Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.53/5 rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a pint style glass. Packaged on date of "9195" on the side, meaning it was bottled on 7/15/09.
A: Light golden yellow hazy color with your typical cloudiness for the style. Pretty good head, and nice lacing as it's being consumed.
S: Nose is full of spicy clove, bananna, vanilla, lemon, a little citrus orange, rounded out with a wheat character from the malt. Reminds of a pleasant flower in nature when taken in as a whole.
T: Semi sweet wheat malt up front that is quickly met with a complex array of flavors that range from clove, bananna orange, lemon, and vanilla. Floral like notes hit the back on the tongue to accompany the slight bitterness from the hops (can you believe "slight" coming from Sierra Nevada) which make for a semi-dry finish. Sweetness of the wheat malt and a touch of bananna & vanilla remains in the aftertaste.
M: I normally just bundle the mouthfeel section with the taste, but the mouthfeel is where this brew really shines. Being a hefeweizen, it is obviously a bit on the lighter side, as it should be for the style. However, SN did a superb job of making giving this a medium bodied feel that is somewhat creamy but yet crisp at the end. In other words, you basically get the best of all worlds with this beer's mouthfeel, as it never weighs you down, but never gets watery either.
D&Notes: What can I say? Here we have a brewery that is almost synonymous with hoppy ales brewing a world-class style of beer that is known for pretty much everything EXCEPT hops. If anybody needed proof that SN is capable of brewing outstanding beers that don't have a lot of hops, look no further. I would stack this up against any Bavarian brewed hefe any time. Since it's brewed fresh here in the U.S. and in a nice dark brown bottle, I never have to really worry about getting one that is skunked and/or old. This is an outstandingly drinkable beer for any occasion, but especially good in the summer. I am normally not a hefe guy (probably somewhat due to the fact that many American "hefeweizens" are nothing more than wheat beers and imports are often stale), but this is truly an excellent beer.
Serving type: bottle
08-21-2009 00:57:32 | More by AustinBeerLvr
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