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Sunny Haze - Mother Earth Brewing

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Reviews: 31
Hads: 88
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 9
Gots: 5 | 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:
Beer added by: dgfair on 06-25-2011

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Reviews: 31 | Hads: 88
Photo of stakem
2.88/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I picked this up at the brewery sometime ago and have kept it in my fridge the entire time. 12oz can poured into a tulip, the brew appears polished clear pale yellow with a billowy white head.

The smell has a hint of corn sweetness, fruity pear/apple and sulfur. Somewhat grassy herbs across the back.

The taste as a sweetness like corn and sulfur leading the way with a hint of clove faintly in the aftertaste.

This is medium to light bodied and moderately carbonated. It has some hints of hefe character but not really on point. Perhaps I held on to this can too long.

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Photo of beertunes
2.92/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to WoodyChandler for this one. Poured into 16oz nonic. Poured the typical cloudy yellow color expected of the style, with less than 1/4 inch of white head that had very low retention and no lacing. With this style, I expect lots of big, fluffy white head.

The aroma was on the mild, almost bland, side of typical. Some very light yeast, but nice earthy wheat. None of the expected (and loved) banana and clove. On the tongue, the story was blandly similar. The nice wheat taste was left to carry the flavor on its own, with no support from the yeast.

The body was very thin, even for a style isn't isn't generally thick. Drinkability was good, my 12ozer was gone quickly, and I probably would have had another, if I had had another. Overall, this was a kind bland and meh example of the style. Perhaps if it were called a Pale Wheat, the number scores would have been higher. I enjoyed this brew after a 3-1/2 hour bike ride and it hit the spot nicely. I just thought it was kind of weak for a Hefe. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of SteveMi
3.02/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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Photo of Paincane
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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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Photo of JLSIV
3.11/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured a fairly clear straw color almost with a reddish shade to it, minimal head, little to no lacing, and the carbonation seems lacking. The lack of a head kind of kills the experience for me with this type

The classic aroma was lacking, I smelled mostly fruit, not much in the clove or spiciness that I look for in this type

Taste followed the scent, although I did get some faint banana, still not much clove or spice

Mouthfeel was refreshing enough, but not the same chew that I feel with classic brews from this style

Overall, glad I tried it, but I don't think I will go this one again…too many others. In fairness, the bar served this off tap in the wrong style glass, but I have had other heffes out of a dixie cup and liked them, so I am not a glass snob, just indicating to others that perhaps this was an off batch or something was wrong with the tap. Even so, the flavor was lacking to me.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On this, New CANned Beer Sunday, my latest thanks and gratitude go out to eli323232 for this and Second Wind, the latter of which I may not get to today. Let The CANQuest CANtinue unabated!

From the CAN: "Handcrafted in Eastern N.C."; "German Style Hefeweizen Ale"; "Peace, Love & Beer".

I had a good Crack and employed an inverted Glug as a result, ending up with a fizzy finger of bone-white head with modest retention. Color was a hazy lemon-yellow. Nose was faint, kind of lemony-citrus, but really hard to tell. At least it was not a big banana bomb. Mouthfeel was kind of thin and watery and although it was not as big as I would prefer, it was clove ester-forward! Be still my heart! I was not head over heels in love, but I'd come back for seconds over some Hefe dogs that I have been CANfronted with in the past. Finish was dry and slightly spicy, but there was room for improvement. I am really CANflicted on this one as it had my favorite flavor profile for the style, however, it was not as intense as I would have hoped for. How to score this one ...?

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Photo of KajII
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Weizen glass]

The pour was a hazy medium yellow with an average sized (1-2 finger) white frothy head that diminished quickly, down to a very thin layer and a small collar of residue producing some fair streaky lacing.

The aroma was of a straw malt and a sweaty yeasty with notes of banana, citrus (lemon and maybe a little orange) and a hint of clove.

The taste was mildly sweet with a strong wheat presence from the beginning and then progressed with a big note of citrus and a mild hint of spice at the end. The flavor lasted only a short time and was refreshingly citrusy.

Mouthfeel was light in body with a mild creamy watery texture and had a good strong carbonation.

Overall this brew is a very light Hefeweizen that has a nice low ABV. I found it to be a very refreshing brew, which would be great for those days hanging out on the boat on a hot summer’s day...

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Photo of n2185
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a pale, hazy yellow with 2 fingers of white head that recedes into a thin ring with little lacing

S: light spices and crystal malt up front with a biscuity yeast aroma on the finish.

T: similar to the aroma, light spices and pilsner like malts up front. Biscuit and yeast flavors finish the beer.

M: light body with medium carbonation, this beer is fairly crisp and light.

O: a decent hefeweizen, it could use a bit more depth. Still, it's far from bad.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy straw color with an uncharacteristically rapidly dissipating head.

Mild banana-clove aroma and flavor with some citrusy notes to boot.

Medium body, slight sourness on the finish.

Not sure how old this one was because while the bottles have bottled-on dates, the cans have a code I don't know and couldn't remember even if I was told, because there are various codes out there already, and it's just too much to ask a consumer to memorize them all, which I know isn't the point because these codes are used with a view of keeping consumers in the dark anyway, and congrats - it works, but the backfire is that now I don't really know if this is a lower quality product or just out of code, so I'm probably inclined not to try it again - way to go.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque pale gold producing almost 2 fingers of off-white, shortlived head that leaves only a few motes of lacing. Aroma is wheat, dough, white or muscadine grape & citrus with hints of banana, floral hops & faint coriander. Taste is wheat, pie dough & as in the nose something muscadine grape like with hints of banana, clove (less than expected) & candy apple which become more prominent in the finish. Very faint hints of coriander & floral hops also in the finish but hardly enough to mention. Especially fruity from mid-sip into aftertaste. The aftertaste is a thin mirror image of the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, crisp, becoming somewhat dry & lightly prickly late in the sip.

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Photo of JimKal
3.57/5  rDev -4%
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 mild 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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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the creator of the can quest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of wheat, some banana. Taste is the same, wheat with mild banana, a little mild for this style. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing warm weather beer.

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Photo of wedge
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky pale yellow hue with a compact, creamy white head that holds briefly before settling to a slight ring. Big wheat malt and weizen yeast aromas...clove, bubblegum, pear, and dried banana. Phenolic clove and spicy yeast flavors over a bit of banana sweetness and a faint lemon citrus note. Snappy wheat and some creaminess. Light bodied and a little lifeless in the mouth carbonation-wise, but crisp. Not bad - if I see this on tap over the summer I'll grab one to see if a super-fresh sample is any different (there's no date stamp, so I'm not sure how old this is).

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Photo of axeman9182
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, an extra from lanamj. This one was poured into my Dogfish Head signature glass.

Sunny haze bounces around between tangerine and lemon yellow in color, depending on how well llit it is. There's not even a finger of head on the beer though, and it disappears almost immediately. The nose is fairly good, with lots of different aromas swirling about. Notes of banana, clove, sulfer, and doughy bread are all present, with none really standing out above the others. Hefeweizen is one style where I feel like it's hard to find many domestic versions that can hang with the best authentic German brews, but this one does a solid job. There's a citrusy flavor that tempers the banana-clove esters and phenols (which themselves are tilted a bit more towards the clove end of the spectrum). The doughy sweetness present is still a bit high for my tastes, but it's a bit more restrained than I find in many US brewed versions of the style. The mouthfeel is just a bit lackluster. Carbonation is a bit on the dull side, and the result is that the beer feels a little too slick. I don't see any kind of date on the can, but the slight sulfer aroma makes me think this can of Sunny Haze might have been a little bit young. Still, it's a promising hefe from an American brewery.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Glad to see of one NC's best breweries start canning. Pours a hazy golden color with a nice eggshell head that retains well enough. The aroma is heavy on citrus and wheat with some banana and clove notes that are fairly prominent as well, along with a hint of alcohol and yeasty spice note. The flavor is similar, this is a classic hefe all the way with lemon zest and banana notes upfront, along with some clove spiciness, cane sugar, wheat bread and fruity esters and just a touch of alcohol. The mouthfeel is light and sprightly. Pretty solid rendition of a hefeweizen, perfect for warmer weather and extremely drinkable.

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Photo of dgfair
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into Samuel Adams perfect pint glass.

Pours a hazy, cloudy lemon yellow color with less head than I would expect from a hefeweizen. No lacing and no retention to note on the head, but the body looks nice if a little light. Smells slightly of fresh bread dough with some notes of clove and banana. Not really any fresh lemony citrus or other spice here. Smell isn't complex, but pleasing nonetheless. Taste has quite a bit going on. Immediate hit of lemon zest followed by a little bit of spicy clove and then a very clean bready flavor. Slight banana undertones. Flavor is incredibly balanced and goes down very nicely. Mouth is lightly carbonated making this one very easy to drink. Another solid offering for Mother Earth in their new cans.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jason for this can. Hefe in a can? Yes please.

A: Pours a very light hazy yellow color, reminds me of a berlinner actually. Small white head formed upon pouring, but is gone rather quickly, leaving behind a very faint ring around the edge. Not much lacing.

S: Lightly spiced with some cloves, some banana, and some pale wheat. There is a bit of doughy bread as well.

T: Similar to the aroma, lots of cloves and some banana, with a bit of citrus. Not overly complex, but well done.

M: Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Drinks smooth and easy.

O: A solid hefe, plus the can portability gives it a bump in my book. Gets the job done, would be great in the summer on a hot day at the beach or hanging out at a BBQ or something.

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Photo of kkipple
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of tmm313
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of tempest
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six-pack at Harris Teeter in Corolla NC. Poured a hazy amber with almost no head. The yeasty, spicy dough aroma reminds me of Sierra Nevada's Kellerweis. The fruit character is very low—just a hint of sweet orange—this is more of an earthy phenol hefe, and that's a fine thing. The carbonation is a touch low, but overall this is a tasty example of the style. The can, of course, also makes it extra welcome at summer outdoor events.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong aroma is wheaty and yeasty with a firm undertone of pear. It pours a somewhat hazy solar yellow with a decent, if not too persistent, fluffy white head. Mouth-filling flavor has firm wheat, yeast and pear tones and just a hint of mandarin orange - or is that tangerine? Firm-bodied texture has plenty of fizz and leaves a tingly, wheaty, fruity finish. If you could can sunshine, it would probably taste a lot like this beer.

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Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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

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Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - cloudy, hazy golden yellow; big cap of dense, fizzy, white head; decent retention

S - banana, yeast, straw, faint clove

T - banana, wheat, pear, very faint clove

S - crisp, light to medium bodied, smooth

This is a well balanced, flavorful, smooth, easy drinking hefeweizen. The flavor is on the lighter side but it has all the key elements that make a solid german style wheat beer. It's worth checking out.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce pint - $6.50 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a pale golden body, quite hazed, with a smallish, white, though never-ending head. After knocking out a few handwritten notes, then, firing up the laptop and connecting to the pesky WiFi here, it is still there, the head. After a round of asinine texts from my ex-fiancee, it's still there, still going strong (presumably all day long).

Smell: No-doubt-about-it malted wheat, with supporting, expected notes of bananas, cloves, and lemon chiffon pie filling.

Taste: Staunchly wheaty, with a big kick of twangy wheat and sweetness akin to whipped cream sweetened with powdered sugar. Banana puree cut with whole milk and spiced lightly with a bit of ground clove. Touch of lemon akin to a taste of Lemonheads before you hit the sour core. Light hop character, lightly bitter. The cream and 10x powdered sugar come back before the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Creamyish mouthfeel throughout.

Overall: Seriously, like a hour later, the head has not diminished in size. Large on the wheat character, but a very promising hefe.

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Sunny Haze from Mother Earth Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.