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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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2,944 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,944
Reviews: 1,204
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 139
Gots: 129 | 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 GeezLynn


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

A: Standard slightly cloudy bright yellow color with a lively white head. An unexpected dribble of yeast follows up the pour and settles nicely through the beer.
S: Banana, lemon, pear and wheat aromas. Very nice.
T: Taste is almost comparable to some of the better German Hefes with lemon, banana, clove and wheat. Finish is long and yeasty. I'd like a little less lemon and a little more wheat, but tough to complain.
M: Light but not thin. Carbonation is good - prickly not fizzy.

Well deserving of the Sierra Nevada label. This has me thinking I need to drink this beer a little more often.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 01:58:53 | More by GeezLynn
Photo of boudreaux


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

This one pours a cloudy yellow amber with a nice head of beer lace. There is a slight herbal aroma.
The mouth feel is velvet smooth with a crisp edge --- like toffee with an outer shell. There is a distinct banana flavor (not overpowering) with a spicy overtone. It makes me think of a liquid banana-pudding-nilla-wafer concoction. It is overwhelmingly smooth, fairly sweet, with some crispness (a tangy citrus) at the finish.
Overall, a good beer. It is very drinkable and session worthy.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 06:23:11 | More by boudreaux
Photo of HoustonTX


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

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis pours out beautifully. Gorgeous looking in the glass with a nice hazy yellow-orange body. Ample head, and fluffy lacing. Aroma is clean, but still packed with cloves, banana, and sweet citrus. Taste follows suit of the aroma, except with a bit more spiciness pronounced. Starts out with a greatly intense blending of flavors - bubblegum, hints of clove, citrus, and banana. Sweet bubblegum esters present themselves upfront and meld with the light toasted breadiness of the malt to create a complex backbone. Citrus notes soon follow and are juicy up front, and gradually fade to tangy near the finish. Hints of clove provide just a hint of spiciness. Fruit esters including banana, tend to pop up more near the middle, and stick to your palate for the finish leaving your mouth coated with a great citrus fruity tropical finale, with ample chewiness, leading to a big full bodied mouthfeel. All the flavors seem spot on, and exactly where and expect they should be. Kellerweis can't really be flawed, it's just an exceptional amazingly drinkable brew. I love most of Sierra Nevadas lineup, but this is one of their better basic brews. Puts almost any imported Hefe under the table, hell of a lot fresher too!

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 08:51:47 | More by HoustonTX
Photo of lbaker


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

(a)- Pours a beautiful golden color. Very cloudy due to unfiltering, after swirling the remainder and adding it to the pilsner you can watch the yeast settle back down throughout the beer...very cool to watch. A little bit thicker than what exepected. Pours with a good inch of head and leaves a great bit of lacing. (4/5)

(s)- Distinct aromas of banannas and cloves. Theres a certain island sweetness smell to this brew and it's great. I really like the amount of bananna, the big difference between an American and German hefeweien. (4.5/5)

(t)- All the smells come through on the taste, very full yet light at the same time. The fruit and spices arent overpowering and it gives a great balanced treatment to the palete. (4/5)

(m)- Very light on the tongue, bouncy and the perfect amount of carbonation. (4/5)

(d)- A great beer that can be consumed in a row. Not too sweet and the perfect pairing with just about any food. (4/5)

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 03:48:04 | More by lbaker
Photo of Stimack

New York

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

Real nice looking brew, pours to a cloudy golden color with a thick frothy white head that seems to have great legs. When the swirled last 5th of the bottle was poured in you could really see all of the yest sediment melting into the rest of the brew. The aroma is of whear, banana, clove and spices. Seems to be classic Hefe aromas but they also seem to be very fresh and vibrant. Has a nice malt flavor from the wheat and Munich malts. Has a real nice spiciness to it from the yeast and I would imagine the bittering hops. Has a nice banana as well as clove flavor, really just the right amount here, some seem to be overdone with those flavors. This is a very easy drinking and enjoyable brew, has a nice smooth feel as well. While this style is not one of my favorites I must say that this one is very well done and something I can clearly see getting in the warmer future months.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 21:54:32 | More by Stimack
Photo of Andreji


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

So the kellerweis was just another one of my bids to get to know this fabulous brewery.
Lately i don't expect to be blown away by weizens since i've migrated to stronger, more "extreme" tastes, but this deal here certainly caught me off guard.

Pour is "meh", average looking nice little weizen. gold and shiny, thinner head than usual for the style. vaguely translucent. by all means appealing.

Smell is very soft, doesn't try to attack your nose but rather bring it closer...some spices, mostly a wheat bread-like feel. the yeast is there, just too subtle to describe fully...maybe some banana. i don't know.

Taste is a way to go back to the basics. a nice, non-aggressive german-styled weizen, along the lines of a franziskaner or a schneider perhaps. Soft blended wheaty taste with a thick feel, very soft and harmonious hoppy aftertaste. makes you want spring to be here now, sort of taking you along on a nice meadow. definetly like this experience by the SN crowd.

excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 17:23:51 | More by Andreji
Photo of Josievan


3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale lemon color. Definitely unfiltered, but not as cloudy as many representations of the hefeweizen style.

Smell: Pale wheat malt, mild citrus, slight banana.

Taste: Wheat malt up front, but not a lot of yeast flavor. Banana is in the background, but not nearly as strong as in many German hefeweizens. Citrus, especially lemon, really comes through on the finish, leaving a somewhat odd aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Relatively creamy and smooth, but not as rich of a body as I'd have liked to find.

Drinkability: I can see this being quite refreshing on a hot summer afternoon.

Notes: As a fan of hefeweizens, I had been looking forward to trying Sierra Nevada's interpretation of this unfiltered wheat style, and I must admit I'm a little disappointed. It's certainly a decent wheat beer, but doesn't hold up to German hefeweizens, or to the best American takes on the style (New Glarus Dancing Man and Crack'd Wheat, I'm looking at you). However, that is very stiff competition. If I hadn't had so many geat hefeweizens before, I think I'd appreciate Kellerweis a lot more.

Part of my complaint is the lemon flavor I get from this beer, a characteristic I'm learning I don't care for in beer. I know that gives me a biased opinion, but the lemon just really turns me off. Still, it seems like I'm missing something here; i'll have to revisit this when the weather warms. For now, I'd must rather reach for a different example of Sierra Nevada's fine year-round lineup, such as their porter or pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 01:30:17 | More by Josievan
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North Carolina

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

I've passed this beer up for years now, finally decided I should try it. Poured into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Golden body, 1 finger white foamy head that quickily dissipates. Minimal lacing sticks.

Smell: Lemon zest and what I believe to be is banana.

Taste: Just like the smell. Lemon, banada, very wheaty. Lot of flavor in this one.

Drinkability: With the low alcohol, and lots of flavor this is very highly drinkable. Could easily put down a sixer of this.

Side Notes: Overall this is a pretty good Americanized take on the style. I'm once again impressed with what SN puts out.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 02:42:41 | More by travduke
Photo of Goliath


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

Pours a hazy pale yellow color with a huge three inch off white head. There's nice head retention but no lacing.

The aroma is quite nice. There's some really classic aromas. A little lemon zest, banana, and pale wheat all make an appearance.

The taste is also right on. Notes of banana, a bit of wheat, and even a little lemon zest. Just really nice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fine carbonation bubble.

Drinkability is high. This beer is easily sessionable with it's low ABV and it also has a great flavor profile which keeps bringing me back to the glass. I can't hardly put this one down, so for me it's a real success.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 00:32:37 | More by Goliath
Photo of ocmpoma


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

A- pours out a rich, but light gold. Slightly darker than I expected; but appealing

S- classic hefe aroma: citrus, tang, all there

T- classic hefe taste, too; not the best hefe, but a solid one

M- ever so slightly heavy for a hefeweizen

D- quite sessionable; not hoppy or overly carbonated

Overall, a good solid hefe. I'd happily drink if offered, but there are several German brews I'd prefer.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 04:02:26 | More by ocmpoma
Photo of NicholasSchell


4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy gold, 1 1/2 finger of dense white head with a moderately slow dissipation time down to a ring thin ring around the glass with light lacing.

S- Banana bread, clove, bubblegum, lemon. This is an amazing example of the style. Light hop aroma.

T- No hop bitterness, same flavors come through as described in the smell.

M- Tingly carbonation but not overpowering, light-medium body.

D- Average ABV and no overly strong flavors make this very session worthy.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 00:51:35 | More by NicholasSchell
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4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After traveling to Europe and tasting their Hefeweizen I have found nothing that compares here in America. Until my friend recommended this fine Hefe from Sierra Nevade Brewing Company. This beer has a full body of flavor, and is very easy to drink. Goes down very smooth and is not too heavy, one of the best Hefeweizens I have ever tasted, and the only Hefeweizen I have tasted in America that I would willingly purchase again!

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 18:53:43 | More by Superdaunte
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4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: I don't know what to compare it to. It is about the most transparent shade of yellow I have ever seen. I can see the bubbles everywhere. Don't think I poured hard enough (I am a Hefeweizen virgin) so no head. The bubbles are mesmerizing.

S: Heavy on the banana with the clove following up in the rear. I have had a Tripel before and seems like a less aggressive version of that. Oh yeah! This is pleasant.

T: A little spicy tartness upfront that quickly fades away into the banana/bubblegum. It is like a two toned beer.

M: Not too heavy and not too light. Carbonation played down really well.

D: What can I say? I can drink this easier than water. And it is sessionable. This is the easiest drinking fluid I ever put in my mouth.

This is a really interesting style to give to your non craft drinkers. Hell, give them one and don't even tell them it is beer. I doubt they would ever know. Went full on yeast 2/3 of the way. Heh. It looks kind of like a worm in there. Very cloudy. Not that much different. Just kind of funky.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 04:25:50 | More by generalnotsew
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South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass.

Pours a pale golden color. Two fingers of white foam retain well and leave some sticky lacing on the glass.

Aroma is of pale wheat, bubblegum, banana, cloves, pear...pretty spot on for a hefeweizen.

Flavor follows...sweetish malt, lightly tart lemon, some grain, and all of those familiar hefeweizen flavors, with some spice clinging to the tongue after the dry finish.

Body is medium...carbonation level is appropriate. Crisp and refreshing. Ridiculously easy drinker - it's hard to slow down and savor. Another quality brew from Sierra Nevada. Big shocker, I know.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 02:56:48 | More by Gyle41386
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4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am sometimes wary of Americanized hefes but this was a very good rendition. I have noticed Sierra Nevada introducing more and more varities and some good ones to boot. Poured a nice, multi-hued haze. Smell was rich with wheat and yeast. Taste was smooth and very palatable with complex spice, banana, and a hint of citrus. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 04:16:03 | More by Portertime
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South Carolina

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

Couldn't believe I actually had not had this one before. Decided to crack it open last night and give it a whirl. Served cold and poured into a pint glass. This one was consumed on 01/27/2010.

The pour was very nice, crystal clear and golden in color with a nice head of white that rose up and over the top, settling down nicely with bit of a broken head that hung around on the sides of the glass for just a little bit before fading in its entirety. Aroma was light at first but began to grow on me after a while. Smooth notes of light grain, hints of grassy notes and a light bit of bready tones are al easily picked up here now. Crisp and very clean taste. Well carbonated with a light and refreshing body that I really found to be quite enjoyable I have to admit. Rolling through it seemed to have a light fruit notes in the mid palate and a light, slightly drying kick in the finish that made me look forward to going back in for another sip as soon as possible!

Overall a very session able and very enjoyable light offering from Sierra. Again nothing but quality is delivered from them time and time again.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 00:00:33 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of Heavenisbeer


4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a weizen on a crisp and clear late January night in A-town.

A: An average hefe in its look, with lower than optimally dense body appearance, but with a fine, frothy three cm head with lasting, rubbery retention. Skinny legs.

S: Spicy and fruity, with a clove burst upfront and a subterranean banana smoothness. Light and joyful, but not brilliant.

T: This is a clever one--extremely delicate and lightweight, with a soft Hefe fingerprint, yet intriguing, and, eventually, addicting. The banana fruitiness is more prominent than the clove spiciness of a stronger Hefe giving the beer a subdued, yet attractive flavor.

M: Much like the nose and the taste, light and pleasant, and spiked with a very soft spicy finish.

D: The highlight. Fluffy, buoyant, tiptoeing. A beautiful summer grill-out brew. A session indeed. Makes me yearn for the 9 o'clock sundown.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 03:19:59 | More by Heavenisbeer
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very cloudy, even milky lemon yellow with a nice one-finger head that retains to the end and leaves some broken sheets of lacing.

Smells sweet, with spicy clove and an earthy yeast presence. A touch of grassiness.

All of the smells are present in the flavor. The thing that's different about this Hefe is that all of the flavors show up in the finish. It starts a touch bland and then everything hits at once.

Mouthfeel is smooth with even, crisp carbonation. Medium body, even slightly fullish for the style.

Not bad at all for a brewery that specializes in a completely different style of beer altogether. Maybe this has been around for a while, but this is the first I've seen it and was surprised that SN would bother with a Hefe. Glad they did though.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 22:57:04 | More by Hoagie1973
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4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a leftover from summer at the fabulous Neil St. Piccadilly, so I grabbed one as I made my sampling rounds yesterday. Cloudy yellow-orange with practically no head. Oozes banana, vanilla, and clove aromas--really nice.

Delicious sweet-spice mix. Banana and clove unquestionably carry the day, but a dash of pepper lurks in the background, as does some welcome lemon zest; impressive. The mouthfeel has a soda-like zest that, while I'd prefer more malt smoothness, is not off-putting.

I was honestly a bit surprised to see how quickly drained my pint glass. Kellerweis is a fabulous representative of the Hefeweizen style, one that Hefe fans should embrace and stock by the sixer when it appears. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 08:58:43 | More by Gehrig
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New York

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Left in my fridge by a fellow BA, so I guess I'll have to drink it.

a - pours a bright golden color, super cloudy, one-finger white head with little retention or lacing

s - great traditional hefe aroma, big notes of banana and clove dominate with a lighter lemon aroma, not very complex, but spot on for the style

t - much like the aroma, the taste is pure banana and clove, the spiciness isn't overwhelming at all though, hints of lemon and orange, alcohol is very muted, very refreshing

m - light-to-medium bodied, on the higher side for carbonation, very active in the mouth, well-balanced finish, no alcohol warming

d - extremely drinkable, many hefes wear on my palate with the spice, but this hits the right balance, alcohol is virtually non-existant

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 04:08:19 | More by WeisGuy
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4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint.

Appearance: Straw colored, hazy with a 1" head that quickly goes down to a film. Not a resilient head.

Smell: Fruity familiar hefe smell with a yeast background, a hint of banana and yogurt. I can smell what resembles the smell of rubber balloons also, but not in a bad way.

Taste: Banana, tangy lemon zest with some vanilla yogurt and spice sneaking in too. Very slightly bitter at the end - just enough to give it a nice smack.

Mouthfeel: Creamy texture that is quite smooth going down. Plenty enough carbonation. Medium body to it.

Drinkability: This is the perfect drink for any hot day when you want something refreshing and not filling. Scores a perfect 10 on the refresh-o-meter. Not sweet and syrupy - just right.

Comments: Every quaff made me want to come back for more. I think it measures up against any German hefeweizen. The best part about it is that it's far more readily available, fresher, and cheaper than imported hefe's. This is my idea of an everyday beer. Perfect also for someone wanting to try their first craft beer or hefeweizen. A good beer for those who don't like beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 05:00:05 | More by jovy1097
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4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: beautiful creamy golden color, like honey with a dab of milk.

S: Bananas, bananas, bananas! A good load o' wheat that blows over my nostrils.

T: Creamier than your average wheat beer - I would not say this is like a German wheat beer, but more like beers in the American Wheat category. Fruity with a hint of spice, this beer is a good example of a wheat beer.

M: Kind of watery, but thicker than the average wheat beer.

D: Very. Great during the summer I bet!

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 04:20:25 | More by acelin
Photo of MOB210SA


4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 finger, seems to be quickly dissappearing. SLightly hazy, a pale golden in color.

Agree with others, with a good bananna aroma. but a lot of clove and some spiciness. Almost belgian reminiscent with the spice to the nose. More power than the average Hefe.

This is a nicely carbonated, better than average hefe, good body, not as light and "nothing too it" like some others. Good and light but enough backbone to it to keep you entertained and wanting more. Taste is similar to the nose with the spices, bananna, and a, IMO, Belgian-esque cloviness crossed in.

Light, bubbly, crisp. Mouthfeel is awesome.

Drinkability is good, its light, its flavorful, and nice mouthfeel. Could call this one a sessionable offering.

After reading the label lastly, Im glad my review isnt far off.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 00:09:23 | More by MOB210SA
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4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - The beer poured a hazy golden color that I thought appeared a little darker than it should. The beer also produced a very nice white head that dissolved too quickly.

S - The beer produced a nice banana aroma and perhaps some other fruits and spices.

T - The taste was a lot better than expected, although I am not sure why, as SN is a quality brewery. Follows the nose very well but you also get the wheat taste that you expect from this style of beer.

M/D - The beer was somewhere between a light to medium body, very smooth and balanced with a good level or carbonation, as expected from the style. But the best aspect of this beer is its drinkability; this is a beer that I could drink all day, exceptional drinkability. Overall, this is a very well done representation of the style, but as to be expected from a quality brewer.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2010 19:15:11 | More by PhillyStyle
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4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow with a 2cm white head that falls away fairly quickly.
S - Clove spice and banana.
T - Clove spice and banana like the smell as well as malted wheat.
M - Lighter side of medium bodied with a high carbonation level.
D - A very nice, sessionable Hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2010 08:30:17 | More by brendan13
Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,944 ratings.