Rib Eye (148) - USA - JUL 9, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2008 A very decent brew from Mr. Koch and company. A bit fizzy and filling for me but interesting malt in the mouth/hops in the medium-long finish contrast. Seems to be a carefully-crafted flavor.
labattblueleaf (225) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 28, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good winter beer. Not over-spiced where it becomes too bitter. Very clean tasting. I can’t believe it, but I finally found a Winter beer I like.
SiddFinch (155) - Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This seemed different (better) this year than I remember in the past. I had this back to back with a Boston Ale (both from their sampler case) and they had a lot of similar characteristics. This was one of the best beers I had over the past winter.
JohnDo2000 (99) - Metairie, Louisiana, USA - MAY 31, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Good aftertaste with a decent aroma. My favorite of the Sam Adams line aside from the Boston Lager. Unfortunately the only way that it is available in my area is by purchasing the variety twelve pack with a bunch of other beers I don’t like. I’d purchase this by itself though. Give it a shot...pretty decent.
fraternie (907) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2003 Dark and warming, slightly burnt caramel flavor. Notes of cinnamon, honey, nutmeg. One of the best beers this brewery makes, full bodied.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
It’s very cold on this May day in Northern Michigan, to the point that the thought of this beer sounded good. But. Alternating busy, garish tones of vanilla, licorice and spices in a muddied, sweetish malty body. Nothing much to suggest that it is a wheat beer; unlike Moonglow or Aventinus this one just seems like a spiced, artifice driven bock.
cathcacr (643) - Oregon, USA - MAY 16, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yummy. I had some of this over the holidays, and I’d definitely come back to it. But like the name suggests, not something I’d have a lot year ’round. But nice and spicy.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 15, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2003 Pours a clear deep amber-copper color, small creamy off white head, malty spicy orange-cinnamon aroma, clean malty spicy flavors, nice lasting finish, great warming alcohol feel, medium-full body heavy but soft mouthfeel, very balanced, my favorite brew from Samuel Adams.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 12, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good wheat bock,spicy notes,malty,fruity and crisp.
adamburb99 (10) - waterville, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2002
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Nice, tasty beer for a relaxing winter day. good dark beer. i enjoyed it