HighWine (932) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bubbly golden pour in the glass. Large foam bubbles make up a two finger head that clings extremely well to the glass. Belgian yeast nose, banana, candi sugar, and a little tart green apple. Rich tasting Belgian golden ale. A little sweet and becomes boozy as it warms up. Flavors of honey and grass predominate. Could use a little more hop balance to cut the sweetness. Nice big, oily palate. Great mouthfeel. A very nice beer worth drinking during good times with good friends or cellaring for a special occaions.
zizzybalubba (1301) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 mL bottle from Total Wine in Chesapeake, VA. Pours light yellowish-orange with a bubbly white head. Sweet aroma as I expected since this is listed as a doppelbock, however, there is a generous amount of citrusy fruit in the aroma as well. The flavor does a good job of balancing the sweetness with notes of banana, orange zest, and lemon. The sweetness, and perhaps the alcohol, keep this from being too light and fruity with every ingredient working in perfect balance. The $19 price tag would keep this from being a standard purchase and the 750 mL bottle is a bit much for me to enjoy by myself but overall, against my skepticism, this beer works quite well.
irishalky (35) - Littleton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 24, 2010
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
When two famous breweries get together and brew a beer, you have to be curious. Beer pours and looks like sparkling wine. Carbonation keeps like a sparkling wine. Taste is hoppy like a Sam Adams Nobel Pils. Taste is a bit bland and frankly disappointing.
slitcher (266) - Freeport, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a dark gold with a tight white head; champagne-like carbonation. Aroma is very yeasty; bread and lemons. Very yeasty sweet flavor with a fruity dry finish. Good, but not sure it was worth the $19 price tag.
ragesaq (70) - Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma starts with a little bit of a soft apple/brandy kind of character backed up by a firm maltiness with a hint of graham cracker.
Apperance is a brilliantly clear golden yellow with a big frothy white head that fades quickly and leaves little lacing. Bubbles replenish throughout.
Taste is vaguely reminiscent of a nice tripel, but without the spicey clovey character that typifies the style. The apple fruit kind of character returns and a little toasty malt character persists.
Palate is medium dry and prickly on the tongue from the high carbonation, satisfactorily big without cloying or fatiguing.
Overall this is a fairly unique offering from the Sam Adams Weihenstephaner collaboration, and while not totally revolutionary as it has been described it is very unique and enjoyable.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Last corked bottle in Spring, TX, found at H.E.B. at 2920 and Spring Cypress. Woah, I’m incredible.
Pours an average, glassy and lively cheddar orange with a healthy white head. Reminds me of a dark champagne. Aroma is rounded fruit and bread, with slightly brackish spring water as a base. Flavor is buttery raisin and sweetened butter bread, with hints of plumb, bologna, and dark berries soaked in butter fat. Thick on the tongue. Way too buttery and seems to be trying harder than it really needs to. Overpriced and not worth it based on that premise alone.
Ibrew2or3 (6436) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Courtesy of THE gunhaver. It pours deep dark yet pale gold with off white head. The meek aroma puts out a bit of esteriness and yeasty spices. The taste is spicy yeast, spicy hops, apples and some grainy malts. Pretty nice one but a poor value.
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 23, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured golden amber, dark fruits, caramel, little bready, little spice, odd finish.
blutt59 (5997) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, bright yellow color with hoppy lemon and plastic aroma, flavors are smooth with lemon and melons, tight finish
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Vas Foremost. Pours a very effervescent blonde with a billowy head. Very clear. Nose is a bit peppery and sweet in the nose. Really does come across as a Heller Doppelbock. On taste, bready and sweet with some dry fruity notes as well. Lively carbonation that pulls it from the doppelbock category. An interesting beer, but not my cup of tea.