goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUL 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a hazy yellow-gold with a medium sized off-white head and good lasting time. Malty aroma with some banana and yeasty notes. Light citrusy lemon as well. Wheaty lemon flavor with some clove spice in the middle and finish. Heavier than I thought it would be but I drank the whole six pack anyway.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Surprisingly true to the style. Bright & hazy gold pour. Fluffy off white head and drippy lace. Spicy sweet aroma. Citrus, yeast and light gum. Dry finish. Clean and refreshing
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - JUL 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy apricot pour with modest white head. Aroma is citrus, nectar and light sugary fruit with banana-clove and apricot. Flavor is wheat malt with some spicy notes and a strong sugary backbone of apricot and banana. Citrus comes through near the finish but doesn’t act to overpower- just provides a nice balancing element. Palate is superb for the style, with a clean dry finihsh. A great example of the style- very well done.
LilBeerDoctor (3539) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy light orange with a small, foamy white head. Aroma of clove, banana, wheat. Typical hefe but not overly spiced. Light and a touch fruity. Flavor is sweet initially, light and fruity, with a tangy spiciness and citrus. Top notch hefe indeed.
cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great golden pour with fluffy white head. Nice clove and banana to smell, some green apples as well. A metallic woody tinge is there. The body is smooth and buttery nice mouthfeel here and easy to drink. The flavor is mouth coating and layered. A nice flavor profile here with obvious spiced fruit notes but also some quiet toasted bits and pieces, light sugar, vanilla and oak. Very tasty.
Narnad (1504) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beer pours out of the bottle a golden/orange with a very tall, frothy, white head that leaves a ton of lacing on the side of the glass. Aroma is a strong wheat note, a light clove spiciness with some light banana esters and finishes with a strong yeasty note. Flavor has a clove bit at first that quickly fades into a cinnamon spiciness, middle has a heavy yeastiness with a banana fruitiness following it up and melding with the residual spice flavors until the end. Mouth feel is almost spot on, only a tad bit light on the yeast. Overall, as with all of Sierra’s offerings, a very good example of the style.
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Best Hefeweizen I’ve had in quite some time. Sierra Nevada nailed this one. Light malty aroma with a big banana and clove scent followed by oranges and strong yeast. Cloudy, vibrant orange-yellow body with a lasting 1" bright white head as well as some thick lacing. Refreshing, light and crisp. Also mildly tart and sweet. Snappy wheat flavor as well as plain biscuits. Fruity oranges, banana and lemon peel. Spicy cloves and earthy yeast. Great one, a near perfect summer beer.
drewbeerme (3902) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. pours hazy orange with white head. nose has banana, bready, orange and a yeastiness that adds cinnamon and clove. flavors of banana, clove, bready, yeasty. refreshing hefe.
Ernest (6749) - 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 (8619) - 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.