ben4321 (4253) - 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 (3412) - 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 (Binnyís 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 (166) - 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 Iíve had. Pours hazy straw color with white head. Aroma is yeasty and banana. Taste is banana, bubble gum, yeast. Really well done by SN.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2009
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Butters. Hazy golden orange color with a thick frothy white foam. Aroma is big spiciness, yeasty, dry malt, some banana and bubblegum. Taste is much nicer, clearer banana, citrus, bubblegum, balancing yeasty clove spicing.
marcus (6849) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 6, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a cloudy straw-colored beer with a moderate white head and a banana aroma. This is a very refreshing wheat beer that is slightly carbonated and slightly sour, with a flavor of peach, cloves and banana.
JCastner (112) - New York, USA - JUL 6, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I wasnít impressed with this one. Pours standard color with fluffy white head. Aroma of cloves and banana. Taste is first of hops, followed by a smooth finish. Seems to lack the bite and complexity of other Hefes. Maybe, Iím just not thrilled with the American style.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 6, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 Bottle - Pours a hazy dk straw color with a large frothy white head...aroma is lightly belgian, with spice and cirtus...flavour is creamy in the mouth, banana, pear, lemon, clove and a ton of yeast and only slightly tart on the back end...this was such an incredible surprise, absolutely enjoyable from first sip...easily the best summer drinker Iíve found this year, and would be enjoyable the 3 non-freezing seasons of the year...damn good stuff...
grandet (501) - Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from jessup plaza. Poured a cloudy orange color with a nice white head. Aroma of clove, banana, lemon and wheat. Taste is light and refreshing with lots of banana and clove. Very good.
malrubius (1897) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JUL 5, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle in weizen glass. Cloudy pale orange with nice dense lasting head. Nice banana clove bubblegum aroma. Very sweet vanilla peach with tangy lemony wheaty body and mild bitter bite in finish. Somewhat cloying. A little fuller and heavier than necessary, but one of the better American Bavarian-style wheats, and a helluva lot better than the old Sierra Wheat.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 5, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a bright, cloudy yellow orange with a big creamy white head that shows very good retention and solid lacing.
The aroma is wonderful and everything youíd want and expect from a hefe. Thereís the bubble gum and banana sweetness mixing with some lemony hops and, as it warms, a clean peppery spice aroma.
The taste has an initial lemon zest pop before the sweet malted wheat takes over, with the bananas coming in strong. The finish is slightly bready and with a bit of peppery spices that tingle the palate.
The mouthfeel is very active with lots of carbonation. It seems to have a light mouthfeel but still completely fills the mouth, which is definitely saying something.
This is a fantastic hefe from Sierra Nevada and a great craft beer introduction for most people out there. I drank this one with some non-BA friends and they absolutely loved it. Kudos to SN for putting a beer out there that will undoubtedly please the masses and, I think, impress the beer geeks out there as well (me included).