iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 30, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle, no date from the brewery. Clear golden amber with small off-white head, fading to swirling film before long. Aroma of crisp wheat malt and light grassy hops, and a touch of toasted grain. Flavor adds a tinge of fruity yeast, but in more of a generic sense rather than banana. Finishes with bitterness around a 3. Light to moderate carbonation with a light body. Oberon and Gumballhead are still my American wheat beers by far.
beerguy101 (5355) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 17, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at the brewpub on 6/17/2010. This wheat ale pours a light gold color from the tap. Medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is cereal and grain, slightly spicy with some floral hops. A light to medium bodied wheat beer. The malts are cereal and grainy, with a touch of fruitiness. There is a slight hint of the banana and clove here as well. The hops are spicy and floral. Crisp and clean. Nice carbonation. A touch of fruitiness, but mostly grain with a nice slightly dry finish. A nice summer beer. There is enough flavor here to keep it interesting. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAY 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at the brewery. Clear gold in color with a lasting creamy white head of ample size. The aroma is subtle but has a nice floral hoppy charactrer that mixes with fresh cracked wheat and malt, almost like fresh bitter wort. The flavor has a lot of wheat character but is generally clean from the filtration. There is just enough of a bready malt balance to keep the wheat in check as well. Dry and crisp with a tangy hop flavor and light bitterness that reminds me of apricot pit. Light bodied and snappy, but with soft carbonation that is ample but not agressive. A really well balanced and refreshing quaffer that was great to have while sitting on the brewery patio on a warm chico afternoon. A great beer to enjoy in peak condition, as I can see this getting flabby with some wear on it.
Nickls (2336) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - APR 27, 2010
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Old BA rate - tap BTAH)
Clean light gold, with little head or even retention. No haziness or rising carbonation. Aroma has faint wheatiness; really have to try to tease out that it’s a wheat based beer. Not very complex, and not very representative of the style. Lacks tartness and other characteristics (such as yeastiness) that are often associated with the style. Light viscous body, with a little touch of carbonation. It’s nice and light, but really doesn’t deliver on the taste front. Overall, I was confused as to what SN was trying to do with this brew. I wouldn’t bash this brew, but would not go out of my way to recommend.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 4, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft @ Sierra Tap House. Pours a clear, bright and bold yellow color; fluffy white head with good retention and sticky fine-bubbled lacing; a nice pour aside from the lightness. Decently present aroma of sugar, honey, and citrus bitterness; nicely toasty and dry. Nicely crisp, medium mouthfeel: toastiness, basic sugar and a touch of honey; minimal weizen character; just a basic, crisp, drinkable beer with solid mineral hoppiness; and honey. Lasting mineral bitterness in the finish; nicely dry.
bhensonb (13848) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 19, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the California Brewers Festival. Gold with a white, lacing head. Medium body, strong carbonation. Flavor is biscuit and noble hop, with just a mild touch of banana ester. Tastey.
JoeMcPhee (9268) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at RNH. Clear pale golden beer. Thin white head. The aroma is lightly wheaty. There is a bit of light lemon and a touch of earthy spicy hops. Nice enough for the summer although it’s pretty damn light. Refreshing though.
baraciisch (2800) - California, USA - JUN 24, 2009
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light yellow in color... Aroma of wheat malts... Flavor is of wheat, banana, with a crisp finish that leaves a nice wheat taste on the palate, much better than the summerfest and more complex.... Great beer, too bad it isn’t more commercially available instead of blue moon or shock top and other trash wheats like them...
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 14, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2009 On tap at RNH (NYC): Pale blonde pour, thin head. More of a feminine-style beer due to its tangy taste and light feel. Dangerously drinkable. #012 on 14062009, DG.
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at RNH, thanks Hacker. Pours a hazy orange body with an off white head. Light spices, wheat, hints of citrus and some light floral fruit character. Nice and session able.