DarkElf (3067) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 23, 2008
22-Aug-08 (22-oz bottle with a competition label only: Free sample bottle for stewarding the 2008 World Beer Cup in San Diego, CA) Entered as a South German-style Hefeweizen, the nose certainly is yeast driven. Strong and very sweet aromas of bubble gum and over-ripe banana stand out, with clove adding some spiciness. The entry mirrors the nose: brown, mushy bananas and bubble gum taste very sweet, with sour dough bread and a touch of plastic phenolics toward the finish. The aftertaste is all banana, and it gets old after a few more sips. Medium in body, but the tartness just can’t cut through it all, so the mouthfeel is a bit heavy and tiring on the palate. Carbonation is rather on the light side, but there is a spicy tang that gives much needed life to what is otherwise a dead, heavy mouthfeel. Very hazy, golden in color with just a few carbonation streams. The beer pours with only a large-bubbled crown that quickly dissipates. I admit that I hate the taste of over-ripe bananas, and because the ripe banana character in this beer is overpowering, I don’t find this beer at all enjoyable. Dial this one back a notch or two. laguerita (111) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2008
I don’t even know why i bothered. i don’t like hefe to begin with but this one was particularly crummy. overly sour no body. no thanks NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2008
Again, at the brewpub. Pour is an orangey pale tan with a little fluffy head. There is a fair amount of sourness to accompany the cloves and citrus that was present. Unfortunately, the body doesn’t hold up and there’s not enough breadiness for my tastes. Wouldn’t mind re-trying at another time. heemer77 (5360) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 19, 2008
On tap at the brewpub. The body was cloudy dark gold with a white head. The aroma was lots of banana with some glazed donuts. Little to balance out that sweet character. The taste was medium banana with some vanilla. A nice creamy mouthfeel. Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2007
This has a very cloudy straw colored body with a lofty, fluffy head. Nice lacing. The aroma is rife with bananas of all ages backed by a sturdy clove spiciness. The flavor also contains soft wheat malt, bubblegum, and a mild trace of lemon. Very nicely done. If this was Summer, I’d have brought home a growler of this to enjoy outside.
troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2007
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(Tap) Pours a cloudy golden color with a billowing white head. Aroma of banana, yeast, and spice. Distinct clove notes. Also notes of wheat grain and bubblegum. Some vanilla in the aftertaste as well. The factor that sets this beer apart, however, is the palate and mouthfeel. Fine carbonation introduces a silky mouthfeel at first, but then the beer really has a thick, oily finish. I thought this was an excellent hefeweizen!