Oakes (17274) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 19, 2000
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2010 Hazy, bubbly. Dull tan. Lots of fluffy head. Fresh slightly fruity, kind of sticky body. The aroma is oriented towards fairly clean banana and some light spiciness. The palate is clean, somewhat dry towards the finish. This classic yeast is used all over, so the beer isn’t particularly distinctive, but it is a very nice weizen. Ernest (7662) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2012 Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy medium to dark yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain/bread), lightly to moderately yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of banana and clove. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Solid but not quite exciting...pretty much by-the-numbers. Miggl (32) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 28, 2002
I have to agree: a definite nose of cirtus, and that famous hefe aftertaste. Although I experienced no, zero head with this beer, and it went flat pretty fast. BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 31, 2002
Poured just like a german wheat should. Misty orange color with a fizzy background and ample head. Smells of slight skunk and citrus. Strong Hop aroma and a trace of wood. The beer was very carbonated and felt like alka-selzer in my mouth. The flavor was that of a mild wheat beer, nothing too complex, nothing too distiguishing. Overall, I’ve had better german wheats, but still a tasty beer and worth trying. hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2003
Drinking these much heralded wheat beers in February might be the problem, but I ended up not thinking either this or Aventinus was the cat's meow. This one is the better of the two, far less anoying esterily, with more complex and less aggressive counterpoints (lemonsmoke, clean malts, cloves).
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - JAN 22, 2004
Bottle. Relatively recent purchase for me--from my trip to Houston in Oct/Nov 2003. It's afresh as I'm normally ever going to see it, but alas, this bottle just doesn't do fresh Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier justice.
The beer pours golden and sports a massive creamy white head, just as it should, but even though I swirled the bottle fairly aggressively, there's no hefe--it's glued to the bottom of the bottle.
The aroma is very yeasty, with the telltale aroma of wheat, and hints of grass and a subtle matiness.
Taste is clean, yeast-malty with a nice citrus character, but there's a somewhat phenolic finish.
There's no substitute for fresh hefeeissen in situ.
I'm on a mission to fnd this on tap. vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 28, 2004
Has a hazy orangish color with a thick white head and quite a bit of carbonation. Smell is a combonation of wheat/yeast/banana/clove. Taste is a bit light of banana/clove and has a crisp, almost a little to fizzy, finish. Overall a pretty good wheat, but a little to light to be great. ante (3373) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 31, 2004
Cloudy and dark yellow. Big fast diddapearing white pillowy head. Spicy banana and wheat aroma. Flavour of banana and spices. Crispy and yeasty finish. Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 28, 2004
Good sweet and citrus aroma. Taste is very citrusy, mainly orange and a little lime. Body is medium. Some hops evident in the finish. A little too carbonated for me, but other than that a good beer. darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2004
This is a good example of what a wheat beer should be. Nice amber color, with wheaty-citrus smells and flavor, not overly thick.