1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 30, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I decided to open this one inconjunction with the Two Ale so I could compare and contrast more easily. Itís hard to do an exact comparison on appearance because the glasses arenít the same, but this beer has a darker more liquid caramel color than the Two. Very murky. One can see slow visible carbonation. The white head is HUGE, fully lasting, rocky, creamy, foamy, with gorgeous lacing. Picture perfect unfiltered beer. It poured with a reverse cascading head. The aroma is lighter and not as spicy as the Two. Itís more doughy than bready. Light spice (coriander?) and Banana. Kinda like a gingerbread cookie. The flavor is heavier in this wheat beer. Almost a roasted/smoked wheat. Up front, you hardly taste the wheat. Itís there but mellow. Itís almost like a really light tea. The finish is like a roasty, toasted wheat bread, almost gingerbready. I like the flavor of the Two better. The palate is medium-light, chewy, creamy. Iím more impressed by the Four even though I didnít rate the flavor as highly. It seems that itís a more well-made beer with more experimentation and less similar to other wheat-type beers.
piwodevo (53) - chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
from a 12oz sample, bottled 10 days ago--batch 7104. in my 10oz pilsner glass. murky, amber-copper ~10L, with a tight, fluffy head with serious Ron Jeremy staying power. a color reminiscent of Schneider Original, but a bit darker and much cloudier.
The body is noticably drier than the Two, with an interesting shift in the malt flavor, undoubtedly due to wheat íbasketí gaining in complexity.
the additional yeast oviously did a better job at attenuating the beer, drying the beer out a bit. as good, if not better than the two...but itís almost hard to compare them, theyíre two totally different beers. but at the same time, theyíre brothers so comparisons will be inevitable. tasty in itís own right, undoubtedly.
Pailhead (6529) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - OCT 28, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2005 Bottle: Aroma is lemony, nutty, spicey, and dusty. Pours a very cloudy brownish-orange with a big white head with great retention. Flavor is moderate banana, orange, and bread with lots of spice in the finish. A light smokiness in the background.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle pours amber very cloudy with some nice yeast floaters. Head is huge foamy and much thicker than the one on two was. On the pour you can tell this isnít an ordinary wheat beer. Aroma is sharp yeast and spicey some doughy bread aroma as well. Also some pear and bananna and a bit of clove. Looks nothing like a wit. I think these are going to be tough to classify.. Flavor is more robust with this one. Much more bannana and clove but still the bread background that two had. This is the heaviest wheat beer Iíve ever had that is for sure. Palate is medium bodied yet still very smooth. Not as airy as two either. I think this one should be an American Wheat as well. This is a very unique and enjoyable beer. This is going to be a great series.. I canít wait for the next one to come out!!!
Silphium (3193) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - OCT 21, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fresh from the bottle at the brewery. This beer looks nothing like a witbier, being murky orange-brown with a medium off-white head. OK. Dunkelweizen? The colorís right, but no Bavarian yeast strains were used, and this isnít a "banana and clove" beer. Well, three of the four yeast strains are Belgian (in addition to the house strain), so Iím going out on a limb and placing the beer in the Witbier category. We have to designate a style, right? :-(
The aroma is quite sweet and cerealy, and spicy, with a candied character that quickly differentiates this from the Two Ale. Fruitier than Two and a bit "cookieish." Fruity, sweet body, with a hint of banana, candy, and abundant yeast esters lending spicy and bitter notes. The huge jump in esters is the biggest difference I notice in this beer vs. the Two Wheat. Otherwise, it still has the tangy, bready characteristics of Bellís other wheat beers. So, technically, this could still be an American Wheat (despite the abundance of Belgian yeast esters), with a darker and more complex body than most. Iím a classification junkie by nature but I donít homebrew, so Iíll let the jury decide where to put this. I will write this, though. The beerís damned good.