PaulK (2) - Arizona, USA - APR 4, 2002 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
A dense white head on a slightly hazy copper/gold body. Malty, spicy aroma with a hint of noble hops. Medium body and a lasting complex flavor. A solid malty base with notes of clove, apple, nuttiness and restrained banana from the brewery’s exclusive yeast strain. Better than the German wheats because you can get it fresh, at the peak of flavor. Outstanding brew.
PECOSPETE99 (1) - USA - JUN 14, 2001 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great clovey style German
SNIAT (120) - Passaic, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2001
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
BEST AMERICAN WHEAT BEER
mkobes (2138) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of my favorites. It has the flavor of clove and the after eddects of banana. Very pleasant. Typical weiss beer, but very good. Smooth finish in your mouth. Great wheat beer.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2001
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Really quite spectacular. Loads of clove, apple, and a bit of banana in the flavor. Very crisp. Appearance-wise, a beautiful golden color with a full head. Excellent wheat.
eaglefan538 (2803) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 5, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2006 Sampled on draft at the HPWBC tasting room. A rather outstanding take on the style, pouring the usual golden color with a haziness and a decent initial head. Aroma was initially bananas and cloves, but the bananas resided and a wheatiness emerged before long. The flavor was quite excellent, only light bananas, gentle cloves, light yeast, and a touch of hops in the finish, perhaps the most drinkable hefeweizen I’ve ever had? A somewhat dry/bitter (although not overdone) mouthfeel/finish, quite nice. Nothing close to too sweet or cloying, this could be sessioned. Nice job by HPWBC! Grabbed a sixer to take w/ me. Re-rate from the six pack, I stand by my original rating, just such a pleasant beer and stateside example of a hefe. The phenolic / hoppy spicey flavor is refreshing, crisp, and delightful. There is also a touch of underlying wheat character that shows through gently as it warms.
ectuohy27 (476) - ESTONIA - MAR 26, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Absolutely fabulous Hefeweizen, and the best domestic beer of NJ. Good balance with clove vs apple on the aroma and weaving like the soloists in Bach’s Double Violin Concerto atop a cantus firmus of malt and a bit--just the right amount--of hops. Stellar; well done! (OT)
jtclockwork (6256) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2010
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2010 Very cloudy orange yellowish pour in the glass. Full of distinct nose of nuts, flowers, resins, herbs and toast. Taste is a banana wheat. Body is a little on the light side. Rated 12/30/99
I should point out that this is one of the most inconsistent beers I’ve ever had. I’ve had batches of it that I’d rate as low as 2.0. My rating above is the beer in it’s heyday many years ago.
jcalbi (378) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 24, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very fruity esters with bananas and clove weighing heavy on the palate. Hazy, golden appearance with a low hopfeel. Good head retention. A great USA interpretation of a German Hefeweizen. Thanks for the tip VENOM.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
My favorite wheatie. Aroma more to the clove side. Cloudy brew. Very malty and rich, more so than the competition. Unless you are in Germany, this is the freshest wheat beer around.