Sunny Haze | Mother Earth Brewing

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Sunny HazeSunny Haze

Brewed by:
Mother Earth Brewing
North Carolina, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by dgfair on 06-25-2011

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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 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 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 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 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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