Aurelius (4606) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Earnest pup on the label. Standard 12 oz longneck. Fun cap. Foggy maplewood appearance, thin white head. Aroma was slightly diacetyl, sweaty ale yeast, lightly pickled peaches. A buffered tanginess, lightly mineral, a little butterscotch, low bittering. Body is a bit light, the usual hefe wet paper bag starchiness, loses carbo. Aftertaste turned tangy. Drinkable, slightly flawed. ABC Liquors, Betton.
phaleslu (7386) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2015
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz. bottle from ryanmcfly1985- thanks again, Ryan! Pours a clear gold with a white ring for a head. Notes of corn, cereal, straw, wheat, sugar, apple, and a metallic thing throughout. Light-bodied, with low carbonation and a sweet, watery mouthfeel. I’d consider this a weakish wheat ale, as it doesn’t drink much like a hefe at all.
alexsdad06 (6755) - Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle at home. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a medium sized white head. The aroma and flavor have pale wheat malts, banana, light spice, hints of vanilla, mild citrus, pretty boring hefe that I won’t be revisiting.
UrbanCaveman (159) - Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2014
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass at approximately 40 degrees F.
A: Well, first and foremost, this bottle erupted like a foam Vesuvius when I popped the cap off. I managed to pour some of the geyser into the glass (which promptly overflowed with foam), and then had to let the bottle and the glass sit in the sink for a bit to calm down. Once the magma flow had cooled and it was safe to walk on the parking lot where Pompeii once stood, I was able to assess the appearance of the beer. It pours a tawny, very cloudy gold, like a lion in the shade. Head formation is, I shall assume, not only present, but problematic. There’s also decent lacing - ask me how I know!
S: This opens with a fairly strong bouquet of traditional hefe aromas, with the banana, pear, apple, and clove notes. There’s something I can’t quite place underlying them, however, something almost astringent or antiseptic in odor.
T: The astringency from the nose? It carries into the taste. There’s some serious adhesive-style flavor to this beer, right from the opening. The rest of the flavor palate seems diluted at best behind that "manufactured by 3M" thing that’s going on. There’s also a metallic tinge to the flavor, though neither copper nor iron - almost aluminum-esque, despite being in a bottle.
M: Watery. By the finish, this beer feels like it has split into its constituent parts, the bulk of which is just water. And dare I mention the carbonation sharpness?
O: Not a favorite hefeweizen of mine. I’m not certain what was going on with the headsplosion, but I am fairly certain that I won’t be picking this up again.
mansquito (3998) - Nueva York, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The Sampler, Brooklyn bottle: Pours cloudy orange with a white head. Aroma is banana and spice. I wouldn’t have called this a hefe as much as I would call it an American wheat. Nice and sweet. Nice fruity flavors. Overall, I think that this was somewhat under-rated.
sturmthis (857) - Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft. Hazy golden color with little head. Clove and banana aroma. Clove taste. Not bad.
rumproasts (3774) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 2, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap. Deep golden with small head. Why can’t American brewers make a decent hefe? Has about half the flavor of a German hefe. Light banana, but weak sauce.
BREWMUSKCLES (2359) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
quite an appropriately flavored and well bodied brew of the species! not overdone or slick the beer is drinkable and alcohol seemed right. not amped up, but again seemingly genuine in ever way.
Evolutionary (356) - Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from giant eagle. Nose is banana and clove with some wheat. Decent yeast fullness and banana, clove and spice in there but not too strong. Not great but decent.
---Rated via my mouth
Chudwick (2388) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - MAY 29, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle into Le Listermann - nose is wet wheat/hay with almost banana/clove aromas. Label also says wheat beer but German Hefeweizen is more apropos. Fairly flat but very refreshing. Underrated for sure. Somewhat chewy (as the talking dog says in the Simpsons when it is pointed out that dogs can’t talk). I honestly thought I was going to rate a boring wheat ale but turned out for the best.