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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis HefeweizenSierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen

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2,771 Ratings

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Ratings: 2771
Reviews: 1190
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 03-12-2009)
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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
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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
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap; poured into a pint glass.
Appearance - completely cloudy, orange, thin white head. Lacing is fairly weak.
Smell - banana, cloves, orange peel and lemon zest. Some citrus and floral hops!
Taste - follows the nose; a bit more citrus. Very flavorful!
Feel - light, but creamy feel. Excellent carbonation!
Overall - a very refreshing and flavorful hefeweizen! Fantastic at this price point!

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 20:52:09 | More by DenverHopHead
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Amazing beer.. I love hefeweizens and this one takes the cake for me.
Beautiful aroma and flavor, banana is the star here.
but the mouthfeel was the best part, silky smooth and velvety. viscous and fulfilling, im won't forget the experience of this wonderful brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 16:08:36 | More by jaialai-untilidie
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4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Germany to the States I go from Weizen to Weizen. Side note: it is reasonably hot outside today in Queensland, Australia: 34 degrees Celsius (or 93 in Fahrenheit). Sierra Nevada are damn fine brewers, I rate them as some of the best in the world, in fact the SNNHHWHA or Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale is number 15 (out of 280) on my all-time best beers reviewed list, high praise indeed. Let's hope the Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen does not disappoint.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Weizen glass.

A: I'm glad I followed the directions on the bottle on how to pour this brew as I was greeted with a fantastically cloudy body that makes it look more like a glass of banana juice than beer (also note I have a re-purposed chopstick which I use to agitate the yeast to its maximum level of yeastiness). The head is non-existent but appears to float oddly somewhere in the yeast cloud. All in all a beer that others may find unattractive however it makes me think "Yum!".

S: The aroma is a very pleasing over-ripe mashed banana with hints of clove and coriander. Quite possibly the most pungent Hefe I've ever laid my nostrils on. The yeast also adds a delightful sweetbread waft in the background... I'm starting to think I may be on to my new favourite Hefeweizen here.

T: Flavour is a bit more restrained than expected, however all is not lost - it has some decent Weizen bite to it. It's a bit different to the aroma though, muted is that over-ripe mashed banana I was looking forward to, cloves and coriander with some pepper come to the fore, along with that classic bread yeast that is oft-associated with the style. Personally I would have preferred a bit more isoamyl acetate and a bit less 4-vinyl guaiacol, or in non-brewer speak: more banana, less spice.

M: Medium bodied thanks to all that yeast, with light carbonation. Missing the creaminess of the better German Weizens.

D: It's good, not Weihenstephaner good, but remember those guys have been at it for nearly one thousand years so don't be surprised that they make a better Weizen. Stacking it up against others it definitely is near the top, I do hope that my critique of the flavour wasn't too harsh as it is actually a decent, crisp, refreshing and slightly fruity Hefeweizen and that is high praise coming from me. Price is a bit of a let-down, as with all the Sierra Nevada brews in Australia, so it really is a special treat and as I've well noted in many Weizen reviews: it is more expensive than the Weihenstephaner... Weizen for thought there.

Food match: I was eating a thin crust vegetarian pizza with this and that seemed to go down well, the palate cleansing abilities of this brew would make it a decent match with near anything really, let your imagination run wild people.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 03:41:04 | More by doktorhops
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3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy and straw blonde
Besides the ever present clove and coriander aromas, I get slight citrus, malt and yeast. Smells crisp
It is crisp and light, I enjoyed the initial flavors, rather than the finish. Malt, coriander and clove were present of course. It felt well balanced
It may or may not be well know that I’m not the biggest fan of these beers, but I think this one has a good flavor, is balanced and is light and refreshing. I would recommend this to fans of this type of beer.


Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 17:42:14 | More by BeerandWhiskeyHQ
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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass...

a: white, creamy head, light golden color with nice haze.

s: melon, caramel, light clove, touch of hops

t: caramel, bready, biscuit, bubblegum, crisp finish

m: nicely carbonated, easy drinking, light linger on the palate

o: this is a great, sessionable beer. very easy to drink, if anything i would like more of the phenolic flavors traditional to a hefe but that's just my thing.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 03:40:46 | More by deadchef
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3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A – The colour of this beer is pretty much right on point; tawny-orange mixes with golden-yellow accompanied by billowing head.

S – Classic hefeweizen scents; freshly baked bread, popcorn, banana, a little yeast but little spice.

T – It definitely has the cleanness of flavour which one looks for. The popcorn reappears, accompanied by some sweet bread and banana. Not quite hitting the yeastiness or spiciness which characterises the very finest of this style.

M – Pretty much spot on. Crisp, well-balanced. Refreshing and quaffable. Perhaps slightly underweight.

O – The best American attempt at a hefeweizen I’ve encountered so far. Nevertheless, while good it’s not quite there. Part of me wonders whether my palate has changed of late, such that I’m really looking for a dunkelweizen to provide that maltier, yeastier, spicier experience. I’ll look forward to tasting this blind against Weihenstephaner and Schneider tap 7 in the coming months. A great-value summer staple nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 00:03:12 | More by abeeronthebeach
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4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a lovely hazy, bright yellow, reminiscent of blond hair; I haven't had a hefeweizen that was this color before and I quite like it. Head doesn't last particularly long, which is regular for the style, but it does leave a ring around the edge of the beer that doesn't go away, along with very minimal lacing that disappears from the surface of the beer and falls from the side of the glass quite quickly.

Smell is rife with acetylaldehyde, citrus, and a bit of malt and bread. Taste is pretty nice and refreshing, with crisp, tart notes, a hint of pine, and a lot of bread; the taste is a lot more refreshing in the front, as it has time to sweeten and the starchy flavors come out at the back. Some musty flavors from the yeast, as well as some alcohol also peek through, but nothing distracting. Mouthfeel is crisp at first with a little bit of carbonation sting and of moderate heaviness; this is not a slamming beer but a sipping beer for sure.

Chalk it up to me not being a huge fan of the style, but I wasn't overly impressed with this beer. It's good and gives a lot of other beers a run for their money, but I'm simply not overwhelmed by its quality. I would drink it again, but it's not on my essential list. For once a Sierra Nevada brew is only great instead of outstanding. Oh well.

To good health and good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 03:42:11 | More by Caj1
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3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a nice straw yellow with a two-finger white head. Good amount of lacing.

S - Very bready with cloves and banana present.

T - Like the nose with lots of bread. Some banana sweetness and clove follow the bread. There is also a nice lemony citrus in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. A little heavy for a hefeweizen.

O - Decent hefeweizen. Nothing stands out. Very easy drinking and pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 04:20:14 | More by TreyIsWilson
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4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall pint glass, color is an opaque gold to copper, bright white head that dissipates to a ring, light lacing.

Smell is very pleasant, nice wheat and toasty malt blended with banana, clove, and lighter yeast spice notes.

Taste is very good, wheat and toasted malt, light biscuit and bready flavors, yeast flavors are banana, clove and other yeast flavors.

Mouthfeel is a bit sharp from the carbonation and yeast drying qualities, but not off putting; nice lingering flavors.

Overall, great hefe, easy drinking and tasty, great wheat and malt flavors and yeast notes.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 23:21:36 | More by mvanaskie13
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North Carolina

4.73/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: It’s a nice yellow gold with a small white head and some minor lacing.

S: Primarily, banana and citrus with a distinct wheat smell too.

T: Wheat and banana in the beginning followed by honey and a slightly hoppy banana aftertaste. It is absolutely wonderful.

F: Light bodied, fairly significant amount of carbonation.

Overall: Super easy to drink wheat beer. The late honey taste is phenomenal. Probably perfect for summer drinking. Definitely a new favorite.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 01:53:16 | More by walkinginplace
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3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Speigelau Hefeweizen glass

Cloudy straw yellow body, pure white head of 2 fingers depth, good retention down the glass, moderate lacing.

Smell is banana, bready, cloves, spices, typical for the stlye.

Taste is light banana bread and cloves, very clean, bready.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, sticky finish.

Overall an enjoyable hefeweizen but nothing that stands out.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 16:04:51 | More by MCain04
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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a beautiful, light gold color. Looks amazingly refreshing. Thin white head with very little retention. No significant lacing.

S - Wheat bread comes through clearly, with some lovely, spicy clove notes.

T - Wheat, orange, clove. Good mix, with a satisfying aftertaste.

M - Very good mouthfeel. The carbonation is spot-on.

Hefeweizens aren't my normal choice, but I must say this one is exceptionally good.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 19:47:08 | More by RolandoHH
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3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 01:47:26 | More by SteadySippin
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4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the reviews for this one on BA. I mean the hop heads on BeerAdvocate could actually give a good score to beer below 80 on the IBU scale??? Well...turns out yes this is a good selection. As a connoiseur of the wheat beer varietals this is legit. You've got the typical orange peel coriander dynamic with a little spice. Hoegarden -sque. Up there as one of the best wheat beers on the market.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 02:01:05 | More by Ryanm1
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4.56/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a weiss glass.
4.8% ABV

A - Swirling the bottle half way through the pour produces a haze to the golden yellow beer as ample carbonation flowing to a large, pillowy white head. Like a classic hefe, Kellerweis has fantastic retention and moderate lacing down the glass.

S - Musty earthiness wafts from the beer's plush head, gently incorporating a touch of soft banana and sturdy white clay with clover spice emerging as it warms.

T - Clover and a pinch of white pepper bring spiciness forwards in Kellerweis, softly pulling undercurrents of ripe banana and a pinch of lemon peel through the smooth wheat flavor. It's effervescence causes quite a few burps where more banana Runts are tasted.

M - Velvety smooth, Kellerweis has wonderful wheat softness and nice, tiny carbonation bubbles tickling the tongue with a beautifully smooth, slightly dry finish.

O - Sierra Nevada Kellerweis isn't quite as fragrant as some of the classic German hefeweizens but swirling the bottle's sediment into the beer gives it a wonderful bouquet of spice and banana with an exceptional wheat smoothness and refreshing finish!

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 18:31:46 | More by BeerFMAndy
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4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 04:08:30 | More by Fear4Beer
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New York

4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a hazy straw hue with a three finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured the typical hefe yeast esters and light honey aroma.

The taste was likewise ester laden with banana and clove spice and an earthy, round sweetness.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a superior domestic rendition.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 21:50:38 | More by plaid75
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3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour is a pale golden straw. Just a slight bit of haze.

Nose is light and bright. Lots of lemon, grass, melon. Heavy on the lemon.

Taste is surprisingly bready. Little burst of lemon up front, followed by lots of lovely malty yeasty bread notes.

Feel is pretty solidly medium. Little more than I would want for a hefe.

Great beer on a hot summer day. Sessionable, but might be too much lemony brightness to drink through the night. Daylight hours only.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 22:50:59 | More by dheacck11
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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, dirty blond colored with a short white head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing, cloudy

S: banana, clove, coriander, yeast

T: sweet banana, clove, nice wheat beer flavors, quite sweet, very impressed after mediocre appearance and smell

M: a bit heavy for the style, needs more carbonation

O: it's not common to find a beer that tastes better than the rest of it's qualities would lead you to believe, just for it's flavor I would buy this beer when I wanted hefeweizen on par with good German offerings

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 02:17:42 | More by M_C_Hampton
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3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Purchased at Whole Foods in Austin and poured in to a Sierra Nevada Kellerweis weizen glass.

A - Cloudy yellow with thick, frothy head. Amazing retention, but no lacing.

S - Yeast, banana bread, and a little bit of pepper and alcohol on the tail end

T/M - Taste follows the nose. Smooth and yeasty, although it seems to lose carbonation fairly quick.

O - Nice representation of the style, although I don't see anything special here.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 03:58:19 | More by lancecenter
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A great looking 12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - A bright orange color. Hazy. Nice head. Minamal lacing. A very attractive beer.

Smell - Belgium/German sour. Flowery. Wow.

Taste - OMG! Again, that wonderful Belgium/German sour flavor (someone please tell me how this is achieved). Sweet wheat. Subtle yet noticeable hops. Flowery. Splendid.

Mouth - Sour. Tangy. Fizzy. Awesome.

Overall - This beer gives the Europeans a run for their money. Tastes like the great German Hefeweizens but with a touch more bite. Sierra Nevada can do no wrong.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 00:07:35 | More by T100Mark
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New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark yellow, and so hazy, it's almost opaque. The rocky head is ivory, and like most Sierra Nevada beers, lasts 'til the bitter (or in this case, non-bitter) end.

Smell: Banana and bubblegum, with an unusually high emphasis on the bubblegum. Some light vanilla notes and a bit of bready malt. Spices are absent, which is too bad.

Taste: Disappointingly light, with bubblegum taking an unwelcome front seat. The aftertaste is quite bready, and long-lasting. Some citrus flavors lend a hand, but fail to leave me satisfied.

Mouthfeel: Considerable carbonation is canceled out by a slippery, water-like texture that contributes to the thinness of the taste. Despite all this, there is a medium mouthfeel.

Overall: So disappointed with this one. I was sure I would like it, but more than anything else, it reminded me of watered-down banana Kool-Aid. By far the least flavorful weizen I've ever had. Just not for me, I guess.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 18:59:29 | More by BethanyB
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2.2/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From the nearby town of Chico, this beer promised to be an exploration of excellent German-style wheat beer. The problem is, Sierra Nevada has done quite well with the Crustal Wheat and Old Chico beers, so this venture into Hefeweizen is an interesting choice.

I'm afraid I'm going to have to go by memory on this one, as I am unwilling to try it for a fourth time.

First off, the smell: A warning of what's to come. The scent of rotten bananas and clove cigarettes pours from the opening of this bottle from the first twist. Not discouraging enough, of course, but it's still a good sign of an unusual beer. I love odd flavors in beer, generally. An apple flavor here or a lemon zest there, never something to avoid outright. The problem is this beer simply reeks of bad produce.

Next up, the taste, which is the most important to me, especially with Sierra Nevada brews. Frankly, all I could taste was fizzy rotten bananas and cloves. I may be a bit biased, as I like neither of these, but I feel they could have been made more subtle. Instead, it's a chemically taste followed by the uncomfortable reminder of bananas. This would be fine, but this combination doesn't feel complimentary at all. It's a bit sweet and the rush of hops pours in to ruin any synergy between the unusual flavors.

The mouthfeel is hard to dismiss. Again, that chemical taste bleeds into feeling, as the beer tends to almost feel like rubber, drying your mouth out. It is wonderfully fizzy though, and the feel while drinking it is enjoyable. It's just that the beer seems to like sticking around and keeping that clove taste stuck to your tongue.

It's a pretty standard microbrew in terms of color and head. It's plenty fizzy and looks great in a glass. I just can't personally stand the taste. Had I more closely read the bottle I would have avoided it the first time, but I hadn't expected a heffeweizen to be so odd-tasting.

Overall, not something I'd recommend to people who enjoy a nice solid wheat beer. Sierra Nevada offers two different types of wheat, one filtered, one unfiltered, which would easily satisfy that desire. If you enjoy bananas and clove cigarettes, this is definitely a great beer for you. It may be worth a try if you just want something fairly unique, but the flavors just don't seem to blend with the beer taste very well to me.

If you're looking for a good American wheat beer, absolutely pick up a pack of Sierra Nevada's Crystal Wheat or Old Chico. I simply cannot recommend this though.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 10:25:26 | More by DragonXero
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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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