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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis HefeweizenSierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen

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2,760 Ratings

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Ratings: 2760
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:
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(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 03-12-2009)
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Photo of bshotbox


3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

really do enjoy nearly everything from Sierra, these guys are awesome. I always think of beers from Sierra to be very hop forward, however they have really done well with this one. I am not a huge fan of wheat beers but they do have there place in the beer world and I would say if I was to stray from the classic German versions, this is where I would go.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 16:40:53 | More by bshotbox
Photo of CrazyDavros


3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy a pale amber with a small head that quickly fades to nothing.
Nose shows mostly bready wheat and cloves, with some ripe banana, almost confectionery-like, later.
Flavours are mostly the same but quite weak, almost watery, with hardly any finish. A weak and boring bitterness becomes apparent later, but makes the beer no more interesting.
Could do with more carbonation.
Overall, quite ho-hum, nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 08:36:30 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of alkemy


3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two fingers of bright white head atop of a cloudy golden yellow. The head dissipated quickly. The smell has lots of banana, but there's a sour note present that is very unsettling...it's almost reminiscent of my collegiate bathroom floor on a Sunday morning after a party. Taste is much better. Banana and clove dominate followed by a mild orange flavor. Minus the scent this beer isn't bad, but the taste isn't enough to make me a fan.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 02:52:30 | More by alkemy
Photo of nano


3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a weizenglass from a 12oz bottle

a- yellow color with a nice 2 inch head

s- clove, bubblegum and a littlebit of bannana

t- clove and bannana bread, no too tasty

m- medium body with a good carbonation

D- nice sesion beer, I love Sierra Nevada brews but I'm a little bit disapointed with this one, I was expecting more

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 02:12:59 | More by nano
Photo of Sudsy89


3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle, chilled.

Pours a hazy, almost opaque dark yellow, with a quickly-dissipating head. Seems to have a low level of carbonation. Aroma and taste mostly consist of ripe banana and wheat, with a slight hop taste. hint of spice. Medium-bodied mouthfeel, I didn't find it to be visually appealing, looked like muddy water almost, and I think the flavor is just OK. At 4.8% abv, this beer would be decent for a few bottles, but I wouldn't want a bunch, I just prefer others like Franziskaner Weissbier. So far this is the only beer from Sierra Nevada that I've not been really happy with.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 04:55:29 | More by Sudsy89
Photo of Damian


3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank on-tap at Charlies Kitchen, Cambridge, MA
Served in a nonic

The beer poured a turbid, yellow ochre color and was topped by a creamy, bright white, one-finger head of foam. Fantastic retention. Short-lived patches of lacing clung to the glass.

Not much happening with the aroma initially. Perhaps some yeastiness and touch of sweet malt. As the beer warmed, spice notes came out. Overall, quite disappointing.

The taste was rather mediocre as well. Doughy malts appeared up front, along with a mild, phenolic yeastiness. Notes of clove came through strong. Some wheat and lemon tartness appeared in the center. The finish was crisp, off dry and quite refreshing.

The liquid was medium bodied. Creamy and slick on the palate with a fine, mild effervescence.

I had high hopes for this beer but was disappointed by its insipid flavor and aroma. Unlike many of its foreign brethren, this hefeweizen lacks both intensity and complexity. Do yourself a favor and pass on this.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2011 03:47:02 | More by Damian
Photo of ohmybock


3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I heard good things about this brew, and I finally got around to trying it. It pours an appropriate hazy straw color, but the head isn't as big as I would expect for a German-style hefeweizen. The aroma is okay, but it's too light and weak. It doesn't have enough of the traditional clove/spice that I enjoy. There is some of that, but there's also some sour-ish character to the nose. The taste has (some of) the characteristics of German hefes that I look for, but there's also a light addition of lemon along with a stronger tartness than I usually like in my hefes. The mouthfeel is too thin for the style. The more I sip on this brew, the more the watery-ness becomes apparent and disappointing. Still, this beer is a nice, refreshing stab at a German hefe. You certainly couldn't go wrong when drinking one of these on a hot Summer day. Lawnmower and/or session beer? Sure...a fine choice and sooo much better than any macro or some other light ale/lager. To be fair, this is one of the better American-made German hefes I've had in a while. With that being said, I prefer a true-German hefe. I even did a blind tasting with this SN hefe and some German hefe, and I preferred a German version. Oh well, I'm still happy to see SN brewing something like this and doing a respectable job with it.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 20:11:52 | More by ohmybock
Photo of Knapp85


3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out a little clearer than I expected it to. The head was ok at first but died off pretty quick. The smell of the beer had a good wheat base to it with additional fresh grains. The taste I felt was a little on the light side and could have been a bit stronger. The flavors of wheat and some light hops mix on the tongue, there wasn't much of the typical banana or clove in the one. The mouthfeel was a little on the thin side for me. Overall this beer is mediocre, probably one that I wouldn't have to seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 19:53:34 | More by Knapp85
Photo of TMoney2591


3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Revisiting this guy for the sake of memory comparison and to actually formally review it. It's been a while. It pours a mostly clear gold topped by an active column of white foam. The nose comprises heavy clove, banana, and a touch of dry wheat. The taste brings in more of the same, but the clove is toned-down to a sensible level, and some orange zest peeks its way in as well. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a solid hefe, one that's too spicy on the nose and too bubbly for my liking, but one that's still fairly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 01:39:10 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of PreacherBrewer


3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - A deep orange glow appears in my pint glass. This beer sports a fabulous white fluffy cloud-like two finger head. Whispers an invitation to savor it's flavor.

Smell - Fruit comes to mind first: Orange, Apple, Pear, Nectar, Peach. Yeasty. Bready.

Taste - This is a beer that tastes just like it smells. I did catch a little alcohol on the front, but nothing to worry about. After the first sip it was hidden very well. The Orange, Citrus, and Apple Flavors were very present. Then as the beer warmed, a bread and doughy flavor took more charge. There is an ever-so slight hint of medicine going on. Lemon peel is also there on the after taste. As i take my last sips, yeast is very present.

Mouthfeel - This beer sports a Mod-light, to Moderate body which is characteristic, expected and desired for a "heffer" (Hefeweizen). At first the carbonation is tough to notice, but pay attention to the backend of your swallow. It's there, and is quite ticklish on the rear palate. A very nice experience.

Drinkability - A Very likeable beer. The Best Heffer I've tried to date. I do wish for a bit more complexity, but that is just my bent toward other beer styles making a fuss. With that in mind, for it's style, it's a "Class A Act." This is a great early evening summer beer. It quenches your thirst, satisfies your beer craving, and leaves you wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 18:29:10 | More by PreacherBrewer
Photo of Dave_in_GR


3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance is straw-colored, with a fingers-width of white foamy head.

Smell is dominated by wheat malts, lemon, and coriander.

Taste is spicier than I expected, including coriander and floral hops. I am not a fan of the lingering bready aftertaste, however.

Mouthfeel is thin bodied. There is a bit of carbonation, but maybe not enough (which might explain the aftertaste).

Overall a good hefeweizen, but not one I will go out of my way to buy again.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 20:42:48 | More by Dave_in_GR
Photo of Traquairlover


3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into a weizen.

A = Pours a decent hazy orange with a large frothy head.

S = Light cloves, some lemon, not as much banana as I prefer, but still well within the range of acceptable hefe smells.

T = I found the taste slightly disappointing. It is good but the clove and banana flavors are very subdued, while there is a little too much of a watery taste mid-palate. Again, it is good enough to enjoy drinking and is within style, but just not quite as forceful as I would like.

M = Good medium body, smooth and frothy.

D = This is a very easy drinking beer and is a good pick for a hot Summer BBQ or something.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 19:37:24 | More by Traquairlover
Photo of ThreeWiseMen


3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ordered the on-tap version (at 33 in downtown Chico) just a few hours after I tried the bottled version for the first time.

Served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy, goldenrod body with a white, creamy film coating the surface. Head leaves puffy dots of lace occasionally. (Hefeweizens aren't supposed to be sticky, so that's okay.)

Smell: Light wheat and prickly spice in the nose... and that's all. If I had to guess at the spice, I'd say coriander. The entire smell is very faint.

Taste: Lots of banana and spice: coriander and white pepper to be exact. The big wheaty back bone gives way to a lot more sweetness in this version. I remember the bottled version being stiffer and more wheat focused; this tap version is pretty damn sweet. Still good however.

Mouthfeel: The two versions (bottle and draft) are very similar here. This one's a bit pricklier, but other than that just read what I wrote below.

Drinkability: A nice hefeweizen, but I liked the bottled version much better. I've found a lot of the taps to be pretty dirty around Chico, and that might have been the case here. I'll have to try it again at the brewery to be sure.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2009 16:37:44 | More by ThreeWiseMen
Photo of confer


3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was disappointed with this beer. Maybe I was expecting too much after reading about background and looking at the fantastic pictures from the open fermentation tank.
The appearnce is actually a little less cloudy that most Hefes, but the color is the typical rich gold. The smell is faint banana and clove. The taste just doesn't thrill me. Banana and clove is there but very understated. A little bit of a salty taste. Creamy mouthfeel and very easy to drink. I won't be buying this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 01:03:11 | More by confer
Photo of callmeclemens

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle to Hefe glass.

Smelled like Citrus and clove, with a subtle hint of warm Banana. Not much head and what there was disapeared quickly though left a nice lacing.

Again Tasted much like it smelled Citrusy and clove, with perhaps in taste a very subtle banana, andslightly bitter right towards the very end. Went down pretty well. It's a great brew to sit outside and enjoy on a summers afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 12:33:20 | More by callmeclemens
Photo of hangh


3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - rich, golden colored with a fine 1" head that lasts for a good two minutes or so. Nice and cloudy hefeweizen, yeast is well mixed when poured. Nothing sticks to the glass

S - Definitely some clove hops. Pretty mild otherwise, a little bit of fruit undertones but dominated by the clove smell. It's nothing special

T - Slightly tart beginning leading into a smooth prolonged finish. Clove tastes along with some yeast and honey. It's a pretty average hefeweizen taste though, there are others I'd perfer

MF - Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, pretty smooth

D - It's cheaper than some other hefeweizens so I'll probably have it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 01:06:56 | More by hangh
Photo of vancurly


3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best before 12/5/12

a) Hazy pale orange. Big white head, somewhat coarsely bubbled.

s) Wit-like spiciness, almost coriander seed-like. Banana & bubblegum, fleshy smallgoods. Warms to a BBQ steak aroma, and some clove.

t) Stronger clove notes on the palate than nose. Rich wheat flavour; well attenuated, so quite dry.

n) Fairly light for style, I think; not as creamy as some German examples. Perhaps a bit hollow.

d) Very easy to drink; suitable for warm days and a thirst.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 01:37:08 | More by vancurly
Photo of zdk9


3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Out of the bottle a golden straw color- cloudier than a thunderstorm with a finger of head that doesn't last longer than one.

S- Yeast, white wine musk, corn, honey, flowers, sulfer.

T- Taste is light and slightly bready. I can find some banana if I look for it, especially in the aftertaste, but it's not strong. Stronger is the taste of unbaked bread, and flour.

M- Light, I would take some more carbonation, but this is fine.

O- A fine beer. Not the most flavorful thing I've dranken but tasty still.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 02:20:28 | More by zdk9
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3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

fantastic banana notes clove notes ,seemed as though the cold crash filtered out some of the cloudiness . seemed to be cleaner than i expected . smell seemed cleaner than i am used to on a hefe . mouth feel was spot on . taste was great but seemed mericianized for a hefe . bit hoppy .over all not bad though just not great .

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 00:53:19 | More by dogma46an2
Photo of SFLpunk


3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown glass pry-top. Proprietary stamp on label above barcode. No freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a tulip. Lots of sudsy, creamy white head atop a translucent but hazy orange gold brew.

Nose: Hello bananas. Bavarian hefe more than Belgian hefe. There's an earthiness to the nose too.

Palate: Crisp with some light acidity to it. The carbonation tries to make it creamy, but that little bit of acid washes it away. Lots of fruity banana and some light yeasty notes. Palate is clean on the finish. Not a lot of texture.

Notes: The lack of texture on the palate makes this a really clean hefeweizen. Not my favorite, but has solid (and correct) flavors for the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 05:11:59 | More by SFLpunk
Photo of froghop


3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy yellow with a large white foamy head, and a very good lacing.

smell is of wheat, citrus, banana, and some spice.

taste is crisp, wheat, a touch of citrus, some banana, and spice, ends on the dry side.

overall an above average hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 21:50:49 | More by froghop
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New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle copped singly from Total Wine and More in West Orange... Copper-colored hue... Minimal head and lacing... Not much to write home about. Aroma reminiscent of cloves, banana peels, and fresh yellow peppers. Crisp, dry mouthfeel with an overall easy level of drinkability.
Good, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2009 02:33:24 | More by dsa7783
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy-golden color with a long lasting white head. Aroma is of yeast, banana and a hint of cloves. Flavors are banana, light spicy hops and creamy wheat malt. Light body, medium carbonation. Quite decent, easy drinking hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 20:41:57 | More by mikeg67
Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ


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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United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Intensely cloudy yellow honey in colour, medium size dense white head. Heavily carbonated.

Aroma: Clear citric notes, with grainy wheat hints. Can definitely smell bananas, kind a banana bread-like. Slightly acidic bready yeast.

Taste: Very bready grain-like flavours. Sweet fruity banana. Lemony citrus, providing a mildly sharp hit. There is a very subtle spicy flavour, possibly cloves.

Mouthfeel: Lively, and medium bodied. Quite chewy.

Drinkability: Easy to drink and enjoyable. Will probably have this again. Not as good as Weihenstephaner, but who is?

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 22:02:20 | More by PartyBear
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