drpimento (3761) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 11, 2007
from a growler brought up by Jory an PJ from GI to Bodega Brew Pub in La Crosse, WI . I like this. Classic Bavarian weisse characteristics. Great body. Nice play with those features and some smoothness that at the same time, is offset by a subtle sharpness. Very easy beer. BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 29, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2004 Rerate, shared growler with TAR and CB: Muddy brown with ruby highlight around the ring of small but dense tan head and good lace. The aroma has lots of yeasty esters of banana, lemongrass, clove, white pepper, caramel, mocha, smoke; very aromatic for the style. The taste starts wheaty and fruity with a caramel and smoky undertone. The yeast characters shine thoughout this beer yet is wonderfully balanced by the dark malts. The finish is spicy and twangy with a subdued pine tone. Some coffee and pumpernickel bread notes too. The feel is sharp and has a light bite, good depth on the palate with numerous different characteristics. Still among the best ever in the genre, yowzer, get some while you can.----Original Review----Brown/reddish hue with a nice creamy tan head and excellent lacing. Aroma hinted of cherry, wood, caramel roasted malt, banana, lemongrass and bittersweet chocolate. Somewhat vinous and very nice nose. Wonderful tasting brew that starts out in a fresh fruit and smoky twang combonation. It then turns in to a creamy chocolate malt and hint of spices taste. Finally finishes with a undertone of crisp tropical fruit and molasses. Full-bodied and has a rich mouthfeel. Way too smooth for something this strong. Outstanding beer, one of Goose Island's best. Styles (2016) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2006
Tap: dark murky brown with huge beige head. Aroma is slightly smoky, roasted grain, banana nut bread, dark fruits and clove. Initial flavor is all raisin, with smoke, roasted grains and nuts, turns to bready/chewy banana and clove through the middle and finish. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Wish this could be my everyday drink. Schroppfy (2362) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2005
A giant beer, all glurgly on the pour, and with deep plummy mystery around it. Leaves a wispy head that lasts. Creamy and very fruity, but with a classic touch of alcohol and hop induced thinness. Smells like hay and molasses. Delicious, perfectly constructed. A big shout to TAR for spotting these exquisitely made beers and hand bottling them. Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 18, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2005 Got this one on tap at Goose Island Wrigleyville. Deep hazy, muddy brown pour with a short cap of cappuccino head that receded to a light ring. Very full aroma of banana, chocolate, caramel, clove, fresh wheat, prunes, raisins, and a bit of toffee. Deep and complex flavor blended all of the aroma components seamlessly, and made for an extraordinary treat. Sweet overall on the palate (from chocolate, caramel, and dark fruit), yet the wheaty aspects gave a great tingly banana and spice twist to it. Extra smooth, and a well drawn-out complex finish. A little warming on the finish... really wish they bottled this.
TAR (2787) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - OCT 25, 2004
Blackened purple. Opaque. Light beige head with stellar density. Spiced apples, black pepper, banana peels, and clove in the aroma with suggestions of caramel and chocolate as it warms. Beautifully tight, sandy carbonation. Twang of wheat fuses with a soft rush of creamed coffee and fruitcake. Spicy anise zip perpetuates the nutty coffee flavor with a trailing of sweet apples, starfruit, and bready malts. Sublime yeasty smoothness curtails the gentle sharpness of the roast and dark fruit acidity. Sweet and tangy, throughout, with a buttery caramel push. Coffee and toffee notes pillar the extremely delayed pine needle emergence. Genius mixture of pine and clove clinch the finish whilst gaining support from a tasty dosage of sweet, bready malts. An incredibly rich, yet understated, wheat beer, brimming with subtlety beneath the vast complexity. Thx for the growler, BBB. KariCupcake (214) - Lenox, Massachusetts, USA - APR 11, 2006
Very very smooth. Dark redish brown with a dark creamy head. Medium body. Smooth finish. No aftertaste. Smells like cloves and is kind of sweet. cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 26, 2004
Maple, malt and oatmeal in aroma. Cracked wheat, sweet/dark plum, caramel and apple flavors. Tartness to offset dense malt roastiness. Slight burn in finish. Didn’t get a lot of banana or clove. Hard to figure out but extremely flavorful. The dunkel malt and lighter wheat aspects co-mingled effectively. ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2005
On tap at Clybourn. Every now and again Goose Island brews a beer that completely floors me and this is one of them. A large foamy tan head sits atop a cloudy brown swirling stream of beer. Aromas of plums, raisans, and banana dominate. Banana permeates the tastebuds at first with hints of caramel and bubblegum. There is just enough alcohol on the finish to remind that you are drinking a bigger than average beer. This is one very well balanced and complex beer. Cheers to Goose for this fine effort. sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2007 smells like a hefeweizen, maybe a bit muted and more malty. taste was really flat, seriously watered down. basically nothing there. bit of nuts in there, not a lot of alcohol, mostly a letdown. rerate: this was delicious and i enjoyed it throughout. very sweet.