BREWMUSKCLES (2204) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
just a nice representation of the style. full bodied and creamy with banana and touch of clove it is oversweet and demonstrative as it is very good. wonderful brew featuring what hopefully is American wheat and a quality yeast. great beer. what else from this GREAT American brewer! i would like to add that i fully appreciate the lack of that turpentine type flavor that i get from so many brews of this style.
CheersMate (1305) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - JUN 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
6-pack 12 oz. at Greens Buford Highway. This beer looks awesome! It has a nice haze orange appearance. Very nice fluffy head sitting on top. It looks great. Poured very well. Pleasant aroma of banana/yeast/citrus/spice/clove. Very nice aromatic and very nuanced (aroma) beer. Great aroma! Wow a very nice taste. Banana with some yeast. Some spice and clove come out as well. I wish the beer had a better mouthfeel. The mouthfeel isn’t bad, but it would be a 4 if it were a little better. Creamy at first but then drops off the chart as less creamy. Still that flavor is great. The banana/yeast/clove/and spice that you smelled are all in the flavor. This is a damn good hefeweizen, especially from an American company. Very good. Cheers.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUN 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Picked up a sixer the first day that it hit the shelves here in SB. I knew that the people at SN would delver if they put their heads into crafting an authentic hefeweizen, and I was not wrong. Pours a hazy gold with a big white head. The arome has a good mix of fruity esters and spice that is exactly what you expect. Ripe banana and clove are in balance to the max. The flavor has wheat and all the yeast character you would expect. Medium-light bodied with smooth texture. Nothing new in the genre, which is pretty narrow in the traditional sense, but just well balanced and quite tasty. Just as good as the better german examples, and fresher here. Definitely my new go-to hef this summer. You don’t tire of drinking it, even after a few bottles.
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - JUN 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazed orange with a thick foamy white head that leaves great lace. Aroma is banana, clove, wheat, and bubblegum and I could smell the beer clearly the moment I opened the bottle. Very thick and creamy body and a great wheat taste. Quite the easy drinking beer and rivals the traditional German brews.
ChainGangGuy (4351) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 18, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2009 12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
"To serve, pour two-thirds into a glass, swirl and pour the rest." You’re the boss, bottle!
Appearance: Rather well hazed, dull, dark yellow body with a voluminous, lasting, whitish head. Fair amount of gooey lace left on the way down.
Smell: Ah, the unmistakable aroma of wheat malt, replete with some sweet-scented, tangy qualities but also a scent of gently kneaded whole wheat bread dough. Pungent notes of semi-ripe banana and spice with a lesser hint of chewing gum and squeezed lemon.
Taste: Sweetish, tangy malted wheat with a distinct taste of grainy, mealy bread dough. Add in a few freshly-sliced lemon wedges and some dried banana chips. Good dash of earthy ground cloves. Spicy-minded hops with a low, subtle bitterness imparted. Very thin vein of tartness in the last third of the sip. Finishes dry, spicy, with little "goodbyes" from the wheat, lemons, and bananas. Nice.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. Smooth, somewhat fluffed mouthfeel which has nice depth but also a delightful airiness about it.
Drinkability: Remarkably enjoyable and certainly recommended! It was difficult completing the review before I had greedily gulped this one down. Regretfully, I picked only the one lone single, but I’ll be sure to return for a proper six-pack.
BeerBaron617 (358) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle shared with MereLikesBeer. This poured a very cloudy straw yellow with fluffy white head. It had classic wheat beer aroma and flavor, with lots of yeasty notes as well as banana and clove on the flavor profile. Great first wheat beer from Sierra Nevada! Cheers!
MereLikesBeer (195) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a pretty good all around beer. For a wheat beer, it stands true...I tried this with BeerBaron617, and it was a little less than what I feel for a wheat beer, but at the same time, the more I drink it, the better I feel about it. It poured a nice hazy golden straw yellow color with a white head. Aroma was nice and wheaty, with hints of some spice - maybe the clove everyone is talking about. Taste was pretty good. At first, it wasn’t very carbonated, which was odd, but then it sort of started to go that way, which was even more odd. Very strange. Ok, I don’t know what else, but yeah, it’s pretty good.
drseusszb200 (688) - Florida, USA - JUN 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours cloudy amber with a small head that fades quickly. smells of bananas clove and other spices. tastes almost belgian with a heffeweise taste also. pretty decent white.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasting – Wine Source. Hazed gold, creamy white head. Banana clove aromas round with a touch of warming yeast. Subdued spice and banana cream flavors are nicely balanced on a touch of backend breadiness. Light bodied, soft carbonation, lightly spiced finish. A decent rendition that is quite sessionable...
Pailhead (4633) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of banana, bubblegum, wheaty citrus notes, and faint clove. It pours a cloudy orangish-yellow with a half inch white head that diminishes to a ring around the edges of the glass within a minute or so. The flavor starts with light-moderate citrus. The finish has light-moderate banana, light bubblegum, clove, and a hint of smoke. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a soft mouthfeel.