durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Sam’s. Really cold. Pours cloudy bright yellow with foamy white head and great lacing. Big banana, clove, and lemony citrus as well as yeast on the nose. Similar, with a nicely dry palate. At $8.99/sixer, it’s looking likely this will always be on stock in my beer fridge through August. Refreshing as hell.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUL 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque, golden-orange pour with a 1-finger, white head. The smell is banana and clove balanced with toasted wheat and sour citrus zest. Lots of banana and clove flavor with a healthy dose of Belgian yeast esters. Finishes with more slightly sour citrus zest. The body is slightly sticky, quite full, and has lots of carbonation. This is really an awesome widely available summer brew.
HonkeyBra (2849) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful hazy yellow gold pour with big frothy white head. Aroma of wheat, clove, some banana and citrus. Flavor is pretty good. Wheat forward, with citrus and banana notes. Some yeast and spice. Has nothing on New Glarus Dancing Man, but might be your best bet when it comes to American Hefe’s outside of WI.
FishManLA (337) - Abita Springs, Louisiana, USA - JUL 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a foggy bright gold with a medium sized head that leaves nice lacing. Nose is mostly of banana. Taste is strong of pale malt with distinct notes of cloves, more subtle notes of banana and citrus. Citrus finish.
41cubs (249) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 7, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Great summer option; refreshing, crisp, and bright but with flavor. This hits me as a belgian ale/ hefeweizen hybrid due to the depth of yeastiness. Aroma and flavor goes from grassy to banana goodness to light spicey sour. Good one. Thanks Sierra Nevada. 2009 12 oz.
19Ei8hty (1110) - Washington, USA - JUL 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Impressive traditional hefeveizen - strong wheat malt character. Strong yeast notes of banana and tart pear. Clove and grass.
ajm (1057) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 6, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Staggeringly high marks for a bright beer like this. I was really pleased with the mellow but complex qualities. Will be interesting to see if this rating holds up. Nose has that great opening of Cable Car. Color is perfectly bright but also evenly hazed for a great golden color. Flavor is almost tart up top, then into light grain, wheat, and the first part of that banana flavor that Hef is known for. But this one doesn’t turn artificial because it is swiftly reigned in by nice even malt: the whole thing creates a nice sweet semi-grain bread effect that I find not only sessionable but enjoyable again and again.
ben4321 (3335) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 6, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Location: Not sure where it was purchased, 7/6/09
Aroma: Clove, yeast, banana, wheat, bubblegum
Appearance: Hazy banana yellow, foamy white mead, lots of lacing on the glass
Flavor: Nice flavor, typical of the German wheat style, nice mix of spice and sweetness
Palate: Relatively easy drinking beer, decent mouthfeel, nice example of the style
A pretty nice American attempt at the German Hefe.
Headbanger (2730) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle 7/6/09 (Binny’s Naperville)-Pours a hazy cloudy orangish yellow with a big tight white head. Aroma of banana, clove, and yeast. Taste of the same with all of the flavors being very pronounced. This medium bodied brew is a very good American Hefe. Great job.
NDbeerdrinker (164) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 6, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of the better hefes I’ve had. Pours hazy straw color with white head. Aroma is yeasty and banana. Taste is banana, bubble gum, yeast. Really well done by SN.