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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis HefeweizenSierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen

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2,769 Ratings

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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:
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(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 03-12-2009)
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Photo of cfaulman


4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 3/4 in a pint glass swirled rest of contents in bottle and poured the rest in to get the sediment.

Appearance: 2 finger white foam head on top of a hazy yellow beer. Quite cloudy due to the sediment.

Smell: ripe banana, malty, tropical almost

Taste: malty and bitter up front followed by huge banana sweetness. Notes of vanilla, yeast, spice. I didn't taste much clove in this beer but it was noticeable. Very banana heavy. Quite refreshing

Mouthfeel: Smooth and velvety. Once I got used to the spicy bitterness up front, it went down really easily.

Overall: This is another great offering from SN. Great example of a Hefe. I could drink these all day. Very refreshing and great balance behind the very upfront banana flavor. Would definitely have again.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 17:59:06 | More by cfaulman
Photo of KazikliBey


4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Most impressive offering from a bigger brewery. Very complex flavor and aroma. Can't say enough good about this one, it's entirely drinkable, and even the price is acceptable.

Hat's off to the brew master(s) he/she/they have developed a real winner with this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 17:11:36 | More by KazikliBey
Photo of Mubbly


4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Sierra Nevada Kelleweis glass. Wishing SN would release this beer in 12 or 24 packs; would love to have a butt load of this in the fridge at all times.

Glorious toasted yellow/orange glow with wheat cloudiness. Almost like orange juice. Nice white head that fades into a blanket after a couple minutes.

Smell right off the bat is tart and electric. Lemon, bubblegum and shock tarts. Smells refreshing.

Wheat taste is upfront, followed by sour/tartness, and leaving the mouth with a tart and bitter orange peel taste. Mirrors the smell.

Feels fizzy in the mouth. Soft, smooth, and light. Light bodied.

VERY drinkable. The smoothness of the wheat helps it go down easy. Gulp-able, but much better savored.

I've been very happy with Kellerweis, and have purchased many 6-packs. Weihenstephaner Hefeweis bier would be my first choice, but Kellerweis holds up well. Plus, newcomers to beer are usually pleased with it.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 02:07:30 | More by Mubbly
Photo of msproles

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up as a single to try it out.

It is definitely very hazy, a brighter yellow than many beers of this style. Nice head that dissipated pretty quickly.

The smell was definitely yeasty with noticeable fruit aromas. Very pleasant.

From the first drink, the flavor is very strong, the fruity taste helps cut the sometimes overpowering yeast flavor. I could taste the hints of banana at the beginning, but it seemed to die down towards the end of the glass.

I don't know if I would pick it up again, while it was good, I think the flavor was sometimes too much for me, particularly with the fruity overtones.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 18:20:51 | More by msproles
Photo of Berrmecca13


4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz btl into a nucleated hefeweizen glass.
cloudy hay coloration with a nice white cap that remains. Some light lacing.
The nose has notes of ripe banana and light esters.
Overripe banana flavors with some coriander and upper palate crispness.

--Overall a great suprise from Sierra. Well crafted with a solid nose and yeast characteristics on the palate. Certainly a repeat buy.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 23:47:02 | More by Berrmecca13
Photo of Luke4

3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very good carbonation out of a bottle. The aroma was a bit weak, with basically nothing to speak of. However, the appearance was top notch. Very pale and opaque; just like a Hefe should be. Banana is very noticeable on the front and end of this beer, with small amount of bitterness in between. Overall a good all day summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 05:29:28 | More by Luke4
Photo of kyleg


4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Banana clove, banana clove, banana clove! I love a hefeweizen for these characteristics. This beer poured perfect and tasted perfect. Nice head retention and mouth feel. Cloudy in appearance and true to its style. Great beer is all I have to say.

Southern Germany, eat your heart out!

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 02:02:57 | More by kyleg
Photo of IBU99


4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a hazy pale yellow. Two finger head with some lacing.

Smells of some wheat and citrus. Maybe bannana and some cloves, also a faint lemony smell.

Taste starts out sweet. Can taste a combo of bannana and clove, but faint. Kind of in the background. I get the wheaty essence showing through. Very smooth and tasty. By far the best american wheat beer I have ever had.

Finish is smooth and balanced.

Could drink these all day long. Simply the best Heffe I have found from an American beer company.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 13:30:20 | More by IBU99
Photo of kaybort


3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There was almost no head when I poured it. It was a beautiful light apple juice color. Very dense and cloudy, not unlike other hefeweizens I have had. Bright and lively looking. It had a sweet smell, I could detect a sort of yeasty smell. Again, much the same of other hefeweizens. The taste was slightly more mild than I was expecting. It had a floral like taste, and I could also taste the banana and clove aspect as stated on the bottle. Although, it wasn't as strong as I was expecting that part to be. Overall this is a great take on a hefeweizen. Easy to drink, with no unpleasant aftertastes.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 00:10:43 | More by kaybort
Photo of evilbunnee


4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

To hell with lacing and head size and such. This is a good Hefe from a stateside company. If you like Hefes and you want to support a local company, go for it. Even though it is funny that a company called Sierra Nevada is located in Chico, California. I drink it in a nice, tall Kulbacher mug, and I love it. Compared to my favorite, Franziskaner, it is quite a comparable drink. Great!

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 04:18:41 | More by evilbunnee
Photo of Travix1516


4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 03:08:09 | More by Travix1516
Photo of casualfan

New York

3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having just recently discovered the pleasures of wheat beers, I have been eagerly exploring the style. I have primarily been drinking German wheat beers, but found this beer an interesting twist on the style. Although there are some of the traditional banana and clove flavors typically associated with this style of beer, there is an interesting citrus undertone that I really enjoyed. Overall, an excellent summertime brew!

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 00:44:26 | More by casualfan
Photo of heine1


4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I lived in Bavaria for a year and had many different Weizens. This is an unusual American wheat for being so reminiscent of a Bavarian beer, but this is a bit thinner, but flavorful and utterly enjoyable. The color is a pale, frosty gold, somewhat translucent. A modicum of yeast stuffs in the bottom of the bottle, typical of the style, often edited out of American wheats. Hints of banana and clove in the nose, similar fruit and spice in the taste. This is a wonderful beer that demonstrates how beer can deliver flavors as complex as wine without added essences. It also has a crisp, biting carbonation that is cleansing without dominating the proceedings or seeming fizzy. I also give Sierra props for not doing anything to make this beer resemble the more famous Sierras--as some brewers may make their wheat beers resemble an ale or lager. This isn't a variant on their brand, but an inventive example of a tradition.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 01:25:45 | More by heine1
Photo of Royalenfield1990


3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Yellowish beer with a lasting head. Good looking.

S- Sour and wheaty. A hint of banana. Not too bad.

T- Some nice wheat flavor, hint of banana, a little tart.

M- Medium carbonation,

O- This was not a bad brew. I have not had many Hefeweizens but this was probably the second best only to some noname brewer in Canada.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 02:33:51 | More by Royalenfield1990
Photo of username


3.28/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into weizen glass. Poured as suggested on label.

A - Medium density, 3-finger head reducing to about half-finger. Moderate lacing. Before becoming opaquely hazy it bubbles like champagne.

S - Disappointing/lacking for style. Mainly clove, yeast, and soap. Some hints of banana/banana bread, but not nearly enough compared to other hefes.

T - Even more disappointing. Anything it was trying to accomplish feels restrained and shoved into an ill-fitting envelope. None of the smells make any substantial presence on the palate. Nothing remotely interesting.

M - Smooth, easy drinking, refreshing. However, also unacceptably flat and slightly oily. The degree of carbonation evident on pour has been completely lost, which is a shame since it needs carbonation (or something, at minimum) to make up for the lack of bitterness.

O - Perhaps my tastes have been ruined by DIPAs; perhaps pale wheat ales have ruined hefes for me. Whatever the case, a disappointing brew. No hallmarks of the hefe style are expressed as extreme as I've come to expect Sierra Nevada to generally do with a given style/beer. This isn't a necessarily a bad brew, though it left much to be desired stylistically.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 09:50:46 | More by username
Photo of hobbitking54


3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a. is for amazing, somewhat of a cloudy look to it, lots of bubbles and the head was perfect. no lacing at all, but in my eyes that's just fine because of everything else it had to offer.

s. is for sexy, it had a very enticing smell of oranges. made me want to drink it quite hurriedly.

t. is for that's damn good. just as the smell leads you to believe, it tastes like oranges.

m. is for made up textures, almost overcarbonated but not quite. i don't know what that means but it seems right. also, it's not just almost overcarbonated water, there's texture to it, like an orange juice film leftover.

d. is for drink this beer. i would recommend this beer to anyone and everyone. i very much enjoyed it and will drink it again i'm sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 07:54:59 | More by hobbitking54
Photo of jkempe11


4.78/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After having been to Germany, I thought I'd never find a Hefeweizen in the States that compared to the stuff I drank there. Sierra Nevada actually proved me wrong, and proved that brewers in the United States CAN produce Hefeweissbier that is just as good as the German stuff.

A - Perfect. Not too transparent, the perfect golden color.

S - Just like a Hefeweizen should be. Bananas, cloves, just the smell of a perfect Hefe.

T - I swear... if you poured me this and a German Hefe in a blind taste test, I might predict this to be better. Amazing representation of the style, a perfect match for a summer day.

M - Creamy and delicious.

D - I could drink this all day. Phenomenal.

Really, this is the best representation of the style I've had in the United States. It may just be that I've been out of Deutschland for a while, but in my opinion - this is as good of a Hefeweizen as you're going to get... ESPECIALLY in the United States.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 08:43:35 | More by jkempe11
Photo of einmt33


4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, into a pint glass.

Poured a hazy golden color, with very nice head a lacing. Nice fruity aromas blended with subtle wheat and fruity tones including banana as suggested on the bottle. Nice zing and excellent well balanced flavor, decent mouthfeel as well. Very impressed by this beer, wish the weather was warmer here to enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2010 02:16:34 | More by einmt33
Photo of GParr

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Golden yellow color. Cloudy and hazy looking.

Smell- Can smell some spices and just a little musty.

Taste- Very refreshing. The label says flavors reminiscent of ripe banana and spicy clove, which i thought was odd, but i can taste both.

Mouth Feel- Smooooth. Not much carbonation.

Drinkability- Goes down easy, a really refreshing and tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 01:27:41 | More by GParr
Photo of Reznick


4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Being a Hefeweizen fan, I bought a 6-pack the first time it appeared at my local liquor store.

Appearance: Rich and cloudy looking, with the orange/yellow color distinct to unfiltered Hefs. Pours with a slight, frothy head.

Smell: Subtle, slightly bready with some distinct yeast. Nothing overpowering.

Taste: Like the smell, is definitively bready. Banana is very up front, and there is a slight hops bitterness which gently balances out the banana and cloves sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp yet vaguely creamy. Slight tang.

Overall: This is an excellent American Hefeweizen. Flavorful without being excessively sweet. The notes of banana are very pleasant. Incredibly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 04:37:32 | More by Reznick
Photo of BeerBean


3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

two-thirds pour, looks hazy but still slightly transparent. Last pour, swirled (as per instructions), dense haziness, absolutely opaque, and a strong sunset yellow. Thick off-white head that settles into a nice cap with a hint of lacing.

nose is full of banana and coriander, though "full" may be an overstatement as the aroma is not particularly strong.

The way I would put the taste... peaceful banana. You get all the spice up front, but it gently slides into a soft banana flavor that you can almost feel. The yeast is mostly in the nose and front of the flavor.

Feels great, a full palate with a smooth banana-like texture.

Good beer. Sierra Nevada always pulls it off well. I'm really enjoying this in mid-September as I'm transitioning from summer ales to festbiers.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 00:03:26 | More by BeerBean
Photo of mikeaji


3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light golden color, minimal head. Smells delicous, can detect banana like most other Hefeweizens. Slight Clove smell and other spices. Real easy on the palate, no bitterness, great taste. Sweet on the taste buts. Overall a solid beer. Not my favorite Hefeweizen, but one I'd def try again if available.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 04:43:59 | More by mikeaji
Photo of IamMe90


4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice cloudy, light-honey appearance, little head retention but above average lacing compared to most of the wheat beers I've had.

The smell is pretty dang good - lemony citrus, banana, slight clove, a little breadiness.

Taste follows the aroma, with banana, citrus/lemon and clove but the citrus is pretty strong. Which is awesome! I had this rated lower earlier today, but another bottle proved to be a lot more flavorful. I'm really enjoying this beer quite a bit.

The mouthfeel is good, thicker than I was expecting and nicely carbonated.

Great session ale!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 21:57:27 | More by IamMe90
Photo of Snowman


4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great Hefe for the price point. Full of body and flavor, notes of banana, and fresh summer taste. I have been of a Hefe binge lately and I'm sad that I found this late in the game. Being from a bigger name brewer I did not think it would be a good as it is.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 05:28:51 | More by Snowman
Photo of manwich


4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Easily my favorite American hefeweizen I've found so far. Pours a nice cloudy light amber, good solid white head that sticks around for a while. The kellerweis wins where other American weizens lose in having plenty of fruity ester flavors. I've found lots of American craft attempts to fall flat in flavor, they usually look right in the glass but don't stack up to their German competition when it comes to flavor.

Each mouthful of this beer is interesting, worth taking a second to taste and smell. Bananas and other fruits are plentiful. It's very drinkable and reasonably priced enough that I could see myself having a few!

Also: I love the bottle design and it looks great in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2009 06:32:12 | More by manwich
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