Updated Review 08/09
22 oz bottle from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. $5.99 (I think) for the bottle. Poured into an oversize wine glass that I picked up in Raleigh, NC a couple of weeks ago.
Pour is a vivid mustard, clouded body that sits underneath a really high, rocky head. Lace is excellent. Good looking.
Nose reveals very little other than a sweet, alcohol laden honey note.
This is still a really hot beer, especially when you consider the style. It continues to drink every inch of the advertised ABV, and that’s a little problem for me.
Original Review 04/08
22 oz bottle from State Line Liquors. $4.99.
Two separate pours into the Tucher Weizen 0.5L glass. The first pour does not allow the sediment to reach the glass, and as a result it is a orangey, golden clear pour, a little like a macro lager or malt liquor. Good head but disappointing lace. The second half of the pour is much cloudier, with a distinct burnt ornage color as the sediment makes it into the glass from the bottle. Again the head and lace are not great.
Nose and tastes match pretty well. Sharp, lemony notes but with quite a lot of balanced sweetness. A little citrus zest tartness (especially in the aftertaste) but not as much as I was expecting. Unfortunaely the beer has a slight, syrupy, malt liquor like alcohol feel about it – not the greatest attribute at the best of times, but in this style it sits a little odd. Minor yeast notes, but these are more muted than I would like for the style.
I think that the ABV is a little on the high side for the style, and that has an impact for me.
An interesting brew, that is close, but seems to miss the mark slightly for me.