paultheguru (662) - Parker, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2011
Clear bronze color, light khaki colored head. Sweet aroma from all the grain. Mouthfeel is mellow, yet full. Some tropical fruit, honey notes, and some alcohol esters. Overall I like this a lot, its very subtle for the abv and mild overall for the body, which allows the complexities of this beer shine. bob_w (378) - new york, New York, USA - JUL 11, 2013
The beer had a tropical fruit aroma and the flavor was sweet up front, like treacle, with some fruitiness (peach, light fruits) in the middle. There was a soft, lingering bitterness in the finish from the hops and while warming and high in alcohol, the body was fairly light. JoeMcPhee (9553) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2011
Tap at DBA Brooklyn. Pale amber pour with a thin head. The aroma is softly sweet with a nice fruity yeast component. Light berry flavour along with some medium sweet rye- like character. A little bit herbal and has a pronounced warming feeling on the back of the palate as well. It’s got a pronounced sweetness in addition to a lot of peppery ethanol. Sort of Manhattanesque.
hombrepalo (1972) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2011
On tap at Owen and Engine. Poured a translucent orange color with a small white head. Aroma was heavy on the wheat notes, touch of fruity notes especially peach. Taste is pretty similar. Finish is much lighter than expected at 10% this one is shockingly light and hides the burn. a good to great wheat wine I would say. bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 9, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2011 Serving glass: Poured from tap into small glass.
Appearance: Clear light amber with nice white head.
Aroma: Caramel, cherry and light spicy hops.
Taste: Caramel, cherry and light spicy hops. Yes, it is similar to the smell, but fruitier. Subtle, but nice. Barleywine light.
Palate: Low carbonation, silky and smooth body. Great feel.
Overall: Subtle but very nice Wheatwine. Can’t taste the wheat, but certainly comes through in the feel.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2012
Appearance: clear deep oranges. Creamy off-white head fades into a collar with lace in its wake. A thin puddle lingers in the middle.
Nose: mandarin orange oils. Floral throughout with lavender, daisies, and chamomile. Grape musk – pinot grigio then Riesling. Softness underneath of lightly honeyed wheat. Pink oranges. Elegance - Victorian royalty.
Palate: full, creamy, smooth, and silky. Floral underneath flows into a floral finish – rose petals, lavender. Bitterness of flower petals and stems on the back top of my tongue. Key lime oils. Tropical essence/oils – banana and guava, star fruit. Banana peel is prominent in the middle but doesn’t last long with a touch of agave. Wheat offers an additional softness to the mouthfeel.
Final Thoughts: delicate. Sophisticated. Complex. Lovely. A fine companion to the Oxford Companion of Beer edited and headed by the one and only Garrett Oliver of Brooklyn Brewery. I love Brooklyn beers; never had a bad one and never will. Granted you may not love it - the flavors are bold and unapologetic - and that’s okay. I’ll love it enough for both of us.