Additional notes 02/06/21
A relatively rare draft sighting that smooths out a lot of the size of this beer and offers just a delightful, warming experience. It’s still as big on draft as you’d expect, but the keg seems to even out some of the sharp pointy parts! Delicious and memorable.
Der Braumeister Restaurant, Cleveland.
Original notes 09/11/04
Abiding memories of this drinking experience are the massive carbonation (bad) and the complex, rich flavors (good).
Pours with a massive (and I mean massive) head with extreme carbonation flowing up from the bottom of the glass. The carbonation is so extreme that it actually becomes somewhat annoying and almost gets to the point where I am beginning to wonder if the beer is infected!
Once the carbonation had settled down I was treated to the classic deep banana and spice aromas and taste. The dirty brown appearance even looks as though it could have had a banana liquidized into it! There is obviously a significant alcohol presence which is consumate with the style, BUT to be honest it’s not as apparent to me as it can be in some other Weizenbocks. Plenty of clove amongst the turbidity and light sweetness.
I get a lot of creaminess with this beer too. A very, very rich experience in the mouth, which for me made me only want one of these in a session. Given the carbonation I was surprised that the beer did not give a more prickly mouthfeel.
Very complex, rich experience all around and a classic beer in the style, but for me, one that has to be enjoyed in small doses.