RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Goose Island’s strong, brown Bavarian style wheat beer. Loads of clove and banana in the front with a rich, malty middle and finish. Brewed with Pale, Wheat, Caramel and Chocolate malt and Saaz hops.

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CousinBrenden (131) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 6, 2015
Great type of brew, banana bread aroma. Flavor of sweet wheat malts, lager lke but great body as well. Some plum and anise. Some malty finish with nice fruity esters thought brew.

kaser (6382) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2012
Smokey malty brown sugar aroma. Draft at wrigley goose island. Molasses and earthy taste. Don’t love it and don’t hate it. You can tell love was put into this and it is solid. Not my style I guess

NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2012 Re-rate at GI Clybourn. Pours same color, beer is devoid of the plastic that destroyed it last year. Nice roast and cocoa. Clean. Big and a touch boozy but okay. Really dig this iteration.7-4-7-4-15 Draft at GI Clybourn. Pours a deep, slightly murky brown with a sticky head. The nose is roasty and then a strong phenolic note, followed by coffee and some banana. Nose is sloppy and odd. On taste, it is a really big beer, banana and bubblegum with plastic as well as some cocoa. It’s all over the place and not focused. Bombastic, in a bad way. weird and a bit of a trainwreck.5-4-5-2-10

Dogbrick (13789) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2011
Sample at the Clybourn brewpub. Pours a clear orange-amber color with a medium thick and pillowy white head that that evaporates slowly. Rings of lacing. The aroma consists of sweet malt and bananas. Medium body with a subtle banana character and flavors of biscuit malt, hops and caramel. The finish is wheaty with a sweet fruit aftertaste. Above average overall.

chibuck (3521) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2011
draft... really solid beer that was my favorite of a solid lineup... cloudy mahogany body... nice sweet molasses note overall with bready and clove, wonderful, try this

TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2011
Flight on tap at the brewpub (Chicago, IL). Pours a well hazed murky ruby copper almost brownish hue. Well hazed with glowing copper red edges. A frothy tan head sits atop and dies to a small film, ring clinger really. Laces small. Aromas are crisp carmelized malts, banana, brown sugar. Touches of clove, maraschino cherry, toffee, biscuits. Gentle kisses of brown sugar and caramel dance as the banana esters mix, giving a sweet essence of banana bread, toffee. A fairly sweet potent nose. Initial is medium bodied offering a sweeter quaffable caramel and brown sugar front moving into banana esters, toffee, biscuits. Gentle kisses of cherry, vanilla, and spice. Some clove, gentle carmelized sweet and toasty mesh well. Backend and finish dry up a bit, some brown sugar and spice, carmelized and toasty, a touch of dryness but then sweeeter and toasty elements stick, bananas and cherries mix. I enjoyed this. Pretty drinkable, ABV hides itself. Wheat beers rue the day today.

drdisque (882) - Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2011
Pours cloudy and medium brown. Sweet light aroma. Sweet flavor with a touch of anise and a fair amount of roasted maltiness and fruitiness with a touch of anise. Complex and deep. Very good and improves as you drink it.

nickd717 (4889) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 27, 2011
2008 vintage 750ml thanks to Nanoslug. Pours hazy reddish brown with a small khaki head that leaves a thick bubbly ring. The age shows on the aroma, with sherry and dark fruit notes and some toffee. One the flavor, this seems actually to have aged well. On top of the typical toffee, banana, and wheat, there’s a very nice tart cherry note as well as some sherry. Is it infected? I don’t know but I like it either way. Medium-full body with soft carbonation and a very smooth mouthfeel. Overall I like this. Good to have a new taste of pre-BMC Goose Island. They were good.

Skyview (6099) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 18, 2009
Sampled from 750 ml bottle during Dark Lord Day ’09, at table 4. Pours a hazy brownish amber brew with a thin beige head that quickly dissipates to an off-white ring. Aroma of caramel malt, some yeast/banana esters, cloves, and a touch of citrus zest. Taste is medium bodied, some light carbonation with flavors of dark multi-grain malt, some banana esters, clove, chocolate, bubblegum, and a touch of lemon zest. Finish is semi-sweet, with a mild banana aftertaste that quickly disappears.

FlacoAlto (4220) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 3, 2009
Sampled March 2009
This beer pours with a noticeable viscous texture. The beer is topped by a frothy, initially two-finger thick, lightly browned, tan colored head. The beer is a murky, muddy, brown-amber color that is hazy enough to be opaque when held up directly to the light, but does pick up a bit more of a red hue. Up front I get a banana note that is quickly subsumed by a toasted malt character. A bit of clove character is noticeable throughout the aroma and there is also a nice nuttiness here in the nose. There is a touch of spiciness here as well, which seems to meld with the toasted grain notes, and there is also a prune / fig fruit thing going on here as well that seems to get a bit over-ripe as the beer warms. An interesting nose, but it isn’t quite as expressive as I might have hopped.

Not nearly as sweet tasting as I expected, there is a touch of malt sweetness here, but it is well tempered by a wheat-tartness and the toasted malt character. My second sip sees a bit of clove spiciness become noticeable up front and the tartness accentuates some plum-like flavors. The finish has a mix of hop bitterness and toasted malt notes that are not quite roasty, but do provide a touch of astringency. The body of this beer isn’t as big as it looked visually, but does have some heft to it; the beer is actually pretty quaffable for a beer of this strength though and is pretty nice for the style. This has a bit of an off flavor in the finish that is sort of plastic like, a bit savor / meaty, or perhaps just burnt; I really can’t quite put my finger on it.

Not a bad beer as most of the elements seem to be here, but somehow all the flavors / aromas don’t seem to combine into an integrated whole all that well. Still this is certainly enjoyable

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