cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUL 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from Plaza Liquors - Pours a hazy light golden color with a two finger thick off white head. Light lacing. Aroma is esters and spice. Flavor is light citrus, esters, lightly sweetened malt, light spice, and a bit of yeast. Light to medium body. A nice beer.
DubC5000 (305) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 15, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Solid brew. One of the most satisfying beers I’ve ever had. First thing I noticed was the warmed banana aroma drifting out of the bottle. Pours a hazy yellow with chunks of live yeast still drifting about (slightly unsettling). First taste to hit the tongue is banana and wheat, followed by yeast, then spicy cloves. The suspended yeast gives a nice, velvety mouthfeel.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - JUL 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy yellow/straw gold with a thick and decently long-lived white, rocky head that leaves a stripes and swaths of lace all over the glass. Tiny bubbles trickle up unendingly. The aroma is very doughy and yeasty bread with some perfumey character and soft fruit - like undercooked banana bread. The flavor is malty and wheaty with a nice floral and fruity ester profile that complements the sweet malts. At mid-tongue there is a pleasant balancing bitterness that is fairly neutral, slightly spicy. The finish is dry with some grainy pilsner malt notes gaining traction along side the wheaty, estery, floral, and lightly sweet flavors that are throughout. The mouthfeel is crisp in carbonation - though not too sudsy (perhaps a touch less carbonation texture than expected) with a light graininess and a medium-full body. Overall, a very enjoyable wheat beer. It’s no Wiehenstephaner, but it is very German tasting and very drinkable and tasty.
sloth (2529) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 15, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice pour, good head, lasting. Hazy gold in color. Nose was nice enough, estery, phenols, fruity light bananna notes. Light bodied, lightly oily. Typical Hefe flavors, babanna, citrus and yeast, light doughy notes. Sorta pastey finish. Umm yeah, nice Hefe. Just yer typical Hefe albeit a well done American one. Props to SN for the swell attempt. Meh.
eaglefan538 (2911) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 15, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle straight out of the SL coolers, purchased as a sixer, consumed the first bottle on premises. A darned nice pour, great head and lacing, hazy cloudy golden-yellow colored pour. The aroma was bananas, esters, light spicing, well-balanced. The flavor was solid, great balance, perhaps one of the best American Hefe’s out there. I like these to err a tad on the spice side, so that was the only thing that dropped this from the best of its class. A great job by SN!
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Effervescent cloudy orange with a dense thick white head. Nice dryish aroma- mild phenolics- wheaty with mild clove and a touch of dough. Nice creamy yet crisp feel. I like that there’s no an overload of banana. When it warms there’s a soft lemon & vanilla chaacter to it. Has a bready base with some spicy phenolics giving off mild clove notes. A very nice and individualistic Hefe.
vtafro (3779) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 15, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to Rciesla Not a big fan of this hefeweizen. Flavor was dark wheat and slight fruit esters. Will have to try again and pour this into a glass.
haggis03a3 (164) - Piedmont, California, USA - JUL 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy yellow with nice big white head. Aroma grains- wheat, biscuits, banana, cloves. Good body and smooth. Dry and a bit astringent (in a good way) at the finish. Solid hefeweizen.
vyvvy (4130) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 14, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very hazy cloudy yellow / orange with a large white fluffy head. The aroma has rich wheat, clove, bananas (but not too much), creamy vanilla and while all of it is there and represented it is gentle and rounded. Medium smooth body with some semi-sharp carbonation that adds to the flavor instead of being distracting. The flavor has more dryness than the aroma with dried bananas, pepper, clove, grainy wheat, light spicy hops - it is clean and crisp. The finish has a good amount of graininess and a touch of citrus acidity. This is a great hefe & it takes a lot for me to say that.
guzzler67 (1525) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 14, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sierra seems to be doing everything right, style-wise with this hefe: a yeasty, wheaty aroma with hints of lemon and banana; smooth, well rounded taste. Picking up more spices in addition to the flavors suggested by the aroma. Just a little tartness in the lingering aroma. Very nicely executed.