Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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3.7/5 rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pale lemon color. Definitely unfiltered, but not as cloudy as many representations of the hefeweizen style.
Smell: Pale wheat malt, mild citrus, slight banana.
Taste: Wheat malt up front, but not a lot of yeast flavor. Banana is in the background, but not nearly as strong as in many German hefeweizens. Citrus, especially lemon, really comes through on the finish, leaving a somewhat odd aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Relatively creamy and smooth, but not as rich of a body as I'd have liked to find.
Drinkability: I can see this being quite refreshing on a hot summer afternoon.
Notes: As a fan of hefeweizens, I had been looking forward to trying Sierra Nevada's interpretation of this unfiltered wheat style, and I must admit I'm a little disappointed. It's certainly a decent wheat beer, but doesn't hold up to German hefeweizens, or to the best American takes on the style (New Glarus Dancing Man and Crack'd Wheat, I'm looking at you). However, that is very stiff competition. If I hadn't had so many geat hefeweizens before, I think I'd appreciate Kellerweis a lot more.
Part of my complaint is the lemon flavor I get from this beer, a characteristic I'm learning I don't care for in beer. I know that gives me a biased opinion, but the lemon just really turns me off. Still, it seems like I'm missing something here; i'll have to revisit this when the weather warms. For now, I'd must rather reach for a different example of Sierra Nevada's fine year-round lineup, such as their porter or pale ale.
Serving type: bottle
02-06-2010 01:30:17 | More by Josievan
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