Weisse beers originated in what is today southern Germany meant as a summer drink. According to German Law, 50% of the grist used must be malted wheat. with the rest of the composition made up of malted barley. However, what you see here is an Austrian beer, not beholden to German law, but probably a similar composition due to tradition.
Weisses do not keep well, and the older the beer, the more “off” it’s likely to smell. This was the case with this beer. However, the taste had not yet been affected it seemed.
Appearance: Nice strong gold/brass coloring with an impressive head that lasts for a while. Minimal Belgian lacing after the head dissapates.
Aroma: A bit of a banana smell, followed by a strong, nearly skunky odor. Not pleasant.
Taste: A hit of bitterness right up front followed quickly by the banana again on the taste buds, with the finale of heavy wheat and barley. Pretty nice, and not what I expected after the aroma.
Mouthfeel: Average. PLays nice on the palate, without being too zippy nor too weak.
Drinkability: Do not be dissuaded by the awful aroma, the beer’s bite is better than it’s bark.