iowaherkeye (2676) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - DEC 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottled 227th day of 2011 from GeneralGao--thanks Colin! Clear medium orange with a 1 1/2 finger dark yellow orangeish head, good retention. Aroma has a big amount of ripe yeasty banana--just a little spicy phenolics--with some wheat, toasted malts, and sweet caramel in equal amounts, depending on the whiff I take. Flavor is fairly sweet between the banana and caramel notes--not ungodly, by any means, but more than I’d normally want--but the lightly toasted and wheat malts bring everything through to a dry finish, bitterness peaking at a 2. Lively prickly carbonation with a creamy light to medium body. Not bad, but not my favorite hefe from NG. I do admit I’m not much of a fan of the style, either.
Petrucci914 (879) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nobody makes a Weizen better than New Glarus. Pours beautifully with a pillowy head, brilliant copper-orange color.
bstroh707 (13) - West Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is one uniquely crisp, refreshing beer! I was impressed with the crisp aftertaste and malty finish for a beer this jubilant. The aroma is almost a bubble gummy type gummy bear feel to it...in an ever-striking pleansant fashion. I could call it floral with a hint of fruit or citrus, yet, there’s a certain malty finish that leaves no bitter aftertaste. They’ve captured a unique style here with this krystalweitzen and I would agree that this is a beer unlike any other I can think of.
The only drawback is the less than 5.0% ABV. I would like to see them add a little more ABV to this somehow.
savnac (2364) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - DEC 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Clear golden orange with a white head. Aroma of crisp wheat, hef yeast esters and some sweet caramel. Flavor is smooth, rich wheat malt with a lightly tart earthy yeast. Light body with active carbonation and a crisp refreshing mouth feel. Great beer, haven’t had many of this style but this is by far the best I’ve had.
hbmason (1087) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle pour. Thanks madvike. Copperish color with a nice head. Aroma has banana and clove. Light caramel. Taste is the same. Refreshing, well carbonated.
adnielsen (7595) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2011 Bottle @ home, courtesy of bnielsen13. Thanks Brad! Clear copper orange appearance with a big creamy, brown head. Dry wheat malty, a touch metallic, mild clove, lightly spicy, effervescent aroma. A touch tangy, mild orange citrusy, somewhat spicy, clove, dry, wheat malty flavor that again seems fairly metallic. Not a bad session beer but I far prefer its German counterparts.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark copper with a thick off white foam. The aroma is thin, light caramel, lots of clove, some lighter banana and general fruitiness. Taste is lots of clove and banana esters, there is a light caramel, but overall this is all yeast ester and so little malt character. Kristallweizen goes in the group with Cream Ales of beer styles that can only get so good. So, all things considered, this is as good as kristallweizen gets, which doesn’t say much.
badgerben (4323) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Skyview V, 11/11/11. Copper color with a medium head. Dusty grain and bubblegum aroma. Light wheat and fruit flavor. Bubblegum still prominent.
AirForceHops (2374) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Tripplebrew. Used my Hacker-Pschorr Weisse glass. Translucent Amber color, massive head and lace. Traditional nose and taste of a Kristall Weizen. Lots of aromatic banana character, with clove and cinnamon. Light body with a clean and refreshing finish. Another well-made wheat beer from this brewery.
burg326 (2770) - Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle that poured a clear amber color. Aromas of earth, caramel, clove, and a touch of cinnamon. Flavor is much the same with a touch of citrus, and twinge smoke.