Peak Organic Weiss Principal Imperial Hefe - Peak Organic Brewing Company
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Reviews by busterthecat:
2.13/5 rDev -36.8%
Picked up this new offering after being pretty impressed with Peak Organic thus far. 22oz bottle split into two tall stemmed glasses.
A= Pours a nice cloudy golden copper hue, sits hazy golden orange in glass. A good foamy white head forms and lingers pretty well.
S- Lots of fresh banana, some hay, light bready cloves and nutmeg. A nice bright aroma.
T- Upfront taste is very similar to the aroma. Banana is most prominent. The yeast notes start to come out. Then the beer takes a turn. Lots of grassy and vegetal hop flavors take over. The hops bitterness overwhelms the other flavors and it becomes an unpleasant hoppy mess. Its not a hop bomb by any means, I mighty have liked that. The interplay between the mellow traditional wheat beer flavors and off-hop flavor kills this beer. Like really bad green tea.
M- Medium body. Starts nicely then goes bad. The mouth feel becomes very harsh and unpleasant once the hops come through. Alcohol sits on back of palate. Kinda metallic.
O- The beer starts off good then goes way south. Perhaps could have been good if Peak didn't try to over hop it. The beer leaves a gross taste in mouth. Drain pour for sure. Stay away from this unless you have ever though that it would be good to steep green tea and old grass clippings into a good hefe or wheat beer.
06-16-2011 02:20:21 | More by busterthecat
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4.03/5 rDev +19.6%
In a weizen glass the beer was a hazy apricot color. The head was thick and white, resembling whipped cream. Sheets of lace. Very pretty.
Banana aroma, some spice. Fresh, floral.
Banana taste, some clove. Piney hops, a little grapefruit. Couldn't appreciate any malt.
I thought this little experiment worked rather well, even with the widely divergent tastes.
06-14-2011 11:14:39 | More by lordofthewiens
3.25/5 rDev -3.6%
22 ounce bomber bottle, purchased at beers of the World, Rochester, NY
Pours cloudy, a warming orangy shade of apricot amber. The head is dense, rich, large and lasting. Then leaving respectable webs of sheeting and lace.
Bananas and lemons in the nose.
Fruity, with more bananas, wheat malts, yeast as well as quite bitter with citric and grainy hops.
Not in love here, seems disjointed and in search of a theme. Sometimes what seems like a good idea, doesn't quite come together in practice. A bit dissappointed with this one.
08-02-2011 22:07:42 | More by Billolick
4.15/5 rDev +23.1%
Pours a huge three fingers worth of ultra creamy off white head. Hazy orange body. Very nice lacing, head retention and rouseability.
Smells hugely of citrus, some floral and fruity hops. A subtle banana and clove smell mixes in nicely.
Tastes very hoppy, citrus, floral and pine. An underlying banana and clove also make it's presence known. Again I think these flavors mix well. Alcohol is well hidden.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied, medium carbonation. A firm piney lingering bitterness keeps this in the ipa bitterness range. The hops are very oily and coating.
Overall this is a nice blend of an American ipa and German wheat. I'd pick up another of of these and lay it down.
$5 a bomber
10-15-2011 02:15:29 | More by Homebrew35
3.9/5 rDev +15.7%
Single bottle picked up at Consumer Beverages in Buffalo. Been intrigued by this brewery, in particular this idea of an "imperial" wheat ale.
Poured into a small sampling glass, shared with a friend during a beer tasting/exchange. Looks like a classic hefe: golden, opaque, good frothy head, some visible carbonation.
Nose is yeast, a bit of coriander and citrus, wheat malt. Faint, but pleasant.
Really intriguing brew, which I have to say I actually dug quite a bit. Tastes like a hefe on steroids, with a drawn out alcohol bite and a citrus hop finish. Slightly sour, but with that same light floral and citrus character of a wheat beer. The term "imperial" is warranted here, as this brew packed quite a punch both in its flavor and alcohol content. Creamy, lively carbonation.
Interesting brew, and an ambitious rethinking of the wheat ale style. I have to say that Peak has certainly done the job well, adding enough extra zest to make for an intriguing sipper.
08-13-2011 17:58:58 | More by JohnnyBarman
3.65/5 rDev +8.3%
Cloudy light orange amber. Large white head with decent retention.
Not your typical aroma for style; there is relatively little in the way of spices, and morehops. Light malt and hops dominate.
Some yeast in the aroma, but rather faint compared to a Belgian.
Lacking the pronounced wheat flavor or [masking] spices I usually find objectionable, I enjoyed this more than the usual weissbier.
09-25-2011 05:20:15 | More by chinchill
3.98/5 rDev +18.1%
22 oz. bottle
A chunky and muddy, home-brew, certainly UNfiltered look, honey amber color, thick and hazy with a 3" fluffy-foam head and big lace.
A massive aroma of sour and fruity hops, lemmons, sour earth in the yeast, major spices, cloves and allspice with tangy citrus and bannana.
A crispy, dry wheat, earthy bite with bitter sour hops and a bit too much heat. The hop flavor is massive, fruity, mostly tangy bite. Gentle sweetness and dry wheat notes, big hop complexity and rather tastey yeast. Maybe a bit too sour with major heat, otherwise, groovy.
A wild and interesting brew, open your mind with this one!
08-27-2011 23:13:18 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
3.35/5 rDev -0.6%
22 oz bottle poured this one into a regular pint, no dating info on the bottle.
The body is slightly hazy golden color. Two fingers worth of fluffy white head arose from an aggressive pour.
Aromas of wheat, light clove, and bananas up front. Small dose of hops in there as well. Sweet malt is the first thing to notice in the taste. A bit of citric bitterness and some light clove again. Touch of alcohol at the end.
Medium body with OK carb.
Decent beer but a bit misguided. The different aspects clash to much for my liking, interesting if nothing else.
11-17-2011 02:50:23 | More by BennyL1
3.68/5 rDev +9.2%
On tap at Cole's. Fruity colour, a nice bitterness,some lemon, creamy mouthfeel. Altogether a good summer beer. This brewery has not disapointed us with a standard product line.Pleasant fruity and fresh yeast aromas. Decent drinkability. Fairy high abv though.
07-06-2011 18:09:47 | More by Sammy
3.88/5 rDev +15.1%
This beer pours a light orange yellow, hazy, with only a thin lacing of head on the surface. Be careful when pouring, as this is an unfiltered wheat style, and sediment can end up in the glass. (this is really harmless and tasteless, but it looks bad)
Smell is intense- alcohol, cloves, bananas, hops. The aroma presents like a wheat beer on steroids. Its absolutely pungent.
Mouthfeel is light and airy, which is a huge surprise given the punch in the face the aroma presents. Its texturally very light, but active, with lots of bubbles.
Taste is as intense as the smell, but even more complex. Initially a wash of pure alcohol drowns the taste buds, and is followed by spice, cloves, then an intense, super bitter, resinous piney hop flavor overtakes everything. Finish is dry, with a super subtle fruit taste.
This is one assertive, intense, bad-ass brew. The intense flavor and smell are impressive. A very unique take on the IPA style. I don't know if the two styles- German Heffe-Weiss and American IPA- compliment or fight each other, but the result is a potent, flavorful brew.
Recommended, but be warned- this is one aggressive, assertive brew. Anything that is 8.6% abv, yet actually taste higher, should be consumed in moderation.
01-05-2013 15:48:29 | More by WSB
3.25/5 rDev -3.6%
From 22 ouncer with a tin foiled, screw-off cap. I cannot believe how milky it looks. It is pale yellow on the whole but it is so milky and cloudy that it is opaque. A good sized head. On the nose I get a good supply of wheat with a bit of yeast and white pepper. They say there's clove in it but I did not notice that. The body is about medium. The taste has a generous dose of wheat with a solid but sour hoppiness thrown in. The higher ABV is masked pretty well. It is good for what it is but it does not represent the style as well as I had hoped. I don't expect I would buy it again.
07-02-2011 18:00:38 | More by puboflyons
4.3/5 rDev +27.6%
A) Pours with a big two finger head that takes awhile to settle. Clear body, bronze in color. Active CO2 from bottom to top. Sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Fruity esters - banana, pear. Subtle wheat aroma.
T) A sweet malty and fruity blast upfront - wheat, Caramel, apple. A noticeable and pleasant hop bite in the finish.
M) Chewy. Medium body. Smooth and creamy. Alcohol effervescence.
O) This is a good beer, although only 8.6%ABV seems a bit more potent. I would definitely drink another one of these.
01-17-2012 01:12:39 | More by u2carew
3.5/5 rDev +3.9%
On-tap at Fourth Avenue Pub, Brooklyn, NY
A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down and left a large patch of bubbles in the center and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: The smell has an interesting mix of banana, citrus and clove aromas.
T: Unlike a typical weizenbock, the taste has a light amount of bitterness and lots of spicy cloves in the finish. There are also some notes of citrusy hops.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer can be intense but is something interesting to try if you like weizenbocks and IPAs.
07-06-2012 00:44:20 | More by metter98
3.85/5 rDev +14.2%
Hmm, a mix of a Hefe and an American IPA, sounds interesting.
Pours a lightly hazy golden orange color, huge freakin' head that fades at a slow rate, leaves a huge ton of sticky lacing on the glass as it fades, a cap stays on top for a good long while, be careful though.
Smell has a strong citrusy orange aroma, the orange rind is a huge aspect of the nose, not picking up much banana though, definitely clove though.
Taste has a good carbonation level, the aftertaste is an odd bitterness, the kind you would get if you ate the rind of an orange, light citrus presence that might have been a product of the hops but the hops are no longer a large aspect of this beer.
08-20-2011 22:15:51 | More by deltatauhobbit
3.28/5 rDev -2.7%
22 oz bomber pours a fairly hazed gold color with a dense, creamy tan froth. Retention is excellently weissbier-esque and lacing nice as well.
Nose is...huh...hoppy? Definitely getting some fresh and citric hops to go along with an abundance of cloves. Balanced aroma between the hops and the yeast, but I am not so sure how well this combo is going to play out on the taste.
Taste is clashing, I dont find the banana/clove flavors to mesh well with the firm bitterness/hop flavors. Tastes more hoppy than anything and the yeast esters just muddle and confuse my palate. No bueno para mi.
03-18-2012 17:30:48 | More by twiggamortis420
2.95/5 rDev -12.5%
Bottled in 2011. Drank in June 2013.
Poured a nice golden color with a one finger foamy white head. Leaves a nice solid lacing down the glass. After being in the fridge for two years, much of the hop profile is gone though there is a strong bitterness left in the finish. Some cloves and bananas up front. It has a strong bready base with a spicy middle. Strong carbonation. I bet this would be really nice with the full hop profile when it was fresh. I'm digging a nice bitter wheat beer on a hot day.
06-21-2013 21:15:28 | More by VoiceOfTheSoul
3.55/5 rDev +5.3%
Review from 7/9/11, on tap at the Lark: pours cloudy orange in color with a cloudy white head that lasted forever and left great foamy rings of lacing; a very good looking beer.
Smells of orange peel, lemon, coriander, yeast, herbs, light grains, hay, faint pepper, caramel, flowers or floral hops, light brown sugar and a little funk; not sure what this style set out to be, but it smells fresh and earthy with soft notes of all the ingredients.
Tastes of orange peel, lemon, coriander, grapefruit, sour apple, citrus hops, yeast, herbs, grains, hay, faint pepper, caramel, sweet malt, flowers or floral hops, brown sugar, cinnamon, grass, tea leaf, and a little funk that leaves a sharp dry finish. Really nice and complicated due to the spices, this beer was strange and yet still well balanced at the same time.
Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with light carbonation, a medium body and creamy overall feel that's got a little fizz that allows it to flow down easy.
This is a unique beer, not a session beer, that is tasty and enjoyable for those seeking a different beer or hybrid style. I enjoyed this beer throughout it’s identity crisis, but it lacked something to make me love it. I’ll try it again when possible to see how the next batch tastes.
08-08-2011 04:11:22 | More by CHickman
3.28/5 rDev -2.7%
Appearance is very cloudy and hazy yellow
Smell is a mix of banana, clove , american hops and alcohol
Taste is about the same with more of an emphasis on the alchol!
Mouthfeel is real heavy for the style.
Overall I feel like Peak fell into the 'imperialize' the crap out of everythig trap with this one. I love where they were headed with this cross between a Hefe and an IPA. The 6.6 percent is WAY too much. Alcohol taste is not well intergrated.
Tone down the booze, maybe bring it to 6-6.5 and i feel like I'd love this beer!
07-17-2011 21:03:45 | More by Robtobfest
Peak Organic Weiss Principal Imperial Hefe from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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