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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis HefeweizenSierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

3,216 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,216
Reviews: 1,216
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 173
Gots: 244 | FT: 0
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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Photo of smcolw
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Impressive near-white, foamy head. Five fingers thick to start--three fingers one minute after the pour--nice. Settles into a rocky look. The beer itself is quite cloudy, providing a white hue in an otherwise yellow liquid.

Sour corn mash aroma with a significant dose of wheat and yeast. No citrus smell that is typical of this style.

Perhaps this is the smoothest hefeweizen I've ever had. No yeast bite; the wheat is present without shouting. Strong flavor of banana (although it's nowhere in the nose). Thicker and less spritzy than many wheat beers (adds to the sweetness). Overall, a very quaffable beer.

smcolw, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of Gueuzedude
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

Gueuzedude, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of kojevergas
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Disney Rainforest Cafe thimble glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed from notes. Served refrigerator cold. Expectations are high given its current rating, but I am suspicious of Sierra Nevada as a brewery. Not paired with food.

Poured per the label's instructions: poured two thirds, swirled, and then poured the rest. (I assumed the glass was to be swirled, not the bottle).

A: Pours a three finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and average (~two minute) retention. Colour is a murky hazy light burnt orange. It's pretty standard fare for a hefeweizen. No unique elements here, and nothing sticks out or impresses me.

Sm: Yeast, faded orange peel, and some lemon citrus ester hops. A light to mild strength aroma. It's clean rather than dirty like some hefeweizens (a good sign).

T: Wheat as the foundation, with light orange peel on the climax and in the third act. Some clove, mainly on the climax. Light banana throughout. No yeast really comes through, a shame. It's well balanced for a hefeweizen, but lacks any inventive boldness or unique element. Built well, but plays it safe and is a bit boring as a result. I enjoy it and it's certainly pleasant and refreshing, but it lacks that something extra I expect from a great hefeweizen.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours well. Some coarseness in the third act to coax out the flavours more. Not too thick nor too thin. Unlike many hefeweizens, it's not too sharp or overcarbonated going down. Quite well executed for the style. Impressive.

Dr: Very drinkable, but most beers in the style are, and this one doesn't particularly set itself apart. It's a quality hefeweizen and I'd certainly have it again, especially on draught. A lovely little hefeweizen.

B

kojevergas, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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!

oriolesfan4, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of Halcyondays
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy yellow, long-lasting thick white head with great lace. How a hefe should look.

S: Very traditional, bananas galore, with a bit of Cascade hop mixed in.

T: Good complexity - banana, clove, and bubblegum are all there. Clove tends to come out more in the finish with banana and direct bubblegum esters leading.

M: Smooth, creamy, pleasing to the palate, very nice.

D: This quality stuff right here, much better than the often pallid APWA that we see so often in the summertime. Sierra Nevada just continues to impress, much better than their regular wheat.

Halcyondays, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of Gavage
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: pours a hazy dark golden yellow color with a 3" head that lasts forever. Nice lace develops in my hefeweizen glass.

Smell: banana, wheat, and some yeast spice easily rise from the glass into the nose.

Taste: mildy grainy wheat base with some banana, clove, and a nice yeast spiciness. Bitterness is mild but nicely balancing.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp at the start, lightly crisp and dry at the finish. Aftertaste is long and dry as the flavors hang in the mouth.

Drinkability: simply superb. After my third bottle it was hard to end the session. A very enjoyable beer from SN.

Gavage, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of GClarkage
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

07/13/09- Purchased at Safeway in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no visable freshness info. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Pale golden color with a bit of clouded appearance. 3/4 inch creamy head and some light lacing left afterwards.

Smell- Traditional notes of heavy clove, banana and a bit of bubble gum. Smells the part.

Taste- Quite a flavorful hefe. Lots of banana and lots of clove. Flavors are not lacking here. Bubble gum comes into play and is lasting. Intense flavors at times.

Mouthfeel- Wow, this is damn smooth and quite creamy. A lower carbonation level. Almost seems heavy, but it's not.

Drinkability- Quite impressive! Great flavors and tremendous mouthfeel. Winner winner chicken dinner!

GClarkage, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -1.2%

InspectorBob, May 20, 2013
Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

drewone, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -1.2%

orangesol, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Leura Cellars. Wonderful that there is now a steady supply of Sierra Nevada beers making their way to Australian shores.

Pours a suitably cloudy and light-coloured yellow, with a fine, but rather effete head of white. Lacing is patchy, but looks like the classic examples. The head is a bit of a disappointment, but otherwise it looks good.

Nose is crisp and clean, with some lingering underripe banana characters. The acidity of the wheat is very present here, giving a tone I associate more the the American wheat ale, than the bursting and redolent esters fo the German examples. Still, pretty good nose.

Taste is where this takes off. Clean, smooth and wheaty with slight weizen-yeast tones on the finish. Clear palate, excruciatingly refreshing and with just enough of that light touch of acidity to prove that you need no slice of orange with it. Very refreshing and very clean, and almost indistinguishable from one of the best German examples.

A great American beer, brewed amazingly close to style. Apart from the lack of oomph on the nose, I'm sure the Germans would very happily claim this as one of their own. Crackingly refreshing brew.

lacqueredmouse, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of dbrauneis
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy light to medium yellow in color with some notes of orange when held up to the light and minimal amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall slightly fizzy white head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of banana, clover, and bubble gum in this beer and there is just a hint of the yeast as well. The smells are spot on for the style but lack a little in intensity.

T: Similar to the smell, the taste is not quite as intense as I would have liked but the proper flavors are in the taste. There are notes of banana, lemon/citrus, and clove with the clove/spice being more intense than in the smell.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink, sessionable, and refreshing - this would be a great thirst quencher on a real hot summer afternoon. I could easily put several of these down in a session and would suggest making this a regular summer cook-out beer.

dbrauneis, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle w/o freshness info, especially a shame for a beer of this style that's so much better fresh...Pours super cloudy darker apricot amber, under a long lasting, soft and tiny bubble khaki head. Ample thick lace sticking to the glass. A load of bananas dominates the sniff, also orange glints picked up. Yummy hefe, full flavor, creamy and smooth in the mouth. Notes of more bananas, frash bread dough, subtle nutty yeast notes. add it all together and this is instantly a possible "go to" summer/any time of year choice. Hope this will be a regular part of the available everywhere SN line.

Billolick, Jul 02, 2009
Photo of tempest
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a case from Shangy's in Emmaus for about $28. Man, this beer is for real. Pours a hazy light amber with a tall white head a good lacing. The aroma is a spicy mix of vanilla, banana bread, and clove. The flavor follows that up with a dry, mineral undertone with sweet cracked wheat malts, banana, and a touch of white pepper. Very tasty and very drinkable. It reminds me of a cross between Paulaner and Schnieder. Heck of a beer from the folks in Chico.

tempest, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy yellow with a little white head. Nose is banana , clove. Taste is mostly banana, with a bit of clove on the finish. A bit sweeter than I would have liked, its like a sugar dipped banana, pretty effervescent and a lot of wheat. It was good overall.

barleywinefiend, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful hazy golden beer that almost seems to glow with an inner light. Nice, big, creamy head that settles to a cap and leaves some decent lacing. Light lemony and grainy aroma- pleasant enough. Very nice lemony flavor and quite creamy, but with a backbone of slightly assertive grain. Much softer than their old wheat, of course, but still has enough of a bite to contrast nicely with the lemon element and add some interest. Really nice effort by this brewery that has recaptured my interest with their offerings over the last couple of years.

Georgiabeer, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of akorsak
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz bottle purchased at the Brass Rail deli. Served in a snifter glass.

A: The weissbier is a hazy golden yellow color, semi-translucent, light enough to see shadows on the other side of the glass. A full white head of nearly two fingers has left trails of lace around the mouth of the snifter.

S: The aroma is surprisingly weissbier-like, creamy and light with a heavy accent on clove and banana fragrances. The aromas are full, a damned nice sniffer.

T: The flavor is full, a weissbier that lives up to its name. Wheat starts things off with am airy presence, light and tart, before handing off to the yeast. Banana and clove really shine through, leaving a full flavor that is content to sit on the palate. The banana, particularly, is a nice taste that refuses to leave. This beer proudly carries the hefeweizen mantle, one of the better in the U.S.

M: The mouthfeel is rich, laden with fruit and yeast flavors that don't shy away. Where most American wheat ales fall short, this one hits a home run.

D: A very nice hefe that doesn't skimp on the flavors. I'd love to see more American pale wheat ales resemble this.

akorsak, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Town Hall Weizen glass.

Color is a hazy pale golden yellow. Pours 2 fingers of creamy white head. Nice retention leaving some splattered lace.

Aroma: typical hefe aroma. Bananas, cloves, orange peel, lemon zest, wheat. Not to bad.

Taste: Big banana and clove taste with some mixed spices. Nice fruit flavors with orange peel and lemon zest. Very similar to the aroma. Wheat of course. Not to bad.

Mouthfeel: crisp and smooth. Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends with a very dry fruit and clove aftertaste.

Overall, this is a pretty good representation of the style. It is nothing above and beyond, but at the price it cost, I don't mind having it around all the time. A good beer at a good price.

mothman, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -25.9%

ejimhof, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a Weizen glass)

A- This beer pours a solid hazy orange body with a slight brown hue to it making it to murky to see any carbonation except for a few tiny bubbles sticking to the glass. The head is a creamy off white that soon turns rocky and last for a good bit.

S- There is a slight septic aroma that is like damp leaves that has a faint fresh tomato quality to it. The finish is a green herbal pine hop aroma that balances the other smells nicely.

T- The soft chalky note leads to a yeasty lemon hint that has a light spring water taste. The finish is a soft green tart hop flavor that has more hop characteristics as the beer warms but still stays soft.

M- This beer has a full mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a very soft fizz finish.

D- This beer has qualities of spring creek water and soft yeast and hop notes that support those flavors. The flavor is very interesting and remind me exactly of my grandparents of farmstead in the fall. The flavors are not but have some great character.

rhoadsrage, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of DoubleJ
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I badly need to be refreshed, and Harnas didn't work. Time for a hefeweizen. On to the beer:

It's as yellow as the inside of a mango, cloudy of course, with the head over a finger thick. The clove in the aroma is mild, and it smells like someone is making banana bread, but on a subtle scale. Taste...this will refresh me. Banana and baked bread are the first things to come to mind. Moderately spiced with clove. Touches of lemon come into play, and I didn't even garnish my beer with lemon. Chalky texture with the occasional snap of carbonation. Light esters, spice, and malted wheat sit around in the aftertaste.

This is nice. Another pleasant beer from the folks in Chico.

DoubleJ, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of superspak
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into weizen glass, bottled 8/25/2011. Pours a nice and hazy golden straw color with a nice 2-3 finger dense and fluffy white head with fantastic retention that reduces a nice cap that lasts. Some spotty lacign on the glass; and some nice fine carbonation is streaming up from the bottom. Aromas of big banana, clove, bubblegum, lemon peel, pepper, bread, wheat, and yeast spices. Fantastic and classic hefeweizen aromas here with great balance. Taste of banana, clove, pepper, wheat, yeast spices, lemon, and some breadiness. Lingering notes of yeast spices, bread, clove, and banana on the finish for a bit. A hair on the watery side, but still has a very nice flavor profile. Medium-high carbonation with a light-medium body. A very smooth and drinkable mouthfeel that is highly enjoyable. Alcohol is hardly even present as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is an excellent and well balanced hefeweizen. Very drinkable, enjoyable, and widely available at your local grocery store beer aisle. Definitely something I will keep in mind next time I want a tasty session beer at a good price.

superspak, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of BARFLYB
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz single into a Lancaster Brewing pint glass.

A- Kellerweis looks like liquid honey with a nice mix of bright gold mixed with hazy orange. It looks gorgeous under some light, cant really see through it. A nice frothy white foam that fades leaving no lace.

S- A big blast of ripe bananers and spices mainly clove. Some wheat and yeast plus some earthy hops. A low dose of mild malts. Pretty much everything you need in a hefe.

T- The smell pretty much sums this up but this is one good tasting fresh hefe. Fresh ripe bananers straight off the vine. After that the spices come in with cloves up front. Than a small taste of sweet sugar or candy. This is backed by yeast and light malts.

M- A light bodied beer perfect for the summer. Keller does not have much carb going for it and that's fine by me, makes it much smoother than other versions i've had. A sweet aftertaste with more bananers.

D- Less than 5% makes this sessionable and a half. I wish I picked up more than a single, but since hefe's are not my thing I thought one would do. I was wrong. I would gladly pick up a case of this for a party, a excellent summer quaff. I believe this is a year round offering now.

BARFLYB, Jul 13, 2009
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Huhzubendah, Sep 13, 2012
Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 3,216 ratings.