Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2009 New Glarus’s string of disappointing entries in its Unplugged series ends with this baby. It’s very tripel-ish, yet with a wheat backbone that sets it apart. Pours with a massive, scultpable French-vanilla-colored head, with ridges and valleys that would do the topography of Colorado proud. Color is hazy orange. The aroma is clove, with lots of clove and spice and detectable wheat notes in the first tasting, followed by some bitter apricot. Full and round in the mouth. Clean but not light on the fnish. Wonderful beer. tyler_mn (2464) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2008 12oz bottle courtesy of mtjoseph and sobo. Huge sweet weiss aroma of clove, banana, bubblegum, spice, hops, yeast. Damn. massively complex for a hefe. Pours a cloudy dark copper with a large, billowing white head leaving decent lacing. Lots of spice and fruity esters on the palate. Lemon zest, clove, banana esters. Cinnamon. A good amount of unique juniper and pine notes as well. Quite full bodied for a hefe. Excellent carbonation. Creamy. Finishes with an excellent cinnamon and clove spiciness. drewbeerme (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2008 12oz bottle. pours hazy golden with fluffy white head. a big hoppy aroma of bubblegum, fruit, spice, and herbal balanced well with banana and clove. great aroma. flavor has many of the same notes but is rather bitter and takes away from the wheat and makes this not so refreshing and drinkable. spicy hop finish. a nice brew however and blows Southern Tier’s Heavy Weizen away. kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Cloudy golden colored with a huge slightly off-white head. Aroma is huge clove and less pine, wheat, mint and citrus. Flavor is sweet fruit, lemon, pine, grapefruit and pale malts. Somewhat sticky texture, long lemony finish. Yet another great "Unplugged" beer from New Glarus. Well done! iowaherkeye (2804) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 23, 2008
12oz bottle, no date. Hazy orange with a 1 1/2 finger off-white head, good retention. Aroma is very fruity--lemon zest, orange zest, and bananas--with some clove, white pepper, cinnamon--I’ve only gotten that in a handful of hefes--, and light spicy alcohol in the background. They have a very accurate description for this. Flavor has the same fruitiness with some added vanilla notes. The hops do a mighty fine job of keeping the sweet ness at bay--and then some. Bitterness peaks around a 3-4. Bone dry finish--the alcohol adds to the dryness. Burps with the piney citrus of a good APA. This has to be at least 8% ABV--nice and warming. Full body with moderate carbonation. This beer is fantastic, and makes me rethink not being a fan of Cascades.
kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 23, 2008
12oz bottle, courtesy of Ughsmash. Thanks, Jason! Pours a cloudy, brownish-orange color; huge, textured off-white head with great retention and lacing that coats the glass; excellent head retention; excellent pour. Plenty of clove, complex yeastiness, and bananas in the aroma; on the dry side, thankfully; none of the sticky sweetness of other imperial hefes; citrus and wheat. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: lively carbonation and citrus acidity at the front; significantly more sticky sugar, chewy malt than the aroma suggests; solid citrus and mineral bitterness trying to balance things out; the chewiness ends up weighing this down as the glass empties: generous German hefe, but I honestly think this would be significantly improved (to the degree of Dancing Man Wheat, which was phenomenal) if the "imperial" aspect was removed. Overly sticky core, but generous and tasty otherwise; clear expression of a big, bad hefeweizen. Lengthy finish, showing sticky candy sugar, cloves and chewy bananas; some lingering sweetness. ryan (3185) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 23, 2008
Provided by kmweaver. Opaque pale/orange body with a small white head. Sugary cotton candy and honey nose with golden fruits and spicy yeast. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly tart and lightly bitter with tons of clove, cotton candy, banana, peach, orange, floral hops and cinnamon. Medium/full body is round with biting carbonation. jsquire (4597) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2008
Murky yellow beer with an attractive cream colored head the filled up the space available in my weizen glass. Sharp nose with the banana clove you are supposed to get from the German Hefeweizen, but with sugar and cinnimon on top and a much more forward pine resin. I shouldn’t read other peoples reviews first, but I completely get the new carpet smell Buckybeer mentioned. Wow, this is an odd beer. There is a strong clove, cinnimon and banana weizen under a veritable pine forest. The hops fight for dominance in this beer, with candied grapefruit rind, warm orange juice and apricot, but the cloves win out in the end. This is an oddly schizophrenic beer that really works well to my tastes. This appeals to my hop head nature and my affinity to German Hefes all in one glass. Many thanks to Ughsmash for this great little treat. undsioux7 (876) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2008
Pours cloudy orange/amber with a medium white head. Nice aroma of banana, floral hops, orange and yeast. Taste is cinnamon, citrus, banana, bubblegum and bready yeast. badgerben (5316) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2008
Many thanks to Skyview for carting this back during a blizzard for us. Hazy yellow color with a large head. Aroma almost like an IPA made with Noble hops. Very floral and some yeastiness. Wow... tastes like a yeasty, bready, wheat smoothie. Lots of banana. A little black pepper. Excellent!