frankenkitty (1962) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Any time I can secure a Chicago Reader, I start with Section 4 and proceed directly to ’News of the Weird’, ’Life in Hell’ and ’Gumballhead the Cat’. The three of these always crack me up and let me get on with my day with a healthy dose of urban humor. (IMO, ’Ernie Pook’ has always sucked and is the sole downfall to the lineup. Bring back ’Zippy the Pinhead’!)
An average looking beer, with a typical amber body and a quick white head. But the aromas are what knock you on your ass, with a heavy dose of pine hops and "new leather smell". I thought that I might have gotten a mislabeled bottle (Alpha King?), but I later noticed the yeast which appeared as a few large chunks rather than as the cloudiness I’d expected from a wheat. Damn good citrus bitter flavors and a dry, biting finish.
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desurfer (1244) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a pale straw yellow with a small white head. Aroma is super hoppy and sweet; notes of orange peel and lemon. Tastes more like an APA than a wheat, with a nice wallop of dry hoppiness and some background maltiness. Whatever it is, it’s good!
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours slightly hazy golden but amazingly clear for a bottle conditioned wheat brew. Nice 1/2 inch head on top rocky and white. Aroma is the most pleasant grapefruit aroma I’ve taken off the top of a beer. I could smell this one for a while if I weren’t so thirsty. Flavor starts off kind of sweet, with a touch of honey and you can taste that gumball flavor that I guess it gets it’s name from and wheaty. On the palate it is sort of boring a little thin and watery on the palate but a fantastic brew in aroma and flavor. This would be a great summertime beer were it not for the cost. Still I’m glad I got to try it!
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clouded gold pour, nice white head. Hoppy aroma not really heavy wheat. Smooth wheat taste, about what you’d expect with a lite bitter finish. Definite summer wheat a little on sweet side. Tasty and refreshing, not overly complex.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
cloudy gold color, creamy white head that fades quickly, hoppy/grassy aroma along side some wheat notes. smooth wheat taste, nice sweetness, followed by a bitter hoppy tail. the wheat does a nice job of holding the hops in check. maybe a little bit of honey taste in there as well. a little thin on the body, i am surprised this isnt in the american pale ale category, with as much hoppiness as it has. thanks to bbb63 for the bottle.
lamas (1419) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. Hazy, dull gold pour with small off-white head that leaves some lace rows. Aroma of some grassy, citrusy hops and some wheatiness along with hints of a cotton-candy-esque sugariness. A very unique wheat beer. They took an American wheat and dumped in a bunch of hops to give this some nice depth flavor-wise. Still, a tad on the thin side. Plenty of wheaty crispness, sugary sweetness and just a touch of a bitter hoppy finish. A very refreshing summer beer.
MartinT (8328) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 17, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2005 The Lure:
Beautiful, perfumy grapefruity and piney hops converge atop the maple and caramel malt soil. Definitely not what you’d expect from a wheat beer, but is an American Wheat after all.
An assertive wheat bite surprises considering the hoppy proclivity of the aroma. Hops are subdued, and leave way to an earthy yeasty flavor which actually lifts the floral and lemony hop perfume. Not as bright as the aroma, but an agreeable summer pint.
The scent of a blooming garden always raises my spirits.
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 17, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Couleur dorée, offrant peu de mousse blanche adhérant partiellement à la paroi du verre. Aromes de houblons citronné, épicé et très floraux rappelant presque les marguerites. Très douce en bouche, une suggestion de blé est présente mais jamais d’une manière évidente (pomme jaune). Floral et quelque peu résineux en bouche, suggérant le pin et les conifères, on est rapidement transporté en foret sur un doux tapis d’aiguilles. Corps plutôt léger, carbonatation moyenne, finale légèrement amer.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 17, 2005
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Orange-lemon-citrus hops and raw wheat in the fresh, appealing nose. Hazy golden-tan with decent cover of fine-bubbled white head that leaves some lacing. Citrus-orange-lemon, grassy hop flavour overshadows the wheat character. Moderately bitter. Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Feels somewhat thin. Bottle (Nov. 04) enjoyed with beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT, Olivier_MTL, Rastacouere and Yowie. Thanks, enkerli!
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 16, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2005 The aroma is very hoppy. Lemony. So this is what amarillo hops smell like. Banana and bubblegum. The flavor is wheaty, gum arabic, lemon, mandarin orange, grassy/floral hops. I love the flavor of this. It’s like a whole new style of beer that I’ve never had before. Appearance is kinda typical but not unappealing. This is a really appealing beer in terms of aroma and flavor. The palate is very refreshing, carbonated, and has a medium mouthfeel. I like this a bunch! HOP HEADS UNITE! The more I have this (I have a 6 pack of bombers in my fridge), the more I like this. This is simply put, one of my favorite beers.