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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.4/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 13   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Enlightenment Series No. 1. A collusion of coffee and beer intended to enlighten the collective of passionate coffee and beer drinkers to the possibilities of bean-meets-barley. The very specific purpose of our first coffee-beer collaboration is to unequivocally break the convention of traditional heavy-malted, dark coffee beers. To achieve this we’ve taken a berry-nosed and earthy Brazilian coffee (Sertaozinho) and merged it with a traditional clove and banana-estered Bavarian Style Wheat Beer (Weissbier). The result - a stimulating infusion marked by overtones of sweet and tart fruity balance by a subtle, but not bitter, roast of rich tannins.

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3.5
alexsdad06 (10435) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2012
500 ml bottle from phaleslu. Pours a hazy orange dark golden color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma had some banana and cloves, light citrus, and mild but present coffee notes. The flavor has more coffee which masks some of the hefe qualities. Very mild banana and cloves, citrus, toasted, grassy with the coffee staying throughout. This is certainly unique and worth trying once.

3.5
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2012 16.7oz bottle shared by alexsdad06. Slightly hazy golden color, little white head, little lace. Interesting coffee nose, doesn’t last too long in the aftertaste. Smooth and crisp carbonation, more dry texture. Light bitter taste, kind of savory. Little spice. Solid interesting brew.

3.7
SrSilliGose (3331) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - OCT 22, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2012 Bottle thanks to phaleslu. Neat, well made tasty coffee infused hefeweizen. Creamy roasted coffee, some banana cream pie, crusts. Dry. Low carbonation. Creamed cocoa. Complex. Real nice. Thanks peter. Fun to try. Liked quite a bit.

4.5
seymour (2045) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - OCT 15, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2015 Well, my score is coming out way over the others, but I calls it like I sees it. I wonder if I’ll ever come across a better smelling beer? Tasted from cool 1pt .7oz German brown bottle into a nonic pint. It poured a very cloudy golden honey color with thin but persistent white head and good Belgian lace. Aromas of fresh, medium-roasted fruity coffee, husky whole-wheat, just-cut grass, some vanilla marshmallow pils malt, light citric-sourness, moderate clove, faint banana, more peppery yeast phenols as it warmed. True-to-style German weiss beer base flavors in harmony with mild and mellow Brazilian Kaldi’s coffee. Palate: nice chalky suspended yeast, slightly hard mineral water, tannins from the coffee, well-rounded French bread mouthfeel. People forget coffee is a fermented product too, worthy of blending in beers other than stout. This was a brand-new experience but worked really well. Well-conceived and executed. Delicious. Go Florian!

3.1
gregwilsonstl (2505) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 13, 2012
UPDATED: APR 21, 2013 The smell is confusing "not unharmonious, just unfamiliar" (per David Seymour). Very cloudy. If you like coffee, this is a great beer, usually coffee is drowned out with chocolate in porters. Not so with this. Banana. Interesting.

2.1
ElDragone (2) - Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2012 does not count
Great coffee nose. There is not a lot of character in the taste. Very good mouth feel.

3.6
vyvvy (6481) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Pours hazy yellow / orange with a patchy white head. The aroma has bananas, clove, rich wheat, light coffee bitterness, some nectar fruitiness and dark fruits as well. Medium cloudy body that is fairly crisp and has sharp carbonation. The flavor begins much like the aroma, but has more coffee ~ although the presence is still less than 90% of the coffee beers out there. The finish is tannic along with sharp fruit and mellow coffee. It’s good for what it is, but way too pricy. Very much a one-and-done thing for the price.

3.6
phaleslu (10274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2012
16 oz. bottle from Randall’s. Pours a very hazy golden-orange with a small eggshell white head. Aroma is heavy on the coffee, with the hefeweizen notes taking a major backseat; still, there is some citrus and banana, and wheat that creep in after the coffee blast. The flavor runs the opposite direction; it’s fruity up front, with wheat, sweet malts, and coffee following and a long, lingering coffee finish. Vince is spot on when he says "burnt popcorn," too. Medium-bodied, with a juicy, wheaty, roasty mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Really strange beer. Fun to try. Overpriced at $8 for a pint bottle, especially when 4-packs of Winged Nut and Zwickel are $1-$2 more.

3.4
Strykzone (7363) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2012
Sampled at 4 Hands cellar night. This looks like a weizen but it smells like Kaldis coffee. It also tastes like it. The weizen is just a vehicle for the coffee. That coffee is very nice but I was hoping to taste a merging of beer and coffee.

3.4
thegreenrooster (4406) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Pour is a murky orange with a average white head. Aroma is at first a strong coffee with some lingering fruityness. Flavor is a little less coffee and more of a traditional hefe. Yeasty esters with some clove. Coffee is there in the flavor after the swallow. Not a coffee bomb but just there to make this different. It’s tasty but I probably don’t need another bottle of this as it’s a good experiment but I’m not real fond of the two flavors merged together.


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