1FastSTi (3341) - 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 (1301) - 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 (3000) - 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.
Skyview (5269) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 1, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked up a single 12-oz bottle at Murray’s Liquors in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. Pours a cloudy golden pale brew with a creamy off white head that slowly dissolves to a fine film and good lacing. Aroma of tropical fruit, banana esters, light yeast and some flowery hops. Taste is semi-sweet, medium bodied with very light carbonation. Flavors picked up are multi-grain malt, some pineapple and something that reminds me of those candy sugar cigarettes I once tried, or was it Bazooka bubble gum? Finish is smooth and creamy, with some slight yeast and banana aftertaste flavor.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 30, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good looking, appetizing aroma - sweet and spicy. Lots of "tart" wheat malt here, which balances the sharp spiciness. Lots of blunt sweet fruitiness (banana, peach). Not the thirst quencher I was expecting, but a unique and tasty beer.
Stine (1627) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 30, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2008 July 2007. Very hazy and bright golden pour producing a very thick cream. Clove and butter nose. Banana esters and golden kiwi, mashed wildflower pulp. More cloves on the tongue, with peach, pineapple, and bubblegum. A weird, unpleasant waft of cigarrette smoke at the finish mars this a bit. Kind of singes the nose with swallowing. Acidic finish. A mildly dry pear skin and cinnamon character. Fresh and lively palate lets very little alcohol through. Pristinely well made, as usual. Thanks for sharing, Bob! 8/4/6/4/15 3.7
August 2008.Opaque sunny orange appearance. Clove, butter, mint and perfectly ripe banana nose, with a cottony, white bread texture. Lightly herbal, and greenish. Smooth, and soft, and quiet. Flavor throws sugary bits of golden and green kiwi on the typical ripe banana, soft clove and buttery yeast profile. Lemon presence provides a sparkly tartness, but for the most part the flavors are thick and sweet. A fluffy bubblegum flourish at mid-palate pulls it in the wrong direction, slightly. Because the body is so full, the chunkiness of the ester and powdery fruit sugar sweetness gets to be somewhat cloying, especially as there’s not enough of a dry bite at the finish for it to be called refreshing. It’s a mild dryness in the finish, something like cinnamon sugar and fruit skin. Though nice, there’s too much body, altogether, and not enough brisk. 7/4/7/3/14 3.5
Same 2008 batch, again. Reconsidering. This is a really lush and balanced spicy-sweet example. A calmish, blonde weizen bock of sorts that takes no prisoners in its assault of myriad spices and fruit. When longing for something brisk and refreshing, Weihenstephaner is still the best, but when looking for something of depth and substance, and still with a little refreshing bite, this one couldn’t better satisfy. 8/4/8/4/16 4.0
Suttree (5255) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 29, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, 7.2%? Seriously? Very fruity, bready aroma, and a very nice, light palate. If I were prone to using the word "lovely", this would be the time. Flavors is also rather sweet, with a definate pineapple note combined with clove, cinnamon. Very enjoyable. Thanks to Buckybeer for the trade!
hopdog (9133) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Poured a medium to deeper and cloudy golden color with a larger sized head. Aromas of spices (cloves and cinnamon as the description notes), bananas, wheat, and citrus. Tastes of spices (I’m getting more cinnamon vs. cloves), bananas, wheat and citrus. Lightly tart finish. Never would have guessed this one was more than 7%.