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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis HefeweizenSierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen

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2,950 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,950
Reviews: 1,204
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 139
Gots: 137 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 03-12-2009)
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Photo of Berrmecca13


4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz btl into a nucleated hefeweizen glass.
cloudy hay coloration with a nice white cap that remains. Some light lacing.
The nose has notes of ripe banana and light esters.
Overripe banana flavors with some coriander and upper palate crispness.

--Overall a great suprise from Sierra. Well crafted with a solid nose and yeast characteristics on the palate. Certainly a repeat buy.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 23:47:02 | More by Berrmecca13
Photo of Lordquackingstic

New York

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

Drank straight from the bottle with a freshness date.

Appearance: Beautiful straw-like and hazy color.

Smell: Not too strong of a smell, but that's probably because this is an old bottle I found in the back of my fridge from a get together from a couple of months ago. Has a sort of bready smell to it.

Taste: Biscuits and banana bread all the way. A tad of spice. Just the right balance you want to see in a hefeweizen.

Mouthfeel: Adequate carbonation with a very cool and refreshing mouthfeel. Perfect for a hot early September day!

Overall: Surprisingly one of the best hefeweizens I've ever tried. Thumbs up to Sierra Nevada for this one! Highly recommended for any hefeweizen fan.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 22:13:15 | More by Lordquackingstic
Photo of rlee1390


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

A-Cloudy yellow, one finger fluffy head

S-Wheat, yeast, banana and clove

T-Lots of banana and cloves, a good bit of wheat as well.

M-Light carbonated, everything a Hefe should be.

O-SN can do no wrong with their regulars and this is just another example of that.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 20:50:45 | More by rlee1390
Photo of mactrail


4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely lemony amber color in the tulip glass with cloudy appearance. Not a traditional Hefeweizen but it's elegant yet flavorful. Crisp with a nice acidic touch, yet mellow with a restrained clove and banana taste. Excellent creamy carbonation, much like a good German beer such as an actual Kellerbier. Nice touch of hops gives a good beery finish.

One of my favorite American wheat beers, however this fits into the styles. Lighter body than many Hefeweizens, but real flavor unlike the typically anemic American Pale Wheat Ale style.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 04:54:04 | More by mactrail
Photo of kcinlober


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

Appearance: very light in color, a more copper toned than most heffeweizen's.

Aroma: cloves and bananas are prominent, but well balanced and citrusy.

Palate: again, more cloves in the taste than anything else but well balanced nonetheless. A stronger taste than most heffe's but not pungent

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 23:23:08 | More by kcinlober
Photo of Crossmd


4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 45 degrees into a shaker pint.

Pours a hazy light gold with a light orange core. Sudsy lingering 2.5 finger head. Beautiful.

Smells of a malty sweetness and vanilla? Not exceptionally projected.

Taste consists of bananas, coriander, and a touch of nutmeg or allspice. Not an exceptional finish, but ends cleanly.

Mouthfeel is vivacious and lively. Beautifully balanced structure and effervescence.

Overall, a surprisingly impressive complexity and balance. Beautifully melded, something to come home to at the end of the day. Pair with salads, sandwiches, or pizza.


Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 20:43:44 | More by Crossmd
Photo of MattyG85


4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: A very cloudy and hazy golden orange with lots of rising bubbles. Solid three finger white head with good retention and sticky lacing. Looks a lot like a glass of orange juice.

Smell: Lots of yeast and wheat with banana and cloves. Also some orange, pale malts, and lemon peel. Light hints of citrus hops and pepper lingering around.

Taste: Starts out with the classic Hefeweizen flavors of wheat, bananas, clove, and yeast. Also some hints of lemon, orange, and bready pale malts adding to the sweetness. Finishes with a mild hint of citrus hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Very crisp and smooth.

Overall: A very good American take on a Hefeweizen. Has pretty much everything you would expect for the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 05:46:34 | More by MattyG85
Photo of wingman14


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

Pours a nice clear golden yellow, with a frothy white head that fades a bit. The smell is huge, very distinct yeast, with clove and banana, also some doughy bread going on as well. The flavor is complex but not overpowering, a lot of different flavors packed in here. The taste starts out with the clove, banana and yeast flavor and moves to a crisp subtle malt, and ends with the yeast and bread notes. The mouthfeel is light, crisp and smooth, great balance in flavor and carbonation. Overall this beer is great, the flavors are done extremely well, and the beer is so good you want to keep coming back to this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 01:29:29 | More by wingman14
Photo of JTSbeerislife


4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle from a six pack purchased at a bottle shop, 07/2011. Well stored since purchase. The date code would seem to indicate that this was bottled late May, 2011.

Poured into a Franziskaner Weissbier Glass.

Pours a nice one finger head which hangs for a bit then subsides into a 1/8” cap. Lots of carbonation though, very lively, an easy one swirl revival for the head.

Beautiful golden wheat color, cloudy with all the yeast sediment. Streams of carbonation constantly come from the bottom of the glass.

The smell starts with a huge blast of distinct yeast, hard crusty bread, golden malt, and yes lemon peel. Just a faint hint of hops, then more yeasty bread. Extremely enjoyable, complex, and lasts throughout the pour.

The first sip hits you with a very crisp, citrusy, acidity that adds great balance to this beer, bread and yeast flavors, orange with a hint of lemon, great carbonation with fine bubbles that reminds one of good champagne. Delicious and incredibly refreshing, you could just drink pints forever!

Fairly long finish, with some nice hops showing, golden malt, and again delicious yeast/bread.

An amazingly delicious American Wheat Beer. Tastes like what I remember having in Germany. Great mouth feel from the carbonation which lasts throughout the pour. The delicious combination of citrus/malt/yeast invites you to drink until it’s gone……I think I will have another!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 00:09:43 | More by JTSbeerislife
Photo of ehammond1

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Urge Gastropub
San Diego, CA

Cloudy golden yellow with a pillowy, persistent white head. Consistent and regular lacing down the glass.

The aroma is classic hefe: banana and yeast, though this American version does have a touch of citrus/pine hop presence as well.

Banana and citrus flavors dominate, along with mild tangy yeast, and some faint bubble gum. Very nice American interpretation of this style.

Crisp, medium bodied. Sierra Nevada never feels here, no matter the beer.

A great American version of a hefeweizen.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2011 20:50:41 | More by ehammond1
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North Carolina

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

Appearance: Mit hefe, this pours a cloudy straw color with an authentically fluffy head that leaves plenty of lace behind

Smell: Banana, clove and a squeeze of lemon

Taste: While there is some banana, up front, the clove and lemon flavors move quickly to assert themselves and make this a rather punjent example of the style; in the aftertaste, the spices continue to linger at the expense of the banana

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with some creaminess; slightly undercarbonated for the style

Overall: Not quite top tier and a rather American twist on the style, this is still a very nice brew; just wish there was a bit more banana influence, overall

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 18:32:44 | More by brentk56
Photo of J0E


3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A:Nice yellow/cloudy amber with a nice big white head on it.

S &T: A sweet and fruity smell which becomes more elaborate upon sipping. Banana and cloves, like you'd expect from a Hefeweizen. A big wheaty body with some trace amounts of citrus in both the nose and taste.

M: High carbonation makes it feel almost fluffy. Again, what I'd expect from the style

O: Maybe the best american version of a hefeweissen I've had. Always a good summer choice. Even tastes good out of the bottle at a barbecue. And for the price, (8.99 a 6pk for me) this is a winner for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 16:17:50 | More by J0E
Photo of MurphyMacManus


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

12oz. bottle into weizen glass.

A: Cloudy yellow with an impressively large white head.

S: Oranges. Spices - clove, mostly. Banana.

T/M: Banana, clove, slight cracker-like malt, some fruity tartness. Maybe bubblegum in the aftertaste. Tight, lively carbonation carbonation. Wheat twang.

Overall: A well-done hefeweizen. And I usually don't like American-made wheat beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 07:29:51 | More by MurphyMacManus
Photo of titosupertramp


3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very cloudy golden color with a finger of fizzy head that quickly fades leaving behind sparse film and very little lacing.

S: Sort of faint, but I can tell banana and cloves are there.

T: I'm not the biggest hefeweizen fan, but this is nice. To me, it's almost like a Belgian take on a classic German style. Bananas, yeast, cloves, pales malts. Clean and crisp.

M: This has a decent mouthfeel to it. Carbonation burns the tongue a bit and provides a bite.

O: Again, hefeweizen isn't my favorite style, but I like this. I couldn't see myself drinking many of these before wanting to move on to something else, but if handed this by a friend, I'd gladly drink it.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 03:53:34 | More by titosupertramp
Photo of Morey


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

Pours a hazy yellow-orange color with a fingers worth of fluffy white foam sitting on top. Large amount of carbonation bubbles noted. Decent head retention.

Aroma is fruity yet clean. Definitely picking up some banana and clove. Maybe a touch of cardamom as well. Very appealing.

Carbonated bite and a bit of lemon flavor up front followed by hints of ginger and lemongrass. Finishes rather smooth with a slight tartness and just the right amount of lingering flavor.

Medium bodied mouthfeel with a lively carbonation.

Overall, I'd have to say that this is one of my favorite Hefeweizens. Super refreshing and flavorful at the same time.

Morey's Bottom Line: For a beer so low in alcohol, this beer certainly doesn't lack in flavor or taste. A beer I'll be picking up every summer.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 22:55:34 | More by Morey
Photo of draheim


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

12oz bottle poured into a weizen glass. Cloudy straw color with a fluffy, bright white head and great carbonation. This is looking like a good authentic hefeweizen.

Aroma is ripe bananas, yeast, and spice: pepper and clove.

Taste is light and lemony with a dry peppery finish. Smooth mouthfeel.

This may not rank with the finest German hefeweizens but it's still a very good interpretation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 02:38:31 | More by draheim
Photo of Jerone


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

Pours a cloudy golden color with lots of bubbles and a thick head that sticks around and leaves good lacing.

Smell is of tangy wheat with a bit of banana and clove.

Taste is similar to the smell, wheat and banana at first and the end leaves you with a bit of spicy clove and a bit of yeast funk. Mouthfeel is very nice, maybe chewy, light body with bubbles that slightly tickle.

Good hefe, try it out during the hotter months.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 03:29:54 | More by Jerone
Photo of Macca


3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a cloudy bright yellow with a solid finger of bright white head.

Bananas and cloves on the nose. A touch of vanilla extract as well.

The flavours are very similar on the nose put for me could are little bit messy. Nice touch of lemon at the back. A little too sweet for me.

Carbonation is a little high for me but I suppose that is a stylistic trait.

I know I'm a long way of the norm with my review but this beer just didn't rock my boat that much.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 10:39:51 | More by Macca
Photo of horshack7


3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale yellow yet nicely hazy. On top is a spongey white head.

Aroma: Mild banana notes apple skin. Little wisps of phenolic alchol notes. Cloves are among other aromas such as yeasty bits floral hop with a bit of grain.

Taste: An incredibly smooth mouthfeel to start. Banana bits toffee, floral hops are all over with a hint of grain in the finish. Malts are there as well and give off a subtle breadiness.

Notes: This one is solid very drinkable. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 21:03:17 | More by horshack7
Photo of LittleCreature


4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.0
Pours a big, creamy white head which quickly settled at a thin layer over the cloudy golden yellow body.

Smell - 4.0
Aromas of banana, lemon, clove and fresh white bread. Good, but others tempt more.

Taste - 4.5
Classic hefeweizen flavour, right up there with the best of Bavaria. Soft, slightly sweet bready malt with strong notes of vanilla, clove and a little banana and lemon.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Beautifully creamy in the mouth, fine and lively carbonation.

Overall - 4.0
Close to a 4.5 in this category, a very good hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 11:39:58 | More by LittleCreature
Photo of Kulrak


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

Poured according to the instructions on the bottle, and it came out a cloudy golden straw color with lots of chunky white head. Smells of yeast, banana and passionfruit with a slightly floral aroma. The flavor is sweet and light, with a light fruitiness. Not a lot of bitterness, but it doesn't need it. Finishes clean. Mouthfeel is also light and a little tingly. Overall, an awesome hefe and great beer. I'm glad it finally made it over to Australia.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 10:54:18 | More by Kulrak
Photo of itlnstallion11


4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an amazing beer to sip on for the Summer months. It is an exceptional USA made Bavarian style Hefe.

A-Poured from a bottle into a pint glass the appearance is a light copper color filled with beautiful unfiltered wheat granules. There is a white bubbly head that does not last long however this is common for Hefes.

S-The smell is full of banana nodes along with a mild caramel wheat finish.

T-Wonderful taste of bananas, followed by a mellow citrus after taste, this after taste does not stick around long, so enjoy it while it is present.

M- the mouthfeel is one of a lighter beer not thick what-so-ever which gives it a great Summer beer vibe. The ending feel is smooth and velvety which make this Hefe extra special in my opinion.

O- this is an excellent Bavarian style Hefe which I will continue to enjoy with friends by a pool in the near months to come.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 04:36:55 | More by itlnstallion11
Photo of chefhatt


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

I poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a nice hazy yellow body with a small white head. The smell has some banana to it and really nice earthy tones to it. The taste is malty with the banana and some clove coming through and some clove. Very nice mouth feel, roll down quite nice. Overall this is a winner.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 02:50:21 | More by chefhatt
Photo of Daehpoh


3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottled on May 12, 2011 into a pint glass. Bonus points to SN for including the bottling date.

Appearance is a hazy, golden yellow with some lively carbonation.

Smell is yeasty/bready with a definite tang. Cloves come through clearly. Some herbal hoppiness as well.

Taste of banana, cloves, tart with some spicy/earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is light and prickly but enough presence to be satisfying. Dry finish. Very nice for the style.

Overall I think this is a quality American hefe well suited for the summer months.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 23:07:03 | More by Daehpoh
Photo of DirtyPenny


4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. (What? My weizen glass was dirty.)

A: Opaque orange-yellow with honey highlights and a tall creamy white head. Hills and valleys of lacing cling to the sides of the glass.

S: Yeasty and damp earth with a faint hint of spice.

T: A hearty malt body armed with notes of banana and clove. The heady wheat flavor of this one sticks with you a while after you've finished a sip. Like drinking a loaf of fresh baked bread.

M: Medium-bodied but creamy and a little sticky. Carbonation is fairly light, a little lighter than I like it in fact.

O: Not quite Weihenstephaner, but better than many others of the type. Good to see an American-brewed hefe of this quality.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 00:36:41 | More by DirtyPenny
Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,950 ratings.