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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis HefeweizenSierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,769 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 02:38:13 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

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
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 13:02:43 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 00:00:33 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 00:12:34 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 18:32:44 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 01:56:38 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 01:53:53 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 21:51:09 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

3.93/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 00:32:21 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 02:41:38 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 20:34:40 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 01:39:10 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
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)!

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 21:42:40 | More by NeroFiddled
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 01:06:47 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Kellerbrau HefeWeizen

Highly hazed, bright straw yellow color, big bountiful snowy white head.

Lemony aromatics at first, soft spice, light and lovely...creamy hefe weizen yeast in the nose.

Yummy wheat texture, mouthfeel, vast drinkability, enormous refreshment. Floods the mouth and thrills the senses. Light-to-medium bodied. Mellow. Great summer brew. I'll be stocking up while the heat's still ablazing.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 07:44:30 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 23:44:05 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 22:37:40 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

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

Pours a semi-hazed honey color with 2 fingers of fluffed up pearl colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Bananas & cloves that fade a bit as this warms

T: Grassyness, banana, cloves & breadyness up front. Lemony motes, plus some juicyfruit show as this warms along with the aforementioned bananas, plus green bananas as well, cloves, & tartness. Finishes with green bananas & tartness, almost pulled a 5.0

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation & a bit juicy

Drinks pretty easy, this is a damn authentic stab at the style. Well done Sierra Nevada!

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 01:05:39 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a cloudy pale gold color with a 1/2" white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale and wheat malt scent along with a citrus character and the lovely hefe yeast aroma. The taste is good. It has a solid malt taste that boasts of pale and wheat malts. Again, it has a powerful citrus flavor and just a slight banana/clove finish. It's quite crisp and refreshing; not a real heavy hefe. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a highly quaffable hefe. It explodes with a nice mix of hefe yeast, citrus, and malts; a wonderful summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 23:59:24 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. I should start this out by saying that I am both a huge Sierra Nevada fan as well as a hefeweissen fan and they nailed it. The beer is yellow and cloudy, the kind of permanent starch haze you'd expect from a beer like this. The head is white and big, it falls away quick but a thin layer of white bubble forms over the beer for most of it's life. Carbonation is moderate and steady, medium sized bubbles and there is some lacing on the glass.
Aroma is filled with wheat, some banana character, no hop character in the aroma. Invites you to drink. Carbonation is present in the mouth, makes the beer feel fuller than it normally would seem, the flavor is great, some of the etherial fruit flavors you may expect, banana, almost no aftertaste, a slight wheat-like flavor in the back, the bubbles fill the midpalate with good body and a connection of flavors. This beer is very drinkable, I could kill a 6 pack in no time. One of my favorite beers currently.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 03:21:26 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

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

Pours a cloudy yellow with a small, wheat head. Beer seems to glow when held up to a light. Smell is of wheat and bananas. Taste is fruity, with lemons and other citrus as well as wheat. There was a little banana in the taste, but not as much as I expected after smelling the beer. This doesn't differ from the other top hefeweizens too much, but it is still a great hefeweizen that is easy to drink. This would be a great hot weather beer, but it is not too bad when it is chilly outside either.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 04:39:18 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 12:51:24 | More by zeff80
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

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

Bottle Code 91131 17 12; Sampled June 2009
The beer pours into my New Belgium Goblet with a hazy, straw-hued, pale amber color. It is topped by a two finger, pale tan colored head. The aroma is not exactly the "classical" balance that a typical Hefeweizen has; instead this is a balance between spicy notes, some pepper, a herbal hop note, definite clove, perhaps some light banan as well as som grain like notes with a big wheat contribution and some hay-like notes. I like the added herbal and spice note that are not typically found in a Hefeweizen, at least to this level; these notes are well in balance with the other, more typical notes.

The beer is fairly light bodied and it has a spritzy carbonation as it rolls across my tongue. The finish has a spicy hit of clove to it that is definitely traditional. The beer is quite dry, but does have something of a chewy body to it. There is a light tartness here that couples with a bit of pepper in the finish and the wheat character is nice and chewy with a touch of grassiness. This is quite easy to drink; in fact I find my 12oz pour disappearing a bit too quickly. Clove flavors are present here, but the banana character is quite soft. There is a hop character here that contributes to the perceived spiciness of this brew as well as contributing a mildly biting bitterness in the finish. I do like the body of this brew, especially as this warms up a bit, it is fresh and chewy, though it is not quite as good as the decocted, lush, fresh, Live Oak Hefeweizen.

This is on the spicy / herbal side compared to your typically traditional HefeWeizen, but it actually works quite well here and in fact boosts the complexity. The traditional Hefeweizen notes are here, but they are perhaps not as pronounced as when found in a traditional example; luckily the additional character is here, as this would be a bit too muted without the spicy / herbal components. I definitely feel like I need to pick up a couple more of these before I ultimately decide if this one is a go to beer or not.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2009 19:46:18 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 19:53:34 | More by Knapp85
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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,769 ratings.