blipp (8532) - La Mesa, California, USA - OCT 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pours brown with a beige head. Sweet malty and wheaty aroma, with hefe yeast and spices. The flavor is sweet and toasty, with wheat, pumpkin spices, banana, and spicy yeasty notes. Good stuff.
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 13, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @ Elysian’s Great Pumpkin Beer Fest... Dark, hazy pour with a tan head. Tasted like a straight, dark wizen. Vanilla, wheat, cocoa, malt with lots of yeast spice and esters of cloves and such. Not a whole lot of noticeable pumpkin tones.
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 13, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours murky deep mahogany, two fingers off white head.
Smell fruity banana and clove
Taste is very light, not much bock but there is a lot of standard hef flavors. Bit of pumpkin.
Interesting style, sounds like there should be a lot more going on.
tgncc (3113) - Bellmore, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Blind Tiger, NYC. The aroma is wheat, spices, banana, pumpkin, dirt. The appearance is dark brown/red, white head. The flavor is spicy, clove , banana, dirt, pumpkin, mostly like a weizenbock. The finish is spicy, sweet, fruity. Medium in body. Mostly a weizenbock, with a dash of pumpkin. Cool experiment, though.
Beershine (5224) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft @ Falling Rock Elysian pumpkin fest ’11. Murky mahogany with stable tight head. Surprisingly herbal overtones like pine needles in the curious estery aroma that includes sweet banana. There is no clash between what seems incongruous aromas though. Lively carbonation. Great execution overall. Excellent body, depth. Finishes dry and clean, even crisp--yes you are allowed to use hops in a weizenbock thank f’n god. All my fears about a yeasty cloying mess have completely vanished. The dark malt and chocolate, and toasty flavors are brilliant. Then there is a lovely hop character. Then there is Bavarian yeast, and the very subtle pumpkin adding extra body, sugars, and depth. Again, this is an extraordinary accomplishment, there are few brewers in the world that could pull this off. I would never ever have expected this to be good but it’s Elysian so should not be too surprised.
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Falling Rock. Pours with a hazed brown body and a small tan head. Aromas are spicy, raisins, esters, light 4VG phenol. Flavors show some earthy pumpkin and cinnamon (among other pumpkin spices). Also some floral notes, fig, wheat. Medium bitterness. Spicy phenols. Medium dry.
riversideAK (6231) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nose of dark wheat, clovey spice, banana, and some light pumpkin pie spice notes which kind of blend with the estery yeast. Pours muddy brown, thin head. The flavor is spicy and wheaty with a good deal of banana and clove, light pumpkin pie notes, dark dry wheat, sweet spicy finish. Lingering ester and spice. Interesting but the bavarian yeast drowns out the pumpkin notes.
bu11zeye (12894) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught) Pours a murky orange body with a small cream head. Aroma of banana, wheat, raisins, and pumpkin. Flavor of roasted malt, clove, grain, pumpkin, banana, and grass with a dry, bitter finish.
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - OCT 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 Elysian GPBF #9. Hazy brown color with tan foam. Dark bread, caramel, banana, pumpkin pulp, dry spice aromas. Medium bodied. Nice lightly sweet flavors of raw pumpkin, caramel, malty bready dark wheat, spicy clove--good shit
after4ever (7727) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at GPBF. Cloudy dark brown with a loose creamy tan head. Big sweet caramel nose with some light spicing and bits of wheaty tang. Sweet banana and clove poke up through that but not in overwhelming abundance. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Nice combination of sweet caramel, wheat, spice, and yeast esters on the mid-palate: big cornucopia of flavors to tease apart, but a satisfying beer to drink for pure refreshment as well.