Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Started off odd - aroma seemed off - some herbal/clove, but also a tiny bit "acidy". Sweet banana cinnamon bread maltyness, but too fizzy. Gained sour acid qualities as I drained the bottle. Mine was also "best by 8/20/04" - not a good sign.
fraternie (842) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy amber body, thin head. Fruity aroma of bananas and pears. Spicy fruit malt with lots of banana and pear, lightly carmelly and wheaty. Finish is a little too acidic for me, but alcohol content seems not present. A good autumn brew but not one of my favorites from this outstanding brewery.
jsquire (3537) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2004 Enjoy by Mar 01 05. This bottle is so much better than the last one. Color is same, with whispy off-white head. Nose of clove, banana and Kraft caramels. Syrupy mouthfeel with a noticable amount of alcohol. Lots of caramel sweetness, spicey bight, and well balanced citrus hops in the finish. Like a huge German Wheat. This is what I expected the first time. Very tastey beer.
Murky, almost transluscent orange color with hot-chocolate looking head. I also had the "enjoy by 8-20-04" bottle, and it did taste like it was starting to go. The initial taste was strong banana clove with a nice wheat mouthfeel, but then it got very acidic with a funky sourness to it. It seemed like a once good beer that may have sat in the sun too long. I almost didn’t rate it, but with almost a year left on the date, be forwarned if you see it. I’d like to try another batch.
steview (1026) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 27, 2003
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2003 foggy, huh? wheat, citrus aroma. citrus lemon orange, banana. leathery. a very high acidic orange/citrus taste. feels good.
better aftertaste than initial taste, probably because of the acidity. wait a minute... bad bad sourness. sour done bad. there's a problem here, it cannot be the brewer's intention. i have to re-rate.
Ernest (6319) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2003
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle is "enjoy by Aug/04". Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is murky medium brown. Aroma is moderately malty (bread, caramel), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of banana, toffee. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, acetic. Finish is lightly sweet, heavily acidic, lightly bitter, acetic. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. The sourness is off here, like orange juice that has begun to turn...infected, perhaps. Nice enough aroma, but nearly undrinkable.
egajdzis (5385) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a cloudy brown color with no head or lacing. Mild citrusy, clove aroma. Sticky sweet taste of citrus fruits, in particular harvest fruit, as noted in the commercial description.
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is banana, clove, yeasty-typical weizen beer. A little bit of alcohol. Low carbonation with a sweet flavor. A tinge of fruit and spice. Tasty.
BBB63 (6122) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 21, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Pabobcat for the brew. Neat multicolored hue that is orange on the outside and brown in the middle. Good off-white head and very good lace. Aroma is very weizen: lemony, banana, spices, wheat, and yeast with a toasted malt nose amplified by the bock nature of the brew. Yummy fruity and spicy taste initially followed by a mild bitter and zesty yeast character. Lively and smooth mouthfeel with a lingering spice finish. Alcohol was completely masked, great job. Well done and very enjoyable beer. Citrusy enough to be refreshing yet increased body to be a fall classic. I liked it a lot and will need to get more.
jgb9348 (4818) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 20, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great ruby tinted dark copper colour with a thick, dense tan head that leaves a perfect lacing behind. Great aroma consisting of yeast, wheat, caramel sweetness, bananas and even a hint of grapes. Medium-bodied; Strong maltiness masked with the banana flavour as well as some spices (think cloves, even allspice). Aftertaste is a bit thin, but still leaves behind a great spiceyness with the adequate amount of sweetness. Overall, a great beer, definately one to be had by everyone! I bought this twelve ounce bottle (Best by 11-September-2004) at Beers of the World in Rochester, New York.
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - OCT 18, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
yeasty aroma with slight lemon and banana esthers, cloudy reddish orange appearance is a perfect synergy between bock and weizen, soft mouthfeel with bock sweetness and hints of lemon with a bitter finish