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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ClockworkOrange on 03-12-2009

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single from Archer Liquors, the premier "craft singles" purveyor of Chicago. This was a buck and change.

Poured into a goblet, swirled the last bit as instructed by label... there is some seriously goopy yeast hanging out in there, looks like a ring of liquid caramel. Shake bottle, and shake again, still some globs at the bottom. Pours out a nice opaque orange, looks like a mimosa. Convex foam dome rises gently above the rim and ebbs after a minute. Aroma is all dusty wheat, fresh and wholesome. Flavors of clove and smooth wheat, vague banana in the back. Smooth and supple feel, light bodied. Easy drinking, a great summer session hefe.

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Photo of albern
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice, refreshing hefeweizen beer and it looks good too. It pours a nice hazy orange and dirty yellow color with a small but creamy head, some lacing. There is a load of yeasty sediment on the bottom of the bottle, but plenty went into the pour as well. The nose is candied cloves, florals, a bit of musty yeast, and lots of sweet maltiness.

This is a very smooth, very sweet, very creamy hefe. There is very little tartness, or citrusy bite to the beer. It is candied clove flavored, there are some hints of sweetened orange rind, some other sweet malts, very little if any hop bite, and no acerbic bite whatsoever. The beer is a bit too mild and too mouthpleasing. There isn't enough of the orange zing or citrusy acerbicness to make this a truly first rate hefe, but this is smooth, creamy, a bit more dense than light bodied, and easy to drink. There is no discernible aftertaste to this beer.

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Photo of Amalak
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Poured brilliantly into a pint glass. Gold in color, basically opaque, with a good head and lace.
S-Strong wheat scent to it.
T-The wheat is actually fairly mild as far as taste. Slightly sweet. To be honest, because of its mild overtones, it's a really solid summer brew.

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Photo of fishtownhxc
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

finally able to find this beer around my neck of the woods. excellent hefeweizen, in fact, one of the better ones i've had and certainly one of the best ones made by any american brewery that i've had. more on the spicy side than the fruity banana/clove side, which is perfectly fine, but i personally like a bit more of the banana shining through. either way, excellent example of the style, and at such an affordable price, you really can't go wrong. sierra nevada again proves why they've been in business for so long.

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Photo of sleazo
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Pours a hazy yellow/amber with a two finger off white head. Retention is poor as it quickly settles into a smallish cap. Other than that it looks like a hefe.

S_Strong banana and bubble gum aromas with a background clove hit.

T_Banana up front with a clove finish much like the smell. The finish is sweet and hits with a bit of the bubblegum. Fairly yeasty overall with a nice spicy aftertaste.

M_Creamy and rich. Perhaps a bit too creamy for the style it is still enjoyable as the thickness of the liquid makes the whole beer sort of sing. There is a nice effervescence in the followthrough.

D_Very nice for an American hefeweizen. It is a little too bold perhaps in terms of flavour and feel but I feel t does work overall. Another winner from a great brewery.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden yellow haze, fluffy head, looks spot on. The smell is also exactly what you would expect, banana and cloves but nice. Flavor is nice solid hefe, yeasty and delicious. I am not partial to hefeweizens but this is a good example and way too easy to drink.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured in a snifter.

Nice deep golden color, very smooth and cloudy with a small white head. Very classic hefe look. Very sharp taste, light body. I think it's slightly over carbonated but it's still good. Some banana and other spices in the flavor I think it's a good hefewizen but it's too light in body and the flavor is a little weak for me.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As much anticipation as this beer brings, Kellerweis does a very good job living up to the expectations. The pour brings a classic look- cloudy yellow-golden color with thick, froathy head formation just off of stark white. Great lacing and retention. Estery banannas, papayas, pineapples, and pears are tempered with phenolic clove, white pepper, and flowery-herbal hops. Nice moderate layers of flavors and aromas keep the beer from boredom or mediocracy. Richly textured with a creamy, velety mouthfeel that weakens just before the finish. Pretty clean and refreshing in the aftertaste; obviously designed for summertime comsumption. Similar to Ayinger Brau Weiss, but with milder fruit and clove flavor and lighter body. An overall pleasure to drink.

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Photo of damienblack
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a shimmery, hazy golden. Huge fluffy head, great retention, excellent lacing left all the way down the glass. Smells like harsh wheat, not the greatest bouquet out there. A bit lemony. Taste is excellent, very smooth wheat without that artificial metallic flavor some get. Lemony without that sharp zest, and almost a vanilla flavor in the background. Very creamy, great presence, yet also is very slippery off the tongue. Nice and light for the summer, and goes down super easy. A great low-abv yet well crafted beer.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a small pint glass, this hefe comes out a hazy peach-skin color with a small white head. The nose is highly fruity with a few spicy phenols. Very good german weizen flavor, with a bubblegum fruitiness together with a nice cloviness. Bitterness is appropriately low, but higher than in many examples, drying the finish a bit. Could benefit from some more carbonation, but otherwise the body is light and refreshing.

A definite improvement over the old SN wheat beer. Very nice.

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Photo of Vengeance526
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very cloudy dark yellow color with a large fluffy white head that has nice retention and leaves a lot of lacing.

Initial strong aroma of fresh bananas followed closely by cloves and wheat.

Taste reveals a good bit more citrus than originally detected in the nose, but the banana and spices still come through albeit to a lesser extent. Some light notes of honey and wheat can also be detected in the finish.

Medium bodied and goes down smooth. Amazing drinkability for a hot day. I haven't found many takes on this style that have impressed me but this one is very well done and it is a nationally distributed brand that can be found fairly easily. I think I will definitely be picking up some more of this in the near future.

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Photo of JayQue
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the first non-hoppy Sierra Nevada beer I really liked. SN does hops as well as anyone but the wheat beer that the Kellerweis replaced was very average. This is a solid hefe.

Pours the pre-requisite straw gold, hazy color with a big head that fades slowly. Not much lacing. Aroma of citrus, cloves, banana and bubble gum - just right!!

Taste is solid as well, same as the aroma. The top hefes are a bit more astringent with slightly bolder flavors, but I'm splitting hairs here. This is a good beer!!

Mouthfeel is good and crisp, might want a hair more bubbles/carbonation but once again - I'm describing the ideal.

Drinkability is great. I could only imagine what this would be like on tap. I could drink this in mass quantities. Very nice!!!

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy gold color with one and a half fingers of rocky white head.

Scent of yeast, earth, clove, banana, and some funk. May not be perfect, but the scent is solid.

Taste of yeast, funk, clove, lemon zest, and some earth. This may not be the best Hefeweizen on the market, but it is damn good. Considering the price and availability I will certainly be buying this one again.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and slick with strong carbonation.

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Photo of johnrobe
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At long last it has arrived in TN. I've been looking out for this beer for a while.

SN has managed to make an authentic hefe while making it eminently drinkable, something not all hefe's achieve. More on that later.

This has to be the cloudiest beer I've ever seen. All true hefe's are hazy but looking at this beer, I halfway expected to see chunks of yeast roiling in its murky depths...perhaps a baby Loch Ness monster.

The smell is yeasty with subtle hints of bubblegum and just a whisper of banana and cloves. This is reflected in the flavor as well.

Some hefe's I've tried will knock you down with bubblegum aroma and make you think you're drinking liquid Hubba Bubba. But the yeasty esters are nicely integrated in this SN brew, making it extremely quaffable. There is a slight dextrinous quality to the mouthfeel which gives it some much appreciated body....not that it's thick, just not watery as some lighter ABV brews are prone to being.

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Photo of BayouBengal1537
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

very excited to review this beer, looks wonderful

Appearance has a cloudy hazy golden color with a soft white pillowy head that leaves some sudsy lacing. The smell upfront is banana, clove, yeast, and bubblegum. The taste is the smell just more upfront. I get the citrus, yeast, wheat, and spice up front and clove and lots of banana in the aftertaste. The banana is very pronounced and taste like sweet ripe bananas, it is excellent. Mouthfeel is smooth and refreshing, medium body with some moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very high, a great American hefe. Definitely the best i've ever had. I'm looking forward to enjoying plenty more of this beer during the rest of this hot Louisiana summer.

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Photo of alexgash
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, poured into a .5 L weizen glass.

Beautiful hefeweizen yeast cloud suspended in a mustard yellow crayola body. Tall, thick, whipped, cumulonimbus slightly beige white head. Looks great! Heady nose of strong yeast, banana, clove, and a hint of bubblegum. The yeast twang has a slightly funky edge to it which I like. Sweetish wheat bread underneath.

Light wheat bread notes lead off, with a crisp fruit edge. Big yeast flavors follow. Mushy bananas and Cream of Wheat mix with the slightly funky, very bready yeast. Some clove spice in the finish along with a dash of citrus crispness. Full-bodied, protein-rich, wheat-y feel. Refreshing and delicious. A great American made Hefe!

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a twelve ouce bottle into a weizen glass.

Pours a light honey with impressive cloud. Head is one finger and short lived, not leaving much for stick or lace.

Aroma is of light malt, clove and anise. Light rotten banana aroma and fruity bubble gum with a light aroma of citrus.

Flavor is light malt (wheat), a little thin and very crisp. Middle is sweet wheat and yeast. The yeast is slightly sour with a crackly flavor. The doughiness is subdued and the yeast is a little light, the flavor reminds me of a better wit. Slight citrus flavor comes in and leaves without much ado. There is a slightly antiseptic character to the flavor, like some chemicals made thier way into the mash.

Mouthfeel is smooth and well rounded, with soft carbonation and a medium body. Finishes dry and sweet at the same time.

Pretty good weiss, if a little thin. The thin flavor and body is somewaht acceptable given the light grain bill and low ABV. Would make a decent summer time quencher.

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Photo of theghost3
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden with lots of carbonated bubbles. There's a 2-finger white, bubbly head. Lots of soapy lacing.

The smell is really strong of ripe bananas, there's also some yeast and slight herbal hops. The taste is a nice balance of bananas, wheat, yeast, cloves and vanilla. Mouthfeel is crisp, and thicker than I expected.

This is a highly drinkable hefe--full-flavored and very refereshing on a hot day.

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Photo of bgjohnston
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good to have my favorite reviewing site back online. I have been holding onto the last couple of these from a 6-pack I tried and enjoyed before the holiday weekend, as this is a beer worth noting and remembering.

Pours very pale and cloudy. Kicks up an impressive white head, especially if you swirl in the yeast sediment as the bottle admonishes you to do.

Smell is distinct, and I admittedly have trouble picking out details with many beers. There is some clove, a lot of banana, and a bit of sweet, maybe yeastiness, all right there before you taste it, and a sip gives you a lot more of the same.

Mouthfeel is full, and gets even bigger if you elect to get more of the yeast into your glass. And yes, you can sip or gulp it, as the low alcohol content won't tell you what to do either way. Finishes dry with the very slightest hint of bittering hops as the other flavors slip from the palate.

I have come to expect hoppy brews from Sierra Nevada. I was wondering what this beer would be like from them, but it proved to be a welcome surprise, resulting in a big change in what I think of when I consider their beers now.

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Photo of Finn
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass, creamy, white head stays on top. This weis is a hazy dark yellow, almost orange. The aroma is spicey, clovey, citrusy, with some bananas thrown in there.
This is one smooth beer! Classic banana esters hit the palate at first, opening into a creamy, clovey sort of flavor. The finish ends with a crisp note, not cloying at all. The body is smooth and creamy, and full, with surprisingly moderate carbonation.
Overall drinkability is very high. This is for sure the best american-made hefe I've had. Very full flavor but balanced well enough to enhance drinkability.

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Photo of Magpie14
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a bubbly hazed blonde color with yellow highlights, has some pale straw hues as well. On top sits a thick and sturdy, bright white dollop of foam. As a result, lacing is well above average and spread in the most random order

S: dominant banana in the nose, soft tanginess, and light maltiness with barley. Spices waft around in the nose as well. Overall the smells are mild and in the right, I like

T: much like the nose, banana is king. However, its flavor is augmented and makes me think of a bowl of sliced bananas drizzled with honey and sprinkled with some spices (mainly crushed and ground cloves). Soft wheat notes are favorable and add a certain creamed goodness to the body

M: body is slightly creamy, or at least I think and yet the carbonation is on the strong side. It makes things zestful on the tongue. The body is on the lighter side but offers up enough weight to make a decent stand

D: good beer. I will buy this again. Tasty, and a nice compliment with grilled goods and warm weather. Spot on!

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Photo of seaoflament
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of this recently from SouthBay Drugs and Liquor.

Pours a hazy apricot color with a creamy egg-shell white inch of foam.

Nice combination of citrus, banana, clove, and sweet wheat aromas. Honey notes with a touch of sweet apricot. Later on I pick up some powdered sugar, orange blossoms, and more tangy wheat. Very good. This seems to focus a little more on the citrus with lower levels of banana and clove. Well balanced though.

Citrus and wheat flavors upfront with low banana-gum and clove notes. Wheat bread in the finish, lemon and orange zest in the middle. Flavors of honey on lightly toasted bread. Zesty and crisp finish, clean and refreshing. Would have liked a little more malt presence though, the finish is a tad thin.

Full mouthfeel, high carbonation but smooth on the palate. Extremely drinkable. One of the better American made Hefeweizens I've had.

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Photo of Swimsum
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass
A: Pours out a golden hazy color. Big head emerges from the pour. Texture of the head is bubbly and foamy. As the head settles it leaves sticky lacing down the glass. The body has a nice cloudiness to it. Head eventually settles to a thin film.

S: Bananas hit as soon as I cracked open the bottle. Clove and some spiciness can also be detected once the beer is poured into the glass.

T: Clove is the upfront taste which gives way to a ripe banana taste. I can't believe how pronounced the banana flavor is here. It honestly taste like I've just taken a bite of a real banana.

M: Good feel to the beer. Body and carbonation are done well and the beer goes down amazingly smooth.

D: This beer is highly drinkable. I can't believe how fast I drank this beer. After I was done I was sad I didn't have anymore. This is prefect for a relaxing summer day. Go out and buy some of this, you will not be disappointed.

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Photo of PhiloPsych
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale, cloudy yellow from the bottle with a slight, creamy head that dissipates quickly. A whole lot of banana in the nose with a bit of alcohol warmth. The taste is strong with citrus, wheat, and yeast, with lots of banana in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is very light.

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Photo of jizdepski
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured from familiar sierra bottle into pint glass. has that nice yeasty stuff on the bottom...good sign. i poured about 2/3 of the bottle before swirling the rest and finishing the pour. appearance is opaque and orange, with a nice thick white head. looks like a fine hefe. smells citrusy, with spicy, clove character. the yeast is present, and reassuring before the first sip. taste is muted banana, mingling with that classic spiciness you'll find in the best german hefeweizens. a bit spicy up front, then bready and mild in the middle before the spice returns with a nice bittersweetness on the finish. absolutely refreshing. mouthfeel is just right...decent carbonation, and a little thin-medium bodied. i liked this one alot, and its drinkability soars. you could drink these all day. good job sierra nevada.

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,352 ratings.