illidurit (2243) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 10, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into a Franziskaner weizen glass. Huge off-white head froths up above the rim and leaves chunks of lacing. Tons of sediment, mostly yeast, but some chill haze too. Aroma is clove-dominated with some sweetbread malt, cinnamon, banana, and eggnog. Flavor has a nice wheat malt and banana ester basis, with all kinds of spicy accents. Obvious clove, nutmeg, and Hallertauer zestiness. Some vanilla sweetness and citrus. Tons of complexity, probably the deepest wheat beer I’ve ever had. Finish is dry with a light pithy bitterness that lingers. Very drinkable for the 8.2% abv that you couldn’t have guessed was there. Great beer.
evanrail (57) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 10, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of pivnizub — many thanks.
Pours a very cloudy orange with a thick, long-lasting styrofoam head. Aroma jumps out of the glass, filling the room with orange blossoms: candy-store sweetness shot through with a blast of bright mint. Below is a touch of clove and Blackjack gum. In the mouth, a chewy body, unusual for a Weisse, with virtually no alcoholic heat. (It’s really 8.2 percent?) Complex layers of flavor run from vinous depths to a slightly bitter, lemon-pith finish. Very good, very brawny, perhaps lacking in nuance at this tasting.
Marsiblursi (3052) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 9, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours a muddy grayish brown colour. The aroma is floral and overripe fruity with tones of canned pineapple and some light citric tones. The flavour is sweet and light wheaty with a tropical backdrop of canned pineapple. Tiny hoppy and spicy. The mouthfeel is soft. Medium bodied.
DSG (8324) - Tel Aviv, - AUG 9, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2010 Re-rate 12/4/10: Bottle at a tasting. Thanks Dagan. Hazy yellow. Aroma of hops, flowers, wheat, fruit esters and light spiciness. Flavor of fruits, wheat and bitter hops. Medium-bodied. Nice. 7/3/7/3/14=3.4
Re-rate 4/13/10: Bottle at a tasting. Thanks Dror. Slightly hazy golden. Aroma of wheat, some malt, fruity esters, light spiciness and hops. Sweetish wheaty flavor with caramel notes, some fruits, bread and a pleasant bitter hoppy finish. Medium-bodied. 7/3/7/4/14=3.6
Re-rate 5/18/09: Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks Shachar! Cloudy honey-orange color with a white head. Aroma of wheat, some tropical fruits, banana notes and some floral-herbal hops. Flavor has some wheat, fruits. flowery notes, citrus notes and lots of herbal hops bitterness in a lingering finish. Medium-bodied. A good refreshing beer. 7/3/7/4/15=3.6
(6/29/08) Bottle sample at RBESG08 grand tasting in Plzen. Very muddy light-brown with a quite big white head. Aroma of wheat, fruits, some malt, spices, caramel and some hops. Sweet flavor with wheat, some fruits, a bit of yeast, some spiciness and a rather bitter finish with some hops. Medium-bodied. A bit strange. I’m quite disappointed by this one. 6/3/7/3/13=3.2
Beer4000 (5044) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 8, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 ml bottle. Happy to find this rare beer (from an European view) at my local supermarket in New York, then realizing I got my hands on the more common German version. Cloudy orange body with a big off-white head. Strong weissbier and hops in aroma. Flavor is quite sweet, strong weissbier flavor and quite hoppy. In my opinion, not a very successfully combination. A bit to much of everything for my likings, but interesting.
rallison (116) - USA - AUG 8, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Every so often you run across that beer that just blows you away. This is one of those beers for me.
Cloudy golden body with a respectable, creamy white head.
Ridiculously good aroma - tons of fruity yeast - banana, tropical fruits, bubblegum, etc - with a delicate hop character. Honestly, I could smell this beer for hours.
The taste is just as good. An extremely well integrated mix of soft wheat malt, fruity yeast notes, forward yet delicate hops, fruits and a light, perfectly done lingering bitterness. Just about heaven.
Light on the tongue, full of flavor, begging for a warm summer day. This thing is 8.2%? Nicely hidden.
I see this rates fairly well..glad to see...for me, this is honestly one of the best beers I have ever had. It brings together so many good characteristics - you’ve got a complex hefeweizen background - the beautiful soft, wheat malt character and the incredibly complex, fruity yeast notes - all tied together with a perfect hop accompaniment. Highly recommended.
Vas19 (313) - Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours murky yellow orange with a creamy white head. Aroma of oranges, hops, yeast, wheat, and spice. Flavor pretty much matches the aroma. Nice mouthfeel, a good beer.
DocHop (278) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very hazy, cloudy golden yellow with a massive white head. Very sweet tart citrus, Belgian yeast aroma. Wow, surprisingly smooth. Very bready flavor with a little tartness that is almost leveled out by a few hops. A little peppery and spicy too. The lingering flavor is yeasty and a little dry.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - AUG 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle. A wonderful mix of wheat, spice from both the yeast and hops, pleasant bitterness, and fruitiness. Very drinkable.
sstackho (249) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500mL bottle purchased for $5 from Bauer Wines in Boston. Pours a cloudy, somewhat neon yellow with decent head. Great, unique aroma that is, not surprisingly, a mix of wheat beer smells and hoppy hops. The flavour starts off strong and wheaty, like a weizenbock, with a strong hoppy finish and aftertaste. Very enjoyable stuff. More please!