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Sunny Haze - Mother Earth Brewing

Sunny HazeSunny Haze

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BA SCORE
85
very good

61 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.12%


Brewed by:
Mother Earth Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dgfair on 06-25-2011)
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Reviews by kkipple:
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kkipple

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally! Grabbed a six pack of these new cans from the geniuses at Bruisin' Ales this past weekend. A semi-local Hefe in a can - there's something I can get behind! Real quick review as the AC repair person is on the way... yes, it's still hot here in "Famously Hot" Columbia.

A. Can I get away with saying hazy? Ok. Wit-beer like pale yellow, hazy, with a fat no-lace head that is initially promising but falls far too fast. Active carbonation. More head retention would be welcome here.

S. In a word - good. Very German influenced here, lots of spicy clove and banana, with clove and spice at the fore. Pleasing wheaty & doughy notes, sweet and doesn't skimp on the nose. Honeycomb comes to mind - no hops, that's fine.

T. Solid all around, yet just falls short of being great.

What is good: Excellent attenuation, yeasty esters / phenols are in nice balance, it boasts that tasty blend of banana and clove that you all want and the (German?) malt and wheat are present but get out of the way to let the classic flavors through. It's fermented enough that it isn't too sweet, which is a recurring problem with American-made German wheat beers.

What can be fixed: This lacks that creamy, mouthfilling quality found in the best Hefes. It is thin bodied which would be acceptable if the carbonation was where it needed to be. There is also an unusual bitter note that lingers, almost an aspirin bite. My biggest complaint is the lemon-banana finish stays distractingly overlong, long after the other flavors have faded out, and begins to be a little blah, forcing one to take another sip. Fortunately, this beer drinks fine.

M / D. See above. This is close to being excellent.

I really enjoy Mother Earth's beer and Sunny Haze is a fine stab at a tougher style. Is it as good as Weihenstephaner or Ayinger? Well, no, but these kids from Kinston haven't been brewing for a few hundred years, either. Is it the best locally brewed Hefeweizen in the SouthEast? It may well be.

If they tweak this enough, watch out, it could be another Live Oak or Kellerweis - and that would make me very happy indeed.

Serving type: can

07-08-2011 20:33:31 | More by kkipple
More User Reviews:
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tmm313

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nice yellow straw color with 2 finger head. Quickly dissipated into nothing. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: Had to rack my brain for a minute, but its scuppernong! For those of you not from the south, its basically a white muscadine (a species of grape found in the Southern US). When you dig some more, there's typical banana, yeast, and a touch of clove.

Taste: The taste is yeasty, with a good mix of banana, scuppernong, and a little clove. Throw a little biscuit in there too. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Light with crisp carbonation. Slightly drying with a touch of pepper.

Overall: This is pretty good for what it is. It screams for warmer weather and is really refreshing. It seems lighter and a touch fruitier than most Hefes, but it is still a pleasant beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 22:08:19 | More by tmm313
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%

09-23-2013 01:10:23 | More by millerbuffoon
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bcoutu

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

08-29-2013 23:10:29 | More by bcoutu
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a wheat ale glass.

A truly sunny light lemon yellow colored brew, with an opaque looking appearance. Head is bleach white. Foamy. Three fingers off the pour an falls quickly with a sudsy appearance.

Nose has some peanut butter like senses. Dang crazy yeast strain. Spicy lemon and herb from the bouquet comes as well. Different. But enjoyable.

Palate comes with a slightly wet mouthfeel. Flat somewhat tonic and club soda like carbonation, hinting some nice spritzy lemon qualities to match on the palate. Malt chewy qualities seem to be a little weak, but there's a good amount of spicy clove and nutmeg character coming out which makes it quite distinct on the palate.

Overall decent, perhaps not my ideal Hefe, but it will do.

Serving type: can

08-25-2013 02:22:17 | More by smakawhat
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brotherloco

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

07-30-2013 01:48:48 | More by brotherloco
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davemathews68

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

07-25-2013 01:08:11 | More by davemathews68
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5%

07-14-2013 17:50:30 | More by KevinGordon
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Jeeb

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

07-08-2013 17:28:29 | More by Jeeb
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Swift989

District of Columbia

2/5  rDev -47.5%

07-01-2013 05:34:24 | More by Swift989
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kristougher

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

06-30-2013 20:15:06 | More by kristougher
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lupercmda

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5%

06-28-2013 12:50:23 | More by lupercmda
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Zach136

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

06-05-2013 02:23:05 | More by Zach136
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Keith_R

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

06-05-2013 02:23:02 | More by Keith_R
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TheOriginal

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this beverage impressed me. I am a big fan of the style and was surprised to find this great one produced locally, and from a can.

Pours hazy and bright yellow/golden hazy color. Head is not thick and does not leave much lacing although some is present. Smell is strong of sweet "bubblegum" and banana's. Good, strong and pleasant lighter aroma to this beer.

Taste is great, rellay smooth and on the lighter side with light carbonation.

This beer will definitely be one of my regulars now. Highly suggest purchasing or acquiring this beer.

Serving type: can

04-29-2013 19:20:54 | More by TheOriginal
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

04-11-2013 02:43:11 | More by Daniellobo
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blackie

Virginia

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

can from Bottle Revolution, Raleigh

a: agitated in the can, this hefe pours into my mason jar pint a hazy hay-golden in color, an initial push of white head quickly recedes to only a thin ring and surface layer

s: wheat malt structure with a slight fruit-sugar sweetness, yeasty bubblegum, banana, candied citrus, grape, papery noble hops, smells great

m: carbonation moderate-high, composed of small bubbles and lively, body lighter but with a nice heft from the yeast and sugars - not thin

t: wheat malt body with a range of yeasty hefe flavors - bubblegum, tropical fruits, sweet orange, underripe banana - none particularly assertive but combining to a really nice, full flavor, perfectly balanced sweetness, papery noble hop flavors, cleaning up in the finish with a crisp but mild bittering

o: a high quality hefe with lots going on, ideally I like a little more yeast and complexity in mine, but that's nitpicking - the balance here is excellent - and yay for more NC beers in cans

Serving type: can

04-06-2013 23:47:00 | More by blackie
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kell50

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

04-02-2013 02:32:48 | More by kell50
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

03-28-2013 20:38:58 | More by nmann08
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carolinared

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5%

03-03-2013 17:25:18 | More by carolinared
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LambicKing

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

02-01-2013 01:14:44 | More by LambicKing
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SteveMi

North Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a can into a weizen glass.

A - It's a slightly hazy golden straw color with pretty consistant carbonation. A moderate white head which turns into a longer lasting right lacing on the glass.

S - Lemony citrus and clove with a bit of biscuit.

T - A pretty balanced hefe. Some spicy notes pop out a bit more than I'm used to for the style. The lemon citrus and clove are present as well with a bit of a biscuity after taste. I almost think it's a little too balanced. I dont't get any of the banana at all.

M - Very light though the carbonation reminds you of it's presence. High drinkability and probably a very good middle of summer beer.

O - This is not my favorite if the style but still well crafted. One of the things I really like in Hefe's are the banana flavors that can come through and this was lacking them almost entirely.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 00:03:32 | More by SteveMi
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Keyportnick

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

01-19-2013 02:19:58 | More by Keyportnick
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4runner4ever

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

12-02-2012 04:39:56 | More by 4runner4ever
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Dodo2step

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P- Thanks to my buddy Trask for this brew

A- a hazy light golden wheat color. half figner head that leaves a nice lacing on the pint.

S- clove banana and yeast. Very well complemented by each other.

F- peppery banana spice comes off in the mouth. yeast and hefe like.

M- medium bodied hefe that has plenty of flavor and punch.

O- nice brew, good hefe. One of the best i have had,

Serving type: can

11-17-2012 17:45:16 | More by Dodo2step
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Sunny Haze from Mother Earth Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.