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Old 07-31-2009, 04:41 PM   #1
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I saw an ad for this in the latest BYO and thought it sounded intriguing. I am not really one for Heffes, wheat beers and/or Belgians, but there are a few I like. I went to the Dutch Goose last night for $1 draft Thursday and they had this on tap. After blowing the keg of Dagger Falls IPA :'( I decided to give this a shot. The bartender said that Boise is a test city for Sierra's new beers (cool).
Anyways... nice bright golden yellow color, unfiltered, white thick head. The aroma was fruity with definite banana and clove, but you could also detect a little hoppiness in the background - very light, but still present. The flavor was fruity, banana, clove, but fairly light on those flavors (not like a full out belgian). It was not super sweet like I expected, but had a nice richness to it. You could tell it wasn't just a plain wheat beer. It had a very nice body and mouthfeel - most likely due to the munich malt in it. You could also taste the balance between grains and hops and yeast. No one thing stood out as an anomaly - it was very even.
I would definitely recommend you guys try this beer. I will for sure be trying to locate a 6'er asap because this is a great summertime beer!

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Old 07-31-2009, 04:56 PM   #2
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I agree, I tried this about a week ago and I really like it. This is coming from a guy who isn't fond of many wheat beers. Very balanced yet flavorful, and very drinkable. It actually has good body for a wheat beer as well.

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Old 07-31-2009, 04:58 PM   #3
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+1. Probably the best American-brewed hefeweizen I've had.

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Old 07-31-2009, 05:04 PM   #4
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I picked up a 6er of this about a month ago and was pleased with it myself. Good balance, and its cool that they are using open fermentation.

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Old 07-31-2009, 05:07 PM   #5
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Yeah, the photo in the ad kind of my me do a double-take when I saw the dude raking those giant fermentation tanks. Wicked cool!

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Maybe I need to try it again.... Had it at the brewery when it first came out, and while it wasn't bad, I definitely preferred their old wheat to the new hefe. Everyone seems to be coming out with these good comments, so maybe I'll have to give it another go.

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I had my first taste of this a few days ago and I really enjoyed it. It was very flavorful, and I prefer it to there other wheat beer. I will be enjoying many of these for what's left of the summer

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Old 07-31-2009, 10:14 PM   #8
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excellent excellent beer.

Like many have said.. its probably the best american brewed hefe.

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I got to sample some a few weeks ago when a SN rep brought some to a homebrew club meeting. I dunno what BYO said about it, but they use open fermenters to make it. He said they sent everybody on a tour of nearly every brewery in Germany that produces Hefeweizen and all the best ones they tried used open fermentation, so they went with it.

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Old 07-31-2009, 11:36 PM   #10
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Delicious!

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