VAYankee (334) - Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear, effervescent yellow body with a small white head. Overall mild aroma, light ly yeasty, lightly fruity. Unexciting flavor - just a little fruitiness and touch of hops with a lightly dry finish. A rather unimpressive beer.
jcr (2263) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 16, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ligtht golden appearance with small white head that quickly faded. Spicey aroma that was thin. Flavor of spice, clove, pepper with hint of banana kind of muddled together. Average.
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 13, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
(12 oz bottle: Chevy Chase Liquors in Washington, DC) I think American companies are taking a few too many liberties with the word "hefeweizen". Yes, there is yeast in the bottle and yes, it’s made with some wheat malt, but it tastes nothing like what a real (i.e., German) hefeweizen is supposed to taste like. There is no banana, clove, spice or yeastiness, or if any of this is present, it’s so minute that it’s not really even registering on my taste buds. It’s simply a bland summer beer with a fair amount of citrus, some fruity overtones, and a mildly bitter bite in the finish. The nose is mostly just a grainy aroma, and isn’t at all appealing. Light-medium body, but the beer has no flavorful snap to it, and it starts to tire out the palate after awhile. Bright golden orange in color and fairly cloudy. The small white head fades to a ring. For the masses, perhaps, but not for me.
braudimusprime (75) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 8, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sadly a little too flavor- and aroma-light to be a happening weizen. Basically refreshing, but not up to what Smutty is usually capable of.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - SEP 8, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours cloudy yellow w/ thin fizzy head. Nose is light banana, some citrus notes. Taste is thin, light citrushints and very minimal banana. A nice bitterness in the end.
JoshuaB (475) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - SEP 5, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy gold with some white frothy head. Typcial dough, clove, and banana nose. Flavor is more of the same. Dry at the end.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours hazy mustard yellow with a head that’s entirely too small. The top three inches of my wheat beer glass are lonely. Light aroma of cloves and bread. Flavor is kind of odd—a mix between an American Wheat and a Hefeweizen. There are light banana and clove flavors, but there’s also a small hop bite at the end. Dry, with a very bready finish. They should have gone full-out German with it.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 11, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle: A reasonable session ale, nothing too out of the ordinary. I haven’t had too much else from this brewery. So, I didn’t have any expectation one way or the other. A little too dry for me and lacked banana esters and cloves. Not bad, not great.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Time to go against the grain. I swirled and poured the yeast, and it tasted right in line with an American take on the German style, so I’m guessing some other raters left the yeast in the bottle (fearing the yeast bite of bottle conditioning) and rated accordingly. Nevertheless, here I go...
Cloudy, pale and glowing gold in color with a half-cracked ice sheet for a head. Aroma is lemon zest, banana cream puffs, pepper and cloves. Flavor is refreshing and encouraging. Citric lemons and pepper hit softly, backing away to reveal a sourdough and musky breadiness. The brewery’s natural inclination of unfiltering their beers helps to keep this one in good standing and not fall to those venerable "American Wheat" renditions. Light and crisp. The signature Smuttynose hops qualities are there, but have been appropriately scaled to the dosage of a hefe. Finishes like lemon poppy seed muffins with an aftertaste of banana bread. Keep these Smuttynose beers coming, tpkenned. They never disappoint.
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - AUG 4, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Heh. Much more pale body than usual for a wheat beer. Also not as cloudy. Typical citrus aroma with some banana, with a SMALL hint of skunk. Flavor is like any other wheat beer - average range. The more I drank it, the less I liked it. Luckily, I only have 2 left - thank you sample pack. For a hefe this was weak. Are you sure that isn’t Budweiser in my glass?