UrbanCaveman (193) - Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2014
12 oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass at approximately 40 degrees F.
A: Well, first and foremost, this bottle erupted like a foam Vesuvius when I popped the cap off. I managed to pour some of the geyser into the glass (which promptly overflowed with foam), and then had to let the bottle and the glass sit in the sink for a bit to calm down. Once the magma flow had cooled and it was safe to walk on the parking lot where Pompeii once stood, I was able to assess the appearance of the beer. It pours a tawny, very cloudy gold, like a lion in the shade. Head formation is, I shall assume, not only present, but problematic. There’s also decent lacing - ask me how I know!
S: This opens with a fairly strong bouquet of traditional hefe aromas, with the banana, pear, apple, and clove notes. There’s something I can’t quite place underlying them, however, something almost astringent or antiseptic in odor.
T: The astringency from the nose? It carries into the taste. There’s some serious adhesive-style flavor to this beer, right from the opening. The rest of the flavor palate seems diluted at best behind that "manufactured by 3M" thing that’s going on. There’s also a metallic tinge to the flavor, though neither copper nor iron - almost aluminum-esque, despite being in a bottle.
M: Watery. By the finish, this beer feels like it has split into its constituent parts, the bulk of which is just water. And dare I mention the carbonation sharpness?
O: Not a favorite hefeweizen of mine. I’m not certain what was going on with the headsplosion, but I am fairly certain that I won’t be picking this up again. mansquito (6338) - Nueva York, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2014
The Sampler, Brooklyn bottle: Pours cloudy orange with a white head. Aroma is banana and spice. I wouldn’t have called this a hefe as much as I would call it an American wheat. Nice and sweet. Nice fruity flavors. Overall, I think that this was somewhat under-rated. sturmthis (1149) - Bavaria, GERMANY - AUG 14, 2014
On draft. Hazy golden color with little head. Clove and banana aroma. Clove taste. Not bad. rumproasts (5342) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Tap. Deep golden with small head. Why can’t American brewers make a decent hefe? Has about half the flavor of a German hefe. Light banana, but weak sauce. BREWMUSKCLES (2673) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 28, 2014
quite an appropriately flavored and well bodied brew of the species! not overdone or slick the beer is drinkable and alcohol seemed right. not amped up, but again seemingly genuine in ever way.
Evolutionary (498) - Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2014
Bottle from giant eagle. Nose is banana and clove with some wheat. Decent yeast fullness and banana, clove and spice in there but not too strong. Not great but decent.
---Rated via my mouth Chudwick (3181) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - MAY 29, 2014
12oz bottle into Le Listermann - nose is wet wheat/hay with almost banana/clove aromas. Label also says wheat beer but German Hefeweizen is more apropos. Fairly flat but very refreshing. Underrated for sure. Somewhat chewy (as the talking dog says in the Simpsons when it is pointed out that dogs can’t talk). I honestly thought I was going to rate a boring wheat ale but turned out for the best. fluffy (2472) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2013
no no no. this is not a german hefe, not by any stretch of the imagination. its another american wheat ale, pure and simple. you put a Paulaner or a Franz up against this and try and tell me this is a hefe. no way. Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2013
on draft at coleman house, a wheaty plain wheat, not much for banana for cloves that you want in a hefeweisen, oh well Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Draft at Moe’s Restaurant in Cuyahoga Falls, OH. American pint shaker. Cloudy orange-amber pour with thick head. Aroma of light fruits and bread/biscuit. Fairly yeasty smelling. Taste was not terribly balanced. Fruity with some spices on the back end. Not very complex. Below average wheat beer. Light body, medium carb.