Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis HefeweizenSierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen

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Reviews: 1,325
Hads: 3,799
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 20.2%
Wants: 251
Gots: 570 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 03-12-2009

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Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 1,325 | Hads: 3,799
Reviews by JosiahS:
Photo of JosiahS
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

glass: wheat glass

a: sort of a mild tangerine or mango color with a hazy look and a white frothy head.

s: zesty, peppery and with bubblegum light dough.

t: orange rind, lemon rind, banana, pepper corns, clove.

m: light with medium-high carbonation.

o: great. Very sessionable and it has excellent flavor that doesn't induce pallete fatigue.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of UrbanCaveman
1.35/5  rDev -66.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at 40 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw gold, with a thick white head with decent retention.

Smell: Floral and citrus, which is not at all what one wants to smell from a hefeweizen.

Taste: And as the smell indicates, my Wall O Hop sensitivity strikes. This tastes like compost pile runoff, no other flavors perceptible.

Mouthfeel: Light and effervescent.

Overall: This is in keeping with every Sierra Nevada experience I have had, with the exceptions of Narwhal and Tumbler. Please discontinue this. It is emphatically not an actual hefeweizen.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- Golden yellow and hazy. Pours a white, pillowy two to three finger head.

Aroma- Sweet citrus fruits, a little clove spice, and a sweet grainy wheat malt.

Taste- More on the citrusy side for a hefeweizen, with lemon combining very nicely with a banana fruit flavor. Mild clove spice flavor adds some bitterness. Wheat malt adds sweetness to the fruit flavors and dryness in the finish.

Feel- Medium bodied, medium/high carbonation, and very pleasant feel overall with a crisp yet creamy/chewy feel.

Overall- No doubt about it that is a world class hefeweizen. The feel is perfect with a creamy/chewy texture and the flavor combo of citrus/banana is nearly perfect. Maybe a tiny bit more characteristic clove spice would enhance this, but that's subjective and nitpicking. Can't always get some of the great german hefe's fresh, but I have no doubt this stacks up to the best of em. If this gets removed from the SN yearly lineup that will be a damn shame.

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Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not a style I look to find very often but after seeing the reviews I wanted to try it,Iam glad I did.Poured into a weizen glass a hazed golden with a shade of peach,a frothy large head atop settled very slowly into a creamy mass leaving mulitple sheets of lace behind.Aromas of banana and some toasty grain,the clove-spice is not overpowering wich is nice.Nice creamy mouthfeel its full but airy light if you can understand that.Flavors are fruity up front with some lemon pith to go along with the big banana notes,the clove and toasted cereal grain flavors finish up.A great hot weather brew well rounded and flavorful,likely the best of the style I have had I think.

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Photo of Svingjo
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a translucent golden colour with a thin white head that has half decent retention. The nose brings forward citrus notes, banana, bread and spices like clove. The clove comes forward in the taste along with lemon loaf, pale malts and yeast. The mouthfeel is slightly slippery and lingers for a bit. A refreshing drink that would go well with a light patio lunch.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass.

APPEARANCE: pours a very densely, clouded, golden color with one finger off-white head that dissipated until a thin broken layer of bubbles remained, there was very little lacing on the glass, lighter carbonation (I think?) as could not really see the bubbles through the dense haze, beautiful.

SMELL: sweet, flowery, citrus, banana bread and some spice, there is a lot going on with the nose on this one, in a word complex.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet and citrus, then some banana bread and spice, a mild hop profile as you would expect for this style, wonderful.

PALATE: lighter carbonation, the notes on bottle state "velvety texture", I'll go along with that, it has it's own mouth feel for sure.

OVERALL: this beer will be hard to top, this is my favorite Hefeweizen hands down, another great beer from Sierra Nevada, the ABV 4.8% allows me to enjoy more than one, if you enjoy the style this has to be a favorite. I'll be having this again for sure.

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Photo of mmesce2
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a great hefeweizen. Very balanced flavors between the cloves, banana notes, and citrus. IF you are looking for big malt or hops flavors, then look elsewhere, this is spices and finsihing flavors through and through. I'm very glad I gave this beer a try.

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Photo of SmashAdams
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a big fan of wheat beers but this one is pretty good. No overpowering yeast or spice, both were noticeable but subtle. Smooth and drinkable. Good summer beer. yb

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Photo of mojohawk21
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of RoyalT
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This is a rich and cloudy yellowish-orange in color with a modest head.

Smell - The big banana and sweetish yeast come pretty darn close to pulling off a traditional nose. There's a light orange tinge that seems to blend in with the flavors and provides a nice, fruity, summertime atmosphere to this beer.

Taste - The banana is subdued at the taste but still there and the orange flavors take one step forward. I'm usually not a big fan of orange in my HW but this isn't bad. It's not like an orange juice drink but more like an orange rind. The yeast does a great job of keeping up with the other flavors and really is the deciding factor in producing a tasty all around profile.

Mouthfeel - This just does make the grade with a light body helped along by tingly carbonation. There is a complete absence of bitterness to this HW, and I say that only because the SN Wheat Beer crapola that was such a disappointment had among other things a horrendously inappropriate leafy bitterness at the finish. So, kudos for learning from your mistakes.

Drinkability - I can count on one hand the number of successful American efforts at the style and include this one from SN in that group. Other than a few hard to find examples, if we're talking general availability, Brooklyn Brewing makes the only hefe weizen that compares favorable to this. If you've ever had Rio Salado's Hurricane Hefe that and this SN are strikingly similar. Overall a tremendous product from SN that really showcases the depth of the brewmasters there.

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Photo of beerhunter13
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Fear4Beer
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Probably the best American Hefe you can buy. I think it is quite tasty but I'm not a big fan of the sour like taste to it. I'm just a Hefe brat, I've had the best in the world, so I do perfer other hefes like Ayinger Bräu Weisse or Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier. I would drink this but if I could choose other Hefe's first I'd choose them.

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Photo of Ezymuny23
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of tectactoe
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dense yellow color in which you can't see through at all. Somewhat volatile beer when poured, but the thin, white head disappeared nearly seconds after the pour. Nose is full of wheat, yeast, bread, and clove with a tiny hint of banana and maybe even mint. Beer has a great wheat taste full of clove, biscuits, banana, and bubble gum. As the beer warmed up, some grassy notes ended up coming through along with esters and a sharp, tart flavor, but the fruitiness never died down and the clove remained the strongest flavor of them all. Quite a bit of carbonation, but it works well with this beer and gives it a crisp flavor that accompanies the flavor profile nicely. Medium-thin body with a bit of stickiness and a pretty dry finish.

Another great beer from Sierra Nevada. This one is up there with some of the best German hefeweizens. At the relatively low price and low ABV, this is one of my favorite session beers.

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Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of npala86
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Tiernan
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MikeSJbeers
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen, 4.8% alcohol poured into Weizen glass.

A- Pours a highly hazed golden colored fluid with a medium head that falls to a froth and ring around the glass. Decent lacing forms a distorted ring but sticks. In the light it looks as if the beer is sunny but has a heavy fog all around.

S- Smells of fresh cut bananas strait off the vine with hints of musty yeast and vanilla cream.

T-M- Taste is creamy with a banana milkshake coming to mind. Light all spice flavors hide behind the banana but are there with light clove. Easy to drink with a meduim carbonation and creamy feel makes this beer a winner in my book.

Great beer for session drinking.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of SteadySippin
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to chilled glass.

Appearance - Pours into the glass nicely, swirled the last 1/3 of the bottled and poured it in. Has a thin white head about a finger. Settles to a very thin head. The color of the beer is beautiful. Has a foggy light gold tangerine color to it. Looks tasty and refreshing. Almost zero lacing.

Smell - I get hints of clove and wheat bread, and a little bit of banana. I noticed that the aromas got a little bit stronger half way through the glass.

Taste- This hef has a slight orange and lemon flavor up front which is finished by some clove and wheat. The beers flavor is layered quite nicely. Flavors linger on the palate for some time. Very crisp and clean. This beer really hits the money right when you swallow a gulp. The flavors really pop out as soon as it goes down the throat.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation tickles your tongue and the beer feels smooth in the mouth. It feels lighter than it looks.

Overall - First off, hefeweizens aren't my first choice when I drink a beer, but I don't mind them. I expected a lot from this beer after reading some of the other reviews, and I can say that it has lived up to the expectations. Quite an easy beer to drink and the flavors really shine. I have no problem going back to this one in the future.

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Photo of GameOfBeers
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of woodchipper
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SanFranJake
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Andnkuhn
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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