Ernest (6484) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 22, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Head is initially large, frothy, white, mostly lasting.
Body is hazy medium yellow.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain, husks), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with light notes of lemon peel, melon rind, banana/gum, clove.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
The aroma isn’t unpleasant, but the German wheat character is muted and unexciting...it comes off a little like an American wheat (light, mild-to-bland, citrus zest) mixed with a German wheat. The mouth experience is its weaker point, being thinner and more watery than your average Hefeweizen. Looks nice, but otherwise is quite ho-hum.
MartinT (8247) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2013 My Bottom Line:
Banana bread allusions seep into clove and citrus nuances as the cushiony body of this intricate Hefeweizen also brings forth minutious pears and herbal hop bitterness.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A tower of foam sits atop the cloudy straw golden.
-The clovey phenols become more prominent in the finish.
-This is exactly the kind of beer which everyone (with an open mind) can enjoy; it’s complex, but it’s so drinkable that it doesn’t compel you analyze it.
-Residual sugars are well calculated, setting a fluffy base on which the yeast can express its milky banana bread personality.
smith4498 (3131) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours cloudy dark yellow with white head. Banana and clove aromas. Flavors of wheat, clove, bananas, bread, yeast and bubble gum. Medium body with aveage carbonation. Well done.
CanIHave4Beers (3427) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice cloudy yellow color with a huge white head. The aroma is some spiciness, some fruitiness, some banana and some sulfur. Flavor is also good some lemon and some orange with some breadiness, and some spiciness. A little sulfur in the flavor keeps this from being fantastic. The palate is perfect for the style riding the line between smooth and creamy with just enough body.
topherh (1914) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - JUL 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy yellow with a big white head. Aroma is standard hefe banana and clove. Flavor is bready yeast, clove, and a bit of citrus.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a cloudy, dirty yellow. The head lay lacing in full sheets, white as fresh snow. nose heavily painted with banana and a thin layer of clove. In fact, the banana is vividly intense. Its a touch thin in the mouth with shallow waves of wheaty, banana yeast esters, and a touch of autumn spice. Highly carbinated, I may add. I wish it was a bit sweeter and chunkier...but at least the flavors can still be heard and understood.
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - JUL 21, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle into pint glass. Really hazy yellow beer with a nice white head. Good hefe. Not my style at all, but a very nice and sessionable summer beer.
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle shared at July BA tasting. Pours a cloudy, pale yellow with white bubbles along edge of glass, in lieu of head. Think this was served too cold because I did not pick up any nose here. Taste was spicy with Belgian yeast. Mouthfeel was thin.
boFNjackson (4184) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... Poured a cloudy, vibrant golden/yellow/orange with a gorgeous white head, nice retention. This is a really authentic German weizen from Sierra Nevada. One of the best from the states. Floral, citrus and nice esters on the nose. Nice, dry palate. Flavors or orange peel, wheat and yeast esters and banana. Crisp finish. A joy to drink.
broozer81 (106) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2010 bottle-I’ve really never been to much of a wheat fan at all but this one suprised the hell out of me..very nice taste, spicy cloves and bananna are very present, a little fruit and plenty of wheat to balance this out..For sure this is a nice Hefe with some depth and character, good job Sierra...