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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ClockworkOrange on 03-12-2009

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Photo of gunnerman
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass pours a hazy yellow with a fluffy head that leaves lace on the glass. Smell is of citrus fruit with hints of clove and berry. Taste is spot on for the style nice and smooth with a banana clove taste, a bit of bubble gum flavor as well, very refreshing. Overall a good all around beer, I am happy that this is a year around offering it will be a regular in my frig.

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Photo of sgoodship
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a nice Hef glass, it was a lovely hazy, yellow straw color. It's hard to stop this one from wanting to deliver a three finger head. Nice fine off-white cap. Lively carbonation makes the head return with every swig. Some suspended yeast visible.

S: Dry, yeasty, wheaty banana with a hint of spice.

T: A touch of hop-like bite that is probably more tartness from yeast and carbonation. There is a breadiness and wheaty flavor but it goes quickly into a balanced banana and clove with a hint of bubblegum. There is a touch of pear and lemon there too. The finish is very dry with residual fruity flavors.

M: Light side of medium body - probably due to the yeast. High carbonation that is gentle on the palate.

D: This is a very well balanced and enjoyable beer. I don't go out of my way to drink wheat beers but this one feels like a drink that I would enjoy after a hard day in the sun. Really tasty and refreshing. Sierra Nevada really knows how to brew a beer. Hats off.

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Photo of SirVeza420
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is my new summer beer. I just tried Sierra Nevada's Torpeda IPA brew, about 2 mos ago and that was also great.

Pours well, with a citrus, banana aroma coming out of the gate. Cloudy appearance with a fast dissolving head, as well. It has a nice balance of sweetness and hops, but not too overwhelming in either category. If you don't add a lemon garnish to it, than you can appreciate the balance between the banana, spicy clove, and lemon flavors. I would love too review more, but I have a Kellerweis to finish.


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Photo of enfield249
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a beautiful golden yellow, with a thick white head, and cloudy with lots of yeast.

S - Sweet, citrus, "summer"

T - Citrus, mostly lemon, sweetness but not cloying, tiny amount of hops.

M - Light-medium, not to much carbonation so as to make the mounthfeel sharp, just enough.

D - I could drink about 100 of these. Well done Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy pale yellow with some light orange highlights. Little bubbles continually shoot up towards the top. The head is typical hefeweizen, massive and white. It falls very slowly, leaving thick rings of nearly symmetrical lace all the way down the glass. Retention is excellent, as a solid 1/3 inch of foam remains atop throughout.

S: Rich, yeasty aroma showcasing some light banana and clove, raw wheat malt, and light orange. There's a bit more spice here than in typical German examples, but it's not too out of balance. Solid aroma, but not quite as full as the best German examples.

T&M: Decent flavor. Banana flavor is rather restrained, showcasing a bit more spiciness and some clove. A graininess and clean wheat flavor also contribute. Finish is drying and lightly herbal and spicy. I'd prefer a bit more of the traditional banana and clove, but that's probably not what SN was going for. Body is light and fluffy, with a zesty carbonation that's on par for the style.

D: Very drinkable. Light, with an easy-to-handle flavor. This beer is replacing their old APWA and I think fans of Sierra Nevada Wheat Beer will not be disappointed in the least by this upgrade. For the price, I'll probably make this a fridge staple anytime I'm craving hefeweizen.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a very turbulent butter-gold with a mushrooming 2 finger plus head that breached the glass rim and shroomed upwards from the center holding steady. Bright white in color it leveled off after a few minutes to a creamy whipped covering. There was an incredibly strange swirling yeasty haze that reminded me of a lava lamp. A great coloring and even more unique and strange turbid nature that slowly swirled and curled, dancing right before eyes unlike anything ive ever seen in a beer. After settling the drink appeared a dark buttery gold in the center while light orange-gold highlights glisten around the edges of the glass. As you might of guessed this unique experience warrants extra consideration here.

S: The aroma was nice as well, bananas and very strong clove hints. The overall strength was moderately strong even after 4-5 minutes after the pour. Freshly buttered banana bread gives this good regards.

T: The flavor was beautiful with a yeasty and banana flavor bursting through. Spicy cloves, lemon bread and a hints of pears and honey dew are most evident. There is also a tangy tropical semi-sour tropical fruitiness and white grapes adding to the complexity. Very good regards here, finishes with a fruity and fresh lemon twang. A good alternative to two of my favorites per style Ayinger and Weihenstephaner.

M: creamy and full, lusciously smooth. Ill let the experience speak for itself here.

D: Goes down incredibly well with a whole hearted case recommendation here. Great in multiples, very good per style visually and flavor wise that was sharp and delivers a wonderful experience.

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Photo of zeff80
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden-yellow color with a one-finger, bubbly head of white foam. It left soapy residue on the glass.

S - It smelled of lemon, clove, banana, wheat and some spicy yeast.

T - Great balance of banana, clove, wheat and yeast provides a nice sweet flavor with just enough spice.

M - It was crisp and very sharp with a somewhat dry finish. A light bodied ale.

D - This is a really good American version of a hefeweizen. There are some German ones that are better, but this is pretty darn good.

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Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a yellowish-brown color and a cloudy, thick consistency. There was a huge, foamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: Smelled of wheat, hops, bananas and some malt.

T: Tasted of hops, malt, wheat, bananas, a little spice. Not as sweet as some hefeweizens, but tasty nonetheless.

M: A high amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: A drinkable American hefeweizen. This is a solidly made, easy to drink beer.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I badly need to be refreshed, and Harnas didn't work. Time for a hefeweizen. On to the beer:

It's as yellow as the inside of a mango, cloudy of course, with the head over a finger thick. The clove in the aroma is mild, and it smells like someone is making banana bread, but on a subtle scale. Taste...this will refresh me. Banana and baked bread are the first things to come to mind. Moderately spiced with clove. Touches of lemon come into play, and I didn't even garnish my beer with lemon. Chalky texture with the occasional snap of carbonation. Light esters, spice, and malted wheat sit around in the aftertaste.

This is nice. Another pleasant beer from the folks in Chico.

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Photo of br3wmeister
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Large foamy off white head, Moderate retention with pretty good lacing. The beer itself is a hazy dull yellow.

S- Some what hoppy for a Hefeweizen but still pretty good, hints of banana and clove hidden behind a floral citrus hop. Also some caramel and vanilla sweetness in there with a touch of bubble gum.

T- Again a little hoppy for a Hefeweizen but still very good, Big sweetness up front, little banana, some vanilla and caramel then bitter floral hops dry out the pallet. Nice flavor and very easy to drink.

This is different from most Hefes I have had do to the hops but it is some what expected from SN. Overall a pretty good beer.

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Photo of tdawgydog
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Noticed this beer on a recent trip to my local beverage store. I thought I'd give it a try as I am a big fan of Weizens...

A - Pours a nice hazy golden brown. Right from the start I could tell by the unfiltered nature of the beer that I was in for a treat!
S - Sweet wheaty smell. Very true to the style
T - An almost impeccable American Weizen. A great beer for a hot sunny day or any other day of the year for that matter. I could drink this stuff all the time.
D - Goes down really smooth. The unfiltered nature of the beer gives it an added extra flavor that makes it extremely enjoyable.
M - Great body to this beer. Not too gassy.

This was honestly one of the best American Micro Hefe's that I have ever had. I'm going back to the beer store tomorrow to get some more!!

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Photo of neenerzig
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a single 12 oz bottle of this recently. Poured into a weizen glass. This beer is a very cloudy, hazy pale golden color with a fluffy white head over an inch thick when poured, settling eventually and after a few sips to sadly, nothing. No lacing at all either. Aromas of clove and banana are nicely present. The taste is pretty much the same, sweet banana and clove with a bit of a bread like quality to it as well. Slight spice from the clove. This has very little to none of the very distinct hop bitterness that has always been present in all of the other beers that I have had by Sierra Nevada. Smooth, crisp full bodied with moderate carbonation. Extremely easy to drink. I really enjoyed this one a lot and would certainly have it again!


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Photo of dirtylou
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, scooped a sixer at Steve's on University

appearance: poured into a tyranena imperial pint glass, hazy orange body with a nice white froth and decent lacing left behind

smell: light yeast, a load of pale wheat, sweet citrus whiffs...a little jumbled. there is a bizarre sulfur aspect as well that others appear to have noticed - odd

taste: a little on the sweeter end of the style -juicy citrus, banana, clove, pepper, pale wheats. enjoyable, but doesnt hold up compared to the dancing man wheat thats also in the fridge

mouthfeel: medium body, sweeter and thicker than the norm

drinkability: good

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Photo of GClarkage
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

07/13/09- Purchased at Safeway in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no visable freshness info. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Pale golden color with a bit of clouded appearance. 3/4 inch creamy head and some light lacing left afterwards.

Smell- Traditional notes of heavy clove, banana and a bit of bubble gum. Smells the part.

Taste- Quite a flavorful hefe. Lots of banana and lots of clove. Flavors are not lacking here. Bubble gum comes into play and is lasting. Intense flavors at times.

Mouthfeel- Wow, this is damn smooth and quite creamy. A lower carbonation level. Almost seems heavy, but it's not.

Drinkability- Quite impressive! Great flavors and tremendous mouthfeel. Winner winner chicken dinner!

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Photo of rowew
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz, typical SN packaging in a yellow color. Also the same cryptic date code .. I'm not sure with all that SN has done for the beer industry why they can't start putting some normal dates on the bottles.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow orange color, nice frothy head with decent retention.

Smell: Yeast, a hint of citrus. Nice amount of wheat.

Taste: Nice amount of wheat flavor, not overly yeasty but there is enough there to make things interesting.

Overall impression: Highly drinkable, nice flavors. A nice addition to the SN stable.

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Photo of mpyle
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a big white head, creamy with good retention. Beer itself is an amber golden color, and very cloudy.

Big banana and clove aroma - fruitier than some hefeweizens. A sweet fruitiness. A touch of sulfur?

A bit of wheat graininess, fruitiness from the yeast is evident but not as prominent as in aroma. Nicely attenuated and/or sufficiently hopped to prevent any runaway sweetness in the finish.

MF has a lightish body, with fairly high carbonation as fits the style.

A hugely drinkable style, and a nice example. Think there are other examples that I like better, but nice to see an American brewer producing one to stand up against the best that Germany can produce.

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Photo of bmwats
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a weizen.

A: Cloudy bright yellow orange, I'd say almost mango. Cloudy doesn't really fully represent the appearance, opaque is probably more accurate. Pours into a 2 finger, foamy, white head. Settles fairly quickly, pretty much dissipating entirely. No lacing to speak of. Color seems to thin out.

S: Pungent wheat, lemon and orange citrus, also a subtle(but full) sweet nectar, and a little banana. Kind of a freshly cut grass, and freshly baked banana bread.

T: Wheat and hay. Really grainy. A touch of bitter fruity flavor.

M: Light but full. This one really fully coats the palette. Lightly bitter flavor remains throughout.

D: Light, refreshing, and very pleasing.

Really nice atmosphere. Great coloration especially. The different components of the nose are subtle, but there is some complexity there. Flavor is pretty simple, and standard for the style with the exception of an added bitterness that kinda' sets it apart. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle from Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville, VA. Poured into a flute/footed pisner glass to showcase the appearance.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazed sunset yellow-orange, with the wavelength of the hue of the body decreasing in the same direction as the relatively large streams of bubbles are traveling (that is, this beer is a bright yellow at the bottom, but shifts slowly towards the orange end of the spectrum as the diameter of the pilsner glass increases). The crisp, creamy white head has solid staying power, fading from a one-finger white mass to a thin, wispy, but uniform and consistent cap in about 5 minutes time. A few erratic patches and runny streaks of lacing begin to appear once you start sipping this one. A good beginning.

Aroma: Candied orange slices and honeyed lemon zest, sprinkled on a bowl of cream of wheat ... ok, that's not what it smells like, but real life examples of what pure wheat qua wheat smells like are a little hard to come by. Suffice to say it is fairly wheaty, but also very earthy, wholesome, almost oat-like in places. The bananas don't come through nearly as much as they do in the taste (see below), but there are a few distinct, obviously more-volatile spicy notes that emerge with agitation: cloves, faint cardamom, perhaps even cinnamon. A very pleasant (and obviously very satisfied) yeast strain was used in this one.

Taste: A solid, flavorful brew. A little on the "green" side of things perhaps - that is, it's a little tart and earthy in places, but in a good way. What is it not, however, is "green" on the banana side of the equation - the banana esters in this one are prominent, full, cleansing, and overripe in that sort of way that I enjoy. Soft, powdery wheat makes up the body of this one, providing a fine palette for the aforementioned banana esters, green notes, a slight hint of earthy, yeasty nuttiness, a handful of citrus overtones, a robust, rustic, whole wheat "bread crust"-esque note in the middle that seems to intensify as it warms, and a few stray phenolic spices that manifest themselves as the obligatory clove more than anything else.

Mouthfeel: A little on the thin side, and a little on the well-carbonated/full side, but it's remarkably even despite the two aforementioned characteristics, characteristics which usually render a beer a fizzy, uneven, explosive mess. This one just manages to stay crisp, light, fluffy, pillowy almost, enhancing its drinkability.

Drinkability: A fine addition to Sierra Nevada's year round repertoire, and as drinkable a beer as is made by any American brewery. As I've said in previous reviews, I try not to give a beer a higher score on drinkability than I've given it in any of the other categories, but I will do so if I feel it deserves that "bump," that certain something that I'm just not getting across. This beer has whatever that certain something is. It's a great stab at a under-brewed style by an all-American brewery, and I think this point actually bears further mention - the "American Pale Wheat Ale" is a style I'm not terribly fond of, because, in my mind, it's always seemed like some sort of bastard red-headed stepchild of the hefe. They're usually remarkably (or unremarkably, as the case may be) bland, underhopped (or overhopped, to compensate), and - while generally being fairly inoffensive - aren't really anything I find myself ordering. Not that there aren't good examples of the style - Oberon and Lil' Sumpin' Sumpin' are two fine brews, for instance - but that one's just never sat as well with me as a good hefe does.

But I digress. This is an extremely quaffable brew, perfect for the season, and I can see it becoming a part of any backyard BBQ cookout, romantic picnic, afternoon of lawn mowing, or just a plain ol' lazy back porch day. Also, as with all things SN, you better believe the price is right. Cheers to Sierra Nevada for continuing to make well-crafted, approachable, inexpensive brews.

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Photo of jwc215
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into weizen glass:

Pours clouded golden yellow with a fairly thick foamy white head that leaves strands of lacing.

The smell is of classic banana/clove. The bananais robust and the clove intermingles nicely.

The taste is banana is prominent. The sweet bubblegum, and hint of bubblegum, is balanced by spicy clove. It has a refreshing, semi-dry finish. The banana/clove remains on the palate through the finish.

It is crisp, velvety/creamy smooth.

This isn't an American Wheat called a HW, but one true to style - and it nails it. Great banana with a spicy, clove balance. Appropriate light-bodied, but not watery at all. I would believe this to have been one of Bavaria's better examples of style, had I not known better. SN has a real winner here!

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Photo of medic25
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow color, hazy, with a pillowy thick white head. Aroma is a tasty wheat, with a hint of bubble gum. Flavor is fantastic; the best American version of a Hefeweizen that I can recall tasting. Primarily yeast and wheat, with a little spiciness and bubble gum flavor. Incredibly easy drinking beer; a great summer choice.

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

Pours cloudy straw in color, even cloudier after swirling the final ounces in the bottle. The head is big and white, but vanishes quickly.

It has a good aroma of banana and spices.

The taste is classic Hefeweizen: Slightly spicy with just a hint of funkiness, probably from the open fermentation?

The body is crisp and bubbly, a nice zing to add to the spicy notes. And there is plenty of heft to this beer: It's far from watery.

This is a very fine Hefeweizen -- it's very refreshing -- and that should be no surprise since it's brewed by Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of Spidey13
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kellerweis pours a hazy yellow color with a huge, fluffy, white head. Lots of bubbles. Looks like a hefe should. The nose has a lot of banana with some underlying clove and some lemon underneath both of those.

The flavor starts our with the malt which gets out of the way to lead to creamy banana flavors. The finish is quick. Not much aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

I'm not a huge fan of hefeweizens but this one was above average for me.

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Photo of Mdog
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy yellow-gold, good head and lacing.

Smell: Mostly clove, some breadiness.

Taste: A little bit of everything. Some lemon, moderate sweetness with a hint of banana, some spicy clove and pepper.

Mouthfeel: Feels kind of heavy and slick.

Drinkability: Tasty, but due to the heavy feel it comes down a peg.

It's summer, so let's try the new SN wheat. I enjoyed their old wheat, this one has more of the traditional wheat flavor to it but isn't quite as sessionable. Still a good beer though.

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Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not a style I look to find very often but after seeing the reviews I wanted to try it,Iam glad I did.Poured into a weizen glass a hazed golden with a shade of peach,a frothy large head atop settled very slowly into a creamy mass leaving mulitple sheets of lace behind.Aromas of banana and some toasty grain,the clove-spice is not overpowering wich is nice.Nice creamy mouthfeel its full but airy light if you can understand that.Flavors are fruity up front with some lemon pith to go along with the big banana notes,the clove and toasted cereal grain flavors finish up.A great hot weather brew well rounded and flavorful,likely the best of the style I have had I think.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into weizen glass for a cloudy pale orange body and a light, soapy head. A mixture of citric and banana along with minor clove spicing and a little bit of a yeast twang. Chewy and fluffy with the wheat giving it a soft and minor sweetness, along with some caramel taste. Slightly sharp and citric with lemon pepper spices, thin-bodied with minor fruit notes like banana and orange. Goes down smooth and easy, slightly slick; good balance. Overall, a good but not noteworthy hefe that is a good try if you're a hefe lover but nothing that is overly fascinating.

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,352 ratings.