Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,308
Hads: 3,725
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 239
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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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Reviews: 1,308 | Hads: 3,725
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recent bottle from Premiere Gourmet. Pours a beige body, with large but consistently fading head that whafts bannana and some other spiciness. Leaves the odd lace dot. Medium mouthfeel, with that unfiltered taste, and good carbonation, easy drinking hefe. Not the most outstanding I have had, but certainly very drinkable. (322 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (558 characters)

Photo of acurtis
2.68/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen
12oz bottle poured into Verboten Weizen glass. Hazy golden straw color with lots of bubbles and one finger white head that lingers. Yeast, wheat and clove smell. Tastes just like it smells, too banana wheat. I love wheat beers and I love Sierra Nevada but this is just boring, I just don't like the flavor. (343 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured light yellow and rather cloudy in appearance into a weizen glass. It had a thick white head and good retention properties. A high amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are light aromas of clove, bubble gum and yeast in the nose, which also is a bit sour.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some notes of bananas and lemon. The clove flavors really stand out.
M: It feels light-bodied and very bubbly on the palate.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and quenches your thirst. (513 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice, cloudy bright yellow with a good white head in my weizen glass. Nose brings forward clove and banana along with some bubblegum and light hops. The taste brings a tiny bit of spice and citrus as well as banana. Mildly sweet. Good body with really nice carbonation; this drinks quite well and is one of the better American versions of the style that I've had. (393 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Mit hefe, this pours a cloudy straw color with an authentically fluffy head that leaves plenty of lace behind

Smell: Banana, clove and a squeeze of lemon

Taste: While there is some banana, up front, the clove and lemon flavors move quickly to assert themselves and make this a rather punjent example of the style; in the aftertaste, the spices continue to linger at the expense of the banana

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with some creaminess; slightly undercarbonated for the style

Overall: Not quite top tier and a rather American twist on the style, this is still a very nice brew; just wish there was a bit more banana influence, overall (658 characters)

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

a real solid hefe. pours a cloudy golden color with a patchy white expanding head with good retention (into a wine glass for me, nothing else on hand). smell is great. there is a fruity wheaty aroma going on, but there is an almost belgian like yeast in there that adds a sort of delicate summery sweetness to the mix. really pleasant nose. taste is nice too, really well synched up, with everything in excellent proportion. there is a flowery vibe from the yeast and the wheat malt is less heavy than most. lighter body, but nothing watery about this one. great carbonation, very sessionable and refreshing. seasonally perfect, and an excellent illustration of the style. (672 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As much anticipation as this beer brings, Kellerweis does a very good job living up to the expectations. The pour brings a classic look- cloudy yellow-golden color with thick, froathy head formation just off of stark white. Great lacing and retention. Estery banannas, papayas, pineapples, and pears are tempered with phenolic clove, white pepper, and flowery-herbal hops. Nice moderate layers of flavors and aromas keep the beer from boredom or mediocracy. Richly textured with a creamy, velety mouthfeel that weakens just before the finish. Pretty clean and refreshing in the aftertaste; obviously designed for summertime comsumption. Similar to Ayinger Brau Weiss, but with milder fruit and clove flavor and lighter body. An overall pleasure to drink. (754 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
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. (533 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy beige color weizen with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of wheat malt with nice ester of banana and cloves. Taste is very refreshing with great notes of banana ester with subtle cloves and loads of wheat. Body is full with nice bottle conditioning and good carbonation. Very well done for the style with great refreshing factor - I think it is wonderful to keep this level of quality with the quantity of beer being brewed by this brewery. (493 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Barely blurry gold with a small shot of orange juice. A pillowy crown of elephant tusk ivory colored foam was created on the pour and looks like it'll hang around for quite a while. The final pour murks things up beautifully as the bulk of the yeasties are added.

If the nose is an accurate guide, Sierra Nevada has nailed the style. The beer smells pale wheaty, with a fair amount of ripe banana and zesty clove. I'm not sure why Munich malt was used, but it isn't appreciated (so far at least). This should be a good one... which is pretty much all these guys brew.

Kellerweis Hefeweizen is a rock-solid version of a style that, if there was any justice in the world of craft beer, would be 10 times as prevalent as American pale wheats rather than 1/10th as prevalent. Wheat has very little flavor and Bavarian hefeweizen yeast has a ton. A no-brainer, right?

The malt (pale, wheat, Munich) adds just enough flavor and just enough sweetness. This might be the first time that I've ever seen a hop bill described as hop A (Perle) *or* hop B (Sterling). Those two are similar, but obviously not the same. Hmmm, wonder which one I got?

Bitterness is appropriately scarce (just 15 IBUs). The hefeweizen banan-o-meter score is a thoroughly respectable 3.5/5.0 and the clove is a perfectly calibrated accent. This offering doesn't seriously challenge some of the New Glarus hefes for 'best American version of the style', but it's a wonderful effort by any measure.

The neck label claims a 'velvety texture'. Well... not quite. That said, the mouthfeel is very good for the style and the ABV. It's smooth and semi-silky, with just the right amount of ballast. The carbonation is spot-on as well.

Since my local grocery stopped carrying Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier and Ayinger Brau Weisse, I've been suffering from hefeweizen withdrawl. Thankfully, that's no longer the case. I couldn't be happier that Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen has filled the void with something that stacks up pretty well against the German greats. (2,032 characters)

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

This beer pours a cloudy, murky medium shiny golden yellow hue, with two fingers of thick soapy white head, which settles quickly, leaving nothing in the way of lace. It smells of crisp wheat grain, yeast, orange pith, banana, and spicy clove. The taste is yeasty sweet wheat, banana, clove, and some mild white pepper. The carbonation is on the low side, the body close to full weight, creamy, and pretty velvety smooth. It finishes sweet, the clove spice keeping it from being cloying.

A quite enjoyable and drinkable hefe. Not too complicated, not too plain - just right. (575 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single from Archer Liquors, the premier "craft singles" purveyor of Chicago. This was a buck and change.

Poured into a goblet, swirled the last bit as instructed by label... there is some seriously goopy yeast hanging out in there, looks like a ring of liquid caramel. Shake bottle, and shake again, still some globs at the bottom. Pours out a nice opaque orange, looks like a mimosa. Convex foam dome rises gently above the rim and ebbs after a minute. Aroma is all dusty wheat, fresh and wholesome. Flavors of clove and smooth wheat, vague banana in the back. Smooth and supple feel, light bodied. Easy drinking, a great summer session hefe. (645 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Couldn't believe I actually had not had this one before. Decided to crack it open last night and give it a whirl. Served cold and poured into a pint glass. This one was consumed on 01/27/2010.

The pour was very nice, crystal clear and golden in color with a nice head of white that rose up and over the top, settling down nicely with bit of a broken head that hung around on the sides of the glass for just a little bit before fading in its entirety. Aroma was light at first but began to grow on me after a while. Smooth notes of light grain, hints of grassy notes and a light bit of bready tones are al easily picked up here now. Crisp and very clean taste. Well carbonated with a light and refreshing body that I really found to be quite enjoyable I have to admit. Rolling through it seemed to have a light fruit notes in the mid palate and a light, slightly drying kick in the finish that made me look forward to going back in for another sip as soon as possible!

Overall a very session able and very enjoyable light offering from Sierra. Again nothing but quality is delivered from them time and time again. (1,114 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (517 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (669 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy golden color, some hints of orange. Not much head nor lacing.

S: Wheat, mild spice, citrus sweetness.

T: Orange, mild spice, bread, perhaps some banana (especially noticeable with any burps that you may let out while drinking this beer). Sorry for being crude, but it's true.

M: Medium body, not much carbonation to speak of.

D: A very nice wheat beer, much better than the other American offerings I've had. (420 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

"To serve, pour two-thirds into a glass, swirl and pour the rest." You're the boss, bottle!

Appearance: Rather well hazed, dull, dark yellow body with a voluminous, lasting, whitish head. Fair amount of gooey lace left on the way down.

Smell: Ah, the unmistakable aroma of wheat malt, replete with some sweet-scented, tangy qualities but also a scent of gently kneaded whole wheat bread dough. Pungent notes of semi-ripe banana and spice with a lesser hint of chewing gum and squeezed lemon.

Taste: Sweetish, tangy malted wheat with a distinct taste of grainy, mealy bread dough. Add in a few freshly-sliced lemon wedges and some dried banana chips. Good dash of earthy ground cloves. Spicy-minded hops with a low, subtle bitterness imparted. Very thin vein of tartness in the last third of the sip. Finishes dry, spicy, with little "goodbyes" from the wheat, lemons, and bananas. Nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. Smooth, somewhat fluffed mouthfeel which has nice depth but also a delightful airiness about it.

Drinkability: Remarkably enjoyable and certainly recommended! It was difficult completing the review before I had greedily gulped this one down. Regretfully, I picked only the one lone single, but I'll be sure to return for a proper six-pack. (1,350 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - One finger of white head on top of a dark golden body with a cloud of hazy yeast spreading throughout from the swirl. The foam settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Musty yeast with spicy wheat notes, vanilla, and a bit of clove.

T - Spicy wheat and smooth yeast notes of clove and vanilla. The wheat becomes a bit spicy in the middle and then gives way to yeast for the finish with more of the vanilla notes, a little banana, and some spicy, slightly lemony, hops.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a semi-dry finish.

D - This beer is very drinkable. It is a bit more subdued than some German wheat beers but still has good yeast character and a lot of zesty wheat. This is a refreshing, simple, and very enjoyable beer that I could drink all night. (779 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
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. (612 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wasn't quite sure of what to expect from Sierra Neada's Kellerweis.

Not that Sierra Nevada isn't a favored and trusted brand of mine, it's just that I've had so many California-brewed "weizens" that were far more American than Bavarian. As I eyed the bottle, and rolled it to release the yeast sediment from the bottom, I wondered to myself "will this be overly-hopped"? Thankfully, the answer is no.

There is a quick note of hops that's almost required -it acts as the Sierra Nevada signature - but beyond that it's all wheat, banana, clove, and soft fruit (mainly apple, but there's some pear as well). And I actually enjoy the quick hop note as it's a little bit unique.

Beyond that, I found the appearance to be quite good, and although the lacing wasn't at par with the absolute best, it was still pretty damned good. The aroma was decent, and again checks in but doesn't rank at the upper-most eschelon. I thought that the overall flavor, however, was right up there in balance and roundness, with all of the components working together but standing out a little bit on their own. And that leads to drinkability, thus another great score...

... and in conlcusion, I'd say it ranks right up there with the greatest exampless from Bavaria. (And that I've now got another favorite to rely on)! (1,303 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz stubby bottle into a Weizen glass.

Pours a hazy golden orange, with several billowous fingers of foamy off-white head that makes good use of this glass's volume to say the least. This eventually peters down into a rich 1/2 finger, that fires up beautifully when swirled, leaving back lacing that hangs in thick swathes down the sides of the glass. Really nice Hefe look here. The aroma is fruity with citric notes of lemon and orange, as well as notes of yeasty ripe banana, light bubblegum, and sweet malty wheat, which holds the whole thing together. Just a nice fresh pop in the nose from this.

The taste is crisply sweet from the wheat and citrus, with the yeast really blooming out nicely along the backend, along with clove and some very lightly spicy Noble hop charcter, which really dries the finish out and lets this end with a bit of a zing. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied with an extremely crisp feel and easygoing nature to this. I'm actually a little surprised by the amount of presence this has in the mouth for a sub 5% beer.

Impressive. Full flavored, crisp, and refreshing, this is by far one of the better American-made Wheat beers that I've had in the bottle. A steal at the price and perfect for summertime imbibing. (1,256 characters)

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, bananas, spice, light malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is bready with flavors of wheat and a light but hearty malt character. There are sweet flavors of bananas, citrus and spices. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice wheat beer with flavor and substance that makes it worth drinking for a long time. (762 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer popped up in my local stores about a week or two ago.. and SN has yet to disappoint me so have to give it a try. This is a great hefe right here, much better than the run of the mill one most breweries do to throw in their mixed 12 pack. This one seems a bit more citrus/lemony (along with the usual banana/clove flavors) than most Hefe's, but it's cool to have a little unique taste to it. Nice full body to it, nice and smooth finish and nice carbonation to it. A great refreshing beer to have on a nice/hot day... keep up the good work SN! (552 characters)

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

Lovely lemony amber color in the tulip glass with cloudy appearance. Not a traditional Hefeweizen but it's elegant yet flavorful. Crisp with a nice acidic touch, yet mellow with a restrained clove and banana taste. Excellent creamy carbonation, much like a good German beer such as an actual Kellerbier. Nice touch of hops gives a good beery finish.

One of my favorite American wheat beers, however this fits into the styles. Lighter body than many Hefeweizens, but real flavor unlike the typically anemic American Pale Wheat Ale style. (537 characters)

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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