Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis HefeweizenSierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen

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3,635 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,635
Reviews: 1,310
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.85%
Wants: 234
Gots: 493 | FT: 0
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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 Stinkypuss
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A hazed yellow in color with no head or lacing to speak of.

Aroma full of hefeweizen scents, spice, sweetness and fruit notes.

Solid hefeweizen characteristics, funky yeast lends notes of banana/bubblegum. Distant clove. Munich style malts. This could have very well came from Germany, as all the flavors are quite authentic.

Medium bodied and fairly smooth going down.

A very well crafted hefe'. Its quite good and a nice departure from the usual hoppy offerings from Sierra Nevada.

Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Southern Tier glass. Poured a cloudy golden yellow color with a frothy white head filling the top of the glass. Very good head retention with just a bit of lacing.

The aroma shows a lot of the traditional banana, clove and wheat hefeweizen flavors to it. It's citrusy, yeasty and has some spices coming through. Very flavorful and appropriate for the style.

The taste follows the nose in that the banana and spice flavors really come through. Some lemony citrus flavors are present and add some nice refreshing flavors to it. It has a moderate bready, wheaty, yeasty flavor to it as well.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's a very good tasting interpretation of the style. It's light and refreshing and very tasty overall. I found it very solid in all categories but just a bit short of some of the very best of the style.

Photo of Mebuzzard
2.81/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well, I must say this isn't what I expected from a hefeweizen.
Pours a nice looking hefe, golden slightly hazy body, semi-bright. Nice foam, white a fluffy.
Aroma contains most of what is looked or in a hefe, but with an added creamed corn funk. The citrus and banana are overwhelmed.
Taste is a bit all over the place. Weak biscuit/malt core, some spice and clove mixed in. Very soft/fain banana. I still get the sweet, cream corn. Not the best aftertaste either. It's light, so fairly drinkable, but misses the mark for me.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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.

Photo of smakawhat
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

Out of the bottle a classic cloudy lemon body, light bodied with cloudy pale yellow hues on the edges. Simple good foamy white head pours like a classic Hefe. Yeast bunches at end of course. This looks like the real deal here.

Smells like a classic hefe also. Spritzy faint lemon, light clove even a bit dry. Very nice. Perhaps even a little crisp.

Taste is very solid, even a little hint of hop american aggressiveness. Good banana and clove in the mid palate but also an extremely creamy finish and hint of sweetness! Very enjoyable.

Overall I really like this, this is a great summer beer and it's good to see an American brewery make a very good German style Hefe with their own style! Very impressed!

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of Zorro
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden colored beer with a good sized white head.

Smells strongly of banana and clove in about equal proportions. Sweet wheat malt and hints of fruity and other spicy scents. Complex Hefeweizen.

Starts out mild and spicy with a lighter banana flavor than the scent and a distinct soda cracker aftertaste. Flavors intensify as you drink this. Good banana flavor and it is a bit stronger than the clove.

Mouthfeel is good.

Tasty hefe made in the USA, about damn time. Much better than the SN Wheat beer and a good match for German Hefeweizen.

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.

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.

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

On tap at TJsEveryday this past Saturday.

The beer pours a bright gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is impressive, with the prototypical banana, light clove and underlying spice. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose completely, and the beer has a definite light, sweet, banana flavor to it. Mouthfeel is pretty light (as one would expect) and drinkability is very good.

A very nice, easy to enjoy wheat beer from SN. Hope this is readily available here on the East Coast, as this would make an exceptional beer to sip through the warm summer months. Very nicely done.

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.

Photo of biegaman
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Banana-peel body and pearl white head - I couldn't have drawn it up any better myself. The prototypical haze is in true form and a plenitude of bubbles, along with a bright glare, further hinders one's ability to see through to the other side. This heap of bubbles leads to a slew of fluffy capping and a rococo-style lacing. The appearance perfectly matches the profile of a classic German hefeweizen. But how does the rest of it fare?

Exceptionally well if this aroma is any indication. The characteristic candy-like bubble gum attribute is foremost, outweighing grainy wheat, banana, lemon, and clove in that order. The malt is unusually pronounced as the zest and spiciness seem considerably scaled back. That said, there is no shortage of vibrant seasoning.

The wheat is present on every taste, the bubble-gum and citrus and clove seem to rotate. A considerably lush note of vanilla, seemingly unnoticed in the aroma, is greatly appreciated in the flavour. Banana is definitely the most consistent taste although the beer's graininess prevents it from ever becoming all that fruity.

The mouthfeel doesn't quite have the same effect on the palate as the style's all-time best. The dryness and creamy texture are met but the carbonation could use a teeny lift; the tongue demands a little more prickling and zestiness to feel fully quenched. The relative lack of phenols is sorely missed and a little spritz of acidity would also do wonders.

Sierra Nevada does superb renditions of most all of the time-honored beer styles. They were among the first and are still among the best to do so. I'm glad they introduced a hefeweizen to replace their retired wheat beer; it turned out to be near flawless. As can be said for so many of their other offerings, this is an exemplary prototype for all the other brewers out there looking to duplicate old world classics.

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

Pours a hazy light golden color with a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly but leaves lace all over.
Smells of clove, banana, phenol, and a restrained sweet honey malt deep underneath. Taste is more of the honey and sweet malts with some cloves and spice. Light body, medium carbonation, creamy mouthfeel. Nice light easy drinking brew.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer was poured following the bottle's instructions of pouring 2/3, swirling, then pouring the rest. The beer pours a honey-golden coloring, with the slightest film of head. The beer has heavy aromas of clove and toasty notes, with a mild sweet undertone. Cloves hit pretty hard in mouth when you first drink, and they will follow through to the end with you. Also mixed in are some banana bread flavors, as well as some nutty characteristics. The beer has a quick and clumsy finish with all the different flavorings, and the cloves sit heavy in the aftertaste. Despite the heavy flavors, the beer remains fairly round and smooth, and is remarkably easy to drink for something leaning more towards the sweet side.

Photo of plaid75
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a hazy straw hue with a three finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured the typical hefe yeast esters and light honey aroma.

The taste was likewise ester laden with banana and clove spice and an earthy, round sweetness.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a superior domestic rendition.

Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.

Pours a nice cloudy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, little fizzy white head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, yeast, with some nice spice notes. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, yeasty, grassy, with some spice notes. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew, but I've had way better.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz just picked up at the COOP today... poured into my smaller weizen glass.

3 finger meringue like head.. great retention and lace.. the brew is a hazy pale golden color.

nose smells like it made the trip from the motherland... very bready and ripe bananas... subtle cloves and just whaffs of pink bubblegum.

Flavor has alot more mashed bananas than the aroma.. a little more bubblegum this time that lingers more in the finish.. again very bready and just minor clovey notes. The body is on the thicker side and carbonation is light lending toward a creamy mouthfeel.

This is a pretty damn fine hefe... I really like it... the drinkability is pretty high... I had 2 way earlier in the evening that went down too fast... I wanted to save my final one to review, but this glass is clearing pretty quickly too... hats off to the crew at Sierra Nevada.

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

A: Poured a very turbulent butter-gold with a mushrooming 2 finger plus head that breached the glass rim and shroomed upwards from the center holding steady. Bright white in color it leveled off after a few minutes to a creamy whipped covering. There was an incredibly strange swirling yeasty haze that reminded me of a lava lamp. A great coloring and even more unique and strange turbid nature that slowly swirled and curled, dancing right before eyes unlike anything ive ever seen in a beer. After settling the drink appeared a dark buttery gold in the center while light orange-gold highlights glisten around the edges of the glass. As you might of guessed this unique experience warrants extra consideration here.

S: The aroma was nice as well, bananas and very strong clove hints. The overall strength was moderately strong even after 4-5 minutes after the pour. Freshly buttered banana bread gives this good regards.

T: The flavor was beautiful with a yeasty and banana flavor bursting through. Spicy cloves, lemon bread and a hints of pears and honey dew are most evident. There is also a tangy tropical semi-sour tropical fruitiness and white grapes adding to the complexity. Very good regards here, finishes with a fruity and fresh lemon twang. A good alternative to two of my favorites per style Ayinger and Weihenstephaner.

M: creamy and full, lusciously smooth. Ill let the experience speak for itself here.

D: Goes down incredibly well with a whole hearted case recommendation here. Great in multiples, very good per style visually and flavor wise that was sharp and delivers a wonderful experience.

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

Cloudy dark yellow straw colored beer. Nice fluffy white head, sinks down fairly quickly, leaves behind solid lacing. Good spicy aroma with the typical yeast profile, lots of clove and banana, spices and citrus is in there too. Sweetness of the banana in the nose is present to a mild degree in the taste, which is typical of the style – same yeast/banana/clove combination, plus a little bready malt. Very solid, appealing flavors but not quite up to the level of the best Germans.

Pretty dry with moderately crisp carbonation. Extremely refreshing and drinkable, quenching summer beer. I’m a hefeweizen fan in general so this one appeals to me.

Photo of beertunes
3.1/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a slightly hazy yellow, doesn't have the typical cloudiness you see in Hefe's. A thick, fluffy, white dissipated at a slightly quicker than moderate pace, leaving little lacing.

The typical aromas for the style are present, but subdued. Same goes for the flavors. The body was smooth and evenly full. Drinkability was easy. Overall an average version of the style, I could see keeping a few of these in the fridge during the summer, even though I prefer Wits over Hefe's. Worth trying.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a hazy light yellow amber with a fine half finger white head with good retention and lacing. Classic hefewizen aroma of wheat, banana, lemon and light cloves. Flavor follows aroma with wheat, banana, light citrus, hints of clove and caramel; finishes slightly dry and tart.. Surprisingly lightly creamy, medium body. A very nice hefeweizen and one of the best domestic versions of this style.

Photo of Derek
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy, creamy straw with a white head, great retention & lacing.

S: Modest banana & clove, with a bready malt aroma.

T: Banana, bread, touch of clove, no yeasty acidity, very mild bitterness, good stuff.

M: Velvety smooth, light to moderate body that's not over carbonated.

D: A great drinker.

Photo of Tone
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, yellow color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of yeast, clove, sweet malt, slight hop, citrus (banana), and a hint of tart malt. Fits the style of a Hefeweizen. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, sweet malt, slight hop, clove, citrus (banana), and tart malt. Overall, a good body, blend, complexity, and aroma.

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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