irishalky (35) - Littleton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 24, 2010
When two famous breweries get together and brew a beer, you have to be curious. Beer pours and looks like sparkling wine. Carbonation keeps like a sparkling wine. Taste is hoppy like a Sam Adams Nobel Pils. Taste is a bit bland and frankly disappointing. slitcher (267) - Freeport, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2010
750 ml bottle. Pours a dark gold with a tight white head; champagne-like carbonation. Aroma is very yeasty; bread and lemons. Very yeasty sweet flavor with a fruity dry finish. Good, but not sure it was worth the $19 price tag. ragesaq (71) - Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2010
Aroma starts with a little bit of a soft apple/brandy kind of character backed up by a firm maltiness with a hint of graham cracker.
Apperance is a brilliantly clear golden yellow with a big frothy white head that fades quickly and leaves little lacing. Bubbles replenish throughout.
Taste is vaguely reminiscent of a nice tripel, but without the spicey clovey character that typifies the style. The apple fruit kind of character returns and a little toasty malt character persists.
Palate is medium dry and prickly on the tongue from the high carbonation, satisfactorily big without cloying or fatiguing.
Overall this is a fairly unique offering from the Sam Adams Weihenstephaner collaboration, and while not totally revolutionary as it has been described it is very unique and enjoyable. KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2010
Last corked bottle in Spring, TX, found at H.E.B. at 2920 and Spring Cypress. Woah, I’m incredible.Ibrew2or3 (8743) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2010
Pours an average, glassy and lively cheddar orange with a healthy white head. Reminds me of a dark champagne. Aroma is rounded fruit and bread, with slightly brackish spring water as a base. Flavor is buttery raisin and sweetened butter bread, with hints of plumb, bologna, and dark berries soaked in butter fat. Thick on the tongue. Way too buttery and seems to be trying harder than it really needs to. Overpriced and not worth it based on that premise alone.
Courtesy of THE gunhaver. It pours deep dark yet pale gold with off white head. The meek aroma puts out a bit of esteriness and yeasty spices. The taste is spicy yeast, spicy hops, apples and some grainy malts. Pretty nice one but a poor value.
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 23, 2010
Poured golden amber, dark fruits, caramel, little bready, little spice, odd finish. blutt59 (6573) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2010
bottle, bright yellow color with hoppy lemon and plastic aroma, flavors are smooth with lemon and melons, tight finish NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2010
Bottle from Vas Foremost. Pours a very effervescent blonde with a billowy head. Very clear. Nose is a bit peppery and sweet in the nose. Really does come across as a Heller Doppelbock. On taste, bready and sweet with some dry fruity notes as well. Lively carbonation that pulls it from the doppelbock category. An interesting beer, but not my cup of tea. Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2010
Bottle 28$ at a bar, thanks EDA for picking me up! Pours a copper toned body with a white head. Thin with mild retention. Sweet apple cores, quick drying with a spruce and noble hop tones. Buttery pretty sweet with a mild warming. Not so good.
hopscotch (11175) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2010
Bottle ... Vero Beach “GET YOUR RUDOLPH ON” Throwdown… Clear golden ale with a small, fizzy, white head. The nose is spicy and fruity with a suggestion of nickel and a rumor of chicken stock. Full-bodied and oily with modest carbonation. The flavor is sweet and fruity with only a hint of diacetyl. Bittersweet, mildly buttery finish. Bottle courtesy of Blazer06!