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Ünshadowed - Ale Asylum

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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 1
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DaPeculierDane on 06-28-2006

This classic German Hefeweizen is soft and uber refreshing. It is light golden in color, with a hazy appearance. It has a hint of bananas and cloves in the aroma, and a tantalizing sweetness in the finish. If a dewy Spring meadow had a flavor, Unshadowed would be that flavor. At 5.5%, it’s a perfect session beer whether you’re joining us on our patio or taking some home to yours.
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Ratings: 152 | Reviews: 18
Reviews by MattyG85:
Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy yellowish orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of white head which slowly settle into a thinner layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A yeasty and zesty wheat driven aroma with good hints of fruit and spice. Upfront Hefeweizen yeast with bready hints of wheat, grains, straw, oat, and crackers. Spicy hints of clove and pepper. Big scent of fruit with hints of banana, lemon zest, and orange. Hints of bubblegum as well. Background hints of earthy and grassy hops. A pretty solid wheat aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a zesty and yeasty wheat forward taste with notes of fruits and earthy spice. Hefeweizen yeast and pale malt with bready notes of wheat, straw, grains, crackers, and oat. Dried fruit notes of banana along with some bubblegum. Citrus fruit notes of orange and lemon zest. Earthy hops in the background with notes of grass. A pretty nice crisp wheaty taste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Crisp, spicy, and very smooth.

Overall: A pretty decent take on a Hefeweizen. Nice fruit and spice flavor. Not on the same level as the German versions but decent for an American take.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big banana, beyond banana. We’re talking serious banana folks. In fact I can actually say that there are multiple types of banana in this beer. There’s green dole bananas, and then there are those overly ripe bananas from the Quick Trip store, and then a few Jamaican sugar bananas, and s few banana flavored runts, and maybe even a Plantain or two to boot.

Ok, now that we got that banana stuff over with I can talk about the rest of the beer’s attributes.

Pour is pretty on for the style. Body is hazy, less so then many hefes but still well with in style boundaries. Color is a straw yellow, just a few notches darker then crayola with a thin white leaning beige head. Carbonation is moderate.

Aroma is obviously bananas with some grass and the ever so faintest hint of vanilla ice cream.

Flavor is pretty much just banana.

Mouthfeel starts well. It’s crisp and refreshing but becomes heavy and cumbersome as the beer warms. The banana yeast just gets to be too much for me and drags the beer down half way through. Body starts medium and becomes medium to heavy. Slightly sweet but not too bad.

Drinkability: Personally, I can’t drink more than a glass of this but most of my friends love it. Personal preferences I guess.

Photo of spacecake9
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I agree with the basic description. A light hazy golden color with a nice foamy head.
Definitely a bit of banana in the aroma. Very drinkable. If I had any complaint it would be that the flavor falls off quickly as it moves through your mouth. But still good.

Photo of scaliasux
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L - Very light yellow. The slightest of hazes. Short fizzy white head. Not persistent.
S - Banana and clove. Grain.
T - Sweet and bready. Banana and clove. A hint of citrus.

Photo of Barnoloid
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid hefe! Big banana notes, from the nose to the taste. Hints of lemon and cloves help to underpin the banana-crazy flavors here. Looks great, an unfiltered, hay like appearance that makes this an inviting brew. A refreshing spring/summer beer that could easily be a go-to session choice.

Photo of hopdog
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Ale Asylum Brew Pub.

This one poured a medium and cloudy golden color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of bananas and spices. Tastes of wheat with some cloves and bananas. Typical and drinkable hefeweizen.

Notes from and tasted on 7/23/07

Photo of TMoney2591
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

The umlaut just confuses me at this point... Anyway, this stuff pours a hazy golden straw topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises slightly-musty cracked wheat, light lemon zest, mild banana peel, and a hefty dose of clove and black pepper. The taste brings in more of the same, the spice threatening to overcome all else before the yeasty wheat and lemon zest calm the situation back down a bit. The body straddles the border between hefty light and light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a pretty nice hef. It may not be up there with the greats, but it works as a more readily-available option.

Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, maize color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of clove, wheat, hint of lemon, hint of hop, sweet malt, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of a Hefeweizen. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of strong wheat, clove, hint of lemon, hint of hop, sweet malt, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, good appearance, the clove is too strong in the aroma, and body is too sweet.

Photo of RossMaxwellWAPL
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Light, fruity flavor. Almost a bubblegum taste.

Photo of Lemke10
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Ale Asylum. This pours a hazy, lemonade color with a thick fluffy head. Fairly yeasty for a hefe-weizen. Taste is bold and grassy. Very grainy yet very good. A must try especially on draft. This is rather well made especially for a lighter beer that Ale Asylum is not usually known for.

Photo of cervezango
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks like mountain dew, super odd . it is unshadowed as the label says. biting carbonation, refreshing soda like mouthfeel.

for the nose I got some banana , strong wheat

not heavy at all for a wheat beer, light with some lemonade notes.

for one of the weirdest looking beers I've ever seen this was overall very refreshing with out loosing any complexity.

would recommend and buy again.

Photo of Stevedore
2.71/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle, no bottling date but clearly from the 2014 seasonal bottling run. Poured into a 0.5L German hefeweizen glass today, 4/21/2014. Hefeweizens was my very first favorite style and I always compare all hefeweizens to Weihenstephan.

A- Hazy, light yellow body, one finger white head with very good retention; not as much lacing as a typical hefeweizen would leave. In terms of the style, this is not the most archetypical as it looks more like lemonade and doesn't come with the biggest head despite a vigorous pour.

S- Delicate but strong scents of bubble gum, cloves, pale malt. Just about right as far as the style goes.

F- Light wheat flavours, pale malts, bubble gum. A bit watery, not particularly substantial.

M- Thin bodied, disappointingly watery in flavour. Significantly lower carbonation than I'd expect from a hefeweizen. Easy to drink, though.

O- Thinner, watery and not as flavourful as a good hefeweizen should be. This is good for easy drinking in the summer, but as far as I'm concerned, this isn't close to being a solid hefeweizen. The price is probably the same for a six-pack of Weihenstephan Hefeweizen, so unless the stock of that at your bottle shop is 2 years old, you should just go with the Weihenstephan (almost always available) or even New Glarus' Dancing Man Wheat (if it's available).

Photo of Philb89
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Much more bitter than anticipated.

Photo of Thanby
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy straw color with a little head and lacing. Pretty typical hefe look.

Smells of sweet honey, light citrus and a little banana (I didn't seem to sense as much banana as the last guy). The yeast (Belgian?) and light malt round out the smell.

Solid hefe flavor. Nice and full and round with the palate centered on the yeast and wheat, backed by a citrus support and a slight hop presence. Pleasant citrus aftertaste lingers.

Slightly spicy carbonation, barely on the heavy side for a hefe. Overall very well-balanced and smooth, typical Asylum style.

Photo of barczar
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Head retention leaves something to be desired.

Aroma is wheaty, with clove, peach, and tangerine esters. A hint of banana surfaces late. There's a bit of a minerally character.

Flavor is less fruity than the aroma leads you to believe. There's some muddled citrus that hits initially, followed by wheat and biscuity malt, with clove rounding out the moderately dry finish. Pear esters surface late.

It's a bit overcarbonated, lifting those esters off the palate before they can be enjoyed.

Not the most complex ester profile, but a refreshing, drinkable brew.

Photo of scones
2.79/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Golden, cloudy. Looks the part

S - Smells alright, but it's got a lemony thing going on, like a lot of poor hefe imitations.

T - Followed the smell with the citrus - also, it was served with a lemon wedge. 2 Strikes. Not very flavorful either.

M - Could stand to have a little more body to it, but not bad.

O - Worst AA beer I've had. Kinda a bummer having a total dud of a beer at their brewery.

Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy lemon yellow with a brilliany white one finger fluffy head.
S- Banana and yeast makes smell awesome.
T-Thin and refreshing with dull banana taste.
F- Not as smooth as foreign counterpart.
O- ok.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

great flavor on this hefe, very traditional with the yeast, light enough in body, but still creamy in feel like i like in the style, but it has some weaknesses. its way under carbonated, and flat hefeweizen just cant work, no matter how good it tastes, its an irreconcilable contradiction, and it manifests itself in an ugly way here, because this beer tastes delicious. i had it on tap, so maybe its not an issue with the beer so much as the system it was poured through, but nevertheless, it paints the beer in a less flattering light than it likely deserves. nice clean banana flavor in here, fresh wheat malt is light, and there is a creaminess to it, not thick, still really sessionable, but its not watery in any way. if it had even moderate carbonation it would be a much better beer. the worst i have had from these guys, its hard to even say anything negative here because all of their other beer has been so wonderful, but this needs a tune up in terms of feel. flavors are solid though, no issues there, it just doesnt warm up all that well either, but thats common for a hefe. id like to try it in a a bottle to compare.

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Ünshadowed from Ale Asylum
82 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.