Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis HefeweizenSierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen

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Reviews: 1,314
Hads: 3,732
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 241
Gots: 530 | 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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Reviews: 1,314 | Hads: 3,732
Photo of Burnthedevice
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good wheat. Like the label says, big banana bread taste and aroma. Yeast tang lingers on the lips. Nice mouthfeel. Very good and authentic tasting interpretation of the style. (175 characters)

Photo of BayernMunchen3113
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a solid Hefeweizen. Every time I think Sierra Nevada has outdone themselves they prove me wrong. The caramel undertones in this beer really shine through and make it so enjoyable to drink. Will definitely be purchasing this one again. (242 characters)

Photo of Reema
4.89/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This here is a treat. Pours a murky blonde color while having bready/malty/banana scents. The taste is outstanding, crisp and sweet. This is definitely a sipping beer and just chugging this beer would be an insult and you wouldn't get the great flavors this American interpretation of a hefeweizen has to offer. This is definitely THE beer to drink as an access-way to the deep rabbit hole known as "craft-beer".

I drank this beer with my Munich-born Weihenstephaner-loving brother in law and all he could say was "Wunderbar". (527 characters)

Photo of Davidstan
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rated this based on others I have tried of the same style. Very good and crisp for a hefe which aren't my fave. Came in the summer pack I purchased but heard it was an awesome hefe so will probably by the pack again. (216 characters)

Photo of RonaldWilsonReagan
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

For my money, this is by far such a superior wheat to what’s widely available. For that matter, it’s the only wheat I seek out. A cut above. In a class of its own. (170 characters)

Photo of atr2605
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-pours a hazy straw color with a white foamy head with excellent retention
S-lots of clove, slight hint of banana, wheat
T-more balance of clove and banana in the flavor, some spiciness as well
M-medium-light bodied
O-very well balanced hefe, and a great easy drinking brew (274 characters)

Photo of DirtyMikeandTheBoys
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I always reach for Hefeweizens. This American made brew is by far the tastiest I've had. I've found a new favorite. Pours Golden Blonde with a fluffy thick white head. Tastes like a Hefeweizen should taste. Tastes like banana up front with a light clove and a good wheaty taste. (278 characters)

Photo of Naz-Barman
4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Spent 3 years in Germany with the US Army, so think that I have a pretty good feel for German styles.
First sip, was unexpected experience. Wasn't sure what this was. A couple of sips in, I started to understand. Finished the glass, and I knew that this was something special, and a beer that I truly enjoyed.
I apologize that I don't have a fully developed "beer snob" vocabulary, but I'm working on it. (407 characters)

Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.36/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

LOOK: A super hazy golden orange, (when yeast sediment is added) with a small white head. Head retention is brief, but it leaves some lacing going down.

SMELL: Overripe banana, some clove, bubblegum and apple, and yeast.

TASTE: Banana upfront, followed by bubblegum and clove, tartness of apple and lemon on the mid-palate, a sharp twang from the wheat, which slides into an earthy, tangy, grassy, and spicy finish. Lightly fruity, crisp and smooth, with a clean finish. Very easy drinking.

FEEL: Light-bodied and well-carbonated.

OVERALL: Not mind-blowing by any means, but it's good for what it is. It does make an excellent refreshing summer beer. (705 characters)

Photo of PA-hunter
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12oz bottle into glass. 4.8% abv

Appearance- Pours a bright yellow with a lofty, thick head. Extremely cloudy/hazy.

Smell- Wheat aroma, very grainy, toasted bread. Some orange peel.

Taste- Sweat bready flavor, followed by crisp wheat and a little touch of honey. The banana bread flavor is evident later in the taste profile, where as it was not as evident in the nose. The banana-like sweetness follows through to a slightly bitter dry finish, still carrying along some of that wheat malt.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with vibrant carbonation.

Overall- An exceptional hefeweizen! Very clean and crisp flavors make for a very refreshing beer. A must try, and a benchmard for this fine German style. (709 characters)

Photo of kitch
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 12oz bottle was bottled on 30th December 2014 and poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: The beer poured a very hazy straw gold colour with two finger white head that dissipated quickly leaving behind thin but nice lacing.
S: Earthy wheaty aromas with orange, banana and cloves poking through.
T: Mainly ripe banana and bready wheaty malts with hints of citrus and a touch of hoppiness at the end.
M: Light bodied, medium carbonation with a dry finish.
O: This isn’t the best hefe I’ve tried, but its up there and a good example of one. Its very easy to drink and I would definitely consider this during the hot summers. (627 characters)

Photo of Mciocca
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid hefewiezen. A bit subdued in estery flavors and lighter in appearance than traditional german hefeweizens, but still an excellent american example of the style. (168 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a perfect pale yellow . Turbid and milky with a creamy head of white foam that lasts and clings. Nose is spicy.peppery and crisp wheat with a touch of clove. Not a lot of banana on the nose, instead there is some pungent herbal. Banana is more prominent in the flavor though. Still it's perfectly ripe and light in flavor. The malt is lovely with crisp wheat and a little sweetness. Juicy middle with a bit of citrus but not so much that I would name a fruit. A touch of that tartness that comes from wheat beer and some coriander. A bit of herbal in the almost dry finish. Mouthfeel is fluffy and creamy , medium and finishes with a slight breaddy bit of malt and a slight bitter at the swallow. (713 characters)

Photo of EggsBenny
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I think this is a great American Hefeweizen, on par with the best of the European (Weihenstephaner, Edelweiss, Ayinger), plus it just tastes fresher to me. Great creaminess characteristic of most hefes/wittes, balance of banana and coriander, little bit of citrus. I would say this more of an attempt to master the style than bring anything new to it. I love it.

I also recommend No Limits by Two Roads and Zeppelin by Revival. (431 characters)

Photo of mmesce2
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (263 characters)

Photo of SFC21
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I had this years ago and remember loving it. This time around it was just ok. Has the wheat-y, lemony notes, but missing the huge banana flavors I remember. Still a solid, refreshing beer but not the world class brew I remember it as. Will try again, perhaps an off bottle (272 characters)

Photo of ta_hagen
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite Hefeweizen's now.
A huge creamy head with lots of carbonation.
A wonderful weizen smell. Banana, clove, spice. Very balanced taste.
The favors come together well.
More crisp taste with a nice little bite finishing from hops. (246 characters)

Photo of Snoman4141
4.9/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Im rating this beer compard to the German Hefes such as Paulener/Weihstephaner and every other American made hefe except Dancing Man wheat whic i have not had a chance to try. (175 characters)

Photo of CtyLineBeerBlog
4.76/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle hard-poured into a weizen glass. Here we go...

L - Very thick white foam dome, lasted a good bit. Golden yellow color with a few bubbles rising. Clear, semi-cloudy body

S - Citrus and floral, but the banana scent from the yeast comes through as well

T - Bananas, wheat, citrus taste. Not so much bite but very subtle and chill

F - Smooth and clean, easy to drink

O - Pretty solid hefeweizen from an American brewery. It really matches up with some of the German hefes' I have tried. So be a good American and drink this German-style American beer hahaha (572 characters)

Photo of CraigP83
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden yellow, not much head. Lemon zest and light wheat. Smells like summertime. Spicy , bubblegum yeast but very refreshing. Was hoping for more wheat at the end but it was missing. Super refreshing though and I could see this being a summer staple. (256 characters)

Photo of UrbanCaveman
1.35/5  rDev -66.9%
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. (593 characters)

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very hazy grapefruit color. A huge creamy head with lots of carbonation. A wonderful weizen smell. Banana, clove, spice. Very balanced taste. It is not as good as the Franzenkansers of the world, but good. The favors come together well. More crisp taste with a nice little bite finishing from hops. (313 characters)

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Trying to rate to style. Really enjoyed this on a warm AZ day. Beautiful cloudiness, typical hefe aroma of spice/nanners and perfect carb. A great beer for intro drinkers and those who can appreciate the style. (210 characters)

Photo of Jacobob10
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep gold/orange in color with a thick, fluffy white head. Cloudy from adding the yeast sediment from the bottle. Strong, yet pleasant, banana and clove aroma. Soft on the palate, medium-light bodied, and effervescent. This one has all of the fruity, spicy, and refreshing qualities that I look for in a hefeweizen.

A notch below the best German versions of the style, but probably the best American version I have had to date. Purchase with conifidence if you are a hefeweizen lover. (485 characters)

Photo of mobrado
3.08/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I love Sierra Nevada and I love a good Hefeweizen, but I don't get this beer at all. It doesn't look, smell, taste or feel like a German Hefeweizen AT ALL. (155 characters)

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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