paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: snifter. hazy yellow, very cloudy. Solid white head, good retention, and fair lacing.
S: tons of ginger. very floral. nice yeasty aromas. some sweet wheat aromas.
T: nice sour backbone. very ginger ale-esque. a lot of bretts in here. tropical fruits like passion fruit, papaya, etc.
M: a little dry. slightly creamy. high carbonation level.
D: very good, but I didn’t expect any sours out of this. very unique.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - AUG 30, 2009
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
pours from the bottle a hazy yellow with a small white head.
the nose is full of powdered ginger... with notes of cloves, flowers and pale malt sweetness.
it tastes like a watered down ginger snap cookie (if it’s possible to water down a cookie?)... molasses, ginger powder, clove, dusty wheat and coriander/earth.
the body is thin and crisp yet the mouth feel is watery and flat??? 5/3/4/2/9/2.3
nuplastikk (5797) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 15, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2009 12oz shorty bottle. Super hazy orange tan color, not much of a head. The ginger is really what separates this one from your run-of-the-mill Wit. Some crispness in the initial mouthfeel which quickly fades into a gingery aftertaste. Works rather well, but should be advertised as a Ginger Beer.
Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 29, 2008
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Well, again, more negative comments. Pours a clear lemon yellow with fair head that dissipates. Aroma is acidic and citrus and flavor is no better. Honestly I don’t have many descriptive words for this. Pretty bland and flat.
ebrowner88 (123) - Rice, Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2008
1.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2008 Well, probably a bad thing that the lable on my bottle is different then the one pictured on this site. I have had this a long time and never opned it. It has been in my fridge for at least 2 years. Maybe 3....Holy foam! well head is uh.. way foamy. Aroma is citrus and coriander. I am not getting much ginger.Holds a head for a long long long time. Reminds me of those old Michelob commercals. Mind you I only opned this so I could use the bottle for homebrewing now I realize IT’S A FRIGGEN TWIST OFF! Still can’t get the whole bottle into the glass. The 3 finger head is just sitting there............2 minutes later.. I finally got whole beer in. This beer holds the record for most floaties ever in a beer that has been purchased. (home brews excluded, but it is damn close to the record!) Upon second look, there appears to be some sort of red shit sitting on top of the head. If I wasn’t already half buzzed I would most likely dump. Flavor is citrus with hints of shampoo and hairspray. UPDATE! upon further review, it has more floaties then any beer i have ever had, purchased or otherwise. It is actually forming a yeast cake on the bottom of my glass. Probably better fresh. Fun to watch though, kind of like sea monkeys swimming in beer.....Beer Monkeys! Gotta go, one of them little bastards just flipped me off!
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light, fragrant aroma of flowers, banana, ginger, pine. The body is light, sparkling, and very nice. Perfectly pairs with the spicy taste. Ginger and coriander are of course apparent, but banana and light wheat shine too. A little honey and lemon in the aftertaste, too.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 12, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Poured a hazy yellow-gold color. Head was white and reduced over a minute or two to a thin lasting film. Some lace was left behind at the end. Aroma was of orange and flower blossoms. There was also some yeasty bread dough, but not much in the way of spices. Very flowery and pollen-like. Delicately sweet on the tongue with buttered pancake, orange, and biscuity flavors. Some coriander came out as well. Carbonation was on the low end of the spectrum. Decent wit.
heemer77 (5297) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 10, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very hazy gold with lots of very small floaters. The head is bright white and dense. The aroma has lots of corriander with some banana. There is an overall musky perfume to this brew. The taste is light plantain with some corriander spice in the finish. The body is fairly light with low carbonation. This is an ok wit, but has a funky cardboard note.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 6, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle via skyview. The beer pours to a hazy glassy plastic yellow body with lots of visible carbonation. A huge airy meringue white head with nice lacing sits on top. The aroma is heavy on the ginger and has a decent coriander. Smells like pickled sushi ginger given the amount. Subtle wheat. The flavor is coriander, toasty pale malts, nice ginger, and yeasty wheat. One of the better Viking beers IMO. The palate is clean, refreshing, carbonated, and light.
TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - NOV 3, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a cloudy, hazy orange-yellow with poofy effervescent white head that gradually settles. Aroma gives off nice bits of coriander, orange, and perfumy hops, plus a sharp citric note which is cause to worry given this brewery’s notorious signature tartness found when one of its batches has gone wrong (which happens too frequently, I’m afraid). Flavor is strange and soapy -- all that tart citrus I worried about in the aroma was absent in the flavor where at least some of it would have been welcome. Maybe the tartness got lost and accidentally found its way into a batch of the Viking Blonde or Sylvan Springs? Coriander was there and colluded with the hops to provide the dish-soap bitterness that should have been offset by the citrus. Light to medium-bodied with a strange, chalky palate. What a truly odd little beer. <P>I’m starting to think I should stick to the Big Swede impy stout and the Bereserk Barleywine and just forget everything else from this brewery. I’ve tried hard to like this place; the brewer is a great guy and Viking represents everything else great about the small-town Wisconsin brewing tradition. If only the beer quality would live up to the tradition...