Frank (4196) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2008
Nice, cloudy yellow golden but not much head and only a few spots of lace. Not only is it unfiltered but there was really a lot of yeast in my bottle. Be careful when pouring. Nose is fresh and fruity, hint of a apples and some citrus. Flavor is light and refreshing w/ a mouthfeel that remains smooth and silky despite vigorous carbonation. I actually find the texture to be far and away the most exception part of this beer--which is a rarity in any style. Well done. HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2008
Pours hazy orange with fluffy head. Aroma is spicy wheat and citrus. Flavor is pretty good: spicey and citrusy, dry finish. Mouthfeel is light. Boy am I glad to get Bell’s in Illinois. drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2008 on tap. pours hazy gold with white head. aroma of orange, wheat, yeasty. flavors of orange, wheat, citrusy finish, good dose of bitterness, leathy hop profile. pretty tasty and i think i like this better than oberon, it’s quite a bit hoppier.3.6. GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 6, 2008
bottle. so only a few ratings on this but it is already under rated. this wheat beer rocks and is light years ahead of oberon. good citrusy wheat malt but a big noble leathery hop flavor that finishes this out and makes it so tasty. way hoppier than oberon. i will run to get more cuz this is great stuff.3.8.
Draft at Clark St Ale House in Chicago. Poured a cloudy yellow color with a white head. Fairly drab aroma of white bread and light citrus. Light bodied and on the dry side with moderate carbonation. Tasted of yeasty bread dough and leather with a squeeze of lemon. Eh. This was overrated, IMO, on the day I rated it at the 72nd percentile. NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2008
Tap at Piece. Similar to Oberon, first off. Very crisp and refreshing, quite clean. a little citrus and a little sweetness as well. Nothing amazing, but still a very formidable wheat beer. Nice
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2008
Batch 8564. Pours a cloudy, glowing, golden-straw color with a huge, foamy, off-white head. The froth settles slowly to a thin film, leaving thick, patchy globs of lacing all the way down the glass. The aroma is light and crisp, with notes of freshly cut wheat, honey, lemon rind, and a faint hint of cinnamon. Flavors are well balanced and light. The dry wheat grains are sweetened with just a touch of honey, while floral and lemony hops lend countering bitterness. The finish is lightly sweet and clean. Substantial but not overbearing, the body shows balanced carbonation and laid back drinkability. Overall, this is a solid summertime brew, and a great ambassador for and underrepresented style. kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 28, 2008
12oz bottle, courtesy of a couple trades. Thanks, guys! Pours a hazy golden color; thin off-white head with patchy lacing. Light aroma: crisp, dry toastiness and some mineral / citrus bitterness; refreshing nose. Medium mouthfeel: soft wheatiness, citrus, and mineral bitterness; crisp, dry; quite pleasant in the mouth; a cleaner, more basic version of oberon; quite nice overall. Decently put together, if reserved. Medium finish: toasty grains, dry wheatiness, and mineral bitterness. auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2009
12oz Bottle. Batch #8581. Really intense priming corn sugar, homebrewing supply, and light corn liquid. Somehow clean, but not enticing. Pours a yeast-flecked golden, with a soapy layer of off-white above. Flavor is very, very bland. Some dirty bananas foster, grody yeast character, and wet, soppy malt mess up my mouth. Ugh. Soapy and thin. Not much, wheat, yeast, or alcohol character. Boring, sloppy, and kind of ugly. Thanks Sean! ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUL 6, 2008
courtesy of kmweaver. Cloudy pale body with a small beige head. The nose is light citrus and doughy malts. The flavor is lightly sweet, lightly bitter with light lemon, bread, biscuit and lightly spicy yeast. Medium/light body is round with moderate carbonation. DrnkMcDermott (3101) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2009 12 oz bottle from Sam’s, Downers Grove. Batch #8538. Been a long time since my last Oberon, so I can’t make a fair comparison to this. Warming, malty beer smell upon opening. Straight pour into a shaker shows a hazy yellow beer, but no Bell’s floaties, under a big white head, and adds a little yeast and light wheat smell. Taste is a spritzy ale with American Wheat profile, a bit more substantial than the Goose Island 312 or most megabrewer summer wheats. Clean malt and wheat taste, with notable citrus; maybe just a pinch of clove ester. Not a lawnmower wheat; this is for after you’ve showered and put on your slippers after mowing the lawn.