JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 6, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Side by side comparison with bottles of Two, Four, Six, Eight and Love. New Years Day 2006, I believe.
*TWO pours light orange with minimal, but noticeable haze in the bottle. Sweet nose does have a bit of spice showing through as it warms. Body is light. Dry and spicy at the finish of the bottle. Not as creamy as Oberon, lighter body. Light spices remind of a lighter witbier. Quite average, though.
*FOUR is much drier and straigh grainier wheat flavor than the two. Re-writing this review, it is what GI 312 is like today. Straw and grass with tiny hints of sweet bread and cookie barely coming through...teasing.
*SIX is a bit darker and more malt flavors are present in the nose and especially in the flavor. Sweet and mapley with the grassy dryness at the end quickly fading.
*EIGHT is dark and cloudy, nutty aroma. Flavor is really weak, as is the body. Some tiny roasted flavors, but this one seems the weakest of the bunch, despite itís color.
*LOVE - I thought the order would go lighter to darkest, finishing with LOVE, but this is just as light as TWO. Nose is compoletely different, with alcohol upfront and some banana bread. Body is nice and rich, malty, some spices drying at the finish. The aftertaste, dry from apparent alcohol is also spicy and wonderful. The clear winner of the series for me!
MHED (114) - lisle, USA - SEP 4, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz btl. pours a murky copper with huge white head. Aroma of banana spice and bread. Has a sweet medium bodied malty start with a light spice of clove and gummy bread. A big wheat beer!
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Name: Wheat Four
Source: Tasting, Strong Ale fest, 2005
opaque yellow, whispy white head, creamy body, spicy wheat aroma, raspy wheat flavor, lots of spicy character, hint of clove, light bitter finish
Aroma: 4/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 10/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy light copper with some head and lacing. The aroma is sweet and yeasty. The flavor has notes of sweet caramel, toffee , and caramel in the front with a rich malt presents that drops off and finishes slightly dry. I had bought 2 of this one a year ago. The flavors come through a lot better with a year of age on it. Well made beer.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Darker copper color with a huge rocky head (upon opening the bottle there was a loud ípssssstí). Spicier than two, flowery. Still a huge head, nice with some small bubbles
ClarkVV (6066) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 24, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vertical opened by SuIIy on 4/10/07
This is more an update of how the wheat series has aged thus far. I left this one unrated because I thought it had the most potential, but to my surprise, every single one of them had improved (except possibly for the 2, though it hadnt become worse).
4 Far and away the most improved, though I thought it was quite remarkable fresh, it now posesses a striking similarity to a saison and Iíd almost classify it as such. Despite a deeper, more apparent/complex yeastiness, replete with light tartness, tons of esters and dryness, it still seemed even more richly textured and malty than I remembered it fresh. A medium-sweet toffee-caramel is cut with cranberry-cherry like tartness and a very profound earthiness, though it never seems stale or old/dusty. Rich barley notes in both aroma and flavor with some light twang from the wheat. Wondeful carbonation is tight and produces a large, well-retained head that laces well. Body is a cherry-amber-beige with a medium-beige head. Definitely shares many characteristics to a saison.
6 Soft and creamy, with a seeming milk chocolatey sweetness in both aroma and flavor. Light creme brulee notes and just a bit of hazelnut help balance, while the wheat seems extremely creamy here. Not too much tartness, and it seems like more of a brown ale now, but still very drinkable with its balance, texture and strong malt flavor. Esters have relaxed and itís not pumping out banana and clove, (they are there, of course). There were some apple notes when fresh that werent very good. Theyíve completely passed now and whatís left is a very clean beer. In fact, all of the beers were markedly cleaner than when fresh.
8 My least favorite when fresh, and still probably my least favorite here, but actually enjoyable and now a much better beer. The obnoxious peanut/walnut-skin astringency, light metallic flavors and overly attenuated, somewhat scorched malts seem only a shadow of their former selves. Still some nutty, hazelnut-like astringency, but very marginal and much more relaxed by the solid maltiness and creamy texture. Not quite as thickly malted as the 6, this one has more creamed-wheat flavor and less caramel, with more medium-dry chocolate notes, a touch of fruitiness and light vanilla. Flavors taper off rather quickly on this one, leaving a bland wheat note with light nuttiness/roast.
Love Sweet and succulent honey and grains mix about in the nose, with light clove and vanilla. The flavor has lost a good deal of the sharpness that it had before. Much fruitier, but in a softer, more reserved way (nectarines and peaches atop shortbread) with an almost oatmeal and vanilla iced cream finish that shows some fantastic oxidation giving the beer more character and mixing with the creamy honey-vanilla to produce a very, very light note reminiscent of sherry. Some light acids are still notable, providing balance, but the beer is much more approachable. Alcohol very well-controlled.
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
appearance would have been a 1 if i hadnít poured the last 20% of the beer. completely clear till then. most hefeís and dunkels hold the yeast in the beer, they donít all sediment like this did. but once i poured the sedi from the bottom it was a normal looking wheat. certainly not dark enough to be a dunkelweizen. the aroma was wheatish, but also quite cardboardy. flavor is pretty wheaty but very tacky too. i could probably pound these but itís not particularly good.
bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a cloudy light brown color with an explosive white head. Aroma was pretty estery and had a lot of fruitiness, especially bananas. Flavor was pretty smooth, wheat, bananas, and a lot of carbonation. Pretty good for a wheat beer.
jackson220 (136) - new lenox, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2 4 6 8 who do we appreciate...BELLS!!!...Bottle. Pours a hazy amber with a fizzy thick long lasting head. The aroma is full of yeasts... almost a bit sour, but in a good way. The taste is unusual. The wheats come through with a bit of maltiness, and a slight yeasty flavor and a bit of citrus. neat wheat
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to Silphium for the bottle. Batch 7104. Pours hazy orange with a huge head. Spare lacing. Aroma is belgian yeasty and caramel malty. Taste is bananas, cloves, wheat, and caramel. Fizzy carbonation. Light to medium body.