rajendra82 (976) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - APR 26, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The reddish orange to burnt amber looking body surprised me with its initial clarity and the lack of cloudiness. The second pour however had a large number of floating clumps of the little friends. The initial head was an inch and a half in height with a fizzy carbonation. The head did not last very long at all, and there was no lacing to speak of. The smell was perfumey to medicinal alcohol with underlying banana, clove, and ripe cherries. The taste was initially quite sweet with lots of fruity esters and spices typical for a German wheat beer. The alcohol appears to be very well hidden at first, but as the beer warms up, it starts to step in front of other flavors and introduces a lot of dryness in the mix. Towards the end of the glass, the hops make a surprisingly strong appearance. There is a faint smokiness to the malt that is like a wispy ghost. Mouthfeel is not as creamy as I had hoped for, and the yeast adds a mildly unpleasant metallic twang. Very complex beer that starts out easy, and then changes its tune a couple of times as it has your attention.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - APR 25, 2004
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Dark amber with a very active off white head that fades very quickly. The head was in no way shape or fasion long lasting. It disapeared before my eyes into a thin ring of bubbles clinging to the side of my weizen glass. Nose is strong of wheat with a medium bananna note. Taste is WHEATY as hell. There is a very unpleasant metal aftertaste. Some notes of berries, grapes, caramel and fruit come out after it warms. The finish is sour and not exactly pleasant. Honestly I don't know how I feel about this beer. The taste is just a little too metallic and grapey for my liking. It is not completley unpleasant though. This would probably go well with a nice plate of sausage and kraut.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish brown in colour with the aroma of candied fruit, wheat and banana. Malty and wheaty with a touch of anise.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 24, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
dark cloudy amber with a really active big bubbly white head. Nos is very wheaty with a hint of rust and malt. I didnt especially like the wheat so that sucked for me. Taste is very wheaty (didnt care for too much)and not so much malt. In end there is a hint of rust and suggar.
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - APR 12, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma seduces, 'Drink me, drink me!' My nose gives in. The appearance is regal, nobel, royal, imperial. The flavour is quite full-bodied, complex with yeastiness and citrusy fruitiness simultaneously [gleichzeitig] and though 8% ABV, is well-masked and does not taste overly alcoholic. The palate is delightful and really a pleasure to have around as company. I do believe this was the last beer I had in Hawai'i... I miss that place...I miss the good beer selection...
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 04.09.04. Pours a creamy, caramel brown. Deep. Medium head that refuses to quit its fine, even froth. Absolutely reeks of yummy yeasts...citrus, apple, fresh berries, brown sugar, and dough. The beer is light on the palate with a nicely complimentary alcohol note. Flavors of spiced gumdrops, light cocoa, candied fruits. Mouthfeel is full and there is plenty of carbonation. A complex, deep, thoroughly delicious beer. Truly fantastic and one of the best bargains around.
tbone52384 (9) - Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2004 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I like the extra kick. Sweet yet has a big of spice. The carbonation is a plus.
Bodomite (34) - USA - APR 8, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2004 Extremely good taste sweet and with small hints of banana! Thick head extremely nice aroma with hints of cloves. My now #1 favorite beer of all time! Highly reccomended to anyone!
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 8, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Looks great. Thick head. Curious aroma but cloves are prevelant. Wasn't impressed with first bottle. Did not care for it at all. Second bottle I was a little more open with my palate. Fruity and soft. Sweetness was good compliment to cloves. Good flavor. Complex and curious enough to warrant another purchase to completely figure out.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 8, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into a genuine Aventinus glass, the actively bubbly, beige head fills that big bubble that makes up the top half of the glass, softly crumbling down. Color, Clear, deep amber, high carbonation.
Aroma: yeasty, spicey, cloves and bread, delicate and dreamy, soft and creamy. Rich, fruity taste, figs dance on the tongue, apples, white grapes, raisins, generous, arousing texture. This is perfect pleasure, the mouthfeel is gracious and the sweet, bright grapiness provides constant delight. There's a brief sourness, but it matches well with the flavor profile. Long finish, full bodied, ...a beautiful, beautiful brew.