mds (2154) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2004 I don't know what I was thinking last time I rated this, I must have had a bad batch or something. This is a fantastic brew!
Very dark mahogany in appearance. lively carbonation. aroma is typical of a weizen: sweet yeast, banana, apples. 8% alcohol is hidden very well, very drinkable. I just can't believe how wonderfully balanced this stuff is. Good thing it's a regular release at the LCBO!
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 4, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy dark brown, with a huge, light-tan, puffy and cloud like head. Head slowly dimishes to a pretty strong lacing. Aroma is strong on the banana, with some clove sneaking in, too. Flavor is also strong on the banana, with some slight hints of chocolate, and ending with some clove and spiceyness. In the mouth, it has some tingly carbonation, and a tiny hint of alcohol as it gets warmer.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I'm not disappointed exactly - this thing is huge with flavor and the aroma is breathtaking. But the particular flavors themselves aren't my thing - banana pudding, butterscotch syrup. Some sharper acidic and spicy notes burn the thing into balance, but it's not for me.
Bitchin (9) - Westbank, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 1, 2003 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2003 AROMA: Intense malty-sweet aroma with clove/spice notes and more alcohol is evident at warmer temperatures but certainly no hops.
APPEARANCE: Deep ruby-brown and suitably cloudy. Good solid head despite high gravity.
FLAVOR: Ripe fruit and raisins come together with dense wheatiness. No perceivable hops and some spice carries through into the flavor.
PALATE: Full-bodied with some warming due to the alcohol content. Slightly overcarbonated?
OVERALL: This big wheat beer surely defines all aspects of the weizenbock style. Despite the dark roast grain, a surprisingly smooth ale has resulted. I suspect that the roasty edge is taken off by the sweatness contributed by the malt. Some agitation proved beneficial in toning down the carbonation. Although I've never had the pleasure, I expect that this beer would age well.
uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great wheat beer! Dark, full brew, rich yeats aroma, and the slightly sour wheat taste was perfect. Cross a belgian with a wheat and you get this. Amazing stuff, one of my favorites.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This a nice twist on a Wheat beer. Pours a ruby and hazy color. Little head. Smells of wheat and light spice. Tastes is more spic than wheat, sour on the palate, with a fuzzy spice aftertaste. Not being a fan of wheat, I can say that I would drink this again.
iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Comercial description is bang on. Pours hazy brown with a monsterous rocky head. Spicy aroma, reminds me of a trappist ale. Complex flavours of roasted malt, banana and a fleeting taste of bubblegum. Beautifull in the mouth. Don't drink this too cold since the taste seems to get better as it warms up.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer poured a murky brown color and formed a huge, I mean huge, foamy off white head that retained for quite awhile. Heavy amount of carbonation present. An aroma of clove, citrus and malt. The flavor was of clove and malt.
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - JAN 25, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer lived up to the commercial description. Head on a 3 oz. pour took at least 2 mins. to die. Strong clove aroma. Full bodied. However I didn't notice any sort of sour finish. Just spicy slightly dry aftertaste.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Boy I'm not the guy to rate a wheat beer. This one seems very much like the Commercial Description. Stron clove like flavor. Brown color and very hazy. I don't taste the carmel at all, sure wish I could. I haven't had an IPA with a flavor as pronounced as the ones. I think if you read the description and it appeals to you as does wheat beers, you are going to love this one. I don't and I didn't.