hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours into my wheat glass with a huge rocky head that dissipates over time as huge carbonation bubbles rise up the side of the glass. Super cloudy and golden in color. Aroma of toasted wheat, caramel candy and caramelized banana. Flavors of earthy bubblegum and banana with a nice bit of lemony-wheat before a touch of clove, but really not much spice at all. Towards the end it starts tasting a little like apples. Palate is nice and refreshing, with prickly carbonation and a slightly drying finish. Overall, it may be a little sweet and I find the apple-clove combination in the finish a little strange.
CapFlu (5101) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 16, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottle) Obtained in a trade with Ughsmash. Thanks Jason! Pours a lage, lasting white foamy head with a cloudy, orange amber body. Nose of warm banana peels. Flavour is slightly vanilla atop a banana and wet wheat exterior. Decent enough but too sweet and lacking spice. Reminds me of Aventinus only more watered down with apple juice and bourbon extract.
hophead82 (4) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2007 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
If you like Franziskaner Hefeweizen then this is the Wisconsin clone. I am a big fan of this latest edition to New Glarus’ line of beers.
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 14, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy medium-orange body, thick off-white to buff head. Strong estery nose of clove and banana. Estery body highlighting clove with lighter banana notes, giving way to a tangy, wet hay wheat kick. Good balance of the yeast and malt elements; I love how the esters hit the palate immediately but fade away to the tangy malt and nose-tingling alcohol. Smooth, complex, and refreshing, another winner from this fine brewery.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Benno’s Microbrew Tent at the State Fair, Milwaukee, WI. If there was such as thing as an exemplar of German Hefeweissen, this would be the beer. If RB rated to style, this man of odd-looking dance would reign king at 5.0. Aromas of hay, banana, cinnamon, alfalfa blended nicely with the various smells of the festival, both fair and foul. Hints of nutmeg and walnut blend with cane syrup and grass on the palate, aiding and abetting my experience with the swine nearby. An excellent beer to complement an always enjoyable state fair. Bravo, Dan Carey. (And by the way, the lederhosen are always a nice touch at the Great Taste, although the Super Hop Hearty needed some reworking.)
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - AUG 12, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Hazy bright orange with a three finger creamy off-white head that lasted most of the glass. Ripe bananas, clove, lots a lovely yeast, and even hints of vanilla and vanilla pudding make up the aroma--I didn’t pick up any cinnamon. Flavor adds a bit of a lemon tang to cut the sweetness of all the aforementioned aromas. I don’t think this has any bitterness at all. No idea this thing was as strong as it is. Medium body with lots of carbonation. I found this beer to be totally awesome, and I’m glad I picked up a case. My empty glass smells of very spicy cloves.
Brigadier (3520) - 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.