Oakes (13185) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 22, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque tan; slight clove notes. Fruity, with some barnyard in the aroma. Hint of acidity. Funky, unique, interesting. It is basically a German hefe, with low phenols, where there is some brettanomyces or related mutation in the US. It adds a fascinating dimension to a beer that would otherwise be an everyday beer. So while the infection/mutation is not entirely deliberate, the brewer had the good sense to keep the beer because the effect is very desirable.
Lubiere (10788) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Rather clear golden colour for a hefeweizen! Nice white head, creamy and lacing. Rather strong cloves in aroma, overpowering, with maderized honeyish overtones. In mouth, not half bad, with bananas and cloves as expected, but rather thin in mouth. Actually, this bottle is more than a year old, and still decent.
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 13, 2004
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2005 The Lure:
A dessert-y herbal sprout (old cloves?) is muffled by sweet peaches and oranges which in turn are smothered by the power of restraint. A nearly headless being of a pale apricot color, attempting to hypnotize with its thousands of tiny, floating yeast particles.
A yeast powder does not mingle with the stale, bloated banana sweetness. A hefty, sticky body, not helped one second by the low carbonation, awkwardly offers this obese fruity sweetness.
I agree, a child’s first attempt at making Jell-O is fun to watch.
swoopjones (6701) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Wagner Brewery. light yellow cloudy pour. Aroma wa light clove, banana & lemon. Taste was same as aroma, bit watery. OK hefe
blipp (6647) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JUN 16, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours unclear gold with a white head. Spicy/clovey aroma with a light sweetness. The flavor has clove-like spices, a light banana sweetness and a wheaty base. Well balanced, easy drinking.
Radek Kliber (6589) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 27, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 355 ml
Aroma frontal citric wheat character , slight harshness , spice on side.
Appearance thickly hazed amber-gold. Initially good head that reduced quickly.
Flavor and Palate : medium bodied, hint of cellar feel, hint of clove and spice at finish. Fairly close to classic sample.
Braudog (5966) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 11, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Thanks to my wife for carting this from NY for me. Orange-yellow with only a thin top. Banana creme essence, but the flavor also carries a bit of an odd funk to it. (#3479, 11/2008)
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Pours a golden body with a white head. Wheat banana and some light spices. Citric with hints of copper and vegetational notes. Eh what a mess.
kramer (5328) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2009
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
12 oz bottle, from brewery. Pours a hazy orangish amber body with a small fizzy off-white head that vanished quickly. The nose is not especially clean, there’s some spoiled veggies that are coming on stronger than the usual banana and clove notes that I would expect from a Hefe. The flavor is similar, there is some positive yeast character, but it’s mostly just a murky mess. Why is there so much caramel character going on here? Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little too heavy, with moderate fizzy carbonation. There’s a weird stickiness on the back end that seems out of place as well. This was just plain old not good. I’m not even sure that I would pick this out of a line-up as being a Hefe.
EithCubes (5195) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 15, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Nose strongly phenolic with medium wheat, still a little weak. Gradient golden pour and an ephemeral head (doesn’t last long at all). Medium-full body with great crispness, very faint clove with fainter rubber. A touch of slime, and very good carbonation. Just citrus and sweet malt. Refreshing, indeed, but not worth the Maisel’s glass it was poured into.