Hazmatt (363) - Virginia, USA - AUG 8, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught at Capital Ale House downtown. Hazy, muted copper/straw color. Wheaty, spicy aroma, hints of fruit, bananas. Palate is medium, perfectly carbonated. Initial flavor is malty with a bitter hop crispness which gives way to complex wheat character. Hops are not subdued but not overdone. This is well balanced with notes of clove and honey.
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle from keg liquors. slightly hazy golden with a big lasting great off white fluffy head. well blended floral banana clove aroma with light hints of caramel. balanced bittersweet banana clove flavor with an extremely floral backdrop with a touch of caramel. floral bittersweet medium dry spicy banana clove finish. medium body. lively carbonation. i found the beer quite balanced. nice interesting blend of wheat beer and floral hops. i really like the way the hops and the clove play off each other. well done.
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - AUG 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle served into a large Kapuziner weissbier glass produces a murky amber body and an immense offwhite head. Second pour with the yeast swirled in results in a dirty mustard body. Head becomes pitted and rocky. Aroma of clove and fresh oranges followed by an onslaught of IPA type hops that offer up pine and grapefruit notes. Taste is like a mix of a Hefe and IPA. Citrusy grapefruit lords over the faint banana and wheat notes. Clove and white pepper notes add a nice spicy element. Finishes with a bitter grapefruit rind bitterness like an IPA. Interesting effort from two great breweries but I don’t personally care a great deal about such a hopped up Hefe.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - AUG 6, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2007 Bottle. Opens with a pleasant nose of bananas, cloves, white pepper and German hops. A good amount of dry hops, yeast and wheat on the palate. Nice balance between sweet and hoppy dryness. A worthy effort, for sure.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - AUG 6, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was really enjoyable. Beautiful head and body. I thought the hops were wonderful, but they seemed to overpower the better aspects of the weizen side of things. That is, the hops interfered with the clove or banana yeastiness, and kept the beer from acheiving the full measure of its promise. I see, however, that few share this view. Notwithstanding all that, the rich malt base worked really well with the hops and the result was still excellent.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from State Line liqours, Elkton, MD. My wife asked me why it had a muddy look and I sipped. It had a powerful banana citrus-esque blast with some peppery bitter hops and a heavy yeast character. I enjoyed it but am not sure where this falls on the drinkability scale because it seems a bit too sweet and fruity. I love hefes but there is a bit too much of a cloying element which could be the coriander at work. I would still say this is well crafted given these flavors.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle... Cloudy golden ale with a huge, fluffy white head. Incredible retention. Yeasty, earthy aroma with heaps of esters and phenols such as soap, wet leather, pale grains, clove, soft campfire smoke and black pepper. The flavor is spicy and beefy and bows toward the bitter side of balance with alcohol and a hoppiness that really puts the clamps to my palate. Pale grains lend support underneath it all. Medium to full-bodied and astringent as Hell with lively carbonation. Spicy, Mojave-dry finish. Kudos to boboski for giving me this bottle!
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 6, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a murky dark bronze after adding a healthy swirl of the yeast from the bottom of the bottle. Head is off-white, airy, about an inch high, and has some spotty lacing. Aroma of floral, earthy, spicy noble hops and some sweet wheat with a touch of bready German yeast. Starts with a fairly full body, good carbonation and sweet malted wheat giving way to a big, fresh, perfumy hop bitterness with some notes of pine resin and warmth toward a bittersweet finish. A very unique hop character that seems to be well-balanced with the malty sweetness. Enjoyable fresh, but I’m guessing this will probably age well too.
Mike4686 (120) - Bayonne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 5, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
like other schneider beers lots of carbonation great big white head, beer itself was a weird brown mud color, had a citrusy smell and nice sweet taste, definately something different here but its for the better.
NachlamSie (2535) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2008 Bottle into a weizen. Pours a very, very cloudy golden hue with a tall, well developed white head. This stuff smells awesome. My good friend is a homebrewer and for his latest batch he decided to brew a German styled hefeweizen with American styled hopping. Well, looks like someone stole his idea (okay, maybe it’s been done before, but I’ve never had one.). The good news is that it is evidently awesome. The aroma has generous, defined citrus notes and bright, herbal spiciness. I get a little bit of the banana and wheat too. The flavor doesn’t quite live up, but it is very drinkable. Less defined, potent hops are present on the palate but it still packs quite a punch for this style. Moderate banana sweetness and cloves intertwine with hints of grass, pepper, pine, lemon. Actually, as weird as this is, it’s pretty tasteful. I see that these are Bavarian hops, but they a rather PNW attitude in this particular brew. The finish hints a little at bubblegum and is semi-sweet, drying out the palate only slightly from the heavy use of Hallertauer. I personally am a fan of American styled experimentation in beer, it worked very well in this case. I was wooed by the individuality of this one.
[March 10, 2008]
Picked up another bottle of this stuff since I loved it so much the first time around. It has held up well for the last few months, but is nothing like a fresh bottle. The aroma is mildly spicy but is lacking the fresh citrus/pine thing. Still hints of juicy pineapple, banana, and cloves shine through with clarity. The flavor is less aggressive as well, but still packs a decent citrus presence and is moderately dry. Side note: when I poured the last bit out with all the yeast, the liquid was olive green. Pretty neat.
[July 7, 2008]
Bottle best before January 7, 2009. Pours very cloudy drark gold with a huge white head and rather large floating particles. The aroma is delightfully spicy with citrus, rough wheat, lemon, banana, clove, it seems very juicy. mm. The mouthfeel is just spritzy enough. I really like this beer. The hop quality is not obnoxious by west coast U.S. standards, but it is hugely assertive for the style. Lots of biting, spicy citrus and wood, slightly wild esters, perfectly balanced bread/wheat/fruit sweetness, and rich lemon are all noted. This stuff is fantastic. I seem to remember my first encounter being hoppier, but I’m thoroughly enjoying this bottle. I’d feel guilty for lowering the score. Delightful for the summer.