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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis HefeweizenSierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen

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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 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 joesmithrealname


5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

No shit, this beer is ridiculous.

It's as perfect a beer that I've seen on tap.

I could drink a LOT of this, and for once, wish I could.

The smell is to dream
The sight is to die
The feel is to swoon
The taste from on high
Barkeep take care
Pour her slow till she's dry

Truly a beautiful beer. On tap at HOOPS-N-HOPS in Simsbury, CT now.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2013 04:41:40 | More by joesmithrealname
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 MatthewWilde


4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample: On-Tap 2012

A: Yellow orange in color, minimal internal carbonation, hazy throughout, no head with minimal lacing

S: Moderately fragrant, light citrus, hints of berries and dried fruits, strong wheat elements and some lemon zest

T: Reminiscent of the nose, very dominating citrus/wheat elements, a bit butter to finish, some hops, decently flavorful

M: Smooth, light fruity/citrus aftertaste, not drying on the palate, quite drinkable and refreshing

O: A solid hefeweizen all-around, but nothing special with all elements to be expected

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2012 15:12:15 | More by MatthewWilde
Photo of angusdegraosta

New York

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

They got this right. Had on tap at Swift Hibernian Lounge, East Village NYC. Sierra Nevada Kellerweis does the Bavarian style proud, from the appearance and characteristic smell to the bread and spice taste. Great wheat tang, not too sweet. Excellent head. One of a select few American beers that is practically indistinguishable from its counterparts across the ocean, at least from what I can tell. I wonder in a blind taste test if I could tell which is which.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2012 17:57:58 | More by angusdegraosta
Photo of deebo


3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark golden with lots of haze not much of a head-just a white film.

S-Heavy on the yeast, banana esters are evident. Not tremendously aromatic.

T-A lot like the aroma. Yeasty with banana, comes out stronger as the beer warms. Weak on the spice but some clove aroma/taste.

M-Nice body-medium to on the heavy side for a hefe, moderate levels of carbonation.

O-Like all SN beers this one has more of a bittering hop note than others of the style. This bittering finish is not a characteristic I'm fond of.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2012 23:57:02 | More by deebo
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 UCLABrewN84


4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Schooners Patio Grille in Santa Clarita, CA.

Pours a hazy light honey brown color with a 1 inch foamy white head that fades to a thin film. Random spots of lace dot the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, mild spices, and yeast aromas. Taste is of wheat, spices, yeast, and a banana bubblegum flavor in the aftertaste. This beer has a good level of carbonation with crisp yet smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good American made hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada. I tried this in the bottle before and I think I prefer this one on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2011 20:22:42 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of ehammond1

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Urge Gastropub
San Diego, CA

Cloudy golden yellow with a pillowy, persistent white head. Consistent and regular lacing down the glass.

The aroma is classic hefe: banana and yeast, though this American version does have a touch of citrus/pine hop presence as well.

Banana and citrus flavors dominate, along with mild tangy yeast, and some faint bubble gum. Very nice American interpretation of this style.

Crisp, medium bodied. Sierra Nevada never feels here, no matter the beer.

A great American version of a hefeweizen.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2011 20:50:41 | More by ehammond1
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 JoeAmerican77


3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Superbly clouded, a misty orange haze with a simple finger of white head with chunky pieces of orange debris... never seen debris in a head....

Citrus and light hops, some yeasty bread in the nose

Orange fruit explosion on top of some popsice aftertaste, a bit sour and sweet, a hint of hop spice on the back end with a tint of banana

Light bodied yet full due to the carbonation's ability to broaden the liquid as it hits the tongue

Overall a good beer. I'd recommend this to anybody

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2011 04:48:46 | More by JoeAmerican77
Photo of nerdrocker101


3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cloudy gold with a little less than a finger of loose, fluffy white head.

The nose consists of a lot of banana somewhat like a popsicle, because the smell comes off as artificial banana, even though I know that no bananas were harmed in the making of this beer. I hope that makes sense. Probably not, oh well.

Flavors of banana, lemon, yeast and sweet wheat. The nose and flavor certainly lend to one another.

Very drinkable. Medium body and a little more than medium carbonated. Smooth and oddly enough a mildly rich feel to it.

I can't believe I've been passing this beer by all this time.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2010 10:16:52 | More by nerdrocker101
Photo of rarbring


3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy yellow brew with a hint of orange. A white head that leaves little lacing.

The smell is much what you expect from a wheat beer, fruits, lemon and banana, some yeast and grassy tones, spices like allspice and clove.

An initial sweetness, nearly ripe green grapes, the spices.

Medium high carbonation, watery and refreshing.

A good substitute for lemonade, less sweet and more taste.

On tap, sampled at beer tasting.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2010 14:20:36 | More by rarbring
Photo of BretSikkink


3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy gold color, with notes of orange around the edges. Not fully hazed, but definitely not clear; somewhere in the middle of filtration spectrum (at least from the tap). Pale wheat, slightly sweet on the nose, with plenty of banana - clove and spice are a second fiddle here.

The flavor is spot-on for this style; hefeweizen yeast brings the banana hard, clove is a solid backup, not much wheat-chaff flavor. Fairly sweet, but the finish is clean and dry enough not to be cloying. Smooth mouthfeel for easy drinking - nothing superlative, just...nice.

Solid weissbier from a solid brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2010 17:23:34 | More by BretSikkink
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 tai4ji2x


3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on-tap for the SN event at sunset grill and tap, in allston, ma, on april 23, 2009, during the week of the craft brewers conference.

cloudy pale straw. creamy head goes down to wispy thin layer. moderate, webby, though sometimes thin, rings of lace.

aroma: pear, ripe apple, very mild banana note, some floral honey. whiff of hops. light clove and anise notes. only a trace of open fermentation character.

taste: sweet bready malt with fruity pear and banana esters. faint acidity into the finish, with gentle phenols and clove hint. mild bitterness from grassy hops. again, not really much open fermentation character, but it's there if you think about it.

light to medium body, some acidity. the carbonation gets a bit prickly and fizzy though.

was hoping for something a little more "rustic" with stronger "kellerbier" open fermentation character. as it is, this is a drinkable effort, more like a decent american attempt at a hefeweizen (which are few and far between), and a little more interesting than the regular wheat beer getting bumped out of their lineup to make way for it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2009 09:19:13 | More by tai4ji2x
Photo of tmoneyba


3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft at SN tasting at Olives.

Poured cloudy orange color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly diminished with good lacing. Moderate wheat, citrus and yeast aroma. Medium body with smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium smooth sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration.

This is a good session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2009 23:56:46 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of johnmichaelsen


4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at TJsEveryday this past Saturday.

The beer pours a bright gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is impressive, with the prototypical banana, light clove and underlying spice. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose completely, and the beer has a definite light, sweet, banana flavor to it. Mouthfeel is pretty light (as one would expect) and drinkability is very good.

A very nice, easy to enjoy wheat beer from SN. Hope this is readily available here on the East Coast, as this would make an exceptional beer to sip through the warm summer months. Very nicely done.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2009 13:16:05 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of callmemickey


4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Straw yellow with a tinge of orange. Moderate white foamy head. Moderate lacing and decent retention.

S: Banana, yeast, wheat. Floral and grass tones.

T: Wheat and lemon up front. Followed by yeast, banana and a nice floral finish. Nice, subtle bitterness.

M: Clean. Crisp. Refreshing.

D: Nice on a warm summer evening like tonight. Nice to SN putting this out on the market... should be a nice, affordable, hefe... hopefully it will replace some of the more mainstream crap hefes out there at a lot of bars.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2009 04:48:34 | More by callmemickey
Photo of bcm119


4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Toronado.

Hazy straw color with a frothy white head. Pungent banana/clove aroma. Light and airy on the palate (benefits from an aggressive pour), with an almost numbing clove spiciness. The fruit/spice profile leans more towards clove than banana, but both these flavors are present. Finishes clean and dry, with a little wheat grain aftertaste to compliment the yeasty spice.

A very authentic Bavarian Hef, easily the most authentic American-brewed version I've had. Low in alcohol and high in flavor complexity, making it a great warm weather quaffer. An outstanding beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2009 18:28:04 | More by bcm119
Photo of PaleAleHater


2.68/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Eli Cannon's in CT. I rushed in to fill my mug but was choked back by the hype of this lackluster brew. Mouth feel was a quick fading fuzz of fizz. The taste was nothing spectacular yet not bad; bland as bland can be. I'd rather a beer be awful than average. When I see this in a sixer at the local packy I will probably buy a couple but I highly doubt it will pack the same sparkling summer sensation as a MH Wacko or Saranac LemonAle. I was half expecting this "hef" to be overloaded with hops and tasting identically to the green-labeled ubiquitous Pale Ale like every other beer SN has ever released into the wild. I applaud a SN that isn't destroyed with the awful bitterness of hops but this brew just didn't cut it. If beers were pitchmen, this one is more like Vince Shlomi and less like Billy Mays. By that, I mean it lacks staying power and identity, specifically in the areas of overall drinkability and taste.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2009 01:10:02 | More by PaleAleHater
Photo of morebeergood


4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sunset in Allston as part of the Sierra Nevada Artisan Ale Experience. Served in tall hefe glass. Opaque body, very light yellow in color. Slight faint smell of wheat. The taste was what I expected from a hefeweizen: coriander, wheaty, bit of lemon. What was remarkable about this beer was its smoothness. It was surprisingly light, borderline no body at all. While some might consider that a fault, I looked at it as a positive. It was so smooth that I think I could drink this beer all night. If you could mellow out a hefe with a bit of cellaring, this is what SN has done. Insanely drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2009 03:09:06 | More by morebeergood
Photo of washburnkid

New York

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery. Under 5.00%ABV.

A: Cloudy light golden and yellow with a small white head that retains pretty well. Great lacing on the glass.
S: Spices and wheat on the nose with a hint of citrus.
T: Wheat, fruit, and tons of refreshing spices. Very balanced, though the wheat definitely stands out.
M: Crisp, light, and smooth mouthfeel.
D: This beer claims to be the perfect California beer. There is no doubt in my mind about this claim. If this were in bottles, I'd never stop buying it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2009 03:16:51 | More by washburnkid
Photo of rayjay


4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery.

Tight white head and a hazy straw yellow appearance.

Great Bavarian style wheat beer. Intense aroma of ripe bananas and spicy clove. Predictably low bitterness. Very fresh malt flavors and a general grainy taste.

Very well done and very true to style. Its great to see this ale-heavy brewery tackle traditional German beers and take full advantage of their open fermenters.

Carbonation is a tad bit on the high side, but the body is medium-light and very drinkable and delicious.


Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2009 04:53:47 | More by rayjay
Photo of JuicesFlowing


3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Murky burnt yellow color, orangish tint. An eggshell colored head recedes to a white film, light spots of watery lacing.

Aroma: Fruity bouquet dominated with banana notes and wheat.

Taste: A really solid wheat and grain backbone dressed up in sweetness and banana peels.

Mouthfeel: Medium in weight with some carbonation.

Overall: Really sweet and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 15:39:27 | More by JuicesFlowing
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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,769 ratings.