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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis HefeweizenSierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen

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1,332 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,332
Hads: 3,830
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 20.2%
Wants: 263
Gots: 600 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 03-12-2009

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Reviews: 1,332 | Hads: 3,830
Photo of headlessparrot
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

While I *really* enjoy this brew, classifying it as a hefeweizen somehow feels wrong--between the peppery, spicy kick, and the actual, appropriately West Coast-American hop presence (loads of citrus and a bit of pine), this feels almost closer to a witbier or (maybe) an American pale ale with a Belgian/wheat twist.

Colour is cloudy yellow; a gentle pour didn't produce much head; smell is spicy, full of pepper and peppercorns, clove, banana. Taste is likewise peppery, banana, clove, with a bit of citrus and pine. Moderate-high carbonation, but nice body. And I do like the ABV here, which makes this fairly sessionable.

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Photo of CO-Bloom
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was one of the first craft beers I had a few years ago and I hated it. Since then my palate has come around to the spicy yeasts from across the pond (hefs, wits, belgian darks), and I think this is an excellent representation of the style. It has over 1,300 reviews so I will spare you the details but what I will say one thing I appreciate about Kellerweis. It has all the banana, clove, soft fluffy wheat base you want but I also get a nice citrus tartness that is super refreshing and makes me want to take another sip I have had hefs that are too banana sweet like runts candy but this has a slight acidity that cuts through the sweetness and makes it incredibly balanced. It is a low abv thirst quenching beer that is still packed with unique flavors. I am so impressed how they brew it (open tank fermentation!?!) on such a large scale!

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Photo of schwansmantr
3.03/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

look- hazy yellow/orange with at least 4 fingers of head that hung around for a while and had a good lacing on the glass

Smell- of Banana and to me almost a honey and wheat

Taste- Wheat, banana, and a bit of spice with a sour hop finish

feel- light to medium with a bit of dryness

Overall- This is the first Sierra Nevada beer that I somewhat liked most go down the drain but I am still not a fan letter grad C

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Photo of puck1225
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy yellow pour into a pint glass. Small foamy head with decent lacing. Very citrusy taste with lemon and orange taste along with a fairly light banana taste. A God hefe, and I like a good hefe!

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

One of the more interesting pours I've ever had. A slightly hazy golden yellow in color. The middle of the class gad what looked like a silt tornado...pretty cool. Good lacing, white foamy head. Earthy/leafy aroma, slightly fizzy feel. Very easy drinking at 4.8% ABV. Very good, but only if you like the style.

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Photo of Zaktcc
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a very murky, golden yellow color. Fluffy 2 finger head that dissipates fairly quick; no lacing noted.

S - Very pleasant to the nose and a fairly aromatic beer all-in-all. Most dominant aroma is that of banana, proceeded by clove and subtle hints of spice. Very sweet smelling beer.

T - The tastes follows the nose. The flavorings are pretty much spot on the aromas given off with that of banana being the most distinct flavor. The notes of banana leave a lingering and enjoyable sweetness after every sip.

M - Incredibly crisp feeling beer, very smooth and feels refreshing; not dry. Fairly carbonated and no notice of any alcohol present. A fairly light beer as well.

O - SN never fails to impress me. I will continue enjoying all their varieties of beers for years to come! Overall a very well done beer in which I have no complaints. Very drinkable, lighter beer that would be perfect drink on a hot summer day.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Banana bread heaven! Tons of banana, yeast, cloves, none overpowering, never too sweet, and pretty much a perfect rendition of the style. Soft, easy to drink one (yet I can never have more than one of this style at a time before the banana gets too much for me), and perfectly clear, haze/sediment free pour. Overall, I'm not a huge fan of this style but I can tell these guys got it right.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Part of a variety 12 pack $14.99 at Safeway. Cloudy golden color, fruity floral smell, tastes of fruity banana, light mouthfeel, overall a really good refreshing beer to drink.

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Photo of James954
3.11/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. Served in a Teku glass.

L - Pours a cloudy, light golden yellow with an airy white head.

S - Wheat, banana, and a bit of spice.

T - Banana, clove, citrus with a slightly sour hop finish

F - Weaker carbonation, watery almost.

O - Bottle packaged on 05/13/15. It's heavy on the cloves and weak in the carbonation...but it's okay for lovers of citrus and spice beer lovers.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very cloudy and creamy yellow color into pint glass with a full white head. Lacing is plentiful. Initial taste is light and fruity, definitely taste banana. Aftertaste is fairly smooth with and slightly dry. Makes a great summertime brew. One of my favorite Hefe's and will certainly purchase more in the near future.

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Photo of twosheds
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yellow with a thick foamy white head

Smell is fairly aromatic and spicy. I''m getting hints of cloves and cinnamon as well as some subtle fruit smells

Taste has a definite banana-like flavor with a subtle but interesting hop profile layered on top

Mouthfeel is light and somehow seems a little creamy for such a light beer

This has a really interesting but nice flavor for a lighter beer. Seems on par with German offerings I've tried

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Photo of Kuaff
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Moderately chilly in my weizen glass.

It looks a beautiful sunset orange with a small-ish cap of white froth that settles to a perpetually surface-shielding sheet. It really just won't break up. How tenacious.

This beer's label speaks of banana bread in the flavor, and this is actually a very good description of the aroma I'm getting. And the clove it speaks of - yes, that is present. Additionally, I detect some citrus; it may be lemon, or orange. And of course, there is yeast.

"Scrumptious" is how I describe the taste. It really fits the aroma notes I just picked out astoundingly well, in exactly the order I noticed them above. Orderly, balanced flavor.

The feel is greatly carbonated and otherwise appropriate.

This is a great hefeweizen. It's faithful to the traditional German style, but also sets itself apart as American with some notable fruitiness of a citrus-like nature.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the better wheat beers I've tried. Wheat, clove, some mild spices, a touch a floral and a splash of banana notes. Yeasty/little funky. Super drinkable. Great summer beer. Sierra Nevada does a great job with this one.

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Photo of RyanPoff
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy yellow gold with about a finger of effervescent, fairly quickly dissipating but with good retention. Truly excellent.

S: Wheat, bananas, some mild fruits, and hops. A complicated, enticing smell.

T: Wheat, spice, a bit of candy gum like flavor, and a slight floral hop bite. Some of the best I've had in this category.

M: Bubbly, fresh, and just the right amount of body.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was able to pull the sediment out of the bottom of the bottle and into the glass . Made it pour a heavily murky banana color. Decent head size for a beer of this style.

The aroma is strong of both cloves and banana. Possibly something else fruity in the aroma as well... apricots maybe?

Some lemon adds to the banana and clove flavor typical to this style.

Soft mouthfeel without sacrificing too much carbonation. This is a very nicely brewed beer, and something I will look for again, especially on hot summer occasions.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, PKGD 04/23/15. This is one of my favorite American brewed German Hefeweizens. I was shocked to see I had never reviewed it
A - tall white head slowly fades atop a very cloudy golden body
S - classic Hefeweizen aroma of banana esters, clove, wheat, slight lemon and earthy hops
T - excellent balance of wheat, clove, banana and bubblegum with a hint of lemony citrus, finishing with a mild earthiness from the noble hops
M - light to medium body, nice carbonation
O - this is a great example of a classic German style of beer. I buy this all summer and love it every time.

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Photo of Svingjo
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a translucent golden colour with a thin white head that has half decent retention. The nose brings forward citrus notes, banana, bread and spices like clove. The clove comes forward in the taste along with lemon loaf, pale malts and yeast. The mouthfeel is slightly slippery and lingers for a bit. A refreshing drink that would go well with a light patio lunch.

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Photo of SoCal_Matt
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a Teku glass.

L - Pours a cloudy, light golden yellow with an airy white head.

S - Wheat, banana, and a bit of spice.

T - Banana, clove, with a bit of spice.

F - On the light side of medium.

O - Definitely enjoyed this one, but it seemed a bit light on the carbonation for a Hefeweizen to me.

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Photo of Cure_Tap
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a big fan of these dirty, yeasty beers, and this one is no exception. A nice balance between your typical banana, citrus peel, clove, wheat, and yeast, with a real small kick of spice at the end. Not too harsh with the yeast, and not too mellow to the point where you might as well be drinking a lager. This hits all of the expected the flavors very well.

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Photo of DuffDaddy
1.75/5  rDev -56.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

12 ounce pour into a shaker pint. bottle from a mixed season twelve pack - Summer Pack. This is a musty, wheaty beer and I did not enjoy it, but I don't like this style.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours an energetic cloudy straw with a rich white clingy, persistent foam cap. S: Yeasty, estery aromas with very distinct clove and banana and a hint of gum drop. T: A yeast driven beer with bready clove, banana, wheat and yeast flavors. F: Medium to a little above on the body and medium high carbonation. O: A very well made and easy to drink hefeweizen.

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Photo of bfranks
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good. It's not Live Oak, but it's a great alternative for someone who lives in an area that doesn't have much distribution, Sierra Nevada is everywhere.

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Photo of drmeto
3.19/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

-pours a cloudy golden with a very small,quickly dissipating,foamy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
-wheat,lemon,slightly spicy,slight banana,bready,cascade hops coming through
-wheat,lemon zest,bready
-a little too hoppy for a Hefeweizen
-no german yeast character detectable
-light body
-medium to high carbonation
o.k wheat,but worlds below the top german examples (Franziskaner,Weihenstephan,Schneider etc)

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Photo of twage04
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best heffeweizen I've tried which I haven't tried many. Cloudy appearance and good aroma, smooth and pleasant with creamy head. Very good flavors, I'd love to know what yeast they used for this.

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Photo of McStagger
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought in a sample.

5/13/15 package date.

A: Hazy orange. Two finger of of whie head. Myriad of tiny bubbles stream to form it. Retention is pillowy.

S: Smells like Germany. Seriously, this one smells like a german wheat. Phenolic with banana and clove, backgrounds of all spice.

T: Soapy and bubblegum like. Huge hits of synthetic gum and banana. Big apple juice on the backside.

M: Pillowy. The carbonation is subdued with moderate body. This one is a classic.

O: Try it. Truly a classic Hefe.

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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