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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,321
Hads: 3,775
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 247
Gots: 555 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Photo of SirDrinxAlot
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a cloudy straw orange with a 2 finger fluffy white head that dissipated and retained a good lace.

Smell was faint spice, banana, clove, and powdery yeast/wheat.

Taste was light coriander, banana, clove, and dusty wheat. Velvety smooth with a creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Light bitter kick at the finish with all of the flavors lingering on the tongue. Nothing too overpowering.

I've been waiting for this one to become available for awhile now and it didn't disappoint. This will be a summertime staple in my fridge for sure. Kellerweis and the hammock will go hand in hand. (596 characters)

Photo of NicholasCasber
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a nice golden yellow, slightly on the pastel side, but very hazy and refreshing looking. Didn't really maintain much head, but it looks as though there is some good lacing going on.

S: I pick up the smell of the banana they incorporate into the beer, but I still feel that the wheat is somewhat overbearing, but still a good smell none the less.

T: Outstanding taste, the beer really develops as it dances on your pallet allowing the spicy clove to do some interesting things to the normal wheat flavor.

M: Felt a bit too watery to me, but that's just personal preference.

D: Overall, good beer, but that mouthfeel really killed it for me.

Best of luck in your findings, surely give this beer a shot.

-Cheers. (730 characters)

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

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sunray Wheat hefe-glass.

Darker yellow color, cloudy. Light beige head, great lacing.

Complex without being overwhelming. Fruits, honey, a little spice.

Tasted a little mor eboring than it smelled, but it was still good. There was an intersting sweet finish that I can not place.

Lighter than expected, but still obviously a hefeweizen.

Overall, this is greater than the sum of it's parts. It is very drinkable, in fact this is my current session beer.

I wouldn't want to sit around for hours trying to pontificate on this brew, but it is great for having a few drinks with friends or at a party. (636 characters)

Photo of Fear4Beer
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Probably the best American Hefe you can buy. I think it is quite tasty but I'm not a big fan of the sour like taste to it. I'm just a Hefe brat, I've had the best in the world, so I do perfer other hefes like Ayinger Bräu Weisse or Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier. I would drink this but if I could choose other Hefe's first I'd choose them. (341 characters)

Photo of eb003
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer. It is really surprising for me to have this beer taste this good and it not be from a German brew haus.

The appearance is what I would expect from a hefe; nice and cloudy...with some sediment on the bottom of the bottle.

The smell is really nice...very aromatic of wheat and citrus. The taste is very nice...balanced, smooth, and crisp. The mouthfeel is great...it is crisp and light; very refreshing.

Overall, I really do enjoy this beer. It doesn't quite have the same flavor and feel as a Franziskaner...but it is rather close. I recommend this to anyone...very nice beer. (603 characters)

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

Poured into a pint glass
A: Pours out a golden hazy color. Big head emerges from the pour. Texture of the head is bubbly and foamy. As the head settles it leaves sticky lacing down the glass. The body has a nice cloudiness to it. Head eventually settles to a thin film.

S: Bananas hit as soon as I cracked open the bottle. Clove and some spiciness can also be detected once the beer is poured into the glass.

T: Clove is the upfront taste which gives way to a ripe banana taste. I can't believe how pronounced the banana flavor is here. It honestly taste like I've just taken a bite of a real banana.

M: Good feel to the beer. Body and carbonation are done well and the beer goes down amazingly smooth.

D: This beer is highly drinkable. I can't believe how fast I drank this beer. After I was done I was sad I didn't have anymore. This is prefect for a relaxing summer day. Go out and buy some of this, you will not be disappointed. (936 characters)

Photo of melagnus
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well I'm proud to report that a US-brewery has finally brewed an incredible Hefeweizen! Sierra Nevada's Kellerweis Hefeweizen rouses the senses and makes one think they were back in Germany smelling the fresh air under a tree in the Biergarten. Possibly, only Long Trails would maintain somewhat equivalent in the mind as an acceptable choice when looking to a US Craft Brewery to provide what the Germans have done so eloquently for so long now.

Though the Germans clearly still win out in tradition, History, Gastronomy (not sure if Sierra Nevada will actually distribute the glass they chose for the beer to the fine establishments serving it or not!) and experience (one can describe the Biergarten culture with words, though no word could ever fully explain what is!), this beer goes a long ways beyond the one-step-above notion of what a Session Beer is that they choose to label Wheat Beer here in the US! From Keller (cellar) to your palate, I hope you recognize the truly mind-blowing love and devotion that this brewery, Sierra Nevada, has gone to in bringing you this beer.

A - Heaven has arrived! Though missing the Weißwurst and Biergarten, the meringuelike frothy-white head would take several fingers to measure and even after receding, leaves legs that make the once visible head known. Finger-thick film remains atop the cloudy opaque Deep Gold (Two-row Pale, Wheat, Munich [SRM 6]) hue. Rousing the suspended yeast by swirling the glass instantly vigorates the head via high carbonic activity. Though the brandy snifter isn't ideal for sampling this beer, the design still allows for plenty of love to consume the senses!

S - Banana mixed with gum sweetens the nose, with a spicy clove-like note to finish it off. Yeast breadiness pours through, giving a darker earthy balance to the sweet spiciness on top. Phenols and esters balance nicely with no trace of Noble hops in the background.

T/M/D - Bread-like yeastiness coats the palate with a slight lingering bitterness that balances out with a creamy smooth finish. With that said, the bitterness is solely there as a balancer and is to-style. Very medium-to-full-bodied on the palate, this beer presents a fruit cocktail array of banana and bubblegum that dries out to a yeasty earthiness. At 4.8% ABV, the quick finishing of the bottle lets you know you've had one, without making operation of a motor vehicle out of the question; a Session Beer for sure! With that said, I think I'll forgo driving today and sit out under the rays of the sun, while I listen to the birds, the breeze and enjoy a few more of Gods creation!

C - The beer (brewed on the 156th day of 2009 [29 May 2009]) is cold, but not stingingly-so and provides a very refreshing element that only a warm breeze on the side of a Bavarian mountain could add to. When thinking back to the days in the Biergärten (plural for beer gardens in German!) and the beers once consumed, I can only say that Sierra Nevada has created an incredible beer that a tasting panel would be hard-pressed to find the Americanism in! Splendid job and possibly the best US-brewed Hefeweizen in existence!!!

Prost! (3,140 characters)

Photo of imanidiot777
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a very cloudy gold with a little orange hint as well. White head that stays for a pretty long time and good lacing.

S: Some kind of fruit, wheaty, but I have a bad nose.

T: Wheaty and some kind of citrus/fruit, not sure what it is though.

M: Not too heavy, good carbonation level, smooth to the tongue.

D: Excellent, goes down smooth, good aftertaste and not too heavy so you can have a lot. (404 characters)

Photo of Wegbier
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i like this one and has taken me more than two cases of this to finally sit down and review it.

pours a nice three finger white head that drops to one finger and doesnt give up. lightly sticky on the glass.
proper cloudy yellow straw to copper.

i dont know how to get too far into this one, it smells very nice but mainly of banana pudding.

creamy banana pudding, very pleasing, but i cant decipher anything particularly. a slight amount of tart

smooth and lightly carbonated, a light lingering finish

very drinkable, smooth all the way through with not challenging parts. (579 characters)

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

poured from familiar sierra bottle into pint glass. has that nice yeasty stuff on the bottom...good sign. i poured about 2/3 of the bottle before swirling the rest and finishing the pour. appearance is opaque and orange, with a nice thick white head. looks like a fine hefe. smells citrusy, with spicy, clove character. the yeast is present, and reassuring before the first sip. taste is muted banana, mingling with that classic spiciness you'll find in the best german hefeweizens. a bit spicy up front, then bready and mild in the middle before the spice returns with a nice bittersweetness on the finish. absolutely refreshing. mouthfeel is just right...decent carbonation, and a little thin-medium bodied. i liked this one alot, and its drinkability soars. you could drink these all day. good job sierra nevada. (815 characters)

Photo of Antnego
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Serving style: bottle, poured into stein.

A: Dark, golden, cloudy as a Winter's day. Nice dirty hef, just like I like 'em.

S: Bananas! Cloves! Yeast!

T: Banana bread. Sweet banana bread with clove notes. Spiciness kicks in at the finish. Well-balanced with malty sweetness and spice.

M: thick, rich, velvety. The suspended yeast really makes this silky!

Overall: MMM Mmmmm!!! A very sessionable beer - my go-to when no good pints are available, it's priced decent, and in a six-pack. Hard to believe this comes from the same brewery as the horrid pale ale. A true winner by a large brewery. (596 characters)

Photo of bfranks
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good. It's not Live Oak, but it's a great alternative for someone who lives in an area that doesn't have much distribution, Sierra Nevada is everywhere. (159 characters)

Photo of Daehpoh
3.52/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottled on May 12, 2011 into a pint glass. Bonus points to SN for including the bottling date.

Appearance is a hazy, golden yellow with some lively carbonation.

Smell is yeasty/bready with a definite tang. Cloves come through clearly. Some herbal hoppiness as well.

Taste of banana, cloves, tart with some spicy/earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is light and prickly but enough presence to be satisfying. Dry finish. Very nice for the style.

Overall I think this is a quality American hefe well suited for the summer months. (537 characters)

Photo of beavers
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a sightly hazy straw yellow with a wimpy head that is gone way too quickly. A few bubbles around the edge, but pretty much no head or lace. Hefe normally shines in this category, so I'm a little disappointed.

Smells is the usual, yet wonderful yeasty phenols of banana puree with a subtle spice edge. Pale malt, wheat, and a touch of wild honey. Refreshing and inviting. Taste is true to the smell, with the yeast and wheat doing most of the talking, and a finish that is slightly sweet and zesty.

Mouthfeel is light/medium and a good dose of carbonation to finish crisp and dry. Very nice and very drinkable.

A very good American made Hefe that is widely available. These guys don't just make APAs and IPAs. Keep em' coming. (736 characters)

Photo of iannutter
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've been using BeerAdvocate for quite some time now and even though I studied in Austria (on the border of Bavaria in Salzburg), I have never written a beer review. However, during my time abroad, I honed my senses for good beer.

This hefeweizen really surprised me, because it only has a few superiors that I've encountered, even in the land of this beer type's origin, Bavaria.

As to the appearance, it appears exactly as a Hefewiezen ought to, albeit without the head retention that is so sought after in craft brewing. However, the color and cloudiness are picture perfect.

To me, the smell isn't exactly anything to write home about, but the second the beer hits the taste buds, an explosion of flavor occurs, telling a tale of citrus and a hint of cloves.

The mouthfeel is rich and velvety, exactly as an unfiltered wheat beer ought to be.

Overall, this is a great American (and therefore cheaper) alternative to the German (Bavarian) progenitors of this style.

Prost! (985 characters)

Photo of Airyk12
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden color, with a white tint. A small head, almost a finger, that shrinks but sticks around.

Smell is strong grains, with ripe bananas and notes of spices like coriander and cloves. Sweet, and fruity.

Strong grains again, followed by fruitiness and spice. Rich, with a slightly tart finish.

Good carbonation, smooth and clean going down.

Solid hefeweizen, perfect beer to chill and crack open on a warm summer day. (438 characters)

Photo of WoogityBoogity
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours light, pale straw with a cloudy body. Super stout white head of foam that takes a while to dissipate. Collar maintains throughout consumption.

S - Mild wheat presence, with obvious banana and citrus esters. No spice phenols present. Light hop note.

T - A very forward weizen. Moderate wheat sweetness at first. Banana, lemon, and clove favors are eminent. On the finish there is a very light bitter from the hops.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. No warming sensation from ABV.

D - A very straight forward hefeweizen.


A perfect summer or session beer. It is a classic example to the hefeweizen style, but is by no means a trophy product. For me to rate this as one of the best hefe's, I feel like it's missing some middle spice phenols... similar to Paulaner Hefeweizen. Was also surprised that there wasn't much hop presence, either. (861 characters)

Photo of onewetpaw
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Rather subdued clove and pepper. Spicy, but not hitting you in the nose.

A- Cloudy golden with a large with head. Perfect for style

F- Upfront but not over the top clove and spice character. Some mild maltiness with a little biscuit character. Minimal bitterness.

M- The carbonation is a little low for style. I'd like to see this one jump off the tongue a little.

O- Super drinkable hefe. I like that the flavors are somewhat subdued. The classic clove and pepper notes are there, but it's still an approachable beer to a first time hefe drinker. (556 characters)

Photo of Eeroomnhoj
3.54/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Camping in Lake George, NY and this pulled from the cooler. Smelled like a beer, not too strong and definitely not a Coors Lite. Tasted crisp and clean and not too heavy. Enjoyed the entire to the last drop. Not real fancy and not too hoppy. Good beer. (252 characters)

Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.36/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

LOOK: A super hazy golden orange, (when yeast sediment is added) with a small white head. Head retention is brief, but it leaves some lacing going down.

SMELL: Overripe banana, some clove, bubblegum and apple, and yeast.

TASTE: Banana upfront, followed by bubblegum and clove, tartness of apple and lemon on the mid-palate, a sharp twang from the wheat, which slides into an earthy, tangy, grassy, and spicy finish. Lightly fruity, crisp and smooth, with a clean finish. Very easy drinking.

FEEL: Light-bodied and well-carbonated.

OVERALL: Not mind-blowing by any means, but it's good for what it is. It does make an excellent refreshing summer beer. (705 characters)

Photo of kurp001
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle bought at Shawan Liquors

Poured into a weizen glass, following pouring instructions on the side of the bottle. A moderate pour yields about two fingers of fluffy white head that holds up for some time before dying down a bit. Body is a deep, cloudy yellow.

The aroma is pretty bold; distinct banana and clove notes pop out.

Taste is somewhat spicy upfront, with a nice banana flavor that rounds things out midway. An ever-so-slight, spicy sort of bitterness comes through on the finish, but in a very subtle way.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and smooth; I find that a lot of American-style hefeweizens tend to be a bit watery, but this one has a very pleasant texture.

Good drinkability on this one, as I would have expected; this is a great hefeweizen for hot weather and cold weather alike. (809 characters)

Photo of Travix1516
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a glass.

Appearence - As is befitting the style this is a very hazy color akin to lightly toasted wheat. It started with a nice thick head that subsided to about an 1/8" with nice lacing.

Smell - This has a very inviting smell. You definately catch a nutty banana smell with just a hint of of roasted nuttines.

Taste - I really, really enjoy the taste of this offering. You do get the banana tones but I get more of a walnut toastiness. The banana bread comments from other reviewers are pretty right on. It is very smooth, and very drinkable. On a hot day you could go through a few of these pretty easily.

Mouthfeel - Nice mouthfeel, perhaps just a tad on the thin side. (696 characters)

Photo of 3rdRowTailgater
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a shaker glass. Pours a hazy golden color with a tall white head. Really nice retention.

The aroma is fruity and spicy and has all the Belgian funk that you want.

Taste is of banana, clove, citrus, with bright hop notes that go great with the wheat beer taste.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are great. Definitely a beer to enjoy during the spring or the hotter than hell Louisiana summer. (421 characters)

Photo of mytireisfat
3.37/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. First with leaving a half inch of beer at bottom, then with pouring 3/4 into glass then swirling bottle and pour rest into glass.

A: One finger head that retains well, little lacing, cloudy yellow color, lots of bubbles. yeast at bottom of bottle.

S: Fruity smell, and hops smell when leaving half inch of beer at bottom. when mixing yeast, the yeast had an over powering smell of yeast.

T: Same as smell. a bit to light. didn't pick up a whole lot. little to light. when mixing yeast with beer, had a over powering yeast taste.

M: Light body, medium carbonation.

D: easy to drink. a bit to weak for a hefeweizen. the first beer i had i poured the whole thing in, leaving about a half inch of beer to keep yeast out. got some smell and flavor out of it making it an ok beer. then i read the bottle( i alway read the bottle after i have my first beer so it doesnt change my own idea of the beer). it says to pour 2 thirds of the beer then swirl and pour the rest. after doing this on my second, the yeast was to over powering. really didnt like it after doing this. For the rest of the six pack ill stick to leaving the yeast out. wont buy again. would drink again tho, if its free... (1,226 characters)

Photo of charlesbyrd
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a stubby 12 oz. bottle into a Widmer Bros. pint glass. The bottle gives instructions to pour 2/3 into the glass, swirl the bottle, then pour the remainder.

A: Pours a bright straw-yellow color with orange highlights, and if you follow the bottle's directions, it goes from clear to near-opaque as the suspended yeast enters the glass. A frothy white head sits atop this brew for a few minutes, and lacing is minimal.

S: The aroma is very inviting but complex--a mix of spicy hops, bananas, and bubblegum.

T: This isn't your run-of-the-mill wheat beer. Sierra Nevada has done a great job of capturing the traditional hefeweizen flavor profile. The most noticeable flavor comes from the yeast-again, bananas and bubblegum stand out. I also get a fair amount of wheat at the end. It's pretty complex, but very enjoyable.

M: Closing in on medium body, this beer still goes down smooth. It's fairly dry and gets a fair amount of bite from the carbonation.

D: This is one of my favorite beers at the moment, especially for its drinkability. It comes pretty close to matching the greats like Weihenstephaner, and it gets extra points for its easy availability. (1,170 characters)

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,321 ratings.