Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,309
Hads: 3,726
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 239
Gots: 529 | 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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Photo of drmeto
3.19/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

L:
-pours a cloudy golden with a very small,quickly dissipating,foamy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-wheat,lemon,slightly spicy,slight banana,bready,cascade hops coming through
T:
-wheat,lemon zest,bready
-a little too hoppy for a Hefeweizen
-no german yeast character detectable
F:
-light body
-medium to high carbonation
O:
o.k wheat,but worlds below the top german examples (Franziskaner,Weihenstephan,Schneider etc) (431 characters)

Photo of twage04
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (194 characters)

Photo of McStagger
4.08/5  rDev 0%
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. (527 characters)

Photo of Andrewharemza
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a cloudy orange color with a foamy head and lacing. The aroma is banana and clove. The taste is banana, spice, and biscuit. It’s creamy and smooth. This is a good one. (178 characters)

Photo of Phoneguy
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I have been wanting to try this beer and was not disappointed. Poured a beautiful hazy golden hue w/a nice 1" head and substantial lacing. It has the banana/clove smell/flavor characteristics I would expect from a Bavarian style Hefeweizen with a smooth texture and a crisp finish. Although I have only rated a few Hefe's since joining BA, I have had many over the years. This is, at the very least, as good as any German Hefe I've tried. (438 characters)

Photo of Arenberg
1.64/5  rDev -59.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

I had been looking forward to trying this for a year or so and was disappointed. I am a huge fan of Weihenstephaner, Hofbrau, Franziskaner, Hacker-Pschorr and other authentic German beers.

This Kellerweis - airy but with a strong blast of American tasting, piney hops mixes with a bit of Grapefruit. Not even close, sorry. If you drink authentic Hefeweizen often you would know exactly what I mean on the first tiny sip. (426 characters)

Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So surprised. Definitely notes of banana bread and cloves. A great hefeweizen! Reminds me so much of a smoother 1664 blanc. Go Bills! Let's win it all boys, and exceed 150 characters!! (184 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Date: July 23, 2015... Glassware: Ayinger willibecker... Occasion: well pump replaced, and a tan replacement scheduled for tomorrow--time to drink... Appearance: golden yellow body is murky as a muddy river; ballooning, cratering off-white head leaves maze-like pattern of lacing .... Aroma: intense clove and banana, as expected; some fruity esters from the yeast make for an alluring, if not unique, hefeweizen ... Palate: lively, swirling, creamy body; bombards the tongue with activity, and suggestive of a surprising wheat complexity ... Taste: big, full bouquet of clove, banana, bubblegum, and secondary flavors of apple, pear, lemon grass and ginger--quite a stable of favors.... Overall: Sierra Nevada continues to impress with its portfolio of beers--they have top fermenters locked down, and now the wheat world is served notice that a refreshing, formidable, complex wheat is in the mix now.... (906 characters)

Photo of ZBowden
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy lemon yellow with small white head, smells of biscuity malts with strong yeast character, tastes of malts slight banana esters and yeast, mouthfeel is silky with low carbonation, and a lasting finish. (213 characters)

Photo of Hop_God
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look hazy orange some amber as well.
Banana and cloves on the nose
Tastes of More banana and some spice def wheat forward.
Ovrerall a fine American style hefe. (159 characters)

Photo of Myotus
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured 2/3 a 12oz bottle (bottled 07Aug14) into a weizen glass and swirled the beer around inside the glass. The remaining 1/3 was poured into the glass, per instructions on bottle.
LOOK: Pours with a finger's worth of white foam that halves within 20 seconds. Dull yellow in color with a remarkable amount of cloudiness. Only when held to the light, can I see that there is a moderate amount of rising bubbles. Lacing is practically absent.
SMELL: Has mild aromas of lemon, wheat, and that infamously sweet hefeweizen yeast along with subtle banana and clove aromas.
TASTE: Initial taste is of strong clove, banana, and sweet yeast flavors. Strong wheat along with mild lemon flavors enter immediately after as all initial flavors rapidly fade to mild. About 2 seconds pass as wheat flavors become mild and all other flavors drop to subtle. This results in a tasty, but weak final taste.
FEEL: Medium-bodied, moderately carbonated but goes down relatively smooth. The finish is nice and crisp.
NOTE: An outstanding beer. Just the strength of the flavors are lacking. (1,069 characters)

Photo of Aldenby
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have always loved the Bavarian hefe's. This is what you would expect in a Bavarian hefe, although the yeast strain is not quite exactly the same......but how? Still has a wonderful bready banana sticky lemony taste. Aahhh, quite tasty when you are in the mood. (262 characters)

Photo of GreyShoes
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Very natural, moderate orange color body, crazy amount of head and foam retention, good amount of light coming through for an unfiltered beer

Smell: Light malt, possible caramel or toffee hints, no hop aroma at all

Taste: Delicious natural Hefeweizen taste, very large wheat flavor, slight bitterness on the finish

Feel: Nice thick foam, thin beer overall.

Overall: I liked this beer, I'm a big fan of wheat based beers, especially Hefeweizens and this one had a ton of great parts to it. Sierra Nevada made a great beer in this one. Between the foam and the natural taste, this is a nice refreshing beer for a hot summer day. (636 characters)

Photo of joberlander
3.36/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Overall too heavy tasting for a hefe. Really bready and malty and for the ABV it shouldn't feel heavy IMO. not a bad beer but when I think of a hefe this isn't what I want. (174 characters)

Photo of Knilas
4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Highly impressed! Nice aroma. Banana bread in spades! Hazy yellow color, pure white head. You mustn't forget to swirl the bottle in order to get all that yummy sediment from the bottom! This one will have a permanent spot in my rotation. Well worth the coin! (260 characters)

Photo of muldersha
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had from a 12oz bottle with a packaging date of 05/19/15. Purchased in Portland, OR

Surprisingly, it sports a hazy and completely opaque light peach/orange-colored body crested by a generous creamy head. Excellent head retention and nice lacing throughout.

Normally, I'm underwhelmed by American Hefes. However, this is not one of them. Classic aromas of orange and lemon citrus, banana, and clove right up front. Followed by warming aromas of banana bread, lemon meringue, and raspberry-caramel taffy.

A little watery on the palate. Could use a bit more carbonation. Nice acidity, but not overdone. Lingering finish of citrus zest, bitter herbs, and a touch of spice. (679 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle

golden in color, bone white head. smells of wheat, but doesn't have the strong typical hefeweizen yeast flavors, which to me to good. same with the taste. cleaner, mild. easy drinking. (202 characters)

Photo of leroybrown10
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice gold color with mild haze. I usually expect more haze form a hefeweizen, 1 finger head is white in color. Moderate amount of lacing but it vanishes quickly.

Nose is banana, wheat and lemony citrus.

Taste is more banana. Yeast notes next. Bread-like malt. Citrus on the back end. Both lemon and orange.

Nice medium body mouth feel. Crisp carbonation but not overpowering. Malt and yeast linger on the tongue.

An excellent beer that is perhaps the prime American example of this style. (509 characters)

Photo of Apellonious
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, bottled 3/27/15, in this year's summer pack. Poured into a Guinness style pint glass.

A - Pale, cloudy and yellowish hue, with orange accents. Pours to a thin lace.

S - Clove, banana, pepper

T - Follows the nose, with some bread and grains.

M - Carbonation seems a touch above average. The heft is medium light.

O - Great hefe, I normally don't drink many in this style, but fans of the style will want to give this a go. (451 characters)

Photo of rossindo530
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Luscious golden cloudy haze(especially if follow pouring instructions)

Smell: Sweet juicy citrus contrasted by banana bread yeasty goodness

Taste: Tastes just as it smells but with a slight natural wheat metallic taste...not too bitter at all being an ipa fan to the fullest. Just enough hop to counter sweetness.

Feel: Very refreshing medium bodied low abv beer...creamy thick head that dissipates within seconds, leaving a nice thin layer of white foam through out start to finish and great glass lacing.

Overall: Perfect as a session beer...definitely a must have if your a fan of German style brewing...Great job Sierra Nevada by showing your versatility in craft brewing. (686 characters)

Photo of TheMadJack
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown glass bottle into Hefewiezen glass.

A: Very much like champagne, with a bolder, deeper yellow color. Very slightly cloudy. White frothy head with good retention and light lacing. No sediment.

S: Lemon flesh, green banana, vanilla. Bubblegum as the beer warms.

T: Banana, grass, citrus pith, a faint hint of black pepper or grains of paradise. Carbonation and a trace of clove carry the finish, clean and bright. The bubblegum on the nose as the beer warms joins the flavor palette at the same time.

M: Light and well carbonated without sacrificing smoothness.

D: An approachable and well executed hef, well suited to the summer heat and its cuisine. I've had a few of these out of the bottle and this beer is exceptionally well served by being put in a glass - the nose is subtle and almost all flavor is lost when you can't let scent reach you. (874 characters)

Photo of Southside830
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The best of the style by an American brewery IMO. Nice banana and clove notes without overwhelming the brew with too much clove flavor like some other breweries. Also has a pleasant sweetness to it. Banana pudding?? (215 characters)

Photo of Diameter
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Not a giant fan of SN. This beer changes that a little.

This is all nitpicking, but there is a hoppy finish that I would not get from anything else that calls itself a Bavarian. And a smidgen of something that starts out as funk and settles out metallic in the smell. Oh and there is a ton of yeast in it. More than you want.

Still, I will enjoy drinking more of this. (370 characters)

Photo of chrishiker1409
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Absolutely loved this and I'm not big on hefeweizens. But I think it's mostly because craft brew in the U.S. don't do it well.

L; Hazy gold yellow masterpiece.

S; Floral notes and banana

T: Banana with some citrus notes in there. Light orange but mostly banana. Delicious.

F: Nice and creamy.

O: I'm so glad the sampler I picked up was relatively fresh. A little more than a month old. I had heard this was a good one and it's completely changed my mind about hefeweizens. Now if only I can find the german ones fresh. If there's a good date on this, I won't hesitate to pick this up. Delicious. (616 characters)

Photo of SaltofOH
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hefeweizen glass. Pkgd 3/27/15

Appearance: The first 3/4 of the bottle poured a pretty clear pale gold, then I shook the last 1/4 vigorously and poured, turning it hazy with an initially 3 finger eggshell head that turned to 1 finger. Still tons of sediment left in the bottom of the bottle. The little white cap retains very well, and the lacing is of otherworldly proportions.

Aroma: Bubblegum, citrus, artificial grape. Very yeasty. If you like the traditional Hefeweizen smell, this has it in spades. Many people say that smells like cloves, but I don't get clove at all.

Taste: Mildly sweet arrival, turns tart for a second, then clears the palate with a very mild bittering. That tart second is a little bitter orange with some green banana. Perhaps a little white grape or Riesling wine.

Mouthfeel: Heavier side of light, crisp, low carbonation. Lingering slickness is slightly unpleasant to me.

Overall: I am rarely in the mood for this style beer, but for when I am, this would be my #2 pick (so far, only Schneider-Weisse was better to me, but I haven't had many). This is my second bottle of Kellerweis, and this one was far better than the first. Extremely light and complex with a bold nose. 4.8% ABV is perfect for the style, I could drink these all day. Slickness and low hopping stops it from being what I would consider refreshing. (1,365 characters)

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