Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 16, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2009 bIn short: /bA very aromatic Weizen bock. Flowers, fruits and alcohol in this very good carbonated cocktail drink.br
bHow: /bBottle 500ml, too many times, various agesbr
bThe look: /b Almost clear brown-purple body topped by a very small beige head.br
bIn long: /b Aroma of woody malt, cloves, mint, lavender and camomile. The nose is very aromatic with “cute flowers” (tulips, orchids, etc.) along with mint and why not some camomile. Taste of watered-down-rhum, red grapes, some mint, flower petals. Medium body, medium carbonation. Alcohol is somewhat apparent but not distracting. Although this is supposedly a very stable beer I often seem to get different experiences with it. Although it could just be my bad memory. I think I’m supposed to have a bad memory but I don’t remember.
alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JAN 16, 2007
First German beer in a while. Poured a dark ruby-brown; Aroma is of bubblegum-yeast, clove, pit/dark fruit. Flavor; really light on the palate; wheat-bubblegum, malt, spice. Light after taste. Didn’t pick up a sour impression at the end. Was really flavorful and easy drinking; normally don’t go hand and hand with me. dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JAN 15, 2007
A memorable night in Manchester - my first night in England - hit its best note as I sipped on this revelation of a brew in the Castlefield district, talking football and politics with a rail-line worker from Birmingham. But, trust me, it’s not just sentimentality that makes this one a complete knockout. Pours a ruddy brown with a massive white head - made even that much more beautiful because it was in that proper piece of glassware you all see to the left. Head fades but never entirely, maybe a half-inch at its lowest point. The nose is such an explosion of aromas: funky wheat notes like tart citric acid, plums and berries, strong and nearly abrasive caramel, dark malt balance touched off by just a hint of spice. On the tongue, spice and dark malt intertwine themselves with a veritable cornucopia from the fruit spectrum...bananas, dark stone fruits, apples. Everything finishes with another reminder that what we’re drinking here is brewed with wheat, in that slightly funky, slightly sour after that is eminently hard to place. Full and rich in the mouth while retaining loads of carbonated integrity. Quite possibly the first beer ever that, when I order it up again (and I will), it will undoubtedly transport me back to that night in Manchester, completely alone but completely content, wandering the streets in some kind of half-jet-lag-half-amazed stupor. RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2009 Pours a cloudy dark brown with a thick two finger head that slowly settles to a solid cap that never entirely fades, leaving behind a thin tattered lace.
Smell; lots of wheat and lemons, some hints of bananas. There’s sweet caramel, bread and dark malts. The mix of wheat beer and dopplebock aromas go together better than I thought they would.
Taste; lemons, bananas and cloves are all present, along with a definite wheat profile. The sweet malts, caramel and dark fruits make their presence known on the back end. This is a great combination a wheat and dopplebock flavors. Mouthfeel is medium to full, and so drinkable I have to make myself slow down a bit with the big abv.
I will definitely be revisiting this one in the near future. detroitsteel (235) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2007
Pours with a very big head - dark cloudy brown body. All the flavours are in the aroma - grain and malt, caramel, vanilla. Flavours work very well in the mouth, everything in harmony. Big bodied, delicious. The Bock part of the beer works in perfect harmony with the wheat, does not have any unpleasent alcohol burn, very smooth and easy to drink. Highly recomended.
GarrettB (1607) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 10, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2007 Behold, the tastes of the Teutonic forest - the very same one that devoured Rome’s persistent legionnaires, and the essence of the Schneider Aventinus. A lot of this beer smacks of deciduous deliciousness, brought on by a naturally gentle mouth feel and an abundant collection of subtle but poignant flavors. This is entirely different from the Aventinus Wiezen Eisbock, though they both may look alike. Both don purple and gold, and both have “Wiezen bock Eisenfivenfluerhauven” printed about 28 times on the bottle, but this is a beer entirely on its own. The head is very thick but very flat, like a clean cut tree stump, sitting about as still as possible, and receding with a grumble of disfavor. The body is darker, with shades of red to compose a rich mahogany color, transporting me to a long lost English library of vibrant warmth and cozy trappings. From the first sniff I can tell this is going to be a hard beer to review. The nose articulates, but softly and almost inaudibly. Hints of apple, cheese, oak and butternut squash barely prod the olfactory nerve endings. It takes a lot of effort, but it is a perfume well worth it. A dab behind the ears might be the perfect scent for an evening down at the country club. The flavors are similarly delicate, and must be tread upon lightly to keep the atmosphere intact. Beyond the quiet whispers of the beer’s mouth feel, there lie some soft and mild almonds, chestnuts and hazelnuts to provide some simultaneous meatiness and woodiness. These are squared away with a light, soft goat’s cheese to balance one soft flavor with another. The taste then transforms to a light woody tone, dropping the assorted nuts and shifting to full fledged oak. Some hops frazzle the preceding delicate tones, but helps to whip up a full and satisfying foaminess as a backdrop to the composite taste. The bubbly mouth feel is omnipresent, but caressing and embracing like a Kashmir sweater. The aftertaste is even more comfortable, keeping a token scrap of oak and hops to lick on like a refined and genteel gobstopper. Noticeably lacking in this description is any kind of fructose, glucose, sucrose or galactose, and that’s because there really isn’t any. The only sugar I do pick up, and only when I direct my attention to it, is a smattering of clumped dark brown sugar. I also noted the absence of any fruits, usually finding plum, apple or banana in a mixture like this. No colorful sweets from nature this time around. Only the dry and earthy concoction that makes this so well suited for a feast of the forest. I can’t help but think of my Middle School obsession with the Red Wall series and the foods they described. This would have fit in nicely. Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 10, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2007 (Bottle) Pours clear nutty brown with a big white head. Caramel in the nose with banana and tones of smoked wood. A bit sourish but also vanilla, cloves, light green herbs and some toffee. Maybe a touch of allmond paste. Spicy pepperyness in flavour playing well with the carbonation. Pretty smooth mouthfeel and a sourish finish with notes of chocolate and sweet caramell. Medium to big body. brstp (201) - - JAN 9, 2007
16.9 oz bottle. Root beer brown color, lots of carbonation, big fluffy head that snap crackled popped on the way down. Aroma is of clove, wheat, taste is of spice, alcohol, raisin. Finishes light and bitter spreading all over the tongue. Awesome. sstackho (249) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2008 500ml bottle purchased from LCBO in Toronto. Pours a slightly cloudy brown with a fair amount of carbonation. Very nice wheaty aroma. Taste is rich, complex and lovely and full of wheat and malt and a bit of spice. Great lingering aftertaste. I’m not one that is able to pick out a bunch of distinct tastes within the beer, so I won’t even try... All I know is that this beer is wonderful!
robinvboyer (4698) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2007
lots of ester and malt with the typical banana. very nice tatse, you can really tell the flavours have been augmented. HUGE dark frothy head. excellen weizen, one of the best out there.