OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours very cloudy golden with a fluffy offwhite head that stays quite well and leaves a lot of lace. Aromas of bannana, clove, a whole lot of yeast, and a good dose of Hallertauer hops at the back. Full bodied for a hefe. And quite the alcoholic punch. Easy to drink but a little warming after you finish. Interesting and pretty tasty. I did enjoy it..
willblake (2624) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 1, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
20070801 500ml bottle. Whoa, this is one ugly beer, a sort of sewage inspired greenish-beige, opaque, massive, speckled head of dirty beach foam (and that ainít pretty). Well, canít say they ruined it with filtration! Aroma is floral, lemony, lemongrass, ginger, mildly wheaty (banana), and mild band-aid notes. Interesting and lively, but really itís all over the place. With temp, thereís some odd plasticy aroma emerging that reminds me of new carpet. Huh. The flavor is also hard to pin down. At first, it seems mild, bland even, but mid-sip a smooth fruitiness butts in followed by a very nice floral/perfume/soap character that, thankfully, I ride through the swallow and into a lingering bitter finish. The strong alcohol is very present with temp and from all angles with this stuff. Thatís not always a bad thing in my mind, but itís not very refined either. Decent enough stuff and worth the shot, but I wonít be going out of my way to spend $4 on another one.
Skyview (5023) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 1, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 500 ml bottle, shared by joebrew, pours a hazy orange/amber brew with a thick white head the slowly dissolves to a good lacing and thin white head that has good retention. Aroma of rich, sweet yeast, lime peel, some banana esters and grassy/pine hops. Taste is medium bodied and complex with many characters. Flavors picked up of sourdough bread, bananas, some sweet pink grapefruit, and mixed hard fruits. Finish has a slight soapy texture and a sweet grapefruit aftertaste with some lingering pine flavor. This is the first time I tried a hefeweizen with a pale ale/miild IPA character.
Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUL 31, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Both draft & bottle, ratings combined. I was really excited to go to the release of this beer at Zum. The place was packed and as approached the bar, I could see they were having typical Schneider problems with foam from the taps. After getting my serving in the proper glassware (it took a liter to get my .5 liter), the beer looks great. Upon closer inspection though, it really is 3 different beers. The first taste is just like a creamsickle. As you near the bottom, itís straight up hop juice, and not in a good way. Clumps of everything abound. Now I just couldnít weait for the bottled version. Although filtered a bit more than the draft, I found this to be horribly unbalanced, teetering between sweet and hops. The banana was there and not cloying, so that is good. The hops are there and too citrus juicy to be good. Iím guessingt if anyone had this beer without knowing who made it, the ratings wouldnít be so good. I love the effort and the collaboration and really hope more brewers do this sort of thing, but this beer fell far short of the mark. Too bad.
theisti (2817) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUL 31, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2007 500 ml bottle from Secret Santa. Pour is a cloudy dirty orange and yellow at the start, though when the remainder of the bottle was poured in, it took on more of a dirt brown appearance. Big, long lasting, fluffy white head. Aroma is bananas and cloves, yeast and some bright (zesty) hops. An extremely fresh smelling beer. Taste is orange citrus, wheat and a really nice citric hop bite to the finish. Crisp, clean and super refreshing. This just may be my new favorite Weizen. More brewer collaboration, please. Thanks Santa!
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an immensely bubbly with a huge, thick, foamy head. Very spicy wheat aroma, alot of nutmeg, a little banana and other citrus. The taste has a very sharp taste. Very big wheat presence as is typical in actual German wheats. Very bitter citrus flavor too that I thought was interesting. Definitely quite spicy, some cinnamon and nutmeg kind of blend together to formulate the sweetness taste. This was pretty well done. Quite interesting, and a little different than most wheats, which was refreshing.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUL 30, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml - #800 - Aroma is pungent banana, bubblegum, clove, lemon and Euro hops. Pours cloudy dark yellow with a big head and good lacing. Flavor is spicy then bread dough, lemon and finishes with a healthy dose of bitter hops. Palate is crisp and tart while still being incredibly smooth and creamy. Unique and super tasty, this is a brew I wish was available all the time... Hint hint
vyvvy (3225) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 29, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2007 Wow this was a pleasant surprise. Iím not sure this is really a hefe, but donít know what it should be under except wonderful. It poured dark hazy amber / copper with a dense off-white head. The aroma has sharp citrus, light banana, rich wheat, earthy yeast and a healthy dose of spicy hops. Full rich body at the beginning and then finishes thin and crisp with lively carbonation. The flavor begins with citrus, spicy hops, creamy wheat and dark toasted wheat. The finish is hoppier with a pleasing alcohol presence and a bitter / sourness aspect. This beer gets a huge thumbs up . Iíve never tasted anything like it, but I will taste this one many times - a fantastic collaboration. <P> Rerate notes: After having a few on these I get more and more impressed. Very drinkable for an 8.2% beer, lots of pleasing hops and just enough of the wheat showing through to make itself known, but not overwhelming banana esters. This is quickly becoming a favorite. Iíll be curious to see how this progresses with a little age.
fishingnet (1047) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2007
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy burnt orange with a large off-white head that lasts leaving good lacing. Aroma of baked spiced apples, bananas, wheat, yeast, clove, bubblegum and spicy hops. Taste is dominated by harsh grassy and spicy hops at first then lends way to bananas, clove, wheat, and yeast. Medium full mouthfeel with a very harsh bitterness and slight warmth from alcohol. An amazing aroma but the flavor is covered up by young grassy hops. Good but I wouldnít buy it again.
mhot55 (99) - USA - JUL 29, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
appearance- cloudy apple cider, even cloudier. whole loota head, some lacing. aroma- fruit and bread, little apple scent. body- full feel, as expected, not as "chewy" as i wouldíve expected- think the hops evened out that wheat chew. alcohol is present but relatively hidden for 8+ %. flavor- wheat backround is minimalized by stronger hop bitterness even resin flavor than other wheats. Picture some sort of mixture betweeen a a german wheat and an APA. Main wheat flavors are present, but the subtle ones are lost. The main pale ale characters are there- hops/bitterness giving a pine flavor. even the color is a mixture- short of amber deeper than gold. All in all, i enjoyed. But Iím not sure if this is one i can drink a few of exclusively. But it is enjoyable to crack open one bottle and enjoy