Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 18, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This ranks up with Pyramid as the best American-brewed German style wheat beers. Slightly hazy golden color with a bit of a small head. Aroma and flavor of banana and cloves. With enough yeast to give it a silty texture--just the way I like it. Very good.
jde123 (773) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 1, 2004
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured a strange looking amber color with absolutely no head. Very strange. The aroma is rather pleasant however, nice and citrusy with a hint of cloves. Taste was a little different, lacked that uniqueness of other Sprecher brews. Below average hefeweizen, not their best outing.
jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bright appearance, high yellow gold color with solid white head.
The smell is brilliant yeasty bready yet fruity.
Taste has some fantastic flavors of banana, clove, and spice, works well in the summer and the fall, winter, and spring.
I highly recommend this Hefe, I've had few that are this tasty let alone at the availability of this beer.
If you've had other Sprecher and been disappointed, i.e. the Abbey Triple, Maibock, or Imperial Stout, you should try this and the black bavarian, it will reaffirm faith in this brewery.
OldGrowth (3140) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAR 13, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Ok nose, clove, lemon, toasted white bread, banana. Lite golden yellow color, just a little haze. Clove and banana flavor. Thin crisp body leaves lemon banana on the tounge. Seems like a respectable hefe, but its not my first choice in beer. Was surprised to see some score so low though.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 5, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cloudy, hazy peach hue. Foamy white head. Banana nose. Super, intense carbonation; volatile. Banana, clovey, toasty grain, apricot, pleasant, velvety body, finishing unbalanced with a flavor reminiscent of urine. Im not terribly impressed.
badgerben (4809) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 17, 2004
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Tap at Sprecher's tasting room. More of a nasty yellow color than anything else. Monster head. The aroma brings a hint of the delicate wheat flavor that is to come. I'm sorry, did I say delicate, I meant lethal barrage. Just a nasty over-abundance of wheat.
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 2, 2003
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Yellow color with banana/clove aroma. Bit of clove in the taste, but otherwise pretty bland. However, all I'd really wanted was a light, easy-drinking beer while I set up my Christmas Tree, so this is hitting the spot. Even an average beer can be good at the right time.
Panzuriel (1787) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2003
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Very hazy yellow beer with full head. Some unsettling settlings in this bottle conditioned beer. Very sharp acrid aroma with fruit hints. Nice bitter flavor but somewhat off with an hard to explain green grass thing going on. Smooth texture and decent finish. Just a tad unsettling. I guess It's not my favorite style.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Color is a nice golden haze, solid through and through, small thinnish tight creamy smooth white head appears then fades fairly fast to leave a thin but bubbly ring and drippy lace. Smell is of musty yeast and lemon, with hints of banana and clove coming through, not as strong of a nose I like to have in a hefe but is nice and becomes more noticeable as it warms. Taste is lightly playful of lemon and banana fruits with some small hops, yeast, and clove sparkling in and out as it dwindles down with a smooth easy start, well balanced flavors, and picks up some solid carbonation as the midway point makes for a dulled hop bite and leaves hints of banana at first in the finish but lends away to clove much later on the palette. This was remarkably easier to drink as it warmed, very mellow, calming yet lively enough for a twist in your senses saying "hello, your drinking something good here, so enjoy."
BBB63 (6527) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy yellow with a huge rocky head and some lace. Aroma hinted of banana, citrus, spice, butterscotch, and earthy yeast. Solid taste in line with the style, nothing dominated and good balance. An enjoyable hefe and worth it at a price lower than most imports.