes it a little different than many American wheats. Wonderful crisp and slightly bitter finish.
1FastSTi (3359) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 7, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours to a really hazy graham cracker brown body with a tall, lasting, airy meringue white head. Awesome head retention, lacing, and color. The aroma is alive with crisp wheat, bubblegum clove yeasts, ripe bananas. The best smelling German Hefeweizen I’ve ever smelled. Notes of graham crackers. The flavor is wheaty graham crackers, ripe bananas, light bubblegum yeasts. Very tasty. The palate is medium bodied with a nice vibrant carbonation. Light lingering quality of flavor, but finishes clean. If there ever was a perfect beer in any style, this is it!
prosqtor (408) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 5, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I was very excited to try this wheat beer at the State Fair. So excited that it was my first beer of the day! Alas, my excitement waned as soon as the first drops touched my tongue. There’s too damn much wheat in here, so much that, when combined with all of the cinnamon and malt it tastes like a piece of bread. Maybe some people like that, but it’s not for me. From the tap.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - AUG 5, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thank you Drewbeerme for this 12oz bottle. Cloudy orange apperance with huge white long lasting head. Strangely I can get the cinnamon in the nose as well as other spiciness and a small amount of sweet malt, also some alc. Orange as well as other fruit in the flavor as well as wheat, banana, biscuit, very solid. Full body and creamy. As I said very solid. I wish I had greater access to these beers.
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2007
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not as good as the Solstice or Black but better than the Copper. Kind of guessed the high ABV from the name and once I poured it the head seemed a bit forced as it was very effervescent, like a soda, not as creamy as other hefe’s. Plus that seems to be a trend, kicking up the ABV in lighter beers, a trend I really dont like, especially for summer.
Pours a hazy stained oak color with the forementioned head. Nice aroma of yeast, cloves, and bananas. Taste is of fresh bread with a hint of spice. There is a definite alcohol burn at the back of the throat which got more noticable toward the end.
A disappointment for me in a style I usually like.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to monger for this gem. It pours a cloudy dark yellow with a frothy, meringue like white head. The aroma and flavor are of cloves and some banana with a crisp finish. Very tasty.