61 / 100
Pours a slightly hazed deep red-brown colour, with a very fine, but minimal head of slightly off-white. Body is really pleasantly thick, but with a fineness that makes it look very sophisticated. Carbonation is rather static in the heavy body, but where it streams, it's rather plentiful. Looks good.
Surprisingly, there's not a lot on the nose. Bit of bready malt, giving a floury tone, and just a touch of grain brightness. Very little sweetness, and not a lot of suggestion of depth. In some respects, it's very classically German, but it just doesn't have the excitement or complexity to catch my attention properly.
Taste is a little better, but it still relies heavily on that nice German bite through the centre, and actually doesn't have a lot of depth or complexity to pull it through. Thin metallic characters through the middle, with a malty sweetness and a slight organic bite on the back. It's good, but it's very generically good. It doesn't do anything awesome in and of itself.
I like it. It's really hard, probably, to not like this beer. But the more you drink it, the more generic it feels, and the less it seems to offer. I want it to be better.
Pours a red-tinged clear gold colour, very large, dense head. Head sinks a bit, but leaves very sticky lacing behind. Looks quite light for a doppelbock, but decent.
Smell is very musty. Quite tart with an acrid cherry aroma, a slight pinot character and quite hoppy with a grassy hint to it. Not as complex as I would expect, actually quite dominated by the hops. That's not such a bad thing but it leaves it a bit too simplistic.
Taste is quite ethanolic with a strong malt base, quite biscuity with strong fermented characters. Green apple and grape esters abound. A tartness on the back with a very drying finish, slightly puckering around the edges. There is a sweetness on the front palate that is a bit syrupy and excessive, and the malt that underlies the whole palate makes the whole thing a bit sweet.
Feel is nicely full, but a bit too sticky for my tastes, particularly combined with the dry finish.
I feel like this needs a bit more spice or a bit more sour character, it just seems a bit insipid because of the constant sweetness.
71 / 100
Pours a slight rosey-amber colour, with a thin yeast sediment cloud. Creates a thin film of off-white head, steady carbonation. Interesting hue - that's all to really distinguish it, but otherwise an exemplary hefeweizen.
Excellent complex nose of hops and fruit. Aspects of banana and pawpaw and tropical goodness blend wonderfully with a rich, deep plummy character. Bit of sultana perhaps? Otherwise a back note of fragrant hops comes through very clearly. Really excellent nose, and very hefeweizeny.
Taste is slightly less weizeny, with the rich plummy character tending to dominate over the lighter fruits. Palate is complex but a little short, with no particularly significant finish. Slightly sour character on the mid palate, caused by the fruity esters, and this blends very nicely actually with the bittering hops to create an interesting flavour overall. Mouthfeel is not very smooth - but not bad. Has a bit of a watery character is all.
A pleasant, well-crafted brew that falls just the slightest bit short in flavour. Definitely commendable on a number of levels though, particularly in the drinking.
56 / 100
Cloudy amber/bronze-gold body, with languous streams of bubbles feeding a thick, pillowy overcooked-meringe-coloured head. Head stays in for the long haul, and looks beautiful all the way.
Noticeable hefe characters on the nose, but subdued and a little tired. A fair amount of carbonated water smell, and a hint of unsuitable sweetness kill of the phenols of banana and clove.
Also subdued taste. Overcarbonated on the palate - maybe those languous streams which look so good have something to answer for. They end up hindering the beer ultimately. You get the vague idea of the hefe characters, but they're so faint as to only be hints. It ends up tasting watered down.
Better than a lot of beer, but with a very disappointing hefe character.
I like the nice cedar colour, makes it look like it will taste good and rich. Shame about the miniscule, almost non-existent head - I like good head. Light carbonation, no lacing. Should be interesting, looks refreshing but rich.
Smells standard in some ways, very nice in others. Mostly beery smell, but nice toffee characteristics, good and rich. I quite like it.
Taste is quite similar to the nose, and quite similar to how I thought it would taste given its appearance. But not quite flavoursome enough. There is a good non-overpowering toffee sort of flavour, but otherwise mostly just a refreshing beer taste. Certainly not unpleasant but I wish there could be more to it than that. Having said that though, this is extremely drinkable.