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 I’m 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. It’s 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 (2938) - 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.
FlacoAlto (3677) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy, deep purple-amber color that is topped by a tan head. Aromas of deep fruit, banana, and a bit of alcohol are found in the nose. The taste is sweet, and the beer has quite a light body despite being concentrated. The alcohol is found starting in the middle and going through the finish of this beer. There does not seem to be enough beer here to stand up to the alcohol. There are some nice notes of clove, a hint of banana, and concentrated fruit (raisin is dominant). As it warms up a bit the body becomes smoother and creamy, though the astringent alcohol remains in the finish. Overall this was just a bit disappointing, the ice-concentration left this beer a bit unbalanced, though it is still pretty good.
3fourths (7537) - Boulder, NEW ZEALAND - APR 16, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is of apple crisp, some cinnamon and cardamom, very sweet malts. Taste is harsh, very carbonated, but really overpowering with a sharp alcohol bite. Really disappointed that the aroma didn't carry over to the flavor. Fizzy, thick and syrupy, some burnt peaches and wood in the finish. I'm not sold on this one.
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - APR 16, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber in appearence with a quiqly dissapating head. The smell is sharp and sweet.... makes my mouth water... perhaps a bit off... The flavor is darkly suggary, something odd i cant identify... apples perhaps and a bit of cinnamon. Cloves. very alcoholic
Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Do you like weiss? Wish it had all the flavor with more kick? This is the weiss beer you have looked for. Clovey like weiss, dark like bock, strong (in alcoholic volume) like...not like weiss. I liked this one. I hope you do, too.