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Sunny Haze - Mother Earth Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

72 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 8
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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 +4.2%
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
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3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a Hefe glass. Nice head forms but less than I expect from a Hefe. Slightly cloudy yellow gold. Some but not much lacing.

S: Minimal aroma

T: A classic Hefe taste of bananas and cloves.

M: Light to moderate mouthfeel

O:I doubt I will repeat this one. I think SN Kellerweis is a better option.

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A: Hazy pale golden hued unfiltered body capped by a creamy white head.
S: Nose consists of fruit, banana, clove and bubblegum.
T: Light fruit, citrus, banana & clove favors.
M: Smooth, refreshing and light brew.
O: Good Hefeweizen that is true to style.

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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.

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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.

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Sunny Haze from Mother Earth Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.