wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 7, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2010 from old notes Murky brown-red hue with a tight, cream-colored head. A punch of bananas and alcohol with rum-raisin beneath, then fudge. Big sweetness, hot, fruity to start and changes into an alcohol dryness with powdery chocolate and yeast bite. Creamy, bustling pinpoint carbonation, and dry from the alcohol though still weighty.
Overbearing at this point, needs some age to settle into the malts; spicy phenols exacerbate the problem.
33 cl bottle, best before 14 October 2013.
33 cL bottle, goblet. Deep chocolate, molasses, dark bread malt (H); prune, plum, raisin, port, alcohol, clove and banana aromas. Thereís a brothy aroma component (likely the yeast) that keeps me from scoring this one higher. Deep brown/purple body with a quickly diminishing soda-like head. Heavily sweet flavor becomes a heavily sweet, lightly acidic, alcoholic finish. Heavy body, oily texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: very nicely made...but it reminds me of grape juice for some reason.
darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Murky and strong to say the least. Great appearance, with great color and head, but a bit too sweet for may tastes. The alcohol is just slightly overpowering.
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
a definite sipper. smells like a milder dopplebock. thick, syrupy, sweet. packed with burnt caramel flavors. strong, a bit too sweet. difficult to finish. but i can appreciate the craftsmanship.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAY 3, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to herbjones for sharing this. Spicy, yeasty aromatic alcohol aroma. Sweet banana clove, syrupy bread with heavy dose of rocket fuel, this takes some commitment to continue with. A bit too unbalanced, might be better on a cool winter evening.
sfontain (736) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
*alcohol...GASP* Remarkably murky dark ruby beer with a sizeable fizzy, white head that quickly disappears. Absolutely obscene amount of yeast chunks. Nose is banana, raisin, brown sugar, and lots of alcohol. Flavor is not dissimilar to taste, with banana, dark fruit, and alcohol. After the initial fruity, malty front, what lingers are the banana and alcohol. Goes flat a wee bit quickly, but it is mildly rich. 12 oz of this on an empty stomach and Iím feeling pretty good right now. I like this, but the alcohol is just a little too apparent. I hope to get to try the regular Aventinus weizbock.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - MAY 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Would have really enjoyed this if it wasnt sampled on a 95 degree day. Anyway, this had a huge alcohol dominated nose. Itís like drinking banana bread thats been soaked in liquor.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAY 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
thx to herbjones for sharing. very sweet flavor and aroma, lots of alcohol, pretty nice.
aracauna (2925) - Georgia, USA - APR 26, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This review may be a little skewed from being sampled after the Whiskey-barrel aged Dogwood Winter, but it's still a good beer. That being said, the original is really better. The head could be better, it was a little weak. The body was a dark, dull brown that was quite cloudy. Tons of overripe banana and overripe apples along with a richness to the malt that's not present in the pre-iced version (the richness is nice, but the yeast-fruit flavors in the regular Aventinus are more refined). You feel the alcohol more than you taste it. It warms the stomach and lightens the head. If you drive to the bar alone, it's perhaps best not to combine this with the Dogwood Winter barrel-aged. Luckily, I had my wife to drive me home.
willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 22, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002 Bottle (#08168) 04.21.04. First thought: why number the bottles if there are that many? Pours a dark, swampy auburn brown. The head is somewhat fizzy but lingering. Aromas are definitely similar to Aventinus with ample banana, clove, apple cobbler, candied fruits. Many aromas carry into flavor, as well as butterscotch, toffee. Very rich mouthfeel compliments the thick, coating flavors highlighted by sparkling carbonation. Surprisingly, the alcohol is not dominant although it is most certainly present. It does tend toward cloying sweetness as it warms, but the texture just gets better - like candy that's just too sweet.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - APR 21, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma has banana, mild clove, and peppery alcohol. Hazy amber color with ruby tints. Intensely sweet flavor, some wheat character and fruitiness, but its hard to make anything out. Strong alcohol warming, syrupy thickness. No where near as good as the regular Aventinus. Disappointing.