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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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91
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Reviews: 1,321
Hads: 3,775
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 247
Gots: 555 | FT: 0
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 03-12-2009

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Photo of dismal
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy burnt yellow color with a big white head. The head seems to have nice retention though it did go down some. Eventually fades to almost nothing but a small thin head at the top. Leaves little to no lacing as it's finished. The smell is yeast, fruit, a little bit of spice. I can pick up on some of the banana. Not completely complex but there is a good amount going on. The taste is right on with the smell. Yeast, and spices. I get more of the banana in the taste especially in the aftertaste. There is a hint of sweetness and overall it's refreshing and taste great. The mouthfeel is pretty average but what I'd expect. Overall this one is really good. A really low ABV and very refreshing. I'll definitely pick up some more of this. (752 characters)

Photo of shand
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a wheat beer glass.

This brew pours a hazy yellow color with three fingers of quickly receding head. Lacing is very dense. Aroma is full of wheat, banana, citrus, and spices. Plenty of clove (the enemy returns!) The taste is solid for a hefe, it's got some nice spices and wheat going down, then turns crisper with some of the citrus as well as light malts shining through. The mouthfeel is nice, it's crisp and juicy, and the drinkability is fairly good. Overall, a good Hefeweizen, but the style's still not a favourite of mine. (563 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy pale straw in color. The nose is typically funky. The wheat really comes out in the flavor profile. There is also a nice hint of lemon on the finish. (156 characters)

Photo of hobbitking54
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a. is for amazing, somewhat of a cloudy look to it, lots of bubbles and the head was perfect. no lacing at all, but in my eyes that's just fine because of everything else it had to offer.

s. is for sexy, it had a very enticing smell of oranges. made me want to drink it quite hurriedly.

t. is for that's damn good. just as the smell leads you to believe, it tastes like oranges.

m. is for made up textures, almost overcarbonated but not quite. i don't know what that means but it seems right. also, it's not just almost overcarbonated water, there's texture to it, like an orange juice film leftover.

d. is for drink this beer. i would recommend this beer to anyone and everyone. i very much enjoyed it and will drink it again i'm sure. (743 characters)

Photo of shageman331
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured into a mug. Has a nice hazy, opaque golden color with a fluffy two finger head that dissipates to a thin white ring.

Smell - Exactly what you would expect from a hefeweissen: spicy bananas and cloves. The bananas are taking a backseat when compared to the lemony spiciness.

Taste - taste is similar to the smell: banana, cloves, and a little lemon. Again, there is less banana here than in I would have expected.

Mouthfeel - a little thin and carbonated, but, all in all, not that bad.

Drinkability - This is an very good session beer. Not on the same level as the Weihenstephaner, but the best American hefe I have had. (644 characters)

Photo of ToddT
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy golden yellow with a huge off white head. Pour slowly and carefully. Head last forever but leaves little lace on the glass.

S- Subdued banana, clove and spice. True to the style but not exceptional.

T- Follows the nose. Sweet at first with banana and citrus. There is a nice burst of spice, mostly clove at the middle. Finish is dry and semisweet, slightly bitter final note.

M- On the mark for the style, light in the mouth and well carbonated. Not as smooth or as creamy as most that I've tried though.

D- Easy summer drinker. At 4.8% ABV this is a session beer.

Pretty good example of a Hefe, nothing to put it over the top though. (651 characters)

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a twelve ouce bottle into a weizen glass.

Pours a light honey with impressive cloud. Head is one finger and short lived, not leaving much for stick or lace.

Aroma is of light malt, clove and anise. Light rotten banana aroma and fruity bubble gum with a light aroma of citrus.

Flavor is light malt (wheat), a little thin and very crisp. Middle is sweet wheat and yeast. The yeast is slightly sour with a crackly flavor. The doughiness is subdued and the yeast is a little light, the flavor reminds me of a better wit. Slight citrus flavor comes in and leaves without much ado. There is a slightly antiseptic character to the flavor, like some chemicals made thier way into the mash.

Mouthfeel is smooth and well rounded, with soft carbonation and a medium body. Finishes dry and sweet at the same time.

Pretty good weiss, if a little thin. The thin flavor and body is somewaht acceptable given the light grain bill and low ABV. Would make a decent summer time quencher. (985 characters)

Photo of Hoagie1973
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very cloudy, even milky lemon yellow with a nice one-finger head that retains to the end and leaves some broken sheets of lacing.

Smells sweet, with spicy clove and an earthy yeast presence. A touch of grassiness.

All of the smells are present in the flavor. The thing that's different about this Hefe is that all of the flavors show up in the finish. It starts a touch bland and then everything hits at once.

Mouthfeel is smooth with even, crisp carbonation. Medium body, even slightly fullish for the style.

Not bad at all for a brewery that specializes in a completely different style of beer altogether. Maybe this has been around for a while, but this is the first I've seen it and was surprised that SN would bother with a Hefe. Glad they did though. (760 characters)

Photo of mattsdenney
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. glass into NB globe glass. No expiration date on bottle.

A: Pours hazy, cloudy, light yellow/orange color.

S: Smells like husky wheat, corn, cloves, hint of banana and citrus.

T: Nice taste of wheat, yeast, and clove. Hints of banana come through as well.

M: Feels bubbly, light, leaves a feeling of coating.

D: Overall I think this is a very drinkable sample of the style. It ranks up there with some of the better hef's that I've had. (463 characters)

Photo of porcepic
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this from a 12 fl. oz bottle into a stange glass (my weizen glasses are all still packed from moving).

A: Even not in the traditional weizen glass, this is an attractive beer. It's a cloudy, golden amber, and initially held a 3-finger head. However, this froth dissipates quickly, leaving very little lacing.

S: I am certainly getting the banana, and a good amount of clove. Perhaps a little citrus, bit if so, not much. Wheat-y.

T: A little tart to it, but not much. Perhaps it would have more bite at a cooler temperature. It seems very much along the lines of other Hefeweizens in its wheat and banana flavor. I believe there is certainly a hint of green apple--especially in the aftertaste. Very refreshing.

M: Very smooth, even a bit creamy. The tingle of carbonation stays on your tongue during the ride down, but it is certainly not an overly-carbonated beer.

D: Hefeweizens as a style are not really my "thing," but this is certainly a very drinkable brew--I would love to have this outside on a warm day. Although I prefer the Franziskaner version, I will be consuming this entire six-pack! (1,111 characters)

Photo of vandemonian
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen is a pleasant and inoffensive. It isn't especially interesting or complex, but is a great session beer.

A: Slightly cloudy yellow colour and a 5 mm head that lasts very well. Great looking beer. 4.5

S: Dusty wheat smell with some sourness. 3.5

T: Wheaty tang and some apple candy flavour along with some sourness. Pleasant and inoffensive, but a little boring. 3.5

M: Big and foamy. 4.5

O: 4 (432 characters)

Photo of jiggahertz
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Monster head on a straw yellow, opaque beer. Head dissipates incredibly slowly.

S: Kinda dissapointed by the head, was expecting more. Really just notes of of grass, hay wheat here.

T: Banana goodness up front with some zesty bite (yeast i presume), nice wheaty mid taste and then a crisp finish. There really is a lot going on here, some nuttiness throughout, grassy too.

M: High carbonation, med-full bodied.

O: Decent hefe, was expecting a little more from sierra nevada though. (488 characters)

Photo of casualfan
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having just recently discovered the pleasures of wheat beers, I have been eagerly exploring the style. I have primarily been drinking German wheat beers, but found this beer an interesting twist on the style. Although there are some of the traditional banana and clove flavors typically associated with this style of beer, there is an interesting citrus undertone that I really enjoyed. Overall, an excellent summertime brew! (425 characters)

Photo of GregSVT
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a big white head that fades leaving a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is slightly dissapointing. I get banana and clove aromas but the main smell is a bit of an "off" aroma I can't quite place. This could be old.

T: The taste is pretty good with lots of banana and cloves with a hint of vanilla and other sweet flavors.

M: The feel is creamy and relatively thick for the style. Not too bad.

D: This is a decently drinkable hefe and I would love to try it on tap. Nice flavors and very refreshing. (568 characters)

Photo of BeardedRiker
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm a big lover of Sierra Nevada, especially their Pale Ale which is most likely my most often drank beer, and when I saw this come into the store I was very excited.

It poured for a very nice head being two fingers, white and frothy. It has a sort of lemon-orange color that is cloudy the way through. By the way, I drank this out of a Sierra Nevada glass with that hops etching on the bottom to ensure a good head and bubbliness throughout the drinking process.

The aroma very very yeasty in the offset with citrus being a prominent second. A bit of banana and clove was evident as well.

Taste was very much the same with yeast being dominant and a strong citrus. I believe that I tasted some corn...too(???)! That was weird. I was, however, put off by a sort of vegetable-ish taste that seemed to linger under the toasted yeast. Perhaps I got a bad bottle? It wasn't necessarily a bad taste but I do no think that it fit. Not the best hefeweizen and definitely not Sierra Nevada's best but not bad. (1,007 characters)

Photo of Macca
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a cloudy bright yellow with a solid finger of bright white head.

Bananas and cloves on the nose. A touch of vanilla extract as well.

The flavours are very similar on the nose put for me could are little bit messy. Nice touch of lemon at the back. A little too sweet for me.

Carbonation is a little high for me but I suppose that is a stylistic trait.

I know I'm a long way of the norm with my review but this beer just didn't rock my boat that much. (465 characters)

Photo of Yanknonion
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Not my style, but had to try.
A: Cloudy, good head, lots of carbonation visible
S: Fruity, banana, spicy
T: Lots going on here, banana, spicy, fruity
M: Light body with a tart feel to tip of tongue, but flows smooth
D: For me not being into wheat beers, still quite good, would not send it back (295 characters)

Photo of whiplash3825
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy light-straw color with medium head and ample carbonation. Tons of yeast at the bottom of the bottle... make sure you swirl to get that heavenly stuff into the glass!

Wheaty mustiness in the nose along with banana and cloves. Smells like all good hefes should.

Taste is more wheat along with citrus... the banana and clove in the nose is not very evident in the taste. Slightly bitter aftertaste which is unexpected in a wheat beer.

Creamy well-carbonated mouthfeel, maybe almost a tad too much so.

Drinks pretty easy; definitely not one of the best hefes I've had but not one of the worst either. Easily available at a reasonable price, so gotta give 'em some points for that. (700 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Slightly hazy light golden hue with about a two finger white head. Followed the directions on the bottle when pouring to get some of the yeast in there.

Aroma: Light clove and a bit of banana. Some esters from the yeast. Not all that aromatic but pleasing.

Taste: Pretty much watery wheat in the first half before giving the palate some clove spice and the signature banana flavor that makes this style memorable. The finish is definintely the high point of the flavor and has a nice crispness to it. The cloves linger in the aftertaste. One dimensional but refreshing all the same.

Mouthfeel: Between thin and medium in body with good effervescence. A bit prickly because of the spice but highly drinkable and even sessionable if you like the style.

Final Thoughts: Although Kellerweis won't blow your palate away with flavor, it is still a good beer to enjoy on a hot summer day or as an aperitif. Yet another well done beer by Sierra Nevada. It's a tad pedestrian but definitely still craft. Would I drink it again? Yes, summer has only just begun. (1,067 characters)

Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from Bottle into Weizen glass.

Pours a cloudy golden with some touches of orange around the edges and has a soft, creamy white head that remains a nice layer atop the glass. The aroma is filled with yeast, banana, lemon zest and touches of bread. The flavor is sweet upfront with lemon and is accompanied by some banana and yeast. It has a crisp light to medium body. The aroma on this beer is phenomenal, very bubblegummy and spiced but I'd like just a touch more of that in the flavor. All in all definitely worth it to buy a case of this stuff for some fun weekend activity. (585 characters)

Photo of deereless
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very hazy, dull lemon yellow, thick frothy head - 3.75, S: Extremely citrusy, lots of floral and earthy aromas as well as the strong smell of cloves, significant yeast on the nose as well - 4.25, T: A subtle grainy sweetness, touch of bitterness and tartness, I am also picking up some banana, apple and spice, quite mellow - 3.50, M: Medium bodied to thin - 3.50, D: A solid interpretation of a hefeweizen, very drinkable and one I'd enjoy again - 4.00 (456 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (404 characters)

Photo of bboelens
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass

A-Liquid gold, slight flakes of copper but almost pure gold in appearance a stark white 1 inch head sits atop this fantastic looking beer.

S-It definitely smells like banana with a slight bready smell to accompany.

T-Wheat and Banana take the forefront while the clove and yeast take a nice complimentary finish, creating overall a great tasting beverage.

M-Medium body with good carbonation, nothing special.

D-A very good beer, perhaps a little too heavy on the banana side for me to be able to have more than one at a time though. (581 characters)

Photo of backfat
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ok, i have issues. coriander is my kryptonite. being a beer fan, this is not good. i just don't know what happened. Did i have a bad experience with it? wheat beers used to be my go to brews. when i was younger, a buddy and i decided to polish off 10 capri suns each. not surprisingly, i got sick and couldn't even smell the stuff after that day. i think that's what happened to me and wheat. i got a spoiled dog in heat wheat from a bar that probably had never even sold one of those 'weird beers'. vintage. it practically made me sick and i haven't been back. well that brings me to this beer. i had a friend pick it out for me to try to recruit me back in the weiss world. very refreshing. once i got past the devil seed. i may have to switch up my summer beer from just IPA's. lovely (787 characters)

Photo of rawfish
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark and hazy with a rich wheat coloration, slightly orange and opaque. Forms a huge 3 inch white head when poured via the instructions with poor retention and very spotty lacing on the glass.

Aroma is way light with some nice banana and spicy clove in the nose, textbook but faint. Wasn't as earthy or yeasty as the appearance would indicate, solid with very little discernable malt or grain backing.

Flavor is similar to the nose with spicy clove with a creamy banana taste to follow in the middle of the drink. The finish livens up with a kiss of orange peel and wheat twang to keep things light before drying out with toasted grain and lingering acidity.

Medium body, the darkness of the yeast keeps fooling me into thinking this would be a great deal heavier with moderate carbonation. Creamy feel over the palate.

This style along with Scottish ales were what brought me into craft beer. Sierra Nevada seems to bring their brews along in a textbook way, this beer is spot on with flavor and aroma and get's my approval for being a refreshing wheat beer with a high amount of yeast. Well developed, nothing that's off the beaten path, straight forward and pleasant. (1,186 characters)

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,321 ratings.