DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I still cannot believe this is rated at 4.1, but what confounds me even more is the ratebeerian communities love for anything so much as resembles a port wine as this does in taste. It pours a ruby red but it a fiery cloudy reddish mess in the light with a white fluffy head which dies off very quickly....even more so than i would have imagined. The aroma has some of the strangest stuff i could possibly pick up....everything from malt, to candy and sugar, to wheat, to, i swear i smelled this...vitamins!!! It smelled like vitamins!! The taste was just as complex and weird. There is a massive plummy deep fruit taste. Very strong port wine qualities with a grape-like sourness coming through. On the other hand, there are instances where it begins to taste like a wicked dose of cough medicine..just nasty. The carbonation level is medium to slightly prickly with a definite resiny mouthfeel. Not bad...but once again..far too port winish for my tastes...just strange.
hoorayforbeer (105) - Denton, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours cloudy red/brown with initial beige head that diminishes quickly. Very nice malt flavors mix with caramel, spices, grass, dark fruits and some citrus fruit. Good full body and lightly sour malt after taste. Very good beer.
GregClow (2879) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a hazy ruby-brown with a big, creamy off-white head that retreats fairly quickly. Dark, rich aroma of malt, banana, spice and toasted raisin bread. Creamy mouthfeel, and flavours of caramel, malt, banana, clove and a hint of chocolate. A definate favourite of mine, and I'm glad the supply in Ontario is cheap and plentiful!
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a great weizen bock. Caramel, spicy and malty flavor goes down smooth. Finishes slightly bitter and (good)sour almost tart like. Recommended.
WabashMan (1012) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 10, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2003 A nice, cloudy, brownish red color and ungodly amounts of head start this one. Aroma is nice and wheaty, though not overpowering. The flavor, in my opinion, is very unique. It's wheaty, full, strong, and long lasting. VERY nice, and original.
mds (2205) - 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.