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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: 245
Gots: 552 | 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 BigMike
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Embrace the Haze"

Pours a pale yellow orange color. Very cloudy and hazy with 2 fingers worth of white head.

Smell is very yeasty with notes of lemon, ginger root, cloves and coriander.

Tastes of oranges and lemon zest. Lots of tasty yeast and spices. A hint of ripened banana and cloves also are present.

Mouthfeel is smooth and nicely carbonated. Light and crisp with an easy finish.

Drinkability is excellent. This is a summer session beer thats up there with the best of them.

Sierra Nevada does every style of beer very well and this is no exception. A verygood Hefeweizen! (586 characters)

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

12oz. bottle

Pours a cloudy pale color with an orange hue. Dense off-white head that fades with thick lacing around the glass.

Aroma is very yeasty and fruity with some mild spicy tones. Hints of banana and clove.

Yeasty and fruity upfront with a nice wheat malt taste and some light spicy tones toward the finish. Ends up fairly clean and dry with a pleasant light lingering yeastiness.

Light body, medium carbonation.

A delicious and sessionable hefeweizen that exceeded my expectations. Surprising lack of hops considering Sierra's lineage - and glad that they let this become more of a traditional solid all-areound wheat beer. Get you some. (650 characters)

Photo of Redwood21
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Not bad color wise with an orangish yellow amber sunset thing going on, but the head is almost nonexistent and that's just not cool

S: stereotypical banana and wheat, nothing bad, very to style and if this is you style then youd like it. it wasnt strong

T: ill have to give it a 4.5 even though im not a huge wheat guy but it fits the profile very well, its crisp and tart with an almost green apple fresh banana finish and a yeasty cream to the over all feel. im not a huge wheat beer fan but this is pretty good.

it is a bit to bubbly for me, but if that's your thing then you'd likely love this. either way its a great summer beer to try at least once (661 characters)

Photo of mjl21
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a New Belgium globe glass. No bottling info is given but this just was released so it is extremely fresh. Comes in at 4.8%.

A-Pours a hazy, glowing straw yellow. Has a nice 2 finger white head that slowly recedes to a 3/4 finger level.

S-The usual suspects come into play with lots of clove, banana, and some wheat.

T-It tastes a lot like it smells. The clove hits fast, followed by banana and some lemon. It does not have a very grainy finish. The banana flavor dominates the aftertaste.

M-Medium bodied and smooth from the nice layer of foam. Has a good carbonation level.

D-Very sessionable at 4.8%. It tasted great at my 4th of July BBQ.

This has to be one of the best Americans hefes that I have tried. It is a great warm weather beer that flew out of my cooler. (801 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow gold with wisps of yeast slowly mixing in. A tall, creamy white head sits on top. Soft dried banana and abundant wheat malt hit the nose upfront along with muted clove and spice, faint bubblegum, and a bit of lemony sourness. Lots of fresh, tangy wheat malt in this one. Typical banana and clove flavors sit more in the background. Phenolics mingle with pepper and lemon rind. Very refreshing. Medium-light with the appropriate amount of carbonation. Good weizen...glad it's a year-round offering. (511 characters)

Photo of elniko
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've been eagerly anticipating the arrival of Kellerweis and it finally arrived in North Texas. Poured into weizen glass.

A: Huge pillowy head that slowly dissipated but still left a good finger. Nice lacing and murky coloring. Exactly as I would want a hef to look.

S: Heavy wheat tones with some spiciness as well. More on the bready side of the hef equation. I don't really get the banana that most of the German hefs have. Nice but probably the least of the qualities..

T & M: The bready wheaty tones come out in the taste as well. No cloying sweetness, very crisp mouthfeel. Nicely bodied.

D: This is a very drinkable hef that I will be drinking quite often for the remainder of the summer. (700 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz stubby bottle into a Weizen glass.

Pours a hazy golden orange, with several billowous fingers of foamy off-white head that makes good use of this glass's volume to say the least. This eventually peters down into a rich 1/2 finger, that fires up beautifully when swirled, leaving back lacing that hangs in thick swathes down the sides of the glass. Really nice Hefe look here. The aroma is fruity with citric notes of lemon and orange, as well as notes of yeasty ripe banana, light bubblegum, and sweet malty wheat, which holds the whole thing together. Just a nice fresh pop in the nose from this.

The taste is crisply sweet from the wheat and citrus, with the yeast really blooming out nicely along the backend, along with clove and some very lightly spicy Noble hop charcter, which really dries the finish out and lets this end with a bit of a zing. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied with an extremely crisp feel and easygoing nature to this. I'm actually a little surprised by the amount of presence this has in the mouth for a sub 5% beer.

Impressive. Full flavored, crisp, and refreshing, this is by far one of the better American-made Wheat beers that I've had in the bottle. A steal at the price and perfect for summertime imbibing. (1,256 characters)

Photo of bennetj17
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Classic Hefe appearance, color like a grapefruit peel, deeply cloudy, with sizable white foam. Nice retention. Aroma is the only place it lacks a bit. Light yeasty banana scent, with touches of phenolic spice. Hint of citrus notes also. Not real potent.

Yeasty wheat flavor, like fresh wheat bread, with less pronounced banana and spice. I get a decent amount of tanginess, lemon and maybe orange, and this is the only departure from tasting more like a Weihenstephaner. Finish is rather unremarkable. Overall rather clean and refreshing. Lively carbonation, adds to the body. Lightly foamy on the palate.

Very nice example of the style, not the best, but a real bargain for a 6-pack compared to imported examples. I am very pleased Sierra Nevada decided to make this brew widely available. Between this and the Torpedo IPA I am beginning to like them alot more. This is a really good Hefe, and because it's under the Sierra Nevada name I think it will be more likely to end up in the hands of your average beer drinker, hopefully allowing them to discover something new on their way toward better beers. Recommended... (1,123 characters)

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.66/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow color with an orange hue. A decent head and lace.
The aroma of wheat,banana,cloves with vanilla &citrus hints.

The taste starts off zingy with citrus and wheat dominating the flavor. Some mild banana notes carried along with mild clove hints.
The feel was creamy,high carbonation and a light body. Carbonation throws off balance. Some lemon aftertaste in finish.

Notes: An o.k. beer to have any time. Great for summer weather,but for the style it is just average. (480 characters)

Photo of riversider76
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden with a fluffy white head. Good retention and a very nice lacing. Aroma is of fruit,clove and candy. Body is medium and carbonated. Taste is of banana,up front with a spice candy finish. There is a nice yeasty presence through out,but especially in the finish. A bit different than the usual Hefe, but excellent in any case! (345 characters)

Photo of DwnTwnBwn
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The guys from Sierra Nevada came to the Gold Country Brewers meeting a brought a ton of bottles. Thank you.

A- Poured in to pint glass. 2 finger head that fell to a very thin film. Good Lacing. It was a golden wheat field color with very hazy.

S- Very good here. Up front its all Banana, clove, yeast.

T- Just like it smells, Banana and yeast. Fairly sweet.

M- Very Soft Beer. A bit to carbonated, but its a well rounded feel.

O- This is a very good Heff. Probably one of the best heff's I've had. (505 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a bright, cloudy yellow orange with a big creamy white head that shows very good retention and solid lacing.

The aroma is wonderful and everything you'd want and expect from a hefe. There's the bubble gum and banana sweetness mixing with some lemony hops and, as it warms, a clean peppery spice aroma.

The taste has an initial lemon zest pop before the sweet malted wheat takes over, with the bananas coming in strong. The finish is slightly bready and with a bit of peppery spices that tingle the palate.

The mouthfeel is very active with lots of carbonation. It seems to have a light mouthfeel but still completely fills the mouth, which is definitely saying something.

This is a fantastic hefe from Sierra Nevada and a great craft beer introduction for most people out there. I drank this one with some non-BA friends and they absolutely loved it. Kudos to SN for putting a beer out there that will undoubtedly please the masses and, I think, impress the beer geeks out there as well (me included). (1,011 characters)

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

Never knew about this one from Sierra Nevada, got the first batch from my local store.

Pours out golden with a lot of haze and a big fluffy head, just the way I like it.

Smells of cinnamon, assorted sweets, and bananas.

Tastes very authentic, one of the best American wheats I've had. Light, crisp, with a sweet hint of fruit and a mild hop bite. Very light on the palate, and drinkable as well. A good beer for a hot day. The only thing I'd improve is adding some more dimensions to the flavor. It's there then it isn't, but then again, sometimes simple is good. And overall, this is a good beer. (601 characters)

Photo of KI9A
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy, inviting gold. Big, giant puffy head, gradualy dropping into nice lace windows.

S: Bananna, clove, yeast.

T: Follows smell. Add citrus, lemon/lime. Maybe a bit of sweet tangerine. Knockout...

M: Just about the smoothest hefe I have had. This is one of those beers that forces you to sip, and go back for a big old quaff, before the bottom of the glass hits the table.

D: Kinda jumped the gun, and summed it up above. The 4.8ABV almost acts like a higher ABV. Just alot of flavor, and alot of refreshment. Great American version of a traditional German Hefe.. (572 characters)

Photo of rtratzlaff
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass reveals a very cloudy body (I got every bit of yeast out of the bottle--and there was more than any bottle I have seen). Peach hues with a voluminous white head that holds its ground leaving lacing as well.

Aromas are banana, banana, yeast, wheat, and clove in the background.

The flavor matches well with a good mouthfeel that is about the best I have tried for this style. Decent carbonation keeps it light though there's plenty in the body.

With warmth, the banana and yeast flavors come out more while the clove slowly fades.
At 4.8 abv, it drinks like something closer to 6% in flavor. Though it is claimed to be a summer type beer, I wouldn't mind drinking this in cold weather just as well since there is plenty of wheat maltiness there. (787 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (1,129 characters)

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

Pours out cloudy yellow with two fingers of suds.
The smell is great here. Lots of banana and clove and corriander. Some yeast burns the nose.
Taste is very good for a Sierra Nevada brew. Just a good wheat beer.
Mouthfeel is very clean and sugary sticky towards the end.
Drinkability is over the top here. Would love to have this on tap. (337 characters)

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy bright yellow color with ever so slight light orange tints and mucho suspended yeast action. A minimal fizzy white head forms in true hef fashion, and reduces to a thin ring pretty quickly leaving lacing that is respectable for a hef.

Nose is nice and wheat yeasterrific with some strong clove and bubblegummy notes. Smells pretty authentic.

Taste follows with nice and strong german wheat yeast notes. Banana and bubble gum are pretty dominant, some decent spice profile as well. Clove makes itself known for sure. Certainly a beer crafted with tradition in mind.

Mouthfeel is very nice, but i do find it just a touch too viscous. Aside from that, carbonation is right where it should be.

Drinkability is quite good, definitely a sessionable beer, and one that would be a pleasure to do so with. Abv seems like it is right where it should be.

Overall i am definitely satisfied with this brew. It definitely knocks the pants off of the commonly found american brewed hefeweizens that certain west coast mAIcro breweries have been slinging to yuppies nationwide for the last 20 years. I'll still take most german made hefs over this with few exceptions, but that being said, this is definitely one of the better widely available hefs made in this country, and surely nips at the heels of many of germany's examples, and with minor work, could challenge them. One i will surely revisit to chug on the deck this summer. A good beer. (1,452 characters)

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

I didn't think that American Brewers had the Hefeweizen style down. So here it goes.

Pour produced a nice cloudy yellow body, with a BIG head and some moderate lacing. Poured like a real German Hefe.

Smell is abundant in banana's, cloves and yeast. The banana aroma's seemed to be a bit subdued and sweeter.

Taste was very surprising. Up front, spice cloves are the dominating flavor, but tapers out mid palate with banana's, yeast, and wheat. Not to bad for a American made hefe.

Mouthfeel was on par with the style. Although a bit more alcohol could have made this beer much more better.

HUGE drinkability. With this being made by Sierra Nevada, it's gonna be readily available. Not to mention that Hefeweizen also happens to be my favorite summer brew. This will be a great addition in the coming heat of summer. Cheers! (831 characters)

Photo of Overlord
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow-gold with a hazy, almost unfiltered appearance.

Smells like cloves, bananas, and yeast-y-ness. Ahhh...quite nice.

Taste is thick with bananas, a bit of surprising barnyard hay/yeastiness, spices and cloves, and is very satisfying. Solid mouthfeel, quite drinkable.

Hefeweizens aren't really my thang, but this was quite good. (350 characters)

Photo of bsp77
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into my new Summit Pint, which is kind of shaped between a pint glass and a weizen glass.

Appearance: Very hazy pale orange with nice head and active bubbles and legs.

Smell: Nice mix of bananas and cloves, with some wheatiness.

Taste: Fantastic balance of wheat malt, bananas and cloves. Mostly spicy at the end. Most Hefeweizens lean more toward one aspect or another (wheat, banana, clove), but this really is evenly balanced.

Feel: High carbonation and light body - works well for this beer.

Drinkability: All around fantastic summer beer. Wheat beers don't get much better (except for a couple German made Hefeweizens). (663 characters)

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

A- Hazy pale gold color. Large bright white head that quickly fades to a small layer.

S- Wheat, huge banana aroma

T- Simple. Along with smell, wheat and banana. Sweet underlying sugar cane.

M- Medium bodied, thin coating on the palate that leaves a sweet flavor.

D- An American brewery pulled off an Excellent Hefeweizen. Good job Sierra Nevada, this will be a great summer brew. (385 characters)

Photo of mnj21655
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada pint glass.

Pours very cloudy with the color ranging from pale straw at the edges to a golden-orange color. 1 finger of moussy white head that exhibits fair retention. Aroma is fairy subdued. A soft and slightly bready wheat aroma is the first thing that I notice but moderate banana-like esters become more prominent. Moderate clove-like phenols also make a bit of a delayed appearance. Taste is pretty darn good. Soft wheat quickly segues to moderate banana-like esters and then some moderate clove-like phenols. There is a touch of bubblegum in the finish. Very well balanced. Mouthfeel is quite good with a wonderfully creamy body that is fairly light but aided by the suspended yeast. Carbonation is a touch on the low side but still works pretty well. Drinkability is pretty darn good. The esters and phenols which are very reserved at first build a bit but never become too much. This beer is well-balanced and easy quaffable. (969 characters)

Photo of klewis
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a hazy golden with a big, foamy head. Good retention and lacing.

S: This one throws off a huge smell from a few feet away. Bananas, cloves, mild phenols - it's all there.

T: A perfect blend of spice and banana. Full-flavored and true to style.

M: Light and crisp yet creamy. Moderate carbonation.

D: Nothing will ever beat Weihenstephaner, but without a doubt, the best American hefe yet. Undeniably worth picking up. (431 characters)

Photo of BeerSox
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into nonic.

Pale goldenrod hue, which glows when held up to the light. Very cloudy, even without trying to get all of the sediment into the glass. A one finger bright white head settles to a thin cap rather quickly.

A little bit of the standard banana and clove, but not as much as I expected. The little bit of orange peel is in the background. The aroma also seems to have a little bit of a smokey aroma.

The wheat malt in the grain bill gives the beer a slight tartness. Again, a good deal of banana, with only a pinch of clove. The smokiness is back in a very subtle form. Full bodied, high carbonation.

Not a bad interpretation of a Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada. This is supposed to be more like the Bavarian style, and it's pretty close. Enjoyable, recommended. (787 characters)

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