npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown, little head, cloudy with yeast. Strong banana nose. Medium sweet with banana wheat tanginess. (I'd probably be more impressed with this beer if it didn't taste shockingly like my second batch of homebrew, which was the result of accidentally adding 20% too much malt to the brew kettle!).
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 7, 2003
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Spicy, estery aroma, definite banana and clove, some bready, malty, caramel sweetness, cookie dough, also just a bit of sour, rotting fruit, and perhaps a tad of mustiness. Light reddish-brown color, hazy and sedimented, with a lasting, creamy, ivory head. Flavor is a mixture of sweet, grainy caramel maltiness, citrusy lemon, mushy old brown banana, apple juice, spices, yeast and peppery alcohol in the finish along with a faint amount of hop bitterness. Rather unwelcome fizzy palate, medium-full body. Suffering from a sour infection and a lack of integration. Finishable but not good. It can't be meant to taste like this, but this is apparently a widespread problem with this and other Victory beers. Quality Control dept. not exactly earning their keep over there, methinks.
goz (358) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 7, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is a cloudy mahogany, medium sized tan head that mostly diminishes and leaves small bits of lace. Aroma is strong on the banana, some grain (think banana bread), and some sugary sweetness. Flavor is sweet, fruity (banana, apple, pear), and ends with some spiciness. Fairly full bodied, slightly acidic.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2003
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2003 Bottle. Not much carbonation and no head, disappointing for a wheat beer. Lemony zest doesn't do it for me. This gets worse with each sampling
rkearney (35) - Amherst, New York, USA - DEC 5, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I thought of a good cooking apple that was somewhat sweet, with some sourness, but not overly acidic. Very rich Ruby color.
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2003
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is nice and somewhat unexpected. It's sweet, flowery, and very nice with a hint of sourness. The appearance is great - dark brown. The flavor is not what I expected. Good up front with a wheaty flavor followed by a sour finish. The mouthfeel is thick but not detrimentally so in this case. I like the overall affect but I feel I don't know enough about the Weizen Bock style to give this a truly accurate rating.
3fourths (8981) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2003 A sour, stinging and rotten-food aroma is eminating out of my weizen glass... it looks great... has a nice soft and dark brown appearance, and the aroma is close to being good.. has a wheaty, sweet apple juice and spice aroma, but there is a metallic-chemical smell in there as well, and it's also there in the flavor. Gooey and sticky mouthfeel make it feel like carbonated, flavored IHOP syrup, and it is entirely too sour, almost undrinkable, but there are some positive qualities in the nice citrus flavors... puckering like some American wheats were before the big change. Thanks to Eric for this one!
JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2003 Drinkable, but sour. Cloudy yellow looks like a classic weizen bock, but over run with infection I believe. Sour is not a flavor I'd expect for a Weisen Bock, but this was a least drinkable. V10 wasn't.
CapFlu (5066) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 29, 2003
2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
(Bottle) Pours a thin, beige, frothy head and a cloudy, reddish body. Nose of sweet, bruised bananas, yeast, tartness and slight caramel. Awfully sour notes though the banana comes through. Great texture, beautiful body - so sad about the infection. As noted in the RB forum, Victory is suffering serious contamination problems for their best before date batch of August 20, 2004. So sad this will likely be my only opportunity to sample this beer...
ClarkVV (5210) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 24, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2004 2003 draught. Muddy caramel brown, with some dark browns, tans and lighter brownish yellows. Very cloudy, big medium brown light coffee colored head. Light wheat aroma, some alcohol, definitely peaches and mabye some brown sugar or caramel malt. Begins with a big dose of malty sweetness, which is accented even further by a rich peachy flavor. Wonderful chewy/grainy texture that provides a full body. Tons of wheat in here. Lighter, sharper hops come out in the finish; apricots sugar and finally some nice yeasty flavor. Big alcohol notes, (but not too big). Bananas and more sweetness linger on the palate after the finish. Very impressive, though could definitely stand to tone down the sweetness.