wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark amber with a huge head. Aroma is toffee, banana, and yeast. Flavor is sweet, spice and wheat. Finish is dry with strong alcohol. Full bodied mouthfeel. Very nice beer.
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 22, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nice dark ruby rich brown with yeast notes. Decent head and medium body. Flavors of clove and malt with light toastiness. Nice alcohol warming. A good winter beer.
rlgk (11029) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - JAN 22, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Really hazy. Aroma is yeasty, with nutty notes in it. Reminds me quite a lot of a weissbier. Yeast is in the flavor as well. Sour and rather spicy, maybe too spicy, from pepper.
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JAN 19, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2005 on tap at the schneider house in munich: this is one of my all time favorites in the (weizen category) ive had it several time from the bottle and on tap. quite a bit of alcohol, so watch out! nice huge head thats dense and bubbley. beutiful nose of wheat, cloves, bananas and malt. dark brown in a glass. im not saying anymore, just go drink one... you wont be disapointed. this is truly one of the best.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy brown dark amber. The off-white head is huge and rocky. Sweet banana clove aroma with hints of wheat. The flavor complements the aroma very well, sweet wheat and banana flavor. The body is silky smooth with and adds a sweet coating to the teeth. A very nice beer.
sayravai (4674) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 17, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2004 (Bottled, at least 3rd re-rate) Dark murky brown/amber color with a large, tight head. Sweet, malty aroma with wheaty banana and chocolate. Flavor is sweet and sour with citric acid, yeast and hints of banana, chocolate and a hint of alcohol. Long, bitter, witbier-spicy, sour and carbonated finish. Quite carbonated, bitter and oily palate. Hides the ABV very well. This is a beer that can be enjoyed all year round. An excellent, full-flavored and warming weizen. It’s unbelievable just how spicy and peppery flavor you can accomplish with only the basic ingredients allowed by the German Reinheitsgebot! So easy to forget (you can get it from the Finnish monopoly liquour stores), yet so pleasant and enjoyable... Ahhhh...
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep ruby richness in my hoegaarden glass. Head diminishes to little islands of foam. Aromas of clove nutmeg allspice( it's kinda like a gingersnap) the flavour is rich and spicy with mild yeastyness, long lasting flavours on the palate.Good winter drinkin'
monkeycmdr (18) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 12, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The most striking aspects of this beer are the color and the nose...the color is a dark caramel which is quite unique, and the aroma smells of banana, light spices and cinnamon. The taste is very complex, but overall tastes much like it smells. A great beer from start to finish, and a great kick as well. One of my three favorite beers, and I don't even usually like this style.
Gmku (294) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 7, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2004 I'm hoping I just got a bad bottle. Acidic, sour, and cloudy. No dark tastes at all. I'm still waiting to hear from the store about honoring my request for a replacement bottle. I'll re-rate after I try it again. RE-RATE, 1-14-03: New bottle. This is much better. So now I know how to tell a bad weizen, at least. So onward: This is what I was expecting. Sweet yet complex aroma and taste, beautiful caramel color. Pours a large head with big bubbles but head dissipates quickly—to be expected with high ABV beers, from my experience, and there’s some fizzy carbonation left that’s almost pop-like in the mouth. Fizzy-ness competes with a certain creaminess in the palate. Taste is full of wheat and yeast, as I’d expect from a weizen. That said, it’s not as good in flavor or texture as my favorite doppelbock, the Ayinger Celebrator. If you’re like me and tend to stick with barley-based beers, you might not like this. While flavorful, it’s definitely a weizen, which to my taste buds always kind of kill the darker malt flavors I like in a beer. On the other hand, if you like weizens, you’d like this. So while it’s perfect for the style, I’m taking off points only as a subjective appraisal.
MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 7, 2004
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Strong chewing gum and cinnamon in the aroma. Flavor of wheat and yeast. Very artificial palate. Some pepper in finish.