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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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3,215 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,215
Reviews: 1,216
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 173
Gots: 244 | 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 jazzyjeff13
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 350ml bottle I picked up from a local off-licence; they were selling these cheap so I thought I'd try some decent Californian beer (I'm a fan of their pale ale). Has a best-before date of 8/12/10, which is presumably why they were on sale for so little. Hopefully the quality will be unaffected as long as it's been stored properly. Bottle has the usual Sierra Nevada picture on the front. Some info about the beer is found on the label around the bottle neck.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass; I decanted about 2/3 of the contents then swirled the remainder to resuspend the yeast before adding it to the glass. Plenty of foam from the bottle towards the end. Colour was a translucent light golden-brown. Low carbonation, but the agitation produced a large foamy head which subsided slowly. Distinctly yeasty odour with slight sourness - some banana and spice notes.

Flavour is yeasty and somewhat sour, but refreshing. Tasty malt, but little in the way of hops. Makes you think of natural yoghurt. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, as well as lightly astringent. Rather nice.

A good hefe - one to sample now and again. Worth trying if unfiltered wheat beers appeal to you.

jazzyjeff13, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of tozz8
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a hefeweizen glass

A--Hazy yellow with plenty of yeast sediment. Large white foamy head even with a less-than-aggressive pour

S--Banana, clove, yeast. nice example of what this style should smell like

T--Sweet. Taste doesn't deliver what the smell promised. I taste mostly wheat with a little banana; almost no clove. I also taste lemon grass? Almost no aftertaste.

M--Light to medium body. Stinging carbonation on the tongue.

D--Very refreshing drinkable brew.

definitely not the greatest in this style, but it is great for the price ($6.99 for a 6 pack)

tozz8, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of JCBears
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow active brew lot of activity here with plenty of bubble. Exciting and fun to look at. Clear save for the bubble activity. All I can think of is amber waves of grain on a classic Franconia Day in good old Deutschland. Smell, hints of the banana, and do I detect some but a little sulfur, refreshing none the less. Taste was virtually a perfect representation of the style. Totally great! Just enough of that traditional fruity aftertaste to leave a pleasing kiss goodbye until the next sip. Good mouth feel maybe a little weak if anything could be a bit more stout but for the style fantastic. Great job!

JCBears, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of whiplash3825
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy light-straw color with medium head and ample carbonation. Tons of yeast at the bottom of the bottle... make sure you swirl to get that heavenly stuff into the glass!

Wheaty mustiness in the nose along with banana and cloves. Smells like all good hefes should.

Taste is more wheat along with citrus... the banana and clove in the nose is not very evident in the taste. Slightly bitter aftertaste which is unexpected in a wheat beer.

Creamy well-carbonated mouthfeel, maybe almost a tad too much so.

Drinks pretty easy; definitely not one of the best hefes I've had but not one of the worst either. Easily available at a reasonable price, so gotta give 'em some points for that.

whiplash3825, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of rdub
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my new Newcastle Geordie Schooner (which finally arrived after many months). Bright golden color and a one finger head. Not much lace to speak of. Banana aroma, not much clove. The taste, unfortunately, was basic hefe. I guess I should have drank this in the summer. Mouthfeel was medium/thin and drinkability was high. I'm sure this would be delicious fresh and in the summertime.

rdub, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of scootny
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite style so I'm keeping my expectations in check in light of the rating. A pretty cloudy gold with a good sized head and nice firm texture. Decent retention and lacing. Nice. Nose is pretty good but light in the banana and clove department to me. I smell more lemon and wheat malt. Balance is there but seems to showcase the grains more than fruits. Taste is better. Good wheat twang and a bigger banana and clove component. A bit of soap and lemon and a faint mineral/metallic edge. Finish is dry and clean with minimal bitterness. Feel is not bad with a good carbonation and medium light weight. Quite drinkable and a quenching brew even in December. Is this the next great American Hefe? No, but it's still pretty good and a solid effort from a solid brewery.

scootny, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of jsanford
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a cloudy golden-yellow with a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly, leaving a solid ring around the glass.
S - Ripe banana and cloves with a good amount of sweet pale malt.
T - More hefeweizen notes of ripe sweet banana and spicy cloves. Plenty of wheat and pale malt, along with an ever-so-slight bubblegum taste. Incredibly balanced, the banana and clove are excellent.
M - Creamy with a medium-thin body. Carbonation is nice and crisp.
D - Excellent drinkability, an almost perfect summertime beer.

jsanford, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of AwYeh
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Pleasant aroma; I pick up a lot of bubblegum, some clove and banana, and even a little bit of smokiness.

Pours a cloudy and deep straw color, frothy one inch white head which sticks around in proportion to how much beer is left.

Taste doesn't hold up to aroma; substantial wheat here with a mild hop bitterness, plus a reduced presence of the aforementioned aroma notes.

Lively carbonation (perhaps just a bit too much) alongside a light, smooth, creamy mouthfeel; I am left with a slightly bitter finish.

Quite drinkable; the low alcohol content is hard to detect and aside from the carbonation there's not much stopping this from going down quickly.

AwYeh, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of stoutman
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice cloudy pale yellow with a pillowy white head. Aromas are banana and clove with a hint of the phenolic medicinal character. Flavors mirror the aroma with a subtle tartness and a crispy, refreshing finish. This is a very fine example of a hefeweizen. Taste is pretty heavy on the wheat, slight hints of bananas and spices. Flavor really opens up well at warmer temperatures. Medium thickness, no bitterness to speak of.. And I dont really care for wheat beers!! This one is the best wheat beer I have ever tasted.

stoutman, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of mariposafan
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hazy golden color in my Duvel tulip with a nice two fingers of head. The foam dies back gradually but persists around the edges of the glass and as lacing.

Bubblegum, banana and cloves. Smells just like I'd like a hefeweizen to smell.

The taste doesn't live up to the nose, however. It's not as sweet as I'd like and the spice character is hidden some by some tartness and lingering bitterness. It's also just a touch watery. Nothing bad, just not as good as the aroma indicated.

The mouthfeel is pleasantly thick and creamy but the carbonation is a little too forceful - it becomes a distraction rather than an enhancement.

Without the lingering bitterness and prickly carbonation the drinkability would be a solid 5. Even with those defects, though, it goes down easily and there's little enough alcohol that it would be easy to keep drinking.

Not my favorite hefeweizen but a pretty nice one all the same that is inexpensive and available year round.

mariposafan, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of MorningBeer
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Recently, my dad brought me a bottle of this over to share. Wow. This is my favorite hefeweizen. I keep thinking that I'll find one that I like better, but nope, this is it.

The best looking hefeweizen I've seen. Pours a brilliant golden yellow, with orange hues. Perfectly cloudy with suspended yeast. Amazing in the sunlight.

A hard pour yields a one finger head that sticks around a bit.

Smell is a nice balance of bread, banana, and a hint of clove creeping through.

Taste follows suit. Carbonation packs a light punch right off the bat. Leaves a nice sweet banana taste on the tip of the tongue, cloves in the nose, and a bready, mild bitterness on the back of the palate. There's a creamy element to the mouthfeel, which balances out the flavor.

Overall, this beer puts it all together in perfect harmony. It is, perhaps, the creaminess that yields what I find to be a perfect hefeweizen.

MorningBeer, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of afinepilsner
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen was golden in color and hazy. It had a white head with good retention and some lacing. The smell was banana, wheat, and clove. The taste was more banana, wheat, and clove with a touch of hop flavor coming through towards the dry finish. The mouthfeel was good with a medium body and medium-high carbonation. Drinkability was good. This is another good beer from Sierra Nevada.

afinepilsner, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of tbrown4
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle -> Duvel tulip

Pours golden opaque with a one finger head. Mild sweetness. Notes of banana and apricot. Thin smooth mouthfeel. Super easy to drink. Has become one of my favorite Summer beers. I could easy kill a six pack without fatigue.

tbrown4, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloud dark lemon custard color with glowing pale yellow edges. Thick foamy head that looks like it will sit comfortably for the whole ride down. Alas it is a shy maiden and fades to a thin skim. No lace?

Light wheat, clove and fresh banana aroma. Little bit of lemon in there as well. It's dead on for a traditional German hef and tastes equally as authentic. I'd like more banana but I think that about most things. A thicker, creamier mouthfeel would be appreciated.

Probably the best American hef I've had.

donkeyrunner, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of weizenbob
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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