dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very nice hefeweizen from sierra nevada. I thought that it might have a little bit of a sour bite, but I was mistaken. It has a variety of complex fruit flavors, which sits very nicely in the mouth. Very enjoyable.
BrewDad (4610) - Olympia, USA - JUN 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz Bottle – Gravity Beer Market – Olympia, WA
Aroma: Big wheat malt aroma. Lots of clove and banana esters.
Appearance: Dark yellow in color, Hazy with a thin head.
Flavor: Big Hefe flavor this was filled with clove and banana flavors also.
Palate: Dry wheat finish, with a Good Mouthfeel.
Overall: One hell of a summer Hefe.
junon (383) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JUN 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is familiar of the style. Although the banana is not as explosive as some German brands. Bread dominates the nose with the fruit being more subtle. Appearance wise it doesnt fall short of the standards. Taste is similar to the bouquet. Bread, full bodied, but soft and lacks an acidic or citrus bite. With that said still very good.
Kinz (3163) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 26, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at Hyun’s bachelor party, glad to get to try this. Hazy gold, nice head, attractive. Aroma was lightly of wheat, banana, clove, faint lemon. Flavor matched, but I’m not adequately expressing the depth and complexity of the yeast at work here and how it was perfectly balanced with the grain. Perhaps just the faintest hint of floral hop to balance. Exceptionally well executed hefe, I was really, really impressed.
mjg74 (2458) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUN 26, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from BevMo. Hazy orange in color. Nice white head. Sweet yeasty aroma. Smells are all there. Rich mouthfeel. Grainy flavor. Somewhat spiced with a bit of yeastiness. Pretty good.
desurfer (1189) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUN 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy yellow body, frothy white head. Spicy aroma. Flavor of banana, clove, and yeast. Very complex and inviting. I think this is worth the hype; an exceptional hefe.
trayns (246) - Beverly Hills, Michigan, USA - JUN 26, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a great golden cloudy color and a huge white billowing head. Aroma is very pronounced. A lot of banana and yeasty notes in the aroma. Taste is both complex and light. Flavor is crip, but has several layers to it. Lots of wheat and yeast traditional flavors, but banana and mild citrus backbody makes this pretty enjoyable. The best hefeweizen I’ve had.
Guerde (1137) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle) Pours a light hazy gold with a large white head that possesses a meringue-like consistency and retains nicely. Aroma is strong of banana, light vanilla, some bread, along with a nice twang of wheat and clove. The flavor is banana and vanilla as well, with a bit of clove, some breakfast cereal, the characteristic twang of wheat, and a bit of lemon right before the finish. The flavors are all there, but they are far more subtle when compared to Dancing Man. Instead of being crisp, the finish lingers on with some flavors of stale bread, yeast and grain which is a shame. The mouthfeel is perfect, full and creamy with spritzy carbonation. All in all, an above-average hefe that would be great if it didn’t display that undesirable finish.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUN 26, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Is there something about Sierra Nevada that RBers just root for? As if we just desperately want them to make awesome beer? I think so.
I think they did a superb job here. I agree with the RB consensus that this is just so damn solid. A great mix of the basic German Hefeweizen flavors, but most importantly, backed by a really strong body. There is just a wonderful fullness to this beer.
iowaherkeye (2684) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 26, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle, no date. Cloudy golden with a one finger creamy white head, fair retention. Good amounts of bananas, clove, wheat, and hints of cinnamon. Nothing too spicy or too sweet, and no rancid wheat things going on. The flavor adds some crisp lightly tangy lemony wheat notes. Minimal bitterness in the wheaty finish. Moderate prickly carbonation with a light to medium body. If this is a year round beer, my camping trips just got better. This rating doesn’t do the beer justice--probably my second or third highest rated hefe--it still isn’t as good as Dancing Man, in my opinion.