fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2006
This beer from the smuttynose family is delicious, it pours a clear rich gold color. The head is a thin white lace that sticks to the side of the glass. The smell is of lemon and grass. The taste is smooth most prominate flavors on you palate are honey, lemon rinds, and bitter. This beer is something you would crack open on a hot day. It would pair well with a nice grilled shrimp or chicken salad.
jtclockwork (16685) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2010
A small cloud floated around the glass. Nice unfiltered hefeweizen. Well spiced. Rated 8/28/02 austinpowers (2828) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 15, 2003
Slightly sour. A dryish example of a blend of the crispness of an American Wheat with hefe-ness of a German Wheat. Good yeasty flavor, but the flavor could be fuller and wheatier and maltier and just, uh, even better. See Hacker-Pschorr Hefe. LordHedgehog (144) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - JUL 25, 2004
Also probably a bit past its prime. I was surprised to find this is considered a winter beer, and that might explain why my summer sixpack tasted a bit off. Still, it isn’t the worst hefe I’ve had. Some subdued fruit tones and wheaty flavors. Wish it wasn’t as crisp... SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Bottle. I don’t get it. I thought this was pretty good. Good yeasty aroma with banana, cloves and citrus, and it wasn’t too light, either. Very smooth mouthfeel and very drinkable. More banana, cloves and citrus in the flavor, along with a malty sweetness. I thought it was rather enjoyable, but I guess I’m in the minority on this one.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 27, 2002
Cloudy apricot. Small but thick white head. Slowly streaming carbonation. Solid wheat aroma, bananas, apples, vanilla and soft cloves. Crisp and wheaty with a healthy dose of bananas and cloves. Thinnish body but quite nicely flavored. Refreshingly light body. Yeasty, citric aftertaste. Finishes tart, grainy and phenolic. A modest example. hieronim (14) - Schenectady, New York, USA - JUN 16, 2003
This beer is very good. Not much to smell or see but what a flavour! It's yeasty but not overly so, so even non likers of hefeweizens should enjoy this one. Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2004
Now this is what I call a session beer. Light bready aroma and smooth, floffy head. Smooth, light, tasty with flavors of wheat, hay, yeast, malt and an oh so mellow bitterness. Light lemon adds just a bit of zing to it to make it really refreshing. StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 5, 2005
Time to go against the grain. I swirled and poured the yeast, and it tasted right in line with an American take on the German style, so I’m guessing some other raters left the yeast in the bottle (fearing the yeast bite of bottle conditioning) and rated accordingly. Nevertheless, here I go...urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - AUG 13, 2003
Cloudy, pale and glowing gold in color with a half-cracked ice sheet for a head. Aroma is lemon zest, banana cream puffs, pepper and cloves. Flavor is refreshing and encouraging. Citric lemons and pepper hit softly, backing away to reveal a sourdough and musky breadiness. The brewery’s natural inclination of unfiltering their beers helps to keep this one in good standing and not fall to those venerable "American Wheat" renditions. Light and crisp. The signature Smuttynose hops qualities are there, but have been appropriately scaled to the dosage of a hefe. Finishes like lemon poppy seed muffins with an aftertaste of banana bread. Keep these Smuttynose beers coming, tpkenned. They never disappoint.
I have so much enjoyed the various American takes on Bavarian Weizen this summer: Dominion and Weeping Radish could equal or best any German Weizen with their rich flavor. This one reminds me of a Dominion Weizen-Light. There is a ton of fresh wheat flavor here, with the yeast providing wonderful complexity. But the whole is extremely light. I think this achieves a great balance of malty richness, yeasty fruit and spice and a remarkable palate. But just like the other great American Weizens, there is no damned head. Completely inexcusable.