pfr (121) - København, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
50 cl bottel
Color - Dark REd/Brown
Head - Beige
Aroma - Weat, yeast
Flavor - Weat, yeast
sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - NOV 24, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Don’t usually rate beers I can regularly get but this is such a classic, it deserves it! Beautiful phenolic nose, creamy notes of clove and bannana. Huge head that sticks around. Fine Champagne bubbles. Clear deep garnet in color. Rich, creamy and balanced, slight sweetness but not too cloying. Alcohol is present but not overbearing. I would use this as a session beer, exept for the 8% abv.
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - NOV 20, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aventinus, we need to talk...I don’t think we’re working out well together. It’s not you...it’s me. You are a pretty brew with your sparkling clear amber-brown color, and you KNOW I like the full body (wink) but I need more. Your interesting smell of plumbs and pink grapefruit just doesn’t do it for me. Sorry. The "clove-like" impression you claim is certainly true, but I just don’t like cloves...it brings me back to my angry adolescence, sneaking away and smoking clove cigarettes (blah!). There’s plenty of other raters out there that will appreciate you more than me...I’m sure a quality brew such as yourself will be happier with them than with me.
jb (2829) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2009 Dark reddish brown with a tan head. A creamy long lasting head. Smooth sweet palate with molasses. The finish is nice, it melts away gradually. Yeast, dough and cloves in the nose. Score another for German brewers.
Rerate 12.29.09 just general impressions, this is brilliant. The balance, the decadence, the hidden flavors and nuances. One of the best I have ever had.
can8ianben (1458) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice almost smoky, subtle aroma. Appearance is dark red/brown with a very white head. Flavour is malty but also very yeasty. Nice. Full bodied is a good discription.
nicholai (100) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 19, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cherry brown pour with some cloudiness. The taste is sweet malt, some unfermented notes (kotikalja). Relatively unpretentious and very drinkable.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - NOV 17, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep amber/brown with a big tan head. Nose is yeast, spices and, of course, wheat. Spiced flavors over a wheat base, malty notes beneath. Finish is a touch sticky, but not in a bad way. A true classic.
Sammys (428) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 16, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma was mostly your normal German Hefe aromas - bready yeast, clove, banana, but this one was much more complex and had an alcoholic kick too. Poured really pretty ruby brown with a 1/2" head. Flavor was a very complex blend of malt sweetness, wheat, spice, and yeast. Apparent alcoholic notes, but not overpowering. Very tasty, lingering finish. This is an excellent brew.
cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 15, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A murky deep red with a thick, creamy head reveals aromas of clove and spice. Yeast truly is a magical beast. The flavor follows with a tingle of carbonation, then a distinctive spicy, almost cherry-like flavor that is devoid of the thick, syrupy sweetnes that detracts from so many American beers of 8% alcohol. A great beer and a classic of this style.
AdamSkillin (376) - High Bridge, New Jersey, USA - NOV 14, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
An awesome non-session beer from one of my favorite brewers in the world, Georg. This is not for the amateur beer drinker, but I think I have enough practice to handle it. A gorgeous red wine of a beer with fruityness and darkness that mysteriously work together, an aroma that makes my nose smile, and deliciousness from start to finish. Roll it from the front of your tongue to the back and it’s like a rainbow of awesomeness exploding in your mouth. Bananas and caramel and yeastiness and delicious awesome combinations of complexity that my tongue is not sufficiently experienced to unentangle. Awesome. The antithesis of Anheuser World Select.