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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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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

3,014 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,014
Reviews: 1,205
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 145
Gots: 156 | 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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taigor

New York

4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a regular pint glass.

A - Poured cloudy pale yellow color with big head that slowly dissipated leaving significant lacing around the glass.

S - Lots of yeast with some banana, cloves and spices.

T - Bready yeast and banana with some earthy taste of straw, cloves and citrus.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

O - Very good hefe and I highly recommend it especially, because it is widely available.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 20:08:10 | More by taigor
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dansmcd

Australia

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Very pale straw colour clouded by plentiful yeast sediment. A small, head fades to a ring quickly leaving minimal lacing.

S - Yeast, dried banana chips and ...rubber?

T - Banana, bread, clove, pear, lemon juice.

M - Moderate body, quite high in carbonation.

O - An OK hefe. I am not sure how fresh mine was, having been imported to Australia but judging on this bottle I could not say it is anywhere near the realm of top shelf hefes like the Weihenstephaner.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 12:58:22 | More by dansmcd
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zdk9

Texas

3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Out of the bottle a golden straw color- cloudier than a thunderstorm with a finger of head that doesn't last longer than one.

S- Yeast, white wine musk, corn, honey, flowers, sulfer.

T- Taste is light and slightly bready. I can find some banana if I look for it, especially in the aftertaste, but it's not strong. Stronger is the taste of unbaked bread, and flour.

M- Light, I would take some more carbonation, but this is fine.

O- A fine beer. Not the most flavorful thing I've dranken but tasty still.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 02:20:28 | More by zdk9
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scratch69

Missouri

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

I poured a bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance- Cloudy golden yellow with a thick white, lingering head. Moderate amount of lacing.

Smell- Yeasty with a bit of banana mixed in.

Taste- Leans toward the malty side with banana and a hint of clove mixed in.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and crisp. Moderate amount of carbonation.

Overall- Very enjoyable. I will definitely choose this one again.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 22:56:11 | More by scratch69
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CRossi

Florida

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

Reviewing from notes. 12oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A-Pours a cloudy/translucent gold with a very thick, long lasting white head.

S-Yeasty, rich malt aroma with some hints of banana.

T-No hop taste detected. Definitely balanced toward malts throughout. Nice yeasty character that is almost bready.

M-Medium body, smooth finish, no CO2 bite.

O-Wonderful. Easily one of my favorites. Good beer to introduce mainstream, uneducated beer drinkers to.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 18:59:04 | More by CRossi
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zander4dawin

Texas

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

Appearance - A light illuminous straw color with a pillow of head head.

Smell - Yeast, banana

Taste - Starts out very drinkable and turns into ripe banana for a couple seconds until spice and clove characters take over and linger into a buttery finish.

Mouthfeel - Great drinkable texture.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 16:22:32 | More by zander4dawin
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charlzm

California

3.2/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed on September 9th, 2011 at The Four Points Sheraton Sierra Nevada event.

Beer is a cloudy yellow somewhere between light and medium in hue. A slight white head crowns the affair.

Aroma is bananas with a mild wheat undercurrent.

The flavor is light, fresh banana wheat bread. Bitterness is mild but apparent. No cloves or other spices to note. Somewhat bland.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick and even a little chewy.

Not a great hefe, but a serviceable one.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2011 15:42:55 | More by charlzm
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mazstar

Australia

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

This is one of the better Hefes I've tried - this variety is not a favourite of mine as it often has an overly acidic citrus tang but the SN has a sweeter, mellower taste - like the label says banana and clove.

Great example and very drinkable. So far one of my fav brewers.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 11:41:39 | More by mazstar
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tdm168

North Carolina

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

Pours a bright yellow with a thin lacing of head. Smells of bananas and faint spices with a little wheat and yeast notes as well. Taste is much like the nose; banana and clove up front with wheat and yeast in the finish. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a good deal of carbonation.

I generally find hefeweizens to be unimpressive. This is one I will drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 01:49:45 | More by tdm168
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UCLABrewN84

California

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

On tap at Schooners Patio Grille in Santa Clarita, CA.

Pours a hazy light honey brown color with a 1 inch foamy white head that fades to a thin film. Random spots of lace dot the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, mild spices, and yeast aromas. Taste is of wheat, spices, yeast, and a banana bubblegum flavor in the aftertaste. This beer has a good level of carbonation with crisp yet smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good American made hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada. I tried this in the bottle before and I think I prefer this one on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2011 20:22:42 | More by UCLABrewN84
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pBRale

Iowa

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From tasting notes on 8-26-11

Appearance: Tall foamy white head that settles quickly leaving quite a bit of lacing behind. Cloudy, pale golden color.

Smell: Enticing--yeast, wheat whiffs, and some spices.

Taste: Nice bready taste, along with wheat and a hint of hops in the dry, crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, medium carbonation, and refreshing.

Overall: Tasty and a very mellow and drinkable Heffeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 02:20:37 | More by pBRale
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vancurly

Australia

3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best before 12/5/12

a) Hazy pale orange. Big white head, somewhat coarsely bubbled.

s) Wit-like spiciness, almost coriander seed-like. Banana & bubblegum, fleshy smallgoods. Warms to a BBQ steak aroma, and some clove.

t) Stronger clove notes on the palate than nose. Rich wheat flavour; well attenuated, so quite dry.

n) Fairly light for style, I think; not as creamy as some German examples. Perhaps a bit hollow.

d) Very easy to drink; suitable for warm days and a thirst.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 01:37:08 | More by vancurly
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

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

Rich and full of banana notes this is a Hefe that moves far away from the American wheat stylings of Widmer et al. I love the way Sierra takes this style to the max with lots of big flavours but a sense of balance in the end. Still a Summer beer style for me but the complexity of this keep me wanting to drink it through the Fall.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 01:03:55 | More by canucklehead
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BeerBean

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

two-thirds pour, looks hazy but still slightly transparent. Last pour, swirled (as per instructions), dense haziness, absolutely opaque, and a strong sunset yellow. Thick off-white head that settles into a nice cap with a hint of lacing.

nose is full of banana and coriander, though "full" may be an overstatement as the aroma is not particularly strong.

The way I would put the taste... peaceful banana. You get all the spice up front, but it gently slides into a soft banana flavor that you can almost feel. The yeast is mostly in the nose and front of the flavor.

Feels great, a full palate with a smooth banana-like texture.

Good beer. Sierra Nevada always pulls it off well. I'm really enjoying this in mid-September as I'm transitioning from summer ales to festbiers.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 00:03:26 | More by BeerBean
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Berrmecca13

Florida

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
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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
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rlee1390

Indiana

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
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mactrail

Washington

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
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kcinlober

Oregon

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
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Crossmd

Virginia

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.

94.

Serving type: bottle

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

Minnesota

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
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wingman14

Ohio

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
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JTSbeerislife

Pennsylvania

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
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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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brentk56

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
Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 3,014 ratings.