ClarkVV (6700) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 31, 2005
2005 bottle sampled 8/24/2005. Bright mumosa-orange-yellow color. Hazy to begin with, but the yeast settles down and drops to the bottom quickly. White head is big, but diminishes to a film. Light clove, touch of bubblegum and nice malted wheatiness. Not a terribly powerful aroma and quite restrained and even, but good. Flavor is lemon, dry buckwheat pancakes. Bit of sourish yeast and light sugar on the finish. Enjoyable mouthfeel with smooth, low carbonation. Not watery, but a very light body. Very restrained flavor, very dulled by the large amount of wheat. I prefer a lot less wheat to non-wheat malt ratio. But assuming this is what they aimed for, it’s well done. Lightly chewy on the end. Sharp, lightly bitter hops right up front, but they are mostly flavorless. Some hops flavor on the end though, after it has thoroughly warmed. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 22, 2005
Rerate: bottle 2005. Pours a hazy deeper gold almost copper color with an initial big white head bu fades and leave very little lace. Aroma is almost all clove with hints of vanilla and practically no banana. Im assuming the differences are from fermentation temp differences between batches. Flavor on this one has a slight slickness in the end and overall a weak mouthfeel. Rating numbers are about the same for both samples.
HBF 2005. Sampled right after the dreamweaver wheat. This one pours a nice hazy yellow with a good white head which fades. Aroma is both spicy and estery with lots of banana and clove. Just a touch of vanilla in the background. Flavor was mildly wheaty but the mouthfeel was lacking and seemed watered down compared to the dreamweaver which had more body. Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2005
22oz bottle, 8/6/05. Poured a nice cloudy golden with medium head and lacing. Aroma was herbal/clove, but very light. Taste was a big let-down here - we were all surprised at how bland it tasted. I like my hefe’s with some zing and pow, please! noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2005
Pours cloudy gold, fairly dark for a wheat. Okay head, lasts a bit, some lace. Aromas are herbal, with some clove, coriander and woodruff, flowers, wet straw, banana and vanilla. Taste was light, some yeastiness and white bread, no malt sweetness -- the malt was mostly sour and didn’t linger -- and little hop or bitterness. Mostly a citrusy tingly "cooler" with a bit of sweetness, and a touch of banana and vanilla. I think a little sweetness would have helped. Mouthfeel was thin, fizzy and watery. jefcon (1847) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 28, 2005
An inch of white head tops this hazy sunset brew, which fades from pumpkin orange to golden on the way down. Moderate lacing. Banana clove aromas accompany the yeasty nose. Lots of honey, bread, oats and banana on the flavors. Where this beer loses is on the patae, which is grainy and thick. It lacks the creaminess of a great hefe. Still, a nice summer brew.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2005
On tap at Andy’s. Cloudy, orange/amber color with a medium sized white head that dissipated fairly quickly. Kind of a toned down version of a German Hefe. All the right flavors and aromas are there(Banana, clove, citrus) but in a muted way. Refreshing and very drinkable, but boring. r464 (2360) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2005
Cloudy unfiltered golden color. Crisp and distinctly citrusy. Perhaps some faint spice aroma. Not a bad summer wheat. Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 22, 2005
Bubblegum, banana, and clovey yeasty nose. Cloudy golden yellow body. Looks and smells like a German hefe...Tastes like one too. This is nicely carbonated, nicely balanced, wheaty and pleasantly quenching. A tad bit off...Cabbage and vegetable, faintly sour. This is quite good for an American brewery. Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JUL 22, 2005
Bottle: Banana is the strongest aroma with a moderate clove and light pepper aroma. Pours a cloudy orange with a small white head. Citrus and banana up front. Spicey finish with a lot of clove and a hint of vanilla mixed in. Some sourness and light acidity comes thru in the finish and I could really do with out it. Clove lingers for a little in the aftertaste. A decent hefe that is hurt a little by the sour and acidic finish. ehhdayton (1188) - USA - JUL 12, 2005
A banana like aroma and a cloudy golden appearance with a large head. A banana like flavor is noticible. Nicely carbonated.