ElGaucho (2393) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUL 10, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Yeasty aroma with some stone smoke. I forgot to swirl the glass to get the yeast, as is suggested on the neck of the bottle. Therefore, I poured some of the beer back in the bottle and did it after the fact. Still only a pale, hazy banana yellow. Nowhere near the head or retention as I got in the same glass with Erdiner Hefe Weizen. Initial mouthfeel provides a little more flavor and doughyness than the Erdinger, but at the back of the tongue, there is a faint sourness that doesn’t seem appropriate for the style. This is definitely an American take on the hefeweizen style. The hops used are a dead giveaway. Wants to be better than it is, but is falls flat. Needs more oomph. After getting a pretty good sampling of Schlafly brews (this is my 5th), I am torn. On the one hand, I recognize them as clearly an above good brewer, but they have a little work to do before they can be considered elite. 50 to go for the big 1k.
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
on tap at the end of a tour of the Schlafly Bottleworks. a very, very pale and hazy yellow with little head. extremely mild in flavor. not much of the typical wheat, banana & clove of most hefe’s.
iloveschlitz (5) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 6, 2005 does not count
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not a bad beer, but not much taste to it. Very smooth and mellow. From a bottle, it poured a hazy, cloudy yellow. The waiter put a lemon slice on the glass which promptly fell into the glass, so there was a moderate lemony taste.
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a pale yellow, hazy, white head. Aroma of wheat and citrus. All in all the taste felt a little light. I would have liked smaller bubbles to match the lightness to give it more of a champagne feel. All in all, it was still good, but just a little weak.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JUN 8, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(draught at the Tap Room) Hazy yellow with white head. Served with a lemon. Aroma of yeast and citrus (? the lemon). Light and refreshing. Light malt flavors with noticable yeast.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 2, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the brewery, and was by far the best beer sampled there. Sweet and wonderful, this beer made me happy inside.
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 23, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
on draft at a bar at some ritzy hotel in downtown St. Louis / hazy golden yellow. the lemon helps. yes, very little flavor noted, but good anyway. i don’t understand why this would rate under a 2. pale, indeed. light banana, light spice, yet completely refreshing albeit it being like water.
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - APR 23, 2005
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Very little flavor noted. Much paler than my limited wheat beer experience remembers. Unsatisfying.
biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Peach colored and cloudy with a loose white head. Sharp and fruit aroma with bread and yeast. Grainy and somewhat thin in body with a slightly hoppy finish.
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - FEB 1, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled Nov 23, 2004. Light gold color, very hazy and cloudy. Small sized white fizzy head. Aroma is fruity and sweet, touch of spiciness. Light to medium bodied American wheat. Malts are fruity and crisp. Slightly spicy hops. Crisp and clean. Light and refreshing, just not much flavor. What there is nice, but I wish there was a little more of it. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.