hotstuff (4069) - Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rated on 5-15-2010 at Bock & Rock event in Minster, OH. When poured, this bottled beer forms a very small white head with a lengthy retention, pale body, no visible carbonation, and one ring of lacing. The aroma is wheat, orange, banana, lightly spice, and clove. The taste is sweet, orange, banana, wheat, and a hint of lemon. The palate is smooth and this beer is medium bodied. Overall, this beer is easy to drink, but it needs more flavor.
Lowe1983 (1348) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a golden color with a white head. Aroma is of wheat, lemon, banana, and some floral tones. Flavor is slightly tart with lemon, banana, and some wheat. Not too bad.
idbowman (14) - Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2011
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer is certainly not excellent, but it isn’t exactly bad, either.
It pour hazy with a thin white head, as one would expect. The nose was faintly of bread with hints of clove and banana. So far, so good. Sadly, the taste does not follow suit. It was rather weak and watery in taste, even for a wheat beer. The breadiness is there, as are some of the banana and clove notes; the orange and coriander promised on the bottle are nowhere to be found. After a few sips, the taste of alcohol comes through, somewhat unpleasantly. After a few more sips, the aftertaste takes on that of a slightly warmed macro-brew pils.
It isn’t a complete failure, and is certainly worth its asking price. Still, it is not exemplary and will certainly be below-par for anyone, like myself, who has a penchant for wheat beers.
5000 (6265) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle:   Hazy straw, fairly dirty, thin spritzy white head, dies quickly, spotty lacing.   Funky bready aroma, very faint clove and banana.   Smells like a funkified Wheat beer.   Minor spiciness, grains of paradise I think.   Wheaty start, very musty, slight citrusy grains of paradise like flavor.   Feels a bit bready and cardobard like.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate, not very heavy or wheaty, otherwise a bit spritzy.   Backside is a little astringent.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Certainly wheaty, but its also not as spicy as a Belgian Wit.   Feels very bready.   Finishes with a strong dull wheaty and spicy aspect.   Its very much Americanized.   Not bad, but not as bright and spicy as a Belgian Witbier should be.   Like many others, just too bready and dull to be interesting.   Thanks Jeff for the freebie!
Brigadier (2950) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2011
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 oz bottle
This may be the bottom of the barrel. I don’t know what the goal was here but it was not a witbier. This was the rinse water at the bottom of a dishwasher after running a cycle of dirty glassware. Even at $1.49 for a single it felt like a ripoff. This definitely cements Wooden Shoe as a place to avoid.
Aroma / Appearance - The yellow golden body was generic, fizzy, and boring. Looking like polished bronze it was nothing like I expected. The nose of white pepper and lemon zest masked any hint of oranges. Timid and boring it sat for a long time before I could muster up the energy to go any further.
Flavor / Palate - Watered down spice, lemons, and other weak flavors tease the palate that something interesting is just around the corner. However even after four sips nothing emerges. The rest went down the drain - this isn’t worth the effort it takes the liver to process. Unless you like trying bad beer to get a reference for what good can be skip this. Nearly everything in the state of Ohio is better.
LinusStick (2843) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2010
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A decent beer, though I wouldn’t have guessed it was a witbier if I hadn’t read the description. Aroma was weak. Could pick up some lemongrass and orange, but it was distant. Pour was a nice medium gold with lots of rising bubbles and a one finger white head. Taste was so so. Lemongrass and orange with just a hint of coriander. Nice wheaty tang in the aftertaste. Good carbonation.
cheap (4019) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2010
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Got this from vintage estate, nice place. Sweet friendly quiet yeast olfactory. Looks like a cross beteen a hefe and pale lager, not really a wit. Comes across a little strong, alky wise. Lots of gunk on the bottom of the bottle. Yep, some odd ale or heavy lager thing goin on here. Some CO2 pokes its head thru. Older medicinal or metallic processed lager feel. Not sure if I like higher alky wit beers; heheh, greter than 5%. Mediun long old grapefruit rind dull citrus rock & rye finish. I suspect strong beer lovers will like the flavor of this one.
Pailhead (4783) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - AUG 25, 2010
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Courtesy of northernbrews
Bottle: The aroma is very fruity with lots of orange and banana along with lighter notes of orange peel and coriander. It pours a cloudy dull orangish-yellow with a half inch white head that fades to a thick ring around the edges of the glass. The flavor starts with starts with light-moderate orange, banana, and a hint of lemon. The finish is very spicy with pepper and flavors that might be described best as tree bark. It’s too heavy on the spice and there’s a strong woody/tree bark aftertaste. Light-medium bodied with light-moderate carbonation. Tone down the spice and eliminate the wood/tree bark flavor and I would probably really like this.
thedm (4935) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 20, 2010
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
This bottled brew from a beer festival poured a medium sized head of foamy finely sized white colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a uncarbonated hazy yellow orange colored body and a good lacing. The mild aroma was hoppy floral and malty. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The flavor contained notes of softly acidic and wheat. An OK brew just nothing special.
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a cloudy yellow body with a thin but lasting head. Lightly spiced, some citrus and a strange mint aftertaste. Good but seems a little off.