Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 28, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2004 Re-rate 10/20/02: Changed some numbers, still same rating. explosive nose, rich taste. Almost like drinking a nutcake. If you consider the price when drinking beers, I'd dare say this is the best on the planet. Re-rate 4/24/02: Very strong alcohol aroma that knocked this down. Although I should be using a better glass. First ratings: If I lived in Germany, I would only drink this. Well, I'd drink Celebrator too...(12/13/01) I just gave this beer another point. I have a 100 beers in my cellar and I can't stop thinking about this beer that I CAN'T BUY IN NEW HAMPSHIRE!!! Aarrgghhh! 12-31-01: This beer is really good! It's aroma is enchanting.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 28, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma and taste is very estery and alcoholic. Nice fruits and malts in aroma- almost smells like a barleywine. Taste is sweet and smooth with some phenolic/wierd sweetness and slight hops. Head died too quickly and not quite enough carbonation. Could be a little too old- there was no date on the bottle but I don’t really think it went too bad. I think this is about the same as Victory’s Weizenbock, as far as overall impression, but I think if I had this fresh, then it would have gotten better ratings.
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - OCT 28, 2002
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
[draught] This extremely nice coloured beer with a great head looks superb in the cool glasses. Unfortunately that’s all. Unpleasant alcoholic wheat aroma. Strong and bad taste of farmyard manure.
SilkTork (5121) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2002
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Initially impressed. I’m not a fan of wheat beers or lagers (even dark ones), but this has loads of flavours bundled together in an attractively spicy package. The dark lagers (Bocks & Viennas) are more complex and flavoursome than Pilsner type lagers, though they seem to fall into the same trap as rose wine - being neither flesh, fish nor good red herring. This Aventinus, however, seems to pack quite a punch. There is, however, quite a lot going on for a thin bodied beer - too much for a simple refreshment which is what most thin bodied beers are good for. An interesting taste to accompany the lager is very pleasing, like a well strummed acoustic guitar, but a 32 piece jazz orchestra is a little too much. As I continued to drink I found that the orchestra was a little too intrusive, that there was not enough sweet malt body to comfort my increasingly tortured palate. The medicinal tastes began to overpower, and I started to feel I was in a hospital undergoing open throat surgery without enough anaesthetic.
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 27, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Spicy alcohol aroma.Layers of alchohol,chocolate,cloves and bananas.balanced bitter sweetness.Chocolate cordial finish.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2002
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Didn’t care for the banana notes. I much prefer the Weltenburger or Celebrator. Really, this is MUCH more like a wheat than a bock. On rerate, I think it is quite tasty. A VERY malty weisse.
beerguy101 (5267) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 23, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown color. Large creamy head. Malty spicy aroma with a touch of banana and clove. WOW. Big, bold beer.Banana and cloves moves to raisins, fruit, chocolate and citrus. Taste really grabs at you. Which is NOT a bad thing. Warming taste. Alcohol is evident, but not overpowering. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. NICE beer.
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I can’t believe I waited so long to try a beer of this type. Truely the best of both worlds. Aroma similar to a weisen with a healthy dose of banana, plus some extra goodies like clove, apricot, pear, and apple. And pleanty of ethanol. Lots of spice in the flavour: cloves, corriander, nutmeg. More bock like and less weise like in flavour. Some chocolate, apple. Nicely carbonated, smooth, rich, and creamy. A fascinating beer.
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 20, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy brown, huge head. Big banana aroma with yeast and malt notes. Banana and chocolate flavor on a wheat base. I had this beer about 7 or 8 years ago, it’s good to drink it again.
Nesta13 (205) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 20, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rerate: Well I’m glad I did get it again! Looks great (although not quite as good as that picture to the left...), dark maroon/brown with nice off white head. Aroma is strong malts and alcohol (but is not overwhelming). Flavour is beautiful: not too sweet and as Merc said, ’the best of both worlds’ (doppelbock and wheat). Clove, some weak esters, honey and molasses(sp?). Palate is almost perfect: as smooth as you would want with a nice little hop and alcohol bite. This could become a regular for me.</P>This is a great beer: full of sweet fruitiness and definately a strong clove finish. Great appereance and mouthfeel yet somehow I was expecting more... I’d still get it again though!