tmoreau (2315) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap and mug served during the Grampfenpils Tapping at RB Yorktown. Displayed a hazed, orangy gold color, with decent, white head froth, and clingy, curtainy lacing. The nose was very "circus peanut" banana, with lesser spice/clove presense, light grain, some citrus, and soft vanilla. Light to medium bodied, the flavor was lightly sweet, lively carbonated, with a spritzy tartness. Smoother than many Hefes I’ve tried, and "down right refreshing", claims Mary Jo!
TheAlum (5575) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mug club draft on tap at the brewpub (Lombard, IL). Pours a rich deeper hued darker golden orange pour, a gentle haze, more orange with some fiery sunset into the edges and bottom. Frothy brighter white head cakes and dies to a firm filmy layer, ok lacing overall. Liked the look colorwise. Aromas offer some vibrant touches of flaked wheat, dry grains and cereal, a gentle dryness mixes with some lemons, touches of banana esters and a gentle clove element. Kiss of smooth vanilla, banana ester grows as it warms a bit more. Simple yet solid. Initial is lighter end of the fold, some firm banana and nilla wafer element. Bready malts, flaked wheat, and dry grains dry out a bit into the middle and backend. Touch of lemon, whereas the front end offers that smack of banana and vanilla. Cool, inviting, solid fruity element up front gives way to some dryness, grain, flaked wheat into the back of the middle and finish. Touch of citrus, touch of vanilla, and dry cereal elements. Solid, fresh, good brewpub Hefe. Something that is always appreciated. I still prefer Tim Marshall’s Gogootz as far as Yorktown’s fresh Hefe offerings, but this is nice.