SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This must be had fresh at the brewery to have the full effect. I agree that it is between a helles and a dunkel, and it leans toward an English style in hop flavor.
Aubrey (3490) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 1, 2002
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Mmmh? Some of these previous posts contradict what I detected. Maybe I had a bad bottle? Probably just differing opinions. Anyway, I found its appearance to be not unlike unfiltered apple juice (except that apple juice has more head). I didn’t detect a big ’cidery’ flavor. I thought it had a wet cardboard-like nose. Heavy, syrupy mouthfeel. Silky, yet had a needle-like, tingly carbonation that comes out of left field. Sticky and sweet; not refreshing. Flavor is bitter-sweet, and that’s not necessarily in a good way. Not very complex or interesting. Noticed a little clove, and a slight banana flavor, but not very distinctive. Won’t buy again.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 20, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2003 Much better than last years edition. Clove dominates the nose while banana is most evident on the palate. Good carbonation. A fun summer beer.
Nate (3827) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2009 Maybe I got a really good batch on tap at the PA MicroFest, but I really liked this Hefe. Beautiful wheaty, banana aroma. Cloudy and pale. Smooth, watery palate. Banana and wheat taste, very clean with no cidery taste at all.
quiksilverxtc99 (99) - USA - MAR 9, 2002
0.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
German wheat? Delbomber had it right, cidary in taste. Another wheat blunder by an AMerican brewery.
Delbomber (387) - Philadelphia, USA - AUG 30, 2001
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
If I’m in the mood for cider (NOT LIKELY!), I’ll drink cider, not a a cider masquerading as a wheat beer. Pumpkin, pear, and apple in the nose, accompanied by a dry, hard apple-cider like taste and feel. Cloudy, golden brown with no head. I think the people up in Pottstown, PA need to take a look at our style guide. This is definitely not a ’German Wheat’.
fishman (350) - Philadelphia, USA - AUG 27, 2001
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Orange with a quick, lacey head. Smells like a hefe with apple juice added. Tastes like a hard cider, which I would normally enjoy, but not while I am drinking a wiess bier.
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2001
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good aroma, nice and clovey. My only complaint is that it’s too dark to be a helles hefeweizen, but too light to be a dunkel; perhaps a ’Grenzeweizen’ (boundary-wheat...)
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2001
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A decent hefeweizen - mild citrusy flavor not too overpowering.
jstu9 (402) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2001
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
I felt this tasted similar to their Blanche. I think I just don’t really like the style of these 2 beers.