Ernest (5887) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially large, fizzy/frothy, off-white to light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium amber.
Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain/nuts, caramel), lightly yeasty (basement), with a strong note of banana, other notes of spoiling fruit and vinyl/linoleum.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter, slightly unclean.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Kind of a weird beer...it’s almost like the banana note (which is by far the most prominent aroma) is added rather than yeast-created...like a nondescript ale flavored with banana. A little dirty/off (similar plastic odor as in the zwickel), but not terrible. The chestnuts don’t seem to make much of an impact. Not a fan of this one...it’s a bit unpleasant to be perfectly frank.
diefledermaus (7) - Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2013 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lovely amalgamation of styles. Not really a brown ale or a weissen. The chestnuts add earthy, nutty complexities that partner well with the phenolic yeast. Wonderful from the tap at UCBC. Would have rated higher in the bottle i’m drinking of it now tasted as good.
adnielsen (7576) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle @ home, courtesy of jcnielsen. Thanks Jetson! Pours a hazy, dark orange appearance with a cream colored head. Slight DMS, cooked veggie, nutty, roasted malty, lightly phenolic aroma. Tangy, burnt roasted malty, nutty, tangy, strangely sweet flavor with a fair earthy/herbal element also going on. Maybe it would have been better fresh?
ryanfolty (1674) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - JAN 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
January 8, 2013 on tap at brewpub. Cloudy orangish brown pour with limited head. Yeast, malt and nutty in aroma. Finish and aftertaste really highlight the nutty flavor, little bit of bitterness in there as well.
NobleSquirrel (3429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Randal’s. Pours a cloudy brownish orange with a billowy head. Nose is odd. Earthy and meaty, cloves and super estery. Faint nuts. On tasting, it’s a little bit harsh, faint solventy. Cloves and spice. Earthy finish with nuts. A bit sloppy and lacks the overally rich and creamy qualities of a great weizen. Meh.
3fourths (7524) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
fresh bottle. unfiltered. cloudy dark amber body with a fine off-white head. ester-heavy nose of browned bananas, dark bread and tropical fruits with both hops and malt sweet and juicy. the chestnuts aren’t present much in the aroma; if they are they’re mixed in well-enough to be indistinct with all the nuttiness and toastiness going on from the barley and wheat. in flavor it’s more present, most noticeable as a sudden saccharine twang on the approach with equally confusing oiliness, also showing up in the finish after a very German frothiness explores and washes across the tongue with an acidic bite and traces of solvent roughness. other than that, and the chestnut nutrisweet moment, it’s quite nice, especially the texture. the core is very Bavarian.
tastybeer (1486) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - DEC 4, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pour is dark hazy orange, off-white head, good retention/little lace. Aroma of banana, clove, wheat, floral hops, and yes, chestnuts. Taste is moderately bitter, banana, wheat malt, nuts. Palate is soft, creamy, average carbonation, lightly bitter finish. Different from most hefes.
theisti (3001) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - DEC 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pint bottle courtesy of beastiefan2k. The pour is light haze orange golden, with a bit of a reddish undertone. The two inch off white heads falls noisily. The aroma is rich and full nuttiness, freshly cut hay, spice and cloves, and a whisper of banana. Really engaging nose; at the same time, all flavors are well defined individually and blend together nicely. The taste is malty roasty nuttiness (certainly Chestnut), along with a briefly sweet caramel, turning to dry straw and hay, then finishing with the spiced yeast clove. The Banana is there, though pretty minimal in the longer finish. Also as it warms, get some nutmeg. The palate is light to medium bodied, soft carbonation and a dry and nutty clove finish. As mentioned, the banana fruit comes out in the finish, particularly as it warms. This was really well made, loved the nose. Thanks for this Eugene.
Brigadier (2605) - Northeastern Ohio, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle
For $1.99 I was willing to take a risk on both this and the Zwickel. Both are solid beers that provide some bang for the buck. Hopefully more Urban Chestnut stuff will trickle across state lines along with other Saint Louis area breweries in the future.
Aroma / Appearance - The polished bronze body has a light sheen. Very soft on the eyes the contents smell of malty tea, chestnuts, and an ice cold sundae with generous amounts of nuts.
Flavor / Palate - Sweet and nutty this almost tastes like drinking the toppings from a sundae bar. Cream through the transition to a warm finish it glows on the back of the throat. Affordable and pleasant this offers something to anyone wanting to check out a new brewery.
csaso (1128) - Missouri, USA - SEP 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap - good size thick head, hazy dark orange color, nice little malty nutty aroma and flavor, with a mild hop and spice kick - pretty different but in a good way