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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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3,151 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,151
Reviews: 1,215
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 164
Gots: 221 | 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 weizenbob
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%

This is an update of my original review. I must have gotten a bad bottle before as this is quite a delicious brew, which I have enjoyed all summer this year.

The pour yields a finger of white head. Retention is meh, but nice lacing clings to the glass. With the yeast swirled in, the brew is very hazy and golden colored. It fails to rise above the style, but it looks fine.

The smell is crisp and clean and fruity with a hint of yeastiness. It's uneventful, but inoffensive.

The taste is great. It's not the best of hefeweizens, but it is solid. Banana is top dog. A little bit of bubble gum manifests on the tongue. Clove is minimal in the flavor profile. Hop bitterness is also minimal but there is a nice wheat bite. It is a solid hefe, made all the sweeter by the great price and availability.

The mouthfeel is more than sufficient for a hefeweizen. It's a bit creamy, while still maintaining the sharp level of carbonation that is prevalent in the style. Despite the creaminess it remains crisp.

It is a shame that my first impression of this beer was the bad bottle that I initially sampled. Every other bottle that I have since sampled has been a joy to drink. It is tasty, inexpensive, readily available and utterly drinkable. There is not a weak beer in the Sierra Nevada lineup.


[original review]

12 ounce Sierra Nevada Kellerweis poured into a pint glass. I picked this up today at the local Save-A-Lot but if I'm reading this cryptic freshness date correctly (014511042) then this was bottled on 5/25. I hope I'm wrong since that was more than six months ago. A frothy two-finger tall head tops this hazy beauty. It's a very cloudy golden wheat colored beer. It smells yeasty with a sharp orange-like citrus scent cutting through the mix. There also a vague metallic scent in there somewhere. The flavor comes off as plastic and cardboard. Carbonation is sharp and isn't helping this beer at all. I'm thinking this is in fact an old bottle. There's the mild notion of banana esters but no real clove to speak of. The beer finishes wheaty which becomes the holding pattern for the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is not terribly pleasant either. Fizzy carbonation detracts from what looks to be a healthy malt profile. It's not light enough to be refreshing and not heavy enough to be satisfying. Drinkability is aided by the relatively low 4.8% alcohol but I really don't want to drink another of these. I'm seriously hoping this was just an old bottle that was past its prime. As it stands, this is a disappointment. I'm going to seek out a fresh bottle of Kellerweis and if it's significantly different then I will modify this review.

Appearance: 4.0
Smell: 4.0
Taste: 3.0
Mouthfeel: 2.0
Drinkability: 2.0
OVERALL: 2.95 [C]


The Two-Schlitz Scale™: (see my profile for an explanation)
If this is how Kellerweis is supposed to taste then I don't give a Schlitz about it.

weizenbob, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of sixerofelixir
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%

12 oz bottle. Code on label easily determines bottling date. Review from notes.

Hazy light straw, creamy white head soon rings out. Smell is grainy, with some sweet, citrusy overtones. Taste is banana, with a bitter, citrusy finish. Fair amount of carbonation. Pretty good for a domestic Hefeweizen. Drinks well.

sixerofelixir, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of nickthegun12
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%

love this beer yall!

a light orange hazy appeal with a fair amount of head....

smells of banana, and wheat...you can almost smell the carbonation...

taste is unreal...you get the wheat on the front with a huge banana taste on the back with lots of tingly carbonation...

kinda dry, yet refreshing.... nice lacing...

you can easily drink these all summers day long

nickthegun12, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of crossovert
4.13/5  rDev +2%

12 oz bottle.

It pours a nice golden color with a hint of peach. The head is big, white, and foamy, though it doesn't hold as well as most Hefe heads and doesn't leave too much lacing. I love the color, but the head could be nicer.

The smell is pretty traditional. I would say the citrus is amped up more than in other traditional German hefeweizens but it also could be a freshness factor. The clove lingers in the background.

The flavor is predominantly clove and wheat malt. There is a nice tartness from the lemon and there is a lingering taste of ripe banana. It is an all-encompassing Hefeweizen, much like Weihenstephaner, though the mouthfeel here could be worked on.

crossovert, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.05/5  rDev 0%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Kellerweis pours a transparent pale yellow color, leaning toward golden. A frothy white head forms, yielding rocky bubbles, but it fades quickly, leaving just a few islands of foam on top. Carbonation is visible from the bottom of the glass rising up.

Smell: A nice bouquet of aromas. With a pale malt backbone, banana and clove really pop, demonstrating the style quite well.

Taste: The light malt is noticeable, but it does not dominate in any way. Smooth banana and clove flavor really take over, while some light floral hops contribute to the supporting cast in the background. Finishes with a light sweetness and more banana.

Mouthfeel: It feels bubbly, somewhat dry, and crisp on the tongue. Light body, medium to full carbonation.

Drinkability: This is one that I would be happy with on a nice summer day, sipping away until I forget how many I have had.

KickInTheChalice, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of mikeg67
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy-golden color with a long lasting white head. Aroma is of yeast, banana and a hint of cloves. Flavors are banana, light spicy hops and creamy wheat malt. Light body, medium carbonation. Quite decent, easy drinking hefeweizen.

mikeg67, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of Samp01
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%

Pours a murky golden with a nice lasting white head. Aroma of banana sweet spices. Taste is same as aroma. Palate is light body, nice carbonation. Finish is banana, some yeast with sweet spices. Overall a nice crisp and refreshing brew, easy drinking. Nice brew.

Samp01, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of colts9016
3.15/5  rDev -22.2%

Poured into a heffe glass at 40 degrees.

Appearance: A foamy, creamy, and frothy head that has some retention to it. The head left lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is a medium straw color with light yellow hues. The clarity of the beer is cloudy.

Nose: A rich lemon , orange, floral bouquet, wheat and crystal malt made up the bulk of the aroma. There are notes of yeast, bread, and grapefruit.

Taste: A rich wheat, lemon zest, orange, floral bouquet, malt, and yeast is the main flavors.

The mouth feel is creamy, rich and slightly chewy.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium light and the finish is medium. The one thing that I find displeasing in the beer is the balance. I felt that the wheat and the citrus was not equal in the playing field. I know that Sierra puts powerful flavors in the beer and maybe that is what they intended to do here.

colts9016, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of BigPlay1824
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%

Served in an Ommegang Witte glass
Poured from a 12oz bottle

A: pours a hazy yellow with ample amount of creamy/velvety white head that lingers for a short while, leaves a nice amount of lacing

S: the smell is strongly reminiscent of the heffeweizen style, strong wheat notes and also a slight sweetness

T: nice smooth taste, sweetness does sting the tongue abit initially, wheat notes are present and substantial. Slight banana flavor is there as was indicated in the description on the bottle

D/M: Strong carbonation tingle, sweetness also sting the pallet a bit. Leaves a nice smoothness on the tongue. Finnishes easy. A nice, light drinking brew

BigPlay1824, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of BillHilly
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%

Appearance - Nice cloudy appearance. Poured 1 finger heard, with the head dispersing.

Smell - Banana and sweet citrus and slight floral notes.

Taste - Outstanding flavor for a production run beer.

Mouthfeel - slightly over carbonated for me which makes it feel light in the mouth.

Drinkability - Definitely a good drinker. It is a worthy purchase.

BillHilly, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of believeinpeople
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%

Almost perfectly executed Hef:

Cloudy, although only slight head retention. The smells were all there; floral, banana, spice. The slight aroma of sweet malt. A medium-intense aroma.

The flavor is one of sweetness and mild biterness. Character is perfectly balanced with fruitiness and hoppiness. Nothing is off the mark on this smooth and creamy hef, although better head retention would be ideal.

Great job Sierra Nevada!

believeinpeople, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of Andrewtherooster
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%

Sometimes you forget how good a beer is. Maybe it's been so long since you had one, or you've had so many you've taken it for granted. Both have been the story for me with this beer. When it was first released I loved it and drank so much of it, but since then I forgot about it.

It's really a shame too. This beer is beautiful, pouring a golden-straw color with a voluptuous head. The lacing is thick and sticky on the glass. Its smell contains a myriad of clove, coriander, vanilla, bananas, blood orange, raw honey--I could go on. It's incredibly alluring. The taste is spicy and strong on the banana. There's a nice breadiness from the Wheat and Munich malt, and a slight lingering bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is round, slightly oily, and appropriately carbonated.

Overall, this beer is delicious and incredibly drinkable. Not to mention, one of the best American-made hefeweizens out there. Drink up!

Andrewtherooster, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%

A - Pale golden hue with a veil of haze, frothy white head produces plentiful lace.

S - Very faint nose, mostly pale malt-y with small hints of banana and clove

T - The taste is all about balance. There is a nice balance between a Pils-pale malt type of dryness and the sweetness of the wheat. The usual suspects are there, but not in cloying proportions; banana and clove are actually quite understated.

M - Light-bodied but fairly creamy.

D - Very drinkable, as in you can pound this stuff. Fast.

ktrillionaire, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of JizackFH
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

A - This one pours a nice hazy golden color. It has a fluffy white 3-finger head that left just a little bit of lacing on the glass.

S - The smell was that of banana, clove, citrus, wheat and yeast.

T - Clove, banana, and malty sweetness. It starts off with the banana sweetness, and then the clove and yeast flavors come in. The finish is mellow, and it is pretty crisp and refreshing.

M - The mouthfeel is good. It has a medium body with good carbonation. It goes down easy and leaves my mouth feeling refreshed.

D - This beer is extremely drinkable. It goes down super easy and it is very refreshing. I really could drink these all day. I will defiitely be picking up some more of these.

JizackFH, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of greenmonstah
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%

12 oz bottle into DFH Snifter

A - Cloudy pale yellow with a finger of white head that's gone in a flash.

S - Clove, banana, wheat and yeast. Not very special, only a bit above average.

T - Sweet banana. Wheat and yeast also present. Clove as well. Follows the nose closely. Clean and crisp

M - Light body. Carbonation is good. Almost perfect for a hefe.

D - Easy to drink and very enjoyable. Refreshing. A very good hefe.

greenmonstah, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of Fnord
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%

Appearance - Pale but cloudy yellow with a generous, uneven white head.

Smell - Banana, clove, wheat, yeast, and a bit of alcohol and orange.

Taste - Slightly sweet, crisp, and wheaty. All the flavors from the nose are here in the taste, too. True to style, there's no discernable bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Thick body and high carbonation.

Notes - I've noticed a trend of wheat beers that taste overwhelmingly of citrus. Thankfully, this one bucks the trend with a subtle and well-integrated orange taste. This is one of the best American-made wheat beers, in my experience only topped by Live Oak. A must-try for any wheat fan.

Fnord, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of nhindian
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%

12oz bottle poured into a Perfect Pint.

This one poured a straw amber color and built a nice, foamy head that last a few minutes. Not much lacing to this one either. Not much sediment in the bottle or glass and relatively clear.

Smells strongly of lemony spices and is reminiscent of some Belgian Pale Ales actually. Pleasant and inviting nose, this bouquet just invites me to drink.

I take my first sip and... I am completely floored. Kellerweis tastes much, much better than I anticipated. Very tasty and refreshing. Light yeast, bananas, cloves, and lemon are the predominant flavors. A light-bodied beer that is a far cry but welcome change from my past few beers which have been high alcohol brews.

Unfortunately, as it warmed up, it lost some of the initial appeal, but it still tastes fantastic, especially for the price I paid.

nhindian, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of brandoncox
4.95/5  rDev +22.2%

Pours a cloudy yellow hue.

Smell of bananas and cloves with a slight mix of aromatic hops and spice. I'm even getting bubblegum notes. Amazing beer aroma.

Soft and sweet on the palate without a sour aftertaste that some hefeweizens give. With this beer, you get a nice and subtle bitterness on the finish. What you get on the nose you also get on the palate.

Mouthfeel is creamy smooth and very well textured. So complex but doesn't go overboard. Medium to heavy bodied but in a very delicate manner.

Does Sierra Nevada ever make a bad beer? My answer would be no.

brandoncox, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of Frosty288
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

This is my first review fellow BAs! Havn't had an American made wheat in quite a while

Appearance: Looked fantastic, cloudy yellow color that changed shades as the glass got wider. Poured a nice thick white head, but was bubbly? I drank two of these and both heads appeared bubbly, but had excellent head rentention, and when I cleaned the glass up later in the night there were still lines on the glass!

Smell: Smelled a little 'dry' (alcohol smell) when it was still in the bottle. After pouring it picked up a much heavier clove/spice smell, not so much the traditional banana as i'm accustomed to.

Taste: Followed the nose precisely, though I picked up a lot more banana then I had originally smelled, with a good punch of spiciness in the background, I felt like the clove was coming through a lot in this one.

Mouthfeel: Good

Drinkability: Had no problem drinking this, with a rich banana foreground with some spices and malt in the background that come through clearly enough to taste, it went down very smooth.

Will definitely be buying this again and recommending it to other curious buyers I see who cant seem to decide :)

Frosty288, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of koticphreak
2.7/5  rDev -33.3%

12oz bottle.

golden color, bubbly.Tastes much like it smells. I'm a big fan of wheat beers and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is great but this just isn't doing it... It leaves this sour aftertaste - but this could just be me, everyone else is reviewing it fairly high.

koticphreak, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice, cloudy bright yellow with a good white head in my weizen glass. Nose brings forward clove and banana along with some bubblegum and light hops. The taste brings a tiny bit of spice and citrus as well as banana. Mildly sweet. Good body with really nice carbonation; this drinks quite well and is one of the better American versions of the style that I've had.

Thorpe429, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of Macdoyal
3.93/5  rDev -3%

Alrighty here we go.

Appearance: Very cloudy with a thick rich white head. The yellow reminds of oddly enough banana.

Smell: It has a good wheat smell but I do with some more banana smell or spice smell. Smells good just a touch plain.

Taste: I do get a banana taste and a slight spice note backed up by a heathy dose of wheat. The hops are present at the very end and on the after taste.

Mouthfeel: Oddly this is one of the few times so far that I would call a beer creamy. The carbonation is spot on and I enjoy the tiny bubbles.

Drinkability: I think I could drink this on the regular. I will admit that I think this beer would go good with some kind of butterscotch or caramel.

Macdoyal, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of russwbeck
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%

A: Pours cloudy and yellow with little to no head.

S: Sharp banana with spices. Much better smell than look.

T: Tart with bananas and clove. Very light. Not getting a lot of an aftertaste. I've had a lot of hefes and this isn't bad, but it isn't terribly good either.

MF: Light and bubbly, basically typical for the style

D: Very high. But, again, typical for the style. Nothing special here for me.

russwbeck, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of CanuckRover
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%

Not a particularly good looking beer. A pale yellow with a slight murkiness, but not a hefeweizen sorta look... sort of dull. Big head folds pretty quickly. No lacing on my glass.

Banana on the nose, just a touch of spice.

Seems like a pretty straight forward effort at the style. Bit of banana, the tiniest bit of spice. Malt profile seems a touch weak. I'm not getting it.

Drinkable enough and mouth if about right.

Just missing something for me. Not bad, but alot of good hefes out there.

EDIT: Just saw that this was dated BB 04/08/10, so not fresh. Didn't taste off, but may not have been at its best.

CanuckRover, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of beerprovedwright
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%

Big head on this one, three fingers of thick, slightly off white color. Head breaks down slowly leaving lots of clinging lace. A cloudy light amber color rating a 6 on the SRM chart. Deep rich smell of dates, raisins, yeast, wheat, and hops. Good blend of flavor with a hint of banana...yes I know that is weird and I am sure there is none of them in the making of this brew. Feels good in my mouth, thick and tangy. Oh yes I will spend my hard earned cash on this brew. I think a lot of my beer buddies will like this too.

beerprovedwright, Oct 19, 2010
Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 3,151 ratings.