Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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3.95/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
08-28-2009 02:38:13 | More by Sammy
4.3/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
09-17-2011 20:22:42 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.15/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
10-25-2010 21:51:09 | More by Thorpe429
3.93/5 rDev -3%
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.
06-24-2010 00:32:21 | More by metter98
4.1/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
08-23-2009 13:02:43 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.98/5 rDev -1.7%
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
08-22-2011 18:32:44 | More by brentk56
4/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
01-29-2010 00:00:33 | More by mikesgroove
4/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
07-12-2009 01:53:53 | More by BEERchitect
2.65/5 rDev -34.6%
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.
10-13-2010 19:31:01 | More by acurtis
4.45/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
08-25-2009 01:56:38 | More by Phyl21ca
4.33/5 rDev +6.9%
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.
07-29-2009 00:12:34 | More by womencantsail
4.47/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
06-19-2009 02:41:38 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.4/5 rDev -16%
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.
06-17-2011 19:53:34 | More by Knapp85
4.18/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
07-24-2009 20:34:40 | More by oberon
3.4/5 rDev -16%
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.
11-15-2012 01:39:10 | More by TMoney2591
4/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
07-12-2009 22:37:40 | More by emerge077
Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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