ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2014
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a hazy golden color. The head is HUGE - three fingers high, barely off-white in shade, and immensely creamy. Retention is great, annoyingly. There are even some splotches of lacing left behind, which is a rarity in many wheat beers.
S: I admit, the whole "wheatwine" thing made me expect something akin to a hoppy barleywine with wheat, but this is actually closer to an weizenbock (or, if you want to be cynical, double APWA). The aroma is very banana-forward, with underlying notes of wheat and orange sweetness. There are also twinges of clove. In general, this is a sweet brew, but the aroma itself works quite nicely.
T: It opens, like I anticipated, sweetly - primarily, it’s bringing candied sugar and banana. On the back end, the ester character becomes slightly clove-like. Could use more hops, but hey, the bottle’s over 4 months old. However, the fact that I’m just not picking up ANYTHING resembling hop bitterness is rather disappointing. It’s solid, but too sweet for my personal tastes.
M: While there’s something of a dry finish to help counteract some of the sweetness, there’s a subtle but uncomfortable astringency that’s really bothering me. Carbonation is good, stopping just short of being intense. It’s drinks about as well as you’d expect an 8% wheat beer would.
O: It’s good to be surprised once in a while. I definitely wasn’t expecting an imperialized hefeweizen. As a rule of thumb, I’m going to compare this to other weizenbocks, and in that regard, it falls a little short. Still pretty good, still worth drinking again, just not worth buying 6-packs of. superspak (5600) - Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2014
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/13/2013. Pours very hazy deep gold color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big banana, apricot, pear, orange, apple, clove, wheat, bread, pepper, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of banana, apricot, pear, apple, orange, clove, wheat, bread, pepper, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of peppery spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of banana, apricot, pear, orange, apple, wheat, bread, pepper, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and pale malt flavors; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice beer. More of a weizenbock in flavor; but has all around good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and pale malt flavors; and is very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering. Homer321 (5072) - Melboring, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2014
Bottle to snifter. Batch 12351, bottled on 9/18/13. Pours a hazy dark yellow with a medium white head. Nose is slightly clove like with some perfume notes and a ton of alcohol. Taste is Belgian like with a mix of alcohol and perfume and spice. Very lively carbonation. Interesting, but not my thing. madmitch76 (24807) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2014
6th April 2014malkyore (377) - - APR 17, 2014
Hazy gold beer, good fluffy white head. Palate is airy and crisp. Airy creamy malt, faint wheaty notes, slightly sweet. Light citric note on the backend. Finishes soft and airy with a little lactose. All right, pretty drinkable.
I usually respect a good barleywine, ive never been a fan of wheatwines whoigh really.... that being said, this is a fairly complex very drinkable beer reminiscent of a Belgian beer. Very very good...
Abitan (18) - USA - FEB 17, 2014
Absolutely love the way this beer smells. I could drink it through my nose. Wish I could because it would probably taste better that way than using my tongue. Smells better than it tastes. Not so smooth on the palate. coyforce (684) - California, USA - FEB 17, 2014
Ok. Candy and wheat. Pour is beautiful with a thick white head. Aroma is kinda like a candy and the aftertaste is reminiscent of sugar too. koleminer20 (3599) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 16, 2014
On tap at Dan’s on February 14. The pour is a foggy light gold with a solid white head that dissipates rather slowly, leaving a beautiful blanket of lace. The aroma has some immediate funk to it. It’s got a nice sour-ish note on the immediate front before a malty dominance takes over. The funk carries through the body, and lets the sourness take back over on the back end. The taste is out there. It’s boozy, stale, funky, and by some stroke of ridiculousness, it is sweet AND sour at the same time. The mouth feel is quite thin, watery, and the aftertaste is just a burn. I’m not a fan. paintedmaple (671) - People’s Republic of Bloomington, Indiana, USA - FEB 15, 2014
On tap at Blackthorn Pub, Holly,MI...looks and smells like a typical wheat beer, however, this captures all that is good about wheat and amplifies it and moves it to a higher level. Great body and mouthfeel...wheat has never tasted so good. MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Bottle from Philly Steak. expiration date was 9/18/13, but I don’t think this was a problem as it wasn’t in the fridge. Nice notes of wheat, spice, citrus and some bread. Not bad.