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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 3,377
Reviews: 1,234
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 197
Gots: 319 | FT: 0
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 03-12-2009

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Photo of BeerBob
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. pours a golden gold from a 12 fl deep dark brown class bottle with a pry off cap.

Light tan Head is billowy and thick with capricious amounts of fine foam bubbles.

Pallet is spot on tart wheat, accompanied by refreshing and delicious citrus notes with fig and a soft clove, that builds in intensity to a full clove aftertaste. Banana makes its presents known late in the tasting, subdued, and subtle.

Hard to find a good American hefeweizen, this is one of them.

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

I drank this from a pint glass...

It is opaque, golden, yellow with a thin white bubbly head. The smell is mainly banana and clove with just a hint of wheat and lemon. Tastes exactly as it smells but with an additional bubblegum flavor. The mouthfeel is silky, medium bodied with soft carbonation and a dry finish. This hefeweizen can hang with the best in the world.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kellerweis pours a cloudy golden body with a pillowy ivory colored head. Sheets of lacing will form a circle around a well poured glass. Aromas of wheat crackers, zesty clove, and over-ripe bananas offer an enticing preview of things to come. The palate only reinforces this. Malt flavors, sweetness, and hop bitterness are all appropriately mild to allow the yeast character to truly carry this beer. Banana, clove and lemon flavors are unmistakable and very refreshing. The body is smooth, silky, and nearly velvet-like, the ideal foil to Kellerweis' brisk carbonation. Add it all up and you have a full-flavored, but thirst-quenching beer that can bring you solace on the oppressive summer days to come.

Photo of wschmit
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a Perfect Pint.

A: A big, fluffy meringue head tops a mildly hazy yellow-gold body with lots of carbonation. Almost the platonic beer look, quite attractive.

S: A little bit of sweet wheat and some spicy hops, banana and clove dominating, but not too strong. Not a ton else going on, but pleasant.

T: Great, easy flavor: not too wheaty and thick, but certainly the kind of sweet banana flavors you expect in a weiss beer. There's some hops, but not much, subdued.

M: Nicely balanced between body and carbonation--a bit of chew, but moderate bubbling to keep it moving along with a nice tingle.

O: A really easy summer drinker, and a good, inexpensive American rendition of a style dominated by Germans. One of my favorite SN beers.

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

12oz brown bottle, coded freshness date on the label.

Massive head from pouring 2/3's of the beer into the glass, sediment swirled in for a dirty cloudy straw color. Banana taffy, powdered clove and chalky yeast play well against the breadiness ... banana bread? Deep smoothness that still retains a crisp snap in the back, medium bodied is not too much for the style. Semi-thick bready character throughout, mild spicing and faint esters. Overripe fruit and clove, some tartness adds a refreshing quality. Semi-dry finish.

Absolutely remarkable that this beer has flown under my radar for so long. Giving the Germans a run with this one.

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

A: Pours a light amber color with a two finger foamy head common to hefeweizens. Tiny bubbles continue bubbling up from the bottom.

S: Bready malts, banana, light spices (cloves maybe) and other typical aromas to hefeweizens.

T: Much like the nose, bready malts a little bit of banana and a few light spices. A degree of fruity yeast as well.

M: Somewhat of a light body with a bit of carbonation that works well with the flavors and bites the tongue a little bit.

O: Overall, this is a great summer beer, it isn't too unique in terms of hefeweizens but it is still quite tasty.

Photo of Ruger
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy straw color with a thick head extremely light lacing.

S - Bananas and citrus are really prominent.

T - Bananas with a lemon zest and finishes with a bread like taste that coats the mouth.

M - Medium to high carbonation and medium bodied.

Photo of sethmeister
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my weizen glass this beer is a cloudy lemon yellow with one finger of bright white finely-bubbled head. No lace.

Scent is spice, lemon and tangy yeast

Taste is quite spicy with cloves, coriander, black and white pepper. Lemons and lemon zest. Tangy and tart. A hint of banana; less than other hefeweizens.

Mouth starts sharply carbonated but ends velvety.

Very refreshing. Love the spiciness. Would appreciate a bit more banana. Good solid hefeweizen.

Photo of HaysAmerica
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle w/o a bottling date or best by date into an Weizen glass. Pours w/ a nice white head and great lacing. Color is a very nice golden yellow/orange combo. Hazy. The nose is of cloves & some spice. Pretty on target for the style. Getting of that yeast presence in the nose as well. Some banana in this but not as much as you might expect. I'm picking up a distinct lemon scent to this one as well.

Taste starts off w/ a slight bit of bubble gum for just a split second & then immediately goes to spice, clove, and a bready character. The mouthfeel is light & a little fluffy. This one has a very pronounced spice character to it. A bit peppery, almost like I can envision peppercorns in there! Has a great, nice finish; ever so slightly tart but you wouldn't pick up on it unless they didn't tell you on the box to expect this.

Overall, this is a really good beer. True to style, but I'd love to get more of a banana presence in the nose. And some in the taste too. The spicy character is the star of the show & IMO it could use a bit of something else to balance it out. This is an extremely drinkable beer & most likely just became one of my go to's for a great summer drink. Prosit!

Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: cloudy pale whitish gold/straw, really nice thick lasting head and lace.
S: lemony citrus, cloves, banana and sweet doughy malt.
T: light to medium sweet bready malt, a bit of a sourish wheat twang and Co2 bringing balance.
M: light to medium body, bigger than the abv suggests. nice and frothy and chewy.
O: another solid offering from sn.

Photo of Drew966
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen pours a hazy orange with hints of yellow around the edges from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma and the taste are both fairly mild. Banana and clove both make appearances but leave me wanting more, more banana and more clove that is. Easy drinking but I think I'm a bigger fan of the weizenbocks and darker weiss beers.

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

12oz bottle poured into pint glass. Pours a very deep murky haze yellow orange with a huge 4 finger pillowy head that takes a bit to receed. This is a good looking hefe!

Smells of wheat, spice, yeast, banana, a little bit of citrus & coriander (a touch). Reminiscent of Weihenstephaner's Hefeweissbier - very nice.

Yup, this is a delicious brew. There is a lot of fruity thick yeast there with a full wheat mouthfeel. Not as spicy as the nose would suggest. Starts off full and yeast fruitiness & ending with a spice banana presence.

Picked a single up for $1.30. That price cannot be beat for a delicious 12oz Hefeweizen! I will be getting into this one again.

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

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis has a very thick, fluffy, white head and a hazy, yellow appearance with some bubbles streaming up and a nice amount of lacing left behind in splotches. The aroma is of white bread and slight banana, and the taste is likewise of white bread and banana, with coriander and a tad of hop bitterness present. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Sierra Nevada Kellerweis finishes wet and very drinkable. Little aftertaste is associated with this. Overall, the beer is quite enjoyable and I rate highly. Try it!


Photo of Hatzilla
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of elizabethfowler
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
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

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!

Photo of sommersb
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
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!

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.

Photo of Damian
3.34/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

Photo of Jinholic
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
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!

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.

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.

Photo of willjschmidt
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 3,377 ratings.