bubbleflubber (1893) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful murky straw pour, with tons of yeasty "floaties", a wispy head that leaves soapy lace. The aromas are of generous banana and sugar & spice cookies. The flavors have bananas, wheat, hints at lemon notes, yeast and tons of spices. The finish closes nicely on a dry spice. This is impeccably balanced, and a wonderful, wonderful example of the style. The mouthfeel is slick, yet substantive in body. Extremely complex, but nothing overdone, this is one incredibly put-together brew.
zombywoof (450) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - AUG 16, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Opaque, hazy and gold with lots of lacing. Generous aroma of banana, bubble gum, clove and spice. Restrained and balanced complex flavor. Simply one of the best Hefes around. Sierra Nevada does not disappoint. Hello new favorite Hefe.
GJF (1295) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - AUG 16, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Generally not a weizen drinker myself, but this is pretty nice. A good bit of wheat tang to it, some citrus and banana. Refreshing beer.
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 16, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a 12 oz bottle - pours a hazy golden color with a very thick, long standing foamy white head. Lots of lacing. Aroma of banana, spice, and yeast. Nice smooth taste of sweet banana, lemon, wheat and clove - much more of a German Hefeweizen than many of the American version but not overdone on the banana like some that try to be more German. Perfect balance.
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2009 Obscured lemon. Creamy stark-white froth displays good retention. Phenolic nose of plastic and clove, with subtler scents of dough, sulfur, dried pineapple and banana taffy. Soft, fine-bubbled carbonation. Thin and watery body. Initially spicy and arid with clove and sharp plastic notes, yet notably toasty as well. Not a whole lot of vibrancy to speak of, as the rampant toastiness creates a disagreeable tandem as it joins the overripe banana/banana taffy qualities. Though the body is fairly dry, dabs of baked apples exacerbate the dullness while contributing substantial flabbiness and weight. Decently layered in the malt department, as dry crackery malt overlaps the slicker and beefier wheat tang, but there is very little depth to speak of. Finishes clove-spicy and lightly floral, with dull banana notes lingering alongside hints of borderline astringent toasted grain and doughy yeast. Explosiveness as well as subtlety, cleanness and vibrancy (e.g. in this case the hop definition is poor, and the banana character is artificial/taffylike/overripe) are key elements that can make or break this style of beer. Sadly, it lacks all of those features. The wheat is also mushy and the beer is tainted by sulfur notes. Love the open-fermentation approach they took, but I can’t say I am impressed. Was so hoping to love this as one thing the world is lacking is reliably fresh, well-crafted weissbier. Bummer.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5168) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2012 Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a hazy bright golden color with a large yellow-white head. The aroma was dryish, wheaty and had notes of clove and bubblegum. The flavor was dryish, musty and wheaty with light elements of clove, banana and bubblegum. The finish was short, tangy and sweetish. Fairly full bodied. Good.
Trev (1968) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours hazy orange gold with a thick pillowy white head.
aroma is strong banana and clove spice.
Flavour is banana, light lemon citrus and wheat with some lingering spice in the finish.
changeup45 (1719) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’ve had this beer a few times now, usually after some yard or house work, but it’s such a nice refreshing summer beer I haven’t bothered with a rate until now. Hazy yellow-gold, big fluffy head with some pretty nice staying power. Wheaty, malty, with the right amount of banana, clove and citrus flavors. A light spice mingles in nicely. A touch sticky. Nice beer, one of the better Hefe’s I’ve had. Sierra Nevada seldom lets down.
beerbill (3564) - Laurel, New York, USA - AUG 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy yellowish gold with a large linen white head that lasted until the last sip and left very light lace. Pleasant aroma of wheat, sour lemon and cloves. The flavor is almost exactly the same as the aroma with wheat, sour lemon and a bit of clove. Fairly velvety mouthfeel. Very refreshing beer.
piscator34 (2016) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled sample shared with oakbluff. Gold in colour with a bit of haze and strong carbonation. Aromas are of mild banana, green (somewhat minty) hops, vanilla, and a bit of bubblegum. The banana elements take on an additional citrus complexity in the mouth, along with more soapy Thrills bubblegum and a bit of clove and hops. Light bodied and refreshing.