Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Groomsy:
3.68/5 rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
12 oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass. Dating code on the bottle indicates that this was bottled in late February of this year. Followed the instructions on the bottle for best results. First ever hefeweizen.
Appearance: The body, full of haze and suspended yeast, was a radiant golden/orange that was totally opaque. The head, frothy and ivory, was about two and a half fingers worth of consistency and stuck around for a while, leaving spotty lacing down the side of the glass. Dead on for a hefeweizen.
Smell: Wow, this is strange. Firstly, I noticed a very distinct note of ripe bananas and some other light fruit... weird, but cool. Since this is a wheat beer, there's also a hint wheat malt in there with some herbs/spices (clove?) helping to stave off the sweetness of the fruit as well as some slightly acidic/citric notes. There's a note of bubblegum and yeast in the background. This is one of the weirdest beers I've come across, but there's a first time for everything. Smells pretty appetizing, if odd.
Taste: Wowza. Wasn't expecting this. Starts out sweet and tangy on the palate, with the taste of ripe bananas and wheat malt swirling together. Followed by some tart fruit, maybe some citric bitterness in there too; finishes with some slight spices and bitterness accentuated by more tartness. Definitely outside of my comfort zone, but totally refreshing. I can see this as a definite summer beer.
Mouthfeel: The unfiltered feel is definitely smooth and velvety in the mouth, and the beer is medium-bodied with some solid carbonation. Goes down smooth and leaves a lingering taste of everything mentioned in the above paragraph.
Overall: Maybe I'm not as credible as others to speak on this style of beer since it's my first, but this is refreshing if nothing else. I never thought I would taste bananas in a beer, but hey, there's a first time for everything. Go after this if you can find it. It's worth a try. Highly complex, but not totally sessionable. This seems more like a beer that I would have with food than on its own. As good as I thought it was, I can't say with conviction that I would go after another six pack.
Serving type: bottle
04-23-2011 03:06:01 | More by Groomsy
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3.74/5 rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured into a shaker pint glass.
Look: Murky burnt yellow color, orangish tint. An eggshell colored head recedes to a white film, light spots of watery lacing.
Aroma: Fruity bouquet dominated with banana notes and wheat.
Taste: A really solid wheat and grain backbone dressed up in sweetness and banana peels.
Mouthfeel: Medium in weight with some carbonation.
Overall: Really sweet and refreshing.
Serving type: bottle
04-15-2014 15:39:27 | More by JuicesFlowing
3.28/5 rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Bottle into weizen glass. Poured as suggested on label.
A - Medium density, 3-finger head reducing to about half-finger. Moderate lacing. Before becoming opaquely hazy it bubbles like champagne.
S - Disappointing/lacking for style. Mainly clove, yeast, and soap. Some hints of banana/banana bread, but not nearly enough compared to other hefes.
T - Even more disappointing. Anything it was trying to accomplish feels restrained and shoved into an ill-fitting envelope. None of the smells make any substantial presence on the palate. Nothing remotely interesting.
M - Smooth, easy drinking, refreshing. However, also unacceptably flat and slightly oily. The degree of carbonation evident on pour has been completely lost, which is a shame since it needs carbonation (or something, at minimum) to make up for the lack of bitterness.
O - Perhaps my tastes have been ruined by DIPAs; perhaps pale wheat ales have ruined hefes for me. Whatever the case, a disappointing brew. No hallmarks of the hefe style are expressed as extreme as I've come to expect Sierra Nevada to generally do with a given style/beer. This isn't a necessarily a bad brew, though it left much to be desired stylistically.
Serving type: bottle
04-13-2014 09:50:46 | More by username
Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,770 ratings.