redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2013
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Hazy honey color with a initially large head that goes away way to quick and ends up as lacing, sad. Aroma of the standard wheat/ bread/yeast with hints of fruity esters but those seem more of an accident than planned. Lacks most or all of the characteristics of a hefe that I look for, seemed more like a bubbly American wheat than anything else, disappointing.
queenholly (3619) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JUL 9, 2016
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Wheat malt, light banana/orange, and light clove aroma. Hazy brassy gold with a minimal white head. Banana, wheat malt and clove flavor. Body on the light side of medium, moderate carbonation.
Verbeek (2) - Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2016 does not count
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bitter and sour on initial swallow but finishes nice and clean. Beer was easier to drink upon initial pouring when cold and was not as enjoyable when it warmed up.
jsporrer (582) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a bottle. Pours a cloudy deep orange-amber with a huge white foamy head. Very nice wheat and bready yeast aroma. Highly carbonated. Full mouth feel with a bready yeast and wheat flavor. Very refreshing and pure. No clove, banana or other added flavors, just wheat and yeast but still very enjoyable. Much better than other American brewed beers of this style. I liked it a lot even without the added flavors. Simple, pure, and very good for this style.
ryecatcher (1304) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from a mix-a-six I got at the Legacy Village Giant Eagle on my way home from seeing my girl. Certainly not a bad beer... but it’s just short on everything a benchmark hefeweizen has going for it. It needs more of everything: nose, body, clove, banana, creaminess. Note to Thirsty Dog: drink more Weinheistephaner or Schneider Weiss (or any German-made version of the style) and eventually you’ll get it right. Amp it up.
BrewBoxer (2545) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 25, 2015
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a wheaty color with a sweet taste. Decent easy drinking beer. Nothing special but ok
PorterPounder (7116) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tallahassee, Fl - ABC Fine Wine & Spirits - 12 oz bottle. Slight haze to the medium golden pout, light off-white head, no lace. Aroma has some clove and banana which melds together in an unpleasant butterscotch essence. Flavor is similar in nature, cloyingly sweet, all that really comes through is the butterscotch. Mouthfeel is thick enough. Not feeling on this one - Thirsty Dog is usually pretty solid.
Aurelius (5006) - 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 (9255) - 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 (8727) - 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 (193) - 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.