Heathen (1458) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 6, 2007
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
THOUGHTS: I was amazed to see something unfiltered from AB. A nice attempt , but a so, so execution. It it looks pretty good and smells pretty good, you might expect it to taste pretty good, but not this one. For AB great, for anyone els, mediocre to weak. The flavor was all fruit, not much wheat. Tastes kind of like watered down orange juice with 7Up. Might be good with brunch though.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a hazy to murky, medium yellow with a large, frothy, white head that mostly diminished but left fair lacing. Great carbonation rising. The aroma was like that soda Five Alive. There were oranges, limes, lemons and some wheat. The initial flavor was lightly sweet and bitter and moderately acidic and also sour, while the finish was heavy to harsh acidity and light bitterness and sour with an average duration. The light body was dry and watery with lightly fizzy carbonation and an acidic finish just like that first glass of OJ in the morning.
markas101 (1823) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 27, 2007
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
33 cl bottle, Fargo. Some faint spice aroma, mild flavor, nothing offensive but nothing memorable. Refreshing for a hot day I suppose.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2007
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Too much carbonation which makes it taste like my wife’s perrier along with a balanced but untasty blend of lemon, wheat and coriander flavors. Its easy to drink but would be better if they nixed the lemon and lime peels and accentuated its hoppy character instead of watering it down in fruity H20. I had this on tap at the Scranton WB Yankees park because they stopped selling Victory Golden Monkey because of its alcohol content.
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 23, 2007
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2008 On tap at Busch Gardens. I did not enjoy this one at all, really. There were certainly some spices and the wheat was prevalent, but overall it tasted just like another ABC beer. Too watery for my tastes.
pojo41 (315) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - JUN 17, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pretty good head and color. Nice cloudy appearance. Had a pretty good flavor. I had to like this one despite the fact that it is made by A-B. Surprising.
TheBeerGod (5176) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 16, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Cloudy gold. Small white head. Nose is spicy with grains, soft lemon, and fainter yeast. Not bad. Taste is grains and yeast but controlled and well balanced with soft spice and lemony notes. Light bitterness. Body is light and bubbly but not over carbonated. Ends with more light spice, soft yeast, wheat notes and lemon. Not really a true wit, more an American wheat, but still nice!
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JUN 16, 2007
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
From the tap, sampled at a cooler cellar temperature in a restaurant shaker glass.
Poured a cloudy, very pale orangey yellow with a foamy white head, settled into a thin sudsy, slightly creamy lacing.
A light citric nose, a little lime mixed with orange, a subtle coriander, a touch of chalk and wheat biscuity.
Good carbonation and a crisp, dry, smooth light-medium bodied mouthfeel.
The citric peels come out in the taste, sour lemon, lime and the orange adding a little sweetness, a light coriander and a even lighter spiciness, chalky and wheaty, a spitz-like hop bite towards the end, and a dry sour citric, wheaty finish.
Passable on a hot late spring evening, goes down easy, a decent seasonal offering from A-B.
bleeng (1498) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JUN 13, 2007
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Draft at the Las Vegas airport. Firstly, this is not similar to any Belgium Wit I’ve had-they’re just wishing and pissin. Pours hazy yellow/unfiltered. Nose is metallic, clovy, spicy, wheatish-not a great aroma. Taste gets to your mouth before it hits your mouth. Overally carbonated. Thin-to-medium body. Not real heavy on wheat and spices. I’m not sure what AB meant this to be-it’s not a Wit or a Hefeweizen. Probably more an American wheat than anything else. Drinkable but not worth seeking out.
thomasacross (129) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Question: if Anheuser-Busch has in it’s repertoire the ability to rip off Hoegaarden (one of the world’s best beers and an absolute standard to judge all wheats against), why don’t they stop making Budweiser and just make this all the time? Color is like Hoegaarden -- very pale yellow -- but with too little foam. Fizzy and refreshing with similar citrus/coriander/spice notes as the Belgian favorite. Slightly over-carbonated. Exceptionally enjoyable, especially with Hoegaarden hard to find due to the Anheuser/InBev supply-chain problems during the Summer of 2007.
It’s not Hoegaarden (quite), but I’d take a lifetime of this over another Blue Moon. People that like Blue Moon generally just haven’t had Hoegaarden yet.
Kroger (1) - USA - JUN 13, 2007 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Awesome wheat beer. Goes great with cajun food, very smooth to drink, good flavor.