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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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3,296 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,296
Reviews: 1,219
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 179
Gots: 275 | 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 dcook11
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have never had a bad beer by sierra neveda, and this one is no exception. This beer goes great with a hot summer night, and I could for sure see myself having a few of these on a fishing trip. Very refreshing and true to the style.

A- A nice head that sticks around. Good lacing. The beer itself is hazy and as I go for my secound pour after the two thirds I notice the yeast drift down. I very good looking beer reminisant of a black and tan although others may disagree.

S- Bananas, Citrus, Tropical fruits. Heavy on the wheat obviously.

T- ditto on the smell.

M-Smooth, crisp, nice hop bite at the end.

D- great.

dcook11, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of davidaubrey
4.97/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is fantastic. It might be one of the best hefeweizens available & is definitely worth the price. The only down side is how difficult it is to find where I go to school in southern Illinois. The banana flavor is not too potent; rather is a slight hint. The beer is sweet of course, like most hefeweizens. I highly recommend this hefeweizen.

davidaubrey, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of keithmurray
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a cloudy, hazy golden brew with thick frothy white head

smell - hard to pick up much, yeast, wheat

Taste - wheat, cloves

mouthfeel - flavors don't burst like some of the German counterparts, light body, solid carbonation, dry finish

drinkability - this is a nice refreshing beverage, appropriate for a hot summers day

Again, this is a solid beverage on its own, but placed against its German counterparts, it falls a bit short in terms of flavor profile.

keithmurray, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of msproles
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up as a single to try it out.

It is definitely very hazy, a brighter yellow than many beers of this style. Nice head that dissipated pretty quickly.

The smell was definitely yeasty with noticeable fruit aromas. Very pleasant.

From the first drink, the flavor is very strong, the fruity taste helps cut the sometimes overpowering yeast flavor. I could taste the hints of banana at the beginning, but it seemed to die down towards the end of the glass.

I don't know if I would pick it up again, while it was good, I think the flavor was sometimes too much for me, particularly with the fruity overtones.

msproles, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of voraciousalky
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kellerweis surprised me. It was highly drinkable - by far my favorite of the Sierra Nevada brews I've tried. I'm not so wild about the rest of their regular lineup. Those beers usually get good reviews here at BA, but I couldn't make myself like them, always because of the overwhelming hop presence. Since Kellerweis bucks that rule, I find it far more palatable. It's a nice diversion from the macros I drink on a regular basis.

The label was correct: this beer does have a hint of banana flavor.

voraciousalky, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of DeliciousSeeker
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy amber color, with blonde highlights and medium light carbonation. Head is a little less than half a fingers width.

S- Fruity smell, with a little bit of a hops smell. Sorta has a boozy end to it, but it's not to noticeable.

T- good balance of flavors and complexities. Not as much of a wheat flavor as in the German Hefeweizens I've had, but it certainly is a good tasting beer. I can still smell that boozy sort of smell even a few drinks into it, and that is a bit distracting for me. You certainly can't taste it, but the smell is there. A good beer, especially for American hefe standards, but I've had better ones.

M- Fairly light. Carbonation is moderate on the tongue.

D&N- Very drinkable, and could have a couple of these easy.

I'd also note that the taste isn't as fruity as other hefes I've had. The In-Heat Wheat by Flying Dog seems fruitier and more drinkable to me, and even more still is the Weihenstephaner hefe. There is complexity though in this beer, and it earns my respect.

DeliciousSeeker, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of generallee
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tall Pilsner glass that works well for 12oz hefes. The label had a brief discretion and the ABV is at 4.8%.

Appearance: The body is very cloudy with a pale yellow/tan color. Its head is like any good Hefeweizen, it is tall, thick and fairly long lasting. This makes for good lacing on the glass.

Smell: In the nose I pick up lots of bready and phonic yeast character with notes of banana and spicy clove.

Taste/Palate: On the tongue there are loads of bready yeast notes with hints of mashed up banana, clove and tangy wheat or sour dough bread. I am also getting very slight notes of pineapple or some other tropical fruit. The body has a solid medium feel with a firm smooth texture and mild carbonation.

Notes: It is not my favorite Hefe but it is still very enjoyable and well crafted.

generallee, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of 4000qtrap
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Source/Serving: 12oz. Bottle

Smell: Intense caramel, ripe apple and pear, and marshmallow. Grape and floral undertones. Surprisingly complex.

Taste: Refreshingly crisp with vanilla and pears up front and grainy undertones. In the middle high carbonation and a brief bitter pulse set off a rise in tasty, semisweet ripe apple flavor - almost apple juice - with vanilla and floral edges. Very nice. Lots of graininess throughout a pleasant, moderately viscous mouthfeel. Finish is more vanilla and pears with some bread that lingers nicely.

Way better than expected since this isn't even a favorite style of mine. Really blew me away with the complexity of flavors.

4000qtrap, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of eclaycamp
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. I've had the Kellerweis several times in the past but have never had the opportunity to review it proper. Pours a light yellow gold with a small fizzy head. I'm not sure if this beer is filtered or not, I'm assuming not because it's very cloudy. Very heavy nose of bananas and cloves. Tart lemon taste with something that almost reminds me of whole grain mustard. Some grassy notes. I remember now why I like this beer. It's sweet up front, but has a crisp dry finish. Really enjoyable.

eclaycamp, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of IronCitySteve
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy bright yellow, with some orange twinges, gives it an almost golden look.

S: Ample amounts of banana, wheat, cloveare apparent.

T: First sip the bananas, clove and coriander hit the palate first. The middle and back end are filled with wheat and banana, the spice not as prevalent.

M: This is very nice light crisp beer. Very refreshing.

D: This is very easy to drink, especially with the low ABV. A very nice option on a hot summer day!

IronCitySteve, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of callmeclemens
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle to Hefe glass.

Smelled like Citrus and clove, with a subtle hint of warm Banana. Not much head and what there was disapeared quickly though left a nice lacing.

Again Tasted much like it smelled Citrusy and clove, with perhaps in taste a very subtle banana, andslightly bitter right towards the very end. Went down pretty well. It's a great brew to sit outside and enjoy on a summers afternoon.

callmeclemens, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this for 1.99 at my local Beer Nutz! Score!

A - Pours a nice Hazy orange Heffe color with white straw head. Looks pretty standard.

S - Clove is strong and malt produces mild banana smell with wheat backbone. Very nice.

T - The taste is spot on. Overwhelming taste of clove and banana surrounded by a wheat backbone with not bitterness to speak of. Solid brew.

M - Light of course and refreshing

D - I have always been a fan of Spaten's Heffe and I believe this one has just topped my expectations of that probably since it's American and it's more readily available. Would be drinking again.

DrDemento456, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of RickS95
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark straw color, hazy with a pillow of head on top.

Has a Belgian smell to it. Cloves dominate while the banana lives in the background.

Tastes like Belgium too. Very spicy, but the wheat helps keep the spices in check with a bit of sweetness.

Complex mouthfeel with the spices and sweetness battling into the swallow.

Another stellar beer by Sierra Nevada. Good taste, refreshing and moderate ABV make this go down smooth, easy to drink.

RickS95, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of joeland
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - a golden color witha hint of orange. a on eifnger head that leaves plenty of lacing

Smell - It has a yeast/ bananas smell. with a hint of cloves

Taste - I get a taste of the cloves with a banana undertone

Mouthfeel - light body with a medium amount of carbnation

Drinkability - goes down easy i could enjoy a few of these.

joeland, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of 828beagle
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass a cloudy mango-yellow color with a big clumpy 3 finger head. Great retention and nice lacing effect. Mild citrus smell with floral overtones. Sweet fruity bubblegum taste. Rather light body with big carbonation. Extremely easy to drink. Besides being very light the only other downside is- I would have liked it to pack a bigger buzz. Other than that it is a great tasting brew and highly sessionable.

828beagle, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of Soonami
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a delicious beer. Kellerweis pours a deep hazy yellow, with a bit of ephemeral head that leaves just a trace of lacing on the glass. The bouquet is very yeasty and full of clove and ripe banana as well as the earthiness from the wheat malt. The hefeweizen is very complex, with the fruit and spice flavors as well as a deep yeast must and a sweet taste that quickly dissipates in the dry, clean finish.

Great example of the style from the classic American brewery. You will not be disappointed by this beer.

Soonami, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of Snamnoum
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - pale hay with two finger of white head. Plenty of sticky lace.

Smell - underwhelming, phenols, bananas and cloves, some citrus, doughy yeast, and pale citrus

Taste - rather tart upfront, followed by sweet malt and yeast, phenolic finish

Mouthfeel - light/medium bodied, medium/high carbonation. Unimpressive thin feel.

Drinkability - Very drinkable, light and refreshing. Sadly having enjoyed Weihenstephaner and Franziskaner many times is hard to settle for less. Despite this for the price this isn't a bad hefe.

Snamnoum, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of OlRasputin989
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into weizen glass...

A: pours a very orange-juice yellow with a 1 finger head

S: banana and fresh, earthy grain, some clove, and white pepper

T: banana fades smoothly into more flavors of fresh grain, clove, and white pepper. finishes with more peppery spice and banana, hint of lemon peel, and hop bitterness

M: a medium-full body for style, very thick and creamy, then becomes crisp and off dry

Overall, I did not have a good impression of this beer after first trying it from a pint glass. Now that its in the proper glassware, it makes a hell of a difference. Could drink several of these

OlRasputin989, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of Mubbly
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Sierra Nevada Kelleweis glass. Wishing SN would release this beer in 12 or 24 packs; would love to have a butt load of this in the fridge at all times.

Glorious toasted yellow/orange glow with wheat cloudiness. Almost like orange juice. Nice white head that fades into a blanket after a couple minutes.

Smell right off the bat is tart and electric. Lemon, bubblegum and shock tarts. Smells refreshing.

Wheat taste is upfront, followed by sour/tartness, and leaving the mouth with a tart and bitter orange peel taste. Mirrors the smell.

Feels fizzy in the mouth. Soft, smooth, and light. Light bodied.

VERY drinkable. The smoothness of the wheat helps it go down easy. Gulp-able, but much better savored.

I've been very happy with Kellerweis, and have purchased many 6-packs. Weihenstephaner Hefeweis bier would be my first choice, but Kellerweis holds up well. Plus, newcomers to beer are usually pleased with it.

Mubbly, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of AleWatcher
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes.

Slightly hazy, straw colored golden yellow. Head isn't huge and retention not great. Lace is minimal... but it is pretty much per style.

Slight hints of bananas and a toasted nuttiness mixed with spices.

tastes of bananas and sweet malts-- even a touch of bubblegum. Finish borders on being tart-- keeping it refreshing and tasty.

Light airy body is smooth and easy to drink.

Highly drinkable, easily enjoyable.

AleWatcher, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of GregSVT
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a big white head that fades leaving a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is slightly dissapointing. I get banana and clove aromas but the main smell is a bit of an "off" aroma I can't quite place. This could be old.

T: The taste is pretty good with lots of banana and cloves with a hint of vanilla and other sweet flavors.

M: The feel is creamy and relatively thick for the style. Not too bad.

D: This is a decently drinkable hefe and I would love to try it on tap. Nice flavors and very refreshing.

GregSVT, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of kshankar
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy yellow pour, thick white head..average retention.

Aroma is high on the banana, with other typical hefe profiles (yeast, cloves).

Tastes great. Citrus zest, some spices, and a creamy banana flavor all in one.

Mouthfeel is light, well carbonated, creating a very drinkable beer.

kshankar, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of rtepiak
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a rather murky hef with a significant amount of wheat malt at the bottom. the nose comes out fruity, the smell of wet flour, and some cereal. palate is thick and one dimensional. there is a quintessential hef palate of banana and other fruit ester... but its quite yeasty. not light. the wheat/yeast is too much. mutes the latitude and makes it a slower drink.

rtepiak, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of RustyDiamond
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a hefe glass. Slightly cloudy pale orange in color with a solid 2" of white froth. Quite the wavy head that stays intact for a few sips.
Subtle coriander aroma along with fresh cut hay.
Crisp first sip with a tight maltiness. Not doughy or banana like most American-made wheat beers. Fragrant & spicy mouthfeel with a hint of coriander. Touch of lemon tartness. Finishes clean & dry. Highly drinkable.

RustyDiamond, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a tremendous fan of hefeweizens, but this Sierra Nevada offering is very good. The appearance is light, cloudy yellow with a sligh foamy head. Not much lacing is left along the glass as you finish this off. The smell is very good -- citrusy with a mix of banana and cloves. The taste is also very good -- a crisp shot of citrus is the overwhelming quality. Overall, a solid hefeweizen, but I don't think one of the best out there (that might belong to Pyramid).

oldirtycaffrey, Jul 19, 2010
Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 3,296 ratings.