NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Sheffield’s Chicago. Pours a very nice golden bronze, cloudy, fluffy head. Nose is standard Hefe, banana, light cloves and nice bready notes. On taste, the body is round and soft, taste is very well balanced with enough breadiness to pair up with the sweet notes from the esters. Very good Hefe.
SpringsLicker (3251) - Tennessee, USA - AUG 30, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a slightly hazy medium yellow with a tall, lasting white head.
Wheat malt aroma, little banana but there is some clove here.
The flavor follows the aroma.
Smooth full body.
Not too bad.
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - AUG 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Still haven’t seen this in the Knoxville area. Bottle from a sixpack located in Asheville, pours a hazy straw yellow body with an immense vanilla head. Aroma of clove, twangy wheat malt, lemon, and ripe banana. Taste mirrors the aroma. Clove, twangy wheat, lemon, banana, and some white pepper. Some freshly sliced Valencia orange notes lurk underneath. Quite good. This will probably be the benchmark for American hefs for some time to come.
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 30, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a turbid golden color with a one-finger tall, fizzy white head. The aroma was citrus, light yeast with some clove and other spices. The flavor followed suit with lemony citrus flavors and light clove being the prevailing flavor. Very little of the softer banana came in to play to give it needed balance. Thin, refreshing mouthfeel.
TearsforBeers (183) - Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours cloudy yellow with big fluffy white head. Aroma is classic hefeweizen - lightly acidic, clove, sweet grains... Flavor is very good and clean, other people’s descriptions are good, but I’ll add that there’s a nice lingering bready flavor. Mouthfeel is foamy. Overall, a very nice beer.
Aubrey (3482) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very well made. Cloudy yellow-gold with a bleached-white head. Smooth and soft on the tongue. Flavorful malt side had hints of white cake, wheat and biscuits. Hops were mild yet aromatic. Yeast esters were really nice, with hints of banana, lemon, clove and faint perfume. Nice balance. Pleasant beer. Seems to fit the style well.
gsmitty80 (1982) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2009
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is an excellent beer from Sierra, very much up there with the quality of their off season hop beer. Very smooth with a great sweet taste. There is something to be said about the flavor.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 29, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a cloudy yellowish-orange color. The head was fluffy and white with good retention and lacing. Pleasant hefe aromas that included the likes of banana, light lemon, and some clove. Light body with a slightly chalky mouth feel. On the dry side of the spectrum. Tasted of banana, hay, and clove. Not as tasty as it smelled, but a nice hefe nonetheless.
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - AUG 29, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle.. Pours yeasty golden with a fluffy white head.. Aroma and flavor is cloves, bananas and a lot of wheat. Super smooth..Great beer.
MrBunn (2560) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a very hazy apricot amber with just a hint of a head. Aromas are a nice mix of pears, soap, cloves, bananas, and bubble gum. Pretty nice mix on the nose. Flavor is pretty solid, too... with all of the above showing up at some point in the program, with the addition of some citrus (oranges would be my best descriptor) midway through act one.