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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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2,958 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,958
Reviews: 1,204
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 139
Gots: 138 | 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 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
Photo of danieelol


4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a delicious creamy yellow colour. Good head and lacing.

S: Must, lemon, wheat-funk. Lots of lemon. Banana.

T: More of the same with what I thought was initially hops. Banana comes out even more in the taste. Sweet and sour but ends dry.

M: Thick and creamy and honestly fantastic. Definitely velvety as described on the label.

O: Think they massively nailed the style here. This beer deserves great praise. Got more banana notes from this than I have from any other hefe, including the classics.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 13:02:26 | More by danieelol
Photo of WillCarrera


4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a cloudy golden color. Produces a huge 3 fingers of fluffy white head.

S- Lots of esters, banana, clove spice, some yeast, wheat. Pretty much what you would expect but very clean, simple, and appealing.

T- This is a damn delicious beer. Loads of banana, clove, and yeast, light alcohol with some fruit. The wheat has a slightly thick, bready texture.

M- Medium bodied, very very smooth with a crisp, slightly dry finish.

O- Super drinkable and refreshing. This beer embodies the style just about perfectly; if someone blindfolded me and had me taste this there's no way I would guess it wasn't a German Hefeweizen. A very impressive beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 02:53:22 | More by WillCarrera
Photo of MTNboy


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

This beer has a hazy brass colored body. There was not much for head or lace. What lace that was present would be spread out. It has clove and banana like smell. The flavor is good, a little more bitter than most German variants but it is Sierra and it is what they are known for. There is some bubble gum and heavy clove esters to the taste. The aftertaste is a bit metallic and banana like. The mouthfeel is medium with a lot of carbonation burn which was odd because it did not have much head.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 11:10:37 | More by MTNboy
Photo of lacqueredmouse


4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Leura Cellars. Wonderful that there is now a steady supply of Sierra Nevada beers making their way to Australian shores.

Pours a suitably cloudy and light-coloured yellow, with a fine, but rather effete head of white. Lacing is patchy, but looks like the classic examples. The head is a bit of a disappointment, but otherwise it looks good.

Nose is crisp and clean, with some lingering underripe banana characters. The acidity of the wheat is very present here, giving a tone I associate more the the American wheat ale, than the bursting and redolent esters fo the German examples. Still, pretty good nose.

Taste is where this takes off. Clean, smooth and wheaty with slight weizen-yeast tones on the finish. Clear palate, excruciatingly refreshing and with just enough of that light touch of acidity to prove that you need no slice of orange with it. Very refreshing and very clean, and almost indistinguishable from one of the best German examples.

A great American beer, brewed amazingly close to style. Apart from the lack of oomph on the nose, I'm sure the Germans would very happily claim this as one of their own. Crackingly refreshing brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 06:07:44 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of DUBinMIA


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

served in a heffewizen glass and mixed with yeast during the pour. hazy and straw like color with large foam head of at least 2 in.

smells of bread and bananas with malt and maybe a slight citrus hop note towards the end.

mmmm.... malt and yeast flavor dominates. very smooth that has a touch of crisp at the end.

meduim body with good carbonation

great heffe i thought.... this is one of those must try beers!!!

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 23:21:09 | More by DUBinMIA
Photo of juju7


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

A good solid hefeweizen. Looks the part.
Shoots off some mild banana notes, mostly cloves I'm getting.

Somewhat drier than a lot of other hefs and not at all cloying. Almost full bodied. Quit upfront, not a shy daisy like some can be.

Finishes long and a little grainy but all the while tasty.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 06:54:41 | More by juju7
Photo of PhageLab


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

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - A pale yellow coloration, hazy and unfiltered, the way a hefe should be. Nice head with moderate retention.

S - Deliciously complex, boasting hints of banana, lemon, nutmeg, clove, and other spices I cannot readily identify.

T - The banana flavors aren't as prevalent as the nose led me to believe, but there are some there, along with touches of citrus juice and orange peel.

M - Light bodied with a relatively mellow carbonation. Finishes pretty clean and is ultimately refreshing.

D - For an American rendition of the German Hefeweizen, this is pretty spot on. Picked up a sixer of this and thoroughly enjoyed the majority of them, I ended up giving 2 away because I wanted others to try this tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 04:11:16 | More by PhageLab
Photo of jondeelee


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

Kellerweis Hefeweizen bears more than a passing resemblance in aroma to a Belgian ale: strong notes of banana and clove, mixed with only slightly less potent apples, pears, apricots, and coriander, all atop a biscuit-like layer of toasted grains.

On the tongue, the brew remains close to a Belgian, the banana and clove translating well, with the background apples and pears still quite prominent. The toasted grains are more present here, with good layers of wheat and cereal rushing across the tongue. A slight background sourness recalls Flemish ales, and helps counter the sugars. The aftertaste is more banana and clove, and fades relatively slowly. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium-high.

Overall, this is a good beer, though as is obvious, I think it bears more in common taste-wise with a Belgian than with a Hefeweizen, so the name might be misleading to some. Still, the flavors in here are excellent, and the beer is worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 19:21:10 | More by jondeelee
Photo of avaldivia


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

Poured into a hefeweizen glass.

A: Cloudy light brown color. Nice head that leaves good lacing.

S: Wheat. Banana. Spices like clove and cinnamon. Yeast funk.

T: I thought I hated Hefeweizens, and then I tried this one. Good wheat and spice flavors. You definitely get a bit of yeast in the flavor.

M: Nice and creamy but light, if that makes sense. Absolutely fantastic mouthfeel.

O: the beer that made me realize that Widmer was lying to me. I have thanks to this beer explored and found a few Hefeweizens that I really enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 18:23:50 | More by avaldivia
Photo of jayhawk73


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

A- Pours a light orange color w/ a nice one finger off white head, which lingers for a bit. Bits of yeast in the bottom float on top of the head. Very cloudy looking beer that looks the part for the style.

S- Wheat, malt, yeast, clove, banana. Fairly well balanced as well- a fine example of the style.

T- Same profile as the nose, with the wheat, malt, and yeast being in the front, banana and clove fade a little. Nice citrus aftertaste as well. This is a really good hefeweizen, just not quite good enough to bump it up a notch.

M- Silky yes... Smooth, not as much. The hops and citrus have too much of an influence for that. That's OK though, it's right on par for the style. Fairly big body for a hefeweizen as well.

O- This is a nice brew for the style- recommended. I've had better hefeweizens, but a solid effort by Sierra Nevada. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 17:40:32 | More by jayhawk73
Photo of CaptDavyJones

New York

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

Poured a hazy straw/golden color from a 12 oz bottle, with no ABV or freshness on the label.
One finger head that dissipates fairly slowly.
Aroma is strong on fruity esters, especially the aroma of ripe bananas (isoamyl acetate). Hints of clove and coriander come through with some yeast.
Taste is also along the lines of the aroma, fruity with hints of yeast. Nice lacing along the insides of the glass.
Crisp and refreshing hefe, perfect for a nice, hot sunny day.
Has all the makings of a perfect summer ale and also a nice sessions beer. Sierra Nevada doesn't disappoint with this ale.
Definitely worth a try, especially for all hefe lovers. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 04:00:04 | More by CaptDavyJones
Photo of fsvan


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

Bottle poured into pint glass. Bottled the 168th day of 2011.

A- Murky dark, almost brownish yellow. Thick with yeast. Two fingers white head, which laces nicely. Beautiful looking hefe.

S- This is great smelling hefe. The typical banana smell of a hefe comes through immediately when poured. The clove smell is very present as well. There is a nice underlying spiciness when you get your nose in the glass.

T- The taste is slightly subdued vs. the smell, but not by much. Clove up front, banana on the finish. A wonderful underlying spiciness, that is enough to notice, but not enough to take away from the key players.

M- Light, but creamy. Thick with yeast, but easy drinking. Perfectly carbonated. The 5 is well deserved here.

O- When this beer came out a couple of years ago, I wondered how well SN would do with the style. I shouldn't have, as the boys out there have way more hits than misses. This is an excellent hefe.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 20:28:50 | More by fsvan
Photo of BradtheGreat7


4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown Sierra Nevada bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Glass loaned to me from my cousin. After this experience, I bought my own glass from S-N.

A - The look of this hefe is remarkable. A very hazy golden yellow in color. Somewhat reminds me of a hazy straw color. Cloudy or hazy. It's just a pleasant looking brew as is most hefe style beers. The head is thick and off white in color. It subsides a bit as it sits, but still remained enough to know it's there. A good amount of creamy lace as well.
S - smell is sweet. Smells like a hefeweizen. Definitely a clove smell. But also Some spice. It's a real fresh, soothing smell. I could somewhat pick up a note of a fresh grassy smell and maybe some black pepper but seemed faint to me unlike the other notes I picked up.
T - Very refreshing and smooth. The first main taste I experienced was a banana taffy like taste, but as I adjusted to the brew, It somewhat reminded me of a sweet banana bread. Lovely really. The other notes I got were clove, A little spice, citrus, and a little grain or wheat. All of these were well balanced and bound together nicely.
M - I found this a to be a great tasting beer that's easy to drink. It's not overpowering and I didnt expect it to be. It's medium body and taste make a clean crisp style. Well done.
O - Just started experiencing Sierra Nevada brews. And I really don't know why I waited so long. This brew is a stunning piece of craft work. And is the brew that sold me on Sierra Nevada as a brewery. It's one of the best Hefes I've tried from anywhere. Yes, even Germany. A real winner here. A Must try.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 11:21:54 | More by BradtheGreat7
Photo of CwrwAmByth

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Pours a nice hazy orange colour with a good lively head.

Smell is faintly lemony, grassy and fresh. Bit of spice coming through too.

Taste is a good example of hefeweizen taste. Fresh, thristquenching yet complex and spicy/tangy even.

Overall a great summer drink - good show Sierra Nevada!

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 10:30:30 | More by CwrwAmByth
Photo of davey101


3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Stubby 12 oz bottle into a 16 oz tall pilsner glass. Swirled and poured in the last 2 ounces.

A - Cloudy light orange/dark yellow body. Dirty soapy off-white head.

S - Fairly typical hefe smell. Wheat, lemon grass, clove, black pepper and a hint of meat.

T - Similar to the aroma. Light wheat flavor and some lemon and belgian yeast. Mild spice and sweetness towards the end. Faintest hint of bannana. Carboantion is nice, but the bodys pretty thin.

O - Witbiers really aren't my style, so much so that Allagash white was a drainpour for me. Something about the clove, black pepper and lemon grass that reminds me of lunchable grade sausage. I can do hefes though, and this one is really solid. Certainly the best American hefe I've tried. As always with SN, its priced extremely well too.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 03:44:38 | More by davey101
Photo of eb003


4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer. It is really surprising for me to have this beer taste this good and it not be from a German brew haus.

The appearance is what I would expect from a hefe; nice and cloudy...with some sediment on the bottom of the bottle.

The smell is really nice...very aromatic of wheat and citrus. The taste is very nice...balanced, smooth, and crisp. The mouthfeel is great...it is crisp and light; very refreshing.

Overall, I really do enjoy this beer. It doesn't quite have the same flavor and feel as a Franziskaner...but it is rather close. I recommend this to anyone...very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 03:26:44 | More by eb003
Photo of shand


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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a wheat beer glass.

This brew pours a hazy yellow color with three fingers of quickly receding head. Lacing is very dense. Aroma is full of wheat, banana, citrus, and spices. Plenty of clove (the enemy returns!) The taste is solid for a hefe, it's got some nice spices and wheat going down, then turns crisper with some of the citrus as well as light malts shining through. The mouthfeel is nice, it's crisp and juicy, and the drinkability is fairly good. Overall, a good Hefeweizen, but the style's still not a favourite of mine.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 23:26:35 | More by shand
Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,958 ratings.