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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis HefeweizenSierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen

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2,769 Ratings

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Ratings: 2769
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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Photo of Luke4

3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very good carbonation out of a bottle. The aroma was a bit weak, with basically nothing to speak of. However, the appearance was top notch. Very pale and opaque; just like a Hefe should be. Banana is very noticeable on the front and end of this beer, with small amount of bitterness in between. Overall a good all day summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 05:29:28 | More by Luke4
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.19/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Served in a Peroni glass, this beer pours a hazy golden-yellow with a rather short-lived white head. Banana and clove in the nose, but not as pronounced as some Bavarian versions. More ripe banana in the fruity flavor.

M: light body; near medium carbonation.

O: perhaps the first SN beer I don't want to have again. Not bad and true to style, but an average version of a style I don't usually care for.

(light revision with 2013 bottle in Sept. 2013).

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 20:42:50 | More by chinchill
Photo of foogerd

New York

3.2/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- real cloudy off yellow body, thick foamy soapy head with great lacing
S- banana puree with really light spice notes come through
T- taste like banana concentrate to me a bit unnatural some spicy notes at the finish, not my favorite example of the style
M- tons of carbonation though it fit well with the brew
D- can drink through this fine theres just so many better hefe's out there i wouldnt start with this one to try the style

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 03:53:36 | More by foogerd
Photo of charlzm


3.2/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed on September 9th, 2011 at The Four Points Sheraton Sierra Nevada event.

Beer is a cloudy yellow somewhere between light and medium in hue. A slight white head crowns the affair.

Aroma is bananas with a mild wheat undercurrent.

The flavor is light, fresh banana wheat bread. Bitterness is mild but apparent. No cloves or other spices to note. Somewhat bland.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick and even a little chewy.

Not a great hefe, but a serviceable one.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2011 15:42:55 | More by charlzm
Photo of kingcrowing


3.23/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured in a snifter.

Nice deep golden color, very smooth and cloudy with a small white head. Very classic hefe look. Very sharp taste, light body. I think it's slightly over carbonated but it's still good. Some banana and other spices in the flavor I think it's a good hefewizen but it's too light in body and the flavor is a little weak for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 02:04:35 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of SamN


3.23/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bought a sixer at Campus West Liquors. Poured in a hefe glass.

Poured a hazy golden hue with a slightly tan head that was smaller than expected, no lacing. Very nice hefeweizen look, the unfilteredness singing it's siren song, calling me in.

Smells of spice, big banana smell. creamy wheatness, flowers. Very aromatic, great nose, quite complex.

Taste is sort of...bland. Lemony, with some hops in the end. Watery, without much going on, a little bit sweet. Bummer. I'd honestly rather smell this beer than drink it.

Mouthfeel is okay. Carbonation is right on, light like a hefe should be.

Drinkability is quite good, if I don't care about taste. I could drink a lot of these BBQing or fishing. Great summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 22:19:07 | More by SamN
Photo of maddogruss

New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle from this from the Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours a hazy, straw-yellow body with a small, white head with ok retention and decent lacing along the glass.

S: A slight, bitter yeast smell with some sweet banana ester notes and slightly metallic undertones.

T: A slight, metallic, banana ester taste with a sweet, banana and slight clove aftertaste. Decent hefeweizen-style beer overall.

M: A pretty light bodied and smooth mouthfeel with a nice, crisp finish. Pretty nice summer beer.

D: A nice mouthfeel and taste combination makes this beer pretty nice to drink. A decent summer beer overall and not too bad of a hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 19:48:42 | More by maddogruss
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3.23/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big white two-finger head on top of a cloudy, lemon-yellow brew. Nice banana and estery bite on the nose. Nose shifts to more cloves as it settles down. Head dissipates very quickly.

Flavor is much spicier (as in spice rack) than I expected. Very round taste, ends a little tangy and a little sweet. Maybe some cooked corn flavors -- having trouble placing something. Swallow has a bit of yeast on it.

Overall: B, Definitely a distinct flavor profile, but not a good fit for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 00:47:26 | More by grannaniwa
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New Mexico

3.23/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from above the glass an inch or less gave this a medium to big white head above a slightly cloudy golden colored beer.
The head slowly fades into a pretty decent lacing on this light bodied hefeweizen.

Light sour lemon and other citrus fruits, and grains aroma that transfers exactly to the taste.

This beer had a light lemony dry aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 05:58:33 | More by LXIXME
Photo of joecast


3.23/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Cloudy golden. Low carbonation with no head to speak of. A bit of a lackluster start.

Decent aroma with all the expected character. Light banana and clove with a bit of spicy phenolic yeast.

Mellow taste which lacks some pop due yo the low carbonation. Light soft mouthfeel with a nice sweetness and little hop character.

Well, it's nice, but being SN my expectations were high.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 08:52:22 | More by joecast
Photo of bbluemzbeer


3.24/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Sierra Nevada is Great beer Company. I decide to try their Hefeweizen beer. It was 8.99 a six pack. If you think this beer will taste like a german hefe you will be disappointed. It was total diffrent taste more lighter and circus is srong not as balanced.

Appearance Nice cloudy, , little head retention but above good lacing.

Smells: lemons, banana, slight clove, a some breadiness.

Taste : Taste theh banana, citrus/lemon and clove but the citrus is very strong. Feel the good carbonation. It does not tast lke a germany hefe . It has disitnct taste of it's own. After three beers it become more flavorful. Again do not expect this beer to taste like a German hefe .

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation, thicker than I was expecting and nicely carbonated.

Verall : Certainly not an authentic German offering does not have hops like German beers. . Not overly sweet which I really like. The intensity of the taste is not there but when as the beer warm up they came out. I might buy again if on sale not for 8.99 six pack. I would buy a German Hefe. THis would begreat for summer time

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 17:42:38 | More by bbluemzbeer
Photo of jpro

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 6'er last weekend... Pours a pale, straw yellow - nice and cloudy with a puffy white head; good head retention. Aroma is of yeast, bread, pepper and some very light hints of banana / clove. The taste is mostly of bready malt / wheat, banana-fruity esters, spicy and a little tart. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy; its light-medium bodied and very drinkable and a great summertime brew (although its probably not something I would go for on a regular basis).

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 02:49:51 | More by jpro
Photo of curasowa

New York

3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, pale yellow color with generous head that fades slowly with chunky lacking. Smell is quite typical, lots of yeast notes with a background of citrus and a faint metallic aroma. Taste starts out characteristically, slightly dry and wheaty and then gets a bit more complex in the middle, with flavors of banana being the most dominate. Body is slightly thin, finish is lingering but not unpleasant and the metallic note from the smell comes through in the end, also. A decent Hefe, but not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 00:28:56 | More by curasowa
Photo of GilmooDaddy


3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle. Purchased from Total Wine in Norfolk, Virginia.

(Appearance): Pours a light golden, non transparent yellow in color with a two finger foam head that gradually fades into a thin, pinky width, creamy lace at the top of the beer. Bubbles cling to the sides and form a rather jumbled pattern on the surface.

(Smell): This hefeweizen has a very pronounced banana and fruity smell. I wouldn't go as far as to say purely "citrus", but more like a banana/apple smoothie kind of smell. Not subtle at all, which is great. I love a beer that makes its presence know.

(Taste): The taste is definitely one of the oddest I've had in a hefeweizen. I sense the banana nature of a typical hefe screaming to come out, but it never quite gets there. There is a bitterness that immediately strikes the tongue and lingers throughout.

(Mouthfeel): Lightly carbonated and kind of dull. I find it hard to put into words, but where most hefe's tend to be kind of wheaty and refreshing, the Kellerweis is just kind of...there.

(Drinkability): When it comes to hefeiwezen, you either make it worthy or unworthy, and theres rarely an inbetween. I'd stack this in the "No Drink" pile with Widmer and Erdinger Hefeweizen. Maybe I got a bad bottle, but for the time being, I would strongly recommended Ayinger's Brau Weisse or Haufbrau Hefeweizen over this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 23:19:15 | More by GilmooDaddy
Photo of dar482

New York

3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It comes in a bright yellow color like a Sunny D.

The taste is a bit too mellow and lacks depth. It has banana and warm citrus flavor. It is yeasty a bit, but it cleans off the tongue too fast. I want strong bolder flavors and more body, like the German wheats.

I would recommend going with the German wheats or Beglian wheats.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2013 06:14:08 | More by dar482
Photo of BigBrewStu


3.26/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured from a keg into a clear pint glass. Very cloudy, light yellowish/gold color with a good sized foamy white head.

S - Somewhat sweet earthy/bready smell. Bananas too?

T - It had that Sierra Nevada taste you expect from their beers, but it just didn't work for me in a Hefeweizen.

M - The beer looks unfiltered and fairly pale, so I expected it to be a little heavy. The cloudy beer proved to be lighter in my mouth than expected though.

O - A very interesting Hefeweizen. If you had not told me Sierra Nevada made this one I would of guessed it from the distinct flavor. Unfortunately I am not a fan of banana flavors, so this beer just wasn't for me. It is worth trying though.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2013 19:28:53 | More by BigBrewStu
Photo of COBeerBuff


3.28/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a nice hazy yellowish blonde color with a bright white finger of head. Tons of tiny bubbles slowly make their ascent towards the white capped summit. The head dissipates quickly leaving a thin white film across the top of the beer.

Smell: Spices of cinnamon and clove dominate the nose. Most Hefe's and the label claim that strong notes of banana should be prevalent, but I'm not detecting very much here. There is definitely a sweet fruit smell, but it's not discernibly banana.

Taste: Banana! Aha! The sweet fruit taste is clearly banana. The spices of cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg liven up this delightful little brew. Overall, the flavors meld well to create a very nice Hefe.

Mouthfeel: The initial sip is light, but the creaminess of the Hefe soon envelops the tongue. This beer has serious potential to hang around for a while.

Drinkability: While relatively low in ABV, the stickiness of the mouthfeel prevents this from being a very sessionable beer for me. I might be able to have one or two in a sitting, but this may end up serving as a warm-up for more flavorful beers in the long run.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 00:50:54 | More by COBeerBuff
Photo of Kemmerlin


3.28/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: poured a thick hazey golden color with a big white head to crown the glass.
S: the smell only intensified my appetite for this brew. Sweet hay and citrus and coriander graced the nose.
T: this is where the beer lost me. There is a tasty banana flavor hitting the front pretty hard bu dies out quickly and leaves this nasty skunk bitter taste afterwards. I would
never expect this from a Sierra Nevada brew so I am assuming I got a bad batch. I'll definitely try it again at some point and probably modify my post.
M/D: the beer wasn't flat but felt flat and light something I didn't expect from a Hefe. Because of the taste and feel it wasn't very drinkable it took me forever to get the desire to drink the next in the six pack.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 00:42:50 | More by Kemmerlin
Photo of SaCkErZ9


3.28/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle has the numbers 3085116 50 on the neck and 052 13 C2 0559 S on the bottom of the bottle. Numbers people understand the meaning of would be nice for dating purposes.

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a hefeweizen glass from Dick's in LoDo Denver. Pours a yellow cream color, like banana and creamcicle mixture. Head is fairly large in size, about two fingers in size. Not much lacing present and as I mis the rest of the yeast with the beer, the head recedes.

Aroma is phenolic and clove-like. Very yeasty, lemon, not much banana if any at all. Slight bit or peppery spice.

Clean crisp flavors. The yeast and lemon are quite prevalent with some clove and coriander spice as well. The aftertaste is bready and yeasty.

A decent beer. The style is not my favorite. As mentioned in the style parameters, I think this would go great with a little slice of lemon for added flavor and acidity. Light bodied and refreshing, a great summertime beer. Overall, it was a little bland for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 16:21:59 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of username


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
Photo of IsaacmanTX

3.3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Somehow, the whole is over the sum of its parts on this one. I truly enjoyed this more than each of my individual category reviews revealed. Not spectacular, but definitely respectable. Warning, this is included in my first 20 reviews. apparently not enough characters...

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 00:45:26 | More by IsaacmanTX
Photo of BarryMFBurton


3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally, a reason to bust out my hefe glass –hopefully Kellerweis will be another classic from Sierra Nevada. Cheers!

Brewed about six months ago: bottled at 7:07 a.m. on September 7, 2011 (good old bottle codes).

A: Perfect hefeweizen look, starting with the thick, hazy body – like orange juice with a little more of a brown color. A huge white head, the perfect amount of foam to fill the remaining four fingers of my glass to the brim, settles to a foamy retention with a ton of webby lacing. A bubbling, off-white, half-inch cream is all that remains about three minutes after the pour.

S: Yeasty, fruity, and pretty spicy; it’s definitely a hefeweizen nose, but with a big American character. Banana, clove, coriander, and ester are all there, the full yeasty richness you’d expect, followed by a kick of orange peel, pine, white pepper, and hickory (again, that American potpourri). Ends on a familiar creamy note of vanilla and light breads.

T: Smooth and very mild, even softer than most of the beers I’ve had in this style of light palates. A light, watery lemon juice taste mixes with some breadiness over from the yeasts, along with vanilla and toffee. A bit of lavender floweriness via the lightly bitter hops and more herbs from the nose, with a good hit of wheat and straw right after. The palate is light, and so is the aftertaste, finishing it out with just a hint of lemon and grain.

M: A nice creamy texture is the most noticeable feature here, but the feel is marked with a certain thinness. Only a tiny hint of carbonation.

O: A pretty good beer, but really, really mild. Sometimes it feels a little dull; it never truly disappoints as a hefe, though. Nice to see how Sierra Nevada does the German beer thing.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 22:57:31 | More by BarryMFBurton
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3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy golden with white head. Nose is the typical banana/clove but not terribly assertive with banana. On the palate the banana is weak as well, but plenty of herbal flavors, hops come through too, and a decent clove/spice in the mix. Wheat cracker is present. Carbonation is good and feels fuller bodied than most weissbiers.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 05:30:40 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of Suds


3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My wife bought me this beer. It's an appropriately hazy, cloudy golden-yellow color. The head is a little thin and soapy...a white that falls quickly into wisps. The smell is heavy of wheat...twangy, citric, gristy, and a bit of yeast. There's no hops in the smell...it's a typical and unremarkable hefe smell. The taste is full of yeast, wheat, and orange peals. Medium in body. It's a decent beer, but nothing outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 19:16:11 | More by Suds
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3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. First with leaving a half inch of beer at bottom, then with pouring 3/4 into glass then swirling bottle and pour rest into glass.

A: One finger head that retains well, little lacing, cloudy yellow color, lots of bubbles. yeast at bottom of bottle.

S: Fruity smell, and hops smell when leaving half inch of beer at bottom. when mixing yeast, the yeast had an over powering smell of yeast.

T: Same as smell. a bit to light. didn't pick up a whole lot. little to light. when mixing yeast with beer, had a over powering yeast taste.

M: Light body, medium carbonation.

D: easy to drink. a bit to weak for a hefeweizen. the first beer i had i poured the whole thing in, leaving about a half inch of beer to keep yeast out. got some smell and flavor out of it making it an ok beer. then i read the bottle( i alway read the bottle after i have my first beer so it doesnt change my own idea of the beer). it says to pour 2 thirds of the beer then swirl and pour the rest. after doing this on my second, the yeast was to over powering. really didnt like it after doing this. For the rest of the six pack ill stick to leaving the yeast out. wont buy again. would drink again tho, if its free...

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 06:56:38 | More by mytireisfat
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