Re-review; several years have past, let's see how I like it now.
After the pour, this beer looks an absolute treat: clear golden yellow colour, with a huge, boisterous and frothy, fine-bubbled and creamy head of pure white. This collapses a little, as it must, but it leaves some great sudsy German lace. It looks rather static in the glass - I'm surprised at the lack of carbonation, but otherwise it's a very good looking brew.
Big wheat notes on the nose. Very pungent banana phenols, some yeastiness and a vanilla sweetness which underlies everything. The robustness is impressive and enjoyable, and if it tends a little towards too much sweetness, I'll forgive it.
Taste is similar, and the sweetness does get a little cloying here. The banana phenols are present again, but get twisted slightly to an off-kilter flavour of marzipan. It's hard not to compare it to its sister hefe, but this lacks something of the round, buttery sweetness. It also lacks what would be the natural compensation otherwise - something clean, or crisp, or even a light hop bitterness. It ends a little too sweet, but stylistically, it's not too bad - the characters are rather classic of a German weizen.
It's a light and drinkable beer. Forgive it its sweetness, and it's mellow, very smooth and easy to imbibe.
Here we go with another filtered wheat. Pours a very ordinary gold colour with weak bead but pleasant white head, tiny but visible bubbles which sinks at snail's pace but doesn't leave a snail's trail behind - lace is alright but pretty thin. Looks average.
Aroma is pleasant, many sweet spice characters on that. Not a lot of banana, but peach and apple fruit and a clove & cinnamon spice blend. Slightly sour but only just, mostly a light, pleasantly sweet fragrance. Tragedy is that it is very simple.
Flavour is fairly sweet, but with a slightly tart edge, more of the fruit with grape tannins and kiwifruit flavours joining the mix. Slight acerbidity from carbonation and a nice weizeny finish without very much potency: a slight spice, bit of a sizzle, but no oomph behind it, lacks the mojo of a hefe. Dominating flavour is sour, with a green apple acidity to it, and it's not well backed by a slightly watery feel that lacks depth and body.
I remember really enjoying this in the past, but I think it's because it gives vaguely pleasant wheat flavours, without the spicy and tart potency of the hefeweizen. It's a weaker, more "accessible" beer maybe, drinkable but not impressive.
Pours a pale orange-yellow with voluminous white head whose bubbles are larger and more visible than I'd have thought; sinks steadily and gets an uneven, meringue-like surface. Lacing is extremely minimal. Strong cloud in the beer and steady bead. Looks pretty nice, not outstanding though.
Nose is very weizeny, pleasantly so. First smell is sour and quite hoppy, with a lot of herbal phenols; sage and coriander hints on there. A closer whiff gives a pleasant banana aroma and maybe a hint of kiwifruit, with a slightly acidic edge and a very mild clovey spice. Decent, definitely. A dense and layered aroma.
Taste is quite a sharp one, there is a lot of bite from a number of sources. Strong fruit on there with a distinctly underripe character: bananas, green grape, Granny Smith and strawberries, all in their green, tart glory provide a robust acidity on the mid-palate. It doesn't pucker, although there is a slightly acerbic zest on the tongue. Some nice herbal phenols on the back finish the palate with a pleasant spice character, not quite as spruce or pepperty as it might have been, but still lively and leaves dryly. There is a slight hint of booziness towards the back, gained more from spice and tart flavours than any discernible alcohol, but it gives it a pleasant warming texture as it goes down.
A decent hefeweizen, this. Drinks a bit drying and tart, but is pleasantly textured in terms of flavour and certainly holds your interest.
NOTE: I didn't know what I was drinking when I reviewed this
Pours very pale with a cloudy appearance. White, respectable head, leaves a thin-ish film, decent lacing but not great. Too many floaties.
Bizarre nose, like lemon squash, very sugary and fruity with a slight tang. Not beer-esque at all, this is completely anomalous drop that pretty much smells exactly like soft drink.
Again, very lemony with a slight tartness but mostly a candy sweetness that is like beer with sugar cubes dropped in it. Not pleasant, has no beer taste and is also watery. Mouthfeel is VERY thin.
This is piss in a glass, the puckering aspect is all there is to pique my interest. Obviously a chick beer, obviously a feeble attempt to call itself beer while actually tasting nothing like it. Fuck you, drink.
48 / 100
Cloudy orange yellow with a huge frothy head of dense sparkling yellow bubbles. Very thick. Looks decent enough.
Huge grapefruit sparkling citrus character on the nose. Nothing else. Smells like soft drink, or a premix alcopop. Citrus, acidity, sugar. Not that that's necessarily bad, for what it is. It's just strong, weird and un-beerlike.
Thin alcopop sour-sweet flavour too, with a lingering wheat acidity that tastes surprisingly meaty after the sharp fruit-acid character. Grapefruit leaves a dollop of bitterness on the very back, but don't get me wrong, it's not a beer-like bitterness.
It's very refreshing, and easy to drink, of course, but it's an odd concoction. I'm happy enough to drink it on occasion though.
81 / 100
Gorgeous thick, rich sturdy head stis atop an opaque orange gold body. Some light carbonation. A very good-looking beer.
Delicious fruit-sweet nose. Touches of orange, lemonade laced with hops and sweet malt.
A fair amount of bitterness on the palate, a little more than I've come to expect from a wheat beer. Long finish that starts with a lip-smacking bitter hops freshness (almost reminiscent of an IPA) and mellows to a coppery sweetness at the back of the mouth. There's a dusty dryness at the very, very end which just wonderfully caps off this beer.
This is a very, very pleasant brew. I've tried a few of these now, and every time I find something new to appreciate. Wonderful job