Scubatrip (610) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2009
On tap at the brewpub, pours cloudy, exciting aroma. Very banana/yeasty nose. Taste is similar, it almost has a banana pudding flavor. This is one of my favorite hefies. Talking to one of the brewers, he said they had recently changed the yeast to a Belgian strain, and he was quite pleased with the improvement in flavor. If you didn’t like it before April 2009, try it again. 4nolanz (18) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2007
draught at brew pub---- wow, way better than expected. The bartender was touting the witbier(traditionally my favorite) but this was clearly the winner of the 8 beer sampler we tasted. I taste the pear as most predominate fruit flavor. Gloden body. The pick of the litter at Grumpy troll. arnold931 (1263) - Iowa, USA - APR 28, 2014
Tap at brewery. Pours slightly cloudy golden. Lots of clove, a little banana and some pepper. Very good. TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2004
Nice looking beer. Wheats are quickly becoming one o my tob brew styles, and this beer helps the cause. 1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2007
Ok, well I must be on crack because this hefe was fantastic. Pours to a hazy golden body with a white head. The aroma is tart and wheaty. Fruity with lots of banana, pear, and wheat. Moderately full bodied. The flavor is awesome with tart wheat, sweet sugars, cloves, and bananas. This is an awesome wheat beer.
nuplastikk (6216) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2009
Thick milky brownish yellow-orange color. Solid banana clove aroma. Fresh and smooth. Clean but yeasty body, nice and refreshing. Clove-lemon edge. Nice. madvike (3250) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 12, 2011
On tap at the brewpub. Been loving hefes lately, so this was a must-have on my latest Grumpy Troll stop. Pours hazy light amber with a foamy white head. Tons of bubble gum on the nose, with light spics. Sweet and refreshing--teetering on too sweet, but it worked with the pizza I was having, so I’ll say it wasn’t too sweet. Taste is the same bubble gum and sweet wheat, with a light mineral finish overlaid with some pear and light clove. Never tasted pear in a hefe before, but again, it worked. Well-carbonted, and just tasty as hell. andyhwcinc (1884) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Enjoyed on tap as part of a sampler at Grumpy Troll in Mt. Horeb, WI. Appearance a cloudy light gold, thin white rim. Aroma of banana, bit of pineapple, straw wheat, really nice. Taste is definitely fruity, pear comes out a little bit more, ale yeast also adds the fruitiness. Pretty impressed with this one, like a standard Weiss but with more Belgian attributes. heemer77 (5355) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 9, 2008
On tap at the brewpub. The body was hazy yellow with a white head. The aroma was classic light banana with some light clove. There was also some rising bread dough. The taste has some strong banana with some biscuits. There is also strong clove spice in the finish. Plenty of carbonation. The finish becomes tropical as it warms, almost like mango. Solid. Brigadier (3665) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2007
Halfway through the sampler I came across this gem. Sort of like the Military Ridge Trail it is named after (which runs behind the brewpub and connects Madison to Dodgeville), it connected the lighter session beers with the heavier stuff that was to follow. As far as brewpubs go this may be one of the best hefes I have come across. I have had better bottled examples but even so this is right up there with the likes of Solstice Wheat. In fact it may be better simply because you don’t have to wait three years for it to be brewed again.
Aroma / Appearance - The cloudy yellow body was exactly what one would expect from a well made hefeweizen. The mild carbonation pushed ahead a thin foamy white head. Lemon shortbread, oranges and vanilla beans comprised a package of smells which was thick enough to stick in the nasal passages. While it might not be the sharpest example of the style (Kloster Weizen from Capitol comes to mind for that) it does a good enough job.
Flavor / Palate - Chewy peanut butter, oranges dipped in inexpensive (but quality) chocolate and banana bread play across the tongue. The chewy full mouthfeel leaves a pleasing aftertaste. This is filling for such an easy drinking beer. I agree with Blake on this one - it was a hidden gem worth further visits.