79 / 100
I purchased this on my last trip to the US, and carried it back to Australia in my luggage to share with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe, but it smashed in transit. As a result, it is a beer I've been looking forward to trying.
Pours a heavy and thick deep amber-gold colour, with a fine bubbled film of yellowish-white head. It is especially golden on the pour, where it looked a little as though it was artificially coloured. Some lacing, but minimal. Body is very thick, however, with some phenomenally still bubbling as the glass is tilted. It's as though the bubbles can't muster the energy to push their way to the surface. Very good look indeed.
Nose is incredibly sweet, with big honey and toffeed sugar characters, soaked raisins, even a whiff of port. Slight grainy and light bread yeast character coming through as well. Very sweet and rich. I'd enjoy seeing a few more genuine wheat characters coming through, but it's pretty good as it stands, a very robust, strong and sweet nose.
Very smooth on the palate, with big sweetness coming through languidly, giving off golden syrup characters, molasses and hint of fine port, welling with a faintly smoky booziness through to the end. There is indeed a hint of the alcohol (how could there not be, at 9.2%?) but it integrated really nicely with the rich and sweet characters throughout. Feel is excellent: a silky but chewy experience which accentuates the depth on the palate.
A very good wheatwine, and one which accentuates the heavy and sweet characters of a high-gravity brew well. It does feel as though it's separating itself from a barleywine, through a slightly lighter flavour profile, and a lighter bitterness, and while there's minimal wheat on the palate, it still feels as though it's a true example of the style.
Heavy and sweet, but very delectable. Recommended.
Pours a pleasant, if slightly light yellow gold, cloudy with sediment. Head is suitable large, but loose bubbled - leaving it look like soap suds. Carbonation is rampant and large. Not the best looking hefe I've ever seen.
Not much on the nose - a bit of sweetness, a bit of an oily character. But not a hint of the classic banana/clove/bubblegum of the best hefes. Very weak.
Taste is also a bit bland - a light bitter character up front that leads into a gritty yeast character. It's not bad, albeit missing the true hefe phenols which would be working their way around the sinuses. However, apart from that, the palate is quite hefe like. Mouthfeel is a little too carbonated, but the body has a smoothness which is nice.
It's by no means a great hefe, but it's a pretty drinkable beer. In fairness, this is a style that's hard to get right, and easy to get wrong. And while they haven't really got it right, they haven't really got it wrong either. Very drinkable at least.