Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis HefeweizenSierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen

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3,656 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,656
Reviews: 1,313
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.85%
Wants: 235
Gots: 504 | 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 spointon
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a stubby 12oz brown bottle into a pilsner flute glass.

A= This ale poured a cloudy but glowing yellow gold with a 1.5" white head. The head dropped to a 1/8" cap and maintained all the way down. Lots of sheet lacing left behind on my glass.

S= Aromas of spicy clove dominate with banana and slight sulfur also present.

T= Much like the smell, with banana and clove leading the way but clove being the more dominant. Some serious wheat twang all over the start and middle of each sip. Spicy phenolic notes creep into the middle too. Finished dry with a very very faint tartness coming in to seal the deal.

MF= Lighter side of medium bodied with a very crisp carbonation level and palate cleansing feel.

D= Extremely enjoyable and highly sessionable. This is not a typical German style hefeweizen, but I like it a lot and could easily session a bunch in a night.

Photo of m1ked
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Been wanting to pick up some of this since it came out. Beautiful day, rooftop, Santa Monica...ahh I love summer.

A- Poured as directed, swirling the final third then pouring into glass. Looks like a beauty. Although it has that haziness to it, it is a bright apricot yellow with about a 2 1/2 inch craggy foam cap that clings to the glass as it shrinks down.

S- Subtle dusty hay yeastiness white pepper and coriander. I don't get the banana I was expecting.

T- I get a combo of subtle summer stone fruit wrapped up with some wheaty sweetness that has a touch of a bitter blip at the end before the dry finish. This is really nice.

M- Smooth, mild body with crisp carbonation.

D- Oooooh I could drink these all summer. I love this beer and summer. What a great combo... and the rooftop view in Santa Monica doesn't hurt either.

Photo of jsh420
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours cloudy yellow with a orange tinge - big frothy 2+ finger head that leaves spotted lacing

smells of fresh wheat and stong banana

taste is solid - maybe not as good as the smell but good - the banana has a slight tang - very wheaty - good full flavored hefe

mouthfeel is light but feels heavier some how with plenty of carbonation that leaves a nice dry finish

drinkability is great - a full flavored lower abv% beer that you can enjoy year round

Photo of vacax
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kellerweis pours out a rich dark golden with a generous cloudiness. Nicely voluminous white head has respectable lace/retention. The aroma is full of bready yeast that emanates cloves and banana. The initial taste is a wheatiness that is heavily cut by a thick mild clove bitterness or fruity banana puckering. Somewhat heavy wheat character and spicy/fruity yeast.

A nice traditional hefeweizen made with open fermentation in America, which I appreciate, but it not a game changer. Quality hefeweizens from Germany is a niche that is readily available and affordable already. Medium body with a forceful, smooth carbonation. A solid offering from Sierra Nevada that reinforces their image as a brewer that is continually improving itself for decades now.

Photo of emsroth
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

App: Pale yellow and completely opaque. Small even head with yellow spots from the yeast.

Smell: One of the best hefe smells ever, since I'm not the biggest banana-hef fan.

Taste: greeted by a burst of carbonation. Next comes a pair of yeasty sourness and husky wheat malt.

A lighter mouthfeel than most hefs. The thickness of the hef can sometimes be sickening.

An all around solid wheat beer

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

This beer pours an extremely hazy yellow-orangish color with a hefty 2-3 finger of foamy white head to it. Head retention was very good, leaving rings of lacing on the glass the whole way down. Nose is of bananas and clove up front, a strong yeast presence with some wheat detectable. Taste is very nicely blended. Spice of clove gets you up front mixing with some lemon zestiness and a touch of banana. Yeast guides the middle, though more well blended than the sharpness in the nose. Finish is of wheat, some pale malts and a touch of earthiness. On the lighter side of medium body, with moderate carbonation, the unfiltered nature makes this a thicker feel on the tongue and a sticky finish. This is a highly sessionable beer and perfect for a humid summer night.

Photo of yemenmocha
3.36/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy golden with white head. Nose is the typical banana/clove but not terribly assertive with banana. On the palate the banana is weak as well, but plenty of herbal flavors, hops come through too, and a decent clove/spice in the mix. Wheat cracker is present. Carbonation is good and feels fuller bodied than most weissbiers.

Photo of adamette
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle purchased as a single from Warehouse Beverage on Mayfield in Cleveland yesterday. Poured into my Ommegang Witte tumbler.

A slightly hazy brown/yellow body under a white basic looking head that stuck around for a minute or two.

S Nice light wheat smell with light malt barley. Appropriate to the style but does not really inspire.

T Nice sweetness on top of the required wheat, light malt and minimal hops tastes. Nice and above average.

M Minimal to moderate, true to style. There is a nice smoothness to the feel that I appreciate as well.

D Very good, a hallmark of the style.

Notes: A very solid Hefe but nothing that inspires my imagination. Credit certainly goes to Sierra Navada for continuing to push their horizons with new styles.

Photo of BigD1972
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass from a bottle. Pours a nice hazy golden color with little head.

scent of wheat and bananas, slight citrus

little carbonation, very smooth with a clean finish.

Followed the directions ( pour 2/3 swirl bottle pour the rest) very drinkable summer beer.

Photo of BeerPhan86
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Followed the directions on the Sierra Nevada insert that came with the six pack (which includes a great picture of a brewer scraping off some of the fermentation floaties in a huge open fermenting tank). You are supposed to pour 2/3 of the bottle, swirl the bottle, and pour the rest. I follow the same steps with witbiers and other beers with sediment. I found this beer had more sediment than many beers so a few rinses is required.

A- Pours a hazy gold with a nice thick white head. Completely opaque.

S- Smells of wheat and banana, almost like a nice piece of bread.

T- Wow, one of the more complex tasting Hefeweizen's I've had. Banana, wheat, some fruitiness in the finish.

M- Thick and somewhat chewy, not watery at all. I want to say that it feels "silky".

D- Very light alcohol-wise, though very flavorful! I feel as though one would not appreciate the flavors going on here after more than a couple, so I probably would not session this.

Overall, probably one of the best hefeweizen's I have had. I can see how the open fermentation makes this different than most American hefe's. I'd definitely seek this one out if you're a fan of the style, which admittedly I am not, but I really enjoyed this one.

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

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.

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

Poured into a pint glass pours a hazy yellow with a fluffy head that leaves lace on the glass. Smell is of citrus fruit with hints of clove and berry. Taste is spot on for the style nice and smooth with a banana clove taste, a bit of bubble gum flavor as well, very refreshing. Overall a good all around beer, I am happy that this is a year around offering it will be a regular in my frig.

Photo of sgoodship
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a nice Hef glass, it was a lovely hazy, yellow straw color. It's hard to stop this one from wanting to deliver a three finger head. Nice fine off-white cap. Lively carbonation makes the head return with every swig. Some suspended yeast visible.

S: Dry, yeasty, wheaty banana with a hint of spice.

T: A touch of hop-like bite that is probably more tartness from yeast and carbonation. There is a breadiness and wheaty flavor but it goes quickly into a balanced banana and clove with a hint of bubblegum. There is a touch of pear and lemon there too. The finish is very dry with residual fruity flavors.

M: Light side of medium body - probably due to the yeast. High carbonation that is gentle on the palate.

D: This is a very well balanced and enjoyable beer. I don't go out of my way to drink wheat beers but this one feels like a drink that I would enjoy after a hard day in the sun. Really tasty and refreshing. Sierra Nevada really knows how to brew a beer. Hats off.

Photo of SirVeza420
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is my new summer beer. I just tried Sierra Nevada's Torpeda IPA brew, about 2 mos ago and that was also great.

Pours well, with a citrus, banana aroma coming out of the gate. Cloudy appearance with a fast dissolving head, as well. It has a nice balance of sweetness and hops, but not too overwhelming in either category. If you don't add a lemon garnish to it, than you can appreciate the balance between the banana, spicy clove, and lemon flavors. I would love too review more, but I have a Kellerweis to finish.


Photo of enfield249
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a beautiful golden yellow, with a thick white head, and cloudy with lots of yeast.

S - Sweet, citrus, "summer"

T - Citrus, mostly lemon, sweetness but not cloying, tiny amount of hops.

M - Light-medium, not to much carbonation so as to make the mounthfeel sharp, just enough.

D - I could drink about 100 of these. Well done Sierra Nevada.

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy pale yellow with some light orange highlights. Little bubbles continually shoot up towards the top. The head is typical hefeweizen, massive and white. It falls very slowly, leaving thick rings of nearly symmetrical lace all the way down the glass. Retention is excellent, as a solid 1/3 inch of foam remains atop throughout.

S: Rich, yeasty aroma showcasing some light banana and clove, raw wheat malt, and light orange. There's a bit more spice here than in typical German examples, but it's not too out of balance. Solid aroma, but not quite as full as the best German examples.

T&M: Decent flavor. Banana flavor is rather restrained, showcasing a bit more spiciness and some clove. A graininess and clean wheat flavor also contribute. Finish is drying and lightly herbal and spicy. I'd prefer a bit more of the traditional banana and clove, but that's probably not what SN was going for. Body is light and fluffy, with a zesty carbonation that's on par for the style.

D: Very drinkable. Light, with an easy-to-handle flavor. This beer is replacing their old APWA and I think fans of Sierra Nevada Wheat Beer will not be disappointed in the least by this upgrade. For the price, I'll probably make this a fridge staple anytime I'm craving hefeweizen.

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 zeff80
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden-yellow color with a one-finger, bubbly head of white foam. It left soapy residue on the glass.

S - It smelled of lemon, clove, banana, wheat and some spicy yeast.

T - Great balance of banana, clove, wheat and yeast provides a nice sweet flavor with just enough spice.

M - It was crisp and very sharp with a somewhat dry finish. A light bodied ale.

D - This is a really good American version of a hefeweizen. There are some German ones that are better, but this is pretty darn good.

Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a yellowish-brown color and a cloudy, thick consistency. There was a huge, foamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: Smelled of wheat, hops, bananas and some malt.

T: Tasted of hops, malt, wheat, bananas, a little spice. Not as sweet as some hefeweizens, but tasty nonetheless.

M: A high amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: A drinkable American hefeweizen. This is a solidly made, easy to drink beer.

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 br3wmeister
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Large foamy off white head, Moderate retention with pretty good lacing. The beer itself is a hazy dull yellow.

S- Some what hoppy for a Hefeweizen but still pretty good, hints of banana and clove hidden behind a floral citrus hop. Also some caramel and vanilla sweetness in there with a touch of bubble gum.

T- Again a little hoppy for a Hefeweizen but still very good, Big sweetness up front, little banana, some vanilla and caramel then bitter floral hops dry out the pallet. Nice flavor and very easy to drink.

This is different from most Hefes I have had do to the hops but it is some what expected from SN. Overall a pretty good beer.

Photo of tdawgydog
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Noticed this beer on a recent trip to my local beverage store. I thought I'd give it a try as I am a big fan of Weizens...

A - Pours a nice hazy golden brown. Right from the start I could tell by the unfiltered nature of the beer that I was in for a treat!
S - Sweet wheaty smell. Very true to the style
T - An almost impeccable American Weizen. A great beer for a hot sunny day or any other day of the year for that matter. I could drink this stuff all the time.
D - Goes down really smooth. The unfiltered nature of the beer gives it an added extra flavor that makes it extremely enjoyable.
M - Great body to this beer. Not too gassy.

This was honestly one of the best American Micro Hefe's that I have ever had. I'm going back to the beer store tomorrow to get some more!!

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

Got a single 12 oz bottle of this recently. Poured into a weizen glass. This beer is a very cloudy, hazy pale golden color with a fluffy white head over an inch thick when poured, settling eventually and after a few sips to sadly, nothing. No lacing at all either. Aromas of clove and banana are nicely present. The taste is pretty much the same, sweet banana and clove with a bit of a bread like quality to it as well. Slight spice from the clove. This has very little to none of the very distinct hop bitterness that has always been present in all of the other beers that I have had by Sierra Nevada. Smooth, crisp full bodied with moderate carbonation. Extremely easy to drink. I really enjoyed this one a lot and would certainly have it again!


Photo of dirtylou
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, scooped a sixer at Steve's on University

appearance: poured into a tyranena imperial pint glass, hazy orange body with a nice white froth and decent lacing left behind

smell: light yeast, a load of pale wheat, sweet citrus whiffs...a little jumbled. there is a bizarre sulfur aspect as well that others appear to have noticed - odd

taste: a little on the sweeter end of the style -juicy citrus, banana, clove, pepper, pale wheats. enjoyable, but doesnt hold up compared to the dancing man wheat thats also in the fridge

mouthfeel: medium body, sweeter and thicker than the norm

drinkability: good

Photo of GClarkage
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
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!

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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