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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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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

3,088 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,088
Reviews: 1,211
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 159
Gots: 192 | 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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angelmonster

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

Pours a huge 4 finger white head. Body is a hazy yellow with tons of carbonation rising to surface. Head retention and lacing are good.

Smell is of typical hefeweizen, wheat with fruity phenols. Cloves are also in there. Hops are not present.

Taste is of fruity, spicy yeast and wheat/ malt. Not getting too much clove or banana, very mild tasting. No hops are detected.

Mouth feel is good, not too highly carbonated. Light bodied but not watery. Head kinda faded halfway, wish it would have stayed.

Drink ability is good, very sessionable beer. This is one of the best American attempts of the style, not the best in the world but nice to see Sierra Nevada making something not overly hoppy

12-15-2009 02:41:19 | More by angelmonster
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Vancer

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%

Finally got around to trying this summer type brew.

Poured this critter into my freebie Sammy glass, nice unfiltered amber with a darn fine white head that leaves sheets of lace rings on the way down.

Malty wheat, clove and banana in the aroma. I'm a likey so far. Quaff is not too bad, but a bit disappointing after such a good start. Above flavors were just not as pronounced as I thought they would be - and a bit of soap drops in for a short stay. Good malt backbone thoughout.

A very nice brew, I'll put some in the DBF next summer for sure, the price is right for a good hefe - even though it seemed a bit flavor weak.

12-10-2009 22:52:21 | More by Vancer
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jjh19

California

3.78/5  rDev -6.7%

Appearance: Poured from the bottle an opaque hazy golden color. Decent head. I took the label's advice and poured 2/3, swirled the bottle, and poured the rest. Solid presentation.

Smell: Distinct hef tanginess in the nose.

Taste: The tangy nose carried over to the taste. There's a refreshing crispness that borders on a tinny taste. But it doesn't go over the line. Probably stays further from the line on draft.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation levels were noteworthy with the very tiny bubbles.

Drinkability: Not as complex as some other Hefs I've had (despite what the label says) but the Kellerweis is a solid, straight forward representation of the style. I'd have no problems recommending this to a friend that enjoys a better than average Hefeweizen.

12-10-2009 02:01:25 | More by jjh19
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constahoogan

California

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%

Murky Golden yellow/orange body with a thick ivory creamy head that trickles to very thin vine-like laces. The nose is primarily sweet with a bit of funk and yeast spice, no noticeable trace of aromatic hops.

The taste delivers similarly to the nose. First the sweetness kicks in, accompanied by a little bit of acidity. Then the yeast kicks in and again, no noticeable trace of bittering hops. It's very light, smooth and easy to drink. To be honest, this is my second take on this beer. I remember it being a little more acidic and sour on my first try; however, I still loved it then.

Sierra Nevada has a solid year round line up. Although, it does feel a bit akward drinking this type of ale around this time of the year. when I should be sipping on a nice RIS or Christmas Ale. -Cheers-

12-08-2009 09:15:01 | More by constahoogan
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alexhammond

Maine

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%

been meaning to try this beer for a long time, as I've been impressed with nearly every product I've tried from Sierra Nevada.

this one pours a hazy golden yellow, very cloudy, and smells of banana and other fruits, with just a hint of sugar and spice.
the yeasty taste is not at all overpowering, and the fruit and spice flavors are subtle and compliment eachother nicely. it's got a sweet finish, but the more aggressive spices help to mask the fruitier/candy tastes. the balance of the flavors is what gives this brew it's drinkability

I think this may be one of the best hefeweizens I've tried, and also a great beer to use if you're trying to turn someone on to this style (or even to craft beer in general).

12-07-2009 15:11:42 | More by alexhammond
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Tone

Missouri

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%

Pours a cloudy, yellow color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of yeast, clove, sweet malt, slight hop, citrus (banana), and a hint of tart malt. Fits the style of a Hefeweizen. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, sweet malt, slight hop, clove, citrus (banana), and tart malt. Overall, a good body, blend, complexity, and aroma.

12-07-2009 03:09:35 | More by Tone
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BDJake

Washington

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%

A- translucent, almost opaque golden abmer with a thick white head that retained well and left spotty lacing throughout the glass

S- banana peel, yeast strains and clove that come together rather well

T- yeast notes up front, followed by some hoppy spice and banana

M- all the unfiltered sediment and mild carbonation make for a chewy delight

D- thick but easy going

And to think, I would've just bought a hurricane tonight if i hadn't come across this little number- I'm glad I went with my gut choice, and SN always seems to come through no matter what the style

12-06-2009 01:48:09 | More by BDJake
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TheJollyHop

California

4.47/5  rDev +10.4%

A cloudy gold elixir this mighty fine brew,
with two inches of head my anticipation grew.

The foam releasing aromas so fine,
yeasty white pepper and clove so divine.

Funky phenols, lemon and banana peel,
a taste of this wheat beer I did thus steal.

A mild yeasty twang coupled with some light pepper spice,
crisp wheat that is thirst quenching and oh so nice.

Ample biscuit malts and bitterness only a kiss,
dry aftertaste and a hint of orange I could not miss.

A body in full with a mouth-coating texture like cream,
chewy and most enjoyable I do thus deem.

Overall a brew to drink back to back and enjoy all the same,
a positive review to solidify its fame.

12-05-2009 14:47:56 | More by TheJollyHop
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Kromes

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +9.4%

A: A cloudy yellow/orange with a thin line of bubbles for a head.

S: There is a nice bready wheat and yeast smell coming off of the beer. It also has a citrus quality to it.

T: The flavor is consistent with the aroma. A very nice sweet, but not too sweet, wheat/yeast flavor with a bit of clove spiciness, bubblegum like flavors and citrus tang to it. I really like the bready quality to this beer. There is more depth and flavors in this beer than most hefes, I like the flavors.

M: There is a nice spiciness to this beer due to the carbonation and clove-like flavors. It could use a little bit more though. Althought, the feel is nice and smooth.

D: Very drinkable. Refreshing and delicious.

12-01-2009 00:04:45 | More by Kromes
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -10.4%

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus and cloves. Taste is also of citrus, with banana and cloves. Feels medium bodied and goes down so smooth. Overall this is a quality brew worth checking out.

11-30-2009 22:46:19 | More by tone77
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vdread

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis

swirled and poured like the bottle recommended. pours yellow and hazy with a thick head. smells of ripe bananas and spices. the thing about this beer that sticks out the most is the rotten fruit taste and smell. i can't really get past that. it feels like chalky water in the mouth and is very difficult to drink. i had to force myself to finish this.

im usually a big fan of sierra nevada but this falls way short. i thought that maybe i'd gotten a bad batch, but most of the low reviews seem to match up with what i'm tasting/feeling. i've had hefes before, so it's not that i dislike the style, i just can't understand how this tase could be appealing even to a hefe-head.

11-30-2009 01:47:11 | More by vdread
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ryanonline

Florida

3.98/5  rDev -1.7%

appearance is pale straw with nice white head no real lacing.

smell is nice lemony with hints of banana and cloves.

flavor is the same with the lemon lasting long into the finish.

mouthfeel is clean with light carbonation.

very drinkable. moderate body, not too bloating.

yummy beer.

11-30-2009 01:20:05 | More by ryanonline
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jantonius

California

4.88/5  rDev +20.5%

A: Cloudy, slight straw yellow, with thick white head

S: Slight smell of banana, citrus and cloves

Taste: Subtle bananna and clove flavors

M: Light body with creamy finish

D: Great Heff, I wish it was on draft. Really hard to find a True American Hefeweizen. This one does it, following the strict German Purity Laws!!!

11-26-2009 02:41:42 | More by jantonius
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ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +8.1%

I poured this as directed on the label and it produced a healthy two to three finger foamy head and had a hazy light golden colour that caught the light and shimmerred. There were a few small bubble strands that continued to impress. The beer reduced until a slim covering was left on the surface, white with a good ring and slippery lace.

Surprizingly, I picked out some hints of over ripe fruit with clove spice. Mouthfeel is slightly spritzy with lively body and a clean, fresh taste and a huge Hefe presence, lots of banana and bubblegum, nice balance, pleasant lingering finish with another hint of spice and some sweetness thrown in. Medium body.

This was a nice beer to savour and was extremely good tasting, love to pick up more of this stuff. Just like most Sierra Nevada products, well worth filling a fridge with.

11-25-2009 04:04:48 | More by ThatWineGuy
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Ineedabeerhere

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%

8/30/09 and many times since. From Notes.

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a towering 2 finger cloudlike head, ultimately subsiding to a sturdy film.

I can smell the banana esters as I pour the glass and they are even more apparent when I stick my nose in for the first whiff. Herbal hops, spice notes and a light citrus and lemony twang compliment the wheat and yeast characters.

Initial sweetness in the taste balanced by wheat twang and yeasty character. Faint spice, nicely balanced, but could use a bit more 'pop'.

Very balanced and a very good example of the style. It might be my new go-to for this style.

11-25-2009 03:18:50 | More by Ineedabeerhere
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manahansf

Indiana

4.45/5  rDev +9.9%

Pours a beautiful hazy gold color topped with a thick lacy white head which recedes quickly. The brew gives off a biscuity malt aroma with soft hints of banana esters. The body is light and highly carbonated and is full of banana flavor with a background of biscuit malt and clove flavors. The finish carries the banana through the end and dances around the palate with the fizz from the carbonation. The finish is gentle but fades relatively quickly.

11-19-2009 23:07:20 | More by manahansf
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -3%

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A hazed yellow in color with no head or lacing to speak of.

Aroma full of hefeweizen scents, spice, sweetness and fruit notes.

Solid hefeweizen characteristics, funky yeast lends notes of banana/bubblegum. Distant clove. Munich style malts. This could have very well came from Germany, as all the flavors are quite authentic.

Medium bodied and fairly smooth going down.

A very well crafted hefe'. Its quite good and a nice departure from the usual hoppy offerings from Sierra Nevada.

11-18-2009 17:22:43 | More by Stinkypuss
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arizcards

Arizona

4/5  rDev -1.2%

Picked up a sixer at BevMo at the end of August for $8.99.

Beer poured golden with a nice white head. Nose is wheaty with hints of citrus. Taste is spot on the style, banana and clove greet you with a slight citrus finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lively on the palate. Drinkability is good. This is a nice representation of the hefe style, definitely try this.

11-16-2009 22:28:07 | More by arizcards
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cdizinno

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz. bottle with directions on how to pour for best flavor. Pour 2/3 into glass, swirl release sediment, and pour the rest.

A: Cloudy tan-yellow with a tint of orange. White head fades slowly with moderate lacing.

S: Mild banana, citrus, and slightly stronger spice scent.

T&M: Malty mild sweet up front flavor with a mild banana taste. Stronger spice and citrus flavor follows. Fades to a mildly dry malty sweet taste. Not much flavor on the end at all.
Light to medium bodied with fine carbonation.

Very good specialty brew by Sierra!

11-15-2009 00:20:51 | More by cdizinno
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jwhawkins81

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%

Aroma - Bananas, citrus, spice. Actual a good amount of spice.

Appearance - Cloudy yellow with a tint of orange. Big white head from the pour was slow to dissipate thanks to a lot of carbonation.

Taste - First banana then spice carriers on for some time. Most of the flavors of this beer are upfront without much on the backend. Just no real aftertaste.

Notes - I like the amount of carbonation that really complimented this beer.

11-13-2009 18:17:20 | More by jwhawkins81
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mjw2808

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +8.1%

A very hazy yellowish color, almost exactly like the color on the bottle. The smell is dominant with bannana and spices. The taste is banana, spices, and some hops as its going down. very drinkable and very tasty. SN does it again, I highly recommend this beer.

11-13-2009 02:30:49 | More by mjw2808
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Beerbythepool

Missouri

4.83/5  rDev +19.3%

Bottle to SA wheat glass.
Poured as directed on label. Huge head of a wonderful bone color with medium sized bubbles.
The beer looks great- cloudy and a school bus color of orange and gold. Not much lacing.
The nose gives me cloves, banana and spice.

There is a nice dryness on the back of my tongue. Great balance of spice and fruit tones. Lemon would ruin this great beer in my opinion so don't add one. The beer feels full in the mouth as the flavors coat the tongue. A little sticky as it warms, but why wait for that to happen as it drinks easy and you should be ready for the next one.

This is now my favorite hefeweizen and maybe my favorite beer for a warm/summer day. I only bought two this time, but put me down for a sixer on the next trip to the beer store. I enjoyed it so much I poured another and took a pic which is now my phone wallpaper. Now everytime I answer the phone my mouth waters. Go try this one, I think you will enjoy it.

11-12-2009 14:17:52 | More by Beerbythepool
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deaconoflove

Pennsylvania

2.8/5  rDev -30.9%

ap. Beautiful cloudy golden color, but little head and it went quickly. No lacing.
sm. Not too strong spice and cloves. Someone suggested banana...okay.
ta. spice and banana? Kind of reminds me of pumpkin pit without the pumpkin. Sort of a lemony finish.
mf. good carbonation and slight tartness.
dr. But it gives way to an annoying sweet aftertaste that ruins it for me. One will do it.

11-11-2009 21:40:31 | More by deaconoflove
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%

Picked this up recently to see if this could measure up to Sierra Nevada's other beers. Now that the wheat beer is no longer part of their portfolio, I was interested to see if this was a worthy replacement or not. Although this doesn't taste or feel like the hoppy beers that they're known for, this is a damned good Hefeweizen and if this came in a bottle without a label, I'd be hard-pressed to figure out who brewed it!

Loved the pour to this - cloudy, golden, and a decent head as well. The lacing wasn't really there but the carbonation and bubbles on the side of my pint glass were just like that of any other Sierra Nevada beer. The mouthfeel is malty, sour, and relatively light without being empty. Notes of banana, clove, and apple are tied together nicely with a bit of sourness and the aftertaste retains the malt for the most part. This goes down pretty easily and I could easily see myself downing quite a few of these in a session!

The ABV% is under 5.0% amazingly and I can't even feel it as I'm drinking this. Making to switch to this was a great move in their part and although I've always loved their beers, I have more respect for these guys now since they've branched out from their comfort zone. This matches up well with any Hefeweizen I've ever had - foreign or domestic - and will probably be in my rotation once the weather is warm (as opposed to this week's Indian Summer). Kudos to Sierra Nevada for brewing this!

11-11-2009 08:47:23 | More by JerzDevl2000
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Terp96

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

For me, this is the best hefe from an American brewer.

Appearance is spot on. Hazy golden color with nice head retention.

Smell is what you would expect. Banana, clove, spiciness. Very solid.

Tastes great. Good wheat flavor. Not overly sweet. Bananas, clove and a hint of hoppiness. This ranks right up there with some of the best out of Germany.

Mouthfeel is great as well. Not thin but not overly sweet or cloying. Very refreshing.

Very drinkable. I usually can't session wheat beers because the sweetness gets to me over time. Not with Kellerweis. I could go all night with this one.

11-08-2009 12:08:46 | More by Terp96
Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 3,088 ratings.