lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep brown with golden tints around the edges with a thick frothy tan head. Lacy. Some fizz. Smells of wheat malt and ripe banana. Light cloves and light caramel. Yeasty.
Big alcohol up front. Smooths into malty wheat and really yeasty. Spicy. Cloves shoine through and banana not as evident. Rich maltiness throughout. Rich malty aftertaste that lingers sticky on the palate. The bit of alcohol burn in this one brings down the drinkability but still a nice beer. Happy to cellar the others for now.
ALLOVATE (2548) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted, this one the youngest of six(050617), late on a cold Sunday night. Became the perfect relaxant as itís subtle, but warming alcohol kicked in and calmed my body like an elixir. Poured it into an Aventinus glass, an off white ring of bubbles did little to raise any head, giving hint to itís brandy like qualities. Heavy yeast clumps floated about a very hazy ruby-brown body. Sumptuous, but intense caramelised sugars in the aroma, generously spicy alcohol phenols, yeast and concentrated toffee notes like a sweet pudding dessert. Similar in the mouth as it rounded the gums and sought out the crevices with itís mild port and brandy-like flavours. Very smooth and medium big bodied, most of the malty sweet flavours came across as almost concentrated and hard to define. Notes of plums, burnt toffee, molasses and bready yeast, and spicy fruitcake blended uniformly, and followed long into itís warming alcohol and sweet malt swallow. Personally, I did not find it as complex as the Weizenbock, but in a completely different field, this is a lovely íbig-beerí and a credit to this brewery.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 3, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Fantastic beer. Foam pushed right out of the bottle when I took the cap off. Lively, audibly fizzing for several minutes as the head worked its way down so it was at a reasonable height to resume the tasting. Modest medium brown in color. Aroma is pepper, anise, nutmeg, bananas and hazelnut. Perfectly delicious. Flavor follows through in like fashion - bananas, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and pepper complexity. Malts are superstars - mainly caramel and chocolate. Smooth body. Iíd like it a little creamier and heavier, and it lost some carbonation fairly early on, so thatís why Iím knocking it down a point for each in the "palate" category, and taking one off in its "overall" score. Warming finish at the back of the throat. Cinnamon crumb cake aftertaste. This beer has the potential to some day be perfect.
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 09297, 2002. Pours a very dark cloudy brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt, dark fruits, clove, banana and pear. Very sweet, tart and fruity. Notes of plums, figs, caramel, molasses, apple, banana, clove, roasted malt, chocolate and smoke. Pretty complex. Some alcohol detected in the finish. Medium body, smooth texture and moderate carbonation. No lacing or head retention. Overall, good stuff but a little too much on the sweet side for me.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 17, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ruby brown color with hunks and chunks of funky bunk gunk (or something). Minimal head and lacing. Aroma brings alcohol, bananas, wheat, grapes. Concentrated weizenbock flavor, lots of warming alcohol flavor, black cherries, brown bread, sugars galore. Long sticky finish that gets bitter eventually. A difficult beer to get into, burns the more it warms, one dimensional, and a bit over the top.
bu11zeye (12112) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 8, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2007 (Bottle) Pours a medium brown body with off-white yeast floaties and a medium-sized off-white head. Aroma of mint, banana, earthiness, and other spices. Malty presence in the flavor with some dark fruit.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - APR 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2oz bottle. Bottle # 020748. Served at 47į in a weizen glass. Pours reddsih brown with HUGE floaties, and lots of them. Cream colored 1/8" head. Aroma is huge and consists of malt, bananas, plums/prunes, and brown sugar. The taste is really, really big, sweet, and alcoholic. Taste is similar to the aroma, malt, banana, plums/prunes, ect. The taste is big and bold, but the alcohol is much too apparent. This tastes more like a quad/abt, and nothing like any wheat beer that I have ever had. Honestly, the feeling in my mouth is like I just took a shot of whiskey, this thing burns! I am dropping the taste a couple points because of the alcohol burn. The body of the beer is thick, until the alcohol takes over and burns the hell out of my mouth until I canít determine the body and mouthfeel. This would be a top class beer if not for the alcohol burn. At least this 12% beer will help me get my buzz on.
SayNoToCoors (65) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - APR 1, 2005
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Hmmm.... Well, I had high expectations for this overrated beer. This brew pours a good looking murky brown color with a soda-pop head that fizzles away. This brew has a good amount of sweetness and is quite fruity (darker fruits that is, such as raisins and prunes or something) There is just something off about it that I canít put my finger on. I really donít see what the big deal is about this drain-pour.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium brown & murky color. Aroma of bananas. Yeasty chewy body, with tons of malt and wheat flavor and a crisp finish. Doesnít taste like 12% either. Very good.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 30, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
In the bottle at the Crescent Moon Alehouse. Pours a dark, dark brown with a rapidly diminishing white head. Strong molasses aroma. Smells like my brewing malt extract syrup. First sip essentially fixed my esophageal epithelia. About the strongest burning sensation that I believe Iíve had in a while. Once you get desensitized to that, you begin to enjoy the incredible pleasures of this concentrated weizen. As chewey as a pork chop, the overwhelming sweetness hides a serious hop content. Iíve got to try to make one of these!