shrubber85 (9999) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 4, 2008
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Yeast, banana, wheat/barley malt aroma. Hazy amber with moderate head. Wheat malt and light alcohol flavor - light hops finish. Really not much like a Hefe - just a hoppy wheat ale.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy amber colored pour with a good foamy head that lasts a while. Aroma of grain, yeast, hops, citrus and spice. Flavor is part hefe, part IPA. The yeast and citrus come through at first, but the hops and alcohol become quite strong on the finish. The hops also seem to mask some of the normal hefe characteristics. Not bad, but a little odd.
CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - SEP 2, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Compliments again, of doboy (Thanks ED!), along with DrBayern and Steve. Pours a medium amber, little to no foamy head. Aroma of wheat, grapefruits and some lemon. Flavour much of the same, a bit of light caramel and banana tones that enveloped a little dry hoppiness. A decent hefeweizen I geuss.
doboy (424) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - AUG 31, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I grabbed this one in Wilmington to share with Buddy Steve, That wild and Crazy Celticbrew and the Poo-Ba of our band of idiots, Drbayern. This poured a light copper color. the hoppy aroma and surprisingly the alcohol (only 7,5%) caught the ole schnozz. It drank nicely with a good bite on the back side. The lacing as I drank was well above average.
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 19, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
04-Apr-08 (22-oz bottle: BevMo in La Jolla, CA) Don’t expect this beer to resemble a fine German Hefeweizen in any way. As the small, bubbly, tan head dissipates at a rapid pace, it sounds like a bowl of Rice Crispies. Within 30 seconds, the hazy, bright-amber body has no crown whatsoever. The nose doesn’t smell much like a Hefeweizen either; it’s malty and sweet with a hint of hops, but there’s hardly a suggestion of fruity or spicy yeast components. The flavor is sweet and fairly caramely with moderate banana, a hint of spicy and a fairly bready finish. There’s a gentle tartness to help balance the sweetness, and the light, dusty hop flavor in the finish is pleasant. Full-bodied on the palate with medium carbonation. The beer comes dangerously close to weighing down the palate with a stale mouthfeel, but the light tartness and dusty hop dryness and bitterness come to the rescue. I can’t say I’m a fan of taking a traditional style and "imperializing" it, but even though this beer doesn’t bear much resemblance to a hefeweizen, it’s still pretty enjoyable.
Headbanger (3748) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle-Pours a nice hazy yellow orange with a small head which emits an aroma of banana, yeast, malt, and fruit. Taste is of the same with some hops and slight alcohol thrown in. This light to medium bodied brew seems to hide the alcohol but then it pops up on you in the back end. Not a bad brew but not as good as New Glarus’s.
Hangover (1104) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - AUG 8, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy, dark orangish pour with a thin head. Aroma has a lot of malt with a bit of banana and bubblegum. Mouthfeel is slighltly carbonated and there is some malty sweetness up front. Alcohol is evident and the only real hefe flavor charateristic is the banana. Really a bit harsh. Slight yeasty aftertaste.
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an unclear orange with a medium white froth on top. Caramel, some light sweet banana, a little bit fruity and what seems like some barrel tartness in the aroma. Tastes similar to a higher ABV version of their amber-weizen. Lots of caramel, some banana and yeast. A little bit tart but mostly sweet caramel. Some bitterness in the finish. I can honestly say this is a unique flavor, as I haven’t had something like this ever. Similar to the amber-weizen mixed with pureed apples. Medium body with light fizzy carbonation. It does cover the 7.5% well.
DuffMan (8937) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 2, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Hazy orange, aroma faintly of banana, more of straight shooting pale malt. Flavour is mostly pale malt, some fruity yeastiness, and mild wheat character. This doesn’t truly satisfy as a hefe, and thus fails in concept I would say. Not horrible, but why bother?
Indulgence (141) - Ajo, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Today: Hazy orange body that sits below a 1 finger head, some sediment. Aromas of wheat, citrus, herbs and malts, some hops pop up too, flavor is pleasant and refreshing, not too wheaty, palate is crisp, dry and quick, but smooth, the alchohol is hidden well, nice quaffer on a 110F Arizona day.