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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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3,406 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,406
Reviews: 1,244
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.85%
Wants: 197
Gots: 351 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 CuriousMonk
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from beer bottle into pint glass. Pours light hazy light golden straw with well retained white head and light lace. Clove, banana and grainy aromas. Med high carbonation, light-medium body, refreshing light, yet semi complex finish. Grains lingering with a touch of banana and light clove on the finish.

Photo of atlason
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to Julius Echter vase. No freshness date indicated.

A: Pours a deep gold to light amber. Generous head which leaves nice lacing.

S: Very light complex and elegant citrus and wheat.

T: This is all about the citrus. Pretty rich clove but not too much banana. Low maltiness leads to lack of the characteristic orange taste that you get from the German Hefeweizens. This is a little bit too light, almost a half Wit half Hefeweizen.

M: Well carbonated, feels overly attenuated for the style.

Overall, a very pleasant summer brew but it lacks a critical deep orange flavor from style it is going for.

Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance-A very thick looking dark orange. About 1 finger of frothy white head. Very velvety looking as it pours, some lacing remains.

Aroma-Immidiately get the biscuity yeasty aroma. Followed my some spice and then alot of banana.

Taste-Starts off with a strong biscuity taste, followed by banana and spice. Crisp Orange/Lime finish. Not bad, pretty refreshing.

Mouthfeel-Extremely pleasant. Medium bodied. Only negative is it could use a litle less carbonation but the velvety texture is really nice.

Overall-Nice beer, another good Sierra Nevada product. 7.50 for a 6 pack can't go wrong, another great summer day beer.

Photo of chiccabeer
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured with a small amount of head. There was not a lot of smell given off by this beer. What it lacked in taste it gave in taste. It obviously had a strong wheat taste with a great compliment of sour, oranges, lemon, and bananas. Like most wheat beers this is a great summer beer to relax to. Cheers.

Photo of harveystarr
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from pick 6 at Wegmans. By the way, the bottle is beautiful. Loved it completely.

I loved the directions which were to pour 2/3 out, swish the bottle and top off. There was an obvious sediment which added to the whole experience and cloudiness.

In a glass it was so translucent it was almost opaque, with only the light getting through. Could not see any fingers behind the glass. A bright yellow in the sun.

Head was a rich and creamy one finger, which dissapated to a small ring at the top.

The smell was nice, definite bananas and yeast, which I love.

Taste was very pleasing, with that banana and cloves. Mouthfell was great, silky, creamy and slight carbonation.

Overall an excellent beer, one in which I'll be getting more of for a summer around the pool.

Photo of kagent777
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from Utah State store. Poured into a goblet, as I do not have a weizen glass.

Appearance: Hazy darkish yellow, with a frothy one finger head that settled down to some foam.

Smell: Yeasty with some banana and other spiciness. There is some graininess also in the smell.

Taste: The yeast characteristics dominate the palate with the grainy wheat right behind. The clove and banana spiciness is also apparent. There is a bit of lemon character also present.

Mouthfeel: This is where this beer really shines. The suspended yeast create a first rate velvety texture in the mouth and when combined with the carbonation, make for a really superb experience.

Overall: A very solid beer at a nice price point. I will have many more of these again.

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

A: Poured a funky, extremely cloudy dark yellow color... about the color of a manilla envelope. It came with a very robust, pillowy white head that quickly faded into darkness.

S: Banana, cloves, yeast... all rolled up into a very balanced cocofony. The spices almost stung my nose!

T: Packed with yeasty flavor! The same spices I got on the nose only more intensified. I think I got a bit of coriander in there as well. Nothing lingered on the finish.

M: The spices attacked the taste buds while the Sprite-like carbonation soothed the palate. Just enough sweetness to be dangerous and keep this from having absolutely no bitter elements whatsoever.

O: I can only think of maybe a handful of beer that can pack this much flavor into one with only a 4.8% ABV. Awesome warm weather beer!

Photo of output01x
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

A slow pour yields a 3-finger supple white head atop a hazy golden straw-colored body with an unstoppable torrent of rising bubbles. The head diminishes over time, but retains about a 1/4 inch covering. Lacing is minimal.

Pretty standard wheat and yeast aromas here. A little clove and golden delicious apple. Good, strong, pleasing aromas.

Tart lemony yeast immediately strikes the tip of the tongue. A light wheat flavor washes over the rest of the tongue.

Medium bodied with great carbonation, this beer has excellent drinkability (as any hefeweizen should).

I would have preferred the flavors to be a little bolder. More yeast would have been nice. However, I must admit that Kellerweis is probably the best American Hefeweizen I've ever had.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a weizen glass.

Slightly hazy yellow body with a fluffy white. The head drops to a thin layer over the beer after a couple of minutes leaving thick lacing. The usual hefeweizen suspects are in the aroma, cloves and a little banana. Sweet pale wheat malt flavor with a little more emphasis on the banana.

Photo of wcintula
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very atypical versus many hefeweizens. The look is good, with its unfiltered body, and big head with yeast contained. The smells gives off some of your typical hefe aromas, spice, clove banana, and wheat but there a very tart aroma and taste in there that's reminiscent of apple or grape peel. Hops take a half step back in this one, adding just a little spice to the beer. Not bad, but not my favorite.

Photo of mpcrump
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 10 oz. glass.

A: Pours a cloudy but pale yellow with average carbonation. Good sized soft head that reduced very slowly.

S: Light hint of citrus with wheat grains.

T: Starts with a good wheat taste but quickly changes over to bananas. A hint of lemons.

M: Very light and citrusy - typical of a lot of wheats. A bit of sweetness.

O: Very nice beer. Good light taste. The strong bananas may not be for some. For a change of pace this is a good choice for me.

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a weizen glass Pours a cloudy pale yellow with moderate carbonation. A frothy white head of tiny bubbles sits and slowly reduces.

Has a yeasty, grainy smell of wet straw and grass, slightly herby, with a hint of lemon.

Has a lemony, grassy taste, slighlty herbaceous and woody, with a tang to finish. Somewhat crisp and clean, especially for a wheat beer.

Light bodied, with a slight creamy texture that does not take away from its crispness. The tang of the carbonation hits the back of the throat and tonsils on the way down.

I am not the biggest fan of wheat beers, but I could see downing a few of these on a hot summer day. Too bad, however, it is a cloudy, cold day!

Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.61/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Thick white head with good retention. Clear straw body.

Smell - Mild citrus, slightly state and cardboard like.

Taste - Mild flavor. Citrus rind. No off flavors, but nothing special.

Mouthfeel - Smooth.

Overall Drinkability - Good, if a bit boring.

Photo of Strix
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cloudy light yellow, frothy head with curtains of lace

Yeast and clove in the smell, faint grain note

Banana and clove notes in the taste, pretty classic. Lacking the little something extra though

Lively carbonation, smooth mouthfeel

A perfectly nice example of the style. I'll pick it up again if I see it.

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

Appearance: Pours dark golden, almost opaque, one finger head, doesn't linger too long. Poured half, swirled, poured another quarter and swirled again to get all the yeast out.

Smell: a lot going on - typical banana and cloves for a wheat/hefeweizen, wheaty/grainy

Taste: citrus/banana, malt & biscuit undertones

Mouthfeel: light to medium, fizzy w/ a bit of alcohol

Drinkability: great flavor, I thought it smelled a little skunky at first, but i think it was just hte combination of smells that I was getting. Goes down nice and smoooth, would drink 2 or maye three at the most. High quality, not for chugging or drinking a whole six pack.

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a golden yellow with great white fluffy head.

The smell is of lemon and grass.

The taste is of bready lemon, lots of lemon. I dont pick up any banana and very little clove or herby flavors.

The mouth feel is amazing, nice and creamy.

A great summer beer but there are others in the style that I prefer.

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

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen, 4.8% alcohol poured into Weizen glass.

A- Pours a highly hazed golden colored fluid with a medium head that falls to a froth and ring around the glass. Decent lacing forms a distorted ring but sticks. In the light it looks as if the beer is sunny but has a heavy fog all around.

S- Smells of fresh cut bananas strait off the vine with hints of musty yeast and vanilla cream.

T-M- Taste is creamy with a banana milkshake coming to mind. Light all spice flavors hide behind the banana but are there with light clove. Easy to drink with a meduim carbonation and creamy feel makes this beer a winner in my book.

Great beer for session drinking.

Photo of thatlongname
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy Golden Yellow with great head and good retention

Smell: Banana notes and maybe a little citrus

Taste: Sweet. Bananas and yeast. It's sort of like the beer skips the early taste and goes straight for the middle and the end. Very interesting.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with good carbonation.

Overall: Overall a pretty good hefe. I feel like it's missing something though or the balance is a bit off.

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into a nonic glass at the Winking Lizard.

A- Hazy golden color with one finger of soapy white head.

S- Strong banana and almost bubblegum like notes.

T- Strong banana and bubblegum notes throughout with a nice amount of spiciness to keep it from being too sweet. Also some bready and yeasty notes throughout as well.

M- Highly carbonated with a medium body

O- Highly drinkable beer with good balance and very refreshing.

Photo of ntatum
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a lovely golden wheat color with some cloudiness, all expected from a hefe.

Taste smells of banana and cloves. For some reason I've never been a big fan of the hefe smells so much as i like the taste.

Taste comes through as bananas and clove with a touch of wheatiness (it could use some more of that wheatiness to balance it out.)

Mouthfeel is effervescent and very refreshing. I'm really going to give this one a second go when it gets warmer.

Overall a good beer but not knock your socks off good. It seems to be missing a citrus element that would make it better for me. I could add a lemon wedge but I hate to ruin a good beer. I may have to pick up some more and do some research.

Photo of alexkeil
3.15/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I respect Sierra Nevada as a brewery. I believe they are one of the best in this country and should be looked at as an example of great American beer. Saying that, I was a little disappointed in this german style offering. I really wanted a great hefe with notes of banana and clove in the aroma and flavor and this was a little tame - which most American hefeweizens can be, with the exception of Long Trail. This beer was expertly crafted, very refreshing and sessionable, clean in finish, and was free of major flaws: it just didn't make me go WOW.

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

Tried pouring a weissbier into a snifter instead of a weiss glass for a change.

1 inch head that disappears rather quickly. It smelled of stronger of alcohol than I'm used to from a weissbier. Strong bread and banana flavors present right away.

Sierra Nevada hit the style dead on, and made improvemets on it when compared to other German and Belgian counterparts.

Photo of JayS2629
4.82/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite Heffe so far. My wife's second favorite only to New Belgium's Mothership.

The thing that is outstanding about this Heffe is how well balanced it is. It has the perfect balance between the clove/spice, banana, and bubblegum tendencies of the beligian yeast both in the aroma and taste. Add a touch of citrus, lemon and orange, a good grainy wheat base and a light, refreshing, clean body with just a touch of creaminess. It pours a nice creamy head with great retention and beautiful lace. A very nice, refreshing summertime drink. Fruity with spice, crisp and clean. Awesome.

Photo of jman892
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow with a nice fluffy 2 finger foam head, which lingers. Also leaves intricate lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Cloves dominate the smell, along with a reminder of Dubble Bubble gum

T - Taste is clove, banana, and orange rind. A little bit of the bublle gum makes it's way into the taste as well.

M - Good amount of carbnation, full bodied, with a nice aftertaste

O - Great beer for working in the yard in the spring/summer, relatively light so it doesnt bog me down, but plenty of flavor to make me want to reach for another.

Photo of TheGordianKnot
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my Dundee weizen glass...

A- The perfect hefeweizen... Very hazy but a nice bright orange/golden color that pours a giant fluffy head and just sits there for almost the entire drinking session. The color gradient (due to the changing thickness of the glass) was just phenomenal and made me want to frame a picture of this beer, really.

S- Very nice hefeweizen aroma. A lot of clove and spice in the nose. Not as banana-y as others, but I do get a nice fruity aroma maybe green apple (not acetelaldehyde [sp?]) though. Overall great yeasty aroma.

T/M- I love this beer. Very similar in taste to the smell but the flavor is just a bit lighter this year than I remember from this in the past. It's still great, just not quite as pronounced as my memory serves. There is more banana in the taste than the smell alludes. Those esters are balanced with the clove phenols produced by the Bavarian yeast. Something that is hard to come by, but I love is the bubble gum flavor you can find in few hefeweizens, and I think this one pulls it off nicely- subtle, but nice. The mouth is very silky smooth medium bodied with a medium-high carbonation level... very drinkable.

O- I took notes last night with drinkability in mind, but now that this is my overall impression not much will change. I think this is a beautifully crafted hefeweizen- the BEST American brewed IMO. One of my favorite Sierra Nevada offerings (yeah, I said that) because it is so complex, yet delicate. I am the type to continually try new beers; but this one keeps me coming back AT LEAST once a year...

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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