jimmyh221 (157) - Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2006
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
It had a cloudy amber color. There was a very strong aroma as well as the taste. However, it is a style of beer that I do not like.
ElGaucho (2393) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet banana aroma (bananas foster). Dark, murky amber body with a small, yellowish, off-white head. Strong, smoke flavor. Very well done. Mouthfeel is a little spritzy with carbonation. A very solid brew. Very enjoyable. One of the better, if not the best, smoked beers I’ve had.
tennisjoel (1377) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The smoked aspect is definitely noticed. Has the weizen qualities of the german style. Not my favorite style, but a good attempt at it. I haven’t rated too many in this style, but would like to see how it compares. It’s decent.
MoreHead (355) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
came out a hazy orange/brown with small head and fair to spare lacing. aroma was of smoked salmon. taste was also smokey with some sweet citrus, maybe banana. decent but not a big fan of the style.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 11, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On-tap at the brewpub: Not sure what color to call this stuff. Its semi opaque, kinda copper, kinda bronzed, kinda rusted, I’ll just say orange-brown. Soft, creamy, small, cap of off-white foam. Some spotty lacing.
Aroma is tangy and mildly set with a salted smoked meat with a nice wheat bread doughy background. Fresh and snappy with that weizen character that one would and should expect out of a good dunkel.
Quite tasty. Perfect smokey salted meat tang on top of one nice array of dark wheaty snap and hold of fresh bread dough. Nice and snappy, nice and lengthy on the buds and one smooth ride of easy going flavors.
Feel is tangy with wheat and smoke wrapped in a smooth, snappy, medium body. Well rounded with a decent crescendo from start to finish. Tends to be more active in the middle, then fades off into the finish leaving the dark wheaty bread dough and weizen spices to do their thing.
A very nice dunkel. Tangy and flavorful with a interesting snap to it that exceeds the norm for the style. Seemingly un-dunkel-like, but somehow works altogether anyways. Another Hoops masterpiece.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 6, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Don’t have a lot of info on this one. As the brewer said, "the beer speaks for itself"...and so, we go...
Dark maghogany, burned crimson, lovely, lovely color, big, full flush head, creamy toned...nice lookin’ dunkel!
Nose is full of fruit and some spice, rich and luscious...minor smoke, though. Bubbling burgundy, mixed with wheat. Grapes and berries met with smooth weizen character.
Taste: yum, and the smoke hits the tongue like a slap. Taste again: full invasion of the mouth, the fruit floods and smoke slinks behind and coats the palate. Still, as minor in the mouth as in the nose, despite that initial spank.
Easy drinking, big flavor, delicious dunkelweizen-ness...yums, yummy, yumsers...
the growler will be gone this evening, I can handily predict...
badgerben (4889) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark copper color with a thin head. Well the aroma definitely screams smoke. It’s of the beachwood rauchbier kind, not peat. Something else that seems like it could be banana from the dunkel. Taste was about what I’d expect. A good burst of smoke that paired with a sweet malt base. There was a slightly sour fruit finish that detracted some. The dunkel was completely blown away by the smoke. Not bad at all, but not a favorite either.