kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 23, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of Ughsmash. Thanks, Jason! Pours a cloudy, brownish-orange color; huge, textured off-white head with great retention and lacing that coats the glass; excellent head retention; excellent pour. Plenty of clove, complex yeastiness, and bananas in the aroma; on the dry side, thankfully; none of the sticky sweetness of other imperial hefes; citrus and wheat. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: lively carbonation and citrus acidity at the front; significantly more sticky sugar, chewy malt than the aroma suggests; solid citrus and mineral bitterness trying to balance things out; the chewiness ends up weighing this down as the glass empties: generous German hefe, but I honestly think this would be significantly improved (to the degree of Dancing Man Wheat, which was phenomenal) if the "imperial" aspect was removed. Overly sticky core, but generous and tasty otherwise; clear expression of a big, bad hefeweizen. Lengthy finish, showing sticky candy sugar, cloves and chewy bananas; some lingering sweetness.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 23, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Provided by kmweaver. Opaque pale/orange body with a small white head. Sugary cotton candy and honey nose with golden fruits and spicy yeast. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly tart and lightly bitter with tons of clove, cotton candy, banana, peach, orange, floral hops and cinnamon. Medium/full body is round with biting carbonation.
jsquire (3387) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Murky yellow beer with an attractive cream colored head the filled up the space available in my weizen glass. Sharp nose with the banana clove you are supposed to get from the German Hefeweizen, but with sugar and cinnimon on top and a much more forward pine resin. I shouldn’t read other peoples reviews first, but I completely get the new carpet smell Buckybeer mentioned. Wow, this is an odd beer. There is a strong clove, cinnimon and banana weizen under a veritable pine forest. The hops fight for dominance in this beer, with candied grapefruit rind, warm orange juice and apricot, but the cloves win out in the end. This is an oddly schizophrenic beer that really works well to my tastes. This appeals to my hop head nature and my affinity to German Hefes all in one glass. Many thanks to Ughsmash for this great little treat.
undsioux7 (793) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours cloudy orange/amber with a medium white head. Nice aroma of banana, floral hops, orange and yeast. Taste is cinnamon, citrus, banana, bubblegum and bready yeast.
badgerben (4385) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Many thanks to Skyview for carting this back during a blizzard for us. Hazy yellow color with a large head. Aroma almost like an IPA made with Noble hops. Very floral and some yeastiness. Wow... tastes like a yeasty, bready, wheat smoothie. Lots of banana. A little black pepper. Excellent!
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - FEB 21, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of Skyview. Hazy golden pour with a finger thick white head. Citrusy hop aroma mixed with light wheat. Nice mixture of hops and malt in the taste. Very well balanced. The wheat comes through and melds into the hops. Very nice.
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 20, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a very cloudy golden with a huge head. Pretty big carbonation. Aroma is big hops, clove, citrus, bananna and sort of a new carpet smell. Flavor is very unique. Blasts of hops, citrus, pine, spice, bananna. It seems like each time you take a drink it is a rush of something different. Finish is sharp and bitter. This is Dancing Man on HGH!!!!
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a very hazy orange-gold color with a medium frothy white head and lots of bubbly lacing. Aroma is intense - clove, some bitter hops, orange, banana, yeast, and wheat. The taste is about the same with a focus on wheat, banana, and clove. It’s very refreshing and reminds me a lot of Golden Monkey. I would have liked to see this as a slight variant of Dancing Man with its great wheat taste but this is in a totally different realm. Less sweet with more wheat would have made it perfect.
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - FEB 19, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pours a very hazy yellow gold with a white head to the top of my tulip. I gave it a proper yeast pour - not letting that go to waste. It looks really good. Nice lace as the head drops. The aroma is fresh hops, clove, banana, orange, yeast, and just overall perfect (add in a touch of bubble gum as it warms). Flavor is so multi-dimensional that I’m not sure what hit me first. Sitting here I’m sort of struck by this fine creation. The multi-dimensional characteristics sort of occur simultaneously. Up front I taste a dry malt, but then the hops seem to be right there, clove and banana, orange, cinnamon, yeast (sort of Belgian like), and a hop linger. The palate suits well as a solid foundation to support such flavor. This is a fine brew folks. Don’t let this one get by you. Well worth the drive to Hudson from the West Metro.
1FastSTi (3333) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours to a really hazy orange caramel colored body with lots of visible carbonation. A really tall, foamy/frothy off-white head with awesome lacing sits on top. The aroma has lots of sweet fruity hops, notably oranges and light lemons. Amongst that, a deep caramelized wheat. Reminds me of the Bells Wheat Series, only hoppy! The flavor is wheat, light cloves and bubblegum, orange slices, and earthy bread yeasts. A dash of sweet caramel to boot. The palate is sweet, really carbonated, too earthy, and lightly drying. (REALLY yeasty)