sthlm (1230) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2012 [Bottle] Pours deep red with an average off-white head. Aroma is solid wheat, with lots of banana, and underlying mesquite BBQ smokiness. Awesome. Taste again is dominated by wheat, with banana, subtle spices, some subdued fruit (apple), and a mineral aspect that comes out as it warms and is not as enjoyable. Average mouthfeel, smooth, above average finish length. This is a really nice session beer, and very enjoyable. Dan Carey is definitely the master of wheat beers.
Re-rate: Even better than before--really outstanding. Bumping this up a couple of tenths.
CanIHave4Beers (3230) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
200th Wisconsin rating!
Pours a nice orange color with an enormous thick fluffy white head that leaves good lacing on the glass.
The beer is very aromatic and spicy with lots and lots of sweet banana character there are some nice light grassy notes and some mild caramel in there as well
The flavor is spicy and well rounded. A good dose of bitterness is present and while the beer is sweet that prickly hoppiness does help it along with some balance. Plenty of nice banana flavor and some caramel show up. As the beer warms the spices get more noticable, particularly a nice dose of spicy ginger and light cinnamon. This is not nearly as sticky sweet as the Weihenstephaner Kristall but neither is it as fruity as that beer. The Weihenstephan beer is my obvious reference point to the style and this is quite a bit different from that beer, although I do think I like this take on the style a little better. It seems the more I drink it the more I like it too.
The palate and mouthfeel to me are right on, not very viscous... but certainly not thin, lively carbonation, feels about like a 4.5 abv beer ought to feel, if you can keep it from feeling watery 4.5 is a really great sweet spot for beer in my opinion. A beer like this reminds me of that.
cblado (240) - Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a beautiful orange/amber color with a thick, pearly head. Aroma is clove and cinnamon with a backside of hay and malt. Flavor is sweet and fruity, with more clove and cinnamon. Palate is very lively. For a weizen, this beer is extremely drinkable. Another winner from New Glarus! Thanks to meisterbrauMHB for this!
17thfloor (2430) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. I picked up a case of this without trying it. Had really really high hopes as Kristallweizen can be one of my favorite styles. Pours an amber color which I wasn’t expecting. Super heavy on the banana in both aroma in flavor, malt flavor is completely overwhelmed by the heavy banana, really wish this had a more grassy flavor, too heavy on the caramel. O man... very tasty but way too sweet for a kristallweizen.
jredmond (5300) - Manhattan, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split with Brendan and Streets. Pours a dark amber body with an off-white head and minor lacing. Aroma is caramel malts, nuts and pine. Mouthfeel is smooth and thin, refreshing with nice notes of spice - clove, wheat, caramel malts, and a touch of cinnamon.
hivemind (708) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12-oz bottle courtesy of James, shared with James and Streets. Pours a dark amber color, with a khaki/off-white head that leaves a wishy-washy lacing on the glass which runs away almost immediately. Aroma is of pine, malt and caramel. I get peanuts on the palate - weird. Sweet backbone. Smooth mouthfeel with a kind of "cooling" sensation on the tongue. Almost scotchy... ?
DalzAle (1976) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear dirty orange pour, a quarter inch head and a little clove on the nose. Flavor is bready banana, a little more clove and plenty of lively carbonation and finishes like a crisp cider. Very good!
hapjydeuce (932) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, a generous trade extra from pantanap, thanks Kan! Organge-golden hue, with a light bubbly head. Lovely aroma that lofts from the surface of the beer; notes of apple cider and cinnamon. Reminiscent of the Holiday Season. Flavor shows more cinnamon and apple, with wheat malt undertones. Very prickly carbonation on the palate, super easy drinking. Very sessionable. Tight-ass beer, I’d drink this anyday.
pantanap (3353) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle picked up at new glarus a few weeks back... Pours a mostly transparent caramel copper brownish hue and topped with a medium fluffy white head... Aromas of grass, sweet honey, herbal tea, toasted grain. Seems like a lot goin on just from the nose alone. Distinct but nit sure how much I truly like it... Caramel and toasted semi-sweet husked grain upfront with subordinate grape dark fruit as a secondary layer that allows a touch if tartness to come through very late. Pretty light bodied and extremely easy going. Carbonation level provides some life as well without being distracting. Didn’t think I would like this as much as I did.
Sammy (8565) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Reilly’s in Madison. Pours a gigantic white head on light orange body. Retained one-half inch of head. Spicy, slightly yeasty aroma. Mouthfeel is a tad above average. Taste is spicy and catchy, a little yeasty. Nothing like I expected, it was most drinkable. Got good cinammon.