Oakes (17699) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 12, 2005
Cloudy yellow with billowy head. Sugary aroma with vanilla, banana. Sweet flavour, soft body, gently spicy (cinnamon) with light banana undertones. A luscious breakfast hefe, for those who like the style on the sweeter side. ClarkVV (6711) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 5, 2007
Draught pint at Redbones on 11/28/06porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 26, 2005
Served in a weizen glass, it certainly looks the part. Pristine white head is large and rocky, showing strong retention to the end and leaving modest lacing. As are all Anacortes beers (I think), this one is quite hazy. But a true copper-bronze-golden color plays true to its heritage, while a fair amount of bubbles rise in the liquid.
Very fruity nose is not overly clovey (great) nor heavily nutty (from the wheat) but rather more light, airy and gives off a sessionable vibe, as I think these beers should. Deft nectarines, tangerines and just a pinch of banana are all dry, but are softened by a light pils malt-like honey note. Not grainy, nor overly phenolic, it nonetheless develops some spicy characteristics as it warms. Hops are restrained and you can see that truth in the commercial description. Strength of aroma is medium, certainly it could be more sniffable, but it is a draught sample. I certainly wouldnt be dissatisfied if I were served this in Bavaria. No flaws that I could detect.
The flavor is much stronger than the aroma, delivering wonderfully light, fluffy honey malt notes, very bright and crispened by a tangy citrus and ester finish. Very gentle clove and banana, again yielding much to the nectarine/tangerine from the nose. Almost a touch Belgian wit bier in its more soft nature, but still, the malt is oozing from it and is well extracted and attenuated. Clean, flavorful and all around quite seemless. Medium amounts of modestly engaging carbonation, could stand some tightening, but then, most draught beers could, due to their inherent nature.
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2005 This beer pours a beautiful hazy golden yellow out of the tap. Very lacy white head. Smells of bananas, cloves, and citrus. Taste very close to a true german hefe. Nothing bitter, in fact it might be a tad sweet, if that could used to describe beer. I thouroghly(sp?) enjoy this beer, and everyone i have recommended this to has loved it. omhper (25160) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2006 Draught at the brewpub. Cloudy golden, creamy head. Medium strength estery banana aroma. Medium sweet with soft mouthfeel. An authentic, solid hefeweizen with refreshing qualities and well balanced esters. 3fourths (9347) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2005
Draught at the brewery
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 24, 2005
Very murky and cloudy throughout the glass... completely opaque body with a big, foamy white head on top. Very sweet nose of lemons and some candi sugar. Frothy and hearty texture, full of sweet banana and mild grass and cloves. A little funky flavor, weird and syrupy in the finidh, but still a good drink.
GCBF. Pours a cloudy yellow with a withe head. Aomas of clove, banana. Kinda tart with notes of banana and clove.Crisply carbonated. A tasty hefe. DuffMan (10436) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 26, 2010
GCBF 2010. Cloudy light yellow. Lemon and banana with nice spice and bubblegum. Soft mouthfeel. Very good. JoeMcPhee (9427) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 11, 2005
Tap at GCBF. Very cloudy yellow-orange beer with a thin white head. Aroma of banana and cloves. Flavour is a bit tart, sweet banana, nice yeasty spice and an acidic finish. Lingering fruitiness. BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 30, 2006
[2006 - Oregon Brewers Festival]
Amber colored brew with a good haze to style this was a nice Hefe. The flavors where balanced and this was a nice drinking in the sun Beer…
jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 2, 2007
on tap-pours a white head and cloudy yellow color. Aroma is clove, secondary banana, faint wheat, yeast. Tate is clove, banana, some wheat, yeast, some spice. Medium body. OK effervescence.