willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 22, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
20071022 1pt 9oz bottle. if Ringo was around, he’d dig this beer. most of what I hope for in a German hefeweizen is in this glass. Appearance, head, yadda, yadda - it looks like a hefe (should) look. Aroma is surprisingly pleasing with standard banana and clove spice, some presence of citrus, and more importantly, some very distinctive notes of leather, antique store, aging tapestry, and bold grass/straw. In fact, more than anything it reminds me of sweetgrass (or maybe Caribbean woven hats/bags). Also present on the nose are some melon rind hints and an unfortunate spritz of dms. Body is medium-light, beautifully spritzy, and a touch sticky. Flavor is less interesting than aroma but still quite nice with the standard hefe fare of banana, clove, and mild tartness, but that’s just the front of the sip. From middle to finish there is an assertive tartness that kicks in, medium leafy earthiness, and an spple skin astringency. The yeast is present throughout but never overdone in its sourness or fruit influence. The finish is dry, yeasty, and with some notes of black pepper. This stuff is excellent and almost all I hope for in a hefeweizen. Kudos to Plank for yet another outstanding example in their lineup.
argo0 (12115) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 8, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(50cl bottle) Crystal clear amber body with white head that mostly dissipates. Aroma is moderately sweet, cotton candy, banana, faint clove. Taste is medium sweet, cotton candy, some banana. Effervescent light-medium body.
frankenkitty (1981) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a perfect mid-amber body with mild effervescence, opaque-hazed, under an unstoppable, creamy off-white head which falls in rocky peaks. Nose of banana, clove, honeydew, shoe leather and a splash of sulfur. Rather flat bodied with only a tickle of carbonation to offset a heavy presence. Lemony/sour milk tartness under a base of wheaty flavors. More banana and spices afterwards while organic bitters linger in a chalky finish. I bid adieu to Hefes like this as autumn now sets in...
P.S. Sorry Carl, I didn’t realize you hadn’t tried this before I cracked it open.
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BeerandBlues2 (10775) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 28, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours hazy and lightly cloudy brown with a large, frothy, off-white head, mostly lasting, excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (hay, straw, nutty), average hops (herbs, grass), heavy yeast (horse blanket, earth, leaves) with notes of banana. Medium bodied, sticky texture, lively carbonation and a bitter finish. Long duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 24, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Obtained from Jungle Jims. Pours hazy dark golden with a mostly receding wispy off-white head. Ur-weisse coloring. Aroma of sweet yeasty cloves, honey, banana, melon. Taste is sweet and yeasty with notes of white grape, banana. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lush carbonation. Very enjoyable hefe.
ClarkVV (4216) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 31, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 (assumed) bottle from Downeast Beverages, drunk on 8/4/07
Big, creamy, white head is rocky and leaves moderate lacing. Pale golden color has hay and maize tints, with tiny bubbles and plentiful sediment on the bottom. Clarity is medium to medium-high (I dont mix the sediment in). Strong retention.
Lovely crisp, hoppy, light nose is full of vivacious herbs and spices, with strong wheat character and only minimal bubble gum. It seems like a light take on the style, but that’s fine and all the more enjoyable because the light aroma notes (soft spices/herbs, light esters and clean water) are all abundant. Very minimal vanilla, and mostly a light, somewhat grainy barley character to the base malts, with moderate sweetness. No alcohol or flaws.
Highly effervescent carbonation for the style, especially being that it’s bottled, though manageably tight, really helps sap the sweetness and highlights a flavorful mineral element to the beer, with succulent spices emanating from the hops (lemongrass, starfruit, wildflowers, lilacs) and a surprising lack of wheat blandness/chewiness/heaviness (whatever you want to call it). The malts are fresh and grainy, adding to the crisp, dry, drinkable nature of the beer. With warming, honey-cream sweetness emerges, in moderation, to give a bit more substance/body to the beer, as the carbonation simultaneously subsides. Clove and banana are present but modest. Terrific yeast! Much like Weihenstephaner’s. Can’t wait to try the others from Plank!
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
50cL bottle guzzled on 8/24/07. Pours a deep cloudy almost copper color with some of the sexiest head I’ve ever seen on a Hefe, quite a few chunks though. Nice and banana-y with noticeable bitterness in the finish. Damn refreshing for those 90F days with 85% humidity.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of artusory. Thanks, Ryan! Pours a hazy, effervescent orange-brown color; foamy, off-white head with great retention and large-bubbled lacing. Plenty of wheat and wet malts and citrus in the aroma; a slight, drying presence of cloves. Nice, full presence in the mouth: lively carbonation and citrus at the perimeter of the tongue, giving a crisp, almost sharp initial presence; the core is chewy, showing cloves and further citrus and fruits, but maintains a strong drinkability; this strikes a good balance. Medium, wet malt and clove finish; ends on the dry side of things.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - AUG 12, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Styles. Hazy light amber/pale body with a large rocky beige head. The aroma is lightly sweet, bready malts with estery yeast and a touch of caramel. Flavor is lightly sweet, light caramel, some herbal hops, banana and cloves. Medium body is soft with gentle carbonation. Really good stuff.
dwyerpg (4871) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 6, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
A lot more banana than clove. Quite strong in wheatiness with a lot of banana throughout. Coats the mouth entirely.