ElGaucho (2240) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2005 Re-rate. 6/29/05. Almost exactly a year since I first rated this and I have no recollection of it. Otherwise I would have ordered something else at Old Chicago (Eden Prairie, MN). They were busy putting in a new public internet terminal, and had we been there a day later I would have been able to check to see if I had rated it or not. Oh well. I actually really enjoyed this, enough to follow up a 10 oz. mug with a 25 oz. glass, sandwiched around a Red Hook Blonde (also unfortunately a re-rate). My rating this time around is remarkably similar to last time. Flavor, Palate and Overall all went up 1 point. I am reflecting these new scores in the rating. The old ones from 2004 are: Ar 6, Ap 4, Fl 6, Pal 4, Ov 14. Citrus aroma with some wheat, but this is more like a soft Belgian wit than a Hefe. Cloudy orange body with frothy white head. Unfiltered. Very nice lace; smallish, not very lasting head. Dry and doughy with some bitterness. Very tasty and with good session quality. Really good. I don’t taste and banana or clove. True weissbier fans will be disappointed, but as a summer refresher, this is one of the better ones out there. 6/13/04: Sweet peach/apricot aroma. Orange body with thin, white ehad. Good, thick appearance. Not much lace, however. Somewhat bitter and dry. This is a hefe? More like an ale. Not bad. Just not a hefe. Citrus & grapefruit notes. Nice flavor. Very nice, dry, hoppy afterbite. Different for a hefe, but good.
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very nice Lemon citrus flavor. Nice head out of bottle. Looks and acts like a superior beer. Occluded as a wheat should be. Not much bitter. Doesn’t really need it. Another great West Coast product. I will definitely be accumulating more Widmer in future trades and orders from Retailers.
cigarsnbeer (146) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - JUN 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A pretty good hefeweizen for an american brewer. If you know a newcomer to beer drinking and want to introduce them to hef’s this one might fit the bill.
joshpiledean (315) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 9, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured gold/straw, very cloudy, virtually no head. Aroma is fruity, lemon and grain. Intially taste is light, lemon dominates. Not a lot body or flavor. Kind of boring. However, light flavor makes it very easy to drink and enjoy. Good party beer.
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUN 7, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice lemon aroma and a light palate of lemon. The palate is thin and a little too watery to be exceptional, nevertheless it remains a refreshing and enjoyable summer beer.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - JUN 7, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Faint lemon aroma. Golden, cloudy color. Light fruity flavor with hints of cloves and wheat. Flavor does lack substance, needs more body. More thirst quenching flavor. Has a plesant smooth aftertaste. Average on a hot summer day.
jtw (1119) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JUN 4, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
distinctly lemon aroma, with not much else there. looks like a hefeweizen, cloudy and dark straw color. not much wheatness in the body though, mostly just citrus and malt. some estery aspects, but pretty mild and not great as far as some american wheats are. not a bad beer.
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2004
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Earthy smell. Wheat? where is the wheat? i did not taste much going on at all. no wheat, or hefe flavors, mainly just a bit of a beefed up AS. ah well what can ya do?
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 3, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
The only real good thing about this beer is the color, which is quite hazy. I didn’t really think it had much of a hefewiezen taste. Just an OK tasting average beer.
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 2, 2004
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very cloudy yellow appearance with large white head. Very citrus aroma especially when they drop a damn lemon in it. The wheat is pretty obvious. OK wheat beer.