Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,309
Hads: 3,726
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
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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 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)

Photo of smcolw
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (612 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
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 (2,080 characters)

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

This beer poured a cloudy gold color and formed a foamy white head that left latticed lace as it subsided. A heavy amount of carbonation is present. Behaves like a proper Hefe beer should. An aroma of malt, hops, citrus, coriander and other spices. A flavor of malt, hops, citrus and a hint of pepper. It has a sprite light style and finish. A good rep of the style. (366 characters)

Photo of azorie
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into my regualr 22 oz mug.

A: poured right out of the frig into said mug, poured a nice 3 inch high creamy head, on top of a yellow cloudy in color beer, looks just like it should look, its a hefeweizen in the true sense.

S: First thing that hits me is the wheat and malt. Letting it warm up some to finish. OK you get the clove and wheat, with some hops, a tad bit of the old banana, something else but I be dammed if I can figure it out just yet. Maybe citrus.

T: Very nice taste, wheaty and hoppy, with a nice coriander like clove taste, with like a banana bready finish.

M: smooth and creamy, light to medium body

D: easy to session this beer, very drinkable.

I think this is my first American Hefe, that is almost perfectly a German hefe. (756 characters)

Photo of mhatters
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12ox bottle into a Badger striaght sided English pint glass

Pours a golden, orangey-yellow with a thick, dense white foam with a little porosity.

Lots of banana and clove in the nose - a powerful but classic hefe nose. Great start

The wheat dominates, but dissipates - the banana is there, but quieter than I expect. Clove, nutmeg, and pepper. Really impressive, complex and enjoyable.

Creamy and refreshing, light, easy to drink.

Brilliant - this is a classic from SN, I bought a case (33 bucks - great price I think) - it won't last long! (559 characters)

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a DT tulip.

A: Gorgeous looking! Pours a perfectly hazy/clouded mango nectar color capped by a bright white head that flared up initially and quickly settled down to a whispy skim with pretty lace patterns in the glass.

S: Delicious aromas of bananas, toasted wheat bread crust, mild citrus, and spicy clove. Thought I noticed a touch of honey, too.

T: See above. Think bananas drizzled with honey between two slices of bakery fresh, toasted wheat bread. Clove makes a welcome spicy appearance.

M: Sticky and spicy. Starts sweet, turns ever so slightly tangy, and finishes dry and peppery/spicy.

D: I love this beer! This goes to show that an amazing beer doesn't have to be mega abv, double this, imperial that, etc. (753 characters)

Photo of Tilley4
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm gazing at a pint glass full of beautiful hazy golden deliciousness... And its name is Kellerweis.. This looks the part all the way... Big fluffy head, hazy cloudy murky golden color...

Huge aromas of bananas on the nose... Maybe some cloves but I'm getting bananas big time... Lovely and inviting...

Well, this is just terrific... An eminently drinkable brew that just screams, "Drink Me!". Its super refreshing on a hot Tennessee day while grilling burgers and watching the hummingbirds buzz around me... Terrific summertime brew...

Glad, so glad, that this is a new year round offering... I loved it and its spot on for the style... Delicious... (654 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +1%
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. (602 characters)

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

I picked this up at Outlet Liquors and wine in Rehoboth beach DE. Poured chilled into my Monterey wheat glass

A - A fantastic cloudy light golden shade like cake batter after the yeast is swirled in the glass as directed. A pillowy regal whipped cap of 3 fingers crowns the ale. Lace collects in spots, the cloudy appearance doesn't hide the multitudes of bubbles rising to the froth

S -A pleasant aroma of banana bread w/ baked spices and wheat notes w/ a nice fruit ester creating a tropical and nut blend of odors. Lots of yeast gives a creamy aroma

M - Mostly creamy and full for the strength w/ mild carbonation for the style but very crisp and gives a nice sweet malt w/ breadiness coating the mouth and residual spice in the finish w/ an overall clean texture

T - I can only think of one other hefe w/ this amount of taste and it is brewed in the country in which the style originates. The wheat and yeast are seamless w/ fresh creamy and full banana cake-like taste which is not overly sweet w/ a mild spice element and nutty taste of wheat. The malt is as smooth as the yeast finishes on the palate w/ mild inoffensive w/ sufficiently banana without coming off as an artificial taste or overboard. The malt and yeast synergy is the magic of this ale. So well blended IMO the flavor has a lemony like refreshing taste at the end of the glass which is still creamy/nutty and wheat flavored it is a quick taste since I found it quenching.

D - A great Hefe, just totally refreshing and easily one of the best American takes on it w/ more German character. This is up there w/ weihenstephaner to me -really refreshing w/ a great fresh yeast flavor - I need to get a case of this although Hefes are great this surprised me since they aren't a style I get into that often. A perfect beer to sit and chill out w/ on a warm summer evening - Well Done Sierra Nevada! (1,870 characters)

Photo of thryn
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a weizen glass. Extremely cloudy. Honey-colored. Giant, frothy, rocky head that leaves beautiful white lace as it recedes.

Aroma is pretty typical hefeweizen: banana and clove, with a bit of citrus; but there's also a slight floral hop character.

A very nice balanced hefe. Ton of banana, orangey citrus and clovey spice, and a bit of that same floral hop character I noted in the nose. It's quite good.

Slightly heavy velvety body, smooth but notable carbonation.

It's almost a perfect summer beer, but just a bit too heavy. Good hefe, without question. (578 characters)

Photo of Winter
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow-orange in color with a voluminous white head. It took 3 pours to finally empty the bottle into my glass. Aroma of wheat malt, clove, banana, baked bread, and a touch of lemon. Mouthfeel is medium with ample carbonation. Flavors of clove and banana from the spicy yeast dominate the palate. Wheat malt follows with hints of vanilla and bubblegum follow midway. Some hop bitterness is noticed toward the back in combination with some citrus lemon.

Nice solid hefeweizen that's perfect for summer refreshment... or, hell anytime of the year. Versatile to pair with food also. Perfect with fish and burgers off the grill. (640 characters)

Photo of aubuc1
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz poured in to an imperial pint glass.

pours a hazy yet clear dark yellow with a big steady white head.

big smell of banana, slight citrus, spice, mild malt and wheat.

taste is a buttery banana with a wheaty finish.

big creamy mouthfeel.

perfect drinkability. not just easy but lovely.

i am not a heffe fan but this is a great beer. (342 characters)

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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