unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - APR 13, 2011
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz twist-off bottle. Medium brown color. Aroma of toasted malt, a touch of butter. Flavor of toasted malt, bitter hops.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 22, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
20110322 12oz bottle from State Line. Dirty copper color with thin beige head. Aroma is surprisingly hoppy with tropical and orange, some wheat sandwich bread, and burnt caramel. I’m not really sure what it’s supposed to be, and blind I’m not sure I would guess anything close to winter wheat. Flavor is sweet, a bit stale, quickly citrus, then lingering dull grassiness. That this is getting any decent scores must be purely because it’s bitter. That said, I’m glad to see this brewery at least taking a chance with a variety of styles.
BillKismet (3605) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 9, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Vibrant brassy amber brew with resilient covering. Piquant citrus hoppiness, with a resinous skunkiness to it, supported my a hearty malt backbone. Dehusked maltiness with sharp hoppiness to it with citrus and, again, some harsh resinous skunkiness and vegetal notes. An interesting brew with some bold parts that don’t quite come together.
jimhilt (2490) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a three finger thick, off-white head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Nice crystal clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is light grapefruit hops, flavor is same with the grapefruit hops up front, malts are in background. Lingering bitter aftertaste. $2.25 for a 12oz bottle from Julio’s Liquors Westborough, Ma.
BroSpud (1907) - , Massachusetts, USA - FEB 15, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Medium amber pour with a quickly fading head. Hops are plentiful but taste a bit off in this one. Not even close to my idea of a winter beer and not all that memorable.
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - FEB 7, 2011
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark copper pour. Aroma is muted caramel, grain, some vegetative notes. A dunkletweizen? Really? Flavor is clean toasted notes, some sweet honey, caramel. Meh.
Cybercat (4285) - Georgia, USA - FEB 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is quite strong and rye-ish with a rosiny overtone and just a hint of citrus. It pours a dark coppery amber with a fairly thick buff-tan head that leaves a decent amount of lacing. Flavor has a strong rye core with hoppy and citrus tones and a whisper of caramel. Texture is quite smooth and somewhat fizzy, leaving behind a nice, if not too persistent, tingle.
DuffMan (8318) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 28, 2011
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle. Dark brown, clear, brief beige head. What is that smell? It’s like rotting grass. It’s like when you mow your lawn and dump your grass clippings in the corner of the ears then forget about them until a week later in 30 degree heat. Not good. Flavour is brown bread and gross composty hops. A DUNKELWEZEN? As if.
tgncc (3035) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JAN 28, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A dunkleweizen? Really?? Aroma is a blast of citrus, pine and earthy hops, rather pleasant really. The toasted malts come through after a minute or two. The appearance is clear red, white head. The flavor is perfumy floral hop, citrus, and again after a few seconds, toasted malt. I guess the dry hopping bursts out up front, momentarily obscuring the toasted malt. Medium in body, maybe a little on the light side. The finish is astringent floral hops. Not my idea of a winter warmer, or a weizen, but enjoyable.
ChainGangGuy (4600) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Best Before: March 2011.
Appearance: Pours a clear, dark mahogany-hued body with a proud, sustained, off-white head. Splotchy lacing on the way down.
Smell: Sliced grapefruit and tropical fruits garnished with morningtime mown, sun-dried grasses. Or, maybe, is it the other way around? Unemphatic toasted, faintly roasted maltiness mixed up with savory diacetyl.
Taste: Dry toasty wheat bread crusts brushed with margarine spread and a slight background roastiness and vague pistachio-hinting nuttiness. Insubstantial sweetness throughout. Grassy character from the dry-hopping takes over, though other hop flavors of citric citrus fruits and pineapple also emerge. Moderately bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: A winter ale, maybe, but not a winner ale and not overtly wheaty for a wheat-based brew. The unengaging maltiness overlapped with buttery diacetyl and Citra hops just didn’t do it for me.