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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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3,213 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,213
Reviews: 1,216
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 173
Gots: 243 | 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:
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(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 03-12-2009)
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Photo of Hatzilla
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The Sierra Nevada Kellerweis pours a cloudy yellow with a thin, quickly evaporating head. Minimal to no lacing.

Smell: Orange, lemon, banana, clove and wheat.

Taste: Spicy lemon, orange, clove and wheat. The lemon really comes through in the taste - very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is smooth and prickly with medium carbonation.

Overall: A very refreshing, flavorful beer. A perfect low ABV summertime beer, and one I will definitely purchase again.

Hatzilla, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of elizabethfowler
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light-Medium gold; hazy, not quite transparent. Fine, velvety texture.

Aroma: Banana; spicy; wheat; earthy clove; hint of lemon

Flavor: Banana, Cream-Soda like consistency, very clean after taste. Balanced by a earthy, spicy clove base. Rich, but not overbearing; More light than heavy. A nice bouncy kick and after taste.

Mouth feel: Medium bodied; fine effervescence; smooth and really well balanced. Pretty fun to drink, actually.

Drinkability: Very easy, unoffensive, classic

elizabethfowler, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of DCon
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 12 fl oz bottle of this from Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO for $1.99 and added to my Mix-A-Six Pack. Poured from the Extremely gold bottle into a Pint Glass and has 1 028 207 21 written on the side. (Freshness date? I think so, just not my language).

Aroma- Very grainy and malty from the beginning. Has hints of rye for sure in here and a floral hop aroma with some spice.

Appearance- Pours a 3.5 finger head that is very frothy and white. The body is a pale, orange color with a hazy background. Head retention was long and stayed frothy and then left thick lace on the sides of the glass.

Flavor- Very strong, grainy, and wheaty. Has a hint of spice and has a citrus hop flavor that blends in nicely. There is a sharp finish that concludes this drink.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, and leaves a lemon/wheat taste on the front of the tongue that is nice.

Overall Impression- Interesting Hefe from Sierra Nevada! Wasn't expecting this good of an American Wheat/Hefeweizen beer. For the style, one of the top 5 I've ever had! Hoping to have more Hefeweizens this summer and then I can compare. Easy to drink and smooth!

DCon, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of sommersb
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Freshness: Bottled on 04-26-2011
Tasted On: 06-28-2011
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Weizen glass
Purchased: 6-pack at Krogers, White House, TN

Nice big 3+ fingers of creamy white head as you'd expect when pouring this beer into a weizen glass. Color is golden and hazy, but I still see quite a bit of bubbles though the haziness created by the yeast. Lacing is good throughout.

Aromas are fruity, especially of banana, with some spiciness. Smells malty sweet with no hop aromas evident. Taste is nice and crisp, with the banana flavors up front. Lightly sweet from the malts, with little or no bitterness. Body is smooth and carbonation is medium to high. Finish leaves you with a classic wheat/yeast aftertaste for the style.

Overall a very well done and refreshing hefeweizen - highly recommended!

sommersb, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of Northsider
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle from Fountainhead Chicago.

I think I've found my new absolute favorite hefeweizen! The color was a cloudy yellow with significant white head. The quintessential hefe appearance. Smell was of banana, hints of spice, yeast/wheat. Again, quintessential hefe.

The taste is superb! This is almost a sweet tasting beer. The fruits and spice really come out. It's smooth and goes down ridiculously easy. A great session beer.

Overall, absolutely nothing I can find wrong with this beer. It was recommended to me and I'm glad it was! CLASSIC hefe brew here...if you are a fan of the style this is a MUST try.

Northsider, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of Damian
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank on-tap at Charlies Kitchen, Cambridge, MA
Served in a nonic

The beer poured a turbid, yellow ochre color and was topped by a creamy, bright white, one-finger head of foam. Fantastic retention. Short-lived patches of lacing clung to the glass.

Not much happening with the aroma initially. Perhaps some yeastiness and touch of sweet malt. As the beer warmed, spice notes came out. Overall, quite disappointing.

The taste was rather mediocre as well. Doughy malts appeared up front, along with a mild, phenolic yeastiness. Notes of clove came through strong. Some wheat and lemon tartness appeared in the center. The finish was crisp, off dry and quite refreshing.

The liquid was medium bodied. Creamy and slick on the palate with a fine, mild effervescence.

I had high hopes for this beer but was disappointed by its insipid flavor and aroma. Unlike many of its foreign brethren, this hefeweizen lacks both intensity and complexity. Do yourself a favor and pass on this.

Damian, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of Jinholic
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Hazy orange body with a thick 2 finger head thats pure white. The lacing is nice and thick all the way.

Smell - Banana and clove just what I would expect a hefe to have with the bready yeast in the back.

Taste - Banana bread with clove and there seems to be lemon peel in here which while I normally don't like in a hefe is pulled off very well here.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and very refreshing as its 110F here today.

Overall - A great American made hefe this will be in the fridge more often thats for sure. That said go grab one and see for yourself.

Jinholic, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

Out of the bottle a classic cloudy lemon body, light bodied with cloudy pale yellow hues on the edges. Simple good foamy white head pours like a classic Hefe. Yeast bunches at end of course. This looks like the real deal here.

Smells like a classic hefe also. Spritzy faint lemon, light clove even a bit dry. Very nice. Perhaps even a little crisp.

Taste is very solid, even a little hint of hop american aggressiveness. Good banana and clove in the mid palate but also an extremely creamy finish and hint of sweetness! Very enjoyable.

Overall I really like this, this is a great summer beer and it's good to see an American brewery make a very good German style Hefe with their own style! Very impressed!

smakawhat, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of heine1
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I lived in Bavaria for a year and had many different Weizens. This is an unusual American wheat for being so reminiscent of a Bavarian beer, but this is a bit thinner, but flavorful and utterly enjoyable. The color is a pale, frosty gold, somewhat translucent. A modicum of yeast stuffs in the bottom of the bottle, typical of the style, often edited out of American wheats. Hints of banana and clove in the nose, similar fruit and spice in the taste. This is a wonderful beer that demonstrates how beer can deliver flavors as complex as wine without added essences. It also has a crisp, biting carbonation that is cleansing without dominating the proceedings or seeming fizzy. I also give Sierra props for not doing anything to make this beer resemble the more famous Sierras--as some brewers may make their wheat beers resemble an ale or lager. This isn't a variant on their brand, but an inventive example of a tradition.

heine1, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy yellow color with a small white head on top. Retention wasn't great and minimal lacing.

S: A lot of the standard hefe aromas - banana, spices (mostly clove), some wheat, and a little bit of a floral hop aroma.

T: Bananas and cloves right away with some bread/dought malt on the back end. Has a slight sweetness as well.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp with a slightly dry finish.

O: A solid hefe, a great example of the style.

mdaschaf, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of willjschmidt
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sierra Nevada hop tulip glass.

A: Pours a very cloudy orangish golden color with a thick white head.

S: Fruity hefeweizen yeast with a hint of spice.

T: An excellent hefeweizen. It's rich and very flavorful. Classic flavors of bubblegum, banana, and a hint of clove. A hint of tang as well. Great yeast flavors.

M: Creamy, rich, and delicious.

O: One of the best American made Hefeweizens out there.

willjschmidt, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Superbly clouded, a misty orange haze with a simple finger of white head with chunky pieces of orange debris... never seen debris in a head....

Citrus and light hops, some yeasty bread in the nose

Orange fruit explosion on top of some popsice aftertaste, a bit sour and sweet, a hint of hop spice on the back end with a tint of banana

Light bodied yet full due to the carbonation's ability to broaden the liquid as it hits the tongue

Overall a good beer. I'd recommend this to anybody

JoeAmerican77, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of rawfish
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark and hazy with a rich wheat coloration, slightly orange and opaque. Forms a huge 3 inch white head when poured via the instructions with poor retention and very spotty lacing on the glass.

Aroma is way light with some nice banana and spicy clove in the nose, textbook but faint. Wasn't as earthy or yeasty as the appearance would indicate, solid with very little discernable malt or grain backing.

Flavor is similar to the nose with spicy clove with a creamy banana taste to follow in the middle of the drink. The finish livens up with a kiss of orange peel and wheat twang to keep things light before drying out with toasted grain and lingering acidity.

Medium body, the darkness of the yeast keeps fooling me into thinking this would be a great deal heavier with moderate carbonation. Creamy feel over the palate.

This style along with Scottish ales were what brought me into craft beer. Sierra Nevada seems to bring their brews along in a textbook way, this beer is spot on with flavor and aroma and get's my approval for being a refreshing wheat beer with a high amount of yeast. Well developed, nothing that's off the beaten path, straight forward and pleasant.

rawfish, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out a little clearer than I expected it to. The head was ok at first but died off pretty quick. The smell of the beer had a good wheat base to it with additional fresh grains. The taste I felt was a little on the light side and could have been a bit stronger. The flavors of wheat and some light hops mix on the tongue, there wasn't much of the typical banana or clove in the one. The mouthfeel was a little on the thin side for me. Overall this beer is mediocre, probably one that I wouldn't have to seek out again.

Knapp85, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of casualfan
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having just recently discovered the pleasures of wheat beers, I have been eagerly exploring the style. I have primarily been drinking German wheat beers, but found this beer an interesting twist on the style. Although there are some of the traditional banana and clove flavors typically associated with this style of beer, there is an interesting citrus undertone that I really enjoyed. Overall, an excellent summertime brew!

casualfan, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of davednyc
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Only the smell rated less-than-perfect with this beer (and even at that, nothing below the average). I'm continually impressed how Sierra Nevada continues to churn out top quality brews while some of the other larger craft breweries seem to fall short these days.

Appearance - straw colored and cloudy, as these hefeweizen typically are.

Smell - nothing distinctive about the smell.

Taste - I always have a difficulty discerning specific nodes, but there certainly is al ot going on. Citrusy - Yes. Hint of cloves - Yes (now that you mention it). Tastes like is comes from a legit Euro brewer - Yes.

Overall - Sierra seem to have hit the mark on the head with this German-Belgium inspired brew (I find anything labeled American-Wheat to be a bit dreadful).

No need to grab a Hoegaarden or Leffe at your local big market if you have this one at your fingertips.

davednyc, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of zeledonia
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 29 March 2011.

Pours a brownish medium yellow, pretty close to the color of unfiltered apple juice but a little lighter. Cloudy doesn't begin to describe it; despite being rather light in color, it's completely opaque. Fluffy white head that recedes rather quickly, leaving a bit of lacing.

Holy fruity yeast smell! Piles of almost-ripe bananas, a nice crispness. Not much spice, or anything else, really. Smells good, but I find it to be rather one-dimensional.

Taste has much more going on than the smell. Waves of mature wheat, under-ripe bananas, and a crisp almost-tart citrus flavor. Seems to fade as I make my way through the glass.

Mouthfeel is quite nice - light but creamy, with moderate carbonation. Finishes crisp and dry, but with an odd watery feeling lasting in the mouth.

A good beer, decently tasty with good complexity. Feels a tad light, and most of the glass doesn't stand up as well as the first few sips do.

zeledonia, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of StoutHunter
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen yesterday for $1.49 at The Lager Mill. As far as wheat beers go the only one I have been drinking lately is Oberon, so I thought I would switch it up a bit and go for a Hefeweizen that I have been meaning to try for a long time. No visible freshness date. Poured from a short 12oz brown bottle into a weizen glass.

A- The label on this beer is pretty plain and it is the typical mountain scenery just with a golden yellow background. It poured a hazy pale golden yellow color with a big four fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick layer that stayed for a while then disappeared and it left some spotty lacing.

S- The first thing I pick up is a large bread and biscuit like aroma from the malts. Then I pick up that signature banana aroma I have come to expect from this style, there is usually some clove accompanying it but on this brew the cloves have been replaced with a large amount of lemon zest that makes for a somewhat unique aroma. The yeast adds some nice fruit esters and I can only smell a slight amount of grassy and earthy hops. This beer smells like a mix between a Hefeweizen and an American Pale Wheat Ale.

T- The taste follows the nose nicely and is pretty similar. I get a lot of those bready flavors from the malts that have just the right amount of sweetness to them. Just like in the aroma the bananas are the most prominent flavor and they are followed by that signature clove spice that I was afraid it wasn't going to come through but somehow it skipped the aroma but showed up in the flavor. The fruity esters from the yeast are nice and I feel like that the lemon zest sticks out the most. There was a very slight sour and bitter aftertaste that was very subdued but worked nicely with this brew.

M- Smooth, crisp, medium light bodied and a good amount of carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a good Hefeweizen. This beer doesn't seem like a true Hefeweizen to me, it is more like a hybrid of that and an American Pale Wheat ale, it had the banana and clove flavors from a Hefeweizen and the citrus and mouthfeel of a American Pale Wheat Ale. I liked the combination of the two styles and I won't deduct any points for it. I thought the flavors could have stuck out a little more but to me the best thing about this beer was it's drinkability, it went down really smooth and it really hit the spot after playing 18 holes of disc golf on a nice sunny Sunday afternoon, this beer makes for a great summer first quencher. Usually I go for Oberon on a day like this, but I felt the need to switch things up (since I have been drinking more then my fair share of Oberon) and I am glad I did. I could see buying a six pack of this for BBQing or playing disc golf but I really can't see it becoming one of my standbys. If your a fan of wheat beers give this one a try, it's a nice refreshing brew. I guess I need to go back to the store and see what other Sierra Nevada beers I have overlooked.

StoutHunter, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of Kinsman
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Revisiting an old friend and giving it the review it deserves. Hazy golden yellow with plenty of fluffy white head on top make for a welcoming beer.

Doughy bread notes with a slightly fruity yeast character but not as strong as expected but plenty of clove spice notes to make up for it.

Sweet and a bit spicy but not quite as much banana flavor as some of Kellerweisses' cousins in Bavaria. Doughy bread character and even finishes with a slightly tangy note.

Smooth light bodied mouthfeel with a nice crisp bite in the finish. Overall, SN Kellerweiss is probably one of the best American versions of the style but I do find the yeast flavors to be a bit muted compared to some of the authentic Bavarian Hefes I've sampled.

Kinsman, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of atowle25
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow/gold color, three fingers of head and some sticky lacing. Very murky appearance, and about what I would expect from a good hef. Looks well carbonated. Smell is lots of banana, lemon, faint cloves. Taste is full of lemon and banana, not as much clove taste as in some hefs, but I like it. Very refreshing beer and perfect for summer. The taste is not gonna blow anyone away but it is very well balanced and the flavors meld together perfectly. Mouthfeel is excellent, plenty of carbonation and very crisp. Great value, easily sessionable. Good stuff.

atowle25, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of NATOuk
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A thick and murky golden colour, not much head but settles to a thin white ring around the glass leaving some lacing.

A prominent aroma of banana with some lemon zest along with yeast and some wheat. Very inviting aroma overall.

Light sweetness at the front of the mouth for a moment, quite similar to the aroma in that there is a slight banana taste, some bread yeast notes and a little wheat followed by a nice medium bitter finish.

Quite silky smooth texture, clings to the mouth well. Medium carbonation.

An excellent Hefeweizen, I'm very fond of this one. Lovely aroma, equally excellent taste and very well balanced. A great beer to savour or to have as a session. Would be wonderful in a hot day.

NATOuk, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of DearthVader
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sessioned the hell out of these tonight.

Poured into my Franziskaner hefe glass.

Pours a murky, straw like yellow with a tone of floaties. I look forward to the floaties in my Hef's. Has a pearl white 2 finger head that fades to a 1/4" quickly and sticks around for the rest. Moderate lacing.

Oh the bananas. Great banana aroma with a slight lemon pepper and grassy smell following. Then totally taken over by the beautiful yeast.

Taste is once again loaded with bananas. Slight spice and tartness that fades to the bready crisp finish.

Incredibly sessionable. Had a 6 pack tonight in less than an hour and a half. Beautiful beer for BBQ's.

I typically don't enjoy Hef's, but this one really hot the spot. I'm glad I didn't overlook this one like I usually do. Will revisit very soon.

DearthVader, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of Treyliff
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours thick and murky golden straw color. About a 1 1/2 inch head that stays and thick lacing.

S- Banana, clove, yeast, spices

T- Simliar to the smell, you can taste the banana and cloves; lingers on the back end. Well balanced with a little bitterness at the end.

M- Smooth and velvety

Overall a very good beer. One of my favorite Hefe's.

Treyliff, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of cjoc83
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden/straw color with a decent 2 fingers of fluffy, off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly into a ring but leaves some lacing. Some yeast floats around. Nice looking beer.

Nose smells wonderful. Everything I look for in a hefe; banana, clove, maybe a hint of Cinnamon, bready yeast.

Taste follows the nose closely. Lots of banana bread, a bit of spice and clove, and wheat. Super tasty.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and smooth. Decent carbonation. Pretty crisp and refreshing. Perfect for a hot day.

Overall this is probably one of my favorite Hefeweizens. It's pretty standard for the style, but it has a ton of banana, which I love. Super enjoyable and session-able. One of my go-to beers in the warmer months. Definitely recommended.

cjoc83, May 31, 2011
Photo of doughanson78
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very hard to get all the yeast off the bottom of this one. Have only got it all once. Will have to refine my practice.

A: Nice fluffy, slightly off-white, 2 finger head. Like a cloud. Pretty good lacing, sticks for what seems like forever even though the head disappears fairly quickly. Not a lot of carbonation. Great color and haziness. Looks like pear juice. Beautiful looking beer! Sexy!

S: Big banana aroma with nice lemony citrus behind it. Nice yeasty bread scent. Definitely wheat.

T: Great banana flavor. First I've really gotten in a Hefe. Nice subtle sweetness. Lemon right behind it. Little sourness. Little wheat. Finishing with a very mild bitterness.

M: Kinda thick. Don't know if full bodied or medium. Very creamy feel. Nice.

O: Almost done and still lacing on the glass. Overall a very beautiful beer. Great for a hot summer day. Goes down easy. Look out or you'll be through a 6-pack before you know it. Easily my favorite Hefe if not my favorite overall beer. Definitely give it a shot.

doughanson78, May 30, 2011
Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 3,213 ratings.