Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2005 Soviet Red with a big-bubbled and lasting head. A little cloudy, with some juicy floaties swimming about. Estery nose. Big sour-citric flavor. A little yeasty... and a little spicy. Reminds me of Rodenbach Grand Cru a little. Very citrusy and sour, mouth-puckering finish was great. Loved it! Rerate: Hazy and deep red-orange with a frothy head. Yeasty nose. Nice and rich texture; sort of milkshake-like. Malts were wheaty and doughy, and rather sugary. Flowery, balancing bitterness. Complex fruit notes throughout, such as plums, apricots, prunes and raisins.
rich42 (128) - USA - MAR 15, 2002
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
mmmm good... crisp and dry yet malty.... strong but very easy to drink... enjoying a glass right now. easily my favorite wheat beer as of recent...
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 6, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
SOme great flavors intermixed with some unwelcome ones. Heavy esters. Almost underattenuated. A tough style.
TAR (2389) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2008 Aroma is dominated by fruity notes of apples, musty yeast and hint of caramel malt. Palate is much lighter than I expected. Pours with a cloudy orange-brown color with fast dissipating head that ends up in a whisp of bubbles. Unexpected sour taste (green apples) with undertones of numbing caramel. Not bad.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 17, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A dangerous beer that in no way hints that it is almost 9%. I got a spoiled apple taste that I couldn’t get to like. Thanks VENOM!
heykevin (1272) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JAN 8, 2002
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I’m a little disappointed with this one. All I got was apples, sour apples and lots of them. Maybe I am basing all my expectations on the aventinus standard, but I expected much more of the clove/banana phenolic flavor. I actually held back on rating this beer after my first taste to see if I got the same flavor out of more than one bottle, sadly I did. I will try this beer again, I hope it fares better. One good thing I can say is that it hid its alcohol well.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2001
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Unfiltered, deep copper. Looks like apple cider. Smells of cloves, apples and other spices. Malt,banana, cloves, pears and a citric pop on the palate that is melded together quite impressivley. The citric acidity adds some balance and character. Could use a little more body but im not complaining. Wait, theres alcohol in this? Superb brewing. Nicely done and quite the treat. If comparing to Aventinus, not as thick or creamy but stands on its own quite well. Definitley top shelf and is something to come back to. Thank you Venom!!
fuchebu (146) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2001
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
An outstanding interpretation of a wheat bock. Theo’s pupils have learned well.
aledrinkerLS (101) - New Brunswick, USA - NOV 28, 2001
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This stuff is excellent. Typical wheat beer profile highliting the banana and clove undertones in the taste and aroma. Silky smooth mouthfeel, and dangerously drinkable.
legion242 (2071) - Richardson, Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2001
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy, dirty brown; Head starts thick and dissipates quickly; Lots of apples in the aroma.
This one completely reminded me of old-style apple juice in appearance and aroma. Alcohol masked completely until about 3/4 through when you feel it in your head. The palate was maybe the most disappointing aspect of this beer, I really expect more heft in the mouth when I drink this style. Every other weizen-bock that I ever had was full of bananas and I thought it was strange that this one was all apples. I saw pears in other reviews, but I sensed apples. I will definitely need to revisit this one. Thank you VENOM!!