sound67 (646) - Offenbach, GERMANY - NOV 16, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle, as shown.
Pours a characteristically cloudy pale orange with an initially big, creamy white head. Retention is moderate, lacing generous.
Aroma is of banana, orange and yeast.
Medium carbonation and body, deliciously thick yet earthy mouth feel.
Weizen flavour is very similar to the German SCHÖFFERHOFER hef, meaning it’s considerably less sweetish than the Bavarian variety - perhaps, the Sierra Nevada is leaner still: Spicy, not very sweet, with a limited range of fruit (banana and citrus, the latter dominating), with a decidedly sour, moderately bitter finish and citrusy after taste.
Top-of-the-shelf hefeweizen, as good a beer as I’ve come to expect from Sierra Nevada. If you’re into the "real" hefe taste without the sugary elements, then THIS is your beer.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - NOV 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not as wheaty as some Hefs. Light head. Not to murky good golden yellow color. Light citrus, bannana and clove flavors. In general not a fan of american hefs. This is pretty good though. Much diffrent than sierra nevada’s other beers
llcooldave (1188) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Herbal aroma with come citrus mixed in. Thick foamy head, cloudy yellow in appearance. Flavor is surprisingly a spicy earthy malt with some yeast playing a part in the background and a herbal coriander/cilantro aftertaste. Overall, not bad... a bit more complex than expected.
juiceisloose (1302) - Windermere, Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy yellowish orange color topped by a large and foamy off white head that slowly settles to a thin film. The aroma is classic hefe with notes of banana, yeast, clove,citrus, and spices. The flavor follows with sweet banana and bready yeast blended nicely the clove, citrus, and spices. Fresh wheat ties everything together. Medium bodied and smooth and very easy to drink with some nice hop bitterness on the backend. This is a nicely made hefeweizen.
dchmela (3008) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy dark yellow pour with a thick white head. Banana, clove and yeast aroma. Crisp malt, yeast, banana with a smooth taste. Very easy drinking.
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - NOV 12, 2009
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This could be called Killerweiss. Kill smell, kill taste, killer palate - killerly the best of all the Sierra Nevada brews, bar none. Yum. Delicious Hefeweizen goodness. Too bad they said Kellerweis (meaning cellar-wise), instead of what they meant - Kellerweiss - cellar white (like Hefeweizen, cellar wheat).
ilherps (248) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
For the style, I really enjoyed this beer. Fruity aromas lead to a fresh, spicy flavor, with citrus and clove present. Not at all my favorite style of beer, but this is quite tasty.
allendodd (116) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to bhensonb. Pours a hazy, dark yellow with a coarse, quickly dissipating head. Pulled this one as the last of my Dancing Man is all gone and I probably won’t be able to get any more until next summer. I’m afraid that SN isn’t going to be a good substitution. The nose is banana/yeast, and the initial taste is the same. Spice notes follow quickly but are not strong. The beer has the unusual character of being both slightly sweet then slightly astringent/dry immediately on the heels of the sweet - bot both don’t appear at the same time. The character in beers when these two are able to exist together create a nice complexity. The two don’t exist together here and the result is not all that great. In the end this beer is a little thin, the palate is a little coarse. There is some substance, but this is no Dancing Man.
jb (2899) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 12, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big nose on this, burst out of the glass. Heavy cloves, some banana and general fruitiness. Appearance is a bit cloudy, big head, couldn’t fill the glass cause of expansion. Palate is big-time bananas, wow. Full body, a bit of small bubbled carbonation. True to style and good.
Berley31 (230) - New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 12, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A: Poured with a fairly large, white head that yielded some light lacing. Body is yellow and cloudy, just like a good hefe should be.
S: Very nice smell of light yeast, wheat, and hints of lemon and banana as well. Quite inviting.
T: Excellent taste, with wheat and citrus coming through. The banana is prevalent, but not sickening or overpowering at all (and I’m not a fan of bananas)... works very well with this beer.
M: Medium-bodied and creamy, with lively carbonation.
D: Definitely the best hefeweizen I’ve tried yet... it’s extremely easy to drink, well-balanced, and an excellent example of its style. Looking forward to having another sometime, as soon as I can.